Book a Shoot During Your Next Boring Meeting

Why endure yet another "strategic planning session" at work when you can secretly be shooting away in your studio instead?

Remember to nod your head occasionally, and make eye contact with the speaker every few minutes as you appear to be inputting important notes from the meeting on your iPhone. Trust me, they don't want to be there any more than you do. They'll never notice.

Oh, and for the record: I know this is a capabilities video, but that is way too damn many light sources for shooting a bendy stick figure.

:: Studio Light Rigger app :: (iTunes)



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Blogger Tim Skipper Photography said...

I will be so happy next year. Iphone is finally coming to Verizon (according to my sources in the local Verizon store).

If correct then I can finally have cool apps that work.

Thanks for making me envious.

August 19, 2010 12:28 AM  
Blogger Tim Skipper Photography said...

I will be so happy next year. Iphone is finally coming to Verizon (according to my sources in the local Verizon store).

If correct then I can finally have cool apps that work.

Thanks for making me envious.

August 19, 2010 12:28 AM  
Blogger Georgi Anastasov said...

Hehe, that looks fun! I hope we'll have it soon for iPad:))

August 19, 2010 12:39 AM  
Blogger Aharon Delacruz said...

Great looking App, I'll wait for the iPad version :)

August 19, 2010 12:48 AM  
Blogger Patey North said...

What an awesome app. Any word of an Android version?

August 19, 2010 1:43 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

great app!
though it would be better for me too in android-version :-(

August 19, 2010 2:30 AM  
Blogger Mei said...

Doesn't let you see how light falls on the subjects face which is very important. They should have given the little guy (girl?) eye sockets and a nose.

Are the lighting setups stuck inside your iphone or can they be exported somehow?

August 19, 2010 3:29 AM  
Blogger Dragos said...

There are a few on the Android Market, but not so complex. I'm talking about free ones, don't know about paid `cause I don't have access to them in my country

August 19, 2010 5:07 AM  
Blogger davidheadley said...

Very cool app. I'd love to have a real iPad version and one for Android too.

August 19, 2010 7:10 AM  
Blogger Paulo Raimundo said...

No power control? And i dont know if distance works. So this is just a foo foo version of the other apps out there. I like being abel to adjust the heigth.

August 19, 2010 7:11 AM  
Blogger davidheadley said...

Very cool app. I'd love to have a real iPad version, and one for Android too.

August 19, 2010 7:11 AM  
Blogger rmrf said...

App has a lot of possibilities to improvement. But good idea. Too simple for $6. :(

August 19, 2010 8:59 AM  
Blogger Max said...

no music?

August 19, 2010 9:29 AM  
Blogger R Reed said...

According to Apple's web site

Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 2.2.1 or later.

So it looks as if it's already iPad Compatible

August 19, 2010 10:14 AM  
Blogger akoloskov said...

Nice app to play with on a boring meeting:-) Not sure if it will be a real use of it:
In most cases photographer's experience should be enough to predict how each light source will affect the whole picture, plus the models are very different: bold mad v.s long hair blonde will need quite different lighting... Do they have a blonde for me in that app? :-)))

Wondering if they will release it for Android OS..

August 19, 2010 10:24 AM  
Blogger Nikica said...

Is there anything like this but for PC and WIN XP??

August 19, 2010 10:56 AM  
OpenID damnuglyphotography said...

Christ...if only Dick Avedon had this app, then just maybe he could have tried a few more interesting lighting setups instead of the same old boring crap he trotted out again and again and again!

I hate to sound like a curmudgeonly Bridge Troll, but are we becoming so app-dependent that without the benefit of a program on a smart phone we can't figure out how to light a portrait?!! I honestly believe that all these apps are de-evolving the human race into slack-jawed, pre-hominid morons! I'm getting sick of walking the streets and having to watch out for the twits who walk face-down, eyes glued to their iPhones scanning the internet, checking the oh-so important emails or just playing Paper Toss. More than once I have purposely shoulder-blocked one of these tech-junkies just to let him know that just occasionally he should keep his eyes on where he's going instead of updating his facebook profile!


August 19, 2010 11:25 AM  
Blogger Ryan S. said...

