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How do I create a vignette in Photoshop Elements 11?

I'm new to Photoshop Elements 11. I am trying to create a vignette effect on some pictures. I'm using the Guided view with "Lomo Camera Effect" (but only the vignette option, not the lomo). I find ...
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How can these photos have so high quality?

Today, I ended up in a site showing famous people faces in a very first plane. I just got impressed by the quality those photos had. What do you think are the factors you have to tweak to reach that ...
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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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What is the blurred light effect in this portrait?

Id like an explanation for how the blue background light in this photo is somehow "overlaying" the model's hair and the back of the chair. How could this effect be setup and reproduced?
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What is this warped effect and how to achieve it?

What is the name of the effect used in this photo and how do you apply it to a photo? As you can see, the nearest servers (which look like cupboards) are somewhat distorted. That is the effect I ...
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How can I reverse-engineer the RAW conversion settings used in a JPEG image?

I've lost my Lightroom catalog during OS migration. I have couple of JPEGs developed from RAWs and would like to put few more JPEGs from other RAWs in similar mood. Is there a way to reverse engineer ...
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How do I get such clear and detailed pictures like Aurelie Curie?

Often times I'm looking around and I find images that just seem to have this great balance and exposure to them that gives them such a stunning look. I always wonder why I can never get similar ...
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How to get “rays” in night photos?

In this night picture, the lamp has characteristic "rays". How is it possible to get similar effect? Is it related to aperture, or shutter speed, or lens type?
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How can I take portraits in the style of Shannon Lee Miller?

I'm dying to know how to take photos like this http://www.shannonleemiller.com/. I'm not talking composition. I'm talking exposure, color, style. I know she has a 5D Mark II, and typically uses ...
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How can one light something in the foreground well while metering for lightning in the background?

A friend asked me how the lighting in this picture could possibly achieved: Source: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/10/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2012/100392/ The description leads ...
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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 ...
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How to post process photos like Ildiko Neer did?

I am shocked. I have seen Ildiko Neer's photos (for example, http://500px.com/photo/12062795). Could someone explain: what should I do, from beginning, to get so result. Any valid direction :). Sorry ...
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How do you create a washed out effect with deep blacks?

I have been wondering how to achieve a great portrait effect I have been seeing a little bit more lately. The portraits are usually washed out, but blacks are still deep (not dull), and there seems ...
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How to make a landscape photo like Stanislav Perov?

I am a beginner in photography. Could some one explain how to make this photo? There are some things that I would like to know: what camera, lens(es) (eg shall I do it on crop camera, wide ...
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Ноw can I make 1) light colors glow / 2) warming image (CS5)

Ноw can I make light colors glow as in the example (I think it is done without the help of blur) And how can I warm the image (I tried: 1) make layer- solid color, change blending options; 2) change ...
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How do I get the high contrast sharpness seen in this B&W portrait?

I would like some help on achieving this image on my D7000: the only lenses I have with me are: 50mm f/1.2, 80-200 AF f/2.8 and the 18-105 kit lens I tried B&W with the built-in B&W ...
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How does Peter Lik manage to capture the stars in such detail in the following photograph?

Here's the picture: I'm curious to know what techniques (i.e. shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc...) he uses to capture the stars so vibrantly (assuming it wasn't Photoshopped). I'm guessing it was ...
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How is the water effect achieved in “Dali Atomicus”?

I've been thinking of doing a reinterpretation of the Dali Atomicus by Philippe Halsman, and this curved water effect got me puzzled, so I wonder how this is done? If I splash some water from a bucket ...
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Why do polaroid images look like they do?

I know that polaroid images are not done by effect, as one of my friends think, and that's silly. But my question is why do they look like that ? I mean yellowish and fainted .. I know there is a ...
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What is this effect called and how can I post process my photos to get this effect?

I came across this image of an artist on a website. I was wondering what this type of effect on images was called and how I can post process my photos get this effect?
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What’s this post-processing effect?

I am very intrigued by this photo. Can anyone shed some light into how this effect could be achieved? photo photo 2
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Can someone shed some light on how the effect in this bar photo was done?

I am very intrigued by this photo. Can anyone shed some light into how this effect could be achieved?
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How do I achieve smooth light falloff in portraits?

I'm having trouble getting a nice, smooth light falloff when shooting portraits. If you look at the left side of David Hobby's beautiful portrait, thats the effect I am trying to achieve. I have ...
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How was Claire Benoist's flower diptych picture shot?

http://www.popphoto.com/files/imagecache/article_main_photo/_images/201108/1.jpg Any thoughts on how it was shot?
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How do I achieve the coloring similar to photos by Tonhya Kae?

