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

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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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? ...
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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 can you limit the output of black and whites in Lightroom?

There is a successful photographer I follow and people love the effect they add to their photos. I've been editing photos for a long time and I know the trick they're using. However, I can't reproduce ...
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5d mark 1 vs 5d mark 2

I never shoot video with my mk2. I only take portraits, no issue with slower shutter speeds etc. Pragmatically, what would be the main disadvantages of downgrading, in terms of output and image ...
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Portrait Lens for Nikon D7000 50 mm vs 70-300mm [duplicate]

I know that the lenses I am going to talk about are not comparable as one is prime and another is zoom and one is f/1.4 and other is f/4.5-5.6 But still want to have opinions before buying either of ...
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How can I best take portraits in strong sunlight, without a flash or reflector?

When on the road as a tourist, I often do not carry a reflector of flash. Now I am at a location with very strong sunlight and I want to take a photo of a companion in front of a nice scenery or ...
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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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What techniques to use to achieve similar look as attached photo

I've been really curious about how to get similar results as this photo: I'm new to photography, but I'd be interested to know what sort of techniques are being used in taking these shots and in ...
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Will a low-cost macro ring flash be useful for portraits?

A friend of mine wants a flash for her camera (Cannon 650D), and we want to buy her one for her birthday. She also said she wanted a ring flash (I think she was referring to the Orbis ring flash). ...
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Workflow for managing, organizing and sharing a large number of “photos of strangers”?

Scenario I'm going to be in a public area taking portraits of many people (for example, at a themed, public event, or while doing a 100 Strangers Project, etc..) After taking someone's portrait, I ...
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Location for Family Portraits

This Friday I have my first paid gig, shooting portraits for some family friends. I am going to take the photos around 5, in a local Arboretum. Are there any particular characteristics that I should ...
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The best flash setup and postion for a portraits and groups shots in a low light room?

I am an beginner photographer and I was "hired" to cover a company final year party. The idea is take group shots or portraits and print "on the fly" the pictures, then the guests can see and take the ...
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360° (spherical) panorama with person / portrait?

Sometimes, I want to create a 360° panorama with a person standing in the middle. The problem is that when I move the camera around, then the person will move slightly. Idea: Create just one shot of ...
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What wide-angle, high-quality lens should I buy next for travel photography [Canon]?

I do a fair amount of travel photography, but must travel quite light since I leave for months at a time to remote destinations (and carry all my equipment on my back). I'm a semi-pro but really enjoy ...
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How does the Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM compare to Tamron 90mm Di Vc USD? [duplicate]

I have a Canon Eos 650D. I want to buy a macro lens, both for macro and portrait. Everybody tells me the Canon 100mm is better then Tamron. But Tamron has VC. Which lens is better? Which one do you ...
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Will an always-on ring light provide a less annoying option than flash for portraits during events?

Last weekend was my uncle's wedding, it was an outdoor event with great scenery for photography during the day. But when it became dark out lighting was of course more difficult. I do not have a ton ...
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3 lenses for D7000 - Portrait, Landscape and travel [closed]

Yesterday, I asked a question and some people helped me a lot! I still have some doubts though. I have a D7000 and I shoot mostly landscape, portrait and travel. I wanted to get some really good ...
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2 lenses for landscape, portrait and daily life - Tokina 12-28 and Tokina 50-135

I desperately need some help!!! I want two lenses to do landscape, portrait and travel shots. I have a budget of U$ 1.400 and i would like something that gives me more quality them the nikon 18-200. ...
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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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Compositing portrait adult/child

I got asked to take pictures at my nephews birthday party (7 years old), more specifically portrait pictures of him and each family member. So this would be him and one adult (or one of his child ...
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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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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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What should I put in my camera bag for photographing insects (in a jungle)?

I have little to no experience in macro photography and I'm even shakier on wildlife photography. I am planning a trip in a few weeks to a jungle and want to capture high quality photographs of the ...
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What's the succinct reason for face-warping in wide angle lenses?

Is there an accurate way of explaining face-warping when using wide angle lenses? I realised I can't actually explain it without diagrams, so a succinct definition (no more than a few lines) would be ...
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More detail close up at 50mm than further back with at 85mm?

In terms of quality of picture and overall detail of subject (e.g. the face of a child), would it be better to stand closer to shoot at 50mm or stand back at 85mm (assuming the quality of the lens was ...
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How to fix light spots in portraits

When shooting in shade, it is possible to get a bright spot of sunlight over a small area of the body (portrait photography). I would like to know the best technique I can use to fix it, and make the ...
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What are the tips to selecting a particular lighting setup based on a model's face type?

Can anyone please give any tips to improve three or four lights setup depending on model's face type (round, oval, triangular, heart-shaped, etc) or face features (blemishes, wrinkles, etc)? In ...
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How to recreate this effect, a mix of profile and front headshot?

I've seen several photos like the example below and I would like to create one. I think it overlaps a profile photo and a front headshot, with lots of local adjustments. Do you know of any (photoshop) ...
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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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What is a good rule of thumb to use large aperture for portraits vs showing more background?

I recently got a Canon 50mm and have found myself probably over-using the large apertures for portraits. I'm curious if anyone has a good rule of thumb for when to avoid it. My sense is that its ...
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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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Why do I see so much skin softening in portrait photography?

The question says it all. On magazine covers, and almost any pro portfolio, I see so much skin softening that the skin is completely dull and flat. Even though I do retouching myself, I don't like ...
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What to charge for a large Family portrait? [duplicate]

What would an advanced amateur charge for an extended family portrait of approximately 40 people. This is just for the session. And using $8000 worth of equipment?
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Is it possible to photograph me without reflections on my glasses?

(I have no experience with photography.) I went to a professional photographer to get a few portraits (primarily for identification documents). The photographer made various test shots, tried ...
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How do I choose a lens that does portraits, star photography and landscapes?

I'm wondering if you can help me to choose between Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Wide Angle (without IS) and the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Wide Angle Lens for portraits, landscape and star photography. I ...
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How can I achieve this look [closed]

I've been trying to figure out how to achieve this type of look that this photographer has. I'm not sure what is done in general in order to get this look. Any help would be appreciated. ...
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Anyone suggests Zeiss 100mm f2 macro planar?

I seriously consider Zeiss 100mm f2 ZF.2 macro planar for my Nikon D800. I want to use it for portraits, macros and tight landscapes. Macro ability is a plus but it's not weather sealed so there may ...
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Background screen for portrait photography?

I'm looking for suggestions for a portrait background (paper/cloth). I have seen photographers using different background screens, but being an amateur photographer I don't want to invest money buying ...
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How were these portrait photos edited to get this look?

3 photos, and I realize perhaps 3 different techniques, but all of them are producing some sort of "unreal" look I don't know how to describe and a skin texture in the 3rd photo (how3.jpg) that I ...