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

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Why do I meter under the chin with a lightmeter?

Every single tutorial or video has advised to meter for a portrait right under the chin. First of all why? If the face is the most important part, wouldn't you meter right at the face? Secondly, I ...
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How do I take good portraits with a bridge camera and superzoom?

I'm an absolute beginner with regards to photography. I did some research on portrait photography today. From what I learned, a long-telephoto lens (70mm-135mm or more focal length (35mm ...
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Is there a 3rd party X-mount lens (price & function) similar to Fujinon's portrait lens?

I'm interested in these two lenses for portraiture: X-mount Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R Micro Four Thirds' Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 The problem is I want a decent portrait lens, but the ...
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How can I shoot a portrait and still see a sharp background [duplicate]

I consider buying an entry-level DSLR (probably Sony A58 kit or Nikon D3300 kit). I won't buy any lenses, I'll keep the 18-55mm that come with the camera. So, if I want to shoot a person from close ...
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What lens do I need for a group portrait like this?

I am enrolled in community college, majoring in photography. I currently do head shots but I want to do vintage(ish) portraits of families of say 4-5 people. I have a studio set up with a vintage sofa ...
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Is 85-135mm really the best for every single kind of face?

They say that focal length around 85-135mm is the best for the head and shoulder kind portraits. I've done some tests myself, I can definitely see the differences. The face is more natural looking ...
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How to achieve Greg Gorman style in his book Framed?

How to achieve this style? Is it mixture of barn doors, snoots and subtractive light? Please give an example of how to use subtractive light
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How do I take a photo like this (very bright)?

I've always wondered how these pictures are taken. They have a very "bright" feel to them. And it feels that they are "bathed" in golden sun light. I understand that I have to take this during the ...
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How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?

How do I get bright even and soft light on a face like this? Image taken from this link I got the exact same equipment but I wasn't able to reproduce the result. First I tried lighting it from ...
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What qualities are important in a camera for studio portraiture?

I'm 16 and going to be going to college to get my photography degree. I'm working on starting a photography business. The type of photography I'm interested in doing is mainly studio; portraits of ...
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How do I take flattering photos of people with acne (scarring)?

Occasionally I'll find myself as the photographer for a professional event at my Alma mater. As a natural consequence of the demographic, there's quite a few people there with severe acne and also ...
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Is there a “bible” for portrait photography like “Light, Science and Magic” is for lighting?

Can anyone recommend a good book on portrait photography, covering gear, lighting setups, posing and so forth? More interested in the setup and shooting than post processing and retouching. Would ...
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What features would cause a portrait photographer to choose a DSLR over Mirrorless?

With the new line of mirrorless cameras being announced this fall, the gap between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continue to close. There are many generic discussions comparing the two, but as a ...
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Looking for tips for a good LinkedIn profile picture session [closed]

I'm new in this site and in photography as well. I don't have professional equipment (nor budget), but I think my gear is just enought for what I want to accomplish. I want to gather some experience ...
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Does street photography including children introduce any specific concern?

If one were to take a similar path as Henri Cartier-Bresson in shooting candid street photography today, should they be concerned about laws or other realistic norms of today? I am wondering ...
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Portrait on a blue background which color should the model wear?

I was wondering, in the case of a classic head + shoulder portrait, which color of clothes should the model wear to improve the photo? What if is a white skin model? an Asian skin model? Dark skin ...
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How can I improve this picture of my friend on vacation?

I've taken a few pictures of this girl. I'm not satisfied with the result but I cannot say the reason. Let's say that I want to improve it. What should I do? A strong zoom on her face may help? ...
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Why are there no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography?

Why are there (at least to my knowledge) no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography. It seems like a great solution to obtain a lightweight DSLR for both landscape and portrait ...
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How much should I charge for selling un watermarked high resolution photos?

I've recently done a shoot for a customer where the contract stated they would get "web ready" digital versions of the photos (max dimension 1024px), as well as the ability to order prints. The ...
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50mm vs 35mm cropped [duplicate]

For shooting portraits, why is 50mm preferable? For example with an APS-C sensor, why is it not ok to take photos with 35mm equivalent and simply crop them (to 50mm equivalent)? or take photos closer ...
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How do I photograph a wedding in the rain?

I've shot weddings before, but being in Minnesota they almost always have an indoor venue available due to the long cold winters that we have. I am coming up on a wedding that I will likely be ...
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How to control both aperture and shutter speed for casual portraits

I took a number of ambient light portraits on Friday and I'm a little disappointed by the amount of motion blur (not camera shake) on parts of the subject. Altering the lighting was not an option. I ...
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What is the best paint to use to make backdrops for studio photography with blown out white backgrounds, and dark black backgrounds

I'm very interested in the best paint to create some studio-like backdrops for doing studio photography. My aim is to take some fashion shots with blown-out white backgrounds, and also with dark ...
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How to get this washed out look in lightroom [duplicate]

How to get this low contrast washed flared look for portraits in lightroom https://www.flickr.com/photos/emsoto/
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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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How can I make nice, professional looking corporate portraits?

