For me, one of the biggest challenges with blogging is sharing my artwork. I have two kids, (they both play sports), two part-time jobs, a mountain of laundry and housekeeping chores, and most of my crafting is done at night. A big problem for the night time crafter is that it's dark when you want to take pictures of your stuff.
OK, here are my SOOC (straight out of camera) shots of the same card -- one is taken at sunset/late afternoon, in direct sun. This is THE recommended lighting for photography. The other picture is late at night, with just the daylight lamp. I'm not using any flash on my camera.
I love how both pictures turned out. You can tell, there is a definite difference. The colors from the lamp picture are more intense. The colors from the outdoor picture are muted. My camera was set on "auto" for both, but the camera still interprets the surroundings, so that probably explains the difference. If I knew my camera better, I would have set it on "manual" to get a more true comparison. To my eye, the actual card is somewhere in the middle of these two pictures.
Here's a picture of my crafting set up, taken at night, so you can really get the feel for my crazy crafting conditions.
Here's just the lamp:
OK, so here's my review:
I love the lamp. LOVE it. The lamp I had before gave out sort of an "orangy glow" that I was constantly correcting with my camera white balance and Photoshop. This lamp doesn't do that.
I'm not sure that I'll use the magnifying glass feature. It does snap out, if I decide that it gets in the way. On the other hand, I'm already 41... eyes aren't getting any younger!
I'll try to come back and do a "part two" that discusses camera settings and Photoshop tricks just case you're stuck with an "orangy glow" lamp too!