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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 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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Nikon D3100 & sync cord for 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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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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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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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?
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What can I use instead of a human to practice shooting with flash?

Most flash photography videos that I am watching use a model, telling her to turn left, chin up, etc. But I don't have a family or friend around to practice on, and because one of my main goals is to ...
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matching 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 ...
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Trying to light my set better: Help? [closed]

I have a bit of a crappy set for my Youtube stuff and, recently, I had a small windfall of sorts and was able to buy some lightbulb and clamp lights. No, I couldn't buy a proper lighting kit, (it was ...
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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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Will two lights plus octaboxes be a good starter setup for portrait photography, or can I get away with one umbrella?

I want to step into studio lightning for portraits and I'm searching for a good setup. Is it a good option to buy two flashes and octa-boxes (one from left and one from the right) or should one ...
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Nikon SB-600 remote operation nonsense

Okay, so I have a Nikon D7000 and 2 SB-600's. One of the SB-600's will only fire when controlled remotely via commander mode or via SU-800. (it no longer registers when hooked up to the camera, I'm ...
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How to take this group portrait with faces in profile only lit from the side they're facing?

I found this photo on this web site and I would like to try and reproduce it using my family. I have a decent camera EOS 70D but I am unsure of how to go about setting up this shot. I am assuming ...
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How can I best photograph white powder so I can later cut it out of the background but keep natural shadows?

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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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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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 ...