My name is Eli Just. I’m 24 and work as a gaffer for film and TV in Los Angeles. Photography as a hobby grew for me out of a desire to become a better filmmaker, but quickly took on its own role. While my job as a gaffer mostly consists of setting lights in the right place to make the image look good, photography has me searching for the light that is already there.
I enjoy the challenge of shooting on the street and the variety of reactions I encounter, along with the patience required to capture a singular perfect moment.
Your personal story with photography in 12 words.
I can do it in 2. Keep shooting.
What do you want to achieve?
I shoot as a way of relaxing, so I tend to pick up my camera and then look for a subject, rather than the other way around. A lot of my photographs come from when I am travelling, as most of the photos I take in LA are on set and are covered by some sort of NDA. The black and white series was done while I was living and studying in Prague in 2014. Since then I have mostly been focusing on shooting portraits.
Where do you think the wisdom and instinct for a good photograph comes from?
A good photo comes from being in the right place, and having the foresight to see what is about to happen right before it does. If you’re lifting your camera to your eye right when you see it, you already missed it.
In your opinion, where is the social barrier between the photographer and the subject?
I think that as a photographer you have a lot of power, so you have to be careful with it. At the same time, if you want to take a photograph that has any meaning you need to push through that barrier. Whether you work with your subject or not is up to the individual photographer and the desired image but I think the most interesting photos break that barrier whether it be gently or with force. I have certainly gotten myself into trouble shooting on the street, but it is a freeing experience to see how much power your camera can have.
What’s in your camera bag?
I started off shooting Minolta manual systems, of which I still have a half dozen. However when travelling, developing film became difficult and scanning and editing even harder, so I switched bodies to a Sony A7, while keeping the manual Minolta glass. I instantly fell in love with the camera and it has almost entirely replaced my film bodies. For the most part I only ever shoot with a Minolta MC 58mm f/1.4 via an ND throttle adapter, alongside a Minolta MD 24mm f/2.8 which has it’s own adapter due to the stop. While I have a Sekonic 758 that I use on set, I don’t tend use it when shooting stills as it’s yet another expensive item to bring and I tend to want to be very lightweight when I shoot. I’m looking forward to the Lumu Power for a small meter that I can use both on the street and on set.
My biggest inspirations are Henri Cartier-Bresson and Marc Riboud.
If you are planning your late summer holidays somewhere around Cologne, Germany, make sure you stop by to the Koelnmesse trade fair from the 20th - 25th of September.
We are presenting our most anticipated Lumu Power prototype to the public for the very first time ever on Photokina trade fair. If you are planning to be around don’t hesitate to stop by and check it out in person. We’re situated in hall 4.1, stand C-015 and will for this affair only move our whole office & operations there for the time being, so no time goes to waste.
This way we’ll demonstrate our most powerful light meter in action at the biggest trade fair in the world while at the same time working our asses off to keep our development processes intact.
Let me know if you have any more questions or if you wish to schedule a meeting — we’re looking forward to it!
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Power on Lumunauts!
Hello! My name is Michael Lord and I’m an IT professional living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? The first camera I purchased was a Nikon D70S. What I find funny about this purchase today is that the entire time I owned the D70S, it was never used as anything more than a point-and-shoot camera. I (mis)used the D70S for 2 years, and when the iPhone was released in 2007, I completely dropped it. Fast-forward to late 2011 and that’s when I truly feel my love affair with photography began. I was doing a lot of work related travel around the state and started visiting parts of New Mexico that I’d never seen before. I began taking notice of even the smallest of details in the towns I visited, or the landscapes that played on car windows as I drove down the interstate. Basically, I saw the world in a different light and felt the need to document it. I invested in a Leica X1 and a hobby was born.
What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors, so when I’m not stuck behind a desk, you can usually catch me fishing the local lakes and rivers or hiking in the nearby mountains. A piece of my heart also belongs to the game of basketball, so I try to get some playing time in as often as possible.
Your personal story with photography in 12 words. Married digital. Had an affair with film. Ended up in an open relationship with both.
What are your superpowers and weakness (and how do you overcome them)? My biggest weakness at this particular moment is gear acquisition syndrome. I purchased my first film body last summer, a Leica M3, and quickly became fascinated with everything film. This fascination has resulted in a somewhat unhappy bank account over the past year. On a personal level, I don’t always feel that what I’ve shot matches the expectations I’ve set for myself inside of my head. Therefore, I tend to be overly critical of my work. This becomes even more prevalent when shooting for other people. It’s fair to say that I haven’t located a silver bullet for either issue, but I am working on it.
