Studio Photography: Types of Light

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by John H. Siskin

Fluorescent tubes come in different colors.
Fluorescent tubes come in different colors.
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Having said all this digital is MUCH better at dealing with this than film was. Digital gets a fair color balance of these things most of the time, but when you mix them with strobe, which has about the same spectrum as daylight, it is very hard to get everything to balance.

Lance illuminated with strobe and fluorescent tube
Lance illuminated with strobe and fluorescent tube
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The best plan with these lights is to avoid them. Plan 2 is to use only fluorescent tube for your shot. If you must mix them try filtering your strobes to match the tubes (Rosco Plus Green filter), this works sometimes.


Lance illuminated with strobe
Lance illuminated with strobe
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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, John H. Siskin
Photography Instructor: John H. SiskinJohn Siskin is a commercial and fine art photographer who makes architectural, portrait and macro images. He has worked for General Motors and Disney Studios. He teaches the BetterPhoto course An Introduction to Photographic Lighting and is the author of the book Understanding and Controlling Strobe Lighting: A Guide for Digital Photographers.

In addition, he teaches studio lighting black and white photography at Los Angeles Mission College. His studio is in Reseda California and more of his work can be seen at www.siskinphoto.com

His work has been part of many exhibits. His photographs have been shown at the Brand Library, 2nd City Art Gallery, Harold’s Gallery, Farmani Gallery, and The Atelier. He has been a participant in the Valley Studio Tour several times.

John has published quite a number of technical articles about photography. His articles have appeared in Photo Techniques, View Camera, Studio Photography and others. He has written about photographic lighting, building lenses, framing, photographic lab work, building cameras, as well as some more speculative photographic subjects. Since he is so well versed in photographic subjects, he is often hired as a consultant by businesses.