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

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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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Why do pro photographers use huge lenses to take portrait shots?

Every time I see a photoshoot video on youtube, the photographers have the biggest lenses I have ever seen in my life to shoot portraits or full-body shots. For example, the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 ...or ...
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What is a good Canon lens to take portraits?

I have a Canon T2I, and also a good prime lens (50mm / f1.8) but I cannot seem to take close up portraits like I see in magazines. Do I need a better lens?
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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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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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How to do Low Key Photography with Sony A57 Camera?

I have a Sony A57 and a Sony HVL-43 flash. I have been trying low key photography wirelessly, but I am struggling with the settings. I've followed settings from other sources I have found, and I have ...
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What is a good composition style for photographs like these?

In my photography classes and online resources, I have learned about photographing the subject with a space to breathe in the photograph. But there are several photos in which the head is facing bit ...
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How does the Canon EF-S 15-85 IS USM compare to the EF 24-105mm L as an all-around lens?

I am looking for a upgrade from my kit lens to a lens with much more potential, a lens that would be an all-rounder for me. After some research I ended up with these two in the final list: Canon ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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How to best take a group photo with very large differences on height?

My family will be together for the first tome together. We want to take pictures. My family has very tall (6'6") and short (5'2") adults, and 5 kids, ages 1-12. What can I do to make pleasing photos?
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Capturing an actual portrait and the philosophy behind portrait photography

I've run across millions of sites, books, tutorial videos etc. "about portraits", but most of them break down to lighting and posing (which is as important I guess). Those are often lacking the ...
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How to take saturated portraits like these (with natural lighting)?

The photographer of these portraits claimed he used a 50mm f/1.8 prime with no special lighting equipment: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/5318756409_9f4ec94f5b_z.jpg ...
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When doing portraits, how to get serious insightful expressions?

Professional models know how to produce such expression at photographer command, normal people don't. Still good photographer are able to get it from famous actors/politicians/sportsmen. I've been ...
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How to photograph people with a prominent (wide, big) nose?

One of my friends wants me to take pictures of her but she is very self-conscious about her nose (which is relatively wide, Monty Python anyone?). She wants me to take pictures in such a way as to ...
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What can you accomplish portrait-wise with a small softbox? [duplicate]

What are the most effective ways in which one would utilize a small softbox; the most effective use-cases really that you'd recommend for it? For argument's sake let's call it 8"x9" (20cm X 23cm) in ...
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How do I guide my model in a portrait session?

How would you guide an inexperienced portrait photographer to guide inexperienced models? Not friends, but strangers you're shooting under time pressure (they're not getting paid and neither are ...
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How do I get the best results when photographing a christening?

I take some halfway decent photos and have been asked by a family friend to photograph her daughter's christening. I have a Canon EOE350D camera, a 50mm f/1.8 lens and an 18-55mm f/5.6 kit lens, but ...
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What is the best Canon lens (around $500) for taking pictures of my newborn?

I have a Canon T2i, a 50mm f/1.8 and the kit lens (18-55mm). I'm considering buying a new lens for more flexibility with taking pictures of my upcoming newborn. I LOVE the 50mm/1.8 lens, but on the ...
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What lens should I purchase for newborn photography with the Canon T4i? [duplicate]

I just purchased a Canon T4i (body only) and I'm looking for good info on which lens to purchase for it. I purchased the camera to take pictures of my newborn & for my dogs inside and outside of ...
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Aperture priority mode in high speed lens while photographing more than one person

I use 50mm f/1.8 lens(with Canon T3i) for portraiture. It's quite easy when only one subject is involved :Open the aperture wide, focus on the eyes(most of the times) and you get a nice portrait. How ...
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What's the best way to get thumbnail portrait shots for a company intranet? [duplicate]

I'm after a fool-proof way I can get some thumbnails of people for a corporate intranet. We've had professional shots done for most, but as new people are starting we're taking shots (with an ...
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How to avoid tired eyes in a portrait?

I noticed some portraits I took had heavy shadows under eyes: It turned out the model had experienced some sleep deprivation, though the eyes didn't look that bad in real life. I suspect lighting ...
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What to buy for macro and portraits? (D5100) [duplicate]

I have a Nikon D5100 with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. I am an amateur interested in: 1. macro - insects, flowers, objects. 2. portraits- love blurry backgrounds, focused and unfocused body ...
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Should both eyes be focused in a portrait?

