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From simple to complicated setups, if it involves the techniques and equipment necessary to artificially light objects or people within the studio environment, it is generally considered to be studio lighting.

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Most effective directed speedlight diffusers?

Since I have a wireless flash I figured I may as well get a tripod adapter and some sort of diffuser so I can supplement strobes, and especially use it off-camera at locations I wouldn't haul ...
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Product Photography: White object on white background producing white halo

I'm very new to product photography and would like any newbie advice to the following problem: I have a basic light setup with 4 florescent lights with umbrellas with a white muslin cloth backdrop. ...
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How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?

How do I get bright even and soft light on a face like this? Image taken from this link I got the exact same equipment but I wasn't able to reproduce the result. First I tried lighting it from ...
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How does TTL flash work when there are multiple flashes?

I've been watching a lot of deconstructing videos on how the light is setup. Often times there are 2-3 flashes at the studio. The photographer will say that they are all set to TTL. But how does that ...
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How much fluorescent/CFL power do I need?

I'm thinking of buying one of the cheap continuous lighting kits, specifically with softboxes or shoot-through umbrellas. I'm experienced with strobes, but I only used to use the professional grade ...
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Does Amazon's patent of the photography studio have any meaning for us?

Amazon patented the photography studio with a trivial setup. This is an example of patenting something everybody knows about, which the patent applicant did not invent, and which is in use in lots of ...
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Relevance of absolute light power in studio object photography?

While setting up a photo studio for product photography, I often read advice that suggests that one needs extremely strong light sources (1–10 kw total) if shooting without flashlights. I fully ...
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Product photography, wine bottles, recommended light setup on a budget

I am looking to create a shooting environment for product photography, particularly wine and beer bottles. I understand that this type of photography is very difficult to get good results and ...
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Why pay for specialist studio photography lighting aka strobes when you can use continuous light sources which are more powerful and cheaper? [duplicate]

I am new to strobes (studio lighting) in photography. I love the idea of blowing out the background, or making the image very emotive, with a dark black background for sports portraits. However I am ...
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studio lighting placement for small objects in product photography [duplicate]

QUESTION 1 >> Best way to measure light without a light meter / best low price light meter? for studio photography? QUESTION 2. >>Normally studio lights placed in the background can be hidden by your ...
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Can I safely trigger a Speedotron D1204LV power pack with a Pocket Wizard Plus III?

I recently acquired some 10+ year-old studio strobes, the Speedotron D1204LV with four heads. On the power pack is a sticker indicating that the trigger voltage is 6 volts. I'm interested in getting ...
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Small bedroom studio, what type of lighting for portraits?

I have a study which I use for a studio. Effective space is about 6x9 feet. Celling hight is only 7.5 feet tall. I usually take portraits (mostly self portraits) in the studio. Walls are white and 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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What would be the right way to shoot a portrait in a very dark room with flash?

I have several flash units. Both the shoe-mount type and the "studio" type. The portrait has to be taken in a room that happens to not have windows. It is always dark in there. I can bring a light ...
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How can I photograph a reflective convex cylindrical trophy without reflections?

What I need to do: Take a standard "Product Shot" of an old trophy/cup with writing on that doesn't look a complete mess thanks to reflections What I have available to do it: Two radio triggered ...
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How to calculate stops for a Watt based strobe?

I've a problem figuring out how to calculate stops for Interfit EXD 400. In the product manual it says that the strobe has 5 stop range in 1/10 stop increments, but the numbers displayed on the strobe ...
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How do you disassemble chimera lightbank?

I can't take this thing apart.... does anyone know how? This belongs to my photographer but he is away...
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Photographing & cutting out white powder

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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Tips for shooting playing cards?

I would like to shoot playing cards (a deck of 60 cards and a big deck of 120 cards) and have questions regarding lighting and composition: What are good camera angles? Would you lay them flat on a ...
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What is the color shift between Alien Bees b800 and Elinchrom Rx 600 lights?

I have a shoot coming up at a rental studio where they provide Alien Bees b800(s). To supplement I'm bringing one of my Elinchrom lights for a key. Anyone know what to expect in terms of color shift ...
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What TECHNICAL aspects of STUDIO photography do I need to know as a professional? [closed]

Even if it's basic I want to know! So for example, what technical things do I need to know about the camera, what technical things do I need to know about lighting and exposure? Anything you think I ...
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build a home studio piecmeal or lighting kit?

I am creating a basement room into a photo studio. I will be doing people portraits and using backdrops. I plan on trying many different shots... from high key to low light body scrapes. from what i ...
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Anyone have any idea how I can recreate this sort of lighting/color?

This is a shot by Ben Hassett, he doesn't use much photoshop as he generally tries to stick to traditional photographic methods when working. Ive been trying to figure out what sort of ...
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few questions about the ezybox 24"

I have a t3i and bought a pair of yn-622c and I wanted to buy a 430ex ii as well as a lastolite ezybox softbox 24x24". I've read that the flash + yn combo might be too high in order to point the ...
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Light source types and which ones to use

There are not too much info on light source types. Basically there are continuous/halogen and flash lights. When do we choose which one? About continuous/flash lights, when do we use an ...
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Which wireless triggers are recommended for Bowens Gemin 200/200?

