Here is an update with regards to the progress of the Stabilisers! A lot has happened in the past 3 weeks.
Firstly, we received the 3D printer 8 days ago, much earlier than we anticipated, which was very pleasing. Since then, Sam has built and calibrated the machine precisely, to ensure the prints we get off the machine are of a high quality.
We are now in an ongoing process of printing out test Stabilisers using different print settings. This is to ensure the final settings we choose, print Stabilisers that are of high quality, strong and have a reasonable printing time. Here are some detailed photographs showing the level of detail you can expect and the layer visibility in grey filament.
We are starting to get high-quality consistent prints of the Stabiliser at 0.15mm layer heights, therefore we are anticipating we can start shipping on Wednesday the 6th of March, well ahead of schedule! We plan to make and ship, so each time a Stabiliser is made it will be shipped on the same day.
Get the Stabiliser Award (£48):- We will be making & shipping this reward in batches of each colour. Printing will be done based on this colour order (chosen on colour popularity): Black, Grey, Clear, Green, Red & finally Blue. This reward will be shipped between the 6th of March – 10th of April.
Carbon Black Stabiliser (£64):- This reward will be manufactured and shipped after the above reward is completed. We anticipate shipping to begin for this reward between the 10th – 28th April.
Metal Composite Stabiliser (£75):- This reward will be shipped in March.
I have sent a voucher to everyone who participated in this Kickstarter campaign for 5% off our online store to be used with pack purchases. Please check your Kickstarter messages and go to http://www.adaptalux.com/shop to use them.
We are exhibiting at the Photography Show in Birmingham NEC from the 18th – 22nd of March. Come and visit our stand (C137)!
Captured an amazing photo using an Adaptalux? Send it to us or tag #adaptalux and we will share your work via our social media pages to our amazing community for extra exposure for you.
That’s it for now everyone, I will post another update when we start shipping!
We have just dropped a new Kickstarter campaign for the Adaptalux Stabiliser. Check it out by clicking on the image below.
The Adaptalux Stabiliser is the perfect companion for your Adaptalux studio. Based on your feedback from last weeks survey, we have put together a new campaign. Back our new campaign and get the stabiliser at a Kickstarter discounted price.
Furthermore, if you do not own an Adaptalux studio or you simply want another one, now is the time to get one. Anyone who buys a Stabiliser through our new campaign will receive a 3% discount voucher, which can be used for pack purchases via our online store. This results in an amazing 20% off thanks to our January sale.
Please share the new campaign via social media. Thanks for your amazing support as always.
Take this opportunity to buy more Adaptalux products for your pack, or consider purchasing more packs to expand your Adaptalux studio capabilities, even more! Having two units will allow for more lighting combinations and greater lighting control.
There is still plenty of time to enter our Adaptalux Competition for a chance to win a limited edition starter pack. Everyone who already owns an Adaptalux studio has the chance to get 15 additional entries by reviewing your pack through our store, take advantage of this to increase your chance of winning!
Seasons Greetings everyone! As promised, this update is crammed full of information with regards to where Adaptalux is now and what is left to do over the next couple of months.
Throughout this update there are Christmas macro photos taken by Sam using Adaptalux.
Lighting Arms Manufacturing Progress:-
The Lighting Arms are really taking shape now. We have all of the components and electronics apart from the male Adaptalux connector. This means, after Christmas the rest of the Lighting Arm sub-assemblies can take place here in the UK and then they can be finally finished off once the male adaptalux connectors arrive (expected beginning of January). Sam has been busy assembling some Lighting Arms to establish the optimum techniques to be used so we can assemble them quickly, yet keeping the very high standards of quality we have set ourselves.
Diffusers/Colour Filters Manufacturing Progress:-
Again, the diffusers and colour filters will be assembled in the UK after Christmas. The mass production quantities of the plastic parts have been manufactured, sonic welded together and are scheduled to get here on the 29th of December. The other parts we received quite some time back now. For those of you who missed it, here is the image of some trial assemblies Sam made a few weeks back using injection moulding samples.
