Questions tagged [studio]

room where a photographer shoots pictures. Specialized lighting equipment and other photography gear might also be present there.

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What portrait posing rules do you recommend for studio photography?

What portrait posing rules could you recommend for studio photography? How to pose (and not to) the head, body, hands, wrists, waist, hips, legs? In what categories can the models can be divided ...
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What are the differences between different types of cloth backdrops?

I'm considering getting backdrop for a small home portrait studio. Leaving out the issues of cloth vs. paper, I'd like to know how the different cloth options compare. There's muslin, velour (velour!)...
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Where can I find posing guides & resources online? [closed]

What resources are available online to give ideas for poses. Is there some type of catalogue of common poses?
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What are the different kind of light modifiers and their uses?

Particularly with an emphasis on studio setups and portraits, what are the different kind of light modifiers (softboxes, umbrellas, etc) and what are they used for? For bonus points, what kinds of ...
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Are digital backdrop workflows more cost efficient than muslin backdrops for studios?

Short Version Digital backdrops (chroma color with backdrop added in post production) are being pushed on photographers more and more these days. While it's obvious the flexibility that this provides ...
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How does canvas or muslin compare to seamless paper for backdrops?

I'm doing a shoot for a friend in a couple of weeks (lucky me, she makes lingerie for a living) and I was wondering about backdrops. I'm currently considering various colours of seamless paper, but I ...
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How do I create silhouettes in a studio environment?

The trick to creating silhouettes in the field, as far as I know, is to use spot-metering and to expose for the background. However, this is a bit more difficult in a studio environment. What is the ...
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Where can I buy used photo studio equipment?

I am looking for a place to find used or inexpensive photography equipment like tripods, light stands, backdrops, ext.
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What kind of backdrop works best for a home studio setup?

I want to grow my home setup, and am working on finding the right background for portraiture. I was looking at a black velour photo backdrop am wondering what I should consider. Should it be portable? ...
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What equipment is needed for a basic product shoot studio?

Our college is setting up a photo studio in campus. Mostly the we do product shoots. We have some old strobes, softboxes to start with. We need suggestions on the equipments listed below. Which are ...
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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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What is the best way to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop?

Studio backgrounds can be a pain in the butt. They get wrinkled, they're hard to roll in and out and they get easily dirty. Does anybody know a good technique (or tutorial) on how to clean them in ...
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Home Studio Exercises/Studies?

I have a basic home studio setup now, and I want to get better at using it. So far I've just been shooting away at the dog, and a couple stuffed animals. I really don't have any feel for lighting ...
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Can I use an EyeFi card to get an immediate display of my shots on my computer screen?

In the past, I've enjoyed practicing studio photography with an immediate display of the just captured image on a computer monitor. I've done this using Canon's capture software for my 20D. Well, I ...
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What ambient lighting is appropriate for a room where photos are edited and proofed/printed?

Assuming monitor(s) are correctly calibrated and print viewing is done in a viewing box with its own light source, what should the room lighting be? With no lighting at all I think most people find ...
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How to get long hair to fan?

I have a model with long hair and we were trying to get some shots with "fanning" hair. I took the nozzle off a leaf blower and tried it at all sorts of angles and power levels and could not get the ...
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What color should I use for the walls and ceiling of a photography studio?

What color should I use for the ceilings and walls of a photography studio? How might this differ from a studio used for video?
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Steps towards becoming an amazing creative model photographer?

How do I become this guy someday - http://vonwong.com/ ? Specifically, I'd like to one day be able to make photos that exude creativity using a full set of studio equipment, special effects and ...
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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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Why use larger format cameras for studio photography?

Recently, I did a lot of studio photography (read: improvised hobbyist studio) using an APS-C camera (Pentax K-30). I don't see any major limitations due to the body. However, larger formats like ...
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Advices for a good studio lighting photography book?

I'm new to studio photography. I have at home a little studio to shoot macros and portraits. I'm equipped with strobes and a macro ring flash. I'm now looking for a beginner/intermediate studio ...
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Does quality of light vary in different studio strobes and speedlites?

Does the quality of light vary between studio flashes and portable speedlites? The first time I used speedlites, the light was very good. Then I purchased an Elinchrom D-Lite kit. My first impression ...
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How can I further decrease the exposure in a studio environment?

I was trying a few things yesterday involving a studio backdrop which was lit using a grid to provide a gradient effect and a subject about 3ft in front of it, with its own lighting through umbrellas. ...
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Considerations for hiring a make-up artist / MUA?

I've agreed to do some reciprocal/time for print work with an aspiring model and she's asked about getting in an MUA. I'm happy to do it but I've not brought in an MUA before so I don't really know ...
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Why can't I get a pure white background, even using multiple light sources? [duplicate]

Edit: THIS IS NOT a duplicate of Why can't I get a decent white background with product photography?. Reading my question and the linked one you will see I HAVE ADDRESSED the issues suggested by ...
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Is there a way to make a photo look good for the web but not for small prints?

