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Why is live view so dark when I'm shooting with strobes?

We are having a setup where we use two strobes to photograph. When I switch to live view the image is incredibly dark due to the camera settings and the amount of ambient light. Since I want to use a ...
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What could I use as a model light?

Hello I use various speedlights (8-9 nikon models, time ago I had the need for more flexibility)... These days I got back shooting in studio and while I do own various modifiers that would like a bit ...
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Why would a photographer use a single head 1200 W∙s flash?

I comprehend Godox produces a 1200 W∙s single-head flash (AD1200). But I don't have any idea why a photographer would use it. I have a 1000 W∙s Dynalite pack, but it also takes one, two, three, or ...
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How do you calculate the maximum watts for the main studio flash strobe?

Some people say: maximum watts for the studio flash strobe depends on what one plans to shoot. Other people say, it doesn'worth to have very powerful flash strobe if the studio is small. What would ...
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What do I need to consider when choosing a studio strobe?

Is the Godox AD400 a good strobe to use for school portraits? I am leaning towards this unit since it has a modeling light that can further assist with my focus. What other factors should I consider ...
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What do you use as a portable lighting mono pole?

Does anyone of you have an elegant solution or product in mind to use as a handheld mono pole for on-location use with a spigot for attaching a strobe head with a soft box? Let's say a Godox AD600 ...
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How to best mix Godox Strobes with legacy Bowens Strobe?

I recently co-rented a studio which has an assortment of studio strobes (Bowens Gemini GM500R, Bowens GM750+). However I usually use my Godox AD600BM and 2 AD200. Mixing the strobes From what I see, ...
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What are common issues with the Godox AD200 Pro not firing?

What are the most common issues with the Godox AD200 Pro not firing all the time? I set my channel higher as well as the ID#.
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Do you really need to fire flashes regularly when not otherwise used?

Years ago, I read someplace that in order to stop a flash deteriorating in storage, every month or so, you should put some batteries in the flash and fire the thing a couple of times. I'm beginning to ...
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Why is my histogram missing the mid tones?

I am shooting wine product images in my new studio using 2x Godox AD200's and 1x AD600Pro, plus 2 x small strip boxes and diffusers etc using Canon 5D mkii and 100mm macro lens. I have shot 12 wines ...
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Are there any COMMON light stand and softbox - which would work both with strobe lights AND continuous LED light

In near future, I would require continuous LED light for videography (on-stage, like he platform of bride and groom in Indian wedding). Also, I would require studio strobes when I plan to shoot Models ...
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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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HSS and TTL not working with Fuji X-Pro2 and Godox system

I own a Fuji X-Pro2 camera. I recently bought a Godox XPro-F trigger and a Godox SK400ii strobe to try out some flash portrait photography. I can easily get everything working at normal shutter ...
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Is there a studio flash system that supports wireless Canon E-TTL (not E-TTLII)?

I've been tasked with equipping a studio. We are using Canon EOS film cameras and Canon EOS digital cameras. The Canon EOS film cameras support E-TTL flash metering, the digital ones support E-TTLII ...
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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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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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What is considered a good quality for consistent white balance in a flash/strobe?

Looking to buy a flash/strobe and can't tell if 5600k ± 200k is considered good or bad quality. I can imagine using 2 strobes from the same manufacturer and getting a difference of 400K, which could ...
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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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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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Film Camera White Balance in Studio

I found this thread but still have questions: What is the white balance of film? I am going to use Film in studio with Strobes. The films I am experimenting with are: Fuji FP-100C (Peel-apart ...
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Why aren't my strobes and speedlight in sync, and how can I fix this?

My Yongnuo 560 IV will fire my Smith Victor KF-2U strobes, however the strobe flashes are not in sync with the speedlight flash. (I see the strobes flash with my eyes, but their flash is not recorded.)...
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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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What is the point of setting modeling lights to dim when the flash fires if, in fact, they take too long to dim?

I have these studio flashes by Mettle - One of the switches on the back lets you dim the modeling light when the flash fires. I typically use this setting (ie. dim when flash fires). I recently got ...
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Are there strobes with continuous light?

In this video I saw a photographer (around ~10mins) set up a photograph with a continuous light source; later on the continuous light was switched off, and -to my best guess- the same lighting flashed ...
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Can I trigger 2 einsteins, two alien bees, 2 yn685, and one yn560iv with one yn662tx and one cst2?

I have read that you can trigger all with one yn622 on camera if you have a cst2 mounted on top with another yn622 on the speedlights (important part), but why would I need a second yn622 for the ...
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What is the Godox Alt / Mask feature?

I've read about an "alt/mask" feature on some of Godox's studio lights (AD200, AD600, QT600II). It looks like it's some method for creating a firing sequence among multiple lights. What exactly is ...
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Does leaf shutter work in HSS with Any strobe?

If we have a leaf shutter lens, will we still need a strobe that Does support High Speed Sync like a Profoto B1 or even with a normal Alien Bee can now shoot at 1/2000 second shutter speed because it ...
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How to deal with fabric colors? Studio strobe lighting

i've problem with colors. On the right is fabric with WB set with X-rite Color Checker Passport, and the camera profile is also made with Passport. On the left is this same photo but after more ...
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What factors impact color variation for studio strobes (same session/2-3 minutes apart/in between shots)?

