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How and why do you use an image histogram?

I realize that an image histogram is a graphical display of an images tonal distribution (i.e. horizontal darks to lights, vertical pixel distribution), but how does one really use it and why? I mean, ...
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What's the best way to take a picture of an LCD or CRT screen?

I have seen many bad pictures of LCD and CRT screens. How do I get a good picture of an LCD or CRT screen?
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Incorporating haze into landscapes

When shooting landscapes in Western India, I often have a serious problem with haze. The air can often be dusty outside cities and polluted inside. Shooting in the golden hour doesn't always help ...
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How to meter to clear subject details with a strongly backlit scene, as Elena Shumilova does?

Looking at the photos from Elena Shumilova on 500px, you can see a clear preference for backlighting and halo effects on many of her subjects. For example, this and this. How do you meter with the ...
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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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Is under/over exposing using shutter speed or aperture the same as using exposure compensation?

I was wondering if it is right to say that underexposing or overexposing by playing with shutter speed or aperture or ISO is the same as dialing in -+EV values in manual exposure?
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How can I make successful abstract photographs?

I am trying to impress some of my friends, and also my teacher (who is a professional photographer). He asked us to take three frames to represent abstract photography. I have taken some shots and I ...
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How do I approach people for a natural look in street photography?

I am enjoying taking candid photos of people, but the subject is usually someone I know, or it is during some family/friend event, so after a while the people get used to the presence of the camera ...
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How to properly capture photos for merging?

When photographing photos with the intent to stitch (merge) images into a large panoramic, either manually or with the aid of software, how should one capture the source images for consistency between ...
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Is this photo showing lenses apparently hanging in the air a Photoshopped composite, or was some other trick used?

Is this image showing a photographer surrounded by apparently-floating camera gear Photoshopped, or was a special technique used?
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What's the best way to create a tilt-shift photograph?

Specifically, what's the best way to go about shooting photos that have a fake miniature quality to them, which produces high-quality (and believable) images? Is there some special lens that you can ...
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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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How can I minimize distortion in my panorama if I don't have a panorama tripod?

I've created panoramas before, but I don't have a tripod that will let me get the same perspective. What techniques can I use to minimize distortion? Any particular focal length lenses that are better ...
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How can I improve stitching of nadir and zenith shots in 360º hemispheric panos?

I am trying to implement full hemispheric panos as a product for Realtors and for another project I am working on, but am having problems with my software stitching the zenith and nadir points. My ...
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How can I make nice, professional looking corporate portraits?

I have been asked to shoot a couple of portraits at work for a conference brochure. I am a keen amateur but never really shot corporate portraits. I will use a Nikon D40 and the 50mm 1.4G. I am ...
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How do you develop 'creative taste' in order to take a good photo?

As someone who's more technically minded than creative I find it hard to know what constitutes a good photo. To me it almost seems like some type of voodoo trying to figure this out and my only ...
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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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How can I vertically shift a Tilt-Shift lens in vertical (portrait) position?

I have a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II mounted on a Canon 5D Mk3. When I want to shoot a building tall enough without introducing distortions, I put the camera in landscape position, I shift my lens up ...
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How can I get photos showing the “shaft of light” effect?

I would like to be able to capture a photo which shows light shafts coming through the window. A famous example is this: I'm guessing this involves a tripod, a long exposure and strong sunlight, ...
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Can one make good photographs with artistic sense but little real technical skill?

I used to practice photography, but I quit for a while after getting burned out, because I was not able to catch exactly what I was seeing at the moment — never same light, never same colors. I know ...
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How to photograph smoke?

I have been trying to get images of smoke against a black background. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to do this and a good lens choice and lighting set up for the job?
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What are your photography tips for people who are casual photographers? [duplicate]

Inspired by this question, what are your photography tips for people who are not even beginners, just the next person with a camera? With that I mean people like me, who own a simple compact class ...
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Using schlieren photography to visualize sound propagation

I'm a photography hobbyist. Quite a newbie so far! I've come across the method of schlieren photography some time ago. As for my hobbies, I am mainly interested in sound and acoustics. I am currently ...
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How to take pictures of reflective spherical objects?

I've always wondered looking at photographs of shiny Christmas ornaments...how were those photos taken without reflecting the photographer or the camera setup? These days, I can imagine that digital ...
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How to make female chest look bigger?

When photographing women they often want the chest to appear as big as possible. I tried with light coming from different positions but was not satisfied with the results. Are there any tricks to ...
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How to photograph flat plastic in an “interesting” way to show off its properties?

At work we are currently in the process of photographing samples of materials. The idea is to photograph them to show their structure/properties more than their shape (i.e. if we have a steel cog, we ...
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How can I take portrait pictures like Apple's 30 years of Mac campaign?

Is it possible just by getting a good camera? Do I have to do serious editing after the photo is taken? http://www.apple.com/30-years/
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How do you shoot still motion portraits?

Occasionally I see shots that have motion blur around the subject ... yet the subject is in focus. They are usually shot at very slow speeds, sometimes they even have a 1 second exposure, yet the ...
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How does wedding photographer post-process to achieve this rich detailed + high contrast portrait look?

Extremely rich in detail and contrast, which make the photo look very stand out (3D) and feels like looking at a masterpiece painting. I assumed this is not a 3 shot combined HDR photo (since involve ...
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How to take a “bird's eye view” of a product at home?

I'm looking to take some images of deconstructed products arranged neatly. I believe its called knolling. However I want to be directly over and parallel to the items. The items will be layed out on ...
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How should I photograph falling snow?

We don't get much snow in the UK, so I don't have much experience photographing it, and when I tried photographing falling snow last year I found it very hard to capture the snowflakes in the air — ...
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How do I achieve this very bright and clear portrait look?

Extremely bright eyes and contrast. Not sure if this is photoshopped or achieved through lighting and lenses. I have even seen this sort of effect in live video.. any ideas on how to do this look? ...
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How do I attach the Gorillapod to provide the best stabilization in different stituations?

Is there a site or document where I can find or learn -- or simply a technique/method -- how to best attach Gorillapod on some element? It is relatively easy to have a stable pod on ground, even with ...
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Technique for a Trick Photograph(Transparent Hands over the Face)

I am trying to search on internet the technique for the following image but I can't seem to get the much info on it. How did the photographer managed to capture this. Can anyone here plz suggest some ...
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What is the difference between Digital Blending & HDR technique

I have come across these techniques recently but can't see the point of doing one with a software and another manually with a photoshop tool. Basically what we are achieving is "expected" exposure for ...
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Multi-Image Meshing: Image Stitching an Array

I've got a large 1 meter by 2 meter pattern printout for a garment. I'm not able to capture fine detail with a single shot, namely the sensor on my camera captures poor detail at distances past a ...
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What name would you give to this blending effect?

I need some explination or the name of this so I can do it myself. Maybe if you could provide also with what I could achieve this would be greatly appreciated:
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Getting the starburst in sun shine like this photo is from post processing or done at capture?

I can't believe that the linked photograph is without any post processing. Is that starburst sun shine in the photograph an outcome of post processing or is it the result of a trick at capture time? ...
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What object is typically used to illustrate size of object on a photograph taken in the field?

I need to take pictures of multiple trees that were planted a year earlier in some far away terrain. The pictures should give clear impression of how large each tree is. So I guess I should put some ...
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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 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 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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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 ...