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!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!