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How to get really clean almost HDR images in night time (see example)

Browsing through Behance network. I was wondering how this guy got such clean (no noise, no ghosting apart from the clouds) Night shots and some of them almost look like night time HDR. I'm thinking ...
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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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How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?

I'm currently using an entry-level DSLR with 18-55mm lens and having great trouble trying to creating a blurred background effect in my photos. Now matter what aperture or shutter speed I choose, I'm ...
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How can I intentionally include lens flare in my photographs?

I usually try to avoid lens flare, usually by avoiding shooting directly into bright lights (or using other techniques to minimize it). However, sometimes I find a situation where lens flare actually ...
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When is HDR preferred to Active D-Lighting?

Could someone please explain the difference between the two? Are there cases where the one technique is more preferable over the other or a general rule of thumb?
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Why is Photoshop not merging my panorama?

It's not something i am planning on doing often but I wanted to try to do a panorama and use Photoshop's "Merge to Panorama" feature to stitch the images. Previously I have only done this manually. I ...
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How would i achieve this background halo effect?

A Lot of photographers are using this background effect at the moment, How is it achieved? This is a bad example, but you will know what I mean... Is it just a matter of using a dark grey ...
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How were these Astronomy Photographer of the Year images produced?

Looking at the winner of Astronomy Photographer of the Year, I'm wondering, how can one produce shots like these: ...
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How to enhance details (like freckles) in lightroom?

I searched over the web but all pages offers solutions via Photoshop. Is there a way to do it in lightroom or is PS the only solution? I'd think something like levels would help, but there are no ...
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How do I create this soft and bright effect?

This is my favorite look for photos, and I've been trying to achieve this for some recent family vacation photographs. What is the process? Here are some links to some examples: ...
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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 much to zoom while shooting a single row panorama image?

Matt Grum mentions in a comment on an answer related to locking parameters when shooting a panorama that it is beneficial to zoom out on the middle section of the image while shooting a single row ...
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How to learn to shoot with the “other” eye?

I have always used the left eye to look at the viewfinder of my dslr. I am right-handed, and wear glasses (even when using the camera, I am rather stronly myopic and relatively mildy astigmatic). I am ...
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How to capture fog movement?

As much as I enjoy pictures of fog or mist, I find that I can't express its movement. I'd like to capture the sort of dance that fog performs with other objects. The way it moves and surrounds ...
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How to do the ghost mannequin effect?

I'm looking into taking some product photography and I would like to get the ghost mannequin effect, but I can't find any proper documentation. Something a bit like this: Can you please give a ...
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How much of a good fashion or surreal photo is post-production?

I tend to like photos that look dramatic or otherworldly (particularly when capturing things that may actually be fairly mundane). Aside from obvious things like air-brushing or photo-manipulations ...
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How to compare RAW photos quickly?

It's not uncommon for me to return from a hike or outing and have 500+ images to "sift" before getting started on post processing. Is there a better way to compare 5-10 photos of the same image ...
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What macro techniques offer an alternative to expensive optics?

I was wondering what are the alternative macro techniques people use instead of buying expensive macro optics. I know about single lens reverse macro technique; what other alternative techniques allow ...
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How to capture details of the moon?

I just purchased a D5100 and I am slowly learning the basics. I mostly shoot landscape/scenery shots. I have been trying to capture the full moon unsuccessfully. It looks focused in the ...
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What is Universal White Balance (UniWB)?

How and in what kind of situations should it be used?
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How can I do multiple exposures with my Sony A100?

I have a Sony Alpha A100. Yeah, it's pretty old. It still works really well, and I take some really good photos with it, the only concern I have is that it does not have "Double Exposure" or ...
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Tips for Shooting Crowds, Political Demonstrations, Rallies and other 'Lively' Events

Over the next few months I'm going to be spending weekend time documenting a number of demos and rallies here in the UK. They events are to be held outdoors, during the day and may become ...
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What do I need to make a photo in Silver Age Poetry style?

What do I need to make a photo in Silver Age poetry style? Maybe I am not naming the style correctly, but the examples should give an idea of what I mean. Can somebody explain what technique and ...
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What software or technique was used to acheive this (soft-curves-brush-stroke) effect? [duplicate]

I am curious to know what software, filter plugin or technique was used to achieve the effect applied on the tree on the following photo: http://500px.com/photo/28630509?from=upcoming&from_page=4 ...
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How was this long exposure crowd shot taken?

