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Weird double exposure effects on images after sensor cleaning

I had my Lumix LX-100 sensor cleaned by a professional some time ago. Didn't notice anything special but on Saturday went to my aunt's funeral. Had two cameras with me and quite a few (not all) of the ...
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How can I get rid of shadows generated from light source behind object of interest?

I am work in research and I have a areascan basler camera and objective that I am using to track the deformation of an object under load. I have attached an example image shown below. I am looking ...
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What to look out for when shooting in direct sunlight, causing hard shadows and shiny patches on water?

I am aware that this question might be labelled as off-topic, but the issue bothers for some days now, and I figured my best bet to get an answer is here on this site. Whenever I look at pictures I ...
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Why are there shadows in this photo of Prince Andrew taken with flash?

In this photo of Prince Andrew, Duke of York (taken on a Kodak disposable camera): We see it is taken with a flash (assuming that bright light on the window is a reflection of the flash). But if rays ...
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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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How do you meter shadow with Nikon FM2 built-in light meter

I tried to follow the old adage "expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights", so that I can capture the shadow detail. I only have Nikon FM2 light meter. How can I meter the shadow with it?
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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 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 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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Why does a lens hood plus built in flash cause shadows on the photo? [duplicate]

Why is there a shadow on the photo taken with Canon DSLR camera with lens hood and built in flash?
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Why do strange purple blotches appear in shadows when using a Camera RAW profile other than "Neutral"?

I have recently ran into an issue with my Nikon D3200, it seems I may have toasted my DSLR's sensor - I stupidly shone my phone's flashlight on it when cleaning it recently. These purple patches seem ...
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What is the best setup to take skulls / bones pictures?

I need to take pictures of bones (about 40cm) for my study in anthropology but I have too much shadows under the bones, what is for you the best way to take this kind of pictures? I have a DSLR ...
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Why do I lose details in the mid shadows?

I shoot Fuji X-series cameras. Adobe camera raw comes with a camera profile that matches the film emulations inside the camera. I like the colors produced by the Velvia profile (although they are ...
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How to automatically remove shadows from the image

Is there a way using Photoshop CC 2017 to automatically even the colors (increase the brightness of the specific areas based on masked areas, or apply an average value to the whole image). I'm trying ...
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How to avoid reflections/shadows while shooting real framed/glass picture?

I'm supposed to make a few shots of someone's printed pictures. They are in glass frames. But, until uploading to my computer, I didn't realize none of the photos are good because there are ...
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What is the real bodyscape photography concept?

I had my first experience in bodyscape photography using lights. I created two versions of a photo retouched by Lightroom. Through your experience I would like to know what makes a real bodyscape ...
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uniform lighting when taking top view of object [duplicate]

What is the best way to take pictures of an object from top view How should the light be placed ? *to avoid shadows and how should we construct the chamber for this ? *for uniform lighting over ...
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Nikon D3300: Flash causing a shadow across the top of frame

Recently purchased a Nikon D3300. Works great except that the flash is causing a shadow along the top of the frame. I swapped out lenses, played with modes, played with the flash and photographed ...
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How to create shadows and highlights on a subject during photo manipulation in Photoshop?

What is the best method to create shadows (darken) and highlights (brighten) on a subject to match the lighting of new background image during photo manipulation in Photoshop?
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How to make a shot when light comes from outside and subject is moving (Cannot use HDR)

Please take a look at the picture below from Adrian C. Murray: Here subject is bright and light is coming from window. I cannot use HDR to take this shot as my subject is moving. What should I do to ...
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Dark image under shade and sunlight

I am beginner and trying to learn photography. I am having a hard time clicking pictures outside. Some time they come out really well when I am in full sun and light is falling on my subject but in ...
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Do the clipping indicators in Lightroom show that the value is at the maximum, or beyond?

The clipping indicators in Lightroom show when a channel or all channels are clipping in either the shadows or the highlights, but I've seen them used in two ways: Use them as an indicator of when ...
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How to look at midtones, shadows and highlights separately?

Is there some hotkey or other quick method in popular editors for showing, separately, which pixels are highlights, which are shadows, which are midtones? I know only of a function to select midtones ...
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Lightroom: Any advantage to setting highlights/shadows before white point/dark point?

In Lightroom, is there any reason why it is more advantageous to adjust highlights and shadows before setting the white point and black point (or vice-versa)? I realize that everyone has their own ...
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What's the difference between adjusting highlights and shadows in the basic panel and in the tone curve in the Develop Module of Lightroom?

I wanted to reduce some highlights in a photo and found that there were two possible ways of doing so: one from the basic panel and another from the tone curve. when I reduce the highlights in one ...
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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

This is ruining my photos and I don't know how to solve it. I will post the result photo and you tell me the wrong things I am doing resulting in this! And how to fix it :) Light was a Profoto B1 ...
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How do I give my photos the same dreamlike effect as this photographer?

