What I have are IOS devices: Apple’s IPod and IPad 4; but what follows applies to the Apple IPhone and IPad Mini as well. Plus there is every likelihood that Android devices have similar features and applications.
I have mentioned in previous Tips & Tricks sessions some of the useful apps for photographers such as Depth of Field Calculators, GPS functions, Sunrise/set trackers (including sun angles and weather conditions), plus the various photo editors, organizers, and sharing methods. And, of course, the IPhone camera has acquired its own surprisingly good reputation.
Today, however, I want to concentrate on these devices as shooting accessories in your own home studio, especially for close-up or macro work. I’m going to look at a few particularly useful applications (apps) in this role.
Controlling light is perhaps the chief challenge in close-up photography. A very useful app in this regard is Photo Soft Box Pro by Light Paint Pro. It allows the IOS device to act as a softbox, shining on your still subject. However, it does much more than the traditional softbox. It casts your choice of colour, light temperature, and light shape; plus it can serve as a controlled backdrop providing textures, shapes, and colours in three types of blur. You can import your own photos/designs to add to the vast array of possibilities.
With an HDMI connector on your IPad you can run this softbox software on your large screen HD TV as well.
Check out the teaser videos and detailed information at the site for these softbox/backdrop utilities here:
At the same site you can check out another useful app, simply called Hello Photo. This app converts your IPad into a light table, upon which you can place your old slides for conversion into digital files. Guides for placing the slides and focussing precisely are displayed on the IPad screen, while you position your choice of camera (even an Iphone) to capture the slide’s image. Slick, quick, and useful.
Two other apps that I pointed to in my presentation were these:
- I used Photo Softbox Pro Remote on my IPod as a Bluetooth linked wireless remote for controlling Photo Softbox Pro HD running on my IPad. You can check it out at the site mentioned above.
- I showed some animated colour designs created with an app called Art of Glow, available in the App Store (Apple).
The stand I used to support my IPad was a very versatile, light, and compact one made by IRIG, called IKlip Studio. You can check out their various products here: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/cat-view.php?C=connectivity
What inspired my search for the above lighting apps was the recent workshop headed by Joe Leduc on Painting with Light. Thanks, Joe. As he and the LightPaintPro people would say, use whatever tools/props are available. Experiment!