iPhoneography: Luxi Lets You Take Pro Photos With Your iPhone
It often takes a lot of fiddling to get a perfectly exposed photograph. Whether you’re switching your camera’s settings back and forth or whipping out your light meter—just one more device to carry—it can be a tedious process. But thanks to Luxi, an incident light meter adapter for iPhone 5/5s, that’s totally changed. Now all it takes to get a perfect light reading, and in turn, a perfectly exposed photo, is snapping a ping pong ball-sized accessory into your smartphone.
First off, Luxi’s design is pretty incredible. It’s really as unobtrusive as possible both off and on your phone, where it wraps nicely around an upper corner to fit over the front-facing camera. Once in place, it looks totally seamless. Plus, with the number of devices we carry around these days, it’s nice to not have to lug around another one!
Here’s how the incident light meter works: The actual device is a small diffusion dome that measures the exact amount of light that falls on your subject, then shows the appropriate camera setting via an app on your smartphone. This type of measurement—vs reflected light measurement—isn’t affected by the subject’s reflectance or by janky light situations like extreme backlighting (so from now on, we’re only posing in front of the sunset.) Listen to Luxi, and you should get a perfectly exposed photo every time—simple as that.
Luxi is said to perform just as well as a number of expensive light meters, and at the insanely low price of $30, even the most snobby of camera snobs should want to give this photography gadget a try.
Would you use Luxi as your main light meter? Are there any other photography gadgets that we should know about? Tell us in the comments below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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