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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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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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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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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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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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324 views

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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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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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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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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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 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 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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756 views

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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529 views

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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650 views

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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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 ...
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What does “Open-N-Use” mean?

In the description of a softbox kit it says "Open-N-Use as studio umbrella. More convenient than traditional soft box." What does that mean exactly? Here's the product ...
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367 views

What Kind of Lighting Rig is This?

I saw this lighting rig on a music video and it has had me intrigued as to what it is called. I am looking into building one but I would like to do more research before I jump into anything. It looks ...
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How to do lighting for product photography of scrapbooking stuff?

I have tried to do some simple product photographing. It is mainly some scrapbooking stuff my wife has produced, like candles and gift cards. Up until now I have been using my Nikon SB-700 for ...
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How do I light a full length portrait?

I've built a basic home studio that includes a gray paper backdrop, 3 speedlights, 2 light stands with umbrellas, a tripod (to use for self shots or as an extra light stand if in a pinch), and some ...
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How can I get good results from a one-light portrait setup?

Is there an optimum one light setup in terms of lighting the subject, providing fill (i.e through reflectors) and possibly lighting the background as well? If you are armed with only one light, how ...
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How much distance between subject and backdrop?

When photographing a subject in front of a backdrop, how much distance should there be between the two? Just wondering if there is standard rule (I've heard some say at least 6ft) or if it's ...
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What are the best techniques for making great photographs of LEGO creations?

There are better and worse photos of LEGO creations out there. What techniques give better photos? It seems hard to photograph LEGO blocks because they are shiny.
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To take my portrait photography to the next level, should I get a second flashgun or a monolight?

I am a hobbyist and using a Canon 600D with 50mm f/1.8 and 18-135mm lenses. I bought 430EX-II flashgun, and it works great as off-camera flash with the 600D's built in transmitter. I also have a ...
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How bright should a flash be?

Is it common/wise to invest in multiple flashers for different situations or can you use one given it has enough intensity? Another way to read this is: can a flash be too bright?
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What software can I use for 3D lighting simulation?

I've got a shot in mind that's going to require precise lighting (sources & angles). I'd like to do a lighting simulation. I want place objects & light sources in some sort of 3D virtual ...
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287 views

Flash gun or some other light source?

I'm looking for some piece of advice from more advanced fellow photographers with regards to the artificial 'daylight' sources. I'd like to be able to some pictures of kids at home. Unfortunately the ...
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What should I consider when choosing continuous lighting vs. strobes for studio photography?

If one were to want to get started with studio photography (I'm thinking things like portraits, headshots, perhaps pets, etc) what would be the considerations in choosing whether to go with continuous ...
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What are standard lighting setups for 2-3 people?

What are some standard lighting setups for two or three people in a group? I just can't think of non-complicated setups that would apply some previously discussed (short, broad, butterfly, split, ...
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What are the difference between using a pack and head system versus monolights?

Among mains-powered lighting systems, you can either get a kit with a central power pack, and attached heads, or monolights, each with its own power supply. What are the advantages and disadvantages ...
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8k views

What is a kicker?

In lighting, what is a kicker and when should I use it? (And is it any different from hair light?)
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4k views

What is clamshell lighting, and when should it be used?

I've heard of Clamshell Lighting. What is it, and when should it be used?
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What is butterfly lighting, and when do I use it?

I often hear the term 'Butterfly Lighting' used when discussing high-fashion and glamor photography. How do I set up Butterfly Lighting, and when do I use it?
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8k views

What is split portrait lighting?

Ok, so I got interested enough in the other lighting setups, what is split portrait lighting and when is it appropriate to use?
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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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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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How do I compare these two lighting systems?

I'm looking into getting a light system. I have been reviewing the light packages on the Elinchrom website, and mostly looking at the D-Lite 4 vs the Quadra Ranger. Besides the price, I would like ...
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285 views

What is lighting ratio?

What is lighting ratio and how is it calculated?
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How do you set the power for a flash in manual mode?

How do you calculate the flash power fraction, assuming you want to keep constant the other variables of ISO, aperture, and distance from subject to flash? The Guide Number formula for a flash ...
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What is “feathering” a light?

When I read instructions about lighting setups, I often see reference to to "feathering" this or that light. I have some ideas what that means: for example, I imagine taking a flashlight and ...
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What lighting equipment do I need for a high contrast portrait photo?

I am an amateur photographer, and I have little to no experience in shooting studio photos. There is one subject in particular that interests me more than others in that area - high contrast portrait ...
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How do you light the background for chroma key work?

How do you use flashes to achieve an even, well-lit background when photographing a subject against a green or blue chromakey background? One flash, two? What position? What about light modifiers, ...
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Why do hotshoe flashes use fresnel lens, but studio strobes do not?

I notice that hotshoe flashes (e.g. Nikon SB-800) typically have a Fresnel lens system to focus the light, but studio strobes (e.g. Photogenic Powerlight 1250) do not. What's up with that?
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What are some precautions to consider when using HMIs?

What are the dos and don'ts of using HMI lights? For example, I've heard you're not supposed to "hot strike" them. Is there anything else I should know about?
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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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What are the pros and cons of using an optical trigger for external lighting?

I have been reading up on the different kinds of lighting kits out there. I read about using optical triggers for external lighting kits. This would allow me to use my on-camera flash (or a mounted ...