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The use of extra lights, often flash units, in order to make up for a lack of light or to gain more creative control over the image.

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Can I use my room's wall as a diffuser for a spot light?

Would like to record my face with a webcam on my desktop. I have a white wall with some light blue texture in front of my desk. Can I use that as a diffuser? I dont want to invest in a soft box or ...
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How can I reduce the effect of sodium vapor street lights in night photography?

I would like to light buildings at night using torches etc. How do I reduce the sodium light (street light ) that is cast on it. Can I reduce it with a filter and if so which one?
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How do I get that soft white look in my photos?

How do I get my photos to look like Christine Meintjies' and Catherine Mac's photography? Can I get that soft white look in my photos without using extra lighting? ...
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What causes the lines in these photos of a fluorescent tube?

I was taking pictures of a fluorescent tube using a Moto G 2013 when I noticed these evenly spaced lines as I got closer to it. The distance between the lines reduced as I got closer to the tube. ...
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Does it matter to put grid before or after sock/diffuser?

I always thought that if I use grid on softbox with diffuser or beauty dish with the sock on then it is necessary to put the grid only AFTER the diffuser/sock. Otherwise grid causes no effect. But ...
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How can I shoot a photo, through a gun barrel? [duplicate]

I'm trying to get a photo, down the barrel of a gun, without photoshop, preferably to be well exposed in and out of the barrel (mostly to be better exposed on the outside of it, though a double ...
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why would you have a light meter chose your aperture for you?

The title of my question may seem misleading; I dont intend to ask how a proper exposure is calculated. I know the exposure triangle of iso, aperture and shutter speed. But in several articles ...
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Stepping up my lighting for lego photography

I find lot of fun shooting pictures of toys, especially Lego bricks. To light my scenes, I'm using one or more of those elements : Natural light Canon 430 EX II Small torch LEDs torch Here is a ...
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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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Photographing luminous clothing

I was wondering how you take a photograph of luminous clothing. No reflective strips on it or anything. Just can't seem to get the colour real. It comes out washed out looking and not bright like it ...
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Softboxes: How many heads?

So, for portraits or videos etc - everyone always says to get some light, ie softboxes. Okay, so you search softboxes online at your favourite webstore and find that no two softboxes are the same: We ...
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Can I compete with outdoor light using a diffused flash?

As I'm beginning my journey into controlled lighting I took my Sony HVL-F43AM outside on a sunny afternoon, put a model under a canopy (shade), and wanted to see if I could get enough light out of the ...
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How do I attach a softbox to a rectangular fluorescent head?

I'm planning to buy my first lighting set, and I've decided to buy the following piece of gear Problem is, as I have no experience with lighting, I'm kinda confused with one thing (will it be ...
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How can one capture gun bore shots?

How can one capture shots like this where a long, small tube like a gun bore is evenly illuminated along its length? In this sample the harsh reflections off the breach suggest it was illuminated ...
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Filtering out RED light from a white LED source [closed]

We use red light for high speed videography. currently we use a Tungsten light source with a Red filter. Unfortunately, the Tungsten light source creates too much heat for our laboratory use. We ...
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Why are gels used for digital photography?

What is the purpose of color-adjusting light sources with gels in digital photography? Are they reserved exclusively for scenarios in which one wants different colors from different lights? I assume ...
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Why do I meter under the chin with a lightmeter?

Every single tutorial or video has advised to meter for a portrait right under the chin. First of all why? If the face is the most important part, wouldn't you meter right at the face? Secondly, I ...
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How to photograph sparkly objects?

I've been having the hardest time photographing objects that are encrusted in rhinestones and capturing their sparkle. My understanding of sparkle is that it comes from two components: the dynamic ...
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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

Since I have a wireless flash I figured I may as well get a tripod adapter and some sort of diffuser so I can supplement strobes, and especially use it off-camera at locations I wouldn't haul ...
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How to adjust power on Yongnuo-14 EX Macro flash ring and Yongnuo 560 slave?

I recently purchased the above item and I am ready to toss it in the trash! Why? Because the directions that come in the manual are NOT for camera rookies. Terms I don't understand, etc. However, all ...
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How to achieve Greg Gorman style in his book Framed?

How to achieve this style? Is it mixture of barn doors, snoots and subtractive light? Please give an example of how to use subtractive light
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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 do I take a photo like this (very bright)?

I've always wondered how these pictures are taken. They have a very "bright" feel to them. And it feels that they are "bathed" in golden sun light. I understand that I have to take this during the ...
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How to photograph a lightbulb?

I am trying to take a dramatic picture of a lit CFL with my 6-year-old Canon Powershot SD750 equipped with CHDK. It's pretty common simply to turn the exposure all the way down, but I wanted the whole ...
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Inconsistent TTL results when flash used off-camera (YN565 EX II)

I've got a Yongnuo 565 EX II that meters flawlessly when attached to the hotshoe of my 60D, but is very inconsistent when used off camera and slaved to the built in flash unit. It frequently doesn't ...
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How does TTL flash work when there are multiple flashes?

