Questions tagged [lighting]

The use of extra lights, often flash units, in order to make up for a lack of light or to gain more creative control over the image.

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How to photograph in space with lots of diffuse light?

I'm a newbie to product photography, trying to learn more as part of my job. We're doing a product photoshoot of plant collections inside a polytunnel (a bit like the example below). Because of the ...
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What would be a good beauty lighting setup for a beginner?

I am a makeup artist and I want to build a small beginner-friendly photo station in my studio. I already have white, black, and nude backdrops but I don’t know what light is the best for beauty ...
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Why is my film coming out so dark?

I have an Olympus AZ -230 Super Zoom 35mm film camera. A roll of film has come out very dark, almost a purple tint. How do I correct this for the future?
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How to research flicker free controllable continuous RGB light sources?

I'm currently looking for controllable, continuous RGB light sources which can be used for fotography in terms being free from any PWM artifacts or flicker. I'm not asking for actual products (though ...
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Canon EOS 5D Mark 1 needs too much light?

I got a hand-me-down a while back and it is a Canon EOS 5D Mark 1 with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens. I've taken a couple of photography classes but I'm no expert in cameras themselves. ...
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My Neewer Speedlite 750II is not working

I am having lots of trouble with my flash. I attached it to my camera and the red light was pulsing, but later it just stayed fixed and the pilot button is not working either. I am not sure if it's an ...
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Correct lens type for product photography

I am extremely new to photography and I have a Nikon D5300 with the kit lens that comes with it. I have been woodworking for a while and want to take product photos of my work to put on etsy and ...
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How can I re-tighten the lever locks on my light stand?

When using a light stand with lever locks, the locks start to lose grip after a while. It is difficult to reach the recessed nut to tighten the locking mechanism again. Is there any advice or trick-of-...
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How do I measure illuminance (lux or foot-candles)?

Many years ago, someone showed me how to use a Luna Pro light meter to measure foot-candles. I do not recall. How do I do this?
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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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Not able to manual focus in night for star photography

I was shooting at f4.5 shutter speed 30s for capturing stars in my photo but was not able to manual focus as we can't set the manual focus for stars. I am using a 18-55mm Nikkor lens, what I get after ...
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Outdoor lighting setup for shooting interviews, with changing and mostly low light (sunset through evening)

I'm shooting interviews with WW2 veterans living in Israel, to preserve those incredible stories. Due to COVID, I'm unable to continue shooting those interviews indoors, to avoid potentially infecting ...
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What are considerations when choosing between flash and LED lighting for macro?

I'd like to build a DIY macro-studio at home for shooting flowers and other objects. I'd like to have an option to shoot with multiple light sources - at least 4. My other priorities are low cost and ...
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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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Which settings are needed in this situation in order to have equivalent exposure?

Two Wedding Videographers will cover a wedding ceremony. Both use a Canon Eos 80D DSLR camera with different lenses. The first videographer used a Canon EF 50mm F / 1.8 lens with aperture settings (...
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Why don't all barndoors have triangles attached to their sides?

I never used barndoors in a studio, and I'm not sure to understand how they work. There seems to be two variants of barndoors. The first type, which is the most popular one, is a frame with four fixed-...
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What do you use as a portable lighting mono pole?

Does anyone of you have an elegant solution or product in mind to use as a handheld mono pole for on-location use with a spigot for attaching a strobe head with a soft box? I could use a broom stick ...
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How to shoot clear fishing line on a white background for extraction

I work for a company that sells fishing products which all have to be shot and then extracted to have a pure white background. I can do this for the majority of products but cannot figure out a good ...
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How can I recreate this lighting/editing technique?

I'd like to introduce myself into photography. Lately, I've been taking special attention to some pictures on instagram and trying to recreate, not the whole scene but the lightroom, filters and ...
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Color regrading/correction/calibration between photos for scientific color analysis using in-image palette

This question is not quite in the same vein as artistic photography but I feel that this StackExchange is best suited to answering the question. Closest questions I could find for further reading ...
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white line on my photo different exposure

i got this bright and dark line difference since last 5 months and it happens often but not always is there something broken in my image processor or what  im using fujifilm xt100 and fx 35mm changing ...
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Will a bigger sensor and faster lens help me get sufficient light from my LED source?

I am currently using the Panasonic G7 and finding that the lighting is not sufficient despite using LED light. The setting is a corner apartment with a lot of sunlight in the backdrop. Debating to ...
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How important is the artificial light tint temperature (K)?

If you were given a choice and money wasn’t an issue, how likely would you buy one of those multi-tone flood lights for your photography/videography considering that you will be shooting RAW and with ...
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Low Cost Product Photos [duplicate]

Buying a Canon eos 2000d. Building 2 soft light box with some white fabric and cheapo led strips with some dimming circuit. Building a white paper desk for background i have some photoshop and ...
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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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Forcing shot of night sky [duplicate]

I want shots of the night sky with my Nikon D5600. Even in bulb mode and on manuel, and on a tripod, I can’t get the shutter to open. I just get that annoying “subject is too dark” message! I set ...
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What is this style of photography called?

