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How can I get an advertisement-like photo of a pint of Guinness?

I'm a massive Guinness fan and want to take a close up of the dark cloudy texture you get when you pour a glass. I've seen it in the adverts and just want to experiment. I have a limited-edition pint ...
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How can I take a macro shot without a macro lens?

I am a photography newbie and have only a 18 - 135mm canon kit lens at my disposal. I wanted to take macro shots but can't really afford a macro lens right now. One very optimistic goal of mine is to ...
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How can I make the most of entry level camera gear?

I'm an amateur photographer. As a student going through university, money is (obviously) not abundant and buying photography gear is not a top priority. That being said, I still love to use what I ...
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How to choose a gaffer's tape?

After a long time using my flash with rubber bands to hold flash accessories, I decided to try the Gaffer's tape method recommended by many photogs. So, I searched for that on B&H's website and ...
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Is a 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.4 a good lens for portraits in low light?

I only have one lens right now. It's the Canon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. I think this lens is great when the lighting conditions are right but in low light I usually have to resort to flash. ...
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What are hidden-gem “bang for the buck” lenses for Nikon?

I'm about to buy a D700 Nikon (no, NOT D800). I have no Nikon equipment at all. I'll initially be retaining my "main" Sony based system while I get the D700 'up to speed'. In time I expect to have to ...
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How do I shoot a self-portrait with a clear white background at home?

I want to do a self-portrait at home with a clear white background. How can I do it without buying expensive accessories (I mean with things we can found in home)? What's the correct light settings ...
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Can I get a cheap Tripod (<$75) for basic HDR / panorama photos?

I'm a very amateur photographer who enjoys taking HDR and Panorama photos. My biggest problem right now is that I don't have a tripod. Many will tell me $75 is too cheap for a tripod, but I really ...
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What are the most important features to look for in a low budget hotshoe flash and why?

When trying to get started with flash photography, there are a lot of new options, features and techniques that a photographer gets thrown in to. When starting on a budget, what features will give a ...
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Canon Starter Level Lenses [duplicate]

I would like to get into photography, and I'm thinking about buying a starter D-SLR camera (450D, 500D). Which Canon lenses do think fit to my purposes as considering I'm a beginner and my budget is ...
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How can I cheaply set up a small studio and learn how to use it?

Recently I've been thinking a lot about how I can increase the production value of my photos and films. I've come to the conclusion that I need to learn how to set up a small studio and how to use ...
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Good budget display for photo editing? [closed]

I need a computer screen for editing photos (and playing games, but that's another story). Maximum price is around 200$. Sizewise 21-22" would be nice. Thanks in advance, -christian
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I'm Buying a Camera for a Short Film, Need Suggestions [closed]

I know this forum is for photography, but I decided to post here anyway being a StackOverflow user. I'm going to shoot my first short film. I need suggestions on buying a camera. Here are the things ...
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What's a relatively low priced camera that performs well in low light condition? [closed]

I'm looking to buy a new (digital?) camera for regular photo-taking. I'm not an enthusiast and know next to nothing about photography. I would like the camera to be relatively low priced (for example, ...
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Can I make a budget trail camera with photoelectric sensors?

Only very expensive trailcams (USD 1,000+) are able to take photos of small and extremely fast stoats and weasels. So in order to monitor the presence/absence of weasel and stoat in a certain area, ...
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What kind of lens do I need to get more of the scene into the frame?

I apologize for my lack of photography terminology. I am a beginner who enjoys taking pictures of my infant, and I would like to improve greatly. With the winter here and doing all my pictures ...
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Suggest me the best digital camera under $150 [closed]

Basically I'm from india. As a trip I'm going to US. I plan to take up a new digital camera. I plan to purchase the camera for under $150. Could you kindly suggest me which one i can go for? (I'm ...
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Best way to get into cheap macro? [duplicate]

I am an enthusiast photographer looking to get into macro photography on a pretty tight budget. I've seen a number of options for extremely cheap macro, ranging from, for example, the Sigma 28-70 ...
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Other cheap DSLR models vs Canon 1100D? [closed]

I'm tempted to buy my first DSLR camera. Local store here is selling the Canon EOS 1100D with EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 DC III lens for 300 Euros. Price is the main factor for me, but new technology ...