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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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Is there a fundamental difference between emitted light and reflected light?

In the context of practical implications for photography, is there a general difference in the qualities of emitted vs. reflected light (other than emitted light being brighter in many situations)? I ...
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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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How can I improve my photographs taken on overcast or cloudy days?

I'm interested in filters, flash & lighting options, composition, and post processing. Is it possible to get really vibrant colors or should I give up on that and focus on dreary, muted, or black ...
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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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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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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 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 do I hide unflattering body features in a low key shot with rim lighting?

Low key full body portraits with rim lighting are common in photos of athletes wanting to show of their body features. Having models, thinking some features of their body features are unflattering, ...
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Any tips on taking better photos of nude subjects? [closed]

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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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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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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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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What are the best techniques for making great photographs of LEGO creations?

There are better and worse photos of LEGO creations out there. What techniques give better photos? It seems hard to photograph LEGO blocks because they are shiny.
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What does a black reflector do?

I'm familiar with using white / silver / gold reflectors to add fill light to a photo. When would you use a black "reflector"?
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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 recreate this glowing light effect?

How to have a glowing light ray effect outside some object like in this photo Edit Using photoshop to get this effect ?
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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 ...
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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 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 ...
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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 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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Studio lighting: Is strobe the same as triggered flash?

Considering purchasing the Einstein E640. Employee at Camera Company wasn't sure if thats the same as strobe lighting
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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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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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What's a decent lighting kit for getting started with portraits?

I've done mostly nature photography up to this point but later this month a friend is having a birthday and she just had a daughter so I wanted to take some father/daughter portraits. So now I'm ...
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What would be a sufficient studio flash setup for my product photography?

In the past I've found some very helpful information here regarding how to proceed with my product photography, and you've all helped me a lot, so thanks! Now, as I'm moving on towards studio flash ...
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Can studio light be as good as sunlight?

I am currently digitalizing some family albums. I was told the best source of light is daylight, so I've been using that as a light source. However, this restricts me to specific hours of the day, ...
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How was the light and dark split effect achieved in this image?

Please provide me with the camera and light setting that we need to get a snap like this. Or If editing is done, How to get such result ?
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How can I compensate for soft white ceiling lights adding warmth to the light coming from a big window? [duplicate]

I have 12 overhead soft white canned lights in a 10ft ceiling, each casting about 65watts. A large tinted window is bringing a ton of grey light into a 550 ft room. So my problem is now the can ...
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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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Can I get a high quality image from a rostrum mounted camera and bounce flash?

I have some approximately A3 sized documents I need to scan but don't have access to an A3 scanner and it's beyond my budget to purchase one. However, I can probably run to a rostrum stand for my ...
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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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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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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 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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How do you light the background for chroma key work?

How do you use flashes to achieve an even, well-lit background when photographing a subject against a green or blue chromakey background? One flash, two? What position? What about light modifiers, ...
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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 do I get that soft white look in my photos?

How do I get my photos to look like Christine Meintjies' and Catherine Mac's photography? Can I get that soft white look in my photos without using extra lighting? ...
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What modifiers and workflow should I use to light a hand-painted muslin background?

I'm taking self-portraits using Yongnuo speedlights as my lighting. I would like to light the background for better separation. I tried using a bare flash at 1⁄32 power at 85mm, but the falloff is too ...