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

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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 ...
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Technical book about exposure

I am interested about studying exposure. I went through a few tutorial (as a beginner of DSLR photography) but I find them generally lacking of details. I have a background in engineering, physics ...
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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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How to avoid reflection when taking a picture of a ceramic object with a shiny glaze?

How can I avoid the reflection when I take a picture of a shiny object in bright light?
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Long exposures without turning night into day

When taking Night Photography you will use long exposures. Sometimes these exposures can be very long. My question is this: How can I take long exposures without turning a night scene into a scene ...
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What are the best resources to learn techniques for using a Nikon D90?

I am a beginner in photography and especially for a Nikon D90. Can you please point me to some resources about getting started with Nikon D90 (did some googling and found some resources, but none of ...
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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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Does having the AF points bunched up in the middle make a big difference?

I was looking into the new Nikon D600, which looks like a pretty compelling camera. I however noticed that its 39 AF points though quite a lot are all bunched up in the middle. I am used to having AF ...
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Why is the sky in photos always too white?

Why do I never seem to get a clear picture of the sky during the day, even with white puffy clouds in the sky? It always looks over exposed and whitened out? I am using a Nikon D3100, no lens hood, ...
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How do you photograph rain?

What are recommended settings for my Nikon Coolpix P1 to best portray rain? Here's what I got. No retouching was applied. The picture I took when the rain was heavy with the automatic settings: ...
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What is the best auto-focus mode to use for bird photography?

Consider the image below: How would the shot be focused here? Using Auto-focus or manual? If there was a cluttered background, will auto focus detect the small bird and sharply focus on it?If manual ...
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Taking sports and action shots with regular lenses

I do not shoot action or sports photos. I was asked to shoot a friend's soccer game. I am not looking for perfect magazine quality images; however, I'd like to maximize the quality of my shots with ...
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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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What is the best way to avoid moon and light glare in night exposures without using photo editing software

I took this photo yesterday and although I love it, I wish It didn't have as much glare from the moon or the city lights. I know I could go into lightroom and photoshop and crop a new moon in, but I ...
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How to photograph panning with a point and shoot camera?

I have recently learnt about panning photography on the internet and I was curious about capturing one myself, But as an amateur I just own a Point and shoot camera (Samsung SL30), I have ...
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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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What should I look for in taking pictures of a historic prison?

I need some helpful advice for for an onsite shoot coming up. We are going to the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. We are going to be there for almost an entire day. What I need is advice on ...
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How the splash is created in Cookie splash photography?

Cookie Splash photography, being a motion photography involving liquid splashing off the glass, seems a little tricky. Consider the photograph below: Source: ...
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How to make some nice photographs of midday sun? [closed]

Can i get some ideas on how to photograph midday sun to make it interesting? The fact why I ask this question is that photographing the midday sun alone gives a dumb photograph. Only idea that ...
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What are some techniques for hand-held image stabilization?

My zoom lens (75-300mm) is fairly slow: 5.6 at its farthest point. (I think it's 3.5-5.6, and it's not image stabilizing. I'm on a budget, sadly!) Unfortunately, my primary use for it is hand-held ...
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How to use pop-flash for a night shot in manual mode?

I recently bought Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm. I am a newbie for DSLRs but improving day by day. I see that when taking pics after sun set or in low light in manual mode with flash( pop up) it over ...
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What would be the right approach to take pictures of a long counter?

I am trying to take a picture of a long counter in a super market. It is about 15 yards long. I inched along (at about a distance of 3 yards) and took straight on 30-35 pictures with my 16-35mm at ...
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How to get better photos with Canon's G12 built-in flash? [duplicate]

My camera is a Canon G12. I don't have a fancy add-on flash. My main problems are: how can I get better images with the built-in flash in the Canon G12? What techniques can I use to make the ...
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When and where do you need to use a tripod?

I am looking into use cases where the use of a tripod is very effective or necessary. Though in theory every possible shot can be taken with the help of tripod, in real life I do not think that is ...
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How to photograph rain drops / water drops?

Hi, I am using a Canon EOS400D , I would like to know the best settings to use for taking photos of water drops/raindrops, I have read so many articles,but I am still really confused. Thank you.
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Taking pictures with fixed/full focus camera

I have got a fixed focus, 5 MP camera with 3.3mm focal length (not sure what it means) on my phone. I want to know what's the best way to take pictures with since it's missing auto-focus feature. Is ...
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How can I hold my camera steady?

I've been an amateur photographer for some time, but have always had problems holding the camera steady. I've developed some tricks like using a flat surface and the self timer in low light, and of ...
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How to achieve good scenic photos without HDR?

