Brono is a new Norwegian lighting solution that aims to “revolutionize” studio lighting by giving photographers more control and options. It’s basically a large grid of mirrors that can be individually adjusted.
The patent-pending invention is the brainchild of Svein Utigård, a professional photographer of over three decades.
Each Brono aluminum frame is a box that contains 12 protruding rods with magnetic ball heads. A mirror with a magnetic mount on the back can be connected to each ball head and moved in any direction.
Two Brono frames can be connected on their edges usinga hinge and then closed suitcase-style for transportation.
“By using many moving mirrors, the original light source splits into many light sources,” Brono says. “With these light sources, you can adjust the light for optimal use, in an infinite number of angles.”
Here’s a short 1-minute video showing how Brono can be used with both hard and soft lighting setups to light a subject:
Another universe of possibilities emerges when you use mirrors of different shapes and colors (with filters). And in addition to using Brono in a studio setting with constant lighting, you can also take it outdoors to bounce sunlight.
Here’s another short 1-minute video that offers glimpses into a workshop that was held for using Brono:
Here are some example photos that used Brono in their lighting setups — most of them were shot using a single flashlight, Brono says:
Brono was announced at CES 2018 earlier this year, and it’s now available for purchase for photographers in the US and in Europe. It’s not carried by any retailers or even in a Brono online store — it’ll be available “soon” through the website, the company says — but you can contact the company directly via email if you’re interested.