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Product Q&A

Product Q&A

Category: Background System

1. What are the different types of backgrounds and what are the advantage of each?

We sell different types of studio backgrounds (different materials, sizes and colors). Every photographer should have in their own collection at least white, black, grey, blue and green backgrounds.

ColorQuantum Vinyl Backgrounds are available in different sizes (ie. 1.1m, 2x6m and 3x6m), with a range of colors: white, black and Chroma green to best suit your photography needs, with a matt side for shooting. Being non-reflective they are ideal for hi-key (add strong lights) and low-key photography. Vinyl backgrounds are a highly durable superior alternative to paper, they are wrinkle-free and last many years if kept properly. The material is easy to clean and maintain using a wet sponge and mild soap.
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2. What are the differences between each type of background in regards to quality, price and effects?

The quality of the products is different according to the material. The backgrounds come in different sizes, shapes (roll or foldable circle etc.), and materials (paper, cloth, vinyl, etc.) therefore, prices are different.
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3. Should I cut the vinyl background?

If the background is dirty you can clean it by using a wet sponge, there is no need to cut it. However, if you wish to cut the material and use it for work with a photo table, for example, of course you can cut it. But do it carefully in order to keep in use the remaining vinyl roll. It is up to the photographer either to cut the background or not. See our product range of Vinyl Backgrounds.
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4. Which Background Supports are recommended for which type of Backgrounds?

The backgrounds you find in our shop are: Cloth / Motif, Foldable Backgrounds, Paper backgrounds, Vinyl Backgrounds.
For Cloth/Motif backgrounds use as support a Telescopic Background system 3m, 3,9m or XXL (MPN 291051, 291068, 291884) which includes a telescopic bar (details mentioned in the product description) in order to sustain the background. The cloth background presents a special pocket in which you can insert the bar of the support.
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5. Can I install the Vinyl Background on my own supports?

Yes, but it depends what type of support you use. The Vinyl Backgrounds are heavier than the cloth or paper backgrounds (it depends on the size of the product of course). For background rolls it is also recommended to use as support the light stand kits with expanders, chain and weight (MPN 293031, 294533).
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6. What are the differences between Vinyl Backgrounds and Vinyl Backgrounds with microfiber layer? Do you get the same super white with both products?

It depends what you prefer to buy, according to the experience you have working with backgrounds, and of course the budget available.
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7. What kind of support can I use for a Cloth Background 3x6m type?

As Background support for Cloth Backgrounds you find in our shop Telescopic Supports of 3m, 3,9m or XXL (MPN 291051, 291068, 291884). The Cloth Background has a pocket in which you insert the bar of the telescopic support (in order to sustain the background, and extend the material).
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Category: Reflectors and Brollies

1. What are the differences between Softboxes and Umbrellas and what are the advantages of each?

Both are Light Modifiers.
Photographers tend to choose softboxes over umbrellas, if their work requires detailed lighting, but if you need light over a large area choose an umbrella. For beginners in photography, umbrella is great to start with.
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2. What is the utility of each color of umbrella: translucent, white, silver and gold?

Gold/Black, Silver/Black, White/Black are Reflective umbrellas. The light is bounced into the umbrella and reflected back onto the subject.
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Category: Studio Flash Lighting

1. What power of flash is needed for which size of studio, and for which type of photography? How many flashes do I need?

What you need for a simple studio is a white background and 3 - 4 lights. Do not set up your studio where natural light is present because this type of light cannot be controlled. Select a large room with high ceiling if possible, to work comfortably and have space to mount the material needed for work. Mount your background on the support and unroll it until it reaches the floor and mount the lights.
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2. What is the difference between a Flash and a Daylight? Do I need both?

If you work with a studio flash or off-camera flashes, the result is a white light that aims at your subject. The exposure is captured in a single, powerful flash of light.
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3. Do Flashes work through a photocell?

Studio Flash units in our shop have a built-in photocell (slave). The photocell enables the unit to be triggered from another flash unit, IR remote trigger or small on-camera flash.
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4. What are the differences between FotoQuantum flashes and Walimex flashes?

FotoQuantum is a European brand of Professional Studio Flashes, equipped with advanced features. It includes flashes of power 55Ws, 180Ws, 250Ws and 500Ws. Studio Flash kits are available in our shop with different accessories: umbrellas, softboxes, beauty dish etc.
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5. Differences between VC and VC PLUS flashes?

VC-PLUS flashes have a bigger display that shows all the settings of the flash.
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6. What type of flash can be used with the Speedlite System Flash Battery Pack Q-POWER QP-820?

The Battery Pack Q-POWER QP-820 comes with coiled cables for Canon (MPN 291860) and Nikon (MPN 291839). The coiled cables can be purchased separately, for flash models compatibility please check the product descriptions. The canon cable also is compatible for Nissin flashes.
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7. Can I use flashes for outdoor work?

