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Old Mar 25, 2005, 10:06 AM   #1
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I have a cheap studio that I set up and I am using halogen shop lights from Sears. They have the 4 1/2 in long bulb. They are 500w and is plenty bright for taking pictures of the kids but there is a problem. The color is way off. More orange/yellow than I prefer. I was told that the temp is 3200k and by adding a blue filter to the front of the light it would bring it up to 5000k. I have found something that might work (note the link below) but I do not want to buy all the extra filters. I need two to three pieces of filter each measuring 6" X 7".

http://buyporters.com/Merchant2/merc...;Category_Code=

Any other ideas would be greatly appreciated. I cannot afford to buy good lights yet.

Thanks. Rob
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Old Mar 25, 2005, 11:43 AM   #2
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Set your cameras white balance to "tungsten" or "incandescent". This will make the camera compensate for the color cast.
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Do what kalypso said.
But if you want to use "filters", go to your local theater store and ask for gels, I like to buy all my gels from Rosco.



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Old Mar 25, 2005, 6:57 PM   #4
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If you are dead set on using gels with halogen lights...you'll need to move the gels farther away from the light (probably reducing their usefulness). Halogen lights get extremely hot!
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Old Mar 25, 2005, 11:42 PM   #5
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Good point, I once bought some gels for a strobe, and after a few pops on full power, they started to deform and crinkle. I think they make heat resistant ones, but I have never tried them.
The best, and least expensive way, is to set your white balence. Either use a preset, or buy a gray card.



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Old Mar 27, 2005, 8:00 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tips. I appreciate it.
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