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

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What gear do I need for a newborn photography session?

I am an amateur photographer and I have a newborn session coming up for a family friend. My current gear is: Canon T5i (crop sensor) Canon 18-55 IS STM Kit lens 85mm f/1.8 lens I plan on buying ...
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What camera settings are standard for taking indoors headshots?

I want to create a composite which are basically a bunch of formal headshots and I wanted to know what settings I should be using for iso, aperture, and shutter? And How I should position my lights. ...
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Is there a name for the type of portrait composition where the subject is looking out of the frame?

I'm wondering if there's a specific term to describe a portrait where the main subject is looking at something outside the frame that we (the viewer) can't see. I like it as a composition technique: I ...
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What type of photography lens minimizes background blur? [duplicate]

I'm in the market for a lens I can use for portrait photography as well as nature. I hate background blur. The portrait photography I do and get a great response from, are the ones where I frame the ...
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What route should I go for a strobe? [closed]

Not including stands or anything else, what kind of strobe would you go for spending no more than $3,000? For instance would you buy 1 Profoto B1 along with their AirTTL or go for a much cheaper ...
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Which Canon 70-200mm is best for a wildlife trip?

New member here.. I signed up after checking similar questions on this matter that didn't fully clear my doubts. I'm planning to buy a Canon 70-200 lens to use on my 550D body. I've been reading ...
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How to achieve the super high contrast look of Thierry Le Gouès' Soul Album?

I'm curious to know how to achieve the high contrast look of Thierry Le Gouès' Soul album (please note: images are NSFW). I know this is probably done in post but I would like to know if there is a ...
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How does the inverse square law relate to the softness of light for portraits?

I am a bit confused. I understand that if you want soft lighting for portraits, you need to use a large light source compared to the size of your subject. So, I thought by bringing the light source ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

I have a dilemma. My girlfriend is in to photography and wants to understand it more. She came in contact with a photographer who likes photographing woman either dressed or undressed. He said to help ...
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Why would you use a backdrop on location?

I see in behind-the-scenes shots of many famous photographers that they shoot with a backdrop but on location. For example a National Geographic photographer I follow had just posted one of him with ...
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How can I get young children to cooperate with having their pictures taken?

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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Mirror Picture Set Up

I test a lot of beauty products and give advice to other women about my experience. I would like to take a photo of me looking in the mirror using the products. So basically the picture will show the ...
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How to fix bra strap marks… during production [duplicate]

I work with many first-time models and often do boudoir. On the checklist I give them it says DON'T do this, but sometimes there will be someone who shows up to the shoot wearing a tight push-up bra. ...
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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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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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I need Black background in portrait taken in daylight

I want to get black background in portrait and effect like this,check my attach image file. by using which software I can get this,I guess by Lightroom but I try and failed.So Please anyone help me ...
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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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What is a “3/4” picture and what makes it 3/4?

I have seen 3/4 mentioned a lot but no one bothers to say what exactly is 3/4. I googled and got many portraits with people that angle their body to the camera, but that definition may include more ...
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What makes portraits appear too “tryhard” or forced?

I have good portraits that when applied B&W filters, or when edited in any other way, they produce an objectively good looking result, but the portrait itself looks too "tryhard" or "forced". Some ...
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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?

How viable are "photography templates" where a professional gives the exact settings to use in a specific set up (say afternoon natural daylight at the beach, 50mm lenses with 3.5f at 3ft distance ...
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How can I take a low-light portrait of a violinist, without dedicated lighting gear?

I have been asked to take a portrait of a violinist with her instrument. She's from my family so I can ask her to pose as I like. The picture is actually going to be turned into a painting later, but ...
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Posing two male friends?

I have a portrait shoot that has a personal angle to it. Two college friends who are business partners want a portrait taken that expresses their close friendship while still maintaining ...
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Which will produce a shallower depth of field: 50mm f/1.7 or 70-210mm f/4?

I'm shooting with a Sony a77. What would produce a more shallow depth of field for portraits: a Minolta 50mm 1.7 wide open or a Minolta 70-210mm f/4 wide open?
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Is the Nikon 55-300mm a good choice for indoor and outdoor portraits?

I have the most basic model of Nikon DSLR, the Nikon D3200, with the 18-55 kit lens. I'm thinking of buying the Nikon 55-300mm lens, mainly for its zoom purpose. Is it a good lens? Can I take portrait ...
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What's the use of light source directly above model's head?

I have seen many behind-the-scenes photos that depict a large diffused light source (like a LastoLite Skylite Rapid) placed above model's head. Imagine it is like a ceiling. What is this done for? ...
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Lighting for specific type of photo

so i have found a very unique image, and I am wondering what lighting they would have used, and how they get it to this point (image editing?). Any pointers would be helpful, here is the image.
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Portrait photograph [closed]

I am new to our local photographic club, and the theme for our next competition is portraits. can one use a animal ( head shot) as a portrait.
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How do I hide unflattering body features in a low key shot with rim lighting?

