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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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How to film translucence and light?

I'm trying out my new DSLR (Nikon 5300) and 18-200 Nikkor lens. Long ago, I had a film SLR, but since then I've had point-and-shoot cameras. It's great to get back into SLRs again. That said, here's ...
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Is there a fundamental difference between emitted light and reflected light?

In the context of practical implications for photography, is there a general difference in the qualities of emitted vs. reflected light (other than emitted light being brighter in many situations)? I ...
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Is there a Safelight rgb or hex frequency?

My wife is a Black and White film photographer. I was wondering if there is a color code that I could use as a basis for a helper app?
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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 automatically get a (approximate) Lux value from overexposed and underexposed pictures?

As you will soon understand, I am not a photographer. For research in a completely different field, I am interested in estimating, even with a large approximation, the brightness of the environment in ...
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How do I know how much light will be needed for a given film speed, shutter speed, and aperture?

For a given film type, shutter speed and aperture, how do I calculate the light needed to get a good exposure? For example, if I use a f/8 aperture, an exposure time of 100 ms and a ISO 800-film (...
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Why do light sources appear as stars sometimes?

See for example this photo: From my experience, the longer the exposure the stronger can this effect be observed. Is this correct? Are there any other factors that influence the creation of these ...
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How do you avoid a dim portrait with a bright background and no external flash?

I took a picture once in a beautiful location with an awesome background, and a cool location to get the shot. The problem is, the location of the subject had substantially less light then the ...
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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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Can videoing burning magnesium damage a camera sensor?

I have possibly had the misfortune of videoing a bright performance of burning magnesium at night before I realized what it was. I probably filmed it for 10-15 seconds and now I am wondering if it ...
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When do I have to readjust the white balance in studio?

Let's say model wears dress number 1, I setup my lights to light setup 1 and we hold a gray card a shoot it and set the white balance of camera on that. Now if model changes to dress number 2 and I ...
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Can golden/blue hour light be simulated?

Photographers love the light available in the golden hour (just after the sun rises and before it sets) and blue hour (just before the sun rises and after it sets). Part of the reason for that is that ...
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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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How can I improve my photographs taken on overcast or cloudy days?

I'm interested in filters, flash & lighting options, composition, and post processing. Is it possible to get really vibrant colors or should I give up on that and focus on dreary, muted, or black ...
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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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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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How can I correctly measure light using a built-in camera meter?

Many times when I shoot photos, the photo is sometimes too bright or too dark and the colors are incorrect. Sometimes, the white in the photo is not the white that I have for a background, but gray. ...
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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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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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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 a700+...
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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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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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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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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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Is there any practical way to measure the T-stop of a lens?

T-stop measures actual light transmission in a lens. Therefore, different f/2.8 lenses can have different T-stops. T-stops are usually only given for cine lenses. For photography lenses, is there any ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to configure the camera to capture true colors of ambient light?

I'm an amateur photographer and I have a Nikon D5200 and a ColorChecker Passport. I'm trying to understand what are the procedures that I should take to capture the real true colors that I am seeing. ...
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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 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 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 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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Lights for Illuminating Large areas?

I'm frequently underground in caves and recently while going on a trip to Thailand I experienced some of the most massive caverns I've ever had the opportunity to photograph. Unfortunately, I was ill ...
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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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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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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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What is a light meter, how do I use one, and for what sort of digital photography do I need one?

What is a light meter? How do I use one? What sort of photography will fool a digital camera's meter? Hence for those you do need to meter.