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The word photography means "drawing with light". Controlling or selecting the light a camera records is essential to all aspects of photographic composition.

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Get correct focus on low light with modelling light

I'm looking for a good way to get "perfect" focus on lower light environment. I'm doing product photography (top down) of textiles with two flashes. The flashes have a model light (is that ...
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How to get coloured background lights and foreground person in creative portrait shootings exposed equally?

Let's say I am shooting indoors in a small room. I have some lights in the background, like an LED strip, without much possibility of changing them around. Now I want to photograph a person in front ...
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Can this kind of lighting take good photos of perfume products with some effects

I want to buy lighting to take pictures of perfume and glass products in general, But there is an effect that I like like the pictures below and I want to take something similar. I found this product ...
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Best settings to Shoot best dynamic range - Shoots like the human eye sees the details and the contrast between the bright light and the outside

I want to shoot a photography but the image looks too bright or too dark. TOO BRIGHT HERE TOO DARK HERE Here I made some editing (I combined these two photo into one ) to show how it seen through ...
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Help with lights in photos

first, I apologize for the writing of this post, since I do not speak English and I am still learning it My photos come out this way, I think it is the lens that is dirty, but I am not sure, I would ...
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Comparing the amount of light on different sized sensors

A mirco four thirds sensor (crop factor 2.0) gathers the same amount of light with a F/2.0 lens compared to a fullframe sensor with a F/4.0 lens since the area of the sensor is four times smaller. If ...
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Umbrellas: what's the difference between white ones and silver ones?

I understand that golden reflective umbrellas are usefull to get warmer light. But, what's the difference between white reflective umbrellas and silver umbrellas? Do silver umbrellas also change the ...
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What's the point in covering the viewfinder?

Recently, I found out that the rubber cover on the strap of my Canon EOS camera is used to cover the viewfinder. I searched on the web to learn why should I cover the viewfinder and I read that it ...
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RAW Photo of the Moon - How to take pictures of objects in front of a (bright) moon?

I have an object in front of the moon and I wanted to take a RAW (NRW) photo including the moon and the object in front, thinking that I can fix the illumination/overexposure later in Lightroom. But I ...
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Light source giving wrong color

I have been trying most of the settings in my Nikon D3500 to take indoor pictures of my home in dusk situation, or at least what you think is dusk situation, it is hard to explain. I have a very ...
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Light diffuser to mix colours - does it exist?

Say I need a light box to emulate natural light. I have 9 white sources of light and few colored ones. The sources are LED panels 4x10cm so its not a point light (there are no individual LEDs - the ...
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Dark images problem (low exposure) with canon 650d

I have a canon 650d, recently the camera is taking dark photos (low exposure) I always use good settings/standard, but somehow it started giving dark images in the picture below I was under a strong ...
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Does light hardness affect color saturation?

I've read in couple of sources that level of hardness of light affects color saturation somehow - harder the light more saturated colors are. Is this actually true or not?
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How to dismantle this small octagonal softbox?

I need help to dismantle a softbox. The model is an Elinchrom 22" Portalite octagonal softbox. From memory it was exceptionally difficult to assemble and now I'm finding it so impossible to ...
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Can I damage my camera by shooting directly at a lightbulb in the ceiling?

I got my first dSLR, a Nikon D3500, a few weeks ago. Today I was trying out manual mode and for some reason I thought it would be cool to shoot pointing directly at the lamp/lightbulb in the ceiling ...
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Which stand or adapter for Colorspike light fixture?

I have these ColorSpike lights that I want to put on a stand. They come with a stand adapter that ends with a 5/8" male stud. So now I am confused: apparently, usually these studs appear on the ...
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What's the point of this "reflector" that comes with my Godox SL-150W Light?

I can't figure out what this piece that came with my Godox SL-150W is supposed to do. It doesn't seem to be mentioned in the manual that came with it, but I might have missed it due to not knowing the ...
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measure luminanace with lux meter

can we measure luminance in cd/ m² with a lux meter? I measured illuminance of 35 lux. and since cd = lux*distance² I took some distance of 30 cm and got 3.15 cd. I know that my led-grid surface is ...
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Would there be a noticeable difference between long exposure and brighter light?

If I take one photo with long exposure and dimmer lights (e.g. constant lighting) and then another photo with short exposure but lights brighter to the level enough to compensate for the shorter ...
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Best Flat Light Diffuser for a High-Intensity Flashlight

I am doing some experimentation with a compact lighting kit to use for capturing textures, hence some constraints. I am using a high-intensity flashlight like the Acebeam X80-GT placed at a 1-3m ...
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What is the effect of relative size of light source vs diffusion on the quality of light?

I have used large softboxes for my portraiture quite a while with good success. However, I come across the topic of diffusion vs size of the light source quite often. While I know, that the relative ...
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How are these photos got same color flavor and look so similar?

I'm trying to understand, how all these photos got the same color flavor. The main problem I see - they are all shot under very different lighting conditions - like inside of a flat and on a sunny ...
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What might have caused this Leica M6 light leak?

I just bought a Leica M6 a week ago, and developed the first and second roll I took. The photos in the first roll showed no problem, but the in the second roll, the first, second, and third photo is ...
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What is the cause of a dimmer image of a light source in a photo? [duplicate]

Why does an image of the panel appear to left side of the actual object when the picture is taken if the lamp in a switched on state?
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Nikon d7100 top lcd ligh turns on when flash is fired

Today while shooting I noticed, that when I use an external flash, the top LCD light turns on. I turned it off, by clicking to the bulb icon as usually, and when I fired again, it turned on once again....
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How can we calculate effective megapixel loss due to diffraction?

