Isolite lets you change your lighting after the photo is taken

A "revolutionary" system of light modifiers lets you switch lights on and off and adjust their relative brightness in post production.

Isolite

Some cameras lets you adjust focus after a picture is taken. Now, you can do the same for your lighting.

Isolite is a system of lighting accessories, created by Canadian startup Phototechnica, that splits your photographic lights into different wavelengths, allowing you to adjust the lighting ratios afterwards in raw editing.

The company packages such a solution as a series of light modifiers including a speedlight attachment called the Dualite, which separates bounce light from direct flash so you can adjust the relative brightness of each in post processing. Another offering will be a beauty dish for studio lamps.

Photographers can process the files using their regular raw editors or Isolite’s own imaging tools. Here are some examples:

“Photographic technology has changed significantly in recent years but we still light photos much the way they did in the 1950s,” said Isolite creator Christopher Gergley, in a press release. “Our technology takes advantage of the surplus sensitivity in today’s cameras and the abundance of inexpensive but powerful flashes that many photographers already own, by adding a new kind of device that combines them to enhance control and offer new ways to create with light.”

Think of it like putting red, blue and green filters on your lights, then choosing your own mix of those channels in a black and white conversion. Gergeley told Lighting Rumours there is a bit more to it than that, however: “In theory you could say it is a fancy way to filter and convert black and white, but in practice [Isolite] is much more refined.

“There are no off the shelf “coloured filters” that could separate each light source into specific wavelengths/channels. There is also no current software that can handle and/or apply the sensor data for this type of application.

“But most importantly, we have taken this theoretical concept and packaged it into a simply and ready to use product, and we are offering it at the same price as other light modifiers.”

You can get a Dualite from CA$145, whilst a kit including a beauty dish will set you back CA$395. Phototechnica hope to raise CA$75,000 by 16 December 2017. For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign page.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
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  • J L Williams

    Just to be super-clear (instead of tap-dancing around the issue as the promoters seem to be doing): “changing the wavelength” is just a fancier way of saying changing the color, right? Which also means this solution is ONLY applicable to black-and-white final output, right?

    I’ve messed about a bit with this concept using off-the-shelf gel filters, as I’m sure others have, so I can see the benefit of having a more optimized, ready-to-buy solution. But calling it “revolutionary” seems like a considerable stretch.

    • Chris from Phototechnica told me:

      “Our patent covers a full colour version, but it would likely be limited to studio/portrait applications, and the cost would not allow it to be as accessible as we would like our first products to be.”

  • Leo @ Image Melbourne

    Lightroom allows adjusting the balance of different colour in black and white mode. Just shoot with Rosco or similar coloured gels on each light.