I’ll be moving to a new workshop soon, so today I decided to test part of my new lighting setup in my current shop to see how it compared to my old lighting.
All photographs were taken at the same settings, 200 ISO, 1/125, f2.8, 60mm. White balance was adjusted to most realistically render the scene.
I chose this setting because it is the lowest shutter speed that I would use hand-held, before switching over to a tripod. Being able to shoot hand-held is a lot better in the shop when I want to quickly compose and document something.
All of the images were manipulated in Adobe RAW and Photoshop so that they matched as closely as possible.
The lighting was mounted on the ceiling, at a height of 8’.
The top photograph was taken under my usual tungsten lighting, a 300w halogen bulb. This is the same lighting that I used for all of my photographs on the blog so far. Notice the more directional light, harsh shadows, and grain showing up in the darker tones.
The middle photograph was taken under fluorescent lighting, a 4’ T8 fixture holding two 32w bulbs rated at 4100k with a CRI of 85. The lighting here is good, but I still had to brighten up the exposure in post quite a bit, creating grain in the shadow areas.
In the bottom photograph I added an additional 4’ T8, for a total of four 32w 4100k bulbs across two fixtures. Here the image needed almost no post processing, the grain in the shadow detail is no longer present. A much cleaner image.
All in all I am happy with the new lighting, and look forward to seeing what all six fixtures are going to look like when they are installed in the new workshop!