For most hobbyists, a work lamp would have been one of the first things in their to-get-list. For me, it was placed, wrongly I might add, way down the list as I splurged on paints and models instead. Then unexpected circumstances caught up with me, resulting in the budget for my miniature hobby to be slashed to a big fat zero. Currently, my budget is still nada, zilch, zip ... but I decided to make an exception for essential hobby tools. So finally I got the Ikea Work Lamp I had been eyeing for a long time. It cost RM45 (US$14) but its worth it.
Bulbs used with this lamp
Currently, I use two different bulbs, one for painting (15W/75W) and one for taking photos (20W/100W). Both were on sale at a local Tesco store for RM15.88 (US$5) each.
First pictures using the lamp
Took a couple of trial photos using the work lamp. One weird anomaly I encountered was frequency lines running across my camera display as I took the photos, not unlike what you would see if you tried taking a picture being displayed by a CRT TV. If you examine the photos below, you can just make out a series of faint shadowy lines running across the picture from top to bottom. Well, that's one problem that needs solving.
Photos still could use some improvement I guess. Placing of the light source as well as some tinkering with my camera-phone's limited settings might be the way to go. Any helpful comments would be appreciated.
Moral of the story, learn from this nooby's mistake. You so need a lamp. It's the one thing you must not skimp on. Get it ... now.