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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How do you set the power for a flash in manual mode?

How do you calculate the flash power fraction, assuming you want to keep constant the other variables of ISO, aperture, and distance from subject to flash? The Guide Number formula for a flash (strobe)...
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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 ...
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Why are my studio monolights not firing in a specific environment?

I have three studio flashes (Mettle ME-400 monolights), activated using a Jinbei trigger and a receiver on one light, with the other two set to use an optical slave mode. The lights were flashing ...
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I purchased a Novatron 1000 vr set of 4 strobes

trigger?In the set up that I purchased there is a gadget that I can’t figure out what it is. This is the gadget I’m gonna take a photograph. On the head, do you know Novatron 1000 VR head there is a ...
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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 calculate stops for a Watt based strobe?

I've a problem figuring out how to calculate stops for Interfit EXD 400. In the product manual it says that the strobe has 5 stop range in 1/10 stop increments, but the numbers displayed on the strobe ...
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Why am I getting this light strip on my photos when I use studio lights?

I've set up a studio with two Profoto B10X on either side with soft boxes, however, I keep getting a light bar at the left edge of the frame on my images. It happens on the the same side every time, ...
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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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How can I preview exposure and autofocus with flash in a low light studio?

Yesterday I had my first portrait shoot in a studio. I already had pre-imagined my lighting setup: a single softbox flash on the right for the general exposure and a big reflector on the left to ...
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Understanding the lighting on Peter Lippmann's noble rot series

I'd like to understand how Peter Lippmann lit his noble rot series. The grapes are exposed but the light falls away towards the sides, to a very black background. Could anyone explain to me how he ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What's the expected misfire rate with studio strobes?

I was hoping to get some idea about what the misfire rate for studio strobe lighting is. Meaning how often on average do your studio strobes not fire when you take a picture? My Elinchrom Style BX-500 ...
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Capturing the full effect of iridescent/"holo" nail polish

My wife is a nail artist and active blogger/instagram poster. We recently upgraded from shooting her work in a light tent with a desk lamp to two 20"x28" 5 head soft boxes and the shots have been ...
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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 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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How can I blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground?

I'm looking for suggestions to blow out the background when shooting down for clothing on the ground. I've tried putting the clothing on a plain white background that I typically use when shooting ...
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What is Rembrandt lighting, and when do I use it?

I often hear studio photographers talk about 'Rembrandt Lighting' when they're setting up lights and doing studio portrait photography. What is Rembrandt Lighting, and when do I use it?
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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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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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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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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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What would be the right way to shoot a portrait in a very dark room with flash?

I have several flash units. Both the shoe-mount type and the "studio" type. The portrait has to be taken in a room that happens to not have windows. It is always dark in there. I can bring a light ...

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