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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Tips for shooting a flood-lit, vibrant carnival procession

I'm currently in Rio de Janeiro for carnival where I will be attending carnival at the Sanbodromo. I have a Nikon D3000 with a 55-300 lens. I'll be around 50 to 100 meters away, overlooking 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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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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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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How to minimize/avoid purple fringing before/during shooting

I know it is possible to avoid purple fringing using post-processing software's chromatic aberration correction capabilities but I have a few pictures where the one I'm using (Rawtherapee on Linux) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How to choose a lens to get a shallow DOF effect? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Can I get a shallow DOF using a kit lens? Help with getting bokeh effect. I'm an amateur photographer, just getting into photography. I read some things about lens ...
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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 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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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 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 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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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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Climbing trees and getting equipment up there

I've been climbing a few relatively short trees, but I'm having trouble getting my DSLR up there without it swinging around and hitting branches. Is there a decent means to do this?
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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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 ...