How does one take a photo like this: http://inapcache.boston.com/universal/site_graphics/blogs/bigpicture/2012part2/bp23.jpg Can this be done without significant post-processing? The people sitting ...
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What do I need to make a photo in French Noir?

What do I need to make a photo in French Noir style? Maybe I am not naming the style correctly, but the examples should give an idea of what I mean. Can somebody explain what technique and ...
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How does one get manual focus right with a fast-aperture lens?

I have got an old lens (f1.4) that I have to use only with manual focus on a DSLR. Well, it is difficult for me to get the subject on focus. Although on focus according to the viewfinder, the actual ...
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How to take photos of light rays [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get photos showing the “shaft of light” effect? While sitting in a room, there was a ray of light coming in through a small opening in the window. I tried my ...
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When experimenting just isn't enough?

As a fairly new photographer who is interested in learning more about the advanced settings on my Canon 7D, and less about Green / CA modes, can you share the areas of photography which forced you to ...
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How does Christy Lee Rogers take these photographs?

Christy Lee Rogers is an artist/photographer. I find her work surreal. Below are couple of photographs she took "straight out the camera". Any idea how these photographs might be taken ? Another ...
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What can I do to maximize dynamic range while shooting?

There are several ways to increase dynamic range in post-processing, but what should I do while shooting to maximize the dynamic range of a picture? I know that shooting in Raw and trying to use all ...
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How to photograph chocolate?

I have often marveled (and gotten hungry) at the beautiful pictures in the blog Smitten Kitchen. It documents mostly baking recipe, and chocolate spreads, ganaches, and pure molten chocolate are often ...
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How can I take a picture of the moon as part of a night landscape?

I recently saw this scene while on vacation: What I would like is for the moon not to be completely blown out, but to also get reflections on the water. If I expose for the reflections, the moon ...
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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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Easier ways to pre focus a distance on a lens without manual focusing meter?

In applying zone focus(focusing at particular distance in advance, before the subject comes in) to shoot a bike that will come into frame, how do I correctly focus at a particular distance with a lens ...
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How do I avoid dust entering my camera when changing lenses?

Akin to Should I be worried about getting dust inside my SLR? and What should I do to avoid switching lenses?, I have a certain paranoia of dust/debris entering my camera when changing lenses. Are ...
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Is it practical to shoot portraits by only candlelight?

Is it practical to shoot portraits in candle lights, only, provided there is no flash around? If yes, then for portrait shots, where and how should one place the candles? Are there any specific ...
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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 can I make slit-scan photographs with a dSLR?

Surfing the web, I stumbled on an iPhone application to make slit-scan images. However, I have no intention of buying a smartphone. How could one achieve similar results using a dSLR (preferably, but ...
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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 is a good, *free* online “cross processing” program?

I am currently using Photoshop Elements 9 and the functions such as Lomo Effect and Color Curves do not enable me to produce images with colour such as this example on Flickr and this one It is ...
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Where/How to Get/Make Realistic Historical Documents: Props for a Photo Shoot

I have 5 days to complete a photo shoot consisting of the following historical documents: The Diamond Sutra Luther's 95 Theses The Declaration of Independence Newton's Principia Mathematica The ...
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Resource for guidance on achieving specific styles and 'looks' independent of software

Lately I've found that I can usually capture the image the way I envision it as far as exposure and composition but I begin to flail around in getting it from RAW file or negative/transparency to ...
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How to avoid dark window when shooting from inside

I am shooting a window with heavy sun light on it. When I get far enough from the window, the yellow curtain does not become too dark and is somehow visible (the second image). But as I get closer to ...
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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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What exposure mode and techniques should I use when out-and-about?

I'm interested to hear what exposure/metering techniques people use when taking out-and-about shots (no tripod). I almost always have my camera set to Aperture Priority mode, and I suspect most people ...
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What is Miksang Photography?

I'm curious about a photographic technique called 'Miksang photography.' What is Miksang photography? What are some resources for helping me to learn how to 'do' Miksang photography (or incorporate ...
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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 to get the best results with resizing an image?

I've heard that resizing your image from 100% to the desired size is not a good way to resize an image. Given developer/photographers like Fred Miranda have written tools to help resize your images ...
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What is the best method to digitize and touch up my old slides?

I have lots of old slides and should probably digitize them? What is the best way of achieving this? What kind of touchups might be necessary?