Lumu released its new generation of Lightning-connected iOS light meter sensors just in time for Christmas. The original Lumu Power has proven to be a very accurate light meter sensor but is too slow to measure the colour temperature of a strobe or speedlight. The new Lumu Pro is fast enough.
Skylum has just released a Library-equipped version of Luminar and updated the version number in one fell swoop. After playing around with a late beta, I think it’s a decent attempt at making a photo management system and the roadmap promises improvements that will answer most of the professional photographer’s needs.
The Illuminati light meter (links to review) is a Bluetooth light meter – in fact, it's the only Bluetooth one on the market so far – that you control through an app on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The app is also available on Android, but as I only have an iOS device I'm going to …
In the final week of October, DxO Labs released its newest version of Photolab. The app has been improved overall but the main features worth a closer look are ClearView Plus, advanced colour management, spot weighted corrections, U-Point functionality and PhotoLibrary.
Skylum’s Aurora HDR app has quickly gained recognition as one of the most powerful and efficient HDR application available. Initially, this was due in part to Trey Ratcliffe’s active collaboration with development but two versions later the app’s high standards and ease-of-use have made it the HDR image editor of choice. The 2019 version has just seen some major improvements.
Manfrotto has expanded its video tripod range with two new twin-leg video tripods made of carbon fibre.
The original ProCube was a nice looking cube that charged camera batteries, with a separate tray to charge four AA NiMh cells at a time. The new ProCube 2 is still a cute cube, but the battery holding system has changed and the unit shows more information on its LCD display.
A control surface is designed to let you navigate and control an image/video editing application efficiently. Loupedeck+ is a Finnish design. It’s a keyboard lookalike with dials and knobs and it integrates with Adobe Lightroom, Capture One (currently in beta) and Skylum Aurora HDR 2018 through a software driver annex control panel.
A light meter is an essential tool for serious photographers and filmmakers. The most useful ones not only measure the level of light and translate it into an f-stop, exposure time or ISO value, but also tell you colour characteristics. They will also measure the bursts of light emitted by a strobe or a speed-light. Light meter apps that integrate with a hardware add-on for your iOS or Android device are potentially as accurate as the most expensive light meters and just as flexible and feature-complete. In this category, about a year ago, the Lumu Power was released and it did not disappoint. Now, only a month or so ago, Illuminati Instruments released its Illuminati Light Meter and that one is a real winner.
Cactus, the company that gave us the brand-independent wireless triggering system with HSS capabilities, has just recently announced the RQ250, a palm-sized, bare-bulb wireless mono-light that supports wireless TTL/HSS. It is a fully featured light in a compact body.