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Carlos de Varona

The "Flourescent" Look

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Hey guys. Looking for some info on how to achieve the neon/flourescent look and what types of bulbs/lights/gels you all are using.


an example is attached.


Would love to hear your ideas





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I'm not sure there's anything specifically fluorescent related about that. It's just soft red light, possibly bounced off the ceiling. It could be fluorescent, but it could be a lot of other things.


The colour could be a gel, such as Lee's #164 Flame Red, which I recently used for a darkroom scene. Or, it could be a colour-tuneable LED. It doesn't look like a coloured fluorescent tube, to me, as those tend to be pinkish rather than a deep ruby.



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Ive noticed that it really matters the color temperature of a bulb before you add gels.


For example If im looking for a blue look, I would need to use a daylight source to really get some blue.. is that the case with all gels? Or just CTO and CTB?



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You can also muck around with the cameras WB... if your shooting digital .. e.g. 4300 in daylight 5600 environment will appear bluer .. (think I have that the right way round :)

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