I've always had a problem getting exposure right with shots of the outdoors. I always seem to need to do manipulation which ends up in noisy photos. I know HDR would sort it out, but I'm using a ...
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What unique techniques can I use for shooting fireworks?

What settings should I be using to photograph fireworks? covers some of the basics of taking photographs of fireworks, but what special techniques can I use shooting fireworks? I heard about this one ...
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Do I need ND filters for a time lapse sunrise?

I need to shoot a time lapse sunrise for an internal promotion. This will consist of a one minute interval from 3:00 (black) to 8:30 (day) and I want the sun in the frame. Is this a situation where ...
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Which parameters to lock between images for a panorama?

I gather that common wisdom says that in addition to camera position you should keep as many variables as possible the same between different shots for a panorama. Variables that spring to mind are ...
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What can I do to freeze motion in imperfect conditions?

I want to shoot a photo that freezes the motion in action. I have the aperture wide open, shutter speed is as long as I can have it and still freeze the motion, the light I cannot control (e.g., ...
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What do I need to know before attempting to photograph Venus in transit?

This Tuesday will be the last chance to view Venus in transit for the next 100+ years, so I'm planning to make the most of it. I'd also like to capture what I see for posterity, but this type of event ...
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How to use Image Stabilization on Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM lens

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM should has up to 3-stops stabilizer. I'm not sure if I'm using it wrong or it's a marketing tool for Canon. In many low light situation I found that my photo will be ...
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How to photograph a partial solar eclipse?

There will be a partial solar eclipse tomorrow visible from Europe, Africa, Asia. I'm looking for photography tips. Looking for ideas for a typical amateur photographer but also for someone having a ...
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How to capture the scale of a scene?

My framing in the following photo completely failed to capture the sheer height of the waterfall. If you don't know I was standing at the top of the waterfall, and the "splinters" at the bottom are ...
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How to Avoid Red-Eye in Photos?

Although tools exist to remove red-eye in post-production, what's the best way to avoid it while creating the photograph in the field?
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coastal sunrise long exposure

I want to take a photo at sunrise with a long exposure of the sea which contains old World War 2 boat docking equipment in the sea. will i need to have a ND filter to achieve this as during the day ...
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How can you avoid/minimize lens flare when shooting into the sun?

When shooting outdoors in bright sunlight, and specially when shooting with the sun visible in the background, lens flare can affect the picture by reducing contrast and introducing artifacts. Are ...
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What is ETTR (Expose To The Right)?

Picking up from this answer and this question, What exactly is ETTR? How it may reduce the image noise? And how is it difference from film to digital sensors? In the answer linked above, what are the ...
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What and how to crop?

When I take a photo of something like a building, I tend to shoot the whole building, because later I want to get the feeling and impression I had when I took this photo. I want to transfer these ...
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What techniques are there to get focus and/or lock exposure other than center, half-press, and recompose?

The way I shoot is this: turn the camera so that the subject is in the middle of the viewfinder, where my center point is, press the shutter half way, the camera now focuses the lens on the subject ...
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How can I achieve this effect, where the flower is sharp and everything else is blurry?

I was wondering how it is possible to take a picture like this. Please have a look here for some example pictures. The flower is sharp, and everything else looks like taken with a long shutter. Is ...
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Clear and sharp shot of a static object on a very blurry background (EOS550D) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I maximise that “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect? I am trying to achieve clear and sharp shot of a static object on a very blurry ...
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Shooting old buildings using an 18-55 and 75-300 lenses (Canon) [closed]

Photography is one of my hobbies but due to the costs associated with it, I do not have/own the best of gear. I have a 6 MP Canon DSLR with an 18-55 II lens and a 75-300 III f4/5.6 lens. I also own a ...
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How can I maintain camera stability without a tripod? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I hold my camera steady? I was shooting some photos last night and I was having trouble not blurring the images. The issue I know comes from me shaking while the ...
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How to focus manually on the eyes, for a self portrait without a remote?

Any out of box idea to manually focus on the eyes, for a self portrait? I do have a tripod and the camera has a timer too. Camera: Canon Powershot SX210 IS
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How do I keep the horizon straight when taking a photo (without a tripod)?

I use a DSLR and I very often find that when I shoot without a tripod, and with my eye to the viewfinder (as opposed to using LiveView), my photos end up slightly crooked: lines that should be ...
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How can one learn to shoot with both eyes open, and what are the advantages?

Greg made an intriguing comment in this answer (emphasis mine): One of the things we're supposed to do when we're shooting is keep both eyes open; That helps avoid fatigue from shooting for hours, ...
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How do you trap focus on DSLRs without native support for it?

I came across the term trap focus on the autofocus page of wikipedia, and it seems to be a very handy feature that triggers the shutter release when a subject moves into the focal plane. This feature ...