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How do you photograph Christmas Lights?

How can you best photograph Christmas lights? I've had tons of problems, the auto-meters don't work at all, and I'm fairly clueless, other than to get a tripod and keep trying until something ...
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How do you use dodge and burn in post-process to enhance a photograph?

How do you use dodge and burn in post-process to enhance a photograph? In lightroom, I've used dodge only to dial back some of the more drastic global settings in specific areas, but that's really ...
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How do I make a package look “heroic and important” in a advertising shoot?

I've been given the following assignment, and unsure what to do with it. An advertising agency has hired you to photograph individual "pack shots" of a range of packet soups. The soups come in ...
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How can I hold my face in the same place for a month long daily self-portrait?

I want to take a self-portrait every day over a period of a month. I want to turn these photos into an animation, so it is important that the face is in the exact same position on each shot (the ...
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How to achieve shallower DOF using multiple exposures?

For static or semi-static scenes, there are many ways to "simulate" certain features actually not feasible on single photo using the technology the photographer has. For example, wider field of view ...
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Taking photos of computer screens - reducing glare with S95

I am using my S95 to take photographs of LCD computer screens which are used to display Microfilm images related to my research. Unfortunately they aren't running a normal OS, so it's not an option to ...
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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 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 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 can I take pictures of far-away mountains to the South?

I'm trying to take some pictures of a pair of mountains to my south. The distance is about 20 miles away. I'm running into the following problems, and I'm wondering what you guys might suggest to get ...
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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 some effective techniques for photographing subjects who wear glasses?

What are some effective techniques for photographing subjects who wear glasses? I am sorting out my collection of digital images as I install new software, and find there are many images that would ...
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How do event photographers balance “spontaneous” snapshots versus well-executed shots?

I am not a professional photographer, but I often play at "event photographer" for family events and sometimes informal work events. I find myself struggling with a desire to capture candid snapshots ...
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How do I get proper focus when photographing lightning strikes?

I've been lucky to have the opportunity to photograph several large thunderstorms in Colorado recently, however I ran into a couple issues. The first issue I've run into is getting proper focus. As a ...
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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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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 do you make a shot look like it was taken at night?

Okay, so I was watching a movie recently, and there was a night scene. The whole valley could be seen in light, and there were some stars as well, and the actors could be seen, but it just looked like ...
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Where can I see examples of great photos from cheap cameras?

I am looking for examples of really great photos made from cheap (sub-$250) point-and-shoot digital cameras. I have a group of friends who are just getting into photography, and I thought it might be ...
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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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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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What is considered “sharp enough” w.r.t the landscape pictures from a DSLR with F16?

This image was shot with a Canon 5D (the older one) with a EF24-105mm f/4L lens. The lens was set at 45mm at f/11, and the shutter speed was 1/90 of a second which was +0.5 from the meter at ISO ...
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What's the best way to hold a DSLR?

So, I've seem that some photographers are extremely sensitive about how to hold their camera. What's the best way to hold a DSLR? Or does it even matter at all.
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What are good techniques for photographing newborns?

As the proud parent of a new baby, I am eager to take beautiful pictures of my newborn daughter. However, I've found that although it is easy to get stunning pictures of older babies, the charm of ...
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Capturing vapour or faint steam

I was trying to capture a scene that was in a dark area with a bright background. There was faint steam that I wanted to be the focus of the picture. I tried first by having a very large aperture and ...
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What are some good techniques for using a monopod while shooting sports?

What are some good strategies/techniques for using a monopod while shooting sports? I'm doing a lot of shooting of Figure Skating right now, and am finding the camera and 70-200mm lens is heavy ...
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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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How to take nice shots of glass-facaded buildings?

I need to take photos of some buildings which have glass facades as a building shell. They have around 10 floors. What lens, composition, lighting, time of day are appropriate for this kind of ...
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How to take sharp photos while using maximum optical zoom?

When I shoot with high zoom (above 3X on my point-and-shoot camera), the sharpness of the picture seems to come down. Is it a feature of all cameras or is it due to higher sensitivity to camera shakes ...
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What are some artistic techniques that can be performed with lenses?

I have recently been attempting to perform various different techniques for taking pictures, like using a tilt-shift lens, freelensing, HDR photography, and a couple others. The styles that I want to ...
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When would one need manual focus override?

In lens reviews, ability to override auto-focus manually is often referred to as a good (and important) feature. I have rarely, if ever used that feature, so I feel I might be missing out on an ...
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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 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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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 can one capture gun bore shots?

How can one capture shots like this where a long, small tube like a gun bore is evenly illuminated along its length? In this sample the harsh reflections off the breach suggest it was illuminated ...
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How do I get crisp indoor or low light images from my point and shoot?

I have a digital camera Canon PowerShot. I notice when I try to take any pictures other than a non-zoom, outdoor picture in good lighting the picture comes out blurry and grainy. I have tried a ...
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Is it really better to not half-press to focus with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1?

Fujifilm's new camera uses contrast-detect autofocus, and the current Internet hand-wringing is over whether this is a horrible critical flaw or not. As often happens in such discussion, a bit of ...
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What's it called when two photographs are printed on triangles so you see a different one from different angles?

This is kinda hard to explain, but I've seen it several places before. I'm looking for a special way that two photographs are printed — they're printed so you from each angle can see just one of the ...
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How do I get adequate depth of field in macro photography?

I have been messing around with some Macro Photography using the techniques (and a reversal ring) described in a blog post by @ElendilTheTall My main issue is that I am having a hard time getting the ...
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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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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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Should I prefer raising ISO or lowering the shutter speed in a low light condition?

Example: 1. A "still" object/scene. 2. Night time. 3. The only light source you have is: a tubelight on a wall. Provided, you want sharpness all around so you won't maximize the aperture. Flash ...
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What tips can you offer to take pictures of dogs?

Okay, so a friend of mine asked about photographing his dogs, and I realized that I really don't have much of a clue what are the best ways to photograph pets. I can take a few stabs at it, but I ...
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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 is the logic behind “Brother Backlit Sky” in the book Understanding Exposure?

I don't know if this question is too specific, but after reading Understanding Exposure, I can't understand very well the reasons and logic behind Brother Backlit Sky and their brothers. Although I ...
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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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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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Why do the noon skies look nasty in these photos, and what can I do about it?

Posted for evaluation. Why is the sky so nasty? These images where shot at high noon with a polarizer. Is there a way to "clean up" the sky. Keep in mind also these have already been processed in post ...
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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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What does it mean to produce a single photograph using “525 separate exposures”?

Per this question I looked at this article and in the second entry labeled "People and Space: winner" there is that quote from the photographer that it was produced using "525 separate exposures". [*] ...
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What flash unit should I choose for taking photos on a night boat cruise?

I'm going to a boat cruise tonight in London. With the following kit to choose from: Nikon D7000 Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon SB-400 Yongnuo YN-465 I need to make a choice ...