October 1st, 2015
Dwayne sent me this lighting tip that cost less than $10. The two photos to the right are examples of what changing light bulbs can do. Dwayne says:
A bulb in my office ceiling fan burned out so I ran down to the store and bought 2 new LED’s so I would never have to replace them. Problem was they were 5000K instead of soft white. Color was horrible. Stuck them in my photo bag a couple of months ago and it has been a blessing. When bedrooms have a couple of side lamps I replace the bulbs with the 5K’s. They can be on for 15 minutes and are only warm to the touch. My assistant goes ahead of me and changes out the bulbs. This makes the post-processing go much easier. If a room has just a pole lamp I use it there. The two photos were shot with a Nikon 7100 and a 12-24 Tokina with fill flash. Did not color correct, only changed the bulbs. They were 10 watt LED bulbs. Thought you might be interested in a tip that cost less than $10.
Yes, bulb replacement used to be the standard way to control white balance back in the days of film and it certainly does the job but, have to say I’m not keen on carry light bulbs and change many light bulbs on a real estate shoot. Easier to just turn off the lights.
I took Dwayne’s incandescent JPG into Lightroom and played with it and I have to admit that I can’t get the JPG to look as good as good as the LED JPG although JPGs are always much harder to adjust than RAW files. In small bedrooms like this I never have trouble controlling white balance with just flash and Lightroom adjusting.
What do you think, are any of you into changing light bulbs?