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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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Why invest in high end large- and medium-format digital cameras?

I've been reading about Hasselblad, Mamiya (medium format) and Sinar (large format), both offer lots and lots of megapixels and the frame format. On the other hand, I've been learning about concepts ...
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What are the best techniques for photographing overweight people?

I'm not the most lean person on the planet, and many pictures seem to really point this out. While I wish I was simply in better shape, it is simply not the case for me or unfortunately, many people....
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What are the best lights to use with a copy stand?

I recently purchased a copy stand to digitize my company's watercolor library. I am using two RPS CL150 arm-light attachments; however, I keep getting two large spotlights on the paintings where the ...
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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 get a sharp image of my cat against a white background with basic equipment?

I am a complete beginner and wish to photograph my cats on plain white backgrounds with the cat appearing very crisp and detailed. Can anyone tell me how to achieve this without buying lots of ...
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Do fluorescent lighting and shutter speed create a problem with color cast?

I took a bunch of photos at my son's martial arts club using a D90 with a 50mm F1.8. The club is lit with overhead fluorescent lighting, and I was getting some weird results where some shots are "...
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In a multiple strobe setup, how powerful must each strobe be?

I am about to buy my first strobe set. I want to do portrait photography, both in a home studio and outdoors. No weddings, no events, no more than one model at a time. I see that a complete set ...
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Fixing an Unevenly Spread Flash Gel in Photoshop (or Lightroom)

so this is the image and as you can see, the yellow gel did not spread to the bottom left part of it. is there a way to artificially spread that (I can only do basic controls in lightroom and PS) ...
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My photos are way too dark, must use 6000+ ISO inside

I have a problem. I recently got a new lens (18-105mm) and my pictures just gets dark. I am shooting in manual mode, I changed to automatic mode without flash and it got lighter. There must be a ...
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How does this photographer achieve such RICH detail and contrast

These are pictures of a photographer that works for a popular breeder of poison dart frogs. In the 3 examples attached I will describe what, to me is remarkable about that. I would be elated to hear ...
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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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Can prints be adjusted to better suit lighting conditions?

I've been taking pictures for a couple years now, but have only recently begun to print my work. I have this one print. It looks great on my monitor (color calibrated), and, when I picked it up at ...
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Makeup showing very weak and washed out [closed]

I did my first makeup oriented photo shoot last night and results were a surprise, and not in a good way! I wanted under the eyes to start from black and gradually go to pink. The makeup artist did ...
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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

I do a lot of writing about tabletop games, some of it paid, professional work. Often, editors ask that I also supply photographs of the games in play to illustrate the articles. I know very little ...
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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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How do I create a lighting setup where the centre is lighter than edges?

Can someone please tell me what I need to get a lighting setup similar to this? The centre is illuminated and it subtly gets darker around the edges.
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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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How does the inverse square law relate to the softness of light for portraits?

I am a bit confused. I understand that if you want soft lighting for portraits, you need to use a large light source compared to the size of your subject. So, I thought by bringing the light source ...
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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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Cheap lighting Vs second flash for reptile portraits?

I have to do a photoshoot for leopard geckos in the near future, it will be for a breeder so I want to focus on proper lighting- no shadows, good color replication etc. However, I feel that shooting ...
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Continuous drive mode with a flash- impossible?

I'm considering switching to the Sony A55 (I don't own one at present). The A55 does 10fps in continous drive (but I will only be using around 6-7). To replicate the visible colors of a fish onto a ...
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How to calculate light output from strobe lights?

I have a medium size church room for doing standard wedding photographs and I'm trying to learn how to do the math for lighting. Over 1k of continuous lighting isn't near as bright as my two little ...
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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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How to shoot Clear Liquid Gel for a product shot?

Hello I have a product of a liquid gel hand sanitizer, what would be a good set-up to get a shot similar to this? http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/hand-sanitizer-gel-in-clear-pump-bottle-gm157429692-...
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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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How much light do I need for my RX10-II at 1000 fps?

I know the video mode is taking a frame "approximately" 1/1000s long, the aperture opens up to f/2.8, and the Auto ISO will select within the camera's range, 64-12800, so how much light (in the studio)...
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Can I get bright detail and dark background photos using a phone camera and basic editing?

