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Why does my studio flash fire when another photographer takes a picture?

The Godox RT-04 are radio frequency (RF) based transmitters/receivers. It is unlikely that your friend triggered your studio strobes over RF unless he used a similar transmitter and the same channel ...
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Why are my pictures showing a dark band on one edge?

The shutter speed now is 250 From what I can tell from the Google, the Nikon D3100 has a flash sync speed of 1/200. So, you're setting your shutter speed too fast and the curtain is already starting ...
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Do you really need to fire flashes regularly when not otherwise used?

Flashes have large electrolytic capacitors (sort of a wet variety inside) which when triggered, discharge into the flash tube to power the bright flash. When sitting around turned off for months or ...
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Why is my histogram missing the mid tones?

There is no such thing as a "good" or "correct" histogram... the shape and placement of the histogram should reflect the subject/scene recorded. E.g. that histogram looks about right for a picture of ...
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Do you really need to fire flashes regularly when not otherwise used?

You don't need to fire the flash, only power it on. The short-term energy storage in a flash is the flash capacitor. It has a very high energy density and very high discharge currents. That does ...
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Why is live view so dark when I'm shooting with strobes?

You need to turn off exposure simulation in live view. Exposure simulation can only show you what the image would look like without flash, because the flash burst isn't in the scene until you take the ...
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Why aren't my strobes and speedlight in sync, and how can I fix this?

If it were the 380EX that was having issues triggering the strobes: The most likely scenario would be that the pre-flash of the E-TTL only 380EX is triggering the strobes before the shutter opens. ...
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How to create this effect on a portrait with light of different colors on each side of the face?

"Gelling" a light simply means putting a sheet of colored plastic (a gel) in front of the light so the light is tinted. In this case, the light source on one side of the subject's face is purple and ...
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Film Camera White Balance in Studio

The strobes you are using have the following temps (sourced from B&H Product Specs): Profoto B1: 5600K Profoto D2: 5600K B&H says that the B1 color temp can vary +/- 150K over the entire ...
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What is the Godox Alt / Mask feature?

The MASK / ALT Feature The MASK or ALT custom function on some of Godox's higher-end strobes defines groups and a firing sequence for those groups for multiple lights. Successive presses of the ...
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Are there strobes with continuous light?

You are most likely seeing the 'modelling light' which is a feature on lots of studio strobes. It is normally a separate light built close to and in line with the main light in a single unit.
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Film Camera White Balance in Studio

Photo films, unlike digital sensors, do not self-adjust when encountering different lighting situations. Photo films are made to be exposed under specific lighting situations. In the heyday of color ...
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What is considered a good quality for consistent white balance in a flash/strobe?

Flash white balance varies with flash power level (depending on power range, typically at least 200K, more likely 400K to 1/32 power, from high to low power, and is the probable intended meaning of ...
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How to determine strength of ND filter needed?

You've discovered the wonderful, yet complex, world of mixed lighting - congrats! Quick example using Sunny 16 rule... Starting Parameters (proper ambient exposure): ISO100, f/16, 1/125 Adjusting to ...
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What do I need to consider when choosing a studio strobe?

The AD400 could be a good unit for what you need. It mostly depends on how you see yourself doing school portraits, and whether they're single-person or group, shoot indoors or outside, and in what ...
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How do I chose the right size/power of flash for still life photography?

General wisdom is that you use studio strobes if you need more power/light. You use speedlights if you want portability and your lighting needs are modest. Most of us start with speedlights because ...
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Are there strobes with continuous light?

Studio electronic flash units (strobes) must be properly aimed so that the light plays in an enhancing way on the subject. Because the strobes flash and then quench quickly, aiming is challenging. ...
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10FPS on a strobe- possible?

Correct answer: yes. Not with your strobes, though. The Sony A7RIII shoots 10 FPS and during the press presentation Sony had set up a flash setup with 10 FPS. So at least one system can do it. You ...
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Why is my histogram missing the mid tones?

The most obvious answer is because everything in the scene is either very dark or very light, with not many mid-tones for your camera to capture. Especially when using flash in a dark environment (...
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What do you use as a portable lighting mono pole?

A light stand? As an assistant I have used a light stand with it's legs collapsed in order to hold a strobe with a soft box attached over a location that was difficult to set fixed stands in place. ...
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How do I create a white background without using photoshop?

The usual technique is to have a light for the background so that is (slightly) overexposed. With a big subject (person) it can be a flash behind the subject and aimed at the background, in your case ...
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How to calculate light output from strobe lights?

I love photo math but that approach will drive you crazy and nothing will come of it. The Guide Number method is tried and true. Once you know the guide number for your flash or combination of ...
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Are there any COMMON light stand and softbox - which would work both with strobe lights AND continuous LED light

Lighting stands are pretty much standard; almost everything that you would be using outside of industrial applications (like "real" cinema, television and theatre llighting) will use "baby" spigot ...
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What could I use as a model light?

If operating in a studio, then it's really hard to argue against mains powered studio strobes. Something like Godox 300WS strobes are far more suitable than any array of speedlights and cheaper. If ...
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How do I chose the right size/power of flash for still life photography?

I still plan to fit them in a softbox and fire them away from my subject to keep that soft illumination. A softbox faraway gives more harsh light than closer. Keep that in mind. Yeap the Yongnuo or ...
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How do I chose the right size/power of flash for still life photography?

As far as your concern with having too much power that requires shooting at f/22; that is covered here: How can I shoot in a studio at the widest apertures? I highly doubt any set of entry level ...
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Can I control the power on Alien Bee B800s with Pocket Wizard Plus III triggers?

The Plus units (I, II, III, IV, and X) are all manual-only triggers. They cannot be used for power control of a remote light, as they only pass along the sync signal. The Plus III and IV allow for ...
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In a multiple strobe setup, how powerful must each strobe be?

I see that a complete set should include a key, a fill, a hair and a background light. What a complete set includes is very subjective and depends a lot on the desired look. Given that this is your ...
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How to create different color cast on water droplets?

The color of the droplets depends on color of incoming light it is reflecting or refracting. I suppose you could get similar effect if you put the bottle close to a computer monitor with some colorful ...
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How to create different color cast on water droplets?

For colored water drops, you put colored filters on the flash. Technically, you cannot change the color of the water, you change the color of whatever the water is reflecting. On that one, the white ...
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