Originally Posted by dighost
I am still in the training wheels stage, and have question about lighting. I have a cheapie set of smith victor lights (using 500w bulbs). So far they have been good-- but I was hoping to try out Rolando's "home depot" light setup. If I use the fluorescent bulbs as my main light and one of my smith victor lights as... for example a kicker, what pitfalls or remedies should I watch for? Can I assume that as long as I white balance with both on that I should be fine?
Again, please excuse me if this is a knucklehead question
I don't use much artificial light myself, but I think you are going to have color balance issues. It wouldn't be a problem if the mix were constant across the image, but you will be having more of one bulb's light in one part of the image and more of another's in another part. Let's say bulb type A is more magenta and bulb type B is more cyan. Some of the image will be too magenta, some will be too cyan, and some will be a variable mix of the two. If you correct for one area, you'll mess up the rest of the image.
Maybe someone has a way around this I'm not aware of, but from what I've seen, it's best to use all bulbs of the same type.
Or go b&w.