Anyone that knows me is very aware of my “geek factor.” I looooove technology (but not as much as you, you see; always and forever).
I also love shopping online. Alright, shopping on Amazon.com. For everything. I mean, they’re seriously making it way too easy for me to morph into one of those future humans from Wall-E.
Obviously when the Amazon Echo became available on – wait for it – AMAZON… I just had to have it. But could I be satisfied for too long with just hearing my favorite songs, getting the news, finding out if the weather was dog-walkable, setting timers, listening to jokes even lamer than my own, getting measurement conversions and such?
Of course not.
The moment I heard that I could become even MORE Wall-E-ish by not having to lift my cheeks off the couch to turn on/off the lights… I had to purchase some Phillips Hue lights. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have one over my dining table, in all of my lamps and on a light strip beneath my entertainment stand.
Very recently, however, one of the original bulbs in my recessed kitchen lights took its final breath.
Let’s take a moment of silence for the poor thing.
Done? Me too. OH HAPPY DAY! That meant that I could finally convince my hubby to replace all the bulbs with color-changing HUE bulbs (those puppies aren’t cheap)!
Alright, so after that long intro… you’re probably wondering what’s so special about these Hue lightbulbs (other than not having to pause an episode of Gilmore Girls when your hubby walks out of the kitchen and forgets to turn off the da** lights… or you forget… but you blame it on him anyway), right? Well, check out this little find:
Let’s pretend you have a kitchen with, like, NO windows! And while we all love natural light… that’s kind of hard to achieve with, again, NO WINDOWS.
So what do we do? Flip on the lights, of course!!!
And welcome to “Orange Hell.” Now you and everyone and everything can look like a pumpkin… thanks to the lovely color casts those indoor lights give off.
You know that old saying, “get it right in-camera” (so to minimize our hiney-saving efforts in Photoshop)? HUE lights to the rescue!!!
I simply used the “Energize” light scene and lowered the brightness a bit for balance (from an app! on my phone! – totally geeking out here, people) . Just flipping on the lights, and setting a scene allowed me to brighten up the picture and remove that nasty orange cast.
Not too shabby to START with this in Photoshop, eh?
Imagine the possibilities…