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Videography/lighting setup for cooking videos

My significant other likes taking pictures of her creations in the kitchen, and she'd like to branch out into video.I have a DSLR, but am unsure how to approach the lighting setup. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Aug 9, 2016 - 6 answers

What's the best cheap studio lighting?

I take pictures of snakes (and, occasionally, a lizard). What's the best studio lighting? [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Jun 1, 2015 - 7 answers

I need to photograph flooring samples. DIY light tent?

The company I work for wants to take pictures of flooring samples (artificial surfaces that look almost identical to wood). They want 4-5 boards roughly 4 ft x 8 in laid flat and then photographed. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How can I light a dark kitchen for a Youtube cooking show?

After studying a lot of lighting tutorials, I've settled on some form of 3 point lighting to illuminate the subject (me!) as I cook. The problem is that my kitchen is connected to my very dark, cavernous living room, and so the space tends to swallow up any lights I use. Can you give me pointers on lighting this space, and help me to purchase more lights (if necessary) to adequately light my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Instagram Aces, international metropolitan edition

New York Magazine had a short piece the other day about some street photographers in NYC who post some jaw-dropping stuff on Instagram. I've really been enjoying following their feeds --- so now I'm wondering, what about the other great cities of the world? NYC can't have a monopoly on cool cityscapes. Can y'all hook me up with some other great Instagram accounts to follow? From Paris to Lagos to Phnom Penh, I'm interested. [more inside]
posted by maggiepolitt on Aug 25, 2014 - 4 answers

Photography tips wanted

I need to take an outdoor photograph of a subject standing in front of a large, white, shiny background (a vehicle). The person and the vehicle are equally important elements in the picture. I need to take the photo when both the subject and the vehicle are available, so I have no control over the date or time or weather. Assuming I need to do this on a bight, sunny day (although I'm hoping for a slightly overcast one) where do I position them relative to the sun? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Apr 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Your favorite monolight.

I'm in the market for some monolights. I'm leaning towards Alien Bees, but I'm open to suggestions. I'm looking to hear of your positive or negative experiences with both them as well as anything you might suggest, as well as what mix of heads would work best for me. At the moment, I'm thinking two B800s and a B1600 (two 320w and one 640w) (or equivalent from another manufacturer) would be a good start. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Nov 6, 2013 - 2 answers

What equipment can I use for a food photography setup in low light?

What kind of equipment could I purchase within a $300 budget for the backdrop and lighting? My house is naturally very dark. I use white plates and minimal props for the food. My camera is a Canon 40D. I don't have much time lately so I'll spend a little more for convenience. [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Jan 17, 2013 - 15 answers

What do I need for indoor Macro photography that I don't already have?

Help me find the basics for indoor macro photography. I have a DSLR and Macro lens. I need cheap lighting and a set. Preferably small or easily storable when not in use. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Sep 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Aperture vs. Shutter Priority

Under what lighting and landscape conditions are aperture priority vs. shutter priority more appropriate for capturing motion in water? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Just look nice please, photos

Re-asking my 2008 question about photographing textiles, now with DSLR and examples. [more inside]
posted by doift on Mar 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Concert lighting question

What machine produces this type of light? [more inside]
posted by phaedon on May 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Better lighting for photographing machine tools

I need to take better pictures in my home machine shop. I have a decent camera (Nikon L100) but my workshop lighting is poor (mostly florescent lights) and my camera's flash is too directional and too harsh. I think I need to invest in a small umbrella light but I'm not sure and I could use some advice, including what to buy. I take a lot of close-ups, I don't have a lot of room to work in and I'd like to work with a continuous light rather than flash. The photos are for my blog.
posted by 14580 on Feb 4, 2011 - 11 answers

What do I need to set up a little photography studio at home?

I'd really like to be able to set up a corner in my basement to use as a little photography studio. Can you give me some advice as to what's needed? [more inside]
posted by iconomy on Jan 12, 2011 - 13 answers

What to use for firing Alien Bee's B800 + ABR800 simultaneously?

What to use for firing Alien Bee's B800 + ABR800 simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Advice on making a rugged photo booth in a public street

What pieces of technology and equipment would you use to build a rugged, public, 24 hour, photo booth on a public street in a large city? This isn't a commercial project so I'm trying to come up with a creative and cheap solution. [more inside]
posted by aychedee on Nov 15, 2010 - 5 answers

Examples of different "looks and feels" styles of video and how to produce them?

Examples of different "looks and feels" / styles of video and how to produce them? [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian on Nov 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Photography in a Convention Center Florescent Lighting

Help me take better pictures in a convention center with horrible lighting. [more inside]
posted by kmel on Oct 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Good cheap camera setup for taking top-down product photos?

Good cheap camera setup for taking top-down product photos? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Jul 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Can you recommend a lighting setup for a last-minute photography project?

