Lightnings taking a ride

by ceinmart

submit your photo


Hall of Fame
View past winners from this year

Please participate in Meta
and help us grow.

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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
2answers
124 views

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, ...
2
votes
2answers
74 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
951 views

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? ...
2
votes
2answers
103 views

How can I match adjustable-color artificial light temperature to ambient light?

I got some bi-color LEDs that allow me to control the temperature of the light they produce in the range 3200K-5600K. I will be using them in non-studio settings to complement available light. What ...
2
votes
3answers
283 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
102 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
61 views

How can I light a park gazebo for a portrait session at noon? [closed]

The picture below is one of the places I am asked to do a fashion shoot for a model, and the time is between 11:00 AM and 3:00PM. I do have most ranges of lenses (from 14mm to 200mm), and powerful ...
6
votes
3answers
322 views

How can I use a reflector for wider group shots?

I am a budding photographer and have taken some good one-person and couple photos but I am needing help using a reflector. I am shooting a family of 3 in a week. It will be outdoors but mostly in ...
1
vote
1answer
51 views

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 ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

How to gel a large softbox to match ambient?

I'm searching suggestions to quickly and easily add a gel to color correct light from a giant softbox to match ambient. In my application I'm using a CTO for tungsten ambient. The equipment I'm ...
0
votes
1answer
29 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
82 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
148 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
195 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
163 views

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 ...
20
votes
1answer
483 views

When were white seamless backgrounds and platforms first used in studio lighting?

Amazon has just been granted a patent on the method for using: A white seamless background An elevated platform Rear-facing lights ...in order to make the entire background and platform disappear ...
4
votes
3answers
507 views

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 ...
0
votes
5answers
95 views

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!
6
votes
1answer
369 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
197 views

How can I create creative soft light? [closed]

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?
0
votes
1answer
40 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
74 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
45 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
88 views

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 ...
3
votes
4answers
8k views

How do I get a “Film” look with a digital camera? [closed]

What can I do, in terms of lightning, to make Digital look like Film? By that I mean a "dreamy" sort of look. Does it has to do with the color temperature? the setup?
0
votes
2answers
41 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
262 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
244 views

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. ...
19
votes
4answers
23k views

What does TTL mean?

I'm new to photography and I see the term TTL all over the place. What does it mean? And how do I use it to make my pictures better?
8
votes
1answer
4k views

How to calculate Lux from EV?

Instead of looking up a chart, how can I calculate Lux from EV? Thanks!
0
votes
1answer
96 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
63 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
125 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
312 views

Lights for Illuminating Large areas?

I'm frequently underground in caves and recently while going on a trip to Thailand I experienced some of the most massive caverns I've ever had the opportunity to photograph. Unfortunately, I was ill ...
0
votes
1answer
153 views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
18k views

What is flat light and how to counter that?

I have often heard people saying that the light in the picture X is appearing "flat". I want to understand what exactly does that mean, and what are the possible ways to counter that?
0
votes
1answer
122 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
93 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
103 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
145 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
192 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
298 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
792 views

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?
3
votes
4answers
210 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
105 views

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
0
votes
1answer
122 views

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 ...