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How would I setup a portrait of a boxer like these?

A friend of mine has asked me to do some promo shots for a boxer he knows. It's not usually my style, but I have been researching types of shots and wondered how to go about getting these types of ...
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How should a perfect skin tone look like?

Is there even such a thing as a perfect skin tone? People with different ethnicity have different skin colour plus lighting and background adds a layer of complexity. As a photographer, what should we ...
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How can I best shoot portraits with only two lights?

Assuming a two light setup, what would the best use of the two lights? Edit: after getting no response to what I guess was an over-ambitious question, I've researched this and have come up with a ...
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How do you create a washed out effect with deep blacks?

I have been wondering how to achieve a great portrait effect I have been seeing a little bit more lately. The portraits are usually washed out, but blacks are still deep (not dull), and there seems ...
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Is there technically such an entity as “faceless portraits”?

I recently participated in a "faceless portrait" challenge. Some of the photos looked like decapitations. Others were people with there faces covered with a cloth mask, or a hand in front of the face. ...
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Can the camera select wrong exposure just because of color?

I took two pictures of two different flowers with portrait setting. One came perfectly exposed with dark background, the other seems over exposed with brighter background. I tried it again and the ...
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How do I use a manual ring flash?

I have just purchased (impulse) a Viltrox JY-670 - Its a Hong Kong import - built well but its not TTL so its 100% manual ! yay fun ! What on earth do I do with the numbers on the back - already ...
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Portrait to Landscape - Common Extra Space Fillers?

I have a lot of portrait photos that I would like to make landscape. They're not high-res enough to just crop out a landscape section of the photo for my purposes. What are common techniques and ...
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What are the best techniques for photographing overweight people?

I'm not the most lean person on the planet, and many pictures seem to really point this out. While I wish I was simply in better shape, it is simply not the case for me or unfortunately, many ...
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Canon 7D vs. Nikon D7000 for portrait photography [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which DSLR brand should I pick as a beginning photographer? I'm a newbie photographer. I plan on buying a DSLR. I'm torn between Canon 7D and Nikon D7000. Which one ...
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How do I achieve smooth light falloff in portraits?

I'm having trouble getting a nice, smooth light falloff when shooting portraits. If you look at the left side of David Hobby's beautiful portrait, thats the effect I am trying to achieve. I have ...
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How do I set up a home portrait studio area in zero space?

I live in a small urban apartment with my wife, two children, two cats, a goat, and a flock of chickens. Or, at least it feels like that sometimes. I'd like to set up an area for basic portrait ...
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Advantages of a ring-flash in portrait and wedding photography

I've seen lots of people talk about and work with ring-flashes, or using ring-flash adapters for their speedlites. Some use them in single flash setups, both on-camera and off-camera, other use them ...
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Is compositing a viable technique for high key portrait type shots?

In the absence of off-camera speedlites and a suitable back-drop I'm wondering if using post processing based compositing would be a viable technique to achieve a high key (or indeed low key type) ...
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Why buy an intentionally soft lens?

While reading some reviews of older lenses, I keep reading "It's soft wide open, but that's not always a problem with portraits." Over my rather short time in photography thus far, I've come to ...
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How much should an amateur charge for a portrait session?

I am fairly new to photography and have done a few high-school senior sessions of friends here and there. I have been getting more and more requests to photograph families, seniors, etc. and am ...
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When would one choose a 50mm f/1.4 over 85mm f/1.8 (or vice versa) for portraits?

Say you are using a crop body, and you have both 50mm/1.4 USM and 85mm/1.8 USM lens in your bag. Now, you want to take a portrait where there is adequate light and space, and you have decided to take ...
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What lenses to bring while traveling? One good wide-telephoto or several smaller ones?

I have a Canon 7D and often take my camera on the road while traveling. In the past I've taken my Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 and my Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6, which means that I must switch out lenses quite a ...
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Do I need to invest in something beyond my Canon 550D to produce top-notch portrait photography?

I am currently working with a 550D, and seriously debating whether to invest and buy a (semi) professional camera instead. I focus mainly on portrait photography and for this reason purchased the ...
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How do I reverse engineer a portrait photo?

A part of the photography learning process is to look at pictures and try to reverse engineer them. I want to learn how to reverse engineer portrait images. Reverse engineering the light in portrait ...
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What steps do I need to take to deconstruct the lighting of a portrait?

In general, what steps should I take to deconstruct the lighting on a portrait that somebody else took? Are there certain things I should look for that provide visual clues? What can I look for ...
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Use a shot list or not?

When planning a portrait shoot, should I use a shot list (a preplanned list of shots) or focus on letting creativity take over rather than planned shots? A hybrid approach? What do most pros use?
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Is there a correct way to communicate with photography subjects e.g. models?

It may seem like this question has an obvious answer, but it’s something I do find quite difficult - I am very out spoken and confident but sometimes struggle with the following. Should I just tell ...
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How does one create the Dragan Effect?

I am interesting in achieving results like Andrzej Dragan's portraits. I have been through lots of tutorials, but none of them actually provide good enough results. What major steps should I follow in ...
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Good all-round lens for Canon XS/1000D? Is 24-105mm F4.0 IS USM a good upgrade?

