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 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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The Sunny f/16 Rule [duplicate]

Sunny-16: for optimum exposure when shooting on a clear, sunny day outdoors (distinct shadows), set the aperture to f/16 and the shutter speed as the reciprocal of the ISO. While reading about 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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How to get rid of brighter dark areas of the object while taking photo or by editing it later?

I'm having a little hard time taking photos of my pencil drawings. I recently posted a question about noise & blurriness. Here the thing is, my art looks much better on paper but when I take ...
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How did they do this beauty setup? What lights and focal length? Help me recreate this

From examination the lighting source appears to be 2 fluorescent panels and a light ring. How many lux/lumens/watts is he using? What's the focal length for the field of view is he using? (35mm ...
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How to choose the correct exposure for flower photography?

I have an old Minolta X-700 with an MC-Rokkor lens (its internal light metering was broken) and I'd like to use it to take photos of flowers. I use Sunny 16 rule, and though it seems that for the ...
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How to determine strength of ND filter needed?

I'm currently shooting with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens for Canon. I love its wide open aperture, especially in low light. But I realized that using this open aperture is next to impossible in brighter ...
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What causes neon sign light to smudge like this?

In person, the sign is pure white. This was taken with my iPhone X. Is it the camera shutter speed?
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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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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 ...