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How to capture a swinging pendulum?

Let's look at the last picture. If you want a black background, you need to be careful not to spill light. It's relatively easy to control in a large studio, it's almost impossible in a small room. ...
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How do I get rid of this orange tint and reflection while keeping my label well lit and visible?

What's illuminating the softbox in the background? I assume not just the strobes? Whatever it is, you probably need to reduce its intensity until it's just barely saturating. The brighter the ...
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How to produce smoke for studio photography

Most commercial photographers who use smoke a lot buy a commercially made "fog machine" that converts a fluid into dense vapor. The fluid is primarily made of water and glycerin. The machine simply ...
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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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Background replacement where Subject is leaned against the greenscreen and photographed at an angle?

With Photoshop From the original photo Mask the model: Duplicate the green channel: Invert it to obtain the shadows channel: Insert the background in another layer: Put the masked model layer on ...
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How to take pixel-for-pixel aligned pictures with a DSLR and iPhone 7?

Garbage-In, Garbage-Out A big problem with using DSLR photos as "ground truth" for the improvement of cell-phone photos is the assumption that DSLR photos are necessarily better than cell phone ...
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How do I light a balloon in a studio without getting reflections from the light sources?

Unless you have a matt ballon which I never ever have seen, you will have a reflection. The point is what reflection you can handle. If you do not want a hotspot, use as Romero Ninov said a softbox. ...
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What color should I use for the walls and ceiling of a photography studio?

Neutral, usually black or white depending your needs. Assuming that your backdrop will be separate (paper roll). White: Walls can be used as reflectors. But, can be difficult to control stray ...
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How do I get rid of this orange tint and reflection while keeping my label well lit and visible?

Your primary issue is that your lighting ratios are wrong... you have more light coming through the bottle from the background than you have hitting the label from the front. This is a common mistake....
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How to capture a swinging pendulum?

Consider adding a light source to the bob itself, such as an LED. Set your exposure for several periods of the pendulum, and flash your external light source at the extremes. This attached light ...
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How to capture a swinging pendulum?

I wonder what would happen if, in addition to the steps offered by this excellent answer, you would use a long enough exposure (say 5-10 minutes) for the length of the pendulum's travel to decay ...
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Corporate Portraiture Advice

[We don't do answers as comments, but this only addresses one small part of the setup] If you're going to be eliminating the background & desk to black, why not give yourself a head start & ...
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70-200mm lens or 18-200mm lens for small studio like 25 feet?

Any zoom lens with a 7.5X or 10X or greater ratio between the minimum and maximum focal length is going to compromise optical quality in several areas to get to that focal length flexibility. These ...
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What lighting would help me re-create this picture?

That's fairly obviously a single hard light (no modifier) directly above the optical axis of the lens. The flash could either be a significant distance above the camera or it could be a camera mounted ...
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How to produce smoke for studio photography

Another method of producing "smoke" is to dump some chips of dry ice (frozen CO2) in water (hot water will produce more "smoke" more quickly, but dry ice is cold enough that the water usually won't ...
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What kind of a stand setup is this?

This is a "tent" lighting setup. The idea is to place above the subject a diffuser. Lamps are aimed so as to evenly illuminate the diffuser. Such a successful lash-up delivers highly diffused light to ...
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How to interval shoot in a pitch black room?

Angle the flash to bounce off the ceiling or a grey card by blocking the flash with a mirror. Simply shutter a bit slower or bump the ISO to account for the decrease in intensity. If it's a thin ...
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What readily available items can be used for color correction or reference?

Apparently, PTFE white matte thread seal tape wrapped around a white polymer eraser works well as a white balance reference. Photography Life has an article with examples of its use: DIY: Reliable ...
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How to produce smoke for studio photography

One option is to use an E-cigarette. I've used it to add smoke in the background of people, when complemented by black lighting the smoke gets really visible. You'll want to use preferably high VG ...
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How to produce smoke for studio photography

There are several commercial products available for this at a reasonably low cost. 1) Smoke tablets/pallets. Available in several colors, around 5-10 dollar per pack of 3 to 5. 2) Smoke in a ...
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Why should you leave 2 ft from the ceiling for studio lights?

I can think of two reasons to keep some distance between studio lights and a ceiling: Reflection, if the studio lights have so much spread that the light reflects against the ceiling, this can cause ...
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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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Background replacement where Subject is leaned against the greenscreen and photographed at an angle?

I'd be seriously considering whether you need greenscreen any more. Even the freebie version of Adobe's Express Remove Background* can do this [with zero refinement, I'm sure it can do better with ...
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Which of these lenses to choose for a studio project?

There's really never an objective "best" choice, it all depends on what you're attempting to accomplish. My goal is to achieve the sharpest and most detailed images possible, likely ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

When considering a light setup, you need to consider the following; Light output - With similar budgets, a speed light or studio strobe will generally provide more light than constant light ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

There's a fundamental difference between the two examples in your question. One is a set with continuous lighting that uses lights that are basically not much different from the ones the fixtures in ...
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Softbox lighting: What to look for in a first studio strobe?

This is from the perspective of another beginner in studio photography - what I did, what I'd have done if I knew what I knew now... & what I'd do next... I'd say, if you are going to be shooting ...
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How to reduce reflections on flat lay mirrored sunglasses?

The trick is to have the white paper reflect the entire sunglass lenses. Place white paper (the same material used in the background) near the reflected area and play around until you notice the ...
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How to reduce reflections on flat lay mirrored sunglasses?

Cover the subject sunglasses with a tent made of white cloth. Suspend the tent above the subject. Illuminate with lamps aimed at the tent. The camera peers at the subject through a hole cut in the ...
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Setup for taking photos of large flat surfaces (maps/plans/textiles) at limited distance

Depending on your output image resolution requirement, you have two options as I see it. The first option being the simplest and quickest but not necessarily the cheapest: Use a dSLR with a wide lens ...
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