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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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How to get long hair to fan?

When I did a studio photoshoot, part of what was included in the basic package was a large fan unit. I suspect that a leaf blower is giving too direct a jet of air that is mainly being attenuated by ...
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How unusual would contact-printing be for a portrait studio's commercial output?

It wasn't at all unusual for small, local portrait studios to print using the direct contact method during the time in which Disfarmer worked from about 1915 until his death in 1959. Most small ...
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What ambient lighting is appropriate for a room where photos are edited and proofed/printed?

You don't need a dimmer bulb, you just need to disperse it properly so that it is more evenly distributed throughout the room. Rather than placing the bulb where it is shining directly on your monitor,...
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18% gray paint manufacturers

The standard gray card is 18% gray. Take a sample gray card with you to the paint store and have them custom mix. The reflection readings are: 0.75 red 0.75 green 0.75 blue 0.75 via the yellow visual ...
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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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Can tethered shooting be dangerous to my camera?

I wouldn't worry about it. From my experience, power surges are not something you need to worry about with USB devices. If a power surge happens, it will most likely be from the power grid which is ...
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Why use larger format cameras for studio photography?

Some reasons: 1) Sharpness. 2) Size... If you have a 80Mpx image you need point 1 first. 3) Dynamic range improved dynamic range seems unimportant using controlled lighting Seems unimportant...,...
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Why use larger format cameras for studio photography?

Historically, product photos were taken with large format cameras so that perspective distortions could be corrected by bending the film plane with respect to the image plane. Nowadays we can easily ...
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Underexposed Images using Studio flash

I don't understand why the 2nd image wouldn't be correctly exposed as the Speedlight fires normally (this is what triggers the 2 x Studio lights), even if the studio lights were having no effect! ...
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How can I keep light from reaching the background in low key photography?

Low key photography is about using less light than you would usually do to correctly expose a shot and thus creating a darker image. Low key photography can be done outside of a studio(and you can ...
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How can I keep light from reaching the background in low key photography?

Lighting in photography is about ratios, not intensity. You can pretty much expose anything to make it low key but I understand that what you want is to have a darker background than your subject. ...
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How to get long hair to fan?

Some ideas from others: Several people note the significant drying effect on the subject's eyes. A number suggest turning wind off except when actually taking photo. A suggestion that sounded good ...
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How to create lighting with rays on the background?

Complementary to the other answer (by @b-shaw), which focusses on creating this effect in post processing, I'll try to explain how you can achieve this effect "in real life". Your camera captures ...
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85mm fast prime vs 70-200mm 2.8 for indoor fashion studio shoots

Two reasons that jumps right out at me are size and weight. A 70-200 is pretty big, especially with a hood. To a new model, I bet it's downright intimidating. Hold that 70-200 for long, and you'll ...
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Are these cheap studio continuous lighting kits good for beginners?

Those types of continuous lighting sets work, but aren't great as beginner gear for portrait photography, simply because they lack much power/light output, and the more you have, the bigger the ...
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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 can I keep light from reaching the background in low key photography?

Make sure that the light of your strobe doesn't reach you background There are several ways to achieve a dark background. When you look at them are pretty obvious. Each light on my diagram is just an ...
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How do you reproduce this lighting setup

With either a bright constant light or a flash set behind and to the left of the chairs. Imagine a line connecting one of the corners of the shadow of one of the chairs with its corresponding physical ...
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How do you reproduce this lighting setup

I have the feeling those are not photos, but 3D renders. There are several clues for that. The light looks like it is almost parallel so it is very far, almost like sunlight. (I marked several pairs ...
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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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How can I further decrease the exposure in a studio environment?

I think the approach will depend on several things: if the light is soft or harsh, if the overexposed illumination is over the entire scene or just a part of it. ND Filter If the entire scene is lit ...
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How can I keep light from reaching the background in low key photography?

It was already explained that the intensity of the light arriving on a surface falls off in intensity with distance. This is explained by what is called the “Law of the Inverse Square”. In practical ...
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Beauty Dish revisited - Good for "bad" skin?

Your diagram definitely supports your observations. Although not currently using one, and taking your diagram into consideration, having used beauty dishes in the past, this is what I found; (most ...
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What's the best way to use a flash and colour gel as a back light?

My guess is that the studio lights overpowered the speedlight to the point it was barely contributing to the lighting. Next time turn off all the studio lights, place the speedlight with the gel, ...
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How to get long hair to fan?

Another possibility is to have someone hold a large card, or panel, or box side, and wave it to create air flow. The problem with many sources like leaf blowers is that the air flow is too restricted. ...
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Achieving dark matte background in studio

Bring the model as far forward as you can to open up as much distance as possible between the model and the backdrop and to bring the light(s) in as close to the model as possible without getting it ...
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