Lowel Ego Digital Imaging Light with 2x27W Lamps, Bounce Reflector
The Lowel Ego. Now anyone can create great looking professional results in their home. A revolutionary tabletop fluorescent Digital Imaging Light. Elegant and easy to use.
Setup is a breeze, plug it in, place it on the table, & turn it on. The result is fast, simple, & beautiful light output that's ideal for taking digital tabletop shots by collectors, arts & crafts hobbiests, sellers, archivists, and desktop publishers. Ego can also be used for DV talking head shots, digital still portraits, and webcam desktop video conferencing.
Lowel Ego comes supplied with (2) custom 27W screw-in compact daylight fluorescent lamps with high Color Rendering Index for much more natural & realistic color balance than standard fluorescent lamps. Also included is a hinge-folded white bounce card for easily reflected fill.
Lighting with the Lowel Ego
The Lowel Ego digital imaging light is ideal for shooting tabletop stills with digital (or film) cameras. It can also be used as a closeup portrait light for stills or video.
Basic Tabletop Setups
|Ego light alone
|Ego light with reflector
Portrait & Video Messaging
- Place your camera on a tripod and frame your shot.
- Place the Lowel Ego on the table to the right or left of the camera and experiment with placement to find a position & angle that gives desired results.
- Check the shot on camera's LCD screen to make sure the light isn't visible in the frame.
- If you want more even lighting across the subject, add the bounce reflector card as shown, on the opposite side of the light.
- Experiment with placement of light & reflector, as shown with arrows. Also try adjusting rear tilt dial.
- When shooting closeup portraits or video messages, set the subject in a basic pose and decide which side of the camera to place the Ego on. Often one side will look better than the other, based on the features of the subjects face.
- For a more dramatic & contrasty look, try using the Ego alone. Move the light along the arc shown on the left to see the differences between lighting more from the front vs from the side and find the placement that suits you best.
- If you decide you want a more even lighting, add the Bounce Reflector Card from the opposite side of the light as shown on the right. Experiment with moving the reflector in as close as possible without it being in the shot.
- Note: There is a 1/4-20 screw thread hole in the underside of the ego lamp socket housing that will accomodate a small tabletop tripod which can also be used for this purpose.
- It is not necessary to raise the position of the bounce reflector card to match the light.
- By tilting the Ego, either with its rear dial or all the way forward so it's front diffuser rests on the books, the light output will point towards the reflector card and be bounced as fill light to the object.
If you're shooting tabletop shots of small items, another component of a successful image is an attractive background. A perfect partner to the Lowel Ego.