Looks kind of cool, but I doubt I'd ever actually use it. I'd rather sketch a setup in a notebook quick.

Regardless, I went into the app store prepared to spend a buck or two. $6(as a "limited time price decrease?")?? I'll pass.

Minus the shoulder checking, and at the risk of derailing the conversation, I mostly agree with what Brad said. America's getting less intelligent more overweight because everyone wants everything NOW with little effort.

With that said, I'm off to play Angry Birds on my iPhone on the toilet. Have a great day everyone.

August 19, 2010 1:52 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

I found that video hilarious - does that make me a lighting geek? That'd be OK cos it'd mean I'm starting to understand it a little...

August 19, 2010 4:39 PM  
Blogger steven said...


Fanastic on strobist :)!/pages/steven-teague-photography/121972787815959?ref=sgm

I'm the developer of the app, the app was written mainly people like me (I'm a photographer to )

It's not really an aid to lighting but main times I've gone to a shoot and wondered how I did so and so shoot - so this helps me to remember (in a jazzy way)

The app may look simple because it makes making the rigs easy but underneath is a many hours of work and a fully 3d engine that now the frame work is done can be expanded - the app is anything but simple as it takes care of many issues (like lining up strobes with the model)

I see the price comments, I really wonder why £3.49 is a lot for an a useful app when I remember paying £7.99 for games on the zx spectrum 25 years ago! £800 quids worth of apple stuff and plus developer licenses (more brass gone) + many many hours of dev time - i'm very unlikely to get the dev cost back ( not that it matters so much ) as the market for such an app is quite low - but lets be real that wouldn't even buy a ebay knock off CP filter.

Honestly thanks for the comments and great site ( learnt many tricks off here)

Steve :)

August 19, 2010 5:16 PM  
Blogger info said...

Are the lighting setups stuck inside your iphone or can they be exported somehow?

Yeah, I believe there's an optic sync to VAL


August 19, 2010 6:33 PM  
Blogger Heipel said...

Dave: Yes Hal?

Hal: You need to raise the rim light a bit and soften the key a tad. Would you like me to do the calculations for the ratios?

Dave: No Hal, I'll use my iPhone. Hal?

Hal: Yes Dave?

Dave: Hal, breathing is getting difficult. Um, have you shut off the life support systems?

Hal: No, Dave. My battery and your iPhone's battery are both showing plus 65% charge and both are rated for working in the new 9.2% oxygen in air ratio regime I've just implemented.

Dave: Hal!!, the standard mix is 21% oxygen!

Hal: Have your iPhone app fix it, Dave.

August 19, 2010 10:09 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Cool app. - I gues that finally I have to invest into a iPhone or iPad soon.
Maybe this app can go in conjunction with this neat app - saw it on Turns your iPad into various lightsources:
(Not a fully blown softbox, but it's funny).

August 20, 2010 2:50 AM  
Blogger Tibo said...

I love the idea!! Thanks!

August 20, 2010 3:25 AM  
Blogger Alex Smith said...

I love the looks of this, but I think it'd be too small on an iphone.....waiting for an iPad version..

August 20, 2010 2:04 PM  
OpenID xsportseeker said...

Interesting software... if anyone knows something similar but for PCs, let me know!
It might take a while for me to get my iPad...

August 20, 2010 7:12 PM  
OpenID xspblog said...

Interesting software... if anyone knows something similar but for PCs, let me know!
It might take a while for me to get my iPad...

August 20, 2010 7:13 PM  
Blogger steven said...


An Android version is possible as the APP is written in a cross platform SDK.

The APP uses 3d hardware and multitouch (for pinch zoom) so as long as the phone has those I don't see why not (though a good android phone and the license cost a fair bit but I really need to upgrade some of my wedding kit :( so it might be a while lol)

An Ipad only version would be quite nice, the App currently runs at 2x as other Apps, again wedding kit blah blah lol

Cheers all.

August 20, 2010 7:29 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

looks very interesting. I may try it.

August 21, 2010 9:43 AM  
Blogger felix said...

Yet another toy for the gear-heads!

I can't see any good photographer wanting or using this.

