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Questions tagged [strobist]

Strobist refers to a set of techniques popularized by David Hobby involving the use of low-cost methods using traditional studio techniques, often on location or using improvised light modifiers and backgrounds.

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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 to control a Canon 430ex ii from a YN-622C-TX?

I have a Canon T2i with a 430ex ii and recently bought a radio transmitter kit (YN-622C and YN-622C-TX). The setup works, i.e.the TX on the camera, the 430ex on the 622C transceiver, all on channel 1 ...
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How do I warm the background color but keep natural color in the subject?

I'm just learning photography and I found this picture http://www.michaelkormos.com/blog/a-lovely-afternoon-family-photography-nyc-family-photographer The background was warm with yellow soft tones ...
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What to look for in a starter-level off-camera flash?

I have zero experience with flash and want to learn how to use it from zero, for example by following the Strobist blog. What are the absolutely necessary specifications I should look for when ...
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What modifiers and workflow should I use to light a hand-painted muslin background?

I'm taking self-portraits using Yongnuo speedlights as my lighting. I would like to light the background for better separation. I tried using a bare flash at 1⁄32 power at 85mm, but the falloff is too ...
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comparable price of flash guns for canon 60 compared to 400-500w strobes [duplicate]

After a recent portrait photography session I paid for where I thought all the images were of poor quality I decided that I wanted to be the one taking the studio portraits and getting the emotions/...
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How to trigger off camera flash in combination with burst mode?

I would like to photograph a falling object in burst mode and light it using an off camera flash. My current gear includes the following: Canon 550D Starblitz 2000BTZ flash Two Cactus V5 wireless ...
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What does “Strobist” in Photography mean?

I often come across this term "Strobist" in Macro Photography and other equipment related to it. What does Strobist actually mean?
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Lighting tutorial techniques [closed]

I'm reading the Strobist 101 lighting technique tutorial. Very useful and interesting. I was wondering if there is an even more detailed lighting tutorial on the web, with more images and examples. ...
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How to use old flash units with Digital SLR?

I got some old flash units (e.g. Metz 30bct-3) that I won on eBay along with some older slr cameras. The flash units are in good condition. I thought of using them with my Canon 600D but heard about ...
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Suggestions required for pairing Canon 430EX II with an ideal Yongnuo speedlite (2 light setup)

I have recently got interested in off-camera flash photography and have purchased Canon 430EX II along with Yongnuo rf-603 transceivers. Now I want to extend it with 2 light setup for more creative ...
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Can I use the on-camera flash along with an off-camera SB-700 on my Nikon D5000?

I recently bought an SB-700 flash for my D5000 and I was wondering what would be my options to use this as an off-camera flash along with the on-camera flash. Is it possible? TTL cable, wireless ...
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What kind of lighting equipment should I have as a Strobist beginner?

What kind of lighting equipment should I have as a beginner? Basically I want to take some great portrait pictures with a decent lighting equipment. Any suggestion towards strobist accessories?
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Why doesn't narrowing the aperture have the same effect as lowering the flash power?

I have a small doubt here. I'm no strobist and just got my first flash (Canon 430ex II Speedlight). While I was playing around, I found that narrowing down the aperture DOES NOT have the same effect ...
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Problems Setting Up 580EX II as Master, 430EX as slave

I'm trying to use my 580EX II as a master and trigger via wireless remote. When not in Master mode, the 580EX II triggers remotely. However, once I put it in Master mode, it no longer works. Thus, I ...
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Looking for a remote flash trigger for Sony

Can anyone recommend a wireless flash set up for Sony A200 camera/Sony F58-AM flash unit?
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How do I choose a reliable, cheap, portable light stand and umbrella?

This holiday season, I've made a project for myself in getting started with strobist photography. So far, all I have in terms of strobist equipment is a Nikon D80 and a Nikon SB-800. I've previously ...
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What will I be missing with Vivitar 285HV vs. LumoPro LP160 or Canon 580EX?

I'm planning to get a hotshoe flash soon (I currently only have the onboard), and I have narrowed my choice down to several options, but I'm having a hard time deciding which way to go. ETTL This is ...
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Can you enable 2nd curtain when firing off-camera flashes?

The situation: I have a 580EX on a lightstand and am firing it with Cybersync triggers. The transmitter is mounted on a 5D Mark II. Because the camera is unaware of the transmitter, there's not a way ...
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What equipment and resources would help an aspiring strobist?

I have a Nikon D700 and an SB-900, and I'm interested in getting started with off-camera flash for portraits. I've skimmed strobist, but I'm looking for some really simple instructions for how to get ...
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How do I achieve smooth light falloff in portraits?

I'm having trouble getting a nice, smooth light falloff when shooting portraits. If you look at the left side of David Hobby's beautiful portrait, thats the effect I am trying to achieve. I have ...
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How do I create “Rim Lighting” in macro photography?

I enjoy macro photography and have heard of using "Rim Lighting" for higher contrast. How do I achieve this effect?