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

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What modifiers and workflow should I use to light a hand-painted muslin background?

I'm taking self-portraits using Yongnuo speedlights as my lighting. I would like to light the background for better separation. I tried using a bare flash at 1⁄32 power at 85mm, but the falloff is too ...
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22-inch Beauty Dish with speedlight?

I've seen 22-inch beauty dishes used with Canon speedlights for portraits. However I'm not sure if a single speedlight is powerful enough for a large beauty dish. Should I be using it with a monolight ...
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How can I take portraits which seem to capture the essence of a subject I've just met?

I'm pretty good at taking portraits of my family and friends; I know who they are and what they "really" look like. But if I'm asked to make a portrait of someone I don't know so well, I'm often ...
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How do I take good portraits with a bridge camera and superzoom?

I'm an absolute beginner with regards to photography. I did some research on portrait photography today. From what I learned, a long-telephoto lens (70mm-135mm or more focal length (35mm ...
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Why taking pictures on night time results to have a black color in bottom part [ nikon d3100 and nikon 300mm ]? [duplicate]

The result in taking the picture using d3100 and nikon lens 300mm is having a black color almost half at the bottom.
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Is it possible to photograph me without reflections on my glasses?

(I have no experience with photography.) I went to a professional photographer to get a few portraits (primarily for identification documents). The photographer made various test shots, tried ...
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Who shaped portraiture pre 1960, and how?

Preamble Ansel Adams was an astounding photographer who influenced many aspiring landscape photographers and became a household name amongst photographers. However he seldom stepped out of his ...
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Night portrait photography problem in lightning [duplicate]

i have canon slr 1200d. i have problem with night portrait photography . with flash it focus only the subject and background become very dark. and without flash all are same lightning but subject not ...
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How to illuminate an outdoor night time portrait with a cityscape background?

I encountered this problem the other day at one of the many skybars in Bangkok. I wanted to take some photos of my friends enjoying their drinks, but the situation had a few challenges; the only light ...
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How can I improve portraits when shooting in low light without flash?

I see a lot of questions about low light, and one of them which stood out to me was How can I improve my exposure in low-light situations? All my flash pictures tend to turn out great, but my shots ...
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How can I tell what equipment and lighting setup was used for a studio portrait?

I want to analyse this photo. I want to know with which lens it was taken, under which light and how to achieve this 'strange' look. Does it have a name? Are there any filters used? Was it taken ...
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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 are the 5 basic lighting setups used in studio portrait photography?

In this great answer, the person explains “one of the 5 basic lighting setups used in studio portrait photography”—Rembrandt lighting. What are the other four? Where should they be used? What are ...
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What focal length does Lee Jeffries use for his portraits?

I'm astonished by the portraits of an English photographer, Lee Jeffries. Does anybody knows the focal length he shoots with? The link to his flicker.
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Sharp, in focus portraits - analyse an example please

I have tried taking a few portraits in my living room, using studio flash. I'm still new to it, so my lighting setups may not be great. I have found sometimes that I can shoot 3 or 4 shots in a row - ...
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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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Which is better for portraits: 18-55mm or 75-300mm? [duplicate]

Would it be better to use a 18-55 or 75-300 for portraits? I inherited the Canon rebel xti kit and I'm new to photography. Eventually I will expand but for now just trying to get the settings down.
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How to take high key portraits [closed]

What is the best method for achieving high-key portraits. I see them all the time of e.g. baby close-ups etc. but don't have a great deal of knowledge of how to create them. They are almost always ...
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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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Adjustable group shot (add/remove people)

A friend of mine just asked me to make a corporate group shot of the +- 27 people working in his company. No problem of course, but he wants the group to be adjustable. He basically wants me to ...
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Bulk color-correct portrait backgrounds

I took a whole series of portraits (like 100 keepers) at my church and only had one speedlight and no gels, so my backdrop is yellowish in all of them. What is the best way to process these so the ...
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why would you have a light meter chose your aperture for you?

The title of my question may seem misleading; I dont intend to ask how a proper exposure is calculated. I know the exposure triangle of iso, aperture and shutter speed. But in several articles ...
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Lens recommendation for upcoming NYC trip? [duplicate]

I'm just a photo enthusiast knowing just the basics so far. My dad used to work with a film SLR and taught me a few things. I currently own a Canon 60D with the 18-135mm kit lens. I originally wanted ...
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What is the definition of portrait photography?

Can we talk about a portrait photograph if, let's say, a grandmother and her 3-year-old grandchild are in the picture? Or, must it be only one person in the photograph?
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How should I approach people to take their portrait?

