I have been thinking about artificial lighting for quite a while now. I mean every blogger can relate to the frustrations of using natural light – relying on sunlight & good weather is no way to be a productive blogger. I use to day dream about the prospect of being able to take photos whenever I wanted to & realistically any blogger who also has a non-blogging related job has minimal time to sit around & wait on the sun. After only having 3 decent photo taking days in all of February I finally decided to switch to artificial lighting. I’ve been playing with artificial light for about 3 weeks ish now & I thought I’d share my thoughts with you guys.
I will say that I am 1000000% obsessed with artificial lighting now – both the good and the bad, it has been definitely worth it for me as I now have complete freedom. But I wanted to share the pros & cons with you guys who are not very clued in with the world of artificial lighting. There’s definitely not enough content out there in regards to beauty blogging & artificial lighting & especially taking FLAT LAYS – so keep an eye out for lots & lots of content on the topic of artificial lighting!
Let’s jump in!
- The most important pro of all – you can take photos whenever you want! That’s right you have complete freedom & as a blogger (whether you are full time or balancing it with work – you don’t have time to wait around, waiting for the sun to make an appearance).
- The lighting is constant. Unlike the sun which changes & shifts throughout the day, with artificial lighting the light intensity & position remains constant. So if a photo isn’t working out well you can change the arrangement of the products, its not the lights fault.
- You can take your time with snapping photos. When I use to rely on sunlight it was a race to snap as many photos as possible because you never knew when the sun would shift / disappear and not return. So you can creative structure your flat lays/ experiment with style & composition without feeling rushed.
- If a photo needs retaking – you don’t have to wait for the next day or the next sunny day you can retake the photo immediately!
- “standing up product’ shots are so easy to take – they were the most difficult to take with natural light!
- You don’t have to experience that guilt of having a sunny day but not feeling like taking photos – which would happen to me – when there were a few sunny days in a row. I can take the photos when I feel like it.
- It’s also easier to balance post writing with photo taking. I am a morning person & I need to get nitty gritty stuff done during the day as my motivation & concentration levels drop in the afternoon. So I write posts during the day and this always use to coincide with taking photos. So I always had to choose one or the other – now I can do both in the same day!
- A decent artificial lighting source isn’t cheap – though it’s worth the investment
- You need the space to set it up & it’s not super-duper easy to more around the room. And you need to set up the ring light & its stand – I surprisingly managed to do this all on my own.
- You need to position the even semi reflective products in a certain way to avoid the reflection of the ring light to occur.
- It doesn’t guarantee every photo you take will look “well lit” I still need to retake photos at times but overall my I have a much larger ration of awesome photos / to unusable photos. This wasn’t the case with sunlight as it was unpredictable
- I found that the artificial ring light all on its own wasn’t 100% making the photos looking right. What I mean by this is using it next to my blog photo table & then snapping pictures – didn’t magically make the pictures look great, they still looked iffy. I had to plaster foam boards on three sides of the table to (white balance) the photos. I figured this out from some Googling. So you might needed extra accessories to get the photos looking right. Foam boards did it for me though you might need things like reflectors etc.
- You will also need patience when it comes to playing with artificial light & experimenting with it. I spent several days just experimenting with it. flat lays are a tricky thing to get right
In case you guys were curious I will link you the ring light I purchased – Click here if you are curious!
And that wraps up this post! I thoughts this post was a good way to jump into the world of artificial lighting as I definitely plan to do lots of content on the topic. Do you guys rely on natural lighting or do you use artificial lighting? Drop a comment and let’s chat about it. Also if you guys have any Questions regarding artificial lighting, be sure to write them in the comments and I’ll get to every single one. As always I hope you guys have an awesome day and I’ll catch up with you in the next post.