Which Lights to Purchase to improve your Photography? Lowel lights are eminently portable, hold up to travel, and even survive being handled by untrained student assistants. Most good camera stores sell Lowel lights.

 

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My first Lowel lights were the Tota-lights because they fold up to a small shape. In their folded form they are totally protected and travel well (all over the world, have never lost a Lowel Tota-light in over twenty-five years). I have used Lowel Tota-lights even outside in the tropical jungles of Belize, Central America. At the remotest Maya ruins in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, Lowel Tota-lights have aided in recording, and hence rescuing, information about ancient cultures.

Lowel lights are used world wide. When I was photographing in Australia, I saw Lowel lights in the leading museum of that far away continent. When I was visiting in Denmark, the PhaseOne studio included Lowel lights.

Lowel Totalights, tungsten lamps for studio photography
Lowell Lights tungsten lights for studio photography

When I went to San Francisco to pick up the Better Light Dicomed Digital Panorama Rollout Camera System I did not have any Lowels with me, since they were momentarily all on location in various other countries. Michael Collette said I could borrow his lights. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he had Lowel lights! His were the DP series, several levels of sophistication above the entry-level Tota-lights (but also correspondingly larger). These Lowel DP lights were used during the historical first rollouts of Maya vases ever done with digital format.

Thus I was very pleased that Mr Marvin Seligman, president of Lowel-light Manufacturing Company, sent a nice selection of all his top-of-the-line lights and light stands. Archaeologists cannot use the larger kind of studio lighting both because our field camps have no space and because overhead lights have the habit of falling on fragile artifacts. Lowel lights are ideal because they are small, and can be used safely alongside the artifacts.

Mr. Seligman included two DP series, two Omni-lights, and one nice Lowel Rifa-light, a soft box arrangement, and a set of stands, all neatly packaged in a single suitcase. If I had such great equipment as a student my earlier pre-professional photography would have been better.

Lowel lights (especially the Tota-series) are ideal for student budgets as well, but even when I was flush with funding from publishers eager for top quality photographs, I still turned to Lowel lights for my outfit because everything had to be portable, and had to survive the rigors of real-life traveling photography

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