I recently saw a photographer's project on-line, where he takes 1 portrait each day of a total stranger. The project along with countless hours of looking at Steve McCurry's work sparked some interest ...
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Third Party Flash for Portraits

Can you tell me what sort of flash is being used in the following picture and where can I get one of those? http://photos-e.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfa1/914797_708687699196740_706239400_n.jpg ...
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How do I create a (good) Hair Light?

My attempts at creating a hair light have been less than successful; I can get a hint of highlight but nothing like I see in the pro shots. What are the things that I should be adjusting in terms of ...
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How can I best take portraits in strong sunlight, without a flash or reflector?

When on the road as a tourist, I often do not carry a reflector of flash. Now I am at a location with very strong sunlight and I want to take a photo of a companion in front of a nice scenery 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 to Make Indoor Photography Not Blurry [duplicate]

I am a beginning photographer with a Canon Rebel XTI. I'm trying to get indoor portraits of my son, but I can't seem to get non-blurry photos because the shutter speed is too slow as I need to let the ...
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What equipment is required for a home studio?

I'd like to convert a room downstairs into a home studio to do mostly portrait/fashion/pet photography. I have a few strobes, softboxes, and stands, but that's it. What are the bare basics needed to ...
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Why do I meter under the chin with a lightmeter?

Every single tutorial or video has advised to meter for a portrait right under the chin. First of all why? If the face is the most important part, wouldn't you meter right at the face? Secondly, I ...
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Is there a 3rd party X-mount lens (price & function) similar to Fujinon's portrait lens?

I'm interested in these two lenses for portraiture: X-mount Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2 R Micro Four Thirds' Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 The problem is I want a decent portrait lens, but the ...
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How can I shoot a portrait and still see a sharp background [duplicate]

I consider buying an entry-level DSLR (probably Sony A58 kit or Nikon D3300 kit). I won't buy any lenses, I'll keep the 18-55mm that come with the camera. So, if I want to shoot a person from close ...
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What lens do I need for a group portrait like this?

I am enrolled in community college, majoring in photography. I currently do head shots but I want to do vintage(ish) portraits of families of say 4-5 people. I have a studio set up with a vintage sofa ...
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Is 85-135mm really the best for every single kind of face?

They say that focal length around 85-135mm is the best for the head and shoulder kind portraits. I've done some tests myself, I can definitely see the differences. The face is more natural looking ...
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How to achieve Greg Gorman style in his book Framed?

How to achieve this style? Is it mixture of barn doors, snoots and subtractive light? Please give an example of how to use subtractive light
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How do I take a photo like this (very bright)?

I've always wondered how these pictures are taken. They have a very "bright" feel to them. And it feels that they are "bathed" in golden sun light. I understand that I have to take this during the ...
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How to get beautiful even and soft lighting on face?

How do I get bright even and soft light on a face like this? Image taken from this link I got the exact same equipment but I wasn't able to reproduce the result. First I tried lighting it from ...
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What qualities are important in a camera for studio portraiture?

I'm 16 and going to be going to college to get my photography degree. I'm working on starting a photography business. The type of photography I'm interested in doing is mainly studio; portraits of ...
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How do I take flattering photos of people with acne (scarring)?

Occasionally I'll find myself as the photographer for a professional event at my Alma mater. As a natural consequence of the demographic, there's quite a few people there with severe acne and also ...
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Is there a “bible” for portrait photography like “Light, Science and Magic” is for lighting?

Can anyone recommend a good book on portrait photography, covering gear, lighting setups, posing and so forth? More interested in the setup and shooting than post processing and retouching. Would ...
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What features would cause a portrait photographer to choose a DSLR over Mirrorless?

With the new line of mirrorless cameras being announced this fall, the gap between DSLR and mirrorless cameras continue to close. There are many generic discussions comparing the two, but as a ...
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Looking for tips for a good LinkedIn profile picture session [closed]

I'm new in this site and in photography as well. I don't have professional equipment (nor budget), but I think my gear is just enought for what I want to accomplish. I want to gather some experience ...
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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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Portrait on a blue background which color should the model wear?

I was wondering, in the case of a classic head + shoulder portrait, which color of clothes should the model wear to improve the photo? What if is a white skin model? an Asian skin model? Dark skin ...
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How can I improve this picture of my friend on vacation?

I've taken a few pictures of this girl. I'm not satisfied with the result but I cannot say the reason. Let's say that I want to improve it. What should I do? A strong zoom on her face may help? ...
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Why are there no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography?

Why are there (at least to my knowledge) no rotatable sensors instead of grips for portrait photography. It seems like a great solution to obtain a lightweight DSLR for both landscape and portrait ...
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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 ...
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50mm vs 35mm cropped [duplicate]

For shooting portraits, why is 50mm preferable? For example with an APS-C sensor, why is it not ok to take photos with 35mm equivalent and simply crop them (to 50mm equivalent)? or take photos closer ...