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Questions relating to portraits: lens choice, lighting, posing, retouching, photographing groups, newborns.

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Is the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens going to work for my Canon T5i for portraits?

I am new to the photography industry, and have my first engagement booking this upcoming month. I am planning on buying the Canon T5i body, and am wondering if the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM will fit and be a ...
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Does being a Macro lens but on a shorter focal length affect taking a tight portrait photo?

I want to do some beauty portraits. Some of my shots will be from waist up, some of them will be tighter. For example just the face and nothing else in the frame OR a little going back to get the ...
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How are large print (20x30) photos captured?

I've just noticed that formats like 20" by 30" have peculiar dimensions and large pixel sizes. How are these achieved? Does the photographer stitch multiple full-res photos? If so, is there a panning ...
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What would be a good beginners lens for portrait plus telephoto? [closed]

I have Canon 600D with Canon 50 f1.8 and Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-f4 OS Contemporary lenses. I am looking to upgrade to a Telephoto now, I am considering Canon 70-200mm f4 L USM (non IS), Tamron SP 70-...
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What gear do I need for a newborn photography session?

I am an amateur photographer and I have a newborn session coming up for a family friend. My current gear is: Canon T5i (crop sensor) Canon 18-55 IS STM Kit lens 85mm f/1.8 lens I plan on buying ...
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What camera settings are standard for taking indoors headshots?

I want to create a composite which are basically a bunch of formal headshots and I wanted to know what settings I should be using for iso, aperture, and shutter? And How I should position my lights. I'...
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What route should I go for a strobe? [closed]

Not including stands or anything else, what kind of strobe would you go for spending no more than $3,000? For instance would you buy 1 Profoto B1 along with their AirTTL or go for a much cheaper ...
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What type of photography lens minimizes background blur? [duplicate]

I'm in the market for a lens I can use for portrait photography as well as nature. I hate background blur. The portrait photography I do and get a great response from, are the ones where I frame the ...
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Which Canon 70-200mm is best for a wildlife trip?

New member here.. I signed up after checking similar questions on this matter that didn't fully clear my doubts. I'm planning to buy a Canon 70-200 lens to use on my 550D body. I've been reading ...
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How to achieve the super high contrast look of Thierry Le Gouès' Soul Album?

I'm curious to know how to achieve the high contrast look of Thierry Le Gouès' Soul album (please note: images are NSFW). I know this is probably done in post but I would like to know if there is a ...
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How does the inverse square law relate to the softness of light for portraits?

I am a bit confused. I understand that if you want soft lighting for portraits, you need to use a large light source compared to the size of your subject. So, I thought by bringing the light source ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

I have a dilemma. My girlfriend is in to photography and wants to understand it more. She came in contact with a photographer who likes photographing woman either dressed or undressed. He said to help ...
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Why would you use a backdrop on location?

I see in behind-the-scenes shots of many famous photographers that they shoot with a backdrop but on location. For example a National Geographic photographer I follow had just posted one of him with ...
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Mirror Picture Set Up

I test a lot of beauty products and give advice to other women about my experience. I would like to take a photo of me looking in the mirror using the products. So basically the picture will show the ...
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How to fix bra strap marks… during production [duplicate]

I work with many first-time models and often do boudoir. On the checklist I give them it says DON'T do this, but sometimes there will be someone who shows up to the shoot wearing a tight push-up bra. ...
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What is a “3/4” picture and what makes it 3/4?

I have seen 3/4 mentioned a lot but no one bothers to say what exactly is 3/4. I googled and got many portraits with people that angle their body to the camera, but that definition may include more ...
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What makes portraits appear too “tryhard” or forced?

I have good portraits that when applied B&W filters, or when edited in any other way, they produce an objectively good looking result, but the portrait itself looks too "tryhard" or "forced". Some ...
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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?

How viable are "photography templates" where a professional gives the exact settings to use in a specific set up (say afternoon natural daylight at the beach, 50mm lenses with 3.5f at 3ft distance ...
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How can I take a low-light portrait of a violinist, without dedicated lighting gear?

I have been asked to take a portrait of a violinist with her instrument. She's from my family so I can ask her to pose as I like. The picture is actually going to be turned into a painting later, but ...
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Which one is better for outdoor portraits Nikon DX NIKKOR 55-200MM F/4-5.6G VRII or 35mm f1.8? [duplicate]

Which one will give me more intense background blur with sharp foreground subject?
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Posing two male friends?

I have a portrait shoot that has a personal angle to it. Two college friends who are business partners want a portrait taken that expresses their close friendship while still maintaining ...
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Which will produce a shallower depth of field: 50mm f/1.7 or 70-210mm f/4?

I'm shooting with a Sony a77. What would produce a more shallow depth of field for portraits: a Minolta 50mm 1.7 wide open or a Minolta 70-210mm f/4 wide open?
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What's the use of light source directly above model's head?

I have seen many behind-the-scenes photos that depict a large diffused light source (like a LastoLite Skylite Rapid) placed above model's head. Imagine it is like a ceiling. What is this done for? ...
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Lighting for specific type of photo

so i have found a very unique image, and I am wondering what lighting they would have used, and how they get it to this point (image editing?). Any pointers would be helpful, here is the image.
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Portrait photograph [closed]

I am new to our local photographic club, and the theme for our next competition is portraits. can one use a animal ( head shot) as a portrait.
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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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Will a 14mm f/2.8 prime be useful for nearby action shots?