I've been watching a lot of deconstructing videos on how the light is setup. Often times there are 2-3 flashes at the studio. The photographer will say that they are all set to TTL. But how does that ...
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Avoiding washout [duplicate]

Using a Canon T3i, 18-55 kit lens, 18mm, 1/40 sec, F9, ISO 200 on a sunny afternoon I shot two people, shaded, in a cupola. They came out great, properly exposed. The sunny front bar of the cupola ...
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How to make my Nikon D7000 stop adjusting to different lighting

I'm trying to film something with my Nikon D7000. But when I hold it up to the subjects face/body, it starts to focus on the background and makes the the subject into a dark silhouette. How do I ...
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How much fluorescent/CFL power do I need?

I'm thinking of buying one of the cheap continuous lighting kits, specifically with softboxes or shoot-through umbrellas. I'm experienced with strobes, but I only used to use the professional grade ...
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How to meter to clear subject details with a strongly backlit scene, as Elena Shumilova does?

Looking at the photos from Elena Shumilova on 500px, you can see a clear preference for backlighting and halo effects on many of her subjects. For example, this and this. How do you meter with the ...
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Why does negative flash adjustment lead to weird, orange pictures?

I try to shoot with available light as often as possible, but sometimes I just have to pull out the built-in flash on my Panasonic GH3. I don’t like the “rabbit in the headlights” look of the photos ...
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What are the best lights to use with a copy stand

I recently purchased a copy stand in order to digitize my company's watercolor library. I am using 2 rps cl150 arm-light attachments however I keep getting 2 large spotlights on the paintings where ...
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Relevance of absolute light power in studio object photography?

While setting up a photo studio for product photography, I often read advice that suggests that one needs extremely strong light sources (1–10 kw total) if shooting without flashlights. I fully ...
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How is this product photo taken? Men's underwear - looks like a mannequin used but can see inside? [duplicate]

This has really stumped me, I really like the look of these product photos but can't figure out how they were taken. It looks like maybe they were put on a mannequin type thing but yet you can see ...
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When were white seamless backgrounds and platforms first used in studio lighting?

Amazon has just been granted a patent on the method for using: A white seamless background An elevated platform Rear-facing lights ...in order to make the entire background and platform disappear ...
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How can I take product shots of a flat (but not absolutely flat) reflective surface? [duplicate]

I need to make a photo of an iPhone case. The picture I've got with my rig used for other (non reflective) cases gave me the following result: Which I don't like as it don't shows the reflective ...
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How to photograph glitter and holographic glitter?

I need to take pictures of glittery items, and some of the items also have glitter that gives a rainbow holographic effect. When I take pictures using my DSLR the glitter always looks really flat and ...
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Product photography, wine bottles, recommended light setup on a budget

I am looking to create a shooting environment for product photography, particularly wine and beer bottles. I understand that this type of photography is very difficult to get good results and ...
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What kind of lighting do I need for a halo portrait?

I'm interested in taking some photos with strong, glowing, ethereal backlighting, like a halo, but with decent detail in the actual face. I don't have any really good examples of what I'm talking ...
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Why do I see this yellow color shift at high ISOs and fast shutter speeds? [duplicate]

I recently purchased a full-frame DSLR with a reported highest ISO of 204,800. I’m intrigued by the possibilities of the high ISO range and how far Lightroom and Aperture (I use each of them) can ...
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How can I create creative soft light?

I've been doing photography for a year and I've become curious about soft light and its use in Wedding photography. What are some methods to create soft light?
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Can using a reflector or external flash soften harsh natural light, or just fill in shadows?

My question is much related to harsh light in natural light conditions. Suppose I am taking photos of a model 3/4. I know that when shooting during midday, when the sun is very vivid, because of its ...
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how to capture the details of a face?

I have been browsing in behance and i fell in love with his work. how do you do this kind of photography? its so clean and detailed, if this is edited in PS then can you post some links fo any tutz? ...
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Is it better to have light come from the left side?

In this comment to a question about composing landscape photographs, Esa Paulasto says About the direction of light, whenever you have a choice in it, have the light come from left side. I have ...
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How to use fixed power flash (strobes) units?

I obtained a second hand JTL Versalight J160 for a bargain price. It is supposed to be an 160 watt output unit. The problem is that the power regulator knob is not working in my unit and I'm stuck in ...
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Does the wide-angle diffuser on a flash help reduce hotspots when used in a small softbox?

Many speedlight-style flashes have a pull-out / flip-down wide angle panel built in. This isn't really meant as a light modifier, but is intended to help the flash provide better coverage at wide ...
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Is the Deflector Plate recommended when using a Westcott Rapid Box with the cover on?

I recently added a Westcott Rapid Box 10"×24" Strip to my setup, and am really happy with how it lives up to the "rapid" name, and when in use takes up a lot less area in my cramped working space. I'm ...
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What would be the correct way to place strobes to photograph a group of 10 or 12 people in a row?

First thing that comes to mind is placing one flash unit to the right and another to the left, but the subjects in the middle of the row would get light equally from both flashes,in an unflattering ...
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How can I take better class photos for a school magazine, indoors under fluorescent light?

I am using a Nikon D3100 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G. I am currently taking class photos for the school magazine and I am curious about the best setting possible. It is all indoors with fluorescent lightings ...
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How to select a light meter?

I'm looking for a light meter to use with an old film camera that doesn't have a working meter, and the bevy of options with prices all over the place is a bit overwhelming. I'm trying to narrow down ...