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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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What to do about overhead lights when taking headshots?

I travel to different training events to take headshots for my company. Most locations give me a room to setup in that I can turn off the lights and use my own lighting. One location though, I have to ...
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Color Calibration with tungsten today

I plan to shoot some color calibration photos for an arcane device. I plan to do the noon light and the tungsten lighting. As you may know, normal tungsten light bulbs are no longer sold here in ...
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Earth/ground on a Photax photographic light

U.K. electric question I've got an aluminium Photax clamp on light. It only has 2 core wire, and no earthing/ground wire, nor any earth/ground connection point. I presume they were made in the days ...
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How can I get rid of extra halos from ceiling can lights?

How can I get rid of the extra halo beneath the light when taking a photo? I'm not seeing the effect with other types of light fixtures. Both reference photos are minutes apart using the same camera ...
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Weird light circles when shooting dark clothing

I keep getting light circles whenever I am shooting dark clothing, especially black. I am using an umbrella reflector flash and a soft box. I've tried moving the flash and it just moves the circle ...
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Avoiding sheen in DIY light tents

I want to take evenly lit images of small moving objects. So, I want to place those inside a light tent or light box. Per how I understand light tents, the purpose of those is to diffuse light like ...
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How can I get a large depth of field at night?

I am new to photography and have a question on aperture. What if I wanted to take a picture with majority of the picture in focus, but at night time, so I can't have the aperture too high, because it'...
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Soft light and it’s link to diffusion and distance

To my understanding the softness of the light and its consequent shadows can be linked back to: the angular size of lighting source the presence (type, thickness, etc.) of a diffusion material If I’...
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Why am I getting weird circular lines below my product lit by a speedlight?

I'm using a speedlight positioned to the left of my product when taking the picture and I see circular lines and a shape around it. I've tried removing the cap, changing the position of the speedlight ...
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How do they capture these images where the ground and background blend together seamlessly?

This picture of Wulfenite was selected as today’s featured image on Wikipedia and I find it intriguing in the sense that the ground and background blend in so much, similar to what we see near large ...
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How to photograph sparkly clothing in (at least somewhat) natural situations?

I have been attempting to capture the sparkles of a rhinestoned mesh tank top with great difficulty. My attempts have been in well-lit spaces both indoors and outdoors, using smartphone cameras. This ...
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How does one create a glowy/halation effect in post?

Newbie at post processing here. I stumbled across this photographer who has these really soft glowy auras around his light sources (see below). I believe he shoots digital and does all this in post (...
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How to achieve this effect (small/medium object photography)? [closed]

I need to take photos of a bunch of bullets for a project, and I want to attempt to reproduce how this photo looks. I've taken photography classes in college so I'm not a total rube, but that was a ...
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Is "contre-jour" a posh term for backlit?

Is contre-jour simply a posh term for backlit? Or is there some difference?
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How to arrange point sources of light (LEDs) to obtain a uniform light source?

Based on the answers to my question Can I use a LCD as backlight for acquiring film using a DSLR? and the link provided about optimal light sources for negative film I would like to build a light ...
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What can I do to improve my blurry indoor hockey photos?

I’m an amateur and just starting shooting my grandsons hockey. I’m using Nikon 18-300 f3.5 lens. My settings were 1/1000 f9 iso 5000 as it’s dark inside. Focus mode AF-C and dynamic area mode. The ...
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Profoto B2 System battery issues

I bought a brand new B2 a while ago as a hobbyist. Rarely used. I now have 2 batteries that won't take a charge. In other words, I have a boat anchor. It's completely silly for me to purchase 500.00 ...
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Understanding the lighting on Peter Lippmann's noble rot series

I'd like to understand how Peter Lippmann lit his noble rot series. The grapes are exposed but the light falls away towards the sides, to a very black background. Could anyone explain to me how he ...
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What are some tips to improve this product photo?

I am trying to take some product photos, and am hoping to get some tips to improve the result. As an amateur I am currently using completely non-professional equipment, and I realize the limitations: ...
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How can I speed up the process of setting up lights in an unfamiliar studio or location?

I am currently in the situation that I often struggle for 30 to 60 minutes before a shooting to set up my lights. Few studios and locations I use offer mannequins and I don't have an assistant at most ...
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What is the best way to capture welding photography [duplicate]

I am new to photography and am helping out at work taking photos of manufacturing steel, primarily welding. I was wondering if anyone could help me in what are the bests camera setting for this kind ...
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Brightness of direct reflection on glossy surfaces

According to the book Light Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, metal chapter, the brightness of the direct reflection on a piece of metal is not affected by the distance ...
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Why are my night sky photos coming out completely black?

So tonight I had a go at trying to take pictures of the night sky. All the pictures turned out black, I am well aware that aperture and shutter speed and everything has a part in it all. So I googled ...
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Are mirrors viable as replacement for light sources?

