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Pocket Lighting Studio For Your iPhone

Another interesting project on Kickstarter has caught our attention, known as The Kick. With the Kick and the Kick App you can also sample light effects from any video stored on your iPhone. Or simply sample light straight from the iPhone camera, while you use it. Just point the iPhone towards the light effect you want the Kick to recreate, tap the screen – and the Kick will emit that light!  It’s automatically stored in the effects library for use later on.

At it’s most basic the Kick can emit straight white light, when you just need a little extra light. Then it allows you to adjust the color temperature – how warm or cold the light looks. A little warmth can do wonders for skin tones as the image below demonstrates.


In addition to white, you have access to all the colors of the rainbow and any color in between. Via the App’s color picker you choose the color you want and the Kick will emit the light instantly.  You can even create animated colors from static images by swiping your finger across the image and the app will record that as a stream and send it to the light… recreate the effect of clouds rolling across a summer sky by dragging your finger across a yellow & dark grey image!


The free Kick App gives you full control over the Kick. Change color and brightness, run any of the built-in light effects and take pictures or record video. All from within the same app. 

Just to be clear: you can use the Kick with any camera – it is not only for smartphones. If you prefer to use your DSLR or compact camera, you can use the Kick standalone – as an independent light source with amazing creative features. Your iPhone then works as a remote control for one or more Kick lights.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com