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A Interview with the LUMU Light Meter Team

Two days ago the photography community was taken by storm when word spread quick about a kickstarter for a product called the LUMU. What is this LUMU, it’s simple, it’s the Light Meter for the 21st Century.

Today not many people use light meters for the simple fact that they can see if their exposure is correct by looking at the back of the camera. But some people would like the ability to read the light and than set their camera more accurately.

Enter the LUMU Light Meter which is s small electronic that connects to the headphone jack of your IOS device that reads the light. There is no other way to explain the device than it reads the light and interacts with a custom app.

What a fantastic idea that is affordable and geard towards anyone who does not currently own a light meter. To have such a small object that you can cary or wear around your neck as a fashion statement is really amazing.


I reached out to the people at LUMU to see if they could take some time to answer a few questions. They got back to me quickly and today I got a chance to skype with the entire LUMU team half way around the world.

One of the main questions I had was if this meter can work to read a flash. The answer was slightly complicated but it came down to yes it can but right out of the box the app may not be ready to do so. That is fine with me as its always a work in progress.

If you are interested in picking up a LUMU you can check it out on Kickstarter right here. They were seeking $20.000 in funding and at the time of writing this post they have raised over $100,000 and sold over 1000 units. You can reserve your LUMU for $99 and get one of the first ones out.

What I love the most about this story is the fact that a small team had an idea to create something. They took their idea and brought it to the public who in turn embraced it. This is the way today, if you have an idea it is up to you to make it a reality. The tools are there for the little guy to create and prosper. Gone are the days of the gatekeepers as today you can take your idea directly to the people.