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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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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 ...
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How do I set up off-camera flash for wedding receptions?

I'm a wedding photographer working with a Canon 5D Mark II. Previously when photographing weddings, I had been using my Speedlite (600ex-rt) on my camera (ETTL). I'd really like to start learning off ...
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How to take a picture of a mobile phone or tablet in a hand effectively with or without post processing

I want to take pictures of hands/people with mobile phones including the screen. What is the best way to take the photo to get a clear image of the hand/person and have a clear image of the screen. ...
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What would be the right way to shoot a portrait in a very dark room with flash?

I have several flash units. Both the shoe-mount type and the "studio" type. The portrait has to be taken in a room that happens to not have windows. It is always dark in there. I can bring a light ...
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What is the best site/youtube to learning lighting for photography? [closed]

I am using canon 7D and I am learning lighting. Does anyone know good youtube account or site to learn lighting for photography? Thank you.
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What can I do with a 500W work light in terms of lighting?

I currently own the following set of halogen work lights: 2x250W work light This video, Easy DIY Work Light Diffusion, talks about putting a Lee 216 Gel Filter in front of similar lights. My ...
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LED vs Regular Bulbs in Cheap Lighting Kits

I am trying to find a good affordable lighting kit to use for some amateur photo shooting I do in my house. My plan is to get a diffuser, a white background and 2 or 3 lights. I saw that there are ...
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How to photograph flat plastic in an “interesting” way to show off its properties?

At work we are currently in the process of photographing samples of materials. The idea is to photograph them to show their structure/properties more than their shape (i.e. if we have a steel cog, we ...
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What is “north light”, and how can I use it in my photographs?

I've heard that some painters favored "north light". I suppose that this is light coming from the north, but what is so special about it? If I live somewhere where the literal north light is blocked ...
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How to recognize different lighting color temperatures?

I'm getting my first "real" flash soon, and I've been studying a bit about lighting techniques. However, the flash comes with little colored plastic covers to match the color of the environment's ...
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Yellowing effect on Canon Rebel

I've started to notice a strong yellowing of the indoor pictures with my Canon Rebel T1i. If I use the flash, this doesn't happen, but I don't want to have to use the flash on every picture as this ...
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What flash guide number do I need to underexpose a “sunny” background?

I'm familiar with the maths behind flash usage (guide numbers, etc.). Here's a more practical question that doesn't yet seem to have an answer on photo.se: Consider a subject, outdoors, on a regular ...
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How can I improve the dull colors in my product photography?

I try to shoot some pictures of apparel, lingerie, cometics on a white fluffy rag or a white paper board with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i + a Canon - Speedlite 270EX II External Flash on a tripod in day ...
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How to create such kind of lighting? (pics inside) [closed]

How create such kind of lighting? (pics inside) 1) 2) 3) If possible, can u draw a plan (how it works, where to put the light sources?)
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Suggestion for home studio lighting equipment/set up for ghosting(invisible mannequins) garments/product photography?

I've look around and can't seem to find any specific product photography information on ghost/ghosted/ghosting/invisible garments, so I thought I'd ask! I have some other questions as well so I'll ...
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How to take product shots on a green screen background?

I am trying to take some product shots against a green background. The reason is that I need to be able to separate the background so the products can be photoshopped onto any background. The problem ...
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Photographing & cutting out white powder

I need to photograph white powder in a circle shape and still retain the shadow. I've tried photographing on different coloured backgrounds as shooting on white is too tricky to cut out. The ...