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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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Landscape Photography Planning

When I plan a landscape photography, I use tools like Google Earth so to get an idea of the place I want to shoot; TPE and PhotoPills in order to see the direction of the sun, looking for a frontal or ...
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How to get bright concert photos?

I've been starting to shoot some live music recently and have been doing an okay job and see an improvement with each time I shoot. However recently I was shooting and all of my photos have come out ...
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Does using long exposure together with ND filter make the scene look more evenly lit? [duplicate]

Suppose I try to shoot a piece of forest with trees casting dense shadows during daylight. It looks something like this to a human eye (part of larger and more detailed image from here) In the image ...
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How do I capture fine water spray/mist against a reflective background?

I want to shoot a subject standing under a shower, with water misting off as it strikes the skin, showing only the silhouette of the bust, with a soft, textured backlight coming from a frosted glass ...
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Why does NEF file get washed out/highlights while my JPG look normal? [duplicate]

TLDR. is just the title. I know nothing about photography, sorry. My dad has a d90 he never uses, so I use it to take photos when I need them for something. Anyways, I put it on raw mode. when I ...
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How to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

I sell horse equipment and my photos are created against a white background with the items on hooks right against the wall or background. I get a lot of shadows, but it is the only way to display the ...
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How does the size of a modifier affect light coverage?

How does the size of the modifier affect coverage? I watched a YouTube video yesterday comparing different size umbrellas, wherein they claimed that the size of the modifier does not affect the area ...
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Corporate Portraiture Advice

I've been commissioned to do a series of corporate portraits. This is something I've not done before, but, quite frankly, the money was too good to turn it down! So, now I have to get my skills and ...
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Is the Flash GN calculation or formula explained with bare strobe or softbox?

I just re-read the title of "What is the quantitative relation between flash guide number and ISO?" and was wondering: Is the GN formula stated referring to bare light or with softbox?
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How do I reproduce this dark background on this photo?

I was trying to take some photos of flowers, when I managed to snap the following photo: This is the jpeg the camera made. The foreground is bright, while the background is dark. Creating the dark ...
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Other than camera and lens, what gear do I need for macro photography for stock items?

I just bought a Sony A6000 with Sony SEL30M35 (E 30mm F3.5 Macro). I need to take close up photos of small items (5-20cm, and not reflective or shiny) for stock photos, so I'll be able to set up the ...
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How was this this monochrome non shadowed image of Aline Weber lit

I usually love answering these questions, but am genuingly struggling on this one. A model has supplied a moodboard of images for a shoot, and am genuingly struggling to work out how they were lit. ...
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Lighting up a subject during sunset without a flash?

I’ve recently been trying to experiment with sunset portraits but I keep encountering a problem where the sky is lit up exactly how I want it but the subject is under-exposed, with little to no ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

I'm new to studio photography. And wanted to dabble with some stereotypical portrait shots. Looking at soft boxes on ebay there is a wide discrepancy of prices. I'm torn because I won't be making ...
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What kind of light is used in this photograph? [closed]

What kind of light is used in this photography?
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Do Flash heads only work with DSLR cameras?

I have a non-DSLR (originally I had the 5D MKII) camera and have a bunch of flash heads that I want to use to shoot some quick but professional portraiture shots for friend. Are these compatible with ...
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Product photos of lamps [duplicate]

I am to do some photos of artistic desk lamps and other lights soon and am after some advice. I anticipate it being hard as the light will be coming from the subject itself. Possibly needing to take ...
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Best ways of photographing at a concert/festival

Lighting at concerts is usually very difficult to manage. My photos always end up blurry/needing an awful lot of post-processing afterwards. What would be the objective best way to shoot these ...
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Portrait Lighting - why are my fill and rim lights overpowered?

I am a beginner in photography and starting to learn about lights in portraiture. In this portrait below, I am using a home-made soft box with a flash inside (on the right), and two 5000K bulbs at ...
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Lighting variances on sport mode

I’m trying to shoot continuous movement indoor im Sport Mode. The room is well lit but the photos come out with drastically varying lighting so some photos in the sequence are well lit while others ...
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What is the antonym of “feathering” in lighting?

If I have to tell someone to move "unfeather" the light and point it towards the subject, what verb should I use? Gather?
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How to test if a light meter is working well?

I will buy a used Sekonic l-358 and I want to know what should I test to check that it's working fine. And how to check that? I heard about the grey card and the camera meter reading but I don't know ...
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How do take or edit facial photos to show clear skin without losing fine detail?

Could someone explain how to achieve this type of Skin smoothness? My camera is a Sony a6000. Edit: I am wondering what smoothing and blurring filters or some sort of technique they are using to ...
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How can I create this 'medieval look' using an entry-level camera like the Nikon D3300?

How do recreate pictures like the ones below? They all appear to be lit a certain way. The colors are all very similar, with an overall dark, brooding aspect to them. The backgrounds are heavily ...
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Can a ringlight be very useful on cloudy days outside?

I want to to know if a ringlight can be very helpful for a cloudy/overcast weather outdoors for portraits & fashion? Will it help remove some shadowing or help much at all outside for portraits &...
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AD360 and Speedlight single controller for Nikon manual or TTL

I currently have a Flashpoint TTL-n ad360. I would like to remotely control it and perhaps 2 additional speedlights--I guess either Godox or Flashpoint brand--with a single trigger unit on-camera, ...
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How to photograph a few dozen calligraphic greeting cards in exquisite detail?

