I’m back home from an amazing time teaching at Craftcation! During my DIY lightbox class, I had a few questions about gear I used, and specifics on lightbulbs. I thought I would share the info here, in case others are curious.
Below, are some of the items I showed you from my camera bag. I use all of these in conjunction with my lightbox when shooting product photography:
Clamp Lights (x3)
There was also some question about the temperature of lightbulbs with regards to color of light.
This excerpt on temperature comes directly from the my first Craft Photography Video Workshop, “The Art of Craft Photography” on lynda.com. See chapter, 3, in the segment called,”Getting Resourceful with Lighting Options” to learn more about this.
“…While candles give off a really nice warm light, they actually have a much cooler temperature measured in degrees kelvin. Whereas outside, in the bright overcast day, that’s a great place to shoot photographs, but that light looks a lot bluer, a lot cooler and the temperature is actually much higher.
That’s about maybe 6000 degrees kelvin, while this (candles/reading lamp) is closer to 1850, 1850 degrees kelvin. And the reason you need to know that, is because when you do decide to look for light bulbs that are mimicking outdoor lighting, natural lighting, you just want to think about what temperature Kelvin it is. So again outside, overcast is a much higher temperature, and this soft warm light is a much lower temperature. And when you do buy your bulbs, you can see it right here, temperature. This light bulb right here is 550 kelvin, so this is pretty close to outdoor light. And that’s just something to think about when you do decide to make the commitment and actually buy a bulb.”
(Again, this is taken directly from my lynda.com video, “The Art of Craft Photography“, so check it out if you are interested in learning more!)