I'm a hobby photographer, and I've just picked up "rules of thumb" and "tips&tricks" here and there. I have a 50mm f1.4, and I love it. But due to the extreme shallow depth of field (at f1.4), I ...
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How do I get a really black background? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background (not with post)? How can I get a pure black background when taking portraits, just like in following picture? ...
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Which portrait lens should I buy next for my Nikon D3100? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which focal-length lens is usually used for portrait photography, and why? Should I choose the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D or AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G for my Nikon D5100? I have ...
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Is there a difference between using a telephoto or wide-angle lens for portraits? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which focal-length lens is usually used for portrait photography, and why? Assuming a similar aperture, what difference would you see using a 50mm, 85mm, or telephoto ...
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What are the techniques for taking portraits using a tilt shift lens?

Like many others, I have been a great fan of Ryan Brenizer since a long time. Though I have never tried the Brenizer method of panaromic portraits in my professional photography assignments, I still ...
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How to take a portrait with dramatic bokeh circles when the subject is close to the lights?

I used 50mm @ f1.8 to take a portrait snap. Light source (fancy lights) was near to subject (~3-5ft). I couldn't get bokeh with big circles with the subject there, but without the subject I could get ...
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What is important when taking a professional profile picture?

What considerations are especially important when taking a headshot for a professional networking site such as LinkedIn? Obviously, all normal good photography techniques apply, but are there any ...
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Is having a lens with vignetting a real world negative for portrait lenses?

After reading this answer for another post: I don't mind the vignetting as it actually improves the look of portraits however if you're doing astrophotography what's the point in a lens that's ...
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Is it possible to obtain portraits free of charge in exchange for letting the photograper use the photos for his/her book?

I'm looking to get some portraits of my nieces. They are good-looking girls but their mother (my sister) cannot afford to pay for a photo session. I've heard that it is possible to arrange a setup ...
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How do you get the eyes extremely sharp in the photo?

I am trying to take pictures of my son (2.5yrs) and my other family members. They come out pretty well and sharp but when I see the portraits posted on Flickr and other sites, I have noticed that many ...
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Is it practical to shoot portraits by only candlelight?

Is it practical to shoot portraits in candle lights, only, provided there is no flash around? If yes, then for portrait shots, where and how should one place the candles? Are there any specific ...
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rotated images appear 'squashed' on digital frame

I hope I can explain this in a way that makes sense: Using a Nikon D70s I have taken photos with the camera held in the vertical (portrait) orientation -- think of taking a photo of a flagpole. When ...
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What equipment should I use for up close shots?

I need some help and if anyone can guide me without making it too complicated I will be very appreciative. Background I have a Nikon D3100 and I am very much interested in close up shots and ...
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How do I get rid of shiny skin with Lightroom?

For photos taken with my Point & Shoot camera, the flash often leave people in the photo with a 'shiny skin' effect. Other than not using the flash (or at least moving the flash off the ...
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What Nikon lens for both macro and portrait?

All three lenses are available at a local store near me: 85mm 1.8 at about 400USD 85mm 1.4 at about 1000USD 105mm 2.8 at about 1015 USD I plan on doing macro and portrait photography and have the ...
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Where can I find posing guides & resources online?

What resources are available online to give ideas for poses. Is there some type of catalogue of common poses?
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When do you center your subject in environmental portraits?

When I shoot environmental portraits, I usually place my subject off center. However, I've seen instances where the photographer has intentionally centered their subject. Here is an example: ...
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How do I take great formal Christmas party event photos?

It's that time of year again, just over 7 weeks to Christmas. My workplace has asked me to do formal photos at our Christmas party this year e.g. when people (200) arrive and some of the tables when ...
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What lenses can I mount on Canon that will give me a different, exotic look for portrait photography?

I was usually working with Canon lenses (the 85mm f/1.2, 8-15mm, 16-35mm), but recently, I've got myself the Zeiss 100mm f/2, and it blew me away. I never thought it possible, but it, while making ...
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Starting out professionally in families/kids/events photography in mostly natural setting vs studio

I am starting out and would appreciate advice on what lenses are ideal for families/kids/events in mostly natural settings with some indoor for events and such. The plan is to purchase a Canon 7D ...
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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 ...