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Paparazzo Light brings old-school flash to iPhone

Hook your iPhone up with an oldfangled camera flash. Your photos will brighten up and you'll look like you just stepped out of an alternate-universe Humphrey Bogart movie.

Paparazzo Light
Smile! You're on candid iPhone camera. Paparazzo Light

Vintage footage of Hollywood stars shows photographers snapping photos with their big, old-school flashes mounted on large film cameras. Now you can outfit your iPhone with a bit of that retro glamour.

The Paparazzo Light looks like a mini version of those shiny flash attachments. The heart of it is a 300-lumen LED that can be dialed up or down from full brightness to zero. It has both photo and video modes to supply the right amount of light for the occasion.

The battery-powered add-on won't suck down your iPhone's juice. A Kickstarter pledge of $45 will get you either a black or white version. If you want to look more authentic, then spring for the $55 chrome version.

Currently, the Paparazzo supports the iPhone 4/4S, but there will be a new version that will work with the iPhone 5. The expected ship date, should the Kickstarter campaign be successful, is in January of 2013.

Once you get your Paparazzo, you'll want to be sure to dress the part. Pick up a fedora. Wear a suit and tie. Practice shouting, "Over here, Ms. Monroe!"

Paparazzo Light behind
Here's the view from behind. Paparazzo Light