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Can I mimic animal "tapetum lucidum" in a film camera?

Film makers avoid a transparent film because: Bright exposing light will penetrate and then hit the pressure plate. The pressure plate has a flat black coat. Nevertheless, highlights are bright and ...
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Can I mimic animal "tapetum lucidum" in a film camera?

Tapetum lucidum is not your regular mirror. It's a retroreflector. Or, to be precise, an incredibly numerous array of tiny retroreflectors. It doesn't just shine back, it shines every "ray" of light ...
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How can I make a reflector at home?

The most available large sheet material is corrugated cardboard. If you have a single layer sheet, you should first glue at least another single layer sheet on top of it to make it more stable. ...
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How can I make a reflector at home?

Automotive windshield reflectors can function well as photographic reflectors. The best ones are the shiny silver accordion-fold ones (they often have a "bubble wrap" -like core).
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How can I make a reflector at home?

A large piece of foam core board (or mat board) is good for portraits. Clamped on a stand opposite of a soft box (key light) just outside of framing. It could be black on one side for absorbing light ...
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Can I carry umbrellas and large light modifiers without special backpacks or bags while traveling?

I know they have specialty cases, soft and hard, The "special cases" are often fairly rudimentary canvas bags that just happen to be long and skinny, but they don't necessarily offer a lot of ...
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Why are foil reflectors used instead of mirrors

When artificial lights are used in photography they're commonly diffused such as with a softbox. If the light has to be bounced off something to get it to the right place, the diffusing can be ...
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How can I make a reflector at home?

For a large reflector go to a stationery shop and buy a large sheet of white paper for card. It's not as portable or durable as a proper reflector, but does the job.
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How do I prevent hotspot reflections in portraits when using lighting modifiers?

This is a common issue when someone doesn't understand how modifiers actually work. Basically, your lights/modifiers are too far away to be "soft." Anything over ~ 5x the diameter/diagonal of the ...
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Is it possible to overpower the sun with a single speedlight and softbox?

Yes, it is possible. Two factors need to be considered: The power of the flash and the sync speed of your camera. Flash power (Guide number) is being discussed in other answers. Consider that adding ...
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stacking diffusers to further soften the light?

Softness and solid angle In order to get the softest light, you need to have the largest solid angle (like angle but in 3D space) between the subject and the light source. You can increase your ...
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stacking diffusers to further soften the light?

The reason for stacking diffusers is generally to make the light from a modifier more even. It's a decent strategy if you're getting "hot spots" on your subject because the light from a flash is ...
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How can I make a reflector at home?

Buy a "space blanket" from a sale bin. Search for that on the web and it will turn up places to buy for a buck or so. Fold it over any convenient frame, board, wire loop, or in-situ surface. Secure ...
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Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?

As everyone else is saying, better than nothing, so not completely useless, but in no way to be confused with a proper large softbox. You'll still be better off taking the flash off-camera rather than ...
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How can I make a reflector at home?

See the inventgeek.com "DIY 40 Inch Silver Reflector" article for the full low-down, but he shows you how to build a full on, circular, metallic reflective, folds-down-into-a-smaller-circle reflector ...
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What does a black reflector do?

A black reflector has several usages. The main one is to block light when you have a light environment and you want darker shadows on that side. On this example, the "studio" has white walls, and you ...
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Why are foil reflectors used instead of mirrors

The foil reflector gives a more soft and diffused light.
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Why are foil reflectors used instead of mirrors

Chris already mentioned the softbox, and indeed photographic reflectors work similarly. If you would use a strobe flash without a softbox (or brolly) you'd have a point-like light source which gives ...
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stacking diffusers to further soften the light?

No. Diffusion is NOT how light is softened. Multiple layers of diffusion cannot help at all. Size is what helps. Large light size is how light is softened. A diffuser can merely scatter the light. ...
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How can I weaken my camera's flash power so it is less disturbing to my subjects?

Ambient exposure is controlled by iso, aperture, and shutter speed. But flash exposure is controlled by iso, aperture, flash power, and subject-to-flash distance. If you want to lower the flash power,...
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What would be a good beauty lighting setup for a beginner?

Beauty/fashion lighting using strobes is not compatible with video lighting, and video lighting is not typically compatible with beauty/fashion... at least not w/o a very significant budget. My best ...
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Can one use optical slave in a triflash bracket setup?

This is very dependent on the delay accumulated by both the radio and optical triggers, also on the shutter speed you are using. Usually, as long as everything triggers at all, problems can be ...
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Cheapest way to mount umbrella softbox reflector for Speedlight?

The link of the product is broken, but I am assuming it is simply the softboxes that have an umbrella mechanism inside to open, the flash is inside and the way to hold it is using the umbrella's rod. ...
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How does the size of a modifier affect light coverage?

I consider that channel a good source of tips. But in this case, they are making a not so good job. Let me explain some flaws and "omissions" on the video. Do you see that big bright hotspot ...
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How was this this monochrome non shadowed image of Aline Weber lit

Your question pretty much answers itself with regards to how the shot appears to be lit. I get the feeling, though, that you feel like there might be something else to this "look" that you are missing....
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Is it possible to overpower the sun with a single speedlight and softbox?

Revise this post with corrected GN for 100 ISO setting. GN for 200mm lens = 175 GN for 105mm lens = 160 GN for 35mm lens = 90 Using data for a 105mm lens setting: The guide number for this unit is ...
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Can I carry umbrellas and large light modifiers without special backpacks or bags while traveling?

Umbrellas and light modifiers are fairly robust, and most come with a pouch or cover. I carry all my umbrellas, light stands, and a lightbox in an old gym bag. The only issue I had was making sure to ...
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What are the disadvantages of using a diffuser on a flash?

It depends on the nature of the diffuser, but most of them will eat into your light power output one way or another, and can scatter light in ways you don't desire. If by "diffuser", you mean one of ...
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