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The word photography means "drawing with light". Controlling or selecting the light a camera records is essential to all aspects of photographic composition.

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What's the use of light source directly above model's head?

I have seen many behind-the-scenes photos that depict a large diffused light source (like a LastoLite Skylite Rapid) placed above model's head. Imagine it is like a ceiling. What is this done for? ...
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Getting this radiant but soft glow, without losing color intensity or looking overexposed?

I see photos like this sometimes that look, almost, like the subject is glowing or is suffused with light. (I don't know how else to describe it.) I seem unable to get this effect without just making ...
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Is there a trick to use the correct NDx filter? [duplicate]

I have 3 ND (neutral density) with values of 2, 4 and 8. I know these filters remove light levels, but I don't know when I have to use each filter. Thanks for your time!
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How to capture the sun rays falling inside a forest?

How to capture the sun rays falling inside a forest and light passing through a window. Even though they are visible to our naked eyes they seems tough to be captured with DSLR. I read snow and dust ...
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How do I set the exposure manually on a Nikon D5100?

I bought a year ago a Nikon D5100, but there is still one thing I don't know about it : how do I set my exposure manually? I can set it with the AE button, but is there a way to set it manually, I ...
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Do circular polarizer gels for creating left and right handed polarized light exist? [duplicate]

I am looking for a polarizer gel for our lights, but specifically one for creating left or right handed circular polarization. I can find linear gels all over the place. I can even find circular ...
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How can I photograph bright lights properly?

I built a toy light saber, and I'd really like to get a good picture of it. This is what it looks like when I try to take a picture: http://imgur.com/AqEjvRK The blade is not actually that color. ...
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Where can I find a cold-shoe adapter for Sony's multi-interface shoe?

I need a small cold shoe adapter, with lower side 1/4" thread (screw or nut) and upper side multi interface shoe mechanical compatible. I need this cold shoe for a off camera (rf wireless) Nissin ...
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How can I take a photo of a dark bar with a bright sign?

I took an image of a dark bar with a bright sign at night using auto mode: ISO 1250 | 1/60s | f/2 What I actually wanted is to be able to read the sign in the background. On this image it is ...
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Why does the flash freeze a picture?

Why does a flash freeze a picture even if I use a shutter speed like 1/10 sec? I don't understand it, because the light will hit the sensor the whole time, not just when the flash is fired.
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How was this photo edited to feel vibrant and lush, but also soft?

I've been recently admiring this photo (histogram included as well) and was wondering if you'd have insight as to how it was edited, in ways I can try on Lightroom. I can see the histogram peaks ...
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Is it still better to overexpose raw images (for use in Lightroom)? [duplicate]

I generally have a tendency to underexpose images to avoid white clipping, especially when doing landscapes so that the sky doesn't get ruined as white clipping looks worse than black clipping. I know ...
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Why is infrared light's focus point different from that of visible light?

When reading about infrared photography, it's often mentioned that IR's focus point is slightly different from visible light. Why is the focus point of infrared light point different from the focus ...
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Optimal light source and camera for 360 degree product photos [closed]

I am using a light tent for 360 degree product photos. I already tried to take some photos and videos using 3 lights of 400 watts each. The resulting photos varied a lot in light intensity. When I ...
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Can I use my camera to measure lens light transmission?

I want to compare and quantify the light transmission of various lenses (with some custom modifiers). So I have a target setup with constant illumination, and a camera body for them ready to shoot ...
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Where can I find light bars?

I am looking for light bars/tubes like the ones you can see here and here. I've googled it but have exclusively found LED lights but that's not what I want. Any ideas where I can find it ? Am not ...
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Why are details lost when dynamic range is high?

I have read in many blogs and forums that when we have a larger dynamic range, we may lose details. Of course, I have experienced completely white areas in taking photos with bright sky. As far as I ...
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Studio lights change color of the object

I have simple setup with two softboxes on sides and sheet of white paper on which object is placed, in my case it's a shoe. Camera Nikon d3100 (21mm, f/8.0, 1/25s, ISO 100). Shoe is brown under ...
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If I want to shoot darker shots, is it better to increase the lighting and then darken in post to retain clarity?

I'm just getting started - in my last shoot, I was using a 6D with a 50mm/1.4. In low light, the pictures looked fantastic on the viewfinder but on the computer screen, appeared extremely grainy. ...
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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

This is ruining my photos and I don't know how to solve it. I will post the result photo and you tell me the wrong things I am doing resulting in this! And how to fix it :) Light was a Profoto B1 ...
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What kind of results can I expect with a Prophoto Zoom Reflector?

I am trying to find sample photos that are made with "Profoto Zoom Reflector 2" and I looked up in YouTube videos and Google image search ,and still don't get what kind of light quality is possible to ...
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How to create an image with star trails in the background and clear, bright foreground objects?

Take a look at the following image by Franky Chou: I'm trying to understand how it was even possible. I mean, it's clear how you do a stars' trail shot, but with a long exposure, I feel like the ...
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How to create still life silhouettes with candle lights?

I have Nikon D3100, the 50mm prime lens, and the 60mm macro. I only have candle lights and tube lights (on walls) as light sources in my house. I wish to create silhouettes of still life objects with ...
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How can using an incident light meter improve my outdoor portraits?

