Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/100 sec, f/10, ISO 2000 — image data
for folk who have real studio lighting
All pictures on this post photographed by Stéphane Barbery,
selected and processed by me
You might not particularly notice it the first time you see the photo above, but once I point it out, you won't be able to miss it: my skin has a decidedly green tint.
This is a classic side effect of fluorescent lighting not specifically designed for photography, which is apparently what Stéphane and I used during one of our portraiture practice sessions.
Unfortunately, I had bought bulbs that were specifically advertised as “for photography”, sold and branded by a company that makes photo-studio lighting equipment. I simply got ripped off. )-:
I'd bought Gorgeoust (the company's name) “Super Bright 500W equivalent home photography use fluorescent light bulb”. They're huge curly bulbs... you can see them on the company's page. They're garbage.
They're advertised as being “500W equivalent”, which means that they should be brighter than eight 60W room lights, but they seemed to me to be about as bright as, well, one 60W room light. Maybe one 100W room light if I'm feeling generous.
I had eight of them running at once, which produced what seemed to be a nice white light, but the photos all have the green tinge. What a waste of money.
If you're lucky, you can recover a bit in Lightroom. I found that if I adjust the “Yellow Hue” slider, I can turn the green into a pinkish orange, which at some point along the slide gets it to mostly match my skintone...
You can also go the B&W route, of course.
Of course, the “yellow hue slider to pink” trick works only if there's no green or yellow in the photo. Luckily that day I had on one of my ¥780 Uniqlo Dry Polo shirts and some jeans I got at Uniqlo as well...
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 98mm — 1/80 sec, f/11, ISO 2000 — image data
The real problem shows up when you have a smile... teeth are never truly white, and they get affected somewhat by the slider, leaving an orange-tinged smile. Ugh. So to process reasonably, you have to go in with a desaturate brush (while at the same time getting more earnest with the tooth brush).
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 175mm — 1/80 sec, f/11, ISO 2000 — image data
So, I'm in the market for high-quality fluorescent bulbs. Any suggestions?