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Portrait Lighting Using Only iPads

You’ve probably seen weird DIY light experiments before, but what about using only iPads as your main light sources? Photographer Jesse Rosten did just that, using 9 iPads (worth a cool $4,500) on maximum brightness on a recent photoshoot. On his blog, he writes,

Now before the haters start commenting let me first agree with you, yes, this is totally impractical (sidenote: most of my best ideas are often also my worst ideas). Nine iPads will set you back around $4,500. That amount of money can buy you a LOT of lumens in the form of a generic monobloc. This is not intended to be an exercise in excess, but rather a self-imposed limitation to help flex the creative muscles, and to make a point.

Think about it. One 60 watt bulb can put out more light that a truckload of iPads. And you don’t have to spend truckloads of cash to find a 60 watt. This whole making art thing is all about what you do with what you have. We just happened to have a bunch of iPads laying around so we went with that. Today’s dSLR sensors are sensitive enough that you could easily do this with some flashlights, headlights, headlamps, real lamps, or even – heaven forbid – real strobes! Now go forth and do!

Now we just sit back and wait for some copycat to try this idea with 81 iPod touches.

(via Videomaker)


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1319676587 António Medeiros

    wow amazing!

  • Hank_scorpio

    What a waste of time that is.

  • http://twitter.com/chungdha Chung Dha Lam

    waste of money could have bought a real light setup for that money. I wonder if digital picture frames does the work well too and those cost way less.

  • MrRocking

    I’m an average photographer who recognizes that the mere mention of an iPad will drive business traffic to my mediocre site…

    Self imposed limitation…. Sigh. Whatever you say darling. Wont be visiting your site.

  • MrRocking

    I’m an average photographer who recognizes that the mere mention of an iPad will drive business traffic to my mediocre site…

    Self imposed limitation…. Sigh. Whatever you say darling. Wont be visiting your site.

  • Carl

    What’s cooler than 9 iPads here is having four assistants, a makeup artist and a beautiful model.

  • http://twitter.com/DavidDiFranco David Di Franco

    Very cool idea! Surprisingly the lighting still managed to look awesome. Great video, too! I really enjoyed the nice edit.

  • http://twitter.com/AndyBoothPhoto Andy Booth

    What Application was he using!!?? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Harper/1349178923 Michael Harper

    He obviously is doing better than you on the pocket book! When you have talent you get to waste time and money – best of luck to you Hank!

  • jesus thats stupid

    Yes… I use my iPad as a lunch tray because its ironic and “creative”.

  • Guest

    That was ridiculous (and not in a good way). Admittedly, it’s a nice, diffused light, but why not just buy some Kino Flo’s (similar light with much more power) for less money?

    Also, let’s not forget that in order to actually be able to capture ANYTHING with that light, he had to buy a $2,000 lens to shoot at f/1.2; otherwise we’re talking f/2.8 at ISO 3200, and you need an expensive camera to work with that ISO.

    I just don’t get what the point is – using nearly $10,000 in gear (5k for the iPad’s, 2k for the lens, 3k on the camera) is NOT a limitation or ‘using stuff that is just lying around’. Ironically, his blog post before this one was titled, “Talent, Not Tools”, where he says photography is not about the equipment/gear. Hrmm…

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  • kampfjogurt

    just a total waste of time and money … taking pictures isn’t “cool” or a kind of art just because some hardware from Apple is (ab)used in a totally senseless way.

    the only nice thing in the video was the model ;-)

  • kampfjogurt

    just a total waste of time and money … taking pictures isn’t “cool” or a kind of art just because some hardware from Apple is (ab)used in a totally senseless way.

    the only nice thing in the video was the model ;-)

  • Jboyle79

    Wow – Some real haters missing the point here – he even says in the article that he knows this is a ridiculous set-up – he just wanted to know if it could be done. And also – since when does working at ISO 3200 require a $3,000 camera?? My D40 that cost me just shy of $500 can crank to ISO 3200… and my 35mm lens can open up to f/1.8… know how much that cost?? about $130.
    Granted your 9 ipads add a whacking great $4,500 to that tally, but you know what, my ipod touch can also do a passable job – http://www.flickr.com/photos/theinfamousjay/5148271014/ – This post – even with the massively extreme costs atatched – is about trying stuff just to see if it works, and not being a slave to the whole ‘I must have x and y kit’ mentality…

  • http://www.rpgmaster.wordpress.com/ RPG Master

    This was kinda goofy, but why is everyone thinking that they bought 9 iPads just for the shoot? Don’t you think maybe those were borrowed from the crew members and maybe a few friends?

  • http://TheProvince.com/liveat5 vanguy

    Interesting stuff!

  • Hsghjghjfgh

    What a proper wanker!

  • mike

    I dunno. Aside from impracticality, using and ISO of 800 just makes it both impractical and a bit redundant especially when daylight balanced bulbs bulbs cost so much less, and are easier to build fixtures out of. It’s definitely imaginative and creative, I’ll give it that, but there are so many cheaper, more effective alternatives.