Control Pod Manufacturing Update:-
The Control Pod will, as we have always said, be the last part to be assembled as it is the most complex. We have bullet pointed the list of jobs associated with the Control Pod below:-
Button assemblies and associated parts are complete and manufactured, waiting on the Control Pod Shell to be finished.
Electronics is now very close to being finished. These will then be turned in to a PCB design so they can be manufactured.
Part that the PCB mounts too has been sent off for tooling, we expect a quick turn around for this as it is a simple non-cosmetic part.
Bluetooth is working and on the electronic board, we just need to write the parameters for communication between the Control Pod and the App.
Female Adaptalux Connector is complete and signed off for mass production. Front plates are here in the UK, ready to be assembled.
Product Sticker that will go on the underside needs to be designed and printed.
Control Pod Shell has been injection molded for trial runs and testing. We are having a few teething problems getting the two halves to sonic weld together, but we have been assured it will work and we are expecting some news on this any time this week. Once this works, the tooling will be textured and samples will be sent to us for approval with button assemblies, assembled inside.
As you can see there is a fair amount left to do to this, but we feel it will all fall into place quite quickly once the Control Pod Shell is approved. We have improved the Control Pod, thus the Adaptalux overall functionality significantly since the Kickstarter campaign, and we assure you the wait will be worth it.
We are expecting to be able to assemble the Control Pod in early February if all goes smoothly and then we will be able to start our shipping schedule. BETA testers will be priority with a 4 week gap between other pledger shipping.
Sam had another meeting with the packaging company last Friday, who have taken Adaptalux on. Sam was amazed with the results and the prototypes using just card so it is fully recyclable! As you may have seen in a previous update, the packaging has been designed to double up as a transport case for your Adaptalux parts. The design is going to be optimised in the first week of January, and then the nets will be sent to James, who will apply the Adaptalux graphics for printing. We expect the packaging to be fully finished and delivered for the end of January.
The prototypes below are of the ULTIMATE PACK BOX. The COMBO PACK and STARTER PACK will be half the depth of this box, much more like a miniature cardboard suitcase. The Individual boxes for the Lighting Arms and Diffusers/Colour Filters are yet to be prototyped, but these will be very simple to do once the packs are complete.
The Instruction manual first draft we have had completed for quite some time now. Here is a sneaky preview of a page from it below.
We plan to release this as a download in January with a survey to complete for us to gauge if you understand it clearly or not. The final version will be printed and included in every pack and it will also be available to download as a pdf through our website.
CE & FCC Marking:-
Once we have a complete Adaptalux set, it will be sent off for CE marking and FCC approval immediately to a company near London, UK. We are hoping we will be able to get something sent off end of January, so approval should come nicely in time for launch.
Well, thats it for now everyone. We would like to thank you again for supporting us throughout the year. At this time last year, Adaptalux was just been finished as a master prototype for filming Kickstarter campaign. We feel it has developed leaps and bounds since the success of the Kickstarter, and we could not thank our amazing little community enough.
We have some exciting new announcements to make next year so keep tuned!
We wish everyone and their families a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Another quick update guys regarding the launch of the BETA version of the Adaptalux iOS App.
This evening at 5:30pm (UK Time) we officially launched the BETA version of the Adaptalux App. It is valid for 30 days. Thank you to everyone who wanted to be a tester, you should all receive a email notification to your provided email address with instructions on how to download the App via TestFlight.
We still have places available for testing the App, so if you missed the last update or forgot to leave a comment, then please leave a comment below and we will get you added to the tester list.
IMPORTANT APP INFOMATION FOR TESTERS:-
It is essential that you read this before testing the app. It’s important to remember this is a BETA version of the App, therefore features are missing that will be in the full version.
In this version we are interested in getting feedback from our testers on some of the core functionality to create and save lighting profiles within the App in a “offline” mode. We would like you to test and give feedback on the following:-
1. Logging into the app (there are no set logins at present you can simply use username: Test and password Test or any other combination you wish)
2. Test creating a new lighting profile via the + button, which is top right of the main menu.
3. Test adding a Lighting Arm to the pod by tapping on a pod connection.
4. Test changing Lighting Arm LED brightness once you have added a connection.
5. Test adding additional Lighting Arms.
6. Test adding an Effect Component to a Lighting Arm .
7. Test saving a lighting set-up.
8. Test loading a saved lighting set-up.
In addition to the above we have sent out target surveys to all testers for feedback on the usability of the app and first impressions based on the instructions above. This survey is optional, but by completing it you will be really helping us develop this App in to something spectacular for launch. This is your chance to get directly involved with the App development. There are 17 questions and it will take no longer than 4 minutes to complete.
