Windows/Mac: There are plenty of apps you can use to put on a little light show in your house (or geek den) if you’ve bought into Philips’ Hue ecosystem. My room is full of the company’s expensive colour-changing LED bulbs, and I’ve checked out a few of these apps, but generally don’t need to make my room look like an exploding volcano on a regular basis. These kinds of apps are fun for parties, but not all that practical for everyday use.
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iOS/Android: Philips has released a major update to its Hue app that actually makes it worth using. And I'm not being over the top when I say that; prior to this update, the Hue app was a mess. It felt like it took forever to load; the user interface was challenging, to put it nicely; and it made me set off on a hunt for the best third-party apps I could use to control my fancy Hue lights without the headache and stress of the official Hue app.
For decades, photo and video equipment was designed and tested with only white subjects in mind. Lighting darker skin tones takes a different approach than lighting pale ones. Ava Berkofsky, director of photography on HBO's Insecure, tells Mic how her team beautifully lights the show's black actors, and Mic reporter Xavier Harding demonstrates some of the techniques below.
I recently purchased a few smart bulbs and have plans to expand my collection of smart lights. I did notice a small inconvenience during setup, however: It was hard to tell which bulb was which without staring into an app. So I added a visual aid to my bulbs using emoji stickers. It's a lot easier to see the "banana" light is out instead of trying to figure out which bulb is "Hue living room bulb 7" while your ceiling fan is off.
Video: Most of us don't have a plain light on an open fixture or lamp in our homes, but if you do, or have a lamp you'd like to dress up, this video from The Lighting Channel has 10 different ways to dress up a light bulb and make it look a little better -- or at least make it blend in a bit with your home decor.
We've shared a number of budget-friendly, DIY solutions to light up your photos and videos. But maybe you still need something that's equally as easy on the wallet and sturdy to hold up your DIY lights. Well, here you go: a light stand that's made out of PVC and costs you less than $10.
It isn't just the camera that separates a professional-looking video from an amateur one. You need excellent and proper lighting, too, and it all begins with a strong grasp of three-point lighting. This video explains what you need to know in a bit over two minutes.