Sunday, February 8, 2009

Today I worked on a small garage project. The workbench area needed some task lighting; originally I had an old Luxo type of light, however the mount broke during the workbench replacement project. I found some very economical halogen lights, the Inreada model at IKEA a couple of weeks ago. These lights are meant to be used as bookcase/shelf lights. I spaced the 3 lights evenly across the workbench.

The lights were mounted through the wire shelves to small wood blocks with regular 1-5/8" drywall screws.

The three lights give a nice, even lighting across the entire work surface.

I like having 3 separate lights so that a project can be effectively lit from 3 separate angles. The lights pivot slightly to the left and right if I need to focus more light on a particular area. Overall the lights aren't super heavy duty; it will be interesting to see how they hold up over time.

On the "Reading Workbench" Part 2

#5 Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
This book was recommended by Peter and I really enjoyed this from a history standpoint. Here is a book describing yet another unique collection of people and resources that produced technological advances that have formed the core of much of the computing technology we use each and every day. This book traces the establishment of PARC, through it's heyday, and ultimately the decline of this organization. This next set of books are a bit more technical, following along the lines of my interest in video/film production.

The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction
Excellent book on techniques for color correcting video. Extensive practical examples and, as a supplement to the book on the enclosed DVD, a collection documents capturing sessions with professional colorists/graders who worked through how they would handle grading several of the examples in the book. Reading through these documents are, to me, better than taking a class on this topic, because one gains good insight, from a professional's point of view, as to how to address various "real world" grading issues.

#7 Producing Great Sound for Digital Video
Good book on the techniques for capturing and working with sound for typical video shoots. While the book feels a bit dated and is in need of a refresh with modern sound tools, the techniques and approaches for working with sound provide an excellent fundamental tutorial in how to work with production sound.

#8 The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, Second Edition: Techniques for Visual Effects, Animation and Motion Graphics (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Graphics)
THE book for understanding Digital compositing. The basics of compositing (complete with it's historical roots) to specific techniques, and extensive real world case studies make up the book that is the definitive standard on compositing. The author, Ron Brinkmann, is one of the original designers for Shake, has numerous film credits, and is an avid photographer.