Photo genetic

Perth, 27th July 2012

With the weekend upon us many are looking for some “me” time, some time you can spend on yourself away from the office pressures. Not always easy, as some clients, certainly in this part of the world, chase you as if they have never heard of the concept of a private weekend. Did I ever share the story where one of my staff in Shanghai bumped into a client when on an outing at the zoo on a Sunday afternoon? As we were on a deadline for his project, he felt that we should be working overtime on his project (which we had done throughout the week) and basically forced the staff to head back to the office. Intimidated the staff obliged and the client actually accompanied the staff back and set with the staff in the office the rest of the Sunday afternoon, making sure we were all working on his project!!! I was not in town at the time but when the story came to my ears I was pretty upset! It is not to my client to decide how we organise our time and for good results we need a healthy balance between work and private time. Emotional abuse like he did was unacceptable and I did let him know that when we later met.

I came to today’s subject as I was forwarded some information about a software package that allows you to use your camera (it being promoted with Canon, but seemingly also available for Nikon and others) to snap photos and then download the pictures into this software in your computer to produce actual light measurements superimposed onto your photo’s. Pretty cool. I have only read the brochure and haven’t seen it working, but if truly performing as it says it can, it should be an interesting tool for lighting designers. You go to site snap a picture and you have at the same time a Dialux-like lighting plot when you come home. Think mock up room assessments, existing lighting system reviews, installation checks and so on.

Not totally sure how it all technically works , but I assume it uses the camera’s recorded incoming lighting intensities and with the camera’s ability to focus on individual objects, you can imagine you can get a fairly good reading of the light (brightness/ luminance) that is reflected of the various surfaces you snapped pictures of in a space. Don’t we all snap pictures on site when we visit? Well now you have your lighting level readings at the same time! Have a great week-end!

Light Watch 3-113: Here is some info from the brochure. The software is called Photolux 3.2 and produced by Soft Energy consultants.


27. July 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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