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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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4.1Adventures in Lighting: Light Sources 101, Part I—Tungsten

With a wide variety of illumination sources available to cinematographers these days, this sub-series of Adventures in Lighting will break down and explain the different kinds of illumination and their uses to help readers make more informed choices about their lighting needs.

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Top: An older 2K tungsten bulb. Bottom: A standard medium-base photographic bulb designated PH212.

We’ll start with one of the most ubiquitous forms of illumination in our world: tungsten or incandescent bulbs.

Incandescent means light from heat and, although the sun and fire are both incandescent sources of ...

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