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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 do I recreate this outdoor portrait lighting setup?

I'd like to recreate the lighting setup from this picture: http://i.stack.imgur.com/rRikx.jpg The question is: How do I do it? My guesses so far: Sun from above and behind the model, slightly to ...
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How to light macro subjects with an off-camera solution?

With very high magnification (2X - 5X) it has been troublesome to light the subjects since the lens shadow often gets into the photo. If it does not, then the subjects end up poorly lit or backlit. ...
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Tips for shooting a flood-lit, vibrant carnival procession

I'm currently in Rio de Janeiro for carnival where I will be attending carnival at the Sanbodromo. I have a Nikon D3000 with a 55-300 lens. I'll be around 50 to 100 meters away, overlooking the ...
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What advice would you give for taking photos on a boat cruise at night?

Tomorrow I will be going on a boat cruise in the evening in London. I will no doubt be looking for photo opportunities on the boat, both of people, as well as the landmarks/surroundings. I'm pretty ...
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Is an artificial external source of light required even with a low-noise high ISO range?

Is an artificial external source of light required even if you have a camera with a high range of effectively noiseless ISO? Are there some special cases which "need" external lights, at all costs?
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What is the most effective way to get soft light from hotshoe flash indoors?

I'm thinking of getting a flash for better indoor pictures. I was looking at the 430EX Speedlite as a good unit in budget, but still having lots of capability. How do I use this most effectively ...
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How should a perfect skin tone look like?

Is there even such a thing as a perfect skin tone? People with different ethnicity have different skin colour plus lighting and background adds a layer of complexity. As a photographer, what should we ...
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Noise Issue / Canon 5D Mark II

Just curious if anyone can help with this? I am using a Canon 5D Mark II and it seams to be having noise issues at ISO 250 and up and especially at ISO 400? What is going on? In low light when my ...
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What are the tips to selecting a particular lighting setup based on a model's face type?

Can anyone please give any tips to improve three or four lights setup depending on model's face type (round, oval, triangular, heart-shaped, etc) or face features (blemishes, wrinkles, etc)? In ...
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How to do lighting for product photography of scrapbooking stuff?

I have tried to do some simple product photographing. It is mainly some scrapbooking stuff my wife has produced, like candles and gift cards. Up until now I have been using my Nikon SB-700 for ...
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How should I position my lighting for photographing books?

This is my setup for photographing books: .. but I have issues with glossy books and magazines. I need help understanding the best place to position the lights so it covers the entire cradle (120 ...
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How do I take photographs of scientific laser products?

I have been asked to take some product photos of various scientific lasers. Most of them will just be simple shots of the boxes on a white background but I will also have to do an 'action' shot a bit ...
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How bright should a flash be?

Is it common/wise to invest in multiple flashers for different situations or can you use one given it has enough intensity? Another way to read this is: can a flash be too bright?
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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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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 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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Any tips on taking better photos of nude subjects?

How do I make skin stand out more? I take photos of nude subjects and I'm trying to highlight the male and female anatomy more clearly, but the lower regions aren't coming out like I want them. Do you ...
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What are techniques for enhancing visibility of photos under natural, outdoor daylight?

I'm trying to find techniques for making photos more visible under daylight (i.e., when daylight reflects off the photo displayed on a screen or print). Does anyone know of any photo editing ...
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How to photograph books on location?

I must shoot rare books / manuscripts on different locations, some of them hard to reach (monasteries etc.). When I'm there I don't have much time at disposition. I must shoot as quick as I can. I ...
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Photographing LEGO models [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best techniques for making great photographs of LEGO creations? Has anyone got any tips for taking photos of your creations? Lighting seems to be the major ...
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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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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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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 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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Product Photography without a Light Tent?

I am going to be doing some product photography but I am running into an issue. This issue is achieving the proper lighting. My ideal setup would be a light tent with a few lights and my issues would ...
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How can I take natural looking photos of my kids, etc. with a compact camera indoors?