August 21, 2010 9:59 AM  
Blogger "Chicago Dave" said...

I do believe we just found my new favorite pastime for riding the 'L'! (Chicago's public transit train system)

That looks awesome - Thanks!

August 21, 2010 1:59 PM  
Blogger J. Wesley Brown said...

David - I'm really surprised you haven't posted about this new blog yet:

August 23, 2010 4:24 PM  
Blogger Carlos S said...

Hola, ¿es posible que desarrollen esta aplicacion para Windows Mobile 6.5?

Hello, is it possible to develop this application for Windows Mobile 6.5?

August 25, 2010 2:47 PM  
Blogger lawsonpix said...

Wow amazing! kinda takes the fun out of shooting real people though. But I'll but get it anyway.

August 26, 2010 9:26 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

Well I for one bought the app and are rather disappointed!!!!
I sent as much to the developers.

The biggest flaw in my opinion is that you can only watch the light on the model as it is coming from 1 (only one) light source....
My question is, what the H do I need it for then.
I would like to see an end result from using the different lights in different places and look at them all combined!
I can place a single desklamp at something to see how it behaves but the power of this app would be to not have a need for so many a light.

I can see past the fact that distance has no effect on power and I don't even mind the fact that there is absolutely no power difference to be set whatsoever, even the fact that the lights you can use are limited doesn't really bother me, but the fact that you can only see one light at a time on the model really really bugs me and makes me wish I hadn't bought the app, which is just too bad because it looks like an app with a lot of potential!!!!

My advice to the developers is (and I know how painstaking the process of building and submitting (and getting approval) an app is, encorporate at least the light thing in your next update and make it a fast one.

Hey a lot of us saw Strobox as THE app when it started out and it had plenty shortcomings (to my opinion) but I would say this is a more fundamental problem.

And to knit an end (as we say in NL) to this little rant of mine: I still like the GUI, looks, idea, and everything this app can be(come)!


August 31, 2010 2:56 PM  
Blogger steven said...

Well I for one bought the app and are rather disappointed!!!!
Hi Alex,
I sorry you feel disappointed in SLR, as in the App discription the App is for people (like me) who wants to note existing setups and have them on me at hand.
The function your disappoint in ( to see a final render) was never advertisted and the video (show) and instructions state only the selected light is shown on the model.
While a final render would be nice but the hardware only supports 2 hardware lights (direction and amibent) and would require a full software renderer which is well beyond what the app was meant to do (not until the hardware get better anyway) at the moment, though I will visit this again in future.
The next update (in apple testing now) includes
Full 3d camera view (you can roam about anywhere) and move objects mode, and the model view is now a view from your camera (the one in the scene) and a fair number of other changes (mostly from good feedback from users) such as being able to have notes attached to note your settings for each object now....( on the video page is a link to another video)
The update after that already includes many new objects, and some other ideas I have.
the program is evolving (with feed back from good people such as yourself) - and I've had many great comments (and a few not so great) - but the app has a very limited market and really what are your expections for a £2.50 squids program?
Thanks Again

September 01, 2010 5:15 AM  
Blogger Caleb said...

This looks totally sweet!

September 01, 2010 1:50 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

For Android users, check out Studio Buddy. But this app is the only one I know of that attempts 3D.

I didn't think phones were powerful enough to do this. To do this right IMHO, I would have thought you'd have to do ray tracing and even on a PC, that takes a while. You also have to model the lighting modifiers properly to do edges, etc. Just craploads of work for users to gripe that $6 is too much money for a few months of work ;-)

September 09, 2010 2:18 PM  
Blogger steven said...

Hi all,

Ok, took the comments from this site and thought about how to do what you guys want.

While by far the most wanted option was to see all the lights affect the model (now it's models) - well you cant have lights without shadows (those were a right pain to do on the iphone).

While SLR is (still) for me a jotter down type program, the preview is kind of fun.

Heres a couple of screen shots from v.1.0.6 thats just be upload for testing at the app store.


the number of lights and shadow maps are just limited by the device speed - I can have 4-5 shadowing casting lights on a 3gs at ok frame rates.....

Cheers All..


October 05, 2010 5:30 PM  

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