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!
Together, we absolutely smashed our goal for the Adaptalux Stabiliser, thank you so much for all who supported the campaign! In total, we have raised over £6,945.
What Happens Now?
In the coming weeks, we will be sending out surveys to collect your addresses and pledge details (colour etc). Please keep an eye out for this.
Over the next 14 days, Kickstarter will collect your money and then it will be deposited into our bank account after this period. We are anticipating the 3D printer to get here on the 27th of February and from that point, we will start printing and optimising the design for 3D printing. Once the printer settings are optimised for making the stabilisers at the best possible quality, we will begin. We should be able to start shipping in March.
I Missed Out on the Kickstarter Campaign 🙁
If you just missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, do not worry! You can now pre-order the stabiliser through our online store.
Sorry for the silence once again, we have been focused on fixing a Chinese supplier issue on one of the parts, which was mentioned in the previous update. All the images throughout this update have been taken by Adaptalux users.
CHINESE SUPPLIER ISSUE
As we highlighted in our last update, our shipping schedule had taken a hit as a second batch of parts for Adaptalux were not correct due to our Chinese supplier making a mistake. This slowed us down considerably with our assembly and shipping process as it was such a vital part. Throughout this month we have been working with them to identify what went wrong and how to improve there production methods to ensure this does not happen again. We are pleased to report the issue has now been solved and the fully working parts are now on the way to us in the UK, we expect to receive them on Thursday.
Throughout the last few weeks, we have being shipping out 10 a week of the Ultimate pack award using parts from the good batch whilst we solved the supplier issue. From Thursday onwards, we will be solely focused on shipping and aiming to ship out 50 a week of the Ultimate Pack and following that 80 a week of the smaller packs. We aim to have all of the KS awards & website pre-orders shipped out by the 21st of October.
NEW SHIPPING SCHEDULE
Obviously, our original shipping schedule has been affected by this issue. You will receive a Kickstarter message with your tracking number once your Adaptalux has been dispatched, if you have not received this, your award has not yet been shipped. Our new schedule is as follows:-
Todays date – 16th September = ULTIMATE PACK Kickstarter Award shipping. (IN PROGRESS).
Week beginning 19th September – 30th September = COMBO PACK Kickstarter Award shipping.
Week beginning 3rd October – 14th October = STARTER PACK Kickstarter Award Shipping.
Week beginning 17th October – 21st October = WEBSITE PRE-ORDERS Shipping.
SUPER ULTIMATE MEGA PACKS – SHIPPED!
BETA TESTER PACKS – SHIPPED!
For those that have messaged me who are worried about if they will see there Adaptalux, do not worry, you 100% will see your Adaptalux. Projects take time and unexpected problems do occur, especially in a Kickstarter project that involves over 80 individual parts. Please be assured I am doing my best to get Adaptalux into your hands as quickly and efficiently as possible whilst retaining the high standard of quality we have set for this product.
For those of you that have received your Adaptalux and would like some of your images featured on here and via the Adaptalux social media channels, please either email your images to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit them to the Flickr Pool or Facebook Group.
So thats it for now everyone, please bare with me and thanks again for your patience 🙂
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.
“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.
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?
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,