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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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4.2Adventures in Lighting: Lighting Sources 101 Part II—Fluorescents

Last month, I broke down the elements of tungsten light sources. For this second installment in Adventures in Lighting: Light Sources 101, we’ll take a look at fluorescent fixtures.

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Once upon a time, fluorescent light was the bane of the cinematographer’s existence. The light produced by these ubiquitous lamps was often greenish, ugly, and unflattering. How-ever, modern advances in multi-phosphor mixes have made fluorescent fixtures feasible and efficient tools to light with.

The benefits of fluorescent lighting are that it is naturally soft, it consumes very little electricity, ...

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