Can you recommend a lighting setup for a last-minute photography project? [more inside]
posted by medpt on Jun 11, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me photograph books (light, angles) and do it without destroying library books.

I have a bookshelf covered (on the front) with a flat surface). I would like to cover this flat surface with photographs of the bookshelf (minus the cover) with books in it. I'm hoping for a trompe l'oiel type effect so it looks like a bookshelf with books. Three questions: 1. How do I work out the angles/math etc. of the photographs 2. What light should I take the pictures in? 3. Is it ok (and how to) take the call numbers off of library books and replace them before returning the books? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Mar 14, 2010 - 15 answers

What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2d artwork from above?

What equipment do I need to take clear photographs of 2-d artwork from above? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Sep 24, 2009 - 8 answers

What softbox/lights and an external outdoor battery would you recommend to an amateur photographer?

[Photography & Lighting] What softbox/lights and an external outdoor battery would you recommend to an amateur photographer? [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on May 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Stunning photos how to

How is this photography effect achieved? [more inside]
posted by crewshell on Apr 27, 2009 - 31 answers

Gear needed and/or methods to use to take a decent headshot/portrait photo

Please help a landscape photographer take a decent headshot. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Feb 25, 2009 - 15 answers

Photographing bright shiny things

Photographing shiny things: help my light this stuff nicely and take a good photo that isn't blurry. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Jan 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Help Me Photograph My Hands

I need to shoot a series of photos of my hands. I've got a good digital camera (that takes good photos, generally), I've got a Gorilla flexible tripod. I have a nicely painted wall or two to serve as backdrop...including one near a window where light shines in directly onto that wall. But while I'm not sure why this would be so challenging (I don't need GREAT results, just reasonably good ones), I can't get anything decent looking at all. [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim on Jan 2, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me take better photos in my home studio!

I am a hobbyist photographer starting to do some serious studio work and I need help deciding on lighting equipment. [more inside]
posted by arniec on Sep 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Why can't they fix my camera, and yours?

Why, with all the advances in photography, can't they fix my camera so it shoots what I see? [more inside]
posted by twiki on Mar 27, 2008 - 18 answers

Can we share our peep fight with the world?

How can we film an epic peeps battle (in a microwave)? The problems are it's too dark, and the camera wants to autofocus on the grid on the microwave door instead of the peeps. [more inside]
posted by Airhen on Mar 21, 2008 - 4 answers

I'm trying to find a place that rents out soft boxes/umbrellas for outside rentals in Boston. (Studio Photoshoot)

I'm trying to find a place that rents out soft boxes/umbrellas for outside rentals in Boston. I have a studio in my school that I am using for photo shoots but I do not have a soft box nor an umbrella which I desperately need. I am wondering if there are any places that rent them out for a day or two. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by cheero on Jan 28, 2008 - 3 answers

photograph large white flat things and make them look beauteous.

What's the best way to photograph big mostly all white drawings with tiny black details? [more inside]
posted by beckish on Dec 22, 2007 - 11 answers

Small camera, large fluorescent-lit room.

I’m no photographer, but a friend has asked me to use her Canon A610 camera to take a few photos of some kids, who’ll be wearing pageant costumes, in what she says is a large, high-ceilinged, windowless room lit by bright fluorescent lights. I can’t get to the room early and won’t have time to experiment once I’m there. What setting(s) should I use on this camera? (Assume I’ve considered and rejected the possibility of using a different camera or hiring a photographer.) I’d like to be able to give her decently-lit pictures with natural-looking color. [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 on Nov 27, 2007 - 9 answers

Camera and lighting kit suggestions, please.

If you were going to start shooting pictures for an alt weekly/A&E publication, what kinda of gear would you get? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Photostudio on a Shoestring

I've been asked to take some headshots for a friend of a friend who will be using the shots for entry into a beauty contest. I don't have a studio or studio lighting. Is there a way to rig up a portrait studio on a budget? What would I need? [more inside]
posted by inviolable on Apr 20, 2007 - 13 answers

PhotoFilter: How do I light and photograph furniture for retail use?

PhotoFilter: How do I light and photograph furniture for retail use? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair on Nov 22, 2006 - 11 answers

Basic lighting kit for indoor photography?

Basic lighting kit for indoor (mostly portrait-in-setting) photography? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo on Dec 6, 2005 - 15 answers

Tips for good photography for selling products

PhotoPhilter: I'm in the process of getting ready to launch a new business based on a product that I manufacture. I've just realized that I need pictures of various products for web and possibly sales brochures. I know absolutely nothing about how to take good product pictures. Do any of our photo gurus have tips, websites, examples that they'd like to share? (more inside)
posted by dejah420 on Aug 17, 2004 - 16 answers

How to photograph color and grayscale artwork?

I am trying to photograph several hundred pieces of color and grayscale artwork. I will be using a digital camera. Any pointers or resources that I can look to?
posted by the biscuit man on Jun 14, 2004 - 11 answers

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