Tip Sunlight Therapy Its Great for Photography

In the deep of winter, particularly in northern climes, news commentators often rehash the story of daylight deprivation. The shorterthe days, the less sunlight we get, which some studies have shown to lead to depression and reduced productivity. The answer, they say, is sunlight therapy—sitting and working under full-spectrum daylight-balanced light bulbs.

We use the same daylight therapy bulbs (which are relatively inexpensive and readily available at hardware superstores such as Lowe's or The Home Depot) throughout our studio. It not only has the added benefit of possibly lightening our moods, it also creates an ambient light that is as neutral as possible. And they do provide a better environment for viewing both printed and onscreen pictures.

The daylight fluorescent bulbs we use in our overhead fixtures aren't precisely 5,000 degrees Kelvin (see sidebar on color temperatures). Nor are they perfectly color balanced. So, of course, we make sure that our primary light sources for our photos either overpower them, or that the overheads are turned off while shooting. But at least they don't add extra colors into the mix.

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