Questions tagged [light]

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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Variation or inconsistency in Flash light on same setting

I have a new pair of Apkina TTL 568 flash with soft boxes. I am operating them with trigger. When I take the picture, Flash lights do not give me same light for all the pictures, like for one picture ...
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Is there a connection between color temperature concept and Hershel's color temperature experiment through which he discovered infrared? [duplicate]

I just watched a Cosmos episode about Hershel's experiment, of which i think i was not aware. According to it, red light temperature is higher than blue (measured in celsius). As far as I know, ...
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How to avoid light flares in long exposure night shots

I keep viewing other photographers night shots and see that they're very clear shots, when I shoot even with the same settings, my shots aren't so clear.. here's example: Question is: How to avoid ...
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What is the problem if sun is behind me? What does that signify? Where should the sun be when I take photos?

In the question Why do breathtaking views turn into “boring” photos, and how can I do better? I read: The sun was directly behind you, just like it used to say on the old Kodak info sheets that ...
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How to understand flash distance scale when used with a wireless transmitter?

I am reading Bryan Peterson’s book, Understanding Flash Photography. In this book, Bryan mostly talks about using the flash in manual mode and not in ETTL mode. I own a Yongnuo 600-Ex-RT speedlight ...
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Lock focus and lightning with Nikon D3100

I am trying to shoot a video with perfectly white background with a similar setup as described here: http://www.gowallaby.com/how-to-get-a-white-background-in-video/ However, Im using Nikon D3100 ...
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Where can I find a cold-shoe adapter for Sony's multi-interface shoe?

I need a small cold shoe adapter, with lower side 1/4" thread (screw or nut) and upper side multi interface shoe mechanical compatible. I need this cold shoe for a off camera (rf wireless) Nissin a700+...
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What kind of flash triggers do I need to fire both a Canon and Yongnou (for Canon) flash?

I'm new to studio lighting. I have continuous lighting, but I loathe it. I have been slowly moving to using flash lighting in studio. I have 2 speedlights: 1 Insignia TTL External Flash for Canon ...
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How does the car disappear in these pictures?

I took a few pictures of cars on the highway at night with a 4-second shutter speed (automatic aperture and focus). Sorry for the blur in the second one, I left my tripod at home. In the first ...
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How to recreate Liam Wong's images of city streets at night with neon lights?

I'm only new to this photography thing, I currently have a Canon 70D. I tried to look this up myself, ask, and ask elsewhere but haven't had an answer yet. Wondering if someone would be able to ...
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How can I depict vehicle traffic during daytime in a long exposure without washing out the vehicles?

I would like to take a picture of a street during the day to depict how much traffic and cars there are on the street. Is there anyway to do this with a long exposure photograph? I have a Nikon D90 ...
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Dark photos at apertures of f6 or f8

I am trying to test for a photoshoot of a model on white background and most of my images are coming out very dark unless I increase my aperture to the maximum. I am using a fixed 50mm lens, shutter ...
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How can I avoid green flare on my sunrise photos?

I took a series of sunrise photos. Once the sun actually came above the horizon, the brighter the sun became the more apparent and brighter a green flare (glare?) appeared. How can I avoid that? ...
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What light to use for my white background?

I have an inexpensive set of two lightboxes which I use to shoot a model for e-commerce images. Generally, I use one lightbox to light the background and the other one for the subject. But there is ...
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Is it possible this is sunlight?

Is this sunlight on his right shoulder? It doesn't seem like the angle is correct for this light to be sunlight.
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Is there a Safelight rgb or hex frequency?

My wife is a Black and White film photographer. I was wondering if there is a color code that I could use as a basis for a helper app?
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Is black a color or a lack of color?

Is black a color or a lack of color? What are the characteristics that defines a color?
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Can I use a beam splitter to record two images using the same lens?

How's the best way to record two images coming through a single lens. One being a infrared and the other being visible. My plan was to use a beam splitter between the lens and the sensor to reflect ...
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Does over- or underexposed give the most life-like post-edit results?

I have a Canon 600D with a 70-200 f/4 L lens, and I often photograph people outside in bright daylight. Now, I always shoot RAW and do some post-editing in Photoshop/Lightroom, but I'm not sure how to ...
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How did photographers get the exposure right back in the day with only full-stop increments?

I've noticed that with some older cameras you only have half-stop increments to ISO, f-stop and shutter speed. Look at Wikipedia on f-stops, I see they have the full-stop, half-stop and third-stop ...
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Why is my Canon 7D light sensor under-sensitive?

It seems the light meter indicator in the viewfinder on my Canon 7D underestimates how bright the picture will be. This makes for overexposed photos whenever I use anything other than full manual mode,...
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How to film translucence and light?

I'm trying out my new DSLR (Nikon 5300) and 18-200 Nikkor lens. Long ago, I had a film SLR, but since then I've had point-and-shoot cameras. It's great to get back into SLRs again. That said, here's ...
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Is there a fundamental difference between emitted light and reflected light?

In the context of practical implications for photography, is there a general difference in the qualities of emitted vs. reflected light (other than emitted light being brighter in many situations)? I ...
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How can I light an Indian wedding without spoiling the decor or blocking the view with stands and gear?

As a wedding photographer, I am challenged for eliminating light stands and sunguns in a regular wedding and reception. As we all know, Indian weddings and receptions have a always-stretchable ...
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How can I automatically get a (approximate) Lux value from overexposed and underexposed pictures?

