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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 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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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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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 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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How do I achieve a yellowish retro picture color?

I have always seen advertisements / pictures with colour based such as this... Full Gallery a bit yellowish / retro feeling.... How can I achieve such a picture? Is it a "camera setting" or do I ...
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How does one develop good photographic vision and style?

I am a relatively new photographer. I've only owned my Canon Rebel XSi for a year, however I was researching SLR/DSLR camera gear and photographic theory for over a year before I purchased a DSLR. I ...
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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 make convex lens style images?

I am interested in taking an image which has an appearance like a convex lens. The image has a distinct feature: a noticeable bulge in the center and tapering at the edges. Here is a link to a ...
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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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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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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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What settings will be good for taking photos of falling leaves?

I've been trying to take good photos of falling leaves but haven't had much success. Has anyone got any tips for me (exposure etc), or do I really need some specialist equipment? (I am using a Canon ...
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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 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 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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How to cope with high contrast?

Many times (especially around midday), we encounter lighting situations where the contrast of the scene is too high to capture with a camera. What can we do to create a useful picture in such ...
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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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How can I make good fountain/waterfall photos?

I have a Canon Digital EOS Rebel XT camera, and I wonder how you could take photos of moving water like rivers, waterfalls and fountains...
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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 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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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: ...
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How to construct a shot depicting falling rain?

As far as I know, rain can be shown in photographs in the following ways: Droplets on grass/leaves. People holding umbrellas. Paper boats floating. Water accumulated in pits. But I want to show ...
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What are other popular composition techniques in addition to The Rule of Thirds?

I always hear a lot about The Rule of Thirds. I'd like to know more about other 'tried-and-true' composition techniques (not special effects) that can make a photo more interesting. In particular, ...
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Preventing blown out skies/ Taking low light potraits with Canon S90

I have been using S90 to take pictures for sometime now. After seeking advice, in this forum, on DSLR's for good photography I have been convinced with strong arguments to stick to the compact for ...
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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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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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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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How do I take forced perspective photographs with a point & shoot camera?

My teenage son needs to take some forced perspective shots this weekend as part of a camping/hiking trip. He has a Panasonic DMC-FX01 point and shoot camera. He wants to be able to hold up something ...
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What should I do to prepare for a glass factory visit?

I will soon have the opportunity to visit a glass factory. Since I will likely not go there for a long time, I'd like to make sure I get the most out of my shots. I hope to take pictures like this ...
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What technique and camera settings should I use to capture lightning strikes?

I enjoy getting images of different types of weather and would really like to capture some good lightning shots. I have a feeling that I should be stopping down a bit and taking somewhat long ...
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What is 'freelensing'?

I've recently heard about a photographic technique called 'freelensing.' How do I go about 'freelensing,' and what can I do with the technique?
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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 do I meter for long exposures (10+ minutes)?

One of my longstanding interests is long exposure night photography. However, many of the situations where I am shooting require exposure lengths on the order of 10 minutes, which is far beyond what ...
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How can I get better focus when a subject is moving towards or away from the camera?

When shooting events or action photos, engaging people, I often find that frontal (or rear) perspective may be very expressive, but my problem is focusing when the subject moves towards the camera (or ...
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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 do I manage good photos of babies and kids?

Apart from the strain they create by not sitting in one place while in photo shoot, kids do make nice subjects for pictures. I have been trying various scenes, props, etc., to get the best out of my ...
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What technique and settings should I use to capture meteor showers?

I'm just starting out with astrophotography and have read that this years most spectacular meteor shower display (at least where I live in Canberra, Australia) will be the Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower: ...
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Is there a typical settings order before shooting?

Suppose we have time to shoot with an DSLR. Before actually shooting, some settings have to be adjusted to get a picture. Suppose we have a brand new DSLR in hand and every setting has to be defined. ...
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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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Can manual focus be faster than autofocus?

Recently I've gotten into street photography, and I've noticed there are some situations where it is technically impossible to autofocus, to be precise, when you have moving objects and don't want to ...
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How to estimate depth of field? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a 'rule of thumb' that I can use to estimate depth of field while shooting? How do you estimate the aperture needed to produce sufficient depth of field ...
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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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What methods do macro photographers use to get so close to butterflies, bees, insects and the like?

I have seen some super macro photos of things like butterflies and bees that left me wondering how the photographer is able to get so close to the subject long enough to take a photo. Most of the ...
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How do you protect your camera when taking pictures in inclement weather?

Title basically speaks for itself: How do you protect your equipment when you are shooting in severe conditions? Rain? Severe heat/cold? Snow? Fog? ... Other? What sorts of techniques do you use to ...
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How can one learn to shoot with both eyes open, and what are the advantages?

Greg made an intriguing comment in this answer (emphasis mine): One of the things we're supposed to do when we're shooting is keep both eyes open; That helps avoid fatigue from shooting for hours, ...
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How was this dramatic lighting of an NBA game achieved?

This is a very cool effect, dramatic and not your usual basketball image: Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images. There are other examples like it in the linked gallery. My question is how ...