by Juli Clover
March 27, 2013
Last time on Snap Spot I shared super awesome photo editing app Cross Stitch Camera, which adds crafty effects or turns your photographs into genuine cross stitch patterns. I don’t have an app to share this week, but I have hunted down a fantastic accessory for all you dedicated iPhoneographers - the Pocket Spotlight, which is a handy tool that enhances your photos in low light situations. I think we all know that the iPhone’s onboard flash offers laughably dismal performance. It is overly harsh, too bright, and often washes out the very photos that you want to improve. That makes the flash almost entirely useless, and it’s a feature that I leave permanently turned off on my own iPhone. Photojojo has a solution for you though - its newly released spotlight. The Pocket Spotlight is a light source that can be mounted to your iPhone, providing light when you need it the most. It’s not quite a flash; instead, it offers up a steady stream of soft, diffuse light to illuminate your photography subject. It fits right into the iPhone’s headphone jack, or it can be held in your hand to allow you to shine light wherever you need it. You can use it in different angles to produce different lighting effects, which is a fun way to get unique pictures. The Pocket Spotlight charges via USB, providing an hour of continuous light per charge. It works with your phone, but it’s also able to work with your iPad if you’re one of those special individuals that takes pictures via tablet, and it works with most cameras as well. If you’ve ever been underwhelmed with the performance of your iPhone’s flash, the Pocket Spotlight is the perfect purchase that will improve all of those poorly lit indoor photos. Pick one of these up and I guarantee you will dazzle your Instagram friends with all of your appropriately lit photos of food and shoes. You can get the spotlight on its own from the Photojojo website for $30, but for an extra $10, Photojojo will toss in some special color filters, allowing you to light up your subjects with red, green, blue, and yellow hues too. Want even more Snap Spot? Check out my archives. And as always, if you have a suggestion for an app or an item that you would like to see featured, make sure to get in touch.