I have a Panasonic lumix fz47 and when taking photos inside, unless I have a lot of window light, the photos are always a slightly funny colour or a bit grainy. When I use the flash it is way too ...
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How do the ePhoto and Cowboy Studio beauty dishes compare for a newbie learning the ropes?

I'm wanting to buy a beauty dish and I'm on a tight budget, I can't find reviews comparing the ePhoto vs Cowboy Studio Beauty Dishes and was hoping one of you might help me choose. I'm looking at ...
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Interior/architecture lighting solutions?

One of the main problems when taking photo of interior is how to handle outdoor light, or to be more precise, how to handle outdoor light which is showing up in frame. Ideal time for taking photo ...
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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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With a limited budget, how should I invest between flash power and light modification?

I just bought a yn-622c for my t3i and I want to also pickup the lastolite ezybox 24" softbox. My main concearn is that the 430ex ii will be too weak to shoot in a softbox from several meters. Does ...
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Do I need a light stand mount specific for Sony shoe?

I'm a hobbyist looking to get into off-camera lighting on a budget. I have a Sony a57. I already have a manual flash that works when attached to the camera. Based on this guide, I'm looking at ...
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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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What's the best way to get thumbnail portrait shots for a company intranet? [duplicate]

I'm after a fool-proof way I can get some thumbnails of people for a corporate intranet. We've had professional shots done for most, but as new people are starting we're taking shots (with an ...
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Suggestions required for pairing Canon 430EX II with an ideal Yongnuo speedlite (2 light setup)

I have recently got interested in off-camera flash photography and have purchased Canon 430EX II along with Yongnuo rf-603 transceivers. Now I want to extend it with 2 light setup for more creative ...
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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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Learning path for better lighting and composition [closed]

I have been a hobbyist photographer with my 5 year old Nikon D40 (18-55mm) until now. I do get occasional good shots, but most of them are not satisfying in terms of good lighting and composition. I ...
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What lighting setup is used to get this skin glow effect?

What lighting setup would need to be used to get the glow on the skin as in the sample linked below? Not in photoshop, pantyhose or heavy oils, but the proper lighting? The skin is very well lit, with ...
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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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Would This “Flash Diffuser” Be Any Good for My SB700?

I bought an SB700 and I noticed that it came with several accessories (a green plastic, a "transparent" plastic and a brown one). I searched and the transparent one is called a "diffuser". I ...
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How to mount a torch to camera?

I want to mount a torch to my camera body in the Flash hot-shoe. I'm thinking about hacking up a mix of a rifle-scope accessory (to hold the torch, a led-lenser P7) and a ball head that fits in the ...
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Is there a good flash for which you can get an AC adapter?

I'm working on a lighting solution for my studio. All of the lights will be 100% stationary and I'm wondering if there's a way to get flashes that I can just plug into the wall instead of bothering ...
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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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Is compositing a viable technique for high key portrait type shots?

In the absence of off-camera speedlites and a suitable back-drop I'm wondering if using post processing based compositing would be a viable technique to achieve a high key (or indeed low key type) ...
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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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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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Why did the sun cut my photo?

Please look at this photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/105234648@N06/10767962476/in/set-72157637496250364 I am very new to photography and as you can see the sun being directly behind the scene ...
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How do I fix blown out part of a picture on Photoshop?

When the following picture was taken, there was a chandelier casting light on the left side of the man's face. I would like to even out the lighting so that it appears consistent with the right side ...
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What flash unit should I choose for taking photos on a night boat cruise?

I'm going to a boat cruise tonight in London. With the following kit to choose from: Nikon D7000 Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon SB-400 Yongnuo YN-465 I need to make a choice ...
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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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Dark, low light lighting, not flash?

Last weekend was my uncle's wedding, it was an outdoor event with great scenery for photography during the day. But when it became dark out lighting was of course more difficult. I do not have a ton ...