BetterPhoto Q&A
Category: New Questions

Photography Question 
Pieter J. Roelofse

White Balance Setting for 5000K Flourecent

I have recently started to do E-bay bigtime and I am not sure what to set my digital camera's White Balance. I am using two 30W 5000K Daylight balanced compact Flourecent spiral bulbs and silver reflectors to light my products. I have a Canon Powershot P2 S2. I am getting various results. Any comments on exposure compensation and removing shadows on the white background when using flash as well? Thanks

To love this question, log in above
7/8/2005 8:00:00 AM

Bunny Snow
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
Contact Bunny
Bunny's Gallery
  I cannot tell you of the white balance using daylight balanced compact fluorescent spiral bulbs. If they are daylight balanced, daylight has a 5200 deg temperature --if you can set White Balance by temperature. The temperature for fluorescent are 4,000 to 5,000 degrees, K.

I don't know if silver reflectors would alter your white balance. Haven't tried it. What colors are showing up on a white card?

You can prevent shadows on the background by moving the subject forward about 6-10 feet and away from the background, in order that any potential shadow drops below the subject. You can also use a fill-in light slightly off camera at an approximate 45 deg. angle to fill-in the shadow area. Additionally, you can use another light in the background, to both backlight the subject and eliminate most of the background shadow.

I would image you could remove the shadow in Photoshop, but since I have yet to try it, I cannot explain how it should be done.

To love this comment, log in above
12/11/2005 9:12:20 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  If you can set wb to a number with that camera, you set it to the same temp as the lights. Or use the custom wb.

To love this comment, log in above
12/11/2005 10:17:50 PM

Log in to respond or ask your own question.