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

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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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What lens to purchase for my Nikon D5000 for great portrait shots and pictures that are a distance away?

I have the Nikon d5000 camera, and I am looking for some new lenses. I am not quit sure what to get that will service all of my needs, and I would like to know the options before I shell out a lot of ...
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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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How to get started with portraits? [closed]

I am about to get into portrait photography and here is my first try: I know, it is has over exposure, but I think that it matches to the person, so it does not matter for me. So, I need some ...
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What lens should I get with a Canon 7D for portrait use?

I am getting a Canon 7D in the next week or so - and I am wondering what, in your opinion, would be the better lens for me to get. I've researched for hours and have come to the conclusion that in ...
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What lighting setup is used to get this skin glow effect?

What lighting setup would need to be used to get the glow on the skin as in the sample linked below? Not in photoshop, pantyhose or heavy oils, but the proper lighting? The skin is very well lit, with ...
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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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What is the “crash course” for taking picture of pregnant woman?

My friends are expecting their first baby. They asked me if I could do the shots of their "expectancy". I'm a hobbyist photographer. I mostly enjoy taking shots of landscape and architecture and I'm ...
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How does one best deal with shaded faces in bright sunlight?

When photographing people in bright sunlight, parts of faces are often shaded by hats or by their own contours. This creates highly-contrasted faces, and either a very bright background or very dark ...
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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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What are some interesting things to try with a basic flashgun?

I've just got a relatively cheap, basic flashgun (TTL only) and a TTL cord. What are some interesting/enlightening (pardon the pun) exercises to try in order to illustrate the benefits of off-camera ...
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How can I create a photo with vintage look, focused on the lips?

I would really like to be able to take a photo like the one found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33008672@N06/5750321813/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Can somebody please help me how I should shoot ...
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How to pose and arrange people in a group shot?

What are good standard poses for group shots of 3 or 4 people and how can I arrange folks so that they don't just look like they're 'standing around'?
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Best portrait lens for canon 7d that gives beautiful bokeh?

I tried using the 70-200mm but I couldn't stand how heavy it was and how far away I had to be from the model! Opinions? I was thinking between 85mm 1.2 or 50mm 1.2 ....or another lens? Any help ...
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How can I capture a really soft-looking baby portrait?

What techniques/lenses/settings can be used to achieve really soft-looking photographs like this: http://christieadamsphotography.com/blog/?p=2711 I've got an older Canon Rebel XT with a few ...
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What are the best posing props and furniture for a new/hobbyist photographer?

I'm going to be doing some studio-style portrait shots soon. What objects (props, furniture, etc) should I be looking to get to assist in posing? I'm looking for things that are: Useful: they'll ...
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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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Nude photography, any advice?

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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Portrait lens for Canon T1i [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good Canon lens to take portraits? I have a Canon Rebel T1i camera. I am thinking of buying a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens for portraits. Is it the right lens ...
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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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What are good exercises for learning Portrait Photography?

I am a fairly experienced photographer, but I haven't done any portraits yet. So I am looking for exercises to get up and running in that topic. What I am looking for are ideas for little photography ...
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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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How do they shoot wide television-show cast photos?

For large ensemble TV show casts, the typical promo photo tend to be a wide shot with everyone standing, with minimal body overlap. It seems like you would need a wide angle to get the whole scene if ...
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What is a good starter camera considering price and value [closed]

I like to take photos especially when I'm traveling.Also would shoot a lot of scenery and buildings and friends in front of scenery. Some options I found include the Panasonic Lumix G2, Panasonic GH2 ...
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Should I use a 100mm Macro lens as a portrait lens?

I am specifically considering using the Canon 100mm Macro as a portrait lens. If I want to have a macro in my bag, but not carry around a 70-200 2.8 due to weight, size, white color, or price if it ...
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What limitations does Lightroom have for portraiture? Why might I need/want additional software?

I do have Lightroom 3. I do not have any Photoshop products. I do shoot in RAW. I do plan to shoot portraits professionally (studio & outdoors).
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What's a Typical “In-Focus” Rate for Portraits with an 85mm?