Low key full body portraits with rim lighting are common in photos of athletes wanting to show of their body features. Having models, thinking some features of their body features are unflattering, ...
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How do I shoot a self-portrait with a clear white background at home?

I want to do a self-portrait at home with a clear white background. How can I do it without buying expensive accessories (I mean with things we can found in home)? What's the correct light settings ...
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Shallow DOF: continuous or single AF mode?

When I take a portrait with settings which result in a DOF shallow enough that the subjects' movements risk missing focus on the eyes, should I use continuous AF mode - is the continuous AF fast ...
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Does street photography including children introduce any specific concern?

If one were to take a similar path as Henri Cartier-Bresson in shooting candid street photography today, should they be concerned about laws or other realistic norms of today? I am wondering ...
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How can I encourage my friend to be less shy when I take her photo?

My girlfriend is very shy when I want to take a photo of her. When I tell her I'm going to make a shot or when she sees I'm focusing camera on her, first 10-60 seconds she is just hiding her face and ...
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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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Will a 14mm f/2.8 prime be useful for nearby action shots?

I am a novice amateur photographer. My only equipment right now is my Sony Nex 3N and the kit 18-55mm zoom. I had been hesitant to sink much money into lenses when I realized that building up a lens ...
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What lens is ideal for graduation and family pictures?

I am currently using a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 for graduation and family pictures, so that many people can fit into the frame, but I find this lens isn't sufficient enough — lack of sharpness around the ...
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General rules when compression in the background looks good (like with longer focal lengths)?

Is there any general set of rules or guidelines on when would the background compression generated by a long focal length look good in a picture? Example : in a headshot, I really like the background ...
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maximizing print size over 300dpi [duplicate]

i usually shot portraits with my 60D and tamron 17-50mm f2.8 using maximum resolution JPEG + RAW @ 5184 x 3456 pixels. after recent photoshoot, i tried to print an 8R using this particular setting and ...
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What B&W film is best for shooting close up portraits? [closed]

I have a project where I want to shoot close up B/W portrait shots of subjects whose faces are wet. What would be the ideal B/W film? I want to get the detail of the light off the water droplets. ...
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50mm 1.8 lens or 35mm 1.8 lens for makeup artist doing close-up face shots of brides?

Trying to decide if i should invest in a 50mm 1.8 or 35mm 1.8 lens for taking before and after shots of my brides. Any advice would be super helpful! I have a Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR ...
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How can I take a candlelit photo with a pure black background?

I was trying out the same shot but was unable to achieve such lighting on the subject. Also My background becomes visible If I start playing around with the exposure. i.e. if my exposure is balanced ...
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How can I achieve a light-painting portrait without the subject becoming translucent?

I know about light-painting. But, when I try portraits with light painting, I get a transparent image of that person in the portrait. My steps are: Set my DSLR in Manual Mode. Change the Shutter ...
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What type of lens equipment would work well for portraits of makeup clients? Is a standard 18-55mm enough?

I am a professional makeup artist who is looking for good equipment that fits my needs as artist. I want to use this camera to be able to collect high quality images to add to my website portfolio. I ...
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Budget Nikon lens for portrait/macro/landscape [closed]

I have a Nikon D5100 with kit lens, 18-55mm, and I take mostly portrait and landscape (urban/nature) photos, but I also like some macro, when the opportunity arises. With the kit lens, I dislike the ...
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Which lens for portraits using an APS-C camera? [closed]

I am a portrait photographer and currently am using the 50mm Lens (1.8) for the Canon Rebel t5i. I want to excel in my photography (quality wise) I've been researching about other lenses but Im still ...
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Which focal-length lens is usually used for portrait photography, and why?

What focal length or range of focal lengths are usually used for portraits? What is used by professionals? Why would one select a certain focal length? What are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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What to consider for a graduation class photo?

Being the last year as undergraduates, my class and I want to do a graduation class photo (something like this). Even if I know the something of photography, I'm not professional (and I don't have ...
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What's a decent lighting kit for getting started with portraits?

I've done mostly nature photography up to this point but later this month a friend is having a birthday and she just had a daughter so I wanted to take some father/daughter portraits. So now I'm ...
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How can I get the bright, clean look commonly found in stock portrait photography?

Many stock images have a clean look that make us recognize them as such: apart from a slightly cliched motive, I would list: slightly oversaturated colors lots of light - depth is mostly conveyed by ...
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How much should I charge for selling un watermarked high resolution photos?

I've recently done a shoot for a customer where the contract stated they would get "web ready" digital versions of the photos (max dimension 1024px), as well as the ability to order prints. The ...