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What techniques were used to make the model's legs so skinny in this photograph?

I'm just now learning about photography so I still know very little. I came across this photograph, which looks very abnormal to me, and would appreciate it if someone could tell me about the ