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Can knowledge and preparation offset the need for longer lenses in wildlife photography?

One of the biggest barriers to wildlife photography as I see it is the requirement for fast, long expensive lenses. I have in the past used a teleconverter to get my 300mm lens up to 600mm but even ...
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What are the best tips for photographing children?

I have two children (ages 2-4) who are just getting old enough to know when to make the worst possible face or simply run away when I bring out the camera. Does anyone have any tips on how to get ...
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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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Are there any techniques to aid/improve reverse macro photography

I recently started playing with reverse macro with my canon 50mm f1.8. A couple things I noticed immediately is: Shallow depth of field No control over aperture difficult to shoot handheld I ...
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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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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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What are the best techniques for photographing butterflies in a glasshouse?

I will be going to a glasshouse where there will be butterflies as part of a special exhibition / attraction. What are the best techniques for taking good shots, assuming that using a tripod might ...
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Where can I find advice on using an advanced AF system for wildlife and bird photography?

I recently purchased a Canon 7D, as my previous 450D had become a severely limiting factor in my endeavors to wildlife and bird photography (particularly bird photography, which I LOVE, but for which ...
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How do I avoid so much noise in this HDR image?

I rarely attempt HDR shots at night, and maybe that is my flaw with this shot, but I was wondering why this image produces so much noise after HDR conversion. Of course after Photomatix I was going ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to add haze to a portrait shot?

Haze is found in many shots ranging from portraits, to vintage, to fashion... I have only seen expensive actions packages for Photoshop so far that offer the ability to do it in post, and everyone ...
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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 shoot action shots with Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10?

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ10 camera and was recently at the football. I tried taking some pictures of the players who were moving at very high speed but they were incredibly blurred. I adjusted ...
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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 to help other people take good pictures with my camera?

Assume that we are at an event where full auto will create an ugly picture. I am the only one who brought a camera along. I set the camera at something not too demanding - a workable ISO, a ...
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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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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 to achieve misty look and vintage colors like Jaime Ibarra?

How are the color tones and the misty look achieved in the photo below? Does the technique/s have a name? (Note: link is NSFW.) Link to image - ...
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How do I photograph small fish in a fish tank?

I have photographed different type of fish in different tanks, with or without flash, through the surface of the water or through glass. However, I think I am missing something. There may be tips or ...
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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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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 can I take nice pictures of bikes, as well as perhaps some of cyclists in motion?

I currently own a Nikon D40x and would like to start taking some nice stills of bikes, as well as people riding their bikes. I have the kit lens that came with the camera (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G). The ...
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If your theme is to capture the colors of the fall, what would you advise a photographer to have in mind?

If your theme is to capture the colors of the fall, what would you advise a photographer to have in mind? And to make it more specific, the photographer asking for your advice is ...
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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 particular potential problems to watch for when using a telephoto zoom?

I recently got the Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS II lens as a complement to my 18-55mm kit lens for my 550D. I was looking for some advice\best practices for using a telephoto zoom, any associated ...
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What is toning, in black and white photography?

I have been told that the "lips" in this photograph need "strong tones". Now, what is toning and how to achieve that in black and white photography? I used GIMP and all I did here was to select ...
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How to keep flash from disrupting the scene?

My friends and I have observed that the act of using a flash in informal settings (for example, pictures of a Christmas party or a busy toddler) tends to draw attention to the photographer and thus ...
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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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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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What is white or black “clipping”, and how does one avoid it?

I have been told that this photograph has "white clippings"? What are they, and which light sources should be placed in what way to avoid that?
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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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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 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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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 ...
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What advice would you give for taking photos on a boat cruise at night?

Tomorrow I will be going on a boat cruise in the evening in London. I will no doubt be looking for photo opportunities on the boat, both of people, as well as the landmarks/surroundings. I'm pretty ...
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How can I create a grayscale with color highlighting effect in Lightroom?

Highlighting certain area with color, leaving the rest grayscaled — what is the name of this effect in photography? What is the most precise way to achieve this effect in Lightroom?
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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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How do you get the style of color seen in these “urban decay” pictures?

I have been trying to get this "look" and I am not even sure what to call it. Here is an example: And another: Are they just doing selective color filtering, or is there something else that I am ...
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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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Do still photographers use follow focus, as filmmakers do?

Is a follow focus system beneficial to photographers in low light or other situations? Almost all professional filmmakers use a similar system to manually focus lenses, but I am not aware of ...
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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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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 can I create a photo with vintage look, focused on the lips?

I would really like to be able to take a photo like the one found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33008672@N06/5750321813/sizes/z/in/photostream/ Can somebody please help me how I should shoot ...
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Can photographers pre-visualize complete camera settings of a scene in their heads?

Can an experienced photographer walking down the street with no equipment visualize exactly what settings would work with a particular lens/body to capture a scene at that moment in time? Similarly ...
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How do I take a shot like the flooded tree by Andrew Tallon?

How did he make it look like this? What settings did he use and any special equipment? If anyone has any pointers, that'd be great!
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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 I reproduce the style shown in this tea cup photo?

I tried the flash and ISO and the Aperture, but it's hard to produce such effect. I am wondering that is there any tricks here? Please suggest... My camera is Canon 500D in M mode. The picture is: ...