Take better iPhone photos in low-light
More than anything else I probably use my iPhone for taking photos, or playing around with the ones I’ve taken, sharing them on Instagram or scrolling through my camera roll in search for an image I might have overlooked. Notably absent from the hundreds of photos on my phone though, are those taken in low-light. The simple reason being that I am loathed to use the in-built camera as in my experience – the appalling quality of the results, render it completely useless. If I can’t get a decent shot with the natural light of the scene then I don’t even bother. However, a new credit card sized Bluetooth Wireless Flash – Nova – may pose as a solution to the deficiencies of the iPhone’s in-built flash:
How does Nova work?
The Nova is equipped with 40 LEDs, which are diffused through the white panel at the front so that you can light subjects more evenly and effectively. Whilst the bright LED flash on the iPhone has a tendency to produce over-exposed, harsh, flat shots, Nova can be used to create softer shadows for natural smoother skin tones and more depth to your photos (see comparison below).
The external flash pairs with your iPhone via Bluetooth 4.0 and works with the free companion Nova Camera App so that the flash will sync with your shutter. From the app you can choose from 3 different light modes (Gentle, Warm, and Bright) or make your own customisations to the colour temperature and brightness; and as it is not connected to the phone you can experiment with the angle and distance of your flash. The Nova is rechargeable via micro-USB and will last for up to 150 flashes (roughly 4 weeks on standby between charges).
How much will Nova set you back?
The Nova will set you back a pretty penny – $59.99 (+$10.95 for shipping outside the U.S.) – and is available to order from Bite My Apple and from Photojojo. But if like me you have been making the most of the summer sun for taking photos; with a few weeks for delivery it might just be worth the investment to keep you snapping during the shorter Autumn and Winter months…