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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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Who was the first to introduce a beauty dish?

I am not sure about who used the Beauty Dish for photography first, but the principle of evenly illumination via secondary reflection is accredited to danish mathematician Piet Hein, who constructed ...
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What to bounce?

Do you have a camera that has a usable ISO 1600? (Hint: if you're using a full-frame camera of recent vintage, the answer is "yes". The answer is also "yes" for a goodly number of smaller-sensor ...
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How do I attach a softbox to a rectangular fluorescent head?

A regular softbox is not going to fit on this type of light. They are designed for strobes with a single bulb which acts as a point light source and attach via a small hole in the back. This light ...
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What are the lighting characteristics of a beauty dish?

To my understanding, a Beauty dish is not really about making the light softer. That's what softboxes / bounce are for. The true value of a beauty dish is that it focuses the beam of light in a 3D ...
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Why are my photos with a Godox V860C coming out underexposed?

I have a Godox V860C light and a Godox Cells II remote trigger. OK, from this, I gather that you have a Canon camera. The Godox V860C is an eTTL-II-capable flash, so if you want to use that ...
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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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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?

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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Why diffuse a softbox?

This question (and its answers) is wa-a-a-ay old, but it could stand to have another couple of good reasons thrown in for good measure. The existing answers are good, but they don't touch all 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?

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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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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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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How many EV will a softbox knock down off your flash?

The problem you had is that your flash was at it's maximum output. No amount of flash exposure compensation will fix that. For maximum flash effectiveness you want your shutter speed at exactly the ...
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What are the most essential modifiers for shaping light?

Just me, but I'd say, you're missing the skills and practice, not the tools. Your gear is a pretty good basic three-light setup (assuming you just didn't feel like listing the stands and swivels). ...
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What are the best and worst diffuser materials for DIY softbox/light tent?

I have succesfully used a fabric called "Taffeta" (in my Spanish-speaking country, Tafetán). It is used for clothesmaking, so tailors and seamstresses may know where to buy or even be willing to give ...
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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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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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Why are foil reflectors used instead of mirrors

The foil reflector gives a more soft and diffused light.
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Why does feathering the light gives softer light?

Feathering light means you use that area of tonal transition from the highlights to the shadows created by the edge of the light modifier. The technique is most easy to achieve with softboxes and ...
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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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What's a "photopolymer holographic diffuser"?

A holographic diffuser uses holograms to achieve better control over the diffusion compared with simple diffusive materials like ground glass, most importantly it reduces backscatter (less light is ...
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What continuous lighting options exist when flash is not an option?

I would say rethink using flash. If the reason it's discouraged is green-eye and that deer-in-the-headlights look, it's simply a matter of learning to use flash correctly, whether that's bouncing an ...
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What are the most essential modifiers for shaping light?

Well I don't know if that is what you want to achieve or a result of a photo of yours you want to improve. I will only comment that for low key photos probably the shoot through umbrellas are not the ...
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