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

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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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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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Should I choose the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D or AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G?

I have D5000 DX body and planning to buy a fast lens. I'm stuck on choosing between "AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4D" and "AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G". I was quite leaning towards 50mm f/1.4D, as I had plans ...
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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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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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What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background (not with post)?

Often i see portraits such as the one below and like the way they look. I wanted to know can I get this look in my shots. I am sure there are professional materials you can get to outfit a studio ...
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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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How to avoid unflattering facial distortion when using a slightly wide angle lens?

A 35mm prime on a full format body (or 24mm on cropped) is a great lens to walk around with. But when one gets too close to someone to take a picture, invariably some of their features are ...
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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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How do the Samyang and Nikon 85mm portrait lenses compare?

I'm looking to buy a 85mm portrait lens for for my D7000. My budget is around $300-400. I've currently shortlisted the following two lens: Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Samyang AE 85mm f/1.4 (the one with the ...
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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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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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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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How to find models for portraiture?

So far, portraiture has not been my main area of interest, but I do find many portraits fascinating and would like to develop myself further. Across time, I've gathered various theoretical knowledge ...
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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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What aperture should I use to photograph people and why?

What f/# do you use to photograph people, and why? I know this varies from shot to shot. Let's suppose that you are photographing either a single person or a couple, that it it outside on a somewhat ...
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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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What portrait posing rules do you recommend for studio photography?

What portrait posing rules could you recommend for studio photography? How to pose (and not to) the head, body, hands, wrists, waist, hips, legs? In what categories can the models can be divided ...
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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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What would be a better lens option for shooting portraits?

I am doing my first photo shoot of a birthday party for a friend. I wanted to know which lens would be the better option to use for this. I have a Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens as well as the standard ...
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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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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 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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Nude photography, any advice? [closed]

Currently I'm very interested in nude photography. I did a little session in the past and I'm going to start a new one in less than a month. Do you have any advice? I'm interested in photographic ...
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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. ...