In part 2 of the FLolight fluorescent test I wanted to test skin tones in a simple interview setup. Similar to my whiteboard test in part 1, I wanted to only adjust iris, white balance, and the bulbs themselves.
To get a better idea of how I did the test, let me layout the setup.
Camera was the Canon 7D and paired with the Sigma 17-50 f/2.8. I was shooting at 1/50 shutter and 320 ISO. I adjusted my iris until my meter read 0. The color profile was a custom profile that I use often (no special reason for using this on the test other than it is my go to profile). For Canon DSLR users, here’s the profile:
The light was 6ft away from the subject and slightly to the left of the camera. The camera was 6ft away and zoomed in until I was framed head to chest. 100% refers to the dimmer all the way up while 1% refers to the dimmer all the way down. A nice feature of these is that you can dim them all the way down without turning off. My iris went from a f/5 at 100% to an f/2.8 at 1%. However, there was a bit of a color shift as you will see below. Mixed bulbs (or surf and turf as I like to call it) means 2 of each color, laid out every other bank [Blue, orange, blue, orange]. These are the Flolight brand bulbs. There may be a difference with the Kino brand bulbs but I have not tested those yet. There was no diffusion or gels in front of the light. Just opened face with the barn doors spread all the way open.
Take a look at the results.
My Favorite for Daylight at 100%
My Favorite for Daylight at 1%
My Favorite for Tungsten at 100%
My Favorite for Tungsten at 1%
Surf and Turf 100%
My Favorite for Surf and Turf at 100%
Surf and Turf 1%
My Favorite for Surf and Turf at 1%
Overall these lights will work out great for office broll and interviews. Knowing which settings give me certain results will help get the look I want. These results also show that an 1/8 and 1/4 minus green gel may help a lot, especially when using all daylight bulbs.
Beyond the color, I was also impressed with the softness this light produces with out any diffusion. It will make for a perfect interview key light, especially when in small spaces.
So what do you think? Which is your favorite? Would you use these lights on set? Why or why not?