Malia Campbell Photography

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Cool lighting app

A cool little app for your iPhone to document your lighting setups.

I just downloaded this but haven’t used it yet. As soon as I do I’ll post a review here. If you have experience with this app I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Edit: Just tried the app out.

Clamshell, Rim light, Hair light

Things I like

01 It’s free. Hard to beat free.

02 It’s pretty comprehensive. It has a large selection of different lighting styles to choose from: Backdrops, Strobes, Softboxes, Umbrellas, Cameras, Models, Beauty Dishes, Reflectors, Flashes, Hairlights, Diffusion Panels, and Other (Flood light is the only “other” at this point). Most of these categories have multiple options as well: Beauty Dish with Diffuser, Beauty Dish with Grid, Beauty Dish with Regular.

03 It allows the user to save each diagram they create. As a photographer experiments and finds different lighting setups he/she likes it’s easy to quickly catalog those setups for future use.

04 App allows for emailing of diagrams. Fun and helpful to share setups with other photographers.

Things I’m not crazy about

01 Once you add a component (flash, strobe, etc) you’re not able to adjust the size and components don’t seem to be scaled appropriately. Check out the size of my flash compared to the subject.

02 Stacking is difficult to convey (ie: clamshell umbrellas) from a top down diagram. App does not allow for rotation.

03 App does not allow for notes to be inserted in diagram. Hopefully this will be something they add in a future update. Imagine how useful this app would be with this feature – you could note each diagram as to which shoot you used it on and/or which images you used it with. You could note that the overlapping umbrellas were in a clamshell formation. You could note the power settings for each flash. Again, I really hope this feature is added in future updates to the app.

04 Components are skewed more toward hot lights and not flash shooters. As in, the only options for flash are Regular Flash and Ring Flash. It would be nice to see Snooted Flash, Gridded Flash and the whole plethora of DIY options made famous by the strobist movement. The addition of gels would be kind of cool, too.

04a In that same vein it’s important to note that this app refers to strobes as strobes and flashes as flashes (a lot of David Hobby followers refer to flashes as strobes).

05 It would be nice to resize the workspace. If you have a complex setup the diagram could easily grow crowded and messy.

That said, this app is pretty awesome. And, again, it’s free! Go download it and show me your setups!

Written by Malia Campbell Photography

December 16, 2009 at 7:54 am

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  1. you should be crediting back to Sussy for posting this first, and crediting her for the discovery – it’s common blog etiquette. Otherwise, nice blog!


    December 18, 2009 at 12:43 am

    • Thanks for reading!

      I had actually read about the app on a few different sites and downlaoded the app about a week before I saw it on nicole’s site. The credit for making me download the app belongs to a fellow photographer who told me the app was free. I do enjoy reading nicole’s blog quite a bit but her post was actually about a week behind most other stobist based photography blogs.

      TulipChain Photography

      December 18, 2009 at 3:59 am

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