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This Tiny, Portable Light Is the Secret to Better iPhone Photos

It also works with drones, action cameras and DSLR cameras.


Ask any photographer (or pro selfie taker) what’s a key to their craft and they will most likely say: lighting. Unfortunately, with our smartphones having small sensors and flashes being annoying and harsh it’s hard to make great night pics or videos without having to haul around a separate light kit. But I want to be able to shoot on the go without being burdened by something else to carry that, frankly, I might not even end up using.

So when Lume Cube ($90) reached out about their lighting system I was intrigued. Their original cube is only 1.5-inch square, waterproof up to 100 feet and drop-proof. From attaching to drones, to smartphones to being used for poorly-lit video conferences in the office, this tiny box really performs well. One could say it shines.

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Featuring multiple output strengths, mounting options, different diffusers and their app that allows for linking multiple cubes and adjusting strobe speeds, it’s a well-thought-out tool with professional quality. It uses a custom fresnel based lens, has no hotspot, clean falloff and offers a really nice daylight tone which can be adjusted with their gels.

I was a little skeptical how often I’d use it figuring it was only something for night photos or if I was shooting some video in a dark part of the house but I was very wrong. In the past few weeks I’ve had one, it’s been used for a Skype audition, shooting videos inside and outside on my DSLR as well as my phone and even in a pinch as a flashlight to find something under the sink—it’s kind of brilliant like that and is, now, an official part of my kit.

If you have an iPhone, you can purchase a Lume Cube Creative Lighting Kit on Apple’s website. In addition to the Lume Cube, it comes with several gels, diffusers, and mounting options.

Buy Now: $90Buy Now: $150 (iPhone Kit)

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