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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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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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How to set up lighting when using a fog machine in the background of the model?

I did some search in the website about the topic and for example found this link but still my situation is different! Best way to create fog outdoors? I am using a fog machine and two strobes ...
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How can I add life to the dull skin tones in an image taken under low-CRI lighting?

This photo was lit with a homemade LED light panel, and I suspect the low CRI of the lighting was one of the reasons that it looks kind of dull. I've white balanced it as correctly as I know how and ...
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How do I take a picture in a bright room and make it look darker than it actually is? [duplicate]

I was thinking I'd bring the exposure down and turn on my flash to make it darker in the background and brighter in the front, where the camera is focusing. what do you think? Is this the right way to ...
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How to prevent reflections from overhead lighting?

I was taking pictures of a desk in an office with overhead lighting. The light reflected off the desk and created shiny spots on the desk so that it wasn't uniform. Is there a way to prevent this? ...
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Is there a way to achieve even lighting using one flash and a reflector?

I'm deciding whether to buy/rent lights to shoot my design portfolio and was wondering whether it's possible to achieve even lighting using one 500W monolight, shoot through umbrella and a reflector. ...
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How could I have counteracted purple lighting?

I recently shot an event using just a standard Nikon D3200 with kit lens. Nothing special, but it did the job. The only obstacle was that the event made heavy use of a strong purple lighting which ...
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How do I create product photos with a black background and reflections?

This is the kind of product image I'd like to make: What equipment do I need (set up, background, mirror, etc.)? Some pointers to material for learning would be nice!
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Tungsten vs Quartz lighting: what is the difference?

When shopping for continuous studio lighting, the relatively cheaper kits have either tungsten or quartz lighting. Photographically speaking, what is the difference between these? Specifically, does ...
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How to get a white background when photoshooting clothing [duplicate]

I am trying to shoot some garments such as hoodie tshirts. I am using 2 softboxes with white lights of 350W each on a white background. The lighting looks good. As per camera, I am using my 18-105mm ...
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How can I get my colours true for product photography?

I am struggling to get some colours correct in my product photography. I have used a gray card to set a custom white balance and also tried AWB in the camera, but still seem to have trouble getting ...
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How do I calculate the total exposure value of two light sources?

Assume that I'm taking the photo of a lamp in an outdoor cloudy day. The lamp itself has the luminance corresponding to 17EV. The environment has the illuminance corresponding to 14EV. What will be ...
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Lighting setup and light shaper tools to reproduce an image

I was looking at Andrea Belluso website and liked many of his photos including this one: http://belluso.format.com/fashion Can you help deconstructing the photo so I can learn how he has done the ...
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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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How can I make product photos with solid-colored backgrounds?

I'm trying to achieve an effect so the part of the product photo is filled with a solid color background, something similar to: Currently I have two ideas on how to implement this: Shoot a ...
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Higher ISO Camera V.S Brighter Lighting [duplicate]

Whenever I take photos in bad lighting I always wonder if I should use a higher ISO camera or instead use brighter lighting. Please no opinions- just comparisons!
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Why are my photos with a Godox V860C coming out underexposed?

I have a Godox V860C light and a Godox Cells II remote trigger. I've set this up with an umbrella box and took a few photos. They look underexposed. I'm not sure what's going on, but I have a few ...
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What's the balance of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks in this photo?

I would love to give my photos a dreamy effect like this. I can see there's some clarity reduction; what, in terms of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks, would the lighting look like? For ...
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Most Versatile Light Modifier for Portrait/Glamour/Fashion

I recently got a Godox V860C flash and a Godox Cells II trigger. Now, I want to do a bit of portrait / glamour / fashion photography -- and I need recommendations on a light modifier. I got the ...
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How to shoot a moody and darker scene in day light?

I am doing a shoot outdoors from 5:00 PM, which is still harsh sun light, and the client would like it to have a moody and Gothic theme. What are some strategies to fight against that? My own ...
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What is the difference between Prophoto's Zoom Reflector and Wide Zoom reflector?

On Profoto Zoom Reflector page, it says Light spread: 105° at position 10, and in Wide Zoom Reflector page It says 80° at position 10. So isn't 105 degrees wider than 80 degrees? Then why the other ...
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Portraits under a shade tree?

I have a friend who's requesting to have shots made for his LinkedIn profile where he's being photographed at the Mount Auburn Cemetery under the shade of trees. What kind of lighting and modifiers do ...
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Are 2x 160w strobe lights enough to overexpose a 5x10' background?

I have been using continuous lighting for mannequin pictures and it was quite difficult to overexpose the background all the time however I made it work. Due to my dog ( long story) I am being forced ...
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What type of stand is needed for a beauty dish?

I've never used a beauty dish and I'm not sure what's the typical way of positioning it. I want to shoot on location and not in a studio setup, and I don't have an assistant. What kind of stand do I ...
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What is the difference between a very expensive flash and a average priced flash?

Let's say between a Profoto B1 flash and a Nikon SB-910 flash. I understand flashes have TTL, HSS, Output power, etc., that makes them different, but let's say in a completely equal scenario that a ...
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How to get flash high but out of the way?

