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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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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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Things you need to know for setting up a photo studio at home? [duplicate]

I want to do some portrait photography at home, but also want to do some retail clothes photography for some businesses. Tools such as lighting, lens, reflectors? Just wondering what sort of tools do ...
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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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Do fluorescent lighting and shutter speed create a problem with color cast?

I took a bunch of photos at my son's martial arts club using a D90 with a 50mm F1.8. The club is lit with overhead fluorescent lighting, and I was getting some weird results where some shots are ...
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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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What does it mean for light to be soft or hard?

I've heard of "soft lighting" and "hard lighting". What do these mean? How can I control how soft a light is?
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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 is a kicker?

In lighting, what is a kicker and when should I use it? (And is it any different from hair light?)
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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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How should I light 2d artwork in a makeshift studio? What lighting products do I need?

Thanks to previous advice, I'm going to start photographing my 2d artwork (not behind glass) using the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. I'm operating in a room with no natural light so I have complete control ...
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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 can I get photos showing the “shaft of light” effect?

I would like to be able to capture a photo which shows light shafts coming through the window. A famous example is this: I'm guessing this involves a tripod, a long exposure and strong sunlight, ...
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Does this RGB-patterned reflector have benefits for digital photography?

B2Pro has announced a parabolic umbrella reflector for photographic lighting. The surface of the umbrella is printed with a hexagonal array of red, green, and blue spots: The manufacturer makes the ...
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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 photograph smoke?

I have been trying to get images of smoke against a black background. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to do this and a good lens choice and lighting set up for the job?
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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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What does it mean for a photograph to be “high key”?

As I learned the term, a high-key image is one where the shadows are effectively eliminated, and the mid-tone detail pushed into brighter zones. My question is simple: is this an accurate definition, ...
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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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How do mountains affect lighting at sunrise and sunset?

I just got back from a trip in the Rockies. The tall and close mountains mean that the sun sets earlier than flatter places at the same latitude -- perhaps by an hour or so. The same applies to ...
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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 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 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 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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Profile Silhouettes and Rim Lights: How to Do it Right?

I am new to photography (less than a year) and I am reading Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Book. I tried applying his profile silhouette technique but can't. The transcript in the book requires ...
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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 18% gray tone, and how do I make a 18% gray card in Photoshop?

I have heard about 18% gray tone — what is it really, and why 18% (and not 20% or some other value), and how can I make it in Photoshop?
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Which is faster for flashes, radio triggers or optical triggers?

Assuming you have a line of sight to all your flashes and both methods will trigger the flashes with 100% reliability, is it faster to use radio triggers or optical triggers to set them off? Or put in ...
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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 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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How do I setup and capture an event photo booth?

It is becoming someone common in my area to have what is colloquially called a photo booth at events such as weddings. Usually they are simply a camera on a tripod tethered to a computer, with ...
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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 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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What are some precautions to consider when using HMIs?

What are the dos and don'ts of using HMI lights? For example, I've heard you're not supposed to "hot strike" them. Is there anything else I should know about?
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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 ...
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What software can I use for 3D lighting simulation?

I've got a shot in mind that's going to require precise lighting (sources & angles). I'd like to do a lighting simulation. I want place objects & light sources in some sort of 3D virtual ...
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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 to capture low key and high key images without using external flash?

I am using 50mm potrait lens with my canon 600D. Is there any way to capture low key or high key images without using external flash?
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How does light quality vary between fluorescent (CFL) and incandescent?

I have two sets of soft boxes. One has incandescent bulbs (3,200k) and the other uses compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL @ 5,500K). I'm trying to sort out some of my understandings regarding the light ...
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How do I light a photo booth with a single flash and an umbrella?

I run a photobooth for a friend at a party for a side job and last night we came across a predicament. We only were able to use one flash on a tripod, instead of the usual two, along with the camera ...
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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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Is there any documentation for posing nude models?

I am only a hobbyist and my partner and I are trying to get into nude photography. Are there any sources that have information on the basics of nude photography, such as poses, lighting, reducing body ...