As you will soon understand, I am not a photographer. For research in a completely different field, I am interested in estimating, even with a large approximation, the brightness of the environment in ...
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How do I know how much light will be needed for a given film speed, shutter speed, and aperture?

For a given film type, shutter speed and aperture, how do I calculate the light needed to get a good exposure? For example, if I use a f/8 aperture, an exposure time of 100 ms and a ISO 800-film (...
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How do you avoid a dim portrait with a bright background and no external flash?

I took a picture once in a beautiful location with an awesome background, and a cool location to get the shot. The problem is, the location of the subject had substantially less light then the ...
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Getting this radiant but soft glow, without losing color intensity or looking overexposed?

I see photos like this sometimes that look, almost, like the subject is glowing or is suffused with light. (I don't know how else to describe it.) I seem unable to get this effect without just making ...
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Can videoing burning magnesium damage a camera sensor?

I have possibly had the misfortune of videoing a bright performance of burning magnesium at night before I realized what it was. I probably filmed it for 10-15 seconds and now I am wondering if it ...
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When do I have to readjust the white balance in studio?

Let's say model wears dress number 1, I setup my lights to light setup 1 and we hold a gray card a shoot it and set the white balance of camera on that. Now if model changes to dress number 2 and I ...
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Can golden/blue hour light be simulated?

Photographers love the light available in the golden hour (just after the sun rises and before it sets) and blue hour (just before the sun rises and after it sets). Part of the reason for that is that ...
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What's the use of light source directly above model's head?

I have seen many behind-the-scenes photos that depict a large diffused light source (like a LastoLite Skylite Rapid) placed above model's head. Imagine it is like a ceiling. What is this done for? ...
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Is there a trick to use the correct NDx filter? [duplicate]

I have 3 ND (neutral density) with values of 2, 4 and 8. I know these filters remove light levels, but I don't know when I have to use each filter. Thanks for your time!
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How to capture the sun rays falling inside a forest?

How to capture the sun rays falling inside a forest and light passing through a window. Even though they are visible to our naked eyes they seems tough to be captured with DSLR. I read snow and dust ...
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How do I set the exposure manually on a Nikon D5100?

I bought a year ago a Nikon D5100, but there is still one thing I don't know about it : how do I set my exposure manually? I can set it with the AE button, but is there a way to set it manually, I ...
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How do I measure the correlated color temperature of a light source with a DSLR without a gray card?

By curiosity, I tried to measure the correlated color temperature of different light sources in my house by taking a photo of a white object (a piece of paper) lit by a single source at a time. The ...
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How can I correctly measure light using a built-in camera meter?

Many times when I shoot photos, the photo is sometimes too bright or too dark and the colors are incorrect. Sometimes, the white in the photo is not the white that I have for a background, but gray. ...
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Do circular polarizer gels for creating left and right handed polarized light exist? [duplicate]

I am looking for a polarizer gel for our lights, but specifically one for creating left or right handed circular polarization. I can find linear gels all over the place. I can even find circular ...
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How can I take a photo of a dark bar with a bright sign?

I took an image of a dark bar with a bright sign at night using auto mode: ISO 1250 | 1/60s | f/2 What I actually wanted is to be able to read the sign in the background. On this image it is ...
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How was this photo edited to feel vibrant and lush, but also soft?

I've been recently admiring this photo (histogram included as well) and was wondering if you'd have insight as to how it was edited, in ways I can try on Lightroom. I can see the histogram peaks ...
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Why does the flash freeze a picture?

Why does a flash freeze a picture even if I use a shutter speed like 1/10 sec? I don't understand it, because the light will hit the sensor the whole time, not just when the flash is fired.
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Can I use my camera to measure lens light transmission?

I want to compare and quantify the light transmission of various lenses (with some custom modifiers). So I have a target setup with constant illumination, and a camera body for them ready to shoot ...
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How can a Gossen Sixtomat light meter work without electricity?

I owned an old Gossen Sixtomat and I am wondering if there is a battery cell or not in this device. If there is no battery I am wondering how this could work without energy. I know some materials ...
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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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Optimal light source and camera for 360 degree product photos [closed]

I am using a light tent for 360 degree product photos. I already tried to take some photos and videos using 3 lights of 400 watts each. The resulting photos varied a lot in light intensity. When I ...
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Is it still better to overexpose raw images (for use in Lightroom)? [duplicate]

I generally have a tendency to underexpose images to avoid white clipping, especially when doing landscapes so that the sky doesn't get ruined as white clipping looks worse than black clipping. I know ...
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Why is infrared light's focus point different from that of visible light?

When reading about infrared photography, it's often mentioned that IR's focus point is slightly different from visible light. Why is the focus point of infrared light point different from the focus ...
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Where can I find light bars?

I am looking for light bars/tubes like the ones you can see here and here. I've googled it but have exclusively found LED lights but that's not what I want. Any ideas where I can find it ? Am not ...
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Why are details lost when dynamic range is high?

I have read in many blogs and forums that when we have a larger dynamic range, we may lose details. Of course, I have experienced completely white areas in taking photos with bright sky. As far as I ...
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How can I match adjustable-color artificial light temperature to ambient light?

I got some bi-color LEDs that allow me to control the temperature of the light they produce in the range 3200K-5600K. I will be using them in non-studio settings to complement available light. What ...