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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 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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Remove brightness from 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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Which Lighting Set should I get? [on hold]

I am going to be getting a green/blue chromakey screen soon for video/photo editing. I'm a complete newbie to this so I'm not sure what the best lighting set to get would be. I'm looking at these two ...
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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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How much light is typically lost through an umbrella?

In terms of f-stops, how much light is typically lost when shooting through an umbrella?
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I am trying to avoid light without flash? [closed]

How do you avoid light on your computer?i wonder because it always does it.
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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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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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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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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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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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Having difficulty lighting various reflective product packaging- use dulling spray?

Beginning photographer, first post- I'm trying to merchandize and shoot a product composition with a lot of beef jerky packages. The crinkly reflective packaging is proving really difficult to light. ...
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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 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 do I use a Nikon D3100 and sync cord with Novatron lights?

Just bought the Novatron V400D light set and I can't seem to connect the sync cord to my Nikon D3100. Is there a sync cord connection on the camera? What are my next best options please??
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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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Is there a reason for raw over jpeg if you have your lighting figured out?

I hired a photographer for an event, and he says he doesn't shoot raw because he has his lighting (white balance and exposure) all figured out. Are there any other reasons why a pro should shoot in ...
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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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Why would you have a light meter chose your aperture for you?

The title of my question may seem misleading; I don't intend to ask how a proper exposure is calculated. I know the exposure triangle of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. But in several articles ...
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What is a light meter, how do I use one, and for what sort of digital photography do I need one?

What is a light meter? How do I use one? What sort of photography will fool a digital camera's meter? Hence for those you do need to meter.
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Why do I meter under the chin with a lightmeter?

Every single tutorial or video has advised to meter for a portrait right under the chin. First of all why? If the face is the most important part, wouldn't you meter right at the face? Secondly, I ...
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Do I need a $600 light meter or will a $250 one do?

I want to learn more about light and I think finally getting a light meter will help do the trick. I'd like to see the amount of light coming from different light bulbs and the differences in the sun ...
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How to verify\calibrate a light meter?

Just as the title says, how do I accurately calibrate\determine the accuracy of a light meter. I have a Weston Master II and I know I can set the zero point from the back, but how will I know that ...
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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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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 ...
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How to achieve a flash image with a very bright, almost-whited-out subject and dark background?

I want to achieve this strong flash yet balanced background, I've been trying a couple things out but I need some tips. I know very little about flash in general, so any tips help! Thanks!
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What's the best equipment to use for off-camera fill-flash on location?

I want to be able to use off-camera fill in flash, but I'm not sure if my equipment is up to scratch. I have a Canon 550D camera and 430EX (MkI) speedlite. I can use E-TTL when the speedlight is ...
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How can I light an Indian wedding without spoiling the decor or blocking the view with stands and gear?

As a wedding photographer, I am challenged for eliminating light stands and sunguns in a regular wedding and reception. As we all know, Indian weddings and receptions have a always-stretchable ...
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How can I photograph only light from my IR source even in the presence of other light?

The setup I hope to achieve would be some filter/illumination system that will allow me to pick up infrared light from some illumination source (IR LED ring or similar) and only light from that ...
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How to photograph oil and pastel art works with Nikon D800? [duplicate]

I'm using a Nikon D800 with a prime Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens to photograph a selection of artwork for producing an art book. I will shoot in raw format. My question is first, what light source will look ...
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Do I need a better Camera or do I need to learn how to use the one I have?

Read some of the old questions. I figure that due to my wants you may be able to help me. Let me be clear about what I am doing, what I want to do, and see where we can go from there. I help run ...
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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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What are the effects of umbrella size?

I keep seeing shoot thru an reflecting umbrellas in sizes around 33", 36", 42" and even larger. Many of the kits (stand, clamp, umbrella) I see around have the smaller size umbrellas. Strobist.com ...
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How to best take top down pictures of things organized neatly?

I was wondering if anyone has any major tips for taking images like this: I've tried some before but never quite managed to get that same, well lit, bright and straight shot. I also have problems ...
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Can I use an off-camera Canon 90 EX to trigger a Canon 430 EX II?

Following on the heels of this question, I'm hoping that somebody can help me. If used with a transmitter/receiver, will the Canon 90 EX speedlite still serve as a master unit and fire a 430 EX II ...
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Advice for someone just entering the world of off-camera flash? [closed]

I'm a student photographer (primarily landscape with some portrait experience) looking to get into more serious portrait work; and, more specifically, off camera flash. Hoping this is the right place ...
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Hot shoe flash units and softboxes for portraits; good beginner setup?

Taking a previous question (Advice for someone just entering the world of off-camera flash?) and breaking it into pieces, as was suggested to me for more effective answering. I'm a student ...
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What is color temperature and how does it affect my photography?

I have seen color temperature mentioned with regard to white balance, mixing different sources of light, etc., but I haven't come across a clear explanation of what it means to talk about the ...
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Why does harsh light give darker shadows?

Why does harsh light give darker shadows? I thought a shadow area is where the light is unable to reach, so shouldn't the shadow areas have the same darkness regardless of the strength of the light?
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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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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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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 ...
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Will an always-on ring light provide a less annoying option than flash for portraits during events?

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 ...
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What are the lighting characteristics of a beauty dish?

How does light from a beauty dish behave, and when and why would you use one?