I've always found this photographer's images very intriguing and have recently been curious as to how she took and/or edited them. Can you explain how this effect would be achieved via both of these ...
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What's the balance of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks in this photo?

I would love to give my photos a dreamy effect like this. I can see there's some clarity reduction; what, in terms of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks, would the lighting look like? For instance,...
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Do I need clear or opaque plexiglass for my product photography?

I'm trying to set up a table for product photography (mostly shoes but clothes might be added in the future). We've already built a "table" (see attached images) and on top of it we're thinking of ...
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How do I eliminate this shadow from my product photography?

I've been taking pictures of shoes inside the box shown in the picture, and the lighting is on the ceiling on the inside of the box. I'm also attaching a picture so you can see which shadows I want to ...
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How to best take top down pictures of things organized neatly?

I was wondering if anyone has any major tips for taking images like this: I've tried some before but never quite managed to get that same, well lit, bright and straight shot. I also have problems ...
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How to soften harsh shadows during post processing?

Question as per title; how do I soften harsh shadows during post-processing? Yea I know I should probably get it right in camera, and probably use a flash, so I hope no one tells me that. The story ...
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Any way to bring more detail back in the face in this picture of a man in dim stage lighting?

Between the quality of lighting and the fog machine, pretty much all of my pictures from this show came out like this. I do have the raw. Flash wasn't allowed. Anything that can be done to avoid this ...
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Does Lightroom accurately show highlight and shadow clipping?

Lightroom has three places in the UI where it shows information about highlight and shadow clipping: The histogram in the Loupe mode. The histogram in the Develop mode. On the image itself, by using ...
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How do histograms handle highlight and shadow clipping?

My camera shows a histogram in the preview: And after I take the photo: I shoot RAW, but as I understand it, the histogram is computed from JPEG, so it might indicate that the highlights and/or ...
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Desk pictures lighting setup

I try to make a picture of my desk with some objects like this : http://essentials.mijlo.com I have troubles to set the lights in studio. It's difficult to avoid shadows. I have an Ipad (on) on the ...
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How to achieve this kind of softness in the details?

How to achieve this kind of "softness" in a details like on the image below in Photoshop? It is definitely not a blurring, there must be something else I'm missing. Tried a bunch of techniques with ...
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Minimizing harsh shadows when photographing big things?

I have been photographing local playgrounds for my local mom's group. But I've been finding I have trouble with harsh shadows when the weather is sunny. The shadows tend to come out so dark that you ...
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How can I achieve this style where the subject isn't blurred but bright lights will be light-painted? [duplicate]

I've been going through a company's photographer photos and I could narrow down two styles I'd like to develop and use in my shots, but I cannot figure out how he managed to do it: It looks like it's ...
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What causes the shadow at the bottom of this photograph?

I just got a new (to me) Nikon D70s to see if the DSLR world is right for me. My dad took this picture of me: In the middle of the bottom there's a rather large semicircle of shadow. Is this caused ...
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What causes the dark halo around the copper part of the object in this photo?

I'm completely new to photography, and was attempting to shoot on a reflective surface (using a tablet for experimentation). I get some good results (to my untrained eye) but on my latest attempt, I ...
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How can I hide the Blown Shadows/Highlights Indicators in Camera Raw?

How do I stop Camera Raw showing blown blacks as blue and blown whites as red in Photoshop Camera Raw?
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What must I buy to take amazing product photos? [closed]

I'm looking to do some very high quality professional looking shots for my collection of various items. They are not big items, imagine camera collection or lens collection etc. What must I buy to be ...
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Why does harsh light give darker shadows?

Why does harsh light give darker shadows? I thought a shadow area is where the light is unable to reach, so shouldn't the shadow areas have the same darkness regardless of the strength of the light?
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How can I change colour of reflection/shadows to blue, to match the water?

Original Pic: I have taken and edited the above shot in Lightroom to give an evening effect. I would like to remove the green reflection of trees on the lake to darker blue or the color of water on ...
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Does the internal structure of an umbrella-type softbox impact light quality?

When using an umbrella type softbox (a softbox that opens like an umbrella like this one) used with a cobra flash or a light bulb that is INSIDE the softbox : does the tripod tube and the light ...
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How should I choose time for photographing the moon?

In this answer, Derrick suggests that you have to choose your time carefully to get good shadows How exactly should I go about choosing appropriate time, what should I take into account? Are there ...
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What's the difference between adding contrast and simultaneously darkening highlights and brightening shadows in Lightroom?

In Lightroom 4, when editing a RAW file, what's the difference (if any) between the following edits: A). +30 Contrast Or B). -30 Highlights, +30 Shadows. Do these do the same thing?
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How to photograph glass without reflections and shadows?

I'm working on Image processing issue and I need to take picture from automotive glass.the camera is mounted at top and the glass lays down at the bottom. I put a black textile at the back of glass . ...
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How do I properly do shadowless product photos?

My friend asked me to create a photo like this: I noticed that its shadowless and my first question is whether it was setup to be shadowless, or was it made shadowless in post? How many lights are ...
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