Orquid "Phoenix"

Orquid "Phoenix"

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I think "several fluorescent fixtures that I use to light my studio" is the key here. I'm guessing that the very high ISOs are accompanied by very short shutter speeds. Fluorescent lights cycle, and there are color variations within the cycle. Repeat your test with incandescent light or sunlight (or a strobe with high-speed sync). See Do fluorescent ...


Direct sunlight is a very hard light - that means the edges of the shadows are sharp and that the shadows are very dark - people tend to look bad in this light. A big reflector near the model reflect soft light (because it's big and close) even if the light hitting it is hard sunlight. So, if you position your model so that most of the are facing the ...


Halo is created by diffused light entering the aperture. This can be accomplished with large aperture and/or shallow depth of field, meanwhile using a diffused light source from behind. If you want the glow have sharp details inside like the one on the picture, you will have to use large(r) aperture. If you want the glow kinds of soften the edges, you can ...


You soften light by diffusing it. Anything that increases the surface area that light is coming from will work. It can be a softbox, an umbrella, a reflector or even bouncing the flash off a ceiling. The softness or hardness of a light comes from how directional the light is and the size of the area the light is coming from largely determines how ...


Quick Answer You don't need it, and possibly don't even want it. You do want a Sto-Fen or similar push-on diffuser, though. Details I know Stan knows what he's talking about, but I had some downtime this afternoon and my normal models are off watching the new Muppet movie with friends, so I decided to experiment a bit. The Setup Westcott Rapid Box 26" ...


If flash isn't an option but you're there officially and reasonably close to the action, what about halogen floods (poor man's studio lighting if you like). Many years ago I had some cheap 8' tripod mounted 500W floods designed for DIY work, modified to 3x500W each. Something similar may work here, at least to reduce the contrast from the fluorescents to ...

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