I have been asked to shoot a couple of portraits at work for a conference brochure. I am a keen amateur but never really shot corporate portraits. I will use a Nikon D40 and the 50mm 1.4G. I am ...
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Basic Corporate Portrait Shooting [duplicate]

My company is implementing employee badges. I'd like to purchase some equipment for a basic portrait format and then create a procedure for producing the portraits. Could anyone describe the basic ...
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Which metering mode is best for portraiture using a white background?

I was wondering whether its best to use spot, centre weighted or matrix metering for portraiture when using a white background. It feels like it could be better to use spot or centre weighted to make ...
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Is light the only difference? Or does the camera and lens make all the difference?

Look at this stunning portrait: Let's ignore everything but JUST the amount of detail the photograph succeeds to convey. Now look at one of the best portraits I have taken of my girlfriend, as a ...
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What do you call a photo session that involves youth & erotica?

I'm not really sure how to ask this question, so I'll just explain what my potential client says they want. I have potential female clients that want to have pictures taken of them partially (maybe ...
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how to capture the details of a face?

I have been browsing in behance and i fell in love with his work. how do you do this kind of photography? its so clean and detailed, if this is edited in PS then can you post some links fo any tutz? ...
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How to photograph an adult and a child together such that the adult doesn't dominate the scene?

I have taken the following photographs myself in different frames of time. I have been told that in the below pictures, the man "dominates" the scene. How should I take these kind of photos such that ...
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What would be the correct way to place strobes to photograph a group of 10 or 12 people in a row?

First thing that comes to mind is placing one flash unit to the right and another to the left, but the subjects in the middle of the row would get light equally from both flashes,in an unflattering ...
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How can I take better class photos for a school magazine, indoors under fluorescent light?

I am using a Nikon D3100 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G. I am currently taking class photos for the school magazine and I am curious about the best setting possible. It is all indoors with fluorescent lightings ...
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Software/sollution for blending/morphing faces together

I'm looking for a relatively easy way to take several portrait photos of faces and then blend them together into a coherent face. For example, I'd like to create androgynous faces by combining ...
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How to make female chest look bigger?

When photographing women they often want the chest to appear as big as possible. I tried with light coming from different positions but was not satisfied with the results. Are there any tricks to ...
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Will an ND filter lower flash output more than high speed sync?

I understand that both can allow for bigger apertures to be used in bright daylight but I am a little confused about the pros and cons. Will high speed sync lower your flash output more compared to ...
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How to get tack sharp portraits with shallow DOF when lacking an AF point where I want to focus?

What is the best way to get tack sharp portraits with shallow depth of field when lacking an auto focus point where I want to focus. I don't want to crop and "focus and recompose" is not an option ...
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How can I take portrait pictures like Apple's 30 years of Mac campaign?

Is it possible just by getting a good camera? Do I have to do serious editing after the photo is taken? http://www.apple.com/30-years/
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How do you shoot still motion portraits?

Occasionally I see shots that have motion blur around the subject ... yet the subject is in focus. They are usually shot at very slow speeds, sometimes they even have a 1 second exposure, yet the ...
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How does wedding photographer post-process to achieve this rich detailed + high contrast portrait look?

Extremely rich in detail and contrast, which make the photo look very stand out (3D) and feels like looking at a masterpiece painting. I assumed this is not a 3 shot combined HDR photo (since involve ...
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DSLR Lens For Close Range Full Body Shots

I have a Nikon D800 and a 70-120mm zoom lens and a 105mm macro lens. I am doing portrait photography and I want to be able to take photos at close range (just a few feet away) while still capturing ...
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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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How should I set up my studio to take sharp portraits without shadows with two white umbrellas and one silver umbrella?

What would be the best studio setup using two white umbrellas with lights, one silver umbrella with a light and canon 430ex ii? My goal is to take sharp pictures of people without shadows. I am not ...
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How can I make short people look taller in photographs?

I was browsing some great shots from Herb Ritts and came across this photo (NSFW). It seems like the legs of the woman appear longer in relation to her body. Is this an effect of the lens used? ...
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Best lens choice for day time outdor shoot? [closed]

I am fairly new to photography. I planned a trip to hill station this weekend. I have following lenses: 40mm f2.8 (pancake) 18-55mm IS II 55-250mm IS II Should I carry all the lenses or would ...
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Which Lens is better to use for portrait photography? [duplicate]

Currently am using Canon EOS 600D with 18-55 mm lens. I am concentrating on portrait photography . i need some suggestions for the lens that i can use for it.
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Will a lens with a low aperture value give me better portrait photos?

I want to take pictures of people from 5-20 feet away. I attend lots of group events and am free to walk around and snap photos. I just purchased a Canon t3i and it comes with a 18-55mm kit lens. The ...
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What is ideal distance to subject for head and shoulder portraits?

Perspective is a matter of distance and has an effect on facial features and the observed three-dimensional feeling in a two-dimensional photograph. Proper lighting is a big part of this, but that's ...
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How do I achieve this very bright and clear portrait look?

Extremely bright eyes and contrast. Not sure if this is photoshopped or achieved through lighting and lenses. I have even seen this sort of effect in live video.. any ideas on how to do this look? ...