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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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 ...
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How would I dim CFL studio lights?

I've been using my dad's old incandescent studio lights (Smith-Victor) but decided to buy some CFL lights instead so it's not so hot under the lights. I got some cheap Fovitec ones from Amazon (...
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How can I trigger a non-TTL studio flash with a TTL flash?

I'm using a TTL studio light and would like to trigger one of my manual studio flashes to use as a hair light. The problem is, the manual light is set to slave mode and is firing on one of the TTL pre-...
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How do you shoot black product images?

I'm a 3D Artist currently struggling at "shooting" product photos of black objects with black backgrounds. Does anybody have clues about the studio setup used in the references below? Did they use ...
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How can I photograph reflective surfaces without the camera being visible?

I want to make some grunge maps (surface imperfection overlay graphics for 3D rendering) by photographing flat (not round) real-world surfaces. However, when I try to take pictures of reflective ...
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Why are my off-camera flashes not firing with my triggers?

I have a Canon 7D, Viscio Softboxes, Phottix trigger/receivers, and two external flashes: Nissin and Sony. My camera and softboxes work fine with Phottix trigger and receivers. The issue is that ...
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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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70D not working with Wein Safe Sync

I have a canon 70D I was trying to use with a Novatron head/pack lighting kit. Attached the Wein Safe Sync to the hot shoe of the camera, plugged the PC sync cable into it and then into the pack. ...
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How to reduce reflections on flat lay mirrored sunglasses?

I'm trying to photograph mirrored sunglasses in a flat lay set up but am having too much trouble with reflections. I'm hoping someone can help me with a light setup and any other ideas so I don't have ...
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How can I fix color from an unevenly spread flash gel in Photoshop (or Lightroom)?

so this is the image and as you can see, the yellow gel did not spread to the bottom left part of it. is there a way to artificially spread that (I can only do basic controls in lightroom and PS)
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Cheap lighting Vs second flash for reptile portraits?

I have to do a photoshoot for leopard geckos in the near future, it will be for a breeder so I want to focus on proper lighting- no shadows, good color replication etc. However, I feel that shooting ...
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How do I create a lighting setup where the centre is lighter than edges?

Can someone please tell me what I need to get a lighting setup similar to this? The centre is illuminated and it subtly gets darker around the edges.
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Shooting glass product with embossment

Have been going crazy trying to wrap our heads around our problem for the past 2 weeks trying to find the right equipment settings, position our camera and lights for photoshoot. We need to take ...
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How does the inverse square law relate to the softness of light for portraits?

I am a bit confused. I understand that if you want soft lighting for portraits, you need to use a large light source compared to the size of your subject. So, I thought by bringing the light source ...