I need to photograph a few dozen hand-written calligraphic greeting cards in exquisite detail so that a calligrapher can try to combine the style. While I have reasonable experience in personal ...
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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

I am shooting a wedding for a family friend, and one of the shots she would like is of them both standing on a balcony over a stairway. It's an old building they're getting married in, and it is a ...
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How many lumens are needed to video light [closed]

I've noticed that the lighting in my indoor videos are very poor and the image doesn't look as great as when I shoot outside. So I'm looking for some softboxes. As I have a lot of DIY stuff in my ...
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What are the characteristics of light?

RE: https://www.shutterbug.com/content/characteristics-light-quantity-quality-color-direction This article lists 4 characteristics of light: Quantity Quality Color Direction Aren't size and ...
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Inserting an object into a picture: how much will it cost me to outsource this task? [closed]

I want to ask a professional photographer to edit a picture by inserting an object taken from another picture, tuning the light and contrast etc. to make the object fit with the image where the ...
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How should I set up lighting for a jewelry worn by a model?

I have a photo shoot in two weeks. Subject is a model with some jewelry from a local goldsmith, with focus on the items. The goldsmith wants b/w or sepia pictures where the items are the only "real" ...
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How can we use shadows to decipher lighting setups?

Shadows, Catchlights can give-away a lot about the lighting setup of an image. However I find shadows hard to read, so I'm looking for advice. Below each image is my attempt at deciphering the ...
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Lighting the inside of an incubator

I am performing an experiment in a lab, which requires taking time-lapse footage of some samples in an incubator oven. The oven does not have a built-in light source, so this question is about how to ...
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Camera Slow To Respond When Trying To Take A Photo | Nikon D5300

I have a Nikon D5300. When I try to take a photo (I reset all settings to factory settings) and hold down the button to focus or just a quick snap, there is a long delay in the camera finishing to ...
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Cross Polarization: Are linear and circular polarizers compatible?

Can cross-polarization be achieved with two linearly polarized (flash) lamps; one either side of a circularly polarized lens? Lens attachments tend to be circularly polarized, while the PVA sheets ...
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How wide is the field of view on a typical DSLR/Mirrorless in-camera spot meter?

The high-end dedicated light meters can measure reflected light down to 1 degree, which could be handy if there are specific needs for them. How does a typical in-camera meter compare, in the spot ...
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Are ring flashes useful for cases other than macro photography? [duplicate]

Is there any point to using a ring flash for styles other than macro (i.e. portrait, landscape, wide angle, street, etc.)?
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Shooting video in bright light

I usually shoot photos using the view finder (eye cup). When I shoot video, I need to use live view and in bright areas, such as a beach, when I look into the monitor all I see is myself. So obviously ...
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How can I take good pictures of a reflective mirror frame without part of the frame too bright and the other part too dark?

I have to take pictures of mirror frames for my job. Some of these are very shiny, reflective frames. I cant get the lighting to look right. Part of the frame has bright spots of light on it, the ...
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10FPS on a strobe- possible?

I'm planning upgrading to a flagship and would like to know if I can use strobes as opposed to monolights with their high burst rates. I understand that one way to improve a strobe's capabilities is ...
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Why are my photos getting darker gradually at the bottom [duplicate]

A lot of my photos gets this effect where at the bottom of the photos, the exposure decreases gradually. Is there any way I can avoid this? The lighting setup I used was, bouncing the flash on the ...
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How can I adjust metallic/glitter makeup for a catwalk show so it photographs best?

I'm not a photographer but a makeup artist with a photography question. I'm doing my first catwalk show and the organisers have asked for a metallic/glitter look on the eyes but said they've had ...
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How can I take a photo of multiple colored lights without them all becoming plain white spheres?

I would like to shoot a photo like the one below with multiple colored lights (chinese lanterns), at night. However, whatever I do, I always get the same result which is all the lanterns appearing as ...
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Why do my videos not look as good as professional examples I've seen? Screenshots attached [closed]

The first picture of a girl is a screenshot from the travel video that i am making, and and the second picture of a boy is a screenshot from a youtube travel video. I want to achieve the quality of ...
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To what extent, and how, does light source affect sharpness?

The quintessential window-lit portrait has a soft glow about it. A photo may be sharp, but it's perceived sharpness is on a different level from a photo taken using a single light utilizing a snoot or ...
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Polarizers: Linear vs Circular. How does it affect a photo? [duplicate]

Trying to decide which type of polarization filter I should get. Some information I've read suggests that there is no difference and that a circular polarizer is just an ordinary linear polarizer, ...
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What are the artistic effects of different catchlight positions?

Is there comparison of different position of catchlight in person's eyes? My point is that you can get roughly same lighting but with slightly different position of catchlight (light source ...
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How can I best take photos of people in front of a Christmas tree using only available lighting?

I am taking a photo with a Canon 5D Mark IV indoors in front of a Christmas tree using only the available lighting of the room. I do not have a flash. I want to make sure that the subjects and the ...
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How can I get the lighting right for a taxidermy shoulder mount against the wall?

I'm looking to take some photographs of a taxidermy shoulder mount (link to a mount like I'm talking about), and I'm having a hard time getting the lighting right. I'd like to get a rim light behind ...