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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 get even lighting when using flash for group photos near wall?

I'm having trouble getting nice even lighting when using my speedlight on my camera. I photographed a formal recently in a hall with high yellowish ceilings. I pointed the speedlight directly upwards ...
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Why are my pictures showing a dark band on one edge? [duplicate]

I run an online shop and I have been using Nikon 3100 for many years. Recently I started to notice that in all the pictures the right side slowly gets dark and there is a dark slit almost look like a ...
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Luminaire for 1200mm T8 36W fluorescent tube

I need some ambient illumination for my development environment. I'm considering a 5000K 36W 1200mm T8 fluorescent tube. I'd like to install the 1200mm T8 tube in a fixture with a built in ballast ...
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How to take wedding photos [duplicate]

I am photographing a wedding party in a small window less room what lighting and lens would be best used
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Why did this image turn out darker?

In this tutorial on creating christmas themed images the author describes how she adjusted her exposure settings to add more weight to the christmas lights She says she went from f/2.8 and 1/3 of a ...
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What is a good general filter to use on a flash to compensate for fluorescent lighting?

I'm experimenting with filters over on-camera flash to better match the ambient light. I'm having good results using CTOs (Colour Temperature Orange filters) with sunlight, for example. When I'm ...
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White LED lights come out purple in iPhone photos

I purchased an LED lighted display stand. When I take a photo with my iPhone the white stand is now lit in purple?
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Why I got all this little flares on this picture?

I was walking my dog at night and shot several photos, and only this one got many spherical flares on it, and I can't figure why it happened, since the photos I took immediately before and after this ...
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What setup should I use to take a picture of a model holding a candle in front of a lighted pool?

I am aiming to take a picture of a model holding a candle light against a pool at the local aquarium. This picture is for an event titled "a night at the aquarium". The pool shall stand as background ...
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Why match the background color when shooting to the one that is going to be used in the final presentation when the subjects will be cut out anyways?

In this (Corporate Portraiture Advice) question the photographer explains that he/she is going to use a white background when photographing coorporate portraits even when the final presentation would ...
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Savage 2000W LED Location Lighting Kit

I purchased these Savage 2000W LED lights and like them, but the description says that light modifiers can be attached using a Bowens Speedring Adapter. Where can I find this adapter? I have searched ...
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What set up is required to take an image like this bright portrait? [closed]

Please let me know what set up is needed to recreate such a photo? What creates this illusion?
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Why did my Yongnuo YN685 speedlight stop working after firing it off camera?

In the middle of a shoot, I had the idea of doing some off-camera flash pictures. This is the gear I used: camera: Nikon D7100 speedlight: Yongnuo YN685 radio trigger: Yongnuo YN622 TX-N I realized ...
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Shadowless Product Photography with illuminated bottom?

I'm interested in shadowless product photography. My current setup is a tent: It came with some backgrounds but they have horrible folds and I just can't iron them out, so I'm using a thin wooden ...
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Using UV or IR as a fill light

I am wanting to take some candid photos at an art workshop. I am wanting to add some fill lighting. Unfortunately I cant use anything that will be "too distracting" for the people in the workshop. ...
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Taking pictures of lamps or chandelier [duplicate]

So when I take pictures of lamps or any kind of lighting on a house. I get this white-out around the fixture. I would like to know what setting or what i need to do to be able to "see the bulb" ...
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How was this interior room photo lit? Window…Strobes…Both?

I would like to understand how this scene is lit: I can see that sunlight is coming from two big windows on the right. But is there some kind of studio equipment, like a soft box or something similar ...
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What are physical causes of clipping?

What exactly limits modern digital camera sensors in capturing light intensity beyond certain point?
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Are there examples of food products that appear more attractive in low-CRI lighting?

I am sure shops generally choose lighting carefully to make products appear the most attractive. And I know that low-CRI often make some products appear dull and unattractive. But is high CRI always ...
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Tips for creating background motion blur images? [duplicate]

I've recently came across an image similar to this: (Source: travmonkey) And was really impressed, the picture I found before that one (sadly can't find it again) looking even better, with a really ...
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

I am starting my own business and need to take photos of my products. However, the lighting in my apartment is not that great and it is also cloudy and rainy outside, so no sunlight in here or ...
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How to light a portrait so that lines are drawn accentuating the subject's cheekbones?

I'm not sure how to describe it, but I'll post a few examples of what I mean via rapper 50 Cent, who seems to make frequent use of it: The lighting and camera shot seems setup in such a way as to ...
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Glowing figures photo technique

I want to understand how to create this effect. Part of Encounters / Visual Strangeness IIV, by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen Possibly a post production effect but possibly in camera...
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Lighting Question- How do I achieve pictures such as these? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon d5500 and a 55-200mm lens. I'm hoping to get pictures like these for a project- my main hang up is lighting? What sort of equipment should I use and are there any specific angles? ...
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How to mix small and large colored highlights using strobes?

I'm trying to get better with handling multiple strobes and with adding in color effects. The image below was taken with a single strobe held high above the camera and bounced off the ceiling: This ...
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Is a reflector a viable alternative for a fill-light in portraiture photography?

I'm in the process of creating, and refining, a highly portable portraiture "studio" set-up? I'm looking to lighten my load by using a portable reflector, instead of using a second fill-flash and ...
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How do I plan for the lighting for landscape photography?

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 ...