I want to get a Godox AD600 studio strobe for fashion/portrait studio photography, but especially for product gigs. While colour consistency is not that easy to achieve for any strobe, I would still ...
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If my main studio strobe is on HSS, all of the other strobes need to be as well, correct?

I am planning on buying a Godox AD600, which has HSS. I am also looking for filler and hair strobes, and I am not getting 3x AD600's that is for sure. So I was wondering, if I want to do HSS with ...
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Why does my studio flash fire when another photographer takes a picture?

Last night I was at the event with my friend. I operated a photobooth with studio flash trigger strobes RT-04, and my friend had photo coverage of the event. Every time my friend took a photo the ...
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Is there a preferred or recommended wattage for outdoor and indoor strobes?

So I've been looking around for monolights with internal batteries and I'm interested in the Godox AD 600II (or any rebranded variants). I'm debating on buying it for outdoor portraiture. Is 600WS ...
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Recommended strobe power for beauty dish?

I'm about to upgrade from a few simple speedlites with umbrellas to a couple of studio strobes with beauty dish / softbox for indoor portrait shooting. First I want to get one strobe and beauty dish ...
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Light modifier compatibility with different brand speed ring?

I have two Flashpoint monolights from Adorama and matching speed rings for these strobes. I want to rent a Paul Buff softbox and a Bowens strip box. Physically, are these light modifiers compatible ...
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How to create this effect on a portrait with light of different colors on each side of the face?

I really want to create this effect with two coloured lighting. I read this up but I was confused about the gel lighting. Can someone put this effect into simple terms? Thanks in advance. This is the ...
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In a multiple strobe setup, how powerful must each strobe be?

I am about to buy my first strobe set. I want to do portrait photography, both in a home studio and outdoors. No weddings, no events, no more than one model at a time. I see that a complete set ...
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How to create different color cast on water droplets?

The photo below is an image of a cheap plastic water bottle, you can see the white-colored cap on top. However, I am not sure how the lighting was done. For sure no expensive strobing has been used. I ...
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How to calculate light output from strobe lights?

I have a medium size church room for doing standard wedding photographs and I'm trying to learn how to do the math for lighting. Over 1k of continuous lighting isn't near as bright as my two little ...
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D800e triggering strobe lights

I have a D800E and I am trying to trigger a Drelloscop 3018 strobe light. When I connect to it through my PC port, it does not work. When I connect through my AS-15 hot-shoe adaptor with the PC cable, ...
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How do I chose the right size/power of flash for still life photography?

I'm planning to change my lighting setup from fluorescent lamps to flash, after the guidance given in this question. At the moment, my two fluorescent lamps are in a softbox which point away from the ...
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Can I control the power on Alien Bee B800s with Pocket Wizard Plus III triggers?

I've read a lot about the combinations of pocket wizards and alien bees, but most of the threads I've read have to do with the PW2. I'd like to be able to control the flash itself from the camera/...
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Which studio strobes are compatible with the Yongnuo YN-622C?

I currently have 2 pairs of Yongnuo YN-622C Wireless TTL Flash Triggers for Canon. I'd like to use them to wirelessly trigger studio strobes and I'm wondering if anyone knows the compatibility of the ...
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HSS & studio strobes

Using the mini tt1 and flex tt5, can you HSS studio strobes, like alien bees? If you could, will they 'sync' up to the same shutter speeds as speed lights? For instance, to shoot at f/1.4 at noon or ...
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Are 2x 160w strobe lights enough to overexpose a 5x10' background?

I have been using continuous lighting for mannequin pictures and it was quite difficult to overexpose the background all the time however I made it work. Due to my dog ( long story) I am being forced ...
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Does flash tube size matter for studio lighting?

I'm trying to buy a set of studio strobes, but the ones available to me have a rather small flash tube, being 400W (FotoBestWay) and 300W (Godox) units. But in the past I have worked with 200W units ...
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Are there any strobes with sustained (but still sub-second) duration?

Following up on the answers to Is there no crossover point where shutter speed overtakes flash duration? are there flashguns or strobes that allow the user to set a "sustain" period where the light is ...
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Can I get Yongnuo YN622C to trigger Novatron M500 strobes?

I recently purchased a set of second hand Novatron 500 strobes. I own a set of Yongnuo YN-622C transreceivers. I have a sync cable between the strobe and a YN-622C, and the second set on my Canon ...
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Can I use generic flash tubes for studio strobes?

My flash tube in my Elinchrom Style 600RX burned, and I am looking for a new flash tube for it. It is hard to find them in stock anywhere. I was wondering if I can just get another brand, or some ...
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Pros and cons of cheap studio strobes vs. hotshoe/speedlight flash for portraits?

Not so long ago, AC-powered studio lights were the only option for serious studio photography, and low-cost starter sets like this Two Monolight Portrait Studio Kit¹ were a fixture in every ...
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What setups work to trigger a Profoto B1 and Canon 600EX-RT Speedlights together from canon body

Given a Profoto B1, a Profoto AIR Remote TTL-C, and some Canon 600EX-RT , what configurations work with triggering these items together. Additional items are allowed (slave triggers, pocket wizards, ...
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