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How do I compare a continuous light panel's brightness vs. flash through a softbox?

I've been following recent developments in light-emitting capacitor technology with interest. This new technology produces a complete-spectrum light (like sunlight or incandescents), instead of the ...
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Is there a product which provides super-bright continuous light in a small package?

I met a friend of a friend last night who used to be a pro photographer. He had this gimmick that he said was kinda home-made by some shop owner in Singapore. I wish I took a pic of it, but I forgot. ...
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LED flicker, has technology eliminated it?

Based on this question - Two pictures with the same setting come out with different lighting - and the answers & comments I did a quick test on one of my LED continuous lighting panels. I'm aware ...
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In low light, does it make sense to use a normal house light bulb instead of a flash?

Actually, yesterday I shot a photograph indoors with a tubelight (on the wall) and a flash on. The results were "too" boring. The flash had robbed away all the natural looks of the scene. Does ...
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How to photograph subject on white seamless background using continuous lighting without post editing?

First of all before I go into detail with my question I should mention that I have already read the similar question page "Why can't I get a decent white background with product photography?" The ...
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Tungsten vs Quartz lighting: what is the difference?

When shopping for continuous studio lighting, the relatively cheaper kits have either tungsten or quartz lighting. Photographically speaking, what is the difference between these? Specifically, does ...
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Are there strobes with continuous light?

In this video I saw a photographer (around ~10mins) set up a photograph with a continuous light source; later on the continuous light was switched off, and -to my best guess- the same lighting flashed ...
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How careful do I need to be about using hot lights in a private residence?

If I use tungsten hot lights for a video in a private residence (specifically a condo unit) in Canada, how concerned should I be with tripping the circuit breaker? The specific light kit I am ...
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How to restore color of wood photographed under fluorescent lighting?

I have taken photos of a church organ console with a digital camera, but the lighting conditions were very low. That's why I used an umbrella + daylight fluorescent bulb (from a kit similar to this ...
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Are these cheap studio continuous lighting kits good for beginners?

I want to learn indoor portrait photography and I want to know if the cheap kits on eBay are for beginners, or if they work well at all? Examples of indoor studio kits (links go to eBay listings): ...
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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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How to shoot/capture the droplets of water being sprayed through a spray bottle

I am trying to capture the droplets of water while being sprayed on a subject through a spray bottle. What I mean here is - when I am spraying the water on my subject, I want to capture the droplets ...
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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 black/...
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Can I leave a smartphone's LED flash on continuously before taking a photo?

When I take photos in the dark using my phone, I sometimes use the flash. However, the flash fires only at the instant of taking the photo, as with a traditional camera. This means that the preview is ...
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Cheaper alternatives to high wattage HMI fresnels for photography?

I've started to notice that one thing a lot of photos I'm stylistically drawn to have in common these days is the use of continuous lighting with one or more HMI Fresnels, occasionally in conjunction ...
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Cheap lighting setup for shooting portraits in pitch darkness?

I'm going to be shooting some photos in pitch darkness at a campsite -- we had a friend shoot them last year, but he's a professional photographer and brought expensive strobes and lighting gear. This ...
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How would I dim CFL studio lights?

I've been using my dad's old incandescent studio lights (Smith-Victor) but decided to buy some CFL lights instead so it's not so hot under the lights. I got some cheap Fovitec ones from Amazon (...
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What continuous lighting options exist when flash is not an option?

I belong to a volunteer organization that occasionally takes portraits of dogs. All of the photographers are amateurs and none of us have any prior experience with indoor portraits or lighting. ...