I am trying to learn a specific type of photography and am having a difficult time finding out the name for it. What I am most interested in, is a specific niche of high focus, minimalist, black ...
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What technique did Scott Mutter use in his famous photomontage “Untitled (Library)”, and what meaning does that approach help convey?

I really like this photo by Scott Mutter so I was want to know about the techniques used.
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Techniques and meaning in László Moholy-Nagy photo

This image below is called the Funkturm Berlin (Berlin Radio Tower) and is taken by László Moholy-Nagy. I have done so research but haven't found much. I was wanting to know the techniques used in ...
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Fixed camera and light settings return different exposure

I have this situation while shooting still life photos of e-commerce products, lets say for example leather shoes or leather bags: Table with white paper as white background. Two strobe flash lights ...
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pixel binning vs higher individual pixel size

Some smartphone cameras support pixel binning, to switch between high-res and low-light modes. An example would be the S20 ultra, which has an 108MP sensor that can bin pixels on a 3x3 grid, leading ...
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Types of lighting for profile portraits?

For front-on portraits there are several well known, tried and true, styles of lighting: Rembrandt, Paramount/Butterfly, Split etc However I am wanting to take some profile (side-on) portraits. So: ...
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How to take a hard-lit bodyscape with minimal gear?

I'm trying to take a fitness bodyscape of myself like this one: I've got the backdrop for it and have an Andoer kit for lighting that contains: 2x 30W LED Lamps + 2x 50cm x 70cm Softboxes A ...
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How do I prevent hotspot reflections in portraits when using lighting modifiers?

I was hired to shoot red carpet style portraits when guests arrive at an event. I elected to use a Profoto umbrella (m- white) with their diffuser added, and two flash units on the only umbrella as ...
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How do I light a balloon in a studio without getting reflections from the light sources?

For a personal project, I need to take a photo of a balloon. I want it illuminated, with back light and a front light. The thing here is that I don't know how to illuminate the front light. I want ...
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Tripod accessory needed to allow for multiple mounts (stacked vertically/behind)

I have a little tripod that has a mountable phone holder and light orb. Since the light orb is small, it's very convenient and I think it might also make a decent supplementary light source when I'm ...
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How can I light a large group photo at night outside on a stage?

I am taking a shot of a group of about 200 people. I have never done a shot this big — not even close. It’s before a company dinner at night outside on a stage. I need help and suggestions. How to ...
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What would cause just one photo from my phone camera to have large, blotchy magenta areas?

What would cause the pink on this picture? All the pics before and after were normal. No filter, no flash.
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What's the difference between a monolight and a studio strobe?

I thought that these two names were synonymous, but for example, the same manufacturer has both a product described as a monolight and one described as a studio strobe available with approximately the ...
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How do I determine the light output of LED lights for close-up photographs of indoor plants?

is there a method to determine the light output of LED lights needed to achieve a reasonable ISO/shutter/aperture combination to take close-up (not necessarily macro) photos of indoor plants given a ...
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Achieving more granular control of indoor lighting with minimal equipment

I suppose I could go the route of getting dedicated light stands and umbrellas, but my productions are just for personal amusement, and I'd rather not over do it. Nonetheless, I'm confronted with a ...
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Why do we need a safelight in the darkroom? [duplicate]

Why do we need a safelight in the darkroom?
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ISO how high is right at night

My only camera is my cell phone which is a good one however the ISO only allows up to 800 when I've seen plenty higher on other cameras. Is that a sufficient number to work with once evening falls or ...
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Are LED Panels/Lightboxes intended for “animation” usable for photographic purposes?

LED Panels that are described as intended for animation drawing tend to be a quarter of the price of such panels that are explicitly intended for photography work (macro lighting, slide viewing and ...
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How can I photograph an item which glows on a white background, without losing its glow?

I have an item which I need to photograph on a white background. It is a light brown coloured teddy bear with an LED in its tummy. When in the dark the LED glows brightly through its tummy, but when ...
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What is it called when overhead lighting causes a face to be in shadow?

I've noticed that bathrooms often have overhead lighting (typically pot lights). The lighting makes it so I can't see my own face in the mirror due to the shadows. Sure, I'm not actually taking loads ...
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Remove gradient in Lightroom with source image

I have a series of images (many, many images) that were taken with slightly uneven lighting: I also have an image of the blank white background under the same lighting: I would like to use the blank ...
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Best lighting management under a strong sunny sky with limited gear

I'll be developing a documentary photo and video project on farming communities which live +3000 meters above sea level, based mostly on portraits and images of everyday life. At that elevation, the ...
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How can I choose a ringlight for my girlfriend's camera as a surprise gift?

My girlfriend's birthday is coming up. I know nothing about cameras, but I'd like to surprise her with what I believe is called a "ringlight" for her camera. It is definitively a Canon camera. Are ...

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