How can we calculate an image's effective megapixel count at each aperture setting, specifically as loss relates to diffraction? Assume that we already know the sensor size, its true megapixel count, ...
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Why are mid-day images dull?

When I take pictures at mid-day, well before the golden hour, my images are usually dull. They seem hazy, low in contrast (perhaps due to haze?), and lacking in saturation. My suspects: Sensor ...
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As a blind person, how can I better understand how wide or narrow a field of view is?

I saw this question but feel that it doesn't fully explain how this works. I am completely blind, so I am trying to come up with a tactile pictorial representation of how field of view works. ...
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What's this problem with light in my photos called? [duplicate]

I take photos with my phone (a Galaxy S9) frequently and this problem seems to plague me every time I try taking photos indoors near a window during daytime. The light from the window which is above ...
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Why can't I shoot with a fast shutter speed with my continuous light at max power?

I would like to ensure a sharp focus of my object when shooting overhead (both object and background in focus). However, when shooting in manual at f/8.0 and ISO100 my shutter speed has to be 1/4 for ...
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What is a more accurate name for "Full-spectrum" photography?

Photography enthusiasts (and Wikipedia) often call photography that happens outside of the visible spectrum full-spectrum photography. From a scientific standpoint, however, I do not believe that ...
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Real light increments using aperture scale in fractional stops

In the case of using f-number with full stops, the +1EV step means 2*light because the Area (A = πr^2) in the diaphragm is doubled (i.e. radius*√2). However, I don't know why in fractional stops such ...
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Correct Exposure with Polaroid One Step 2

I have a Polaroid OneStep 2 with itype film, and I have some problems on how find the correct exposure. Precisely, almost always I get a picture which is overexposed or underexposed, and I do not know ...
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Calculate the right ISO and exposure compensation based on the ambient light

I'm new to photography and I'm working on this project where I need to find the right balance between ISO and exposure compensation, to take pictures in different environments. This is an App for ...
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How do you meter shadow with Nikon FM2 built-in light meter

I tried to follow the old adage "expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights", so that I can capture the shadow detail. I only have Nikon FM2 light meter. How can I meter the shadow with it?
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How can I best use two torches (aka flashlights) to take photographs of my artwork indoors?

I have two lights in my room but their light is not enough. So, I count them as ambient light. I don't have enough money to buy something expensive like studio stuff, but I have two torches similar ...
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How to get rid of brighter dark areas of the object while taking photo or by editing it later?

I'm having a little hard time taking photos of my pencil drawings. I recently posted a question about noise & blurriness. Here the thing is, my art looks much better on paper but when I take ...
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Why does the Y component in YCbCr represent luma/intensity?

As far as I know, the RGB to YCbCr conversion is just a linear transformation, yet the Y channel successfully captures the intensity value of each pixel. How? In other words, where do these magic ...
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It is correct to match light sources with the same color temperature?

For example, the color temperature of a candle flame, sunrise and sunset have the same color temperature, knowing that its color temperature is the same, could you say that these sources are similar ...
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Do cameras actively filter out UV light, or only infrared?

I know that a camera has a filter in front of the sensor to limit incoming light to the visible spectrum, to replicate what a human eye can see. But wherever I look on the internet, I always read ...
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Light falloff - until lens surface, focal center, or camera sensor?

Preface: if there is a better-suited forum for this question, please direct me. I figured it'd be better to post into Photography and not Physics as some of you might have already examined this ...
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How to get the most out of low-level monochromatic light?

Do you have any best practices in general for shooting in low-level monochromatic light? This is easily my least favorite lighting condition. Say you're at a Halloween party, and everybody is hanging ...
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Why does the camera output an image with multi-colors not shown by the naked eye under the projector?

I was shooting in a gallery that used what appears to be a multi-colored projector and had difficulty shooting in that type of scene as the color was not even across the scene. The image shown below ...
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Why is the bottom of this image over-exposed?

I am getting a lighter edge on the bottom of my images... I have googled and can't seem to find anything that points me in the right direction to the cause. Any ideas? Info: Canon 6d OrLit ...
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Easiest way to make a 1x1 foot surface permanently not (or less) reflective? matt spray, matt vinyl or else?

I am taking pictures with a drone and I need ground control points (such as this) for rectifying the images. I used standard vinyl to make the checkerboard pattern. It is terrible. It is reflecting ...
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Carry bag product photography [closed]

This is my project to challenge myself this week. Getting a professional product photography done for a transparent/ semitransparent carry bag. Challenges - it doesn't not have a firm shape - ...
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How is the illusion of light streaks achieved in this photo? [duplicate]

I've seen a photo with a nice light streaks illusion, that I believe was captured in the camera itself rather than added in post-processing. Can anyone explain how one can replicate it?
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How to create a gray/black color background in a photograph

These are two examples of photographs with black background. My question is how can I set the background like that? Was it through post-processing or on shoot? by Saul Leiter And this by Hélène ...
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How was this Penelope Cruz photo by Peter Lindbergh lit?

(published in this CNN article). The catch light seems to show us a big window with people standing in front of it. But wouldn't window light produce a more flat lighting? There is a clearly visible ...
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Why does saturation drop in the shadow areas?

source: http://www.vintag.es/2012/11/ussr-in-colour-photos-1963.html My question is the following: Why does the saturation drops in the shadow areas? Has it something to do with the blue-ish sky ...
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