The question says it all. I'm kind of new to studio light photography. I'm looking for a wireless trigger I can use with these monolights. Any recommendations? Thanks.
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Is the Bowens Gemini 200 adequate for studio photography at 3-5 meters, or do I need the 400?

I'm interested about buying an entry level studio lighting kit. I read very good reviews about Bowens Gemini 200 and 400. When I do studio photography I normally shoot about 3-5 meters apart from the ...
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Is the Yongnuo YN-622C transceiver compatible with the Alien Bee 800?

I am thinking about buying a second hand AlienBee 800. I currently have a pair of Yongnuo YN-622C Wireless TTL Flash Triggers for Canon. Would they be compatible with the AlienBee?
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Small Studio/Objects Containing White : Getting A Pure White Background

This is a question that pops up occasionally, and I wanted to ask it a bit differently because this is an issue 1) that lots of people have; and 2) is a bit different from working with clearly defined ...
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Recommendations an for entry level studio monolight?

I'm looking for an entry-level studio monolight (two, actually). They range from $150 (Cowboy studio) all the way up to $1000. I'm not prepared to spend $1000 yet. I would like to get recommendation ...
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Does this RGB-patterned reflector have benefits for digital photography?

B2Pro has announced a parabolic umbrella reflector for photographic lighting. The surface of the umbrella is printed with a hexagonal array of red, green, and blue spots: The manufacturer makes the ...
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How can I shoot in a studio at the widest apertures?

I ran into a limitation while shooting a newborn baby this weekend. I was indoors next to a set of windows. I was also using an off camera flash on a stand through an umbrella. The flash was a Canon ...
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How do i set up lighting to photograph a bunch of shoes for a website?

I have a couple of shoes I need to shoot- what would be the most effective way to set up my lights to get well lit products. Many of the shoes are highly reflective which adds an additional challenge ...
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How can I set up studio lighting when I'm constrained by low ceilings?

I want to open my own portrait studio and of course money is tight considering I still need to buy light equipment. Now, I am trying to use what is available to me and I can't afford to rent a ...
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Low Cost Suggestions to blow out 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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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 do Low Key Photography with Sony A57 Camera?

I have a Sony A57 and a Sony HVL-43 flash. I have been trying low key photography wirelessly, but I am struggling with the settings. I've followed settings from other sources I have found, and I have ...
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How can I set up lighting effectively if I have major space constraints?

I need to photograph clothes on a mannequin (will be doing the ghost mannequin effect) what kind of lighting arrangement should I use? I am very limited in space- about 6x7 feet. Lighting equipment ...
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What's the expected misfire rate with studio strobes?

I was hoping to get some idea about what the misfire rate for studio strobe lighting is. Meaning how often on average do your studio strobes not fire when you take a picture? My Elinchrom Style BX-500 ...
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What is the prop setting on studio flashes?

I'm looking into some studio strobes and I came across the Impact Two Monolight Kit, and for the model lamp switch, those lights have "Full", "Off", and "Prop". What does "Prop" mean/do? I can't seem ...
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How can I get a pure white background in studio photography?

I am a natural light photographer that is venturing into studio/backdrop portraits at the request of some of my clients. I have a portable studio for my needs with a white muslin backdrop. I am ...
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How can I light someone to make him look evil or Machiavellian?

What would be the best way to use light to make someone's face look evil, creepy or Machiavellian?
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Advices for a good studio lighting photography book?

I'm new to studio photography. I have at home a little studio to shoot macros and portraits. I'm equipped with strobes and a macro ring flash. I'm now looking for a beginner/intermediate studio ...
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How would I setup a portrait of a boxer like these?

A friend of mine has asked me to do some promo shots for a boxer he knows. It's not usually my style, but I have been researching types of shots and wondered how to go about getting these types of ...
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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 is the difference between active and passive fill light?

What is the difference between an active and a passive fill light? I have an assignment that states to "use active or passive fill light" in a picture, but I need some clarification to understand what ...
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Basic lighting setup for clothing photography

My wife is setting up a store to sell clothes online. Is there a basic DIY solution for lighting. I have a small light box for smaller items but I need something to photograph dresses on a manikin. Is ...
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How do i set studio flash power for a film camera without TTL/OTF metering

I have just bougnt an old fully manual medium format camera to play with, nothing serious. anyway on the lens there is a flash attachment point, which got me thinking: How do i decide on flash and ...
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Need advice on purchasing flashes for use with a light tent

I am looking to purchase three flashes for use with a light tent and am unsure of which I should purchase. I found the following on Amazon, both of which look really good and have great reviews, but ...
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What's the technical difference between artificial and natural light?

Comments like this one got me wondering... Assuming two light sources of equal size and relative intensity (let's say as an example monolights and the sun) and assuming that you're shooting raw to ...