What attracts you to the work you shoot? At this moment in time, I’m not focused on any particular genre of photography. What I look for is that magical angle or a beautiful moment in time that I can freeze and live in for eternity. I look for everyday items that we as people tend to overlook in our busy lives and try to capture them in a different and slightly more interesting way.
What’s in your camera bag? I have a harder time packing my camera bag than I do packing clothes for travel. Currently, I have two digital bodies that I rotate in conjunction with one of seven film bodies. The mainstays of my kit include the Lumu light meter, ExpoDisc 2.0, Joby GripTight GorillaPod, Apple lightning to SD card reader, an LED light pen, and a disposable camera. Along with the items listed above, my most recent setup included the Leica ME, Leica M3, Leica Summicron-M 50mm, and Leica Summaron 35mm.
If you could carry only 4 pieces of equipment to a parallel universe (no photo equipment on the other side) for a year, what would you choose? This is a tough one! I would probably take my Sony A7II, two disposable cameras, and my iPhone. As much as I love film, 144 frames would be a tough sell in an alternate reality where just about everything you’ve grown up knowing as truth could suddenly be flipped upside down.
Pearls of wisdom for fellow photographers to be? We live in an Instagram world where some would say success is measured in “Likes” and “Follows”. I say shoot for yourself and be true to yourself. Don’t get caught up in the matrix of useless numbers that live under your bio.
Links or anything else you would like to share!
These Kickstarter updates are getting ever so easier to write down the more our whole Lumu Power development processes move forward. It’s only logical, the more it gets done the more we have to show you.
We talked about installing that 24/7 camera in our previous update but instead I would like to kindly invite you to follow our Instagram account (LINK) for more frequent, short & sweet updates. Since they implemented their own version of snaps in it, why not use it for our benefit?
OK, onto the details!
Electronics & Hardware assembly
The electronics circuit board design is now done. They are now being printed and we expect them in our offices next week, together with other hardware pieces which will be assembled into our first pilot prototype series. The final design of this series won’t be the one that’s going to be used for final production but it will be very close to that. The basic premise of this series is to test it extensively, to see how all parts fit together and to see if there are any errors either in our design or in the production line. Elemental production hygiene, so to speak.
What parts are to be assembled, you ask? Let’s take a look!
Electronic circuit board — the flat diffuser side with the collimator on top of the True Color sensor.
Electronic circuit board — the dome diffuser side with Hamamatsu photodiode in the center.
20x20 cm plate of 100 collimators. Only one is used per unit, on top of the True Color sensor.
The final version of collimators are expected next week, they will be slightly thinner and laser drilled.
The Lightning connectors will be ordered in bulk once we have the final version of our product plan ready. That is expected to be done once we finish with the prototype testing.
The cable which will connect the Lightning connector with the circuit board is basically done but we will make some slight adjustments so it can be easier soldered together.
The shield (of the Lightning connector) is done. If you look carefully you’ll notice it’s going to be laser welded on one side only (thug life certified).
The sleeve is done, the prototypes are expected to be SLA (Stereolithography) printed and delivered next week.
All three pieces assembled together, without the sleeve.
The metal ring case is done. Displayed here without the engraving.
The flat diffuser and the dome are done. Also awaiting the SLA prints next week.
Exploded view of all parts mentioned. The assembly should be easy but the end product as solid as possible.
So the sleeve covers the shield once everything is put together. Then it will undergo the “BREAK OR BEND” test. FYI: it needs to snap off when certain pressure is applied.
And another one.
The same goes for the packaging — SLA prints come next week.
Looks pretty cool, isn’t it? :)
The beta app is out and your first impressions are duly noted. We will take a thoughtful look at your feedback once the pilot series is done with testing.
Remember — there is no bad feedback so please “bombard” us with your thoughts, compliments, critique, suggestions, pizza … we’ll take whatever you throw at us! :)
If there’s anybody else with a Lumu light meter out there that still hasn’t tried our brand new app I sincerely hope this comment below will steer you to change your mind.
“I downloaded the new version and after the first look & fast test the design in switching between single measure and multimeasure in one feature of the app is really good!”
Today is World Photo Day, marking the invention of photography. Here’s to the images that give us new perspective on the world, bringing us closer together.
A postcard from Rio from Nicholas Dale, NBC’s professional gaffer. A reminder from us, the Lumu community, to celebrate the 177 years of Photography.
As always, let us know below in the comments what are your thoughts about whatever … we’ll gladly answer to all of your questions.
Power on Lumunauts!
Hello, my name is Renato Ribeiro, I’m a Portuguese photographer based in Porto but working worldwide.
I’m passionate about life and people. For me photography is art and I bet on a new approach: simple and with love. More than faces and expressions I want to shoot feelings and emotions!