It happens often to me that I am on location and have to shoot with the flash and umbrella high in front of the model. Problem with that is that the boom holding it is right in front of my subject. ...
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How can I photograph a toy against a white background, leaving the toy in shadow?

I saw this image of a toy online and have been wondering how I can photograph an object so it is in shadow but against a pure white background like this. According to the exif, the photo was shot ...
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What are the most essential modifiers for shaping light?

I don't have a studio so I mostly shoot outside on locations, or for practice in my small room. I see some pictures that they have shaped and directed the light so well. For example a violin where ...
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How were these “harsh light” photos of objects on a white background taken?

Does anyone have an idea of how were these photo taken?: http://cl.ly/bl6j/shots.png, for example: I need to shoot some stuff for my design portfolio in this sort of style. I really like the strong ...
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How were these portraits of Trent Reznor lit and shot?

I'm trying to figure out how the lighting and camera settings were configured for these two portraits. I'm also curious if / how this could be replicated with amateur equipment (eg. not tens of ...
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Sony A7S and trigger voltages

I use a Sony A7S. Recently, I bought two old Panasonic PE-20s'. I've used it a couple times through the hotshoe without fail but recently I read up on how high flash trigger voltages can fry your ...
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Differences between shadow placement on a face?

The use of shadow is important for conveying lots of different things... mood of a person, setting or simply for dramatic effect. I am wondering specifically, in a close up shot of a face in the ...
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How do you set up a photo of a glowing tent in the dark?

Sometimes, in pictures of camping published in outdoor magazines, I'll see a night shot where the tent is all lit up like a big yellow bulb. How do they get that shot? Long exposure, probably, but ...
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Lighting needed for 2-D Stop-Motion Video

What sort of lighting setup do I need for 2-D stop motion? I don't have a lot of space, so the canvas area won't be huge. I will probably use 11" x 14" heavy 11" x 14" matte paper. All the animation ...
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How can I remove brightness from the bottom of a concave plate?

I have about 10 images of plates I am taking for posting on Ebay. The concave bottoms focus more light back at the camera giving a little more blown out area (see example). My grandmother, who is ...
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How can I amplify the light from a tiny white LED through a keyhole?

I am working currently on an art project. My target: I apply around 1000 lumen of light through a key hole of a door lock. The light is supposed to go through the key hole and the outcome of the ...
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When using a ring light, how do I get rid of the dimmed backround?

I just bought a new ring light and I love it! However I would like to use it and still have the backround light up instead of everything going dark. How can I achieve this? P.s I use my iphone 6 and ...
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Fake light coming from fake (opaque) window?

Do you know those false windows, with posters that are actually photos of the outdoors? I'd like to take a photo of an interior with a fake window, and make it appear that light was coming in from ...
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How can I light a staged showroom interior, where there is no ceiling to bounce light from?

Now that I have successfully shot some home interiors, I now have an assignment to shoot a showroom! It looks like a typical house; kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc. The only difference is there's no ...
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How to motion-blur the background while keeping the subject well exposed and in focus?

How to motion-blur the background while keeping the subject well exposed and in focus? Mikael Jansson / Vogue Paris, May 2011
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Will the built-in flash of a Polariod camera be adequate for a wedding photobooth?

My best friend is getting married in one week. He asked me to set up a photo booth near the reception so that people can take pictures of themselves using funny accessories. The photo booth should be ...
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How can I avoid these colored shadows in my product photos?

I am trying to get the best quality images of these products using a lightbox/light tent (similar to this one). I am using a basic Canon IXUS 960IS without a tripod. As you can see I keep getting ...
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Which color for a job interview portrait?

For a job interview portrait, I need to make a picture that reflects leadership, creativity and flexibility. What color or colors should I use? Also, after pick up the color, should I use a tone ...
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How do I eliminate this shadow from my product photography?

I've been taking pictures of shoes inside the box shown in the picture, and the lighting is on the ceiling on the inside of the box. I'm also attaching a picture so you can see which shadows I want to ...
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What effect does Gary Fong's collapsible LightSphere have on color temperature?

I intend to use a Gary Fong collapsible LightSphere, the one with white-transparent body and the warmer yellow semi-sphere for shooting portraits on locations and studio. How can I know the real ...
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How to light a product like the Apple Watch?

I want to take some product photography of watches, much like the Apple watch. What are the steps and tools to reproduce this? And also from the side
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What kind of 'guerrilla' background / backdrop is being used in Felipe Dana's Cracklands portraits?

I love the streetwise way of taking portrait photos in the subject's own environment used in Felipe Dana's Portraits from Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Cracklands’ series. But I'm wondering if the white ...
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How to get more clarity and less shadow when photographing jewelry?

I'm shooting on the AV setting on a Canon 7d with a 60 mm lens. I've got two standing lights + natural light, with the jewelry inside a lightshed. My aperture is about f8-11. These are for online use. ...
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How can I set up an off camera flash using the reading from the light meter?

I want to be able to blend ambient light with fill in flash, using off camera flash in manual mode. I don't understand how to translate the information from the light meter into settings to input into ...
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What is the best way to photograph iridescent glitter?

I'm trying to shoot a photo of a textile with iridescent glitter glued onto it, but I can't get enough sparkle from the glitter. Basically a whole strip of glitter appears clear with a few sparkles ...