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October 23, 2007 at 6:20 AM #43613ChrisParticipant
Does anyone have a lot of experience with HMI and fluorescent lighting?
I am looking for pros and cons of both.
I shoot still photography also., and would like to get away from the jarring flash.
October 23, 2007 at 5:15 PM #182873SpencerStewartParticipant
pros for both:
they use less electricity
they do not get as hot
most of them are 5400K
usually cheaper than HMI
Naturally emit soft light (don’t have to use a softbox/bounce/umbrella)
only soft light
less control over it
emits a hard light (that you can soften with a softbox/etc)
can focus the light
more control over light
typically more expensive.
need to get more equipment to create soft light
If you need hard light, or fine control over your light HMI is the way to go.
Otherwise, "flo" lights seem to be pretty good.
thats my opinion to the best of my knowledge, and I hope it helps
October 25, 2007 at 2:55 PM #182874faqvideoParticipant
After you turn the HMI off you’ll have to wait a bit before you can turn it back on. Regardless of such inconvenience I would go for HMI. From my experience it’s hard to get a clean colour while using fluorescent lights, while HMI makes wonders. What’s the application?
October 25, 2007 at 3:00 PM #182875ChrisParticipant
My application is interviews, corporate, and some acting troupe work. Maybe an adult feature.
I’ll have a lot of control over the content, but hate the heat of tungsten. Florida is hot enough!
November 18, 2007 at 1:53 AM #182876dfwsphotogParticipant
Most Flo’s are spectrum specific instruments and fail to provide the warmth of tungsten or HMI. If comfort is the issue, Flo’s would be my choice. If acquiring the best color saturation is the issue, then tungsten or HMI.
March 23, 2008 at 7:39 PM #182877AnonymousInactive
I’m newat this, and looking at the cool-lux light. does this work as good as any other light?
April 4, 2008 at 5:07 AM #182878AnonymousInactive
The cool-lux light is a pretty good light. What exactly are you using it for? “as good as any other light” really depends on the job you need it to do.
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