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Help me choose 2 lens for 2 different photoshoot type [on hold]

I decided to buy Nikon D7000 body, and I'm thinking about 2 lens, but I can't decide myself which lenses to buy. So I am thinking about Nikkor 35mm and Nikkor 18-200 or 18-140. I usually shoot ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is the wide aperture and bokeh of a 50mm prime more important than getting to the 70-90mm range for portraits?

I've a Pentax K-30 with the following lens: Pentax-M 50mm 1.7 manual focus Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 autofocus Pentax 55-300mm 4-5.6 autofocus Considering that : Pentax 50mm has the nicest bokeh and ...
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Which focus mode should I use for a portrait shoot?

I have to do a portrait shoot for a friend. My camera (Pentax K-30) allows me to focus in the following modes: 1 focus point (center) 11 auto focus points 5 auto focus points I haven't yet ...
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Reproduce picture on black background with soft light on face only

I don't have much experience in studio photography but I'm following a photographer named Brian Ingram and his work is amazing. Could you guys give me some insight on how to reproduce this kind of ...
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Portraits under a shade tree?

I have a friend who's requesting to have shots made for his LinkedIn profile where he's being photographed at the Mount Auburn Cemetery under the shade of trees. What kind of lighting and modifiers do ...
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How can I shoot a low-key portrait outside during the daytime?

For low-key portrait photos, one requirement is a dark background which is not there during the day outside. I tried to shoot one, but it seems I do not know how to do it. I am using a Canon 7D, ...
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How can using an incident light meter improve my outdoor portraits?

Never used one, but from the theories around it that I read on the internet, I was wondering whether a light meter that can measure incident light is useful for outdoor shots? Or is this tool mostly ...
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Even exposure for portrait photos [duplicate]

I'm using a Canon Powershot sx510hs which is an advanced point and shoot camera with 30x optical zoom. It has only one focus point at the center. Whenever I am trying to take portraits, having sky as ...
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Background blurring in non-dslr camera [duplicate]

I have a canon powershot sx510hs which is a non-dslr and advanced point and shoot camera with 30x optical zoom. I have seen dslr images, specially portraits, taken in manner that the main object stays ...
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How were these portraits of Trent Reznor lit and shot?

I'm trying to figure out how the lighting and camera settings were configured for these two portraits. I'm also curious if / how this could be replicated with amateur equipment (eg. not tens of ...
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Differences between shadow placement on a face?

The use of shadow is important for conveying lots of different things... mood of a person, setting or simply for dramatic effect. I am wondering specifically, in a close up shot of a face in the ...
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Is the Nikon 55-300mm a good choice for indoor and outdoor portraits?

I have the most basic model of Nikon DSLR, the Nikon D3200, with the 18-55 kit lens. I'm thinking of buying the Nikon 55-300mm lens, mainly for its zoom purpose. Is it a good lens? Can I take portrait ...
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How can I encourage my friend to be less shy when I take her photo?

My girlfriend is very shy when I want to take a photo of her. When I tell her I'm going to make a shot or when she sees I'm focusing camera on her, first 10-60 seconds she is just hiding her face and ...
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Turning the smaller eye away from the lens?

From "Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook" ph 3. "The subject" : Eye Size. Always take note when a subject has one eye that is smaller than the other. When you find that, you can make ...
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What setup/gear is needed to get this silhouette low-key effect?

I am trying to get an image such as: https://500px.com/photo/103497551/-by-brett-walker?from=editors&only=Black+and+White My setup is a SB700 speedlight, D7000, and a tripod. When I try this, I ...
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Photographing a waterfall but also have a person in foreground

I was wondering how I take a picture of a waterfall in motion but also have a person as my main subject. I know I have to use a slower shutter speed, and use a tripod to get the water in motion. How ...
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Which color for a job interview portrait?

For a job interview portrait, I need to make a picture that reflects leadership, creativity and flexibility. What color or colors should I use? Also, after pick up the color, should I use a tone ...
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How are “Tele Photography” and “Candid Photography” different for a wedding?

For wedding functions, are "tele photography" and "candid photography" the same? If not, what are all the similarities and dissimilarities?
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What kind of 'guerrilla' background / backdrop is being used in Felipe Dana's Cracklands portraits?

I love the streetwise way of taking portrait photos in the subject's own environment used in Felipe Dana's Portraits from Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Cracklands’ series. But I'm wondering if the white ...
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How can I achieve consistent skin tones in my photographs?

I've been shooting more people recently and have noticed that their skin tones are all over the map depending on the lighting situation. Are there any best practices or tips to ensure consistent and ...
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How to apply the Rule of Thirds with people?

If the subject of the photo is a mother beside her child who just graduated in a graduation ceremony, how would I be able to apply the rule of thirds?
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How to ask a subject(person) to photograph them? [duplicate]

Even if it is just a friend or family, what are tips to help make a person comfortable being photographed. Of course, not everyone is up for being photographed, but when they agree for a photo or ...