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The approach and skills for the actual capture of a photograph with a camera.

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How to photograph fireflies?

We have a lot of fireflies (lightning bugs) in our back yard right now. I would like to photograph them, but previous attempts have not turned out well. With different exposures, it ends up either ...
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Techniques for photographing stained glass?

I often take photographs of stained glass, but they come out either as too overexposed or underexposed due to the high levels of contrast between the window which is usually backlit and the frame ...
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Why are my photos not crisp?

I own a T3i with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes but I am not so knowledgeable and I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, ...
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How to get accurate focus at night? [duplicate]

I've tried focusing shots at night, but never get a perfect click. Are there any tips that might help?
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Shooting from a helicopter

I have a Canon T3i with the 18-55mm kit lens and the 55-250mm, both with Image stabilization. I will be in an open doored helicopter in a tropical setting-waterfalls etc-during the mid-late morning ...
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Where can I find good example pictures for the influence of focal length on image composition

In this answer, Stan argues that having the choice between many focal lenghts in a large range is essential for studio photography, making a zoom lens a good choice. This was surprising to me as a ...
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What settings should I be using to shoot “Supermoon”?

This weekend is a "Supermoon" (the largest full moon of the year, in perigee, the closest to Earth). Would someone please advise how I could make the most out of my Canon PowerShot to photograph this ...
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Is light the only difference? Or does the camera and lens make all the difference?

Look at this stunning portrait: Let's ignore everything but JUST the amount of detail the photograph succeeds to convey. Now look at one of the best portraits I have taken of my girlfriend, as a ...
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What kind of technique used here to blend background with foreground?

In this photo the blending between background and foreground is very soft, do you think that this is part of the setup or was done in post? If you think it's done in the setup, please explain how.
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Photo of an experiment

I have an experiment with the specimen 100m long and 3m wide. I would like to capture the the image of entire specimen (from top) for fixed time intervals to analyze the behavior with time using some ...
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Why am I having trouble getting sharp results with my new DSLR, compared to a point and shoot?

I'm having issues with my new Nikon D3200. I am new at photography, but I've previously used my parents camera (a Canon) for my brother's senior photos, and those were crystal clear. I've got this ...
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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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How to capture a small red light?

I tried to capture the following small red light, but I failed. It's more white than red. How can I correctly capture the red light as seen through my eyes? f-stop: f/5 exposure time: 1/30 ...
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Style with dim background, warmer tones and subject being almost the only light-emitter?

You can appreciate a slight light-brown-ish look in skin tones and in most other colours, the slow fade to dark in the silhouettes of the subjects and the almost zero quantity of light the camera is ...
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How can I create light trails without a blurry subject?

I would like to achieve this effect using my Nikon P510: Are there any suggestions or tips that would help me do that?
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What are some of your pre-shoot checklist tips?

I'm always in a hurry and never really check my camera settings before a snapping a few photos using whatever setting the camera was left on. I'm thinking I should probably try to put a checklist into ...
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What focal length lens do I need for photographing the moon?

I would like to know whether it is possible to photograph moon without any flaws with a canon EOS 550d.. Also to get an image of the moon as close as the following image, what kind of ...
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Photographing Moving Vehicles [duplicate]

I want to take pictures of moving cars/bikes so that the background is all blurred and the subject is sharp so it gives an impression of moment. Not like other pics where the subject seems stand ...
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Plan to a landscape shot

I want to learn how to plan ahead for a landscape shot. I'm looking for an online tool that can let me visualize the location in 3D. I'm looking also for another tool that let me know where will be ...
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Best camera settings for photographing text?

I am using my S95 to photograph text documents (both paper & microfilm) for OCR. I have already asked about the problems of how to best photograph a computer screen for microfilm, but I've been ...
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What technique was used to achieve this partial vertical motion blur? Software or camera movement?

I really like the effect of having a part of a photograph in sharp focus and other (usually upper) part in what appears to be a vertical motion blur. I see it most often done with photos of group of ...
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Creating one photo with multiple rows as if one is head-on to each row?

I took a picture of a crescent arch with scaffolding (apparently for maintenance) but can't post it for lack of "10 reputation." However the effect is simple, in that from the vantage point, the row ...
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Should I shoot underexposed photos?

Someone more experienced than me said that he always shoots so that his photos are underexposed (darker) and I should too. The reasoning being that you can always increase the exposure in ...
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How should I do a DIY set up for shooting clothing items?

I need to make a photo shoot of clothing articles (headbands, headscarves, etc) for an online store. I tried building a lightbox the other day (cheap way) and then put a light from the top. It was ...
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Tips on getting group shots for family

My grandfather is turning 80 this year in September. The most important thing to him is his family. Because of this, my entire family is getting together to celebrate. Since the family is spread out ...
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what is this effect: millions of coloured light dots, picture shot in the night

I found this picture http://25.media.tumblr.com/b190c1a74bf5a249e3bac63626fff88b/tumblr_mipyd0ehvG1rcbvl8o1_1280.jpg i wonder if there is a certain technique to create such pictures? Thanks very ...
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Is there anywhere that photographers can exchange twitter follows or other social media connections directly?

