Wireless flash brings iPhone photography out of dark ages

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Knog video light. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Knog's nine-LED Expose remote flash will light up your iPhone photos and video. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
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LAS VEGAS — The iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. But it still sucks at flash photography.

Cult_of_Mac_CES_2015 Knog, the Austrialian company that makes those kickass bike lights, wants to make your nighttime iPhone pics a little bit better this year: Its newest lighting revelation is called Expose, and it’s a super-handy iPhone flash that’s also super-bright.

Expose is bright in more ways than one. Its accompanying iPhone app lets users blast light in photo and video modes, with flash, strobe or continuous settings. You can adjust the white balance and brightness, and the device weighs so little you’ll barely notice it’s in your pocket.

I saw a couple other new external smartphone flashes at International CES this year, but Knog’s is the one you’re going to want because it’s got a beautifully simple design and uses Bluetooth LE so you don’t have it connected to your iPhone while snapping pics.

Expose boasts six times the brightness of your iPhone’s built-in dual-LED flash. It packs nine LEDs that pump out up to 130 lumens, but you can dim it down a bit if you don’t want to drown your subject in light.

Its tiny body packs a USB rechargeable battery with one hour of run time. That’s enough to capture more than 280 Instagram vids or 700 Vines, if that’s your thing. You can use it with or without an iPhone case thanks to the four included attachments that pop into your Lightning or 30-pin connector port, and the little lanyard will make sure your light never leaves your side.

Photogs can grab an Expose in a few weeks for just $60.

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