I believe these photos are edited in lightroom 4 but I may be wrong. The coloring of these photos is amazing and I just can't seem to replicate it. Any Ideas on what the photographer does to achieve ...
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What can be done to replicate the look of Andrew Bayda photographs?

Look please photos of Andrew Bayda. Can tell me anybody please how does he reach so poppy color and cotrast? I think one of secrets is using Capture One Pro soft, but I'm using that software too ...
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How has the photographer made the subject stand out in this shot?

I came across the following photo today: It's taken by Yoon Sul, a professional photographer. I marveled at the effect of the photo, but couldn't wrap my mind around how to take a photo quite like ...
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How to achieve this colored-haze effect in Lightroom?

I really like the colored-haze in this photo: http://meiirene.35photo.ru/photo_372234/ How do I do it in Lightrooom?
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What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture?

What type of flash/diffuser was used in this picture ? I am amazed of the by level of diffused light. I am sure there is a lot of post processing but i believe the lighting is the most important ...
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How do I create a “day-night” scene in a photo?

I recently came upon the image below, and more like them on Stephen Wilke's website, and was wondering how the image was made. It really seems that there would be some form of post processing, but ...
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How do I reverse engineer a portrait photo?

A part of the photography learning process is to look at pictures and try to reverse engineer them. I want to learn how to reverse engineer portrait images. Reverse engineering the light in portrait ...
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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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How was this black and white photograph of a calm ocean done?

How can I create photographs with the characteristics of this image?
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How to reproduce this dark-toned color effect?

What technique is used in this image to produce such colors? Is it just saturation and hue adjustment?
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How to take a picture like this scene through a bubble?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/odinodin/5145524032/ I want to learn the technique needed to take this kind of picture. The exif data of that photo mentions 16-85mm as the lens used, which is not a ...
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How was non-uniform yellowish cast created on BW photos of Charles Lucima?

I don't know if it's allowed to ask this type of questions here. If not please let me know. How was created following non-uniform yelowish cast on BW photo (author is Charles LUCIMA) ? Image here - ...
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How is it possible to create a photo as if camera is moving?

I just saw this image on the deviantart. Does anybody know how I could shot a photo like this? From what the artist says in the comments, it seems that it has been created using only one single shot ...
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Which filters or effects etc. are being used in these photos?

The photos in question are the ones of the "culturemakers" on the the kony2012 campaign homepage - e.g. Mark Zuckerburg, Oprah etc. I'm especially interested in how they: Make darker colors more ...
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What settings do I have to use to take pictures like this one by S Dot B?

I am impressed by this photograph of hip hop artist Kid Ink by S Dot B photography: http://www.killerhiphop.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Kid-Ink.jpg Can anybody tell me the settings for my Nikon ...
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What kind of color treatment is applied to these Sean Flanigan photos?

Sean Flanigan is probably one of my favorite photographers. His photos has an extremely unique feel to them, at least to me they are unique. Whenever I try to describe his photos, words fail me. I ...
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How to post process in Lightroom 3 to achieve rich colors like this

I've stumbled upon this video with very deep and rich colors. The skin tones are nice, the blacks on their hair and the spec frame on one of the girls are really deep black. The colors on their shirts ...
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What causes strange spiral pattern on my star line?

Ok, so I created this test image. The camera was behind the window, I just tested long exposure photography on the single star I saw. It was about 20 minutes of expo, star was out of focus (I really ...
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What sort of color correction and effects are used in this photo?

I've seen plenty of photos like this before and I've always liked them. They're usually warmer colours and they seem to have a bit of a haze to them. Photo by David Guenther What sort of post ...
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How did they do this effect in this Sherlock Holmes 2 movie promo photo?

Looking at this: http://www.drawingart.org/clients/sherlockholmes2/ I'm curious as to how they pulled it off, in that obviously the photographs themselves have had both some serious talent + ...
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How to achieve the photo effect of “Live Christmas Music at the Americana in Glendale, California” by Chris Yarzab?

I came across the below photo while browsing Wikimedia Commons. (Photo by Fourbyfourblazer) My Question, how was this photo processed to obtain this effect? HDR, Photoshop Filters, What?
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How do you get the style of color seen in these “urban decay” pictures?

I have been trying to get this "look" and I am not even sure what to call it. Here is an example: And another: Are they just doing selective color filtering, or is there something else that I am ...
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What settings do I need to take a night cityscape with blue sky like Eric Rolph?

I was wowed when I looked at this image on google maps for the Prudential Tower observatory. Then I start digging into the photographer (Eric Rolph -flickr) and I found he had some stunning pics ...