Questions tagged [studio-lighting]

From simple to complicated setups, if it involves the techniques and equipment necessary to artificially light objects or people within the studio environment, it is generally considered to be studio lighting.

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What are considerations when choosing between flash and LED lighting for macro?

I'd like to build a DIY macro-studio at home for shooting flowers and other objects. I'd like to have an option to shoot with multiple light sources - at least 4. My other priorities are low cost and ...
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How to dismantle this small octagonal softbox?

I need help to dismantle a softbox. The model is an Elinchrom 22" Portalite octagonal softbox. From memory it was exceptionally difficult to assemble and now I'm finding it so impossible to ...
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Why don't all barndoors have triangles attached to their sides?

I never used barndoors in a studio, and I'm not sure to understand how they work. There seems to be two variants of barndoors. The first type, which is the most popular one, is a frame with four fixed-...
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my Bowens flashes not bouncing

I am using Bowens prolite 100, sometimes one of the head will not bounce/sync with the other, even if I trigger the radio transmitter manually without the camera, any idea. thank you
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How to shoot clear fishing line on a white background for extraction

I work for a company that sells fishing products which all have to be shot and then extracted to have a pure white background. I can do this for the majority of products but cannot figure out a good ...
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Avoiding glare from wooden picture frames

I am trying to take a good picture of an old oil painting (a portrait) in a gold-painted wooden frame (no glass), and I’m having some trouble avoiding glare on the frame. My basic setup is this: ...
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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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Why doesn't the test button on my Godox SK400 work?

The test button is not firing the flash on my Godox sk400. It is new and the model lamp is working. Every other button is working and I have tried everything.
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Beginner photo studio gear advice

I a looking for advice for purchasing some beginner interior studio gear for a budget of around €1000. This is for the photography team of a school festival, where we are planning on taking studio-...
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How do I get rid of this orange tint and reflection while keeping my label well lit and visible?

Image results and studio lighting set up Linked are the images of my set up (2 grid strip boxes, 1 softbox, and using 3 x800 white lighting strobes). I'm using the large softbox as my background ...
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How to take a hard-lit bodyscape with minimal gear?

I'm trying to take a fitness bodyscape of myself like this one: I've got the backdrop for it and have an Andoer kit for lighting that contains: 2x 30W LED Lamps + 2x 50cm x 70cm Softboxes A ...
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How do I light a balloon in a studio without getting reflections from the light sources?

For a personal project, I need to take a photo of a balloon. I want it illuminated, with back light and a front light. The thing here is that I don't know how to illuminate the front light. I want ...
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Are there any remote flash triggers capable of adjusting power output of a Nikon SB-28 in manual mode?

I've just started experimenting with off camera flashes using my film SLR cameras and a Nikon SB-28 speedlight that is capable of manual power control. It seems I would benefit from being able to ...
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Transportable mini-studio and power management

Wanting to improve my portraits, I invested a few months back in 2 off-camera flashes, 2 radio receivers and 1 radio transmitter. For all of that, I need 2*4 + 2*2 + 2 = 14 batteries (eneloop) for the ...
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Can an off-camera speedlight work for learning basic off-camera lighting?

I have a pretty ancient Nikon D60 camera (which is adequate for the time being) and a couple of lenses. I'd like to achieve more control in demanding lighting environments, so I am thinking of buying ...
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How do I set up the lighting to take this portrait?

I don't have much experience with photography. I've been watching a bunch of videos on using gels and led lights. I'm just trying to figure out the best/ cheapest way a rookie can go about getting ...
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What kind of beginner lighting set up for a birthday party photo booth

I'm having a traditional korean Doljanchi birthday party where we'll set up a photo area around a traditional banquet table like setup for guests to take photos with the decorations and the baby. A ...
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How can I capture images of discs (CDs, DVDs) that emphasize scratches and defects?

I’ve been trying to figure out a setup that would allow me to take pictures of the backs of video game discs that would show any scuffs or scratches the discs have. I’ve tried a lot of variations but ...
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Can I trigger the Yongnuo YN-600EX RT Il with the YN-622C?

I own a YN656EXIII that I trigger with a YN622C. I'm interested in adding two YN-600EX RT II to my kit. I was expecting to be able to use the following setup: One YN622C on my camera. One YN622c on ...
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Why is my photo partially colour imbalanced?

I have this photo where part of it is funnily colour imbalanced. I took some product shots under couple of 5500K lights. Part of the product was navy blue and it is appearing as black in the raw files....
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How to choose suitable ring flash size?

Apparently, ring flashes are made to fit tightly around lens, or with different larger diameters. How does the size affect lighting in resulting photos, and what factors (besides bulkiness) should be ...
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Universal wireless radio transmitter that can trigger Elinchrom studio strobes, Yongnuo speedlites and Godox flash

I have a pair of Elinchrom D-Lite-2 IT 200Ws studio strobes. The strobes have built-In Skyport wireless receivers and the set came with a Elinchrom Skyport ECO transmitter. This transmitter broke ...
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How can I get full-length 'shadowless' portrait photography?

