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    Default color accuracy when lighting with energy saving bulbs?

    i ve got four 25W (equivalent to 110W) energy saving bulbs to light small products photography but find that color accuracy is somehow not there.

    is energy saving light bulbs not suitable for photography??

    i have already preset the white balance to custom already.

    eventually still go back to natural lighting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by looteer
    i ve got four 25W (equivalent to 110W) energy saving bulbs to light small products photography but find that color accuracy is somehow not there.

    is energy saving light bulbs not suitable for photography??

    i have already preset the white balance to custom already.

    eventually still go back to natural lighting....
    what WB you've tried so far?

    i've used 2x18W philips essential cool daylight bulb and the WB set to florescent, and it turned out ok. Even tried Auto, turned out ok too..

    (18W equivalent to 100W)


    are you using the warm daylight instead? i tried warm daylight bulbs, and it gave me yellowish/orangy output....

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    Digital is so fun...


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    have used auto WB and also custom WB... still abit funny.....

    using national bulbs.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by looteer
    have used auto WB and also custom WB... still abit funny.....

    using national bulbs.....
    What camera are you using? When u use the cutom WB did you calibrate using a white card?

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    oly 4040, yes did the custom WB with a white card.... still looks weird..... i m suspecting that energy saving bulbs does not provide the full spectum of colors or mabybe more biased towards a certain color..... maybe have to use a prism to test out to see if can see the RGB and rainbow color.....

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