What did you want to become in your childhood and are you that person today? Well, I’m fortunate with the childhood I had. I was a very happy child with a good family support and like all children I was a dreamer. Most of the projects I dream about … I have managed to achieve them, but there are still plenty to do. However, the most important was to become a happy, a good person. I think I achieved that! And is that not the most important thing?
Where did you meet photography or where did photography meet you? I’ve always been an art lover! Especially photography. I have always had the need to draw, paint … well, express myself artistically. Photography has always been a passion that accompanied me throughout life, I can not identify an exact moment for our meeting. She was always there!
Nevertheless, I just start to dedicate my life more seriously to photography for about five years now when many photographer friends started almost “forcing” me to show my work. Social networks played a central role in this.
What do you do when you don’t have a camera in your hand? Oh I start to get really nervous! Hahaha…
Usually I always carry one small camera with me. It’s really hard to live without it! Besides … it’s an addiction.
Your personal story with photography in 12 words. Photography — it’s love! It’s my life. Does that say it all right?
What do you want to achieve? Don’t really know yet. For now, if I can conquer people’s hearts in some way or another it’s more then perfect.
It’s hard to talk about me and about my work like that. There are other people who should make that judgment but I would say that one of my “superpowers” is the great love I have for photography and the honesty that I have with my work. I always worry to create a good and close relationship with everyone I shoot and I try to capture their essence. Above all I want to shoot feelings and emotions and not just faces and expressions.
Weaknesses I have a lot! Hahah… Every day I try to improve my photography because I really think you never know nothing! You can always do better.
The craziest thing you ever did as a photographer? Have you ever got yourself in trouble? Crazy things? Many! Hahah … and yes, I’ve got myself in some trouble.
During a phase I explored some quite old and abandoned buildings to shoot. There can and do happen a lot of “little” troubles. Also I have had some jealous boyfriends who did not like very much to see the result of photos of their girlfriends! But I always invite everyone I photograph to bring to the session whoever they want. I do not hide my work from anyone and so it does not bother me anything. I keep it very cool like that.
In your opinion, where is the social barrier between the photographer and the subject? That depends. Usually I think that you should not shoot or at least show anything that could seriously harm the person in the picture. There must be limits and I think personal life and especially human dignity must always be preserved. We are all humans!
What annoys you the most in this profession? Oh … bad people! But unfortunately they are in all professions. I also confess that annoys me a bit when some people ask us to work for free. When I go to buy some bread I do not ask to bring them for free!
What’s in your camera bag? Well, it constantly changes as the work I have to do… but usually in my bag never miss: a
Full-frame camera (normally 5D ii or iii), a 50mm 1.4 lenses and a Fujifilm XT10 just in case!
When do you rely on your instruments and when on your feelings? Always in my feelings. Always.
Ansel Adams or Annie Lebowitz or Martin Parr or Alec Soth? Very difficult choice! Uhh… maybe Ansel Adams. Hahah… can stay here all day! But I will say Henri Cartier Bresson because like that I can say all the masters!
Links or anything else you would like to share!
With each new Kickstarter update we are confronted with the idea to just mount a camera in our offices through which you could monitor our work 24/7, so you could constantly see what we’re up to. Maybe this way we could avoid writing these updates altogether?
Nah, let’s just show you everything we’ve got so far, nobody wants to lose extra time setting up that camera anyways.
So, without further ado, here’s everything new from last month.
The development processes in the electronics department have now closed and we are happy to say that the results are more than satisfying. We have already made the first batch of prototypes, which have been tested, marked as successful and now we can move onto the second series. Those are going into assembly with other hardware components so we can conduct other “real-life” tests, how the Lightning connector is behaving under pressure and if each electronic part is properly designed. In other words: to get a feel for it once it is all put together.
The firmware work is in its final stages, constantly tested throughout, mainly to cover and check all the edge cases it will inevitably be confronted with.
The final stage is sensor calibration. We have travelled to Jena, Germany to meet the MAZeT engineering team, to revision our calibration procedure and we can happily announce that our innovative approach has been confirmed as correct. Not only that but we have made set arrangements on how & when to stay in touch throughout our whole calibration procedure so there won’t be any room for error. Needless to say we have used this trip to place our order for all the main electronic components & sensors that usually take most of the time to be delivered.
So this is an area where we have moved forward *a lot* but with still a lot of things to be done, checked, tested and re-done once more.
We are now ordering a large quantity of a cable that will connect the electric board to the lightning connector, which we designed ourselves and which will in the end be soldered by hand, by our manufacturing partners, in their laboratory.
The housing, which will be made out of stainless steel, will have the shield (that little bulge through which the Lightning connector will look through) incorporated which means it will be laser welded out of one piece. This welding needs to be tested out and the shield itself too, since it has to apply to Apple’s production standards. And that is the main reason why we are moving to the second batch of our prototypes.
