The Adaptalux Studio solves the problem of macro photography lighting with it’s flexible arms and powerful LEDs, but there will always be the need for more light in some situations. More light = more control = more creative choices.
So with our recent kickstarter project, we have introduced the Lighting Arm-S. A super bright version of our standard white lighting arms, achieved by incorporation a TIR lens into the front of the lighting arm. This reduces the beam angle, but focuses the light from the LED more efficiently onto the subject, providing a noticeably brighter spot light on your subject
Better Macro Lighting
As we mentioned in the kickstarter, we consider the Arm-s to be more or a “side-grade” rather than an upgrade. By adding the lens you are sacrificing the wider beam angle of the standard white lighting arms. For those looking to get that extra power though, this is an easy trade-off.
The extra brightness of the white arms is especially useful when up close. Our close up shot of the pepper corns above is shot with the same lighting distance from the subject and the same settings. This means people practicing super close up photography will be better off with an arm-s, as the beam angle is less of a factor.
Garden Photography Lighting
While continuous light sources are not going to compete with the raw light output of a flash for things like capturing insects in flight, the Arm-S is more practical than ever for shooting outdoors, even during daytime. 2 or 3 white lighting arms easily overpowers modest daylight and gives you the extra lighting control you need when shooting in the field.
When it comes to applications for the Arm-S, the sky is the limit. Use it to fill in shadows, highlight backgrounds, or put a spotlight on an interesting part of a leaf. Because of the ability to attach the Adaptalux Studio to the camera, freehand macro photography is now very possible. See accurate metering through the viewfinder as you compose your shot and shoot with a high shutter speed to reduce camera shake. The brighter arms will allow for more flexibility in your camera settings than before and you will find shooting outdoors with Adaptalux Studio much easier.
Use a combo!
The super bright white arms are backwards compatible with the Studio range, so you can use them in combination with the wide beam of the standard whites, or use a blue arm to add an interesting splash of colour, the only limit is your creativity.
Try our Macro Photography Lighting – Back our Kickstarter
All of the Images in this post were shot using our new super bright lighting arms, part of our new EFX Lighting arm project. The project is now over 500% funded and will be finishing on the 31st December, so if you want to try our new Arm-S (along with other cool effects) check out our kickstarter and pledge to get your own EFX Lighting Arms.
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