Features currently missing from the App:-
As this is a BETA version of the App, some key features are currently missing that will be there in the full version.
The beta version of the Adaptalux App does not currently support lighting studio bluetooth connection.
World Library is not yet available. This currently will take you to your local saved Lighting set-ups.
Menu Icons:- Settings, Adaptalux Photo Stream and Adaptalux Store do not currently work.
Saving a profile:- The ability to add a description has been disabled for now. The ability to tag and categorise profiles will be added in the full version. Alongside this any abilities relating to the “World Library” are not currently present. We will also be adding the ability to upload close up photos captured using the Lighting profile to the set-up.
Lighting Control:- User Set Sleep and battery performance icons not yet added.
Known bugs in the current version of the App:-
As this is a early version of the App, there are still some bugs we are working on.
When reloading a saved profile with selected filters, the filters do not display on the connections
Description text input when saving a profile is currently disabled
Profile details are not displayed on iPhone 4s due to screen size, there will be an additional button added to get to this section.
Effect components are not disabled when there are no Lighting Arms selected.
Navigating the Adaptalux App:-
In the full release version we are going to have some pop-up help balloons appear over the interface of the app for the first few times you use it. This will help you learn how to use the Adaptalux App and will show you some great features. For this BETA version, we have taken some screenshots and annotated them on this update as a “mini help guide”.
Thanks everyone, we can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the BETA version Adaptalux App. If you have any problems, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for direct help.
A much BIGGER (& festive) update is on the way next week.
Thank you again to all of our backers on Kickstarter for making Adaptalux a reality! Here is the Wall of fame image, which contains the names and some faces of people who backed at pledge awards “Little Snapper” & “sharing’s Caring”. Of course, a huge thank you to the other 499 backers too!
This image is also now on our home page!
Click on the image below to see the full size version.
So what is macro photography? Technically speaking, macro photography is creating a subject of at least 1:1 scale on your camera sensor. This means when the photo off the sensor is scaled up on a computer, it shows incredible details. Revealing these details that are invisible to the naked eye is fascinating and allows for boring subjects, such as a bottle of fairy liquid for example (below), to become something amazing.
Apart from the fact macro photography provides great eye candy, it also inspires and educates. Seeing things for the first time not only opens your eyes, it also provides you with knowledge and experiences that can be shared with other people. What do I mean by this? Personally for me, when I see something new through a macro lens it not only captivates me, but it also starts a learning process. Why does it look like that? Why is it behaving like that?
Take this macro picture of a Fly I took for example. Suddenly it isn’t just a ‘Fly’ anymore, but a fantastic piece of creation and engineering. Look at how the plates fit together. Why do the wings look like that? Every detail of this fly is like that for a reason, for survival, through evolution. It is an almost perfect machine. For me this helps inspire my design work as I can capture these new miniature feats of engineering in incredible detail and translate them though to my design work. I might use it for aesthetic inspiration, or even better, functional inspiration. My point is, you can use macro photography to gain NEW observations that can help build upon important things in your life and if you can share those experiences with other people, even better.
The great thing is macro photography does not have to be difficult to learn. You do not need to buy expensive lenses. All of my macro work is shot by reversing old prime lenses off eBay, which cost about £20. Here is a great article on macro shooting using reversed lenses.
For lighting, begin by just getting to grips with the basics, such as focal distances, aperture, exposure, all of which can be done well under direct sunlight. Then once you get confident with the basics, why not give Adaptalux a go?
I hope this post has inspired you to look into macro photography. I will be doing some video tutorials on macro photography using Adaptalux very soon. If you have any questions, post below and I will respond to them as soon as I can.
Thank you for reading this post and supporting Adaptalux,