I'm thinking about making a macro photo setup with many light sources (up to 10). It's not viable to buy 10 flashes, even cheap ones. It's more viable to buy 10 cheap lights, but it would lead to such ...
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Compensating For Low Light Conditions

As a photography newbie, I am hoping to use a book stand and dslr camera for occasionally scanning a few pages out of a Math book. Expected distance from camera to page will probably be about 18 ...
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What type of ceiling lights would result in the best quality photos for a martial arts gym and without flickering?

I just finished editing photos which I had to take at a martial arts gyms which used very dim LED panel ceiling lights. These lights caused extreme flickering when shooting at my desired shutter speed....
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Red LED not red but white after I take the photo

Taking a photo of a small red LED causes the resultant photo to have the top of the LED to be white than red. I'm using a Canon S-120 I've tried many different setting with no luck. My friend who is ...
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What is the guide number of a smartphone "flash"?

I know that smartphones have a LED "flash" which is not really a real flash that would produce a very intense short-lived pulse of light, but rather is a continuous light that is turned on ...
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How can I take color accurate images with a white background in a light tent?

I want to take pictures of hundreds of Lego pieces with a white background. As a beginner in photography, I am using the first DSLR camera that I could get my hands on and I bought a light tent for ...
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Why has my processed film come out in cold colours/blue?

I've been using my Olympus OM20 for about 2 years now, and today I got 3 processed rolls (Ultramax 400) back, and the photos have come out in very cold colours, almost blue. So far, all photos in 2 ...
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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 can I setup lighting to achieve this look?

I am looking to sell some products and wanted to take nice photos. I really love the way the way these photos look and was wondering how it can be achieved. It looks to me that it might be natural ...
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Godox Trigger & Godox SK400 II studio flash

I’m having trouble getting my Godox X2T (s) trigger to sync with my Godox SK 400 II light. Are these two compatible or do I need another trigger. Since they are both Godox I figured they would work ...
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Large rooms using wireless flashes

I am not very satisfied with the photo I have taken, although it took me around 20 mins arranging two 200W flashes around the room to light it up, taking several shots of each and every corner so I ...
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Can I use my Yongnuo YN-E3-RT II speedlight Transmitter with a Godox AD200?

I'm looking to buy some speedlights/strobes but I really do not want to buy all new transmitters and receivers when I have the Yongnuo set. Will any strobes/speedlights from the Godox series be ...
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What is this light called, which resembles a spotlight but has a thin blue ring on the edge?

I’ve seen this light being used a lot lately in different photos but nobody can tell me what it’s called. I know it’s a spotlight but what exact one is it that has the thin blue ring around the edge? ...
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What light is used in this photo?

I am a permanent make up artist. My work is good but I can’t take good photos of it. I use a ring light and iPhone. The result has no much details always orange or red tones I see international ...
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Would a strobe or a CoB LED video light be better for product photography with a phone camera?

I am about to buy lighting but my budget is low. This will be for small product photography (perfume bottles). I thought of using a Godox SK400II (strobe) and this Godox SL150 (CoB LED video light) ...
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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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Can I achieve effective keying if I use green lights to illuminate a white wall?

I do frequent video shoots of a speaker standing in front of a white wall at the end of a hallway in a corporate office with limited clean background availability and tight spaces. I don't usually ...
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What is a good explanation for clipping, how it occurs and when it is likely to happen?

Clipping causes a decrease in measured intensity when it's actually saturating. I haven't found a good source for explaining this, and when it should be looked out for, like under what expected ...
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To what extent is interchangeable lenses a valuable consideration in practice when considering optical snoots?

I'm interested in being able to work with hard light modified by gobos, and am thus considering purchase of an optical snoot to use with Bowens-mount continuous lights. As of this writing, the options ...
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lighting schema and technique anyone?

can someone explain to me the way to get this lighting effect please?)
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Concealing brush strokes when using a light box to photograph minatures?

I'm using a medium sized light box with LED bars and a gauze diffuser to photograph hand crafted models against a white background. I have a fixed light from above and a movable light from the front. ...
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Matte box for my S20 Ultra?

I'm shooting products in daylight for a business project. I noticed sometimes there is a haze from the sun and cupping my hand in front of the lens eliminates it significantly. Are there any options ...
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How to see/frame macro subject before the flash triggers?

I am dabbling with macro photography using the 7artisans 60mm and Fuji X-T20 and struggling to both properly light my subject and manually focus. In scenarios where you need to use flash for a shot ...
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Is there an optical/photographic reason for the difference between product and its product image?

I recently bought this wristwatch from a major online store, which was advertised with the following image: One of the reasons I picked it is were the black pointers and markers. The watch I actually ...
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Outdoor lighting: is this natural light or a graphic effect?

I'd love to be able to reproduce this kind of dreamy, soft outdoor light that almost looks like mist: Photo by Sonia Aloisi (source). How much would you say this is natural light? I'd say the bokeh ...
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How to get lighting text effect

I recently follow this account and really love how the text is projected on the model. I tried doing it with a projector however the projector also projects black light and it does not give the same ...
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Does it make sense for me, as a beginner, to buy a speedlight?

So far, I was using my Android phone to shoot pictures and some basic point and click cameras. I would say that I am a low intermediate camera user. I know the basics about focus, depth of field, ...
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