Just looking for like minded people and there are lots of people out there! Essentially somewhere to get a look at some profiles and follow what you like etc. A network if you will.
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Are consumer DSLR good enough for a billboard

I need to shoot for a billboard advertisement. The billboard size will be around 20-15 foot. Do you think a consumer level DSLR [550D, D5100, D90] is good enough for this or need to switch to pro ...
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What settings should I be using to photograph fireworks?

As it's heading into firework season (with Thanksgiving, Guy Fawkes, and New Years), I've never been particularly successful at photographing fireworks. In previous years I think I've always had too ...
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How to shoot an event in a long living room with a large french window on the shorter side?

I sometimes have to shoot in an enclosed space, a living room that is somewhat similar to the picture below. There generally is a large French window on one side that is streaming in sunlight of late ...
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What are the best camera settings for taking pictures in a limo?

I am helping out taking pictures for a wedding today and I need to take pictures inside the limo. I have a Canon Rebel Xs and I do a lot of outdoor shooting with natural sunlight but I don't have much ...
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How do you get moon zoomed over foreground? [duplicate]

How does one get a picture similar to the one below with a crop sensor DSLR and using kit lens or 70-300mm lens without post-processing?
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How can I maximize the “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect?

I know that this effect occurs when there's a shallow depth of field. My question is, what are the various ways I can increase this effect in my photos when I'm taking them? Note that I'm not ...
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How to shoot extreme macro shot of an image formed on a water droplet?

I recently came up with this macro shot and I was curious how to take photos like these where everything is blurred out and extreme macro is in focus. I am assuming there is a lot of post processing ...
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How to take a picture with subject in focus but with a circular light-trace effect around it?

How to keep the Girls sharp combined with the lighttrace effect? Thank you very much!
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How did film photographers overcome constant ISO/ASA values in low light situations?

Today in Digital SLR era, when I find myself in low light situation in a place that I can't use my tripod or I don't have it, and still don't want to get blurry images, I use the widest aperture which ...
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Photographic techniques to avoid chromatic aberration?

I've read several informations here on Photo SE, as well as the wikipedia article on CA. I understand that it is inevitable that some amount of chromatic aberration shows up for a particular lens, ...
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What are the proper settings for taking low light action pictures using Nikon D5100?

I have a Nikon D5100 and need to know how to use it properly to take pictures in low light (dance recital). I can't use a flash. I've tried but don't seem to get clear pictures. They come out very ...
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What is the best way to photograph a marathon?

I've had trouble finding information on how to best photograph action at a marathon. I don't mean tips for finding locations, ideas, etc, but rather technical tips for a beginning photographer to ...
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How to take saturated portraits like these (with natural lighting)?

The photographer of these portraits claimed he used a 50mm f/1.8 prime with no special lighting equipment: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/5318756409_9f4ec94f5b_z.jpg ...
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When doing portraits, how to get serious insightful expressions?

Professional models know how to produce such expression at photographer command, normal people don't. Still good photographer are able to get it from famous actors/politicians/sportsmen. I've been ...
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Is it acceptable in photography to never use flash?

I was hanging out with a friend of mine who is a professional photographer (for 15+ years), and has a solid portfolio, web-presence, and regional and national exposure. He never uses a flash. ...
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Why do people in the stands during events use flash?

I was watching the Olympics, and one thing I noticed was that flashes are going off in the spectators' stands. Why are people using flash? Is it because they are using automatic mode, or point and ...
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What are ways of improving aerial photos?

When taking photos from a plane, what are ways of improving the quality of your photos? I've noticed two main issues: When photographing through the plane window, you'll often get reflection and ...
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How to shoot with the Brenizer method with an active, moving background, i.e. on the streets

If the background is moving, like a street full of people and you're shooting a stationary subject with the Brenizer method, how does that work? When you stitch up the surrounding area wouldn't it be ...
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What technique can I use for shooting pet birds in cages?

How do I take photos of birds inside cages (as shown in the picture below) and have it appear that there is no cage at the front, which blocks the bird. Taking photo of the bird inside the cage: ...
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How do I set the focus in long exposure night sky shots?

I want to catch a good long exposure (5 - 15 seconds) shot of the International Space Station in the night sky as it passes over my city. Setting the ISO higher (say, to 100) and the exposure time is ...
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How to take a photo of a animal behind a glass and in a very dark room with a bit of orange light?

The situation is as follows: There is a very dark room. Inside the very dark room, there are some orange lights on the ceiling Inside the very dark room, there are many glass windows. Behind the ...
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How do I take a photo of a animals in a shaded glass boxes behind a glass panel?

How do I take photo of an animal in the following situation A very bright room. The bright room has many smaller rooms. Each smaller room has a few shaded glass boxes. There are two rows of shaded ...
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Emphasise reflections [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any filter opposite to Polarizing filter, to emphasize reflections? I know that a circular polariser can reduce reflections from reflective surfaces. I'm ...