I have a lot of experience doing travel, landscape, product, ... in short, things that don't move much. Models? Not so much. I have a beautiful 85mm portrait lens for my Canon 1Ds Mk III DSLR, and at ...
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What are the advantages of using a ring flash for portraits?

I have a Ray Flash ring flash that I got for macro work. Whenever I mention it to a photographer, they often say that they really like it for portrait work. What are the advantages of using a ring ...
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What should be considered for employee photos to put on company's website?

I work in the entertainment industry and am looking to produce friendly looking images of our employees (sales managers, customer support people, and so on) to put on our company's website. What ...
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In portrait photography, what is a “catchlight”?

In portrait photography, what is a "catch light"? Is it good or bad? How do I produce or avoid them? Are some kinds better than others?
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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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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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How to blur the background using a super-zoom camera? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to take shallow depth of field photos with point-and-shoot cameras? When I shoot portraits with my brother's Nikon D90, this is quite easy to fade out the ...
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What's the difference between a regular lens and a macro lens? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a 100mm lens and 100mm macro, or 50mm and 50mm macro? Can we use a macro lens to shot portraits? If yes, what focal length is the best? Please suggest a Canon macro ...
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What are good techniques for photographing newborns?

As the proud parent of a new baby, I am eager to take beautiful pictures of my newborn daughter. However, I've found that although it is easy to get stunning pictures of older babies, the charm of ...
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How do I recreate this outdoor portrait lighting setup?

I'd like to recreate the lighting setup from this picture: http://i.stack.imgur.com/rRikx.jpg The question is: How do I do it? My guesses so far: Sun from above and behind the model, slightly to ...
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How do I get a portrait with sharp, sparkling, high-contrast eyes as in this example?

Can someone try to help me how to shoot and edit photos to have similar result as the fourth photo on this page? http://daniellestahl.com.au/blog/tag/sydney/ Is there some fast way how to do it or ...
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How can I learn to take portraits in a 'photo-journalistic' style?

I have been shooting lots of studio portraits but I would like to learn how to shoot portraits outdoors in a photo-journalistic style. Can you recommend any books or other resources to learn this ...
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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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Recommended Photography DVDs

Are there any good Photography DVDs that you would recommend? ie inside the DVD, the photographer actually explains how certain pictures are been taken, the steps and settings behind it...and show ...
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What equipment should I use for a studio photoshoot (24-70 f2.8 and Nikon D90)?

I just bought a 24-70 f2.8 which i will be using with D90 (normally it is not for D90 but i am planning to buy a D3 So i bought it in advance). And next week i have a studio photo shoot(this is my ...
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How to take a portrait for a resume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Advice to do a good photo for my CV Hi everybody. Quick question: How would you proceed for a resume photo? If you think something would be a good idea even if it's not ...
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How do I take a good portrait for a CV or resume?

I would like to do a photo for my CV, and I was wondering of what I can do to make it look the best. What are the important aspects to keep in mind? Specifically: Focal length Lighting Background ...
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What are the best settings for black and white film portrait photography?

trying to do some "daily shots" thing, and I was wondering what's the best setting for black and white portraits in areas that are well-lit and sometimes not (fastfoods, restaurants, malls) I want to ...
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What are standard lighting setups for 2-3 people?

What are some standard lighting setups for two or three people in a group? I just can't think of non-complicated setups that would apply some previously discussed (short, broad, butterfly, split, ...
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What tips do you have for taking pictures against “green screen” background?

I've been asked to take head-and-shoulders portraits of some people against a "green screen" - presumably to make it easier to then paste those shots into another picture. I've never done this ...
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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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Tips & advice for photographing store/shop interiors

In my area, rural Ireland, there are still a few old style shops(stores). These places usually feature long wooden counters, glass fronted cabinets, mechanical tills! and floor to ceiling shelves. The ...
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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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What are the different kind of light modifiers and their uses?

Particularly with an emphasis on studio setups and portraits, what are the different kind of light modifiers (softboxes, umbrellas, etc) and what are they used for? For bonus points, what kinds of ...