I work at a professional photography studio and was given the task of creating a photograph that would look good on social media websites. At the same time, the image cannot look good for printing of ...
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How can I cheaply set up a small studio and learn how to use it?

Recently I've been thinking a lot about how I can increase the production value of my photos and films. I've come to the conclusion that I need to learn how to set up a small studio and how to use ...
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How unusual would contact-printing be for a portrait studio's commercial output?

I was looking at some pictures by Mike Disfarmer included in the Time-Life Yearbook 1977/78, and was struck by a note in the accompanying text: There is no retouching [...] Disfarmer's portraits ...
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What is the best paint to use to make backdrops for studio photography with blown out white backgrounds, and dark black backgrounds

I'm very interested in the best paint to create some studio-like backdrops for doing studio photography. My aim is to take some fashion shots with blown-out white backgrounds, and also with dark ...
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Techniques and kit to photograph graphic design print portfolio (not too costly)?

I am a graphic designer looking to photograph some of my print work (i.e. brochures, business cards etc). I have purchased some coloured mount board/card ready for the floor/backdrop, so I can ...
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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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Can tethered shooting be dangerous to my camera?

I own a T6i and a 6D. I'm interested in tethered shooting for studio scenarios. However I've heard from a friend that if I tether my camera to my laptop and I a power surge happens in the USB port, ...
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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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Underexposed Images using Studio flash

Hoping someone can help. I am attempting to use some studio flash lights in my setup. I have a Canon EOS 1DS MKII, with a Speedlight 420EX attached to the hotshoe. When firing with just the 420EX, ...
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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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How to create lighting with rays on the background?

I've recently seen this photo and really liked it: (source: serial-fizruk.net) My question is: how to create such lighting effect? Is it created on post or it is real? Is it possible to create ...
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How to take product shots on a green screen background?

I am trying to take some product shots against a green background. The reason is that I need to be able to separate the background so the products can be photoshopped onto any background. The problem ...
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Shooting a rotating product image - turntable?

I'm bidding on a job right now in which my client wants to see a line item for product rotation. In other words, when you roll your mouse over the image the product spins. Based on some quick ...
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Why should you leave 2 ft from the ceiling for studio lights?

I heard that I need to leave two feet of space between studio lights and the ceiling. My ceiling is only 10 feet high. Can I leave one foot or even half a foot? I need to light the space for videos ...
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If my main studio strobe is on HSS, all of the other strobes need to be as well, correct?

I am planning on buying a Godox AD600, which has HSS. I am also looking for filler and hair strobes, and I am not getting 3x AD600's that is for sure. So I was wondering, if I want to do HSS with ...
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Are there any free Windows programs to get a live view for a Nikon D700 in tethered capture mode?

Are there any free Windows programs to get a live view for a Nikon D700 in tethered capture mode? I'm trying to hook it up to my computer monitor for some studio shooting.
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How powerful/what type of flash do I need for a softbox to photograph dogs with a Sony a900?

I am about to embark on 'Dog Photography' having previously done mainly landscapes and wildlife. I want to work in peoples' own homes with portable lighting. I have purchased a Lastolite softbox and a ...
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What techniques can I use for shooting vertically from a height of 12 feet?

I need to setup a still life shot over a horizontal area (on a studio floor) and shoot from above, most likely using a ladder at a height of approximately 12 feet. For safety and convenience I would ...
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Fake light coming from fake (opaque) window?

Do you know those false windows, with posters that are actually photos of the outdoors? I'd like to take a photo of an interior with a fake window, and make it appear that light was coming in from ...
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How do I set up my studio for shooting large rugs from the ceiling?

I am trying to take pictures of large rugs. The rug size is about 10mx5m, and I'm planning to purchase Giga Pan EPIC Pro Robotic camera mount, and Canon 7D Mark II with Canon EF 50MM F/1.2L USM lens, ...
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18% gray paint manufacturers

I want this to kind of be a "mega thread" of paint. So, here is the scenario: I have a room that I want to use as a studio. Since this room will only be used for photography, I want to have it ...
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Tripod options for product photography [closed]

I want to start off with product photography. I am new to product photography and don't want to pay too much as of yet for equipment. I want to start off with a tripod. Which tripod would you guys ...
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Beauty Dish revisited - Good for “bad” skin?

From my personal experience a beauty dish produces very soft light in the center, almost soft box like. Away from the center light becomes directional, harder. It is just the opposit of what is ...
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What do I need in a lens for studio portrait photography?

I'm going to start in photography and I'm looking to build a home photography studio. I'm planning to get a Canon 60D (wished for a 7D though). I'd like to find out what are the recommended lenses for ...
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Studio Time Lapse Photography

I'm looking to do a time lapse video of a studio a UV make up shoot I've got coming up. I want to shoot the set up then actual shoot. As its a UV shoot the lighting will either very low or on during ...