[expose] A real flash for iPhone – Apple wishes they thought of this
Knog is an Australian company with a knack for design – they’ve won 37 international design awards – and they’ve come up with another winner that iPhone photographers are going to love.
The light Apple wishes they thought up, [expose] is a 130 lumen output auxiliary flash and video light that will fit iPhone 4, 5 or 6. Only slightly wider than a quarter, this little light is a powerhouse. Use the light in multiple ways – as a flash, as an attached video light or as a standalone light source.
In the box are adapters that will fit the [expose] light into each of the last three generations of iPhones. There is also an app you can download for free from the iTunes App Store that offers complete functionality with the [expose] light. Set it to flash for stills, or to stay on constantly for video.
You can also regulate the intensity of the 9 mini LED’s to suit your needs with the app as well as controlling the white balance. The actual color temperature of the light is 3950K, so that’s somewhere between a standard warm incandescent bulb and daylight. It’s a good compromise in mixed lighting situations. It will definitely outpower the whimpy flash that’s on your phone.
You can also use it independently with other cameras – something I’ve been doing quite a lot recently. Detached from your iPhone, simply hold down the black button for one second and the light will come on, just like a flashlight. Then, each subsequent press reduces the level of the light so that you have high, medium and low levels available. The rechargeable LiPo battery will give you 70 minutes of light on low and 20 minutes on high. Recharging a completely spent light takes 2-1/2 hours.
Holding the light at arm’s length while taking a photo, you can have shadows off to either side or holding it high above you, you can cause the shadows to disappear behind your subject. Small enough, you can now carry a light with you at all times.