I've been using my 1000D for 2 years now with the kit 18-55mm lens and for about a year now I've got it a bigger brother, a 55-250mm F4.0 IS lens, with the latter being on my body most of the time. ...
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What are the best tips for photographing children?

I have two children (ages 2-4) who are just getting old enough to know when to make the worst possible face or simply run away when I bring out the camera. Does anyone have any tips on how to get ...
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How do I formulate an estimate for photographing a private school's 180+ K-5th graders and their 30+ faculty and staff?

I have been invited to submit a proposal/estimate for school portraits including 180 or so young children and 30 or so adult faculty and staff. I do not know if prints will be involved, but would ...
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What is split portrait lighting?

Ok, so I got interested enough in the other lighting setups, what is split portrait lighting and when is it appropriate to use?
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What lighting equipment do I need for a high contrast portrait photo?

I am an amateur photographer, and I have little to no experience in shooting studio photos. There is one subject in particular that interests me more than others in that area - high contrast portrait ...
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How can I take a sun backlight portrait like these examples?

How can I take a photo like the ones below? The problem is that my photos (taken with a bridge, Sony H2) will get blown up at the highlights. Is it because I'm using a weak camera? Is it because I'm ...
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How can I accurately focus manually on an APS-C DSLR?

My favorite portrait lens is the Nikon 50mm 1.4G. I love the light and what it is capable of. My problem with it is that on my D90 the AF is sometimes horribly slow, and in many cases (mainly low ...
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What makes a job interview photo great?

I am going to take job interview photos next week. However I don't know the next best thing about photography. I don't want to go to the shooting unprepared though. So I hope you guys can enlighten me ...
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How do I light a full length portrait?

I've built a basic home studio that includes a gray paper backdrop, 3 speedlights, 2 light stands with umbrellas, a tripod (to use for self shots or as an extra light stand if in a pinch), and some ...
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Soft boxes vs umbrellas, pros and cons

I won't ask which is better, as that is highly subjective. I know that reflective umbrellas can spill more light in close quarters, and are more easily caught by a gust of wind, but are cheap and ...
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How can I get good results from a one-light portrait setup?

Is there an optimum one light setup in terms of lighting the subject, providing fill (i.e through reflectors) and possibly lighting the background as well? If you are armed with only one light, how ...
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Broad and short lighting: is one more flattering for female portraits? for male?

This question explains broad and short lighting. Could those with portrait experience confirm (or refute) something I've read, which is short lighting tends to be more flattering to females ...
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What is the best techinque to smooth skin?

I am toning a senior portrait right now and am wondering what the best skin smoothing technique is. Think glamor. I know how to take care of blemishes, but I'm looking to enhance that silky skin look. ...
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How to avoid double chin and glossy skin in portraits?

Two of the most disturbing things I struggle with when shooting portraits are double chin of the model and glossy skin reflecting my flash, even while using diffused light. I normally ask my model to ...
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How much distance between subject and backdrop?

When photographing a subject in front of a backdrop, how much distance should there be between the two? Just wondering if there is standard rule (I've heard some say at least 6ft) or if it's ...
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Is a 50mm f/1.8 or a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 a better lens for portraits, and why?

I just recently bought "Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II" for a Canon rebel T3. This was about $100. I just came across "Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM" which is only about $40 more right now. My wife ...
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What is a portrait lens?

I hear this term used pretty often. Does it refer to a specific focal length? Or very low F-number? What does a lens need to have in order to be considered "portrait lens"?
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Is it possible to add haze to a portrait shot?

Haze is found in many shots ranging from portraits, to vintage, to fashion... I have only seen expensive actions packages for Photoshop so far that offer the ability to do it in post, and everyone ...
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What lenses should I choose for a night boat cruise?

I'm going to a boat cruise tonight in London. With the following kit to choose from: Nikon D7000 Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon SB-400 Yongnuo YN-465 I will definitely have both ...
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Are there any other small cameras comparable to the Canon Powershot elph 310 HS?

My partner and I are looking for a small and light camera for her to carry everywhere. She needs it to take pictures of high enough quality for publication. (She is also getting a larger camera, ...
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Do I need a written model release to enter a street portrait in a competition?

I've taken a street portrait photo (here) that I'd like to enter in a competition (the Sony World Photo Awards). I asked the man in the shop if I could take his photo, and he was more than happy for ...
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What are some typical angles to place the sun at in outdoor portraiture photography?

I know there are few common light positions for studio photography. For example, a key light positioned 45 degrees horizontal and slightly above the subject. I was wondering if there were any common ...
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Is it worth it to have the 50mm f/1.8 Canon lens?

Is it really useful to have a fast prime lens for portrait photography, considering a low budget? If it is, what about the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II? I have an entry level 18-55mm lens and a Canon 20D. ...
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What are most important accessories for indoor portraiture?

I am brand new to DSLRs, so please bear with me. We just bought a Nikon D3100. Christmas is coming up; what are going to be the most critical "starter" accessories? Most of our shooting is indoor, ...
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How do event photographers balance “spontaneous” snapshots versus well-executed shots?

I am not a professional photographer, but I often play at "event photographer" for family events and sometimes informal work events. I find myself struggling with a desire to capture candid snapshots ...
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What are some effective techniques for photographing subjects who wear glasses?

What are some effective techniques for photographing subjects who wear glasses? I am sorting out my collection of digital images as I install new software, and find there are many images that would ...