For outdoor work you can use compact flashes for which you find portable batteries as accessory in our shop. For studio flashes currently we do not sell the portable batteries. See in our shop Portable Lighting Power product category.
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8. How can I protect my camera outdoors?

To protect the camera please find in our shop Camera Protection covers, Camera Pouches.
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9. What are the differences between Snoot, Beauty dish and Honeycomb?

Snoots, Beauty dishes and Honeycombs are accessories for Studio Flash systems and not for Continuous Light products.
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Subcategory: Sync Tools, Cables, Radio:

1. What are the features of a radio trigger, and how does it work?

Radio triggers consist of a small transmitter that is plugged into the camera hot shoe and a receiver that is plugged into the studio flash.
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2. What are the advantages/disadvantages of each triggering method (infrared, radio, cable, photocell)?

Infrared and Photocell triggers need a direct sight connection, whereas radio and cable don´t. Also, the speed of synchronization goes from faster to slower: cable, radio, infrared and photocell.
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3. Is it compulsory to have a receiver on every FotoQuantum Studio Flashes to trigger all of them at the same time?

It is not compulsory but advisable. With only one receiver and the photocell activated on the others, there is no need to have a receiver on each.
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4. Which wireless triggers are compatible with Sony Alpha Camera, and Minolta?

For compatibility you need an adapter from the brand Walimex (MPN 15139) or Proxistar (MPN 102674)
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Category: Continuous Video Lighting

1. What is the power needed for a continuous light according to the size of the studio? And for what type of photography? How many lights do I need?

If possible, select a large room with high ceiling, to work comfortably and have space to mount the material needed. Mount your background on the support and the lights accordingly. Do not set up your studio where natural light is present because this type of light cannot be controlled.
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2. Does Daylight generate heat in the studio?

Continuous Lights (Fluorescent lights) generate little or no heat and are very safe to work with. They include energy saving bulbs (one or more bulbs depending on the daylight). Fluorescent lights are ideal for shooting small and large products, high key photography.
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3. What is better: a daylight with flaps, reflectors, umbrellas or softboxes?

Photographers tend to choose Softboxes over umbrellas, if their work requires detailed lighting, but if you need light over a large area choose an umbrella. For beginners in photography, umbrella is great to start with.
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4. What is the difference between Fluorescent lights, Quartz and LED lights?

The difference is the color temperature, and also the light modifiers that can be used with each continuous light kit.
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5. Is there any extra information regarding the bulbs and their power?

In our shop you find energy saving bulbs. The bulbs are sold separately (as an individual product), or as part of a light kit.
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Category: Softboxes

1. Do I need a softbox? What is the utility of using it?

Softbox - It is the ideal light modifier for portraits, as it allows to control the light. Useful for shooting portraits for which you need a darker, black background.
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2.What are the shapes and sizes of a Softbox? What is the utility of each of them?

Softboxes come in different sizes and shapes: square, rectangular and octagonal. The large softboxes placed closer to the subject produce a very soft directional light. The larger the softbox, the softest is the light.
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3. Can a Softbox be used with a continuous light for work?

Continuous Light kits are available with Softbox as well, but the softbox cannot be bought separately as an accessory (see the list of accessories at the bottom of every product page). The Category Softboxes in our shop does not include softboxes for continuous lights, but for Studio Flashes.
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4. What type of Softbox can be used with a Speedlite?

In the Product subcategory Light Modifiers you find softboxes for compact flashes/speedlites.
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5. What are the main differences between an Octagonal Softbox with grid, and a Softbox without grid in terms of lighting? When is it required to use them?

An Octagonal Softbox is used for Beauty Portraits, full body photography (using side lighting or front full body shooting).
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Category: Product photography

1. I am doing product photography, what kit do you recommend for this type of photography?

Product Photography category includes Lighting sets for this type of photography and different Product kits including Light Cubs and Tables. Product Lighting sets come in combination of photo table with a daylight kit (with softbox or reflector), but also light cubes with a daylight kit.

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2. What are the difference between product photo table and light cube?

Photo Tables and Light Cubes, the perfect accessories for Product Photography.
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3. Is it necessary to turn on the light of the studio room when working with a light cube kit including the lights?

Light Cubes have different sizes, and also the power of the light included in the kit varies. Depending on the result you wish to achieve, you can add more lights to your light cube (usually 2 lights are included in the kit). Might be that the lights of the studio room are useful as well, it is choice of the photographer to use them or not.
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4. How should the light be oriented in order to avoid shadows and reflections in product photography and in general?

In our shop you find Product Photography kits that include a daylight set (usually 2 or more lights). When working with a daylight kit in this case, according to the position of the 2 lights, you can see immediately the shadows. Depending on the effect you want to obtain in the pictures, you can add more lights if considered necessary, and also move the lights until arriving to the result you wish to achieve.
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