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How to take pictures under fluorescent lighting

I'm an amateur photographer. I love doing pictures outdoors. But, I have a small problem. Everytime I go into my son's classroom to take pictures they come out orange tinted. They have fluorescent lights. I use a Canon Rebel SLR camera. It has a flash. Can you give me some suggestions? What do I need to help with this problem?

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1/12/2005 8:27:40 PM

John P. Sandstedt
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  Your using daylight film while is corrected to reflect the "color temperature" of the outdoors - typically 5000 K.

Indoors you're faced with incandescent or fluorescent lighting. You can switch to Tungsten film [Kodak 160]or you can use a filter - an 80A [blue for incandescent] or FLD [for fluorescent lighting].

If you use your flash properly, there shouldn't be a problem as the flash will be so intense that it overcomes the effects of the ambient lighting. However, if this flash is the pop-up kind, it may be too small. If so, add an auxiliary unit [Canon, Sunpack, Vivitar, etc.] Just make certain it's "dedicated" for your camera. AND, "READ THE MANUAL CAREFULLY!"

Have fun!

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1/13/2005 10:35:27 AM

Michael H. Cothran   There's still more to your inquiry. There are definite ways of correcting for fluorescent lighting, all with the use of magenta colored filters, and with more professional level commercial shots, the use of green colored filters in conjunction.
However, what's discerning in your inquiry is the mention of an "orange" tint.
You see, fluorescent lights don't emit an orange cast. They are green in nature, thus the need for magenta-colored filters to correct them. If you've got an orange cast, you've got something else going on.
I'll be glad to help, but first we've got to identify the real problem.
Michael H. Cothran

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1/13/2005 11:26:14 AM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  I've noticed weird things that flourescent lights do. Usually they will glow whitish but after a while or something, they take on an orangish look. I don't know what makes it do that. I usually see it in older buildings. I may experiment too.

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1/14/2005 10:31:07 PM

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