Apple Patent Would Turn Your Friends’ iPhones Into a Lighting Kit

If you've ever been on the set of a professional photography shoot, you'll notice the photographer doesn't just rely on a single camera-mounted flash. Instead, they use a series of strategically positioned flashes, all tethered together so they function as one, precisely controlling where and how much light is hitting the subject. And that approach is very similar to a patent Apple originally filed back in 2011 that could dramatically improve your iPhone's photography prowess. Read More >>

Backpack Flash Turns You Into a One-Person Photography Studio

It's hard for clients to understand why photographers charge so much for photos. So if you find yourself in the same situation as Ian Spanier—who was hired for a shoot with no money for an assistant—you too can build this impressive looking backpack studio flash rig. Read More >>

Blurry Cellphone Shots Could Be Eliminated With This Flash-Boosting Chip

STMicroelectronics hopes to make the wimpy LED flash on your smartphone as bright as the xenon flash in your camera with a new chip that packs a supercapacitor for quick bursts of power. Read More >>

High-Speed Flash: A Spark of Brilliance

To gadget aficionados, photography is, at its heart, rather low-tech. With the exception of fancy menus and the ability to change ISO without changing the roll of film, the digital age has brought distressingly few innovations to the photography world. Read More >>

Old School Flash Powder Tested; Modern Flashes Still Preferred

Any experiment that ends with an explosion is worth doing, so I can understand why Tech Photo Blog wanted to test a 150 year old flash powder recipe against modern flash technology, even though it didn't stand a chance. Read More >>

Polaroid’s Dua Flash Embraces Videographers and Photographers

Like skiers and snowboarders sharing the same powder, I envision some kind of uneasy truce between those using their DSLRs for still photography, and those using them for videography. I have no basis for the dirty looks and stink eye I imagine them giving each other, but it still warms my heart to see a company like Polaroid trying to bring those two sides together. Read More >>

Flashing Around in Circles: Shedding Some Light on Ring Flashes

When you're taking photos with a flash, there's a problem: Because the flash is mounted on top of your camera, you get some pretty horrible shadows. One way around that is to move the flash as far away from the lens as you can, in the now-famous Strobist approach to photography lighting, but there's another way, too: Move the flash closer to your lens. A lot closer. Read More >>