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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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How does this photographer achieve such RICH detail and contrast

These are pictures of a photographer that works for a popular breeder of poison dart frogs. In the 3 examples attached I will describe what, to me is remarkable about that. I would be elated to hear ...
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Can prints be adjusted to better suit lighting conditions?

I've been taking pictures for a couple years now, but have only recently begun to print my work. I have this one print. It looks great on my monitor (color calibrated), and, when I picked it up at ...
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Fixing an Unevenly Spread Flash Gel in Photoshop (or Lightroom)

so this is the image and as you can see, the yellow gel did not spread to the bottom left part of it. is there a way to artificially spread that (I can only do basic controls in lightroom and PS) ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

I do a lot of writing about tabletop games, some of it paid, professional work. Often, editors ask that I also supply photographs of the games in play to illustrate the articles. I know very little ...
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Cheap lighting Vs second flash for reptile portraits?

I have to do a photoshoot for leopard geckos in the near future, it will be for a breeder so I want to focus on proper lighting- no shadows, good color replication etc. However, I feel that shooting ...
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How do I create a lighting setup where the centre is lighter than edges?

Can someone please tell me what I need to get a lighting setup similar to this? The centre is illuminated and it subtly gets darker around the edges.
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Continuous drive mode with a flash- impossible?

I'm considering switching to the Sony A55 (I don't own one at present). The A55 does 10fps in continous drive (but I will only be using around 6-7). To replicate the visible colors of a fish onto a ...
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How to calculate light output from strobe lights?

I have a medium size church room for doing standard wedding photographs and I'm trying to learn how to do the math for lighting. Over 1k of continuous lighting isn't near as bright as my two little ...
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How does the inverse square law relate to the softness of light for portraits?

I am a bit confused. I understand that if you want soft lighting for portraits, you need to use a large light source compared to the size of your subject. So, I thought by bringing the light source ...
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How to shoot Clear Liquid Gel for a product shot?

Hello I have a product of a liquid gel hand sanitizer, what would be a good set-up to get a shot similar to this? http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/hand-sanitizer-gel-in-clear-pump-bottle-gm157429692-...
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How much light do I need for my RX10-II at 1000 fps?

I know the video mode is taking a frame "approximately" 1/1000s long, the aperture opens up to f/2.8, and the Auto ISO will select within the camera's range, 64-12800, so how much light (in the studio)...
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Can I get bright detail and dark background photos using a phone camera and basic editing?

What is the term for this type of photography? Can I get this effect using a phone camera and basic editing? Are there tutorials to achieve this?
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How to photograph small aircraft interior?

I want to make a poster. Can you give some tips for getting a great shot of my aircraft instrument panel? How to filter it, light it, reduce reflections and glare from glass bezels? I have a Nikon ...
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What's the difference between LED and conventional lighting?

Is there any difference in LED lighting vs bulb lighting or any other lighting? Someone said that the LED light doesn't have the full spectrum of light. Is that a problem?
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Popular style that used in movie posters [duplicate]

For the last few years there is a trending style used a lot in movie posters. A very good example is this poster from The Hobbit: I have tried many lighting and post process setups, but I am very ...
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What is the recommended Diffuser Umbrella for a Metal Product Shoot?

I'm an intern for a lock company and they have me take product shoots of the locks. My Photoflood lights are too harsh to take pictures of the metal without a diffuser. But the diffusers I have right ...
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What all techniques and best practices I should use or improve for these photos? [closed]

I am beginner in photography. These two photos are taken in manual mode and I feel it's perfect shot. Please have a look and let me what all things I should improve and what I shouldn't consider. ...
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What ambient lighting is appropriate for a room where photos are edited and proofed/printed?

Assuming monitor(s) are correctly calibrated and print viewing is done in a viewing box with its own light source, what should the room lighting be? With no lighting at all I think most people find ...
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Control for shading and variable outdoor lighting conditions

First, I am a wildlife ecologist who does some very amateurish photography on the side. I would like to start using digital photography techniques to collect field data. The Problem: I need to take ...
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How to create product photos that seem to pop out from the background

I went to this restaurant chain Vapiano and noticed that the items on their menu boards look like they are real 3D objects glued to the board. How is this effect created? Special kind of lighting? ...
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How to achieve great clothing photography with natural wrinkles effect

We are wondering how these photos of apparel are taken, as they are trending. It is not the typical flat lay shots, as the garment shows some texture and it is somehow "inflated" from the inside. ...
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How can I deal with uneven highlights in product photography with a mannequin?

I'm new to product photography, what causes this blown out highlight in the mannequin's left hand as shown in the picture above? See the lighting setup below, I am using two softboxes as light ...
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How to achieve bright lighting during sunset

I found this below image with a beautiful lighting. This actually is photographed during sunset. But, how the photographer is able to achieve such bright and gold type lighting? Source: from 500px....
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What do I need from an off-camera flash for lighting an aquarium?

Camera: Nikon D3200 The aim is to illuminate an aquarium fish, by placing the off camera flash above the aquarium. And perhaps, if money lets me, to buy another off-camera flash and place it on the ...
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uniform lighting when taking top view of object [duplicate]

What is the best way to take pictures of an object from top view How should the light be placed ? *to avoid shadows and how should we construct the chamber for this ? *for uniform lighting over ...
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How to illuminate reflective scales on a fish?

