Where in the SE network can I ask a question about lighting in the context of special effects? Specifically, how to reflect/scatter light upwards?

I was thinking the physics site. Would this be correct? Is there another site that would be more appropriate?

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Perhaps your question may on-topic for Audio-Video Production, a 'Q&A for engineers, producers, editors, and enthusiasts spanning the fields of audio, video, and media creation'. They already have a few question on lighting.

DIY questions can be asked on Home Improvement, although the sites based more so on traditional practical lighting as apposed to lighting for entertainment.

You can also propose a new site on Area 51 (if you have the determination to do so). Making a new site is a fairly time consuming process which involves gathering plenty of like-minded individuals to commit.

  • I'm trying to do something like this (youtube.com/watch?v=quwaVmp5Gk0&t=3m26s) with a real box. Audio & Video still the best place?
    – Luke
    Jan 5, 2012 at 20:46
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    Physics may be an appropriate place to ask if such an effect is even possible in the real world.
    – Herbert
    Jan 5, 2012 at 21:12
  • So should I start out at Physics asking if this is possible in the real world, and then if so post a question in the Audio & Video section?
    – Luke
    Jan 5, 2012 at 22:27

Unless it's a question about the physical process by which light is reflected from surfaces, Physics is unlikely to be appropriate. If you're asking about this in relation to camera use, try the Photography site.

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    Or maybe Game Development if it's for a game engine?
    – Pekka
    Jan 5, 2012 at 19:58
  • Ah, yes, true. Lighting for a computer rendering of a scene would be off topic on Physics, but might go to Game Dev.
    – David Z
    Jan 5, 2012 at 20:00
  • The Photography site would likely also cover any lighting to do with Theater or other large-scale (or small scale) productions.
    – cdeszaq
    Jan 5, 2012 at 20:02
  • It's not game dev, it's real world. It's not camera related either. Might sound crazy, but I want to achieve something like this (or close enough): youtube.com/watch?v=quwaVmp5Gk0&t=3m26s in a real box. Question involved light, mirrors/reflection, and light diffusion.
    – Luke
    Jan 5, 2012 at 20:08

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