From time to time, there are very interesting photography-related campaigns on Kickstarter. One of them is Illuminati, a wireless light and color meter for photography and filmmaking. It syncs with your smartphone to help you adjust the lights on set, measure white balance even in the trickiest situations and set your camera to take the color-correct shots.
There are a few benefits to using this gadget to improve your photography and videos. In his recent video, Jay P. Morgan gives you several reasons why you should use this color meter and how you can benefit from it.
The Illuminati meter is the world’s first Bluetooth light and color meter that works wirelessly with smartphones. It’s small and compact and you can place it anywhere in the scene. It will measure the ambient light and color and send the readings to the related app, along with the suggestion for the camera settings. It’s the first system that lets you use multiple sensors simultaneously. You can meter foregrounds and backgrounds, set strobe ratios, or monitor and manage multiple light sources or large areas at the same time.
Jay P. Morgan recommends this color meter, and he gives five reasons for using it. It can help you in various tricky situations, and these are some of them:
1. Measure the color temperature when shooting in natural light
When you’re outside, the color of light doesn’t only depend on the sun. There are reflections from different surfaces, and all of them cast different colors. Illuminati meter will help you measure the color of light and set the white balance and exposure for the perfect skin tones.
Of course, you can always use a gray card in a situation like this, but there are other situations where it could not be enough on its own.
2. Measure color temperature indoors
In a way, this is similar to shooting outdoors. Only here there aren’t only reflections of light off different surfaces, but also different types of lights. Again, the color meter could help you get the best settings and results.
3. Match LEDs to the practicals in the room
If you’re using LED lights for indoor shooting, the color meter can help you measure the correct color of every light and match the color of LED with them.
4. Test the lights to check if they’re consistent with one another
If there are different lights on set, you can test each of them to make sure they all have the same output. The Illuminati app will even suggest the gels you should use to correct the lights and level them so they all have the same temperature.
5. Measure the color of the strobe and ambient light
A good color meter can measure the color of the strobe and the ambient, so you can correct the strobe and match these two lights. The Illuminati color meter can measure the color of the strobe and suggest the corrections.
The Illuminati color meter is easy to use, and you can connect it to your smartphone or smart watch. It’s fairly inexpensive, too. You can preorder one for $229, along with a case, accessories and the app, and the shipping is expected to begin in September 2017. And for more information, head over to their Kickstarter campaign and see other offers and details.