The perfect combination of photography, technology and social media means we can capture funny moments in our lives, our latest favorite outfit, or our best hair days - all in just a few taps on our smartphone screen.
However, let’s be honest here: sadly, we’re not all perfect-looking movie stars, photogenic even from horrible angles under hot lights. The truly great selfie takes practice, skill, and exactly the right lighting.
Natural light is always best, of course, and often provides an image preferable to that given by a standard flashlight. Certainly, if you’re taking a photo of yourself/a selfie against the backdrop of a magnificent sunset, there is no flash in the world that will adequately recreate that.
That said, sometimes you’re indoors, or in darkness, and flash is the only option. Which is where LED comes in.
Virtually all recent smartphones already use an LED as their primary flashlight. However, the push to keep phones small and costs down has given rise to the dreaded black square: a guaranteed shortcut to ruining your photos by way of the phone itself casting shadows.
The great thing about LED’s flexibility and connected nature, however, is that this can be easily changed simply by designing an external flash based on your phone’s API.