About this project
What is the Spark?
The Spark is an accessory for your dSLR camera that helps make pictures taken with the built-in pop-up flash more pleasing. By making a larger light source and taking advantage of whatever bounce is available, the Spark reduces overblown highlights and softens shadows. Watch the video above to see it in action!
Above compares a snap shot with the flash only to one with the Spark. When using the Spark much more depth and texture comes out instead of the relatively flat look from just the flash. Plus the shadow outline has been softened so it is not as noticeable. No settings were changed; the Spark was simply slipped on and another picture was taken (and the subject remained as still as four-year-olds can).
Below is a picture of the inside of the Spark with the front lens removed. The unique reflector system ensures that light will be distributed across the whole face of the lens without any hot spots or dead spots.
The Spark pop-up flash diffuser will work with most dSLR cameras, simply slide it into the hot shoe mount and take pictures as normal. The Spark will not inhibit the normal triggering of the flash and does not generally require that you change any settings.
Next is a picture where the only difference was that we slid a Spark on the camera. No adjustment was made with the settings but you can see the difference both in the shadow and in the more pleasing tones across the face.
What's the money for?
Backers of this project will be helping to fund production and packaging of the Spark. Backers will pay for their selected reward only if we meet the funding goal of $5,000. We're grateful for every pledge!
When will rewards ship?
Shipping information will be collected after the Kickstarter project ends on September 25th, and rewards will ship once production and assembly is complete (Probably early to mid October). Want them earlier? Pledge at the $39 Limited level and get one of the 100 Sparks that will be sent out first (probably early October).
What is Graslon?
Graslon is the company we started to manufacture professional lighting equipment. We have had success with portable lighting products for external strobes (flashes) and have used that experience to guide our design of the Spark - which we hope will bring some good lighting to those who don't choose to use an external strobe. Everything is manufactured in the USA by a plastic injection molding company in Chino, CA.
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