I photograph fish, and soon I want to buy an external flash unit. But I'm not sure if I should but one that works off-camera or as a TTL flash. I've used table lamps so far, but the light seems to go ...
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Why is the white balance so different when using daylight bulbs?

I normally photograph landscapes. However I am dabbling in photographing some friends' artwork and I am quite pleased with the printed results, when you consider the nightmare of colour matching ...
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How might Mario Testino have lit this Kate Moss photo?

I'm fairly new to more advanced camera stuff as usually I'd do everything in post or with natural light. As I try to get better at the in-camera stuff I know I need to learn lighting. What kind of ...
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Capturing the full effect of iridescent/“holo” nail polish

My wife is a nail artist and active blogger/instagram poster. We recently upgraded from shooting her work in a light tent with a desk lamp to two 20"x28" 5 head soft boxes and the shots have been ...
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My photos are way too dark, must use 6000+ ISO inside

I have a problem. I recently got a new lens (18-105mm) and my pictures just gets dark. I am shooting in manual mode, I changed to automatic mode without flash and it got lighter. There must be a ...
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How can I take a low-light portrait of a violinist, without dedicated lighting gear?

I have been asked to take a portrait of a violinist with her instrument. She's from my family so I can ask her to pose as I like. The picture is actually going to be turned into a painting later, but ...
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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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Makeup showing very weak and washed out [closed]

I did my first makeup oriented photo shoot last night and results were a surprise, and not in a good way! I wanted under the eyes to start from black and gradually go to pink. The makeup artist did ...
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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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What temperature lighting should I use for photographing old paper photos?

I know I should be using daylight lighting system to achieve natural looks of photographs, but I don't want to spend a lot of money for profesional lighting equipment, so I was thinking to just put a ...
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Lighting for Clothing Photoshoot

I have an online boutique and I've recently bought a Canon Rebel T5. I was told to buy the Neewer 360W Strobe Flash Light Photo Studio Kit and Wireless Radio 16 Channel Trigger for lighting plus a ...
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Lighting for specific type of photo

so i have found a very unique image, and I am wondering what lighting they would have used, and how they get it to this point (image editing?). Any pointers would be helpful, here is the image.
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How do I light a large group of people in low light (inside a temple)?

I shoot Bar/Bat Mitzvahs inside a temple with extremely high ceilings and poor lighting throughout. Many of the shots at the beginning of the day are of family with large numbers of people. There ...
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What is the difference in light from an umbrella with and without a softbox cover?

I just purchased a reflective umbrella (silver lining) which includes a cover for the front of the umbrella making it (optionally) like a softbox. All things being the same with the EXCEPTION of the ...
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Glossy “metallic” looking skin

I want to do a very dramatic photo shoot with a friend of mine who has a very muscular stature and really want to draw out all of the ripples and grooves. I want to try to create kind of a metallic "...
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Is there any type of cloth that reflects light well?

I like to have V-Flats on location but I have a small sedan car, also wind can throw them away, and also they are not easy to fold and carry around. I was thinking: if I go to a fabric store and buy ...
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Can anyone tell me the techniques used to take a photo like this?

I'm wanting to take a series of photos black and white zebra stripe and other various patterns and can't really seem to find much information on the net about it. I dont know whether in this image ...
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Create apparel highlights with photoshop

I have been doing some photoshoot using 2 lightboxes directly on the item. The result is decent, but the items has a very unnatural lighting, which I would like to fix on Photoshop with some effect. ...
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Why do lightbulbs look too bright in my photos?

Lightbulbs used to appear fine in my photos- you can still see the outline of the bulbs and the brightness of the bulbs is just fine. Now, they appear too bright as if they exploded. What seems to be ...
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How to photograph a glow run?

I am asked to photograph people participating in a Glow Run. For those unfamiliar, a glow run takes place outdoors, at night and people wear UV facepaint, fluo clothing and carry glowsticks. I have ...
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How to do custom bokeh on Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens (f3.5)? [duplicate]

I am attempting to use custom bokeh for an effect in which words appear in out of focus lights. After many experimentations i still can't manage to get it to work, i believe this is largely because of ...
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How can I take a candlelit photo with a pure black background?

I was trying out the same shot but was unable to achieve such lighting on the subject. Also My background becomes visible If I start playing around with the exposure. i.e. if my exposure is balanced I ...
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Is a 50mm or 18-108mm lens most appropriate for a clothing photoshoot?

I am doing a photoshoot of a model wearing clothes for an online store. White backdrop, decent lighting and unfortunately not too much space. I have two lenses to pick from: Nikon fixed 50mm f1.8 or ...
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HOW can i make dark foreground? [duplicate]

How can make white background but the person in foreground is dark? Like this one : http://i.ytimg.com/vi/aV8NqiYjuIc/mqdefault.jpg Thanks all
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how to balance mixed tungsten and daylight in a showroom? [duplicate]

Location: interior showroom (mixed tungsten and day light from show window) How do you balance the light? please explain I am an engineering student taking a non technical elective course about ...