The collimator design has also changed — it’ll be round, since we are going to use CNC milling instead of injection molding. Why? Because this — together with the change of its design — will provide even greater accuracy in final metering. Why is this necessary? Because we are flirting with the idea to apply for the NIST Certificate of Calibration, so everything needs to be pitch perfect.
But all this will follow after the product is shipped, first we have to take care about the stuff that cannot be postponed.
Lastly — we have ordered 5000 Lightning connector units which we expect to arrive slightly before the start of production.
So we have asked you to join our beta test group a while ago and we still haven’t had the chance to send you an invitation to test the first iteration of our brand new Lumu app. Not very nice of us but had to tweak some minor things in the settings area with our electricians, since new features require new values.
Not a very illustrative explanation — we know — but what you should know is that the app will be pushed to AppStore for review by the end of this week and hopefully they will push it out to you for download within the next 24-48h. :)
Furthermore, Lumu Power firmware implementation is coming up next and thus preparing groundwork for other features that we plan to upgrade in the months following the launch.
Packaging & other paraphernalia
Ideas are shaped & produced into prototypes, packaging solutions are sought from all different industries, so we can play with different ideas on what the end packaging will look like. A trip to a nearby packaging factory is scheduled next week in order to get a feeling of what they are capable of and so that we can then think of new approaches of what is possible. This is still the most creative part of our campaign and one that takes the least amount of our time.
The fact of the matter is, it’s summertime and most of the folks are taking their prolonged vacations in these months. Not us though — if when, we are taking our days off much, much later (if ever by the looks of it).
And even though work gets done, it inevitably gets done just that tiny bit later than usual.
In December we promised you your Lumu Power in the beginning of summer (June). Then we were faced with some unforeseeable issues with our main electrician, which we covered pretty fast (and pretty successfully too) so we moved our deadline to August, with the minimum possible delay in our minds. But what we are facing right now is another minimum delay — to end of summer (September).
We are fully aware that we are not pushing the bar just ever so slightly ahead in the future so that we could do it again next month. It’s just that we are now much more acquainted with all the final steps (and its deadlines) that need to be done before the finish line. The closer we approach it, the clearer the picture we get.
Let us know what are your thoughts or if you have any kind of questions regarding what-so-ever. We are here to help you to get the same clear picture we have.
“I think the real value concerns the potential for technology to reveal something that was not visible before.”
— Design for Dasein, Thomas Wendt
The New Lumu app is made to be a tool that helps you do your best work. It does not want attention, it does not want to stand in the way. It is not an object of admiration. It doesn’t have a lot of features. It doesn’t need them.
It does, and it should help you do one thing really, really well.Focus on what matters
When we set off to build a completely new Lumu, we wanted it to replace the chunky old way of doing things. By making the Lumu Power for the iPhone, we replaced a huge device with a tiny one.
But instead of adding a million features, we want you to do that one task you are supposed to do, without the unnecessary hassle.
Made to be used, and abused
The new Lumu app is made to work for all situations with both the Lumu Lite and Lumu Power device. It has different modes for different use cases and an almost limitless path for improving the user’s experience of using the device.
The app and it’s look reflect how we think about the world at large. It’s a robust look with a lot of constraints that enable us as designers to make the best use of the space we have on the screen.
From left to right: our old Lumu Photo app, the dark iteration in the middle and the final, clean version on the right.
It became clear that we wouldn’t want to clutter the screen too much with unnecessary baggage. We got rid of it, so you can focus on that one information you actually need, yet access everything else with minimum number of strokes.
The Notes feature was the most complicated one to build but we had to do it from scratch. We listened a lot to your feedback and we believe we figured it out this time. Nonetheless, you shall be the final judge once we push it live.
The new app supports the Lumu Light Meter as well as Lumu Power with new features that we are expecting to ship every month.
If you’d like to try our beta app you are welcome to send us an email and apply to our early test group: email@example.com
NYCWLK is a New York City-based informal photo walk and social gathering that is open to all photographers, regardless of experience level, brand affiliation or medium (film, digital or hybrid). It is organized by photographers Johnny Patience and his wife Rebecca Patience.
The day represents a non-competitive, supportive and fun environment where all are welcome. At 11am there will be a two-hour workshop hosted by Johnny Patience, followed by Coffee & Cameras at 2:30pm and the photowalk from 4:30 to approximately 6:30pm.
We will finish the day with socializing, drinks and food at 61 Local at 6:30pm (open end).
We are privileged to have Richard Photo Lab, Kodak Alaris, Lumu, ONA and KEH sponsoring NYCWLK.
More — www.nycwlk.com