I am a novice amateur photographer. My only equipment right now is my Sony Nex 3N and the kit 18-55mm zoom. I had been hesitant to sink much money into lenses when I realized that building up a lens ...
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What lens is ideal for graduation and family pictures?

I am currently using a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for graduation and family pictures, so that many people can fit into the frame, but I find this lens isn't sufficient enough — lack of sharpness around the ...
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General rules when compression in the background looks good (like with longer focal lengths)?

Is there any general set of rules or guidelines on when would the background compression generated by a long focal length look good in a picture? Example : in a headshot, I really like the background ...
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maximizing print size over 300dpi [duplicate]

i usually shot portraits with my 60D and tamron 17-50mm f2.8 using maximum resolution JPEG + RAW @ 5184 x 3456 pixels. after recent photoshoot, i tried to print an 8R using this particular setting and ...
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What B&W film is best for shooting close up portraits? [closed]

I have a project where I want to shoot close up B/W portrait shots of subjects whose faces are wet. What would be the ideal B/W film? I want to get the detail of the light off the water droplets. ...
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Shallow DOF: continuous or single AF mode?

When I take a portrait with settings which result in a DOF shallow enough that the subjects' movements risk missing focus on the eyes, should I use continuous AF mode - is the continuous AF fast ...
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50mm 1.8 lens or 35mm 1.8 lens for makeup artist doing close-up face shots of brides?

Trying to decide if i should invest in a 50mm 1.8 or 35mm 1.8 lens for taking before and after shots of my brides. Any advice would be super helpful! I have a Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR ...
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How can I take a candlelit photo with a pure black background?

I was trying out the same shot but was unable to achieve such lighting on the subject. Also My background becomes visible If I start playing around with the exposure. i.e. if my exposure is balanced I ...
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How can I achieve a light-painting portrait without the subject becoming translucent?

I know about light-painting. But, when I try portraits with light painting, I get a transparent image of that person in the portrait. My steps are: Set my DSLR in Manual Mode. Change the Shutter ...
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What type of lens equipment would work well for portraits of makeup clients? Is a standard 18-55mm enough?

I am a professional makeup artist who is looking for good equipment that fits my needs as artist. I want to use this camera to be able to collect high quality images to add to my website portfolio. I ...
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Budget Nikon lens for portrait/macro/landscape [closed]

I have a Nikon D5100 with kit lens, 18-55mm, and I take mostly portrait and landscape (urban/nature) photos, but I also like some macro, when the opportunity arises. With the kit lens, I dislike the ...
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Which lens for portraits using an APS-C camera? [closed]

I am a portrait photographer and currently am using the 50mm Lens (1.8) for the Canon Rebel t5i. I want to excel in my photography (quality wise) I've been researching about other lenses but Im still ...
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What to consider for a graduation class photo?

Being the last year as undergraduates, my class and I want to do a graduation class photo (something like this). Even if I know the something of photography, I'm not professional (and I don't have ...
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How can I get the bright, clean look commonly found in stock portrait photography?

Many stock images have a clean look that make us recognize them as such: apart from a slightly cliched motive, I would list: slightly oversaturated colors lots of light - depth is mostly conveyed by ...
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Color correcting difficulties… on cloudy days

I own professional photography equipment and I know how to achieve correct exposure. I also use adobe lightroom. I use auto white balance but I am usually pretty good at eyeballing color corrections ...
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How can I take a professional self-portrait?

I'm a novice photographer. I own a Canon EOS 100D and want to take a picture like this one of myself. Apart from a tripod, remote controller, tether cable, and a laptop, what else do I need to set ...
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Are wide angle lenses suitable for portraiture of children?

Wide angle lens tend to make faces more "chubby" than they appear otherwise, and are therefore not used often for portraits, unless the landscape is an important part of the frame. I'm curious as to ...
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What kind of lens to use to get sharp images of people from a distance?

I am looking to buy a new lens and want something that will produce sharp images of people from a distance. I currently have a 50mm prime lens and my close-up portraits are great - crisp and clear - ...
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How do I shoot “snowy beard” portraits in studio?

I'm looking for a way to create the frosty beard with snow portrait in studio with controlled lighting. The problem is of course that snow/ice melts. Are there any fake snow/ice that is used in these ...
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What tools can do severe contrast reduction, especially on faces?

Someone said in a comment "As a hint though, most of the options I'd head for in post would be in the Lab colour space where I can split colour and contrast." Most all tips I see on "post" are about ...
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Nikon macro lens for portrait photography? [duplicate]

Many photographers use macro lenses for taking portraits. For example Canon's 100 L Macro is one of their sharpest lenses. But I use Nikon and don't know much about their macro lenses so was ...
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Shooting people on street at 3pm, what is the preferred direction for shooting? [closed]

As when the target is facing the sun, there will be shadow, so should I back the Sun or Face the Sun?
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What's the best Macro/Portrait setup gear I should look for?

I am looking forward to shooting macro photography and portraits, too. I have a Nikon D5100 with the kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. I love doing macros but I feel like I'm limited with my lens and ...
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50mm f/1.4 versus 85mm f/1.8 with APS-C for portraits? [duplicate]

Which would be a better choice for head and shoulder shots with a 1.6x crop sensor camera: 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8? How I will be shooting: 6-12 feet away from model. Under the cover of dense ...