Crowdfunding is one of the hottest things right now and for good reason. The concept is simple enough: You throw some cash at the internet, people use said cash to produce goodness, and, depending on how much money you throw at it, months later you get something awesome arrive that you helped fund to create. Bands are using this concept to produce new albums, actors/directors are using it to make movies and humanitarians are using it to help communities affected by disaster or famine.

In the photography world, crowdfunding is being used to amazing effect. From helping produce photo books to put on exhibitions, crowdfunding is opening doors to a lot of photographers. But, on top of this, it is also allowing a whole bunch of amazing products to be funded through sites like KickStarter and IndieGoGo and help designers see their inventions become reality.

One such product is the new LED Light Cube.

Designed by Managing Director Nathan Oxley and the Melbourne based team, IC12, the LED Light Cube offers a world first in terms of flash photography. Using LED technology, it allows the photographer an exciting prospect with flash. You can fire a burst of light as fast as 1/8000th of a second for flash photography, constant light for videography, or a combination of both and use it as a modelling light before a stronger flash of light during your shoot. The ability to use continuous, high-speed flash at full power, with no recycle time, complete with a high capacity battery that will allow you to fire off over 1000 frames at full power, is an exciting prospect. If this sounds like something you have to get your hands on, make sure you jump on over to the IndieGoGo page and support this awesome product! On top of all this, they can be used on on camera, on light stands, with modifiers, or locked together to create light walls/strips. With just 9 days left of their crowdfunding campaign, they have reached their initial goal and are striving for more to allow the team to fast-track the development of ring adapters for all your light modifier needs. If you’re as excited about this project as I am, become a Cubist today!

Later this week (5 September 2013), we are lucky enough to have designer Nathan Oxley on our podcast.

But, in saying that, he won’t be just discussing the LED Light Cube!

Nathan is a professional photographer, Director of the International Loupe Awards and Managing Director of CreativeAsia. He will be having a chat to us about the judging process of competitions and what you should consider when choosing your images.

Don’t forget, we’ll also be announcing the winner of our thinkTank Turnstyle 5 camera bag giveaway during this podcast, too! Last chance to enter is now!

LED Light Cube details:

Key Product Features
150 watt LED Light source (50,000+ hours run time)
Stackable for building versatile light banks
5500k colour temperature
Master control – one unit controls those interlocked (master/slave)
Fully portable with internal battery
Size: 100mm (approx. 4 inches) x 100mm x 100mm
Weight: 0.750kg (approx. 1.65 lbs)
Flash / Strobe Mode
Constant Video Light Mode
Stable colour temperature between modes

Flash Mode Features
Trigger remotely via synch cable, wireless trigger or as a light sensitive slave
Stable colour temperature, even while power levels are adjusted
Adjustable flash speed – 1/8,000 secs to 30 secs
Adjustable shutterlag fine-tuning control
Modelling light feature
Continuous high speed flashing at full power
High capacity – over 1,000 flashes from a single battery charged to full power
350 watt peak output (f16 @ 1 metre / 100 ISO)

Video Light Mode Features
Stable colour temperature, even while power levels are adjusted
10 dimmable light settings
Noiseless – no internal fan, no added noise on film production
5,000 lumens of light output / running time 1 hour
Flicker-free at high shutter speeds
Settable auto power off timer

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