Introduction: Soft Handheld Studio Light - Trash to Treasure
Had this old, broken lamp (structurally broken). 1 out of 2 projects for my Trash to Treasure
- I screwed off the lamp shading at the end to examine the lamp
- The stem portion was snapped from the base and was deemed useless unless welded
- Broken Lamp
- Wax Paper
- Any working lightbulb
- A power source adapted/ adaptable to your lamp
Step 1: Removed Stem Portion
I inserted a lightbulb to view the hard light that the lamp would create (shown next step).
- Made sure the lamp was functioning with no overheating to the bulb
Step 2: Hard Lighting
The light produced was harsh for photos, casting unwanted shadows and contrast in photos when unwanted.
- Put the lamp two foot away from plant to compare lighting to soft lighting
Step 3: Re-screwing Lamp Shade
At this point, I had already established that I wanted to use wax paper as a diffuser for the light; much like a non-dense cloud.
- Two parts here, a screw contraption and the shade
Step 4: Wax Paper
Adding the wax paper exponentially diffused the light, dissipating the shadows to appear softer (shown next step).
- Tape to secure the wax paper to the shade
Step 5: Soft Lighting
The shadows appear much less sharp in comparison to the previous steps.
- Same camera placement, light two feet from plant
- Same image from before shown
Step 6: Photo Results
This was 1 out of 2 of my Trash to Treasure projects - Both for photography!!