What is the term for this type of photography? Can I get this effect using a phone camera and basic editing? Are there tutorials to achieve this?
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What's the difference between LED and conventional lighting?

Is there any difference in LED lighting vs bulb lighting or any other lighting? Someone said that the LED light doesn't have the full spectrum of light. Is that a problem?
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How to photograph small aircraft interior?

I want to make a poster. Can you give some tips for getting a great shot of my aircraft instrument panel? How to filter it, light it, reduce reflections and glare from glass bezels? I have a Nikon ...
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Popular style that used in movie posters [duplicate]

For the last few years there is a trending style used a lot in movie posters. A very good example is this poster from The Hobbit: I have tried many lighting and post process setups, but I am very ...
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What is the recommended Diffuser Umbrella for a Metal Product Shoot?

I'm an intern for a lock company and they have me take product shoots of the locks. My Photoflood lights are too harsh to take pictures of the metal without a diffuser. But the diffusers I have right ...
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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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What all techniques and best practices I should use or improve for these photos? [closed]

I am beginner in photography. These two photos are taken in manual mode and I feel it's perfect shot. Please have a look and let me what all things I should improve and what I shouldn't consider. ...
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In portrait photography, what is 'broad' lighting? What is 'short' lighting?

What are 'broad' and 'short' lighting when it comes to studio portraiture, and when should I use each?
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What ambient lighting is appropriate for a room where photos are edited and proofed/printed?

Assuming monitor(s) are correctly calibrated and print viewing is done in a viewing box with its own light source, what should the room lighting be? With no lighting at all I think most people find ...
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Control for shading and variable outdoor lighting conditions

First, I am a wildlife ecologist who does some very amateurish photography on the side. I would like to start using digital photography techniques to collect field data. The Problem: I need to take ...
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How to create product photos that seem to pop out from the background

I went to this restaurant chain Vapiano and noticed that the items on their menu boards look like they are real 3D objects glued to the board. How is this effect created? Special kind of lighting? ...
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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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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 instance,...
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How to achieve great clothing photography with natural wrinkles effect

We are wondering how these photos of apparel are taken, as they are trending. It is not the typical flat lay shots, as the garment shows some texture and it is somehow "inflated" from the inside. ...
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How can I deal with uneven highlights in product photography with a mannequin?

I'm new to product photography, what causes this blown out highlight in the mannequin's left hand as shown in the picture above? See the lighting setup below, I am using two softboxes as light ...
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What do I need from an off-camera flash for lighting an aquarium?

Camera: Nikon D3200 The aim is to illuminate an aquarium fish, by placing the off camera flash above the aquarium. And perhaps, if money lets me, to buy another off-camera flash and place it on the ...
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How to achieve bright lighting during sunset

I found this below image with a beautiful lighting. This actually is photographed during sunset. But, how the photographer is able to achieve such bright and gold type lighting? Source: from 500px....
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uniform lighting when taking top view of object [duplicate]

What is the best way to take pictures of an object from top view How should the light be placed ? *to avoid shadows and how should we construct the chamber for this ? *for uniform lighting over ...
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How to illuminate reflective scales on a fish?

I photograph fish, and soon I want to buy an external flash unit. But I'm not sure if I should but one that works off-camera or as a TTL flash. I've used table lamps so far, but the light seems to go ...
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Why is the white balance so different when using daylight bulbs?

I normally photograph landscapes. However I am dabbling in photographing some friends' artwork and I am quite pleased with the printed results, when you consider the nightmare of colour matching ...
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How might Mario Testino have lit this Kate Moss photo?

I'm fairly new to more advanced camera stuff as usually I'd do everything in post or with natural light. As I try to get better at the in-camera stuff I know I need to learn lighting. What kind of ...
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What are the disadvantages of using a diffuser on a flash?

I am thinking of using a diffuser on my canon speedlight flash to soften harsh shadows when shooting indoors. I was wondering what the disadvantages of this might be.
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Capturing the full effect of iridescent/“holo” nail polish

My wife is a nail artist and active blogger/instagram poster. We recently upgraded from shooting her work in a light tent with a desk lamp to two 20"x28" 5 head soft boxes and the shots have been ...
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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 ...