Monday, February 13, 2012

Understanding Tungsten Lighting

When lighting up a studio for the next great shot, there are numerous types of bulbs to choose from, each with their own benefits and disadvantages. Tungsten lights, also known as continuous lighting, are a type of incandescent lighting and are different from both fluorescent and strobe lighting. The filament in these bulbs are made from the metal tungsten, hence their name. They are a popular choice among studio photographers, offering great flexibility and much warmer and softer light than fluorescent bulbs. Tungsten lighting reigned supreme for many years until the introduction of strobes, but it is still preferred by many photographers, as well as cinematographers.

Tungsten lights work continuously, making them easier to work with and consistent. They are also popular among wedding photographers because they can create dramatic shots. However, the main drawback to this photography lighting equipment is that they generate a lot of heat. When using them in conjunction with reflectors, umbrellas, etc., you must purchase equipment that can withstand higher temperatures. Don't be surprised when the room becomes quite uncomfortably hot after several hours of shooting. The filaments also age faster than those in strobe lights causing them to become more unpredictable. You will need to replace them much faster. 

Tungsten lighting will also create a yellowish appearance. Photographers utilize different daylight filters to correct the temperature or they choose a tungsten white balance on the camera to minimize the yellow tint. Consider the benefits of tungsten photography lighting equipment for your studio.  

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