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Can anyone identify this (allegedly) Ansel Adams photo of an ornate interior?

My wife purchased this photographic print some years ago. It is signed "Ansel Adams" on the back (it could be a stamp, or it could be an actual signature in pencil). The subject matter is a Middle ...
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Where can I find good example pictures for the influence of focal length on image composition

In this answer, Stan argues that having the choice between many focal lenghts in a large range is essential for studio photography, making a zoom lens a good choice. This was surprising to me as a ...
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What are some good examples of using ND filter with wide apertures?

Usually pictures shot with ND filters look like this one. The typical recommendation is to combine ND filter with narrow aperture to get slower shutter speed. This results in a very big depth of ...
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How to do 360 Polar Panorama in Photography? [duplicate]

I Have here a 360 Panorama picture from random Web search: I want to ask how to do this, do I need some special lens or any equipment to do this? It's kind a tricky I guess.
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The “WOW” factor for photojournalism, nature and portrait photography. [closed]

Okay, this is an open discussion with no specific answer/s required, just a pure discussion, personal experiences are welcomed. What are the WOW factors that both the viewers (including those non ...
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An intro to “conceptual” fine-art photography?

In many photo clubs and professional fine art photography, is very common to show "conceptual" photo essays or photo series. That is, there is a unifying idea behind a compilation of images, and ...
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Why did “pure” photography displace pictoralism so completely?

Originally, the first photographers were more concerned with the science and technology of photography than with art, and the results were largely dry point-and-shoot affairs. This relatively quickly ...
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Is this type of photo manipulation still violating copyright law?

I am a photo student and I am doing a photo series on contemporary art. I plan to take pictures of contemporary art from printed books (photo of a published photo of an art work). And I will be ...
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Steps towards becoming an amazing creative model photographer?

How do I become this guy someday - http://vonwong.com/ ? Specifically, I'd like to one day be able to make photos that exude creativity using a full set of studio equipment, special effects and ...
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Who is the Japanese photographer famous for long-exposure daylight shots of busy intersections?

I am trying to write a message to a friend where I compare their work to a famous Japanese photographer whose work I was familiar with in 2008. For some reason Google is now flooded with the millions ...
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Why do people say they like “art” and “photography”, instead of just “art”?

Always puzzle me to hear people list photography (in the context of it being art) and something different than art. Is there a reason for this historically?
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What makes this Eggleston picture great?

What makes this Eggleston picture great? I'm being a little provocative here, I actually like the picture, but... It is just a rusty toy; you can find one like it almost everywhere. Ok, the ...
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Is photomontage photography?

I frequent 500px and enjoy viewing and voting the photos there. I thought I was mostly looking at photography on this site but it seems that my eyes were fooled more then a few times. (And this is not ...
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How to reproduce Renaissance painting styles in photography?

Rembrandt lighting is a well-known technique to produce Chiaroscuro, presentation of depth using light and shadow areas. But in addition to Chiaroscuro, there were three other painting modes in the ...
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Is technical perfection necessary for an artistically awe-inspiring photograph?

What is your feeling in front of an awe-inspiring photograph (with really good composition, light, color, depth of field, etc.) but with unsatisfactory technical qualities (for example: JPEG ...
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What was the “New York School” of photography?

My art history knowledge consists of half-remembered intro-level courses. I learned from following this question that Saul Leiter was a member of or made contributions to something called "The New ...
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What photographer took this mid 20th-century color photograph?

Can anyone please identify who is the photographer of this picture and what is the name of the picture? It appears taken in middle of 20th century (1950s?) in a rural place. It looks like summer. A ...
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Can one make good photographs with artistic sense but little real technical skill?

I used to practice photography, but I quit for a while after getting burned out, because I was not able to catch exactly what I was seeing at the moment — never same light, never same colors. I know ...
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What are the symbolic meanings of the position of hands in images?

In photography as well as in paintings (especially those from the middle ages, where a lot of symbols were used), the position of the hands often means a lot; does anyone know a list of all those ...
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How do I choose a title for a photograph?

I'm taking a lot of pictures and publishing them online even showing a few in a gallery but... I have a hard time thinking up names for them! I'm not entirely comfortable numbering them, and I think ...
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What does it mean for a photograph to be “high key”?

As I learned the term, a high-key image is one where the shadows are effectively eliminated, and the mid-tone detail pushed into brighter zones. My question is simple: is this an accurate definition, ...
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What size should I print at for gallery shows?

So, let's assume I have taken some great shots, and secured a gallery presentation. I have shots of extremely varying aspect ratios, and many themes. Now I have to order prints. What size should ...
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What are some good places to buy photo prints online? [closed]

I'm looking for artwork that has already been produced by the artist. Lots of artists have their own sites setup, but is there some kind of aggregator that has a bunch of them altogether?
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Which photographer do you find inspirational? [closed]

As a change from the technical flavour of our questions I would like to turn to photography as an art, so I am afraid this is inevitably subjective. Which photographer, in your mind, is especially ...
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Does a photographer take pictures or make pictures?

Most people speak of the process of photography as taking pictures. However, many serious photographers instead refer to making pictures. One might be inclined to dismiss this as jargon, but there's ...
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What makes a photo a good photo?

I don't know if this is a stupid question, this just came across my mind. Imagine a photo of a dog yawning. Someone could say that is a very good photo as it is taken just at the right moment, from ...
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What is your favourite photographic inspiration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which photographer do you find inspirational? I am curious to see what draws your inspiration into this field. One photograph per answer.