I have little experience in this field of photography. I would like to get a "shadowless" photo on a gray background. An example of what I want I found on the Internet: Click for full size My ...
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How do you reproduce this lighting setup

May you help me deconstructing the following image so I can learn how the lighting setup is done? Thanks in advance
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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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Lighting on highly reflective surfaces - chromed Dobro guitar

TL:DR - is there a better/smarter/easier/more convincing way to light this? I've taken on the challenge of photographing a friend's guitar collection. I don't anticipate difficulties with most of it. ...
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Product and scenes photography, cheap studio

I have to take pictures of products, eventually in scenes, like 10 pics per week. I have a Canon 600D plugged in to the computer. It will be in a oriented strand board (OSB, similar to particle ...
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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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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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Why does using my built-in flash in wireless mode to trigger my studio flashes not work?

I am using studio flashes and I'm firing them using the built-in flash of my Canon 77D on custom wireless mode. The flash seems to work fine, however, there is no sign of flash lighting in the final ...
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How was this Penelope Cruz photo by Peter Lindbergh lit?

(published in this CNN article). The catch light seems to show us a big window with people standing in front of it. But wouldn't window light produce a more flat lighting? There is a clearly visible ...
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Is there a rule of thumb for balancing a boom on light stand?

After a shoot I noticed that one of my booms developed dents on the stem. With chinese quality I am not surprised- however I own a second chinese boom that handled the same weight. Therefore, are ...
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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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Can I dim lights by making amount of power smaller?

Can I dim lights by making amount of power smaller? I'm using Falcon Eyes LH-ESB6060K lighting kit. I thought, It should be possible, but is it safe? And is there any other way to dim it?
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How can I get the lighting right for a taxidermy shoulder mount against the wall?

I'm looking to take some photographs of a taxidermy shoulder mount (link to a mount like I'm talking about), and I'm having a hard time getting the lighting right. I'd like to get a rim light behind ...
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What analysis can be done on #piegate photo to support it?

Sarah Sanders posted this image in a tweet: Some folks assumed that she didn't really bake the pie. Most of these folks cited either "that pie looks too perfect" as their evidence or cited nothing at ...
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Softbox/Diffuser types

Prompted by stacking diffusers to further soften the light? I'm aware of the 'bigger is softer' rule for soft boxes & already own a couple of very simple reverse-mounted speedlight umbrellas with ...
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Dark scene with object contours by light reflections

I am interested in the type of photos as the first two in this article: http://www.transportationdesign.se/blog/2015/09/headlights-defining-a-brand-and-creating-a-character/ (or search google images ...
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How to properly polarize studio lighting

We've built out a small 3 camera video studio, but we have a big issue. On the wall we have a large TV used for presentations. We have 4 Flolight fluorescent light fixtures hung from the lighting ...
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How can I keep light from reaching the background in low key photography? [duplicate]

I'm now at the point where I walk around and see light; its direction, strength, softness, casted shadows etc. Now I'm almost at the point where I also understand it; i.e. the science behind what ...
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Can i buy these lights and be able to use them without a plug in?

Photography Studio 600W Strobe Flash Speedlite Light Lighting Softbox Kit X1T3 (Contains Andoer MD-300 strobes) I am trying to buy these lights off of ebay, and want to use them for a wedding shoot. I ...
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Photographing glass - light 'quality'?

I've read many articles on how to shoot clear glass objects. They seem to be very concerned with how you light it, but not so much how to determine the 'quality' of that light. There also seems to ...
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Taking pictures of glass for a local Glass Gallery

I am currently trying to take pictures of a variety of high end pipes for a local glass gallery and am having a tough time getting full white accent lights from top to bottom, the light is either to ...
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What lighting would help me re-create this picture?

I love the whole lighting situation on this photo so much! I would like this to be the style of photographs I take for my blog, but how would I achieve this? A question from an Amateur Photographer. I ...
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Why do my studio shoots usually end up fuzzy? [closed]

I have been into photography for about a year now. I am very grateful I can use a studio of the local photographer here. Together we have build a cyclorama wall and the photo shoots are going pretty ...
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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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Which studio light setup to for this linked image of a dog

maybe one or the other knows the german photographer Elke Vogelsang, who specialized herself in dog photography. From an interview she gave, I read she is using two strip lights and one round umbrella ...
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Are these cheap studio continuous lighting kits good for beginners?

I want to learn indoor portrait photography and I want to know if the cheap kits on eBay are for beginners, or if they work well at all? Examples of indoor studio kits (links go to eBay listings): ...
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Clamshell/butterfly lighting - Should the lights move with the head?

I use clamshell lighting in my large format portrait work. Typically these are full face portraits with the lights, lens and subject all on the same axis. Most examples of clamshell lighting that I ...