Never used one, but from the theories around it that I read on the internet, I was wondering whether a light meter that can measure incident light is useful for outdoor shots? Or is this tool mostly ...
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Recalculating lux or lm from EV [duplicate]

I have to calculate amount of light from IR emmiter. The only equipement, that I can use is Sekonic Light Meter like this one: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/sekonic-l-358 The problem is that i need to have ...
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Why does the same f-number mean same amount of light? [duplicate]

Intuition tells me that a bigger lens will collect more light with the same f-number than a small lens. But photographers tell me I am wrong. I cannot understand why. There are quite a few posts both ...
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How can I light an Indian wedding without spoiling the decor or blocking the view with stands and gear?

As a wedding photographer, I am challenged for eliminating light stands and sunguns in a regular wedding and reception. As we all know, Indian weddings and receptions have a always-stretchable ...
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How can I improve a landscape photo with deep shadows in post-production?

This is a photo that I've taken in Ani, near Armenia: The problem of this photo is that there are many shadows, particularly on gorge, and highlights near the horizon, on the right side. The ...
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Which is better to use : Mirror or totally reflecting prism?

I'm designing a stereoscopic system to capture 2 images at the same time one for the right eye and one for the left eye. To take a photo through a reflecting system, which one is the best choice of ...
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Is there a way to replicate the look of Allen-Khondji Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love?

I was wondering is there a way to achieve the look of Woody Allen's films Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love, for which the director of photography was the Iranian-French cinematographer Darius ...
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Low-light photography: How much light reflects off a surface

I'm looking at light levels for photography and I'm trying to figure out how much light hits my sensor. There are plenty of tables online which give light levels, but that's only directly relevant if ...
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What am I photographing INSIDE my camera?

I've been experimenting with low light photography. I've photographed something weird inside my camera and don't really know what it is. This is the image initially taken... Seems inoccuious ...
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How can I match adjustable-color artificial light temperature to ambient light?

I got some bi-color LEDs that allow me to control the temperature of the light they produce in the range 3200K-5600K. I will be using them in non-studio settings to complement available light. What ...
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Trying to light my set better: Help? [closed]

I have a bit of a crappy set for my Youtube stuff and, recently, I had a small windfall of sorts and was able to buy some lightbulb and clamp lights. No, I couldn't buy a proper lighting kit, (it was ...
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Why do my photos “glow”?

I have a Canon 60D and recently bought a Canon zoom lens EF 24-70mm 2,8L USM. Bright colours seem to "glow" or are blurry when I take photos. It does not seem to be blurred because of movement or ...
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Does the right calibration temperature for my monitor depend on season?

I just bought X-rite calibration kit but one thing makes me curious. Should I set colder white point (6500K) for summertime and warmer (5000K) for winter? Will global warming cause atmospheric effects ...
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What effect does a bright light have on a DSLR? [duplicate]

What effect do bright lights have on DSLRs? For example, would shining a flashlight into the lens have any effect? The flashlight I am currently using is 300 lumens.
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How can I avoid green flare on my sunrise photos?

I took a series of sunrise photos. Once the sun actually came above the horizon, the brighter the sun became the more apparent and brighter a green flare (glare?) appeared. How can I avoid that? ...
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How can a Gossen Sixtomat light meter work without electricity?

I owned an old Gossen Sixtomat and I am wondering if there is a battery cell or not in this device. If there is no battery I am wondering how this could work without energy. I know some materials ...
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How to shoot light trail photos with iPhone?

I would wonder if someone can tell me how to shoot (take / capture) a light trails photo with an iPhone? If someone don't know what's that, here's the the one which googled find for me, Is it ...
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Is light fall off corrected for in modern cameras?

Because of the way light is projected in a camera the image can be darkened near the edges. My questions is, do modern cameras attempt to correct for this light fall off? Description of the light ...
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How do I measure the correlated color temperature of a light source with a DSLR without a gray card?

By curiosity, I tried to measure the correlated color temperature of different light sources in my house by taking a photo of a white object (a piece of paper) lit by a single source at a time. The ...
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What are the 5 basic lighting setups used in studio portrait photography?

In this great answer, the person explains “one of the 5 basic lighting setups used in studio portrait photography”—Rembrandt lighting. What are the other four? Where should they be used? What are ...
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Can studio light be as good as sunlight?

I am currently digitalizing some family albums. I was told the best source of light is daylight, so I've been using that as a light source. However, this restricts me to specific hours of the day, ...
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What to look for in a compact camera to take picture of black dog?

I like to take snapshots of my black dog during hikes and have grown annoyed at my camera. The changing light conditions and his movements force me to use the automatic sport mode, which often ...
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How to identify whether the available light is too harsh or too soft?

When I go out in a park what factors should I consider to determine whether the present light is too harsh or too soft?
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Why does feathering the light gives softer light?

Why does feathering the light gives softer light? You will always hear that bigger light source will give softer light, that makes sense because it has better wrap-ability. But I also hear that ...
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How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?

How do I get bright even and soft light on a face like this? Image taken from this link I got the exact same equipment but I wasn't able to reproduce the result. First I tried lighting it from ...
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How to measure light so I know which gel to use?

Is there a device that can measure the color of the light so I can know which gel to use on my flash? I have a pack of gels but it's not that accurate to just choose by eyeballing the color of the ...
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What does it mean for a camera to be able to autofocus at EV 0 at f/2.8?

I know what it means for a camera to be able to autofocus at EV 0. As the answer to this question says, EV0 is the light level to achieve correct exposure with 1 second of exposure at F1 and ISO 100. ...