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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Are mirrors viable as replacement for light sources?

I'm thinking about making a macro photo setup with many light sources (up to 10). It's not viable to buy 10 flashes, even cheap ones. It's more viable to buy 10 cheap lights, but it would lead to such ...
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Softbox color cast

I have some continuous light softboxes I bought for food photography. Later, I bought another Godox LED softbox to supplement/use as a key light. I still use the old softboxes as fill. The problem now ...
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Do power supplies exist for Godox speedlights?

I am using several Godox speedlights with my Nikon D500 for studio work. Is there a power supply that works with the flashes whether they are AA-powered or using a Godox VB18 li-ion battery?
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Benefits of Using Continuous and Strobe Lights Together for Studio Photography?

Much has been written about the pros and cons of strobes vs. continuous lighting for still photography. I've recently seen YouTube videos showcasing the use of both types of lighting simultaneously, ...
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Godox Umbrella Octa Softbox witgh speedlite bracket

I’m investing in my first off-camera lighting setup/softbox and wanted to check that the setup I have will all be together. Already owned - Yongnuo YN560-IV Speedlite - Trigger for the Yongnuo ...
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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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Live View Display - Settings Effect OFF on mirrorless camera

When using my Sony A1 mirrorless camera, when in a dark studio I must set the Live View Display - Setting Effects to Off in order to have a bright enough EVF to see the model or item being ...
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Can I achieve effective keying if I use green lights to illuminate a white wall?

I do frequent video shoots of a speaker standing in front of a white wall at the end of a hallway in a corporate office with limited clean background availability and tight spaces. I don't usually ...
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Why accurately measure incident light in studio photography?

I wanted to understand the value of incident light meters and tried web search for "Why measure incident light in studio photography?". I found into that such meters measure light more ...
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Different lighting setups for models with darker skin vs. lighter skin?

When shooting portraits of lighter vs. darker-skinned models, should I use different lighting setups? If so, what are the different setups? Are there particular issues, concerns, or areas to pay ...
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previewing exposure and af with flash in low light studio

Hello stackexchangers, yesterday i had my first portrait shooting in a studio. I already had preimagined my lighting setup: a single softbox flash on the right for the general exposure and a big ...
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Will a CTO (or CTB) Gel improve the CRI of a light source

Can Color Temperature Orange (CTO) gels be used to improve the Color Rendering Index (CRI) of a light source with a mediocre CRI? For example can a CTO gel improve the CRI of a “tungsten balanced” LED ...
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How do I create a more natural look for watch photography using a Light Box?

Hello I am fairly new to photography in general and my current set up for taking pictures of my watches is a light box I bought off Amazon. I crank the wattage all the way and after I take my photos ...
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How do I set up the PocketWizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5 with a Buff monolight?

I recently purchased a Paul Buff AlienBee B800 studio monolight through eBay. It came with a PocketWizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5. I was wondering how I’d be able to set it up to work with my Canon 5D ...
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Why is there a bright edge in my photos even though my studio lights provide even coverage?

I have shot in natural lighting before this. I am just getting started with studio lighting. I just got my Alien Bees Lighting hooked up to my Canon Rebel T3 with Cactus V6 II radios. It was a process ...
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HDR creation on flashes without exposure information

There is a challenge to shoot HDR of a subject in a studio, but the problem is that the subject is illuminated with flashes that flash momentarily in complete darkness. Because of this, it is not ...
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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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How can I re-tighten the lever locks on my light stand?

When using a light stand with lever locks, the locks start to lose grip after a while. It is difficult to reach the recessed nut to tighten the locking mechanism again. Is there any advice or trick-of-...
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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 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?
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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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