A number of years ago I wrote some articles for the publication Bound & Lettered. They published my articles and photographs but it was clear that they wanted higher resolution photos as well as photos shot in the RAW format.I was not in a position to upgrade. I stopped submitting articles.
I formally studied photography in college for four semesters. Equipment has changed so much since then that I have to keep figuring things out. Lighting has always been an issue. Today I went to Home Depot and spent $40.00 on lights and I’m pretty happy. Here’s what I have found that works.
I’m convinced that LED lights are the way to go. The greatest thing about them is that they don’t get hot. The most important consideration is the LIGHT APPEARANCE number. Warm light is yellowish, and it’s what feels good for lighting our living rooms. Cool light tends towards blue, and is more like daylight but it feels harsh as indoor lighting. The cool light, though, is better for photos. You can see that I picked out the light bulbs with a 5000 k rating. This is why I went to Home Depot. The grocery store and the hardware store just don’t carry these. I wouldn’t have found them at Home Depot if I hadn’t been helped.
I didn’t know which wattage equivalent would be good for me, so I bought both 100 W and a 60 W. I tried them both out and it’s clear that the 100W is what I need. I bought two different brands, just to see if they were any different. They both seem completely fine. The Ecosmart cost significantly less than the Cree ($15. 12 vs $20.97 for a four pack).
I’ve always liked using clip-on work lights for my lighting needs. Hardware stores carry them. They cost between $7 and $14. They last forever. I always use at least two of these. I rarely use more than two.
I’m not going to go into much more detail about photography. Just a couple more thoughts. First, whenever I want really good photos I use a tripod. It’s such an annoyance to deal with a tripod, but the results are so much better than hand held.
I prefer, when I can, to avoid using Photoshop to do my photo editing, It just takes too long, and generally I don’t need to use such powerful editing tools. Oh, and it is expensive and tough to learn. Fortunately there are many alternatives to Photoshop. I have a favorite, and you probably have it on your computer already. Many people don’t know that Microsoft Office Suite comes with a great photo editing program. If you have Word, you probably have Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Go ahead, type this into your program search bar. It’s a really excellent program. Not hard to learn. I recommend it heartily.
I am so happy with my new lighting set up.
Am all set to start submitting articles to Bound & Lettered again!