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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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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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Inconsistent TTL results when flash used off-camera (YN565 EX II)

I've got a Yongnuo 565 EX II that meters flawlessly when attached to the hotshoe of my 60D, but is very inconsistent when used off camera and slaved to the built in flash unit. It frequently doesn't ...
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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 are the different types of light brackets?

I was looking at parts to connect a speedlight + umbrella etc. to a light stand, and I (link) saw a zoo of types: B,C,E,EII, EIII, maybe F (or is that the other end?), and Google didn't turn up a ...
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How can I best record and improve my pre-shoot planning process?

When planning a photo shoot, I often find myself making lighting/posing diagrams on scratch paper, but they end up in the trash after the shoot. After most shoots, I try to document each shoot in ...
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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 ...
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Do pro photographers use “Auto Lighting Optimizer”?

Do pro photographers use "Auto Lighting Optimizer"? Is it any good? If the histogram works well, why should we use ALO?
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How to create lighting with rays on the background?

I've recently seen this photo and really liked it: My question is: how to create such lighting effect? Is it created on post or it is real? Is it possible to create such lighting in a small studio? ...
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Why isn't my grey card giving me repeatable results in the same room with different lighting?

Here are two white-balance adjusted photos taken in two different lighting situations. Both photos were shot RAW and corrected using the white balance tool in Lightoom (using a large enough sample ...
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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 ...
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What's a “photopolymer holographic diffuser”?

I saw a mention of photopolymer hologhraphic diffuser which piqued my curiosity. But I can't find anything useful via Google. Does anybody know what that is.
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Does it matter to put grid before or after sock/diffuser?

I always thought that if I use a grid on a softbox with a diffuser, or beauty dish with the sock on, then it is necessary to put the grid only after the diffuser/sock. Otherwise, the grid has no ...
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How much light do I need for handheld product photography in a lightbox

I have a large-ish lightbox similar to . I would like to use it with a handheld camera. How do I go about calculateing how much light I need? I would like to use cheap continuous lights. Is there a ...
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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Canon 70D - What happened to flash group C?

I recall reading about A, B, and C groups where A:B is adjusted as a ratio but C (meant for backgrounds) is always fixed. Trying wireless flash with my Canon 70D and two flashes, I don't see any C ...
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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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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 to photograph a lightbulb?

I am trying to take a dramatic picture of a lit CFL with my 6-year-old Canon Powershot SD750 equipped with CHDK. It's pretty common simply to turn the exposure all the way down, but I wanted the whole ...
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How can I tell what equipment and lighting setup was used for a studio portrait?

I want to analyse this photo. I want to know with which lens it was taken, under which light and how to achieve this 'strange' look. Does it have a name? Are there any filters used? Was it taken ...
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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?
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How do I properly do shadowless product photos?

My friend asked me to create a photo like this. I noticed that its shadowless and my first question is whether it was setup to be shadowless, or was it made shadowless in post? How many lights are ...
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Simplest setup for photographing large woodflooring panels indoors

I am trying work out the setup for photographing large (2 x 6 foot) panels of woodflooring samples. I have experience photographing 3d work, as an sculptor, but am being challenged by ...
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How to take unreal looking flower shots?

I'm trying to take a shot like this: Here is my attempt. I have used a 100mm macro lens, with a ring flash. I've tried different lighting settings and manual control but they are not close to what ...
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What cheap equipment can I use to hold a reflector in place?

Assuming I don't have any friend that help with my photography, what can I do to hold a reflector in position while I shoot? Let's assume that if I'm cheap enough to use a windshield sunshade as a ...
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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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Can I use my room's wall as a diffuser for a spot light?

Would like to record my face with a webcam on my desktop. I have a white wall with some light blue texture in front of my desk. Can I use that as a diffuser? I dont want to invest in a soft box or ...
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How can one capture gun bore shots?

How can one capture shots like this where a long, small tube like a gun bore is evenly illuminated along its length? In this sample the harsh reflections off the breach suggest it was illuminated ...
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How can I reduce the effect of sodium vapor street lights in night photography?

I would like to light buildings at night using torches etc. How do I reduce the sodium light (street light ) that is cast on it. Can I reduce it with a filter and if so which one?
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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 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 is Rembrandt lighting, and when do I use It?

I often hear studio photographers talk about 'Rembrandt Lighting' when they're setting up lights and doing studio portrait photography. What is Rembrandt Lighting, and when do I use it?
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What causes the lines in these photos of a fluorescent tube?

I was taking pictures of a fluorescent tube using a Moto G 2013 when I noticed these evenly spaced lines as I got closer to it. The distance between the lines reduced as I got closer to the tube. ...
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Stepping up my lighting for lego photography

I find lot of fun shooting pictures of toys, especially Lego bricks. To light my scenes, I'm using one or more of those elements : Natural light Canon 430 EX II Small torch LEDs torch Here is a ...
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How can I shoot a photo, through a gun barrel? [duplicate]

I'm trying to get a photo, down the barrel of a gun, without photoshop, preferably to be well exposed in and out of the barrel (mostly to be better exposed on the outside of it, though a double ...
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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 dont 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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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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Can I compete with outdoor light using a diffused flash?

As I'm beginning my journey into controlled lighting I took my Sony HVL-F43AM outside on a sunny afternoon, put a model under a canopy (shade), and wanted to see if I could get enough light out of the ...
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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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Photographing luminous clothing

I was wondering how you take a photograph of luminous clothing. No reflective strips on it or anything. Just can't seem to get the colour real. It comes out washed out looking and not bright like it ...
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Softboxes: How many heads?

So, for portraits or videos etc - everyone always says to get some light, ie softboxes. Okay, so you search softboxes online at your favourite webstore and find that no two softboxes are the same: We ...
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How do I attach a softbox to a rectangular fluorescent head?

I'm planning to buy my first lighting set, and I've decided to buy the following piece of gear Problem is, as I have no experience with lighting, I'm kinda confused with one thing (will it be ...
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How do I create a (good) Hair Light?

My attempts at creating a hair light have been less than successful; I can get a hint of highlight but nothing like I see in the pro shots. What are the things that I should be adjusting in terms of ...
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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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How to photograph a couple exiting their wedding at night?

This is my first wedding season, and I'm mostly a natural light photographer. I'm starting to get weddings that end later in the evening. When it's really dark out, lenses obviously don't know what to ...
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What type of lighting would provide slightly more contrast than a softbox for product photography?

I am a self-trained amateur and shoot product photography for my clothing company. My typical set-up is 2 500-watt continuous softboxes, lighting a product from above with each light just to the left ...
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What combination of R, G, B lasers will give “White” with a given °K temperature?

Would it be possible to get a "white" lighting of a subject by using 3 different lasers (R, G and B) If so, which wavelengths and proportions should be used ?
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How can I blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground?

I'm looking for suggestions to blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground. I've tried putting the clothing on a plain white background that I typically use when shooting ...
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How can I best take portraits in strong sunlight, without a flash or reflector?

When on the road as a tourist, I often do not carry a reflector of flash. Now I am at a location with very strong sunlight and I want to take a photo of a companion in front of a nice scenery or ...
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How can I take product shots of a flat (but not absolutely flat) reflective surface? [duplicate]

I need to make a photo of an iPhone case. The picture I've got with my rig used for other (non reflective) cases gave me the following result: Which I don't like as it don't shows the reflective ...
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Filtering out RED light from a white LED source [closed]

We use red light for high speed videography. currently we use a Tungsten light source with a Red filter. Unfortunately, the Tungsten light source creates too much heat for our laboratory use. We ...