Shipping Update + Customer Photos!

Hello all,

Image captured by David Robson using his Adaptalux.

Image captured by David Robson using his Adaptalux.

Throughout this update we have featured some BETA TESTER Kickstarter award photos, photographed using their Adaptalux’s. Don’t just take our word for what Adaptalux can do, see the real life results people are already achieving with this product.

Shipping update:-

We are pleased to announce that the SUPER MEGA ULTIMATE AWESOME PACKS have now been shipped. If you are a SUPER MEGA ULTIMATE AWESOME Pack backer then you should expect to receive your awards in the next 5 days depending on location.

Image captured by John Stevenson using his Adaptalux

Image captured by John Stevenson using his Adaptalux

On a negative note, unfortunately our shipping schedule has taken a slight hit on time last week. We received the second half of a batch of one of the key Adaptalux sub-assemblies for the Pods, and unfortunately our Chinese supplier have made an assembly error on these particular ones. They are now working hard on re-making them and we should expect to receive them again within 2 – 3 weeks. Errors like this are well known when using Chinese suppliers on a tight manufacturing budget. We are confident the mistake will be amended and we are pleased are supplier is working with us, admitting to the error and working quickly to amend it.

The updated anticipated shipping schedule is as follows:-

  • Week beginning 8th August – 19th August = ULTIMATE PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
  • Week beginning 22nd August – 2nd September = COMBO PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
  • Week beginning 5th September August – 16th September = STARTER PACK Kickstarter Award Shipping.
  • Week beginning 19th September – 23rd September = ALL WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED.
  • SUPER ULTIMATE MEGA PACKS – SHIPPED!
  • BETA TESTER PACKS – SHIPPED!

We hope you can understand this small delay and again we thank you for your amazing patience and support.

Another Image by David Robson of a hot wheels car.

Another Image by David Robson of a hot wheels car.

Thats it for now everyone. We are still working tirelessly in assembling and shipping out your rewards. As mentioned in our previous update, you can help us out a little by sharing Adaptalux social media channels and photos, to help spread the word!

Another image photographed by John Stevenson with some colour filters added.

Another image photographed by John Stevenson with some colour filters added.

As we begin to get more customer photos, we will begin doing some posts dedicated to sharing and celebrating your photography using Adaptalux. Hopefully it can become a regular thing depending on how many photos we receive!

Sam + the team!

Your Macro Photos!

Hello,

Here is a selection of our favourite macro photos submitted to us by you! We love seeing your photography work, so please carry on sending us your photos. We hope some of these photos inspire you to try capturing different subjects using different photographic lighting techniques.

Image submitted by Martin St Aubrey
Image submitted by Martin St Aubrey

We love this photo. We really like how the insect really pops out and shows excellent detail. Bugs are so cool!

Image submitted by Bob Latham
Image submitted by Bob Latham

Another great shot of a fly side profile. We really like how the insect contrasts amazingly against the black background.

Image submitted by Dave Hill
Image submitted by Dave Hill

Ice is a fantastic subject for macro photography. It comes in loads of different forms and we think Dave has captured this amazing shot superbly. The Ice has literally frozen the grass in time.

Image submitted by David Hidding
Image submitted by David Hidding

An amazing floral macro photograph by David. We really like the composition of the flower with the bright centre drifting off to the soft red petals.

Image submitted by David Rodger-Sharp
Image submitted by David Rodger-Sharp

A super close up of a flower. The colours are really vibrant and amazing, and is it just us… or does it kinda look like a friendly monster face? Awesome.

Image submitted by Helen Errington
Image submitted by Helen Errington

This shot is great and is of some fibre optic cable ends. Subjects like this can make amazingly abstract photographs that are different and unique. We think this would make an amazing desktop wall paper Helen!

Image submitted by Karl
Image submitted by Karl

Awesome water droplet shot by Karl. Choosing a good background to go with your subject is very important, as this image shows.

Image submitted by Marc Imhof
Image submitted by Marc Imhof

Awesome image of a insect submitted to us by Marc. The pose is striking, which makes the photo engaging. Great shot of the eyes too!

Image submitted by Michel Frossard
Image submitted by Michel Frossard
Image submitted by Michel Frossard
Image submitted by Michel Frossard

Had to include two of the photos submitted by Michel of his floral macro images. They are outstanding, using a light to highlight specific areas of a flower. The colours blend together really well and the images have a great contrast.

Image submitted by Sam Holt
Image submitted by Sam Holt

A product shot of a watch by Sam. Awesome image, it looks like a computer render! This reminds us that we need to give this a go using Adaptalux!

Thank you for submitting us your images. Sorry if we didn’t include yours, we can only feature some of them. Lets do this again soon, it was fun.

Many thanks,

The Adaptalux Team.

7 Signs You’re a Born Macro Photographer

Hi there,

Here is a list of the 7 signs that you’re a born macro photographer

1. Attention to detail – Your eyes are drawn to small details.

2. Inquisitive – Are you always asking yourself I wonder what that looks like from a different perspective? Or I wonder how that works?

3. An explorer – You like to see new places… Why not do some exploring down a macro lens.

4. Creative – A creative person makes the best types of macro photographs that are unique and stand out.

5. You have an interest in nature – Nature provides some of the very best macro subjects.

6. Like a photography challenge – Macro photography can be a great way to challenge and improve your photography skills.

7. Patience – Macro photography often involves been incredibly patient.

Do you tick some of these boxes? Then give macro photography a try, we think you will love it!

If you have anymore ideas to add to this list, then let us know in the comments below!

Thanks,

The Adaptalux Team

Why Start Macro Videography?

Hello,

You may have seen my post a few weeks ago, why start macro photography?

I have decided to write a similar post but turning my attention to macro videography. Most modern digital cameras have the ability to produce HD video recordings. This is great news for the photography market in general, as it means you no longer have to buy a camera and a video recorder, you get both in one package.

There is also another huge advantage to this, you can now shoot macro photos and video without changing your photographic equipment. See some amazing movement in your viewfinder? Just hit that record button and then go back to snapping still shots. Its easy, and with Adaptalux its even easier. There is now no need to change your lighting configurations for photos and videos, Adaptalux does both.

Check out this video of a really ordinary subject, washing-up liquid. Add a macro lens, some unique lighting and start filming and suddenly you are immersed in a completely new world. Everyone with a computer can get some free video editing software such as iMovie or Movie maker. Do more with the videos you capture and turn them into stories.

Macro videography allows you to see the amazing miniature worlds seen down a macro lens in real time. Compare it to been an ant, and how they see the world, its incredible, its inspiring.

Go try macro videography now, you will not be disappointed. If you would like any help or tips, then send us a message below!

Many thanks,

Sam

 

 

Adaptalux – Macro Photography Lighting For Everyone.

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“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” – Dorothea Lange 

When I began shooting macro photography about 7 years ago, I was excited but also a little apprehensive. Why was I apprehensive? Because of the lighting skills I needed to learn to create a good macro photograph. Just type the phrase ‘macro photography lighting’ into Google, and you are confronted by countless articles and pictures portraying numerous ways of lighting up a macro subject that is almost overwhelming, especially to beginners.

Whenever I take a photograph, I always keep this phrase in mind that a family member taught me, “capturing a photo is not just about capturing a particular subject, but to also create a unique interpretation of that subject and share it with the world”. For many, including myself, existing macro lighting equipment makes it difficult to achieve the second part of this phrase.

 

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This got me thinking, why does macro photography have to be such a big learning curve for beginners? Why is current macro photography lighting equipment limiting and time consuming to use? It came down to one answer: simplicity. Simplicity is a key factor that influences both the physical and psychological nature of how a user interacts with a product.

Adaptalux has been designed to make macro photography easy and accessible to photographers of all abilities. Furthermore, it has been designed to allow photographers to “create a unique interpretation of that subject and share it with the world”. To achieve this, I designed Adaptalux around a modular design, which allows you to physically ‘build’ a lighting environment around a subject quickly and intuitively all under one product. This links closely with the quote by Ansel Adams: You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” Because of this approach, Adaptalux is completely unique to each user as there are no limitations as to how it can be used. The product adapts to your existing photography skills, effectively removing any learning curve.

I designed Adaptalux around some of the most powerful LED chips currently on the market. This allows for continuous lighting, so the photographer has direct visual feedback of the lighting environment and how it is affecting the subject at all times. This gives the photographer confidence before they have even taken a photo, which is key, for allowing macro photography skills to develop and flourish. Another important factor about continuous light is the ability to create macro films. Most DSLR and digital cameras now have the ability to produce video, so why not unleash that capability on the macro world. You will be amazed at what you can create.

 

 

Because of these factors, Adaptalux essentially is an adaptive miniature lighting studio. It brings macro exploration to everyone in an easy and unrestrictive manner.

Macro photography inspires me to innovate through what I see down a macro lens, what will it do for you?

Adaptalux Tutorial: Episode One

Hello!

We hope you are enjoying the new website. Here is a first of a series of video blogs we are going to be making, showing you various ways of using Adaptalux.

In this episode Sam covers the Lighting Arms, showing how dynamic they are by building a lighting setup step by step around a macro subject.

The result:-

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Hope you enjoy watching. In the next episode we will start exploring some of the Adaptalux Effect Components.

Thanks!

Why Start Macro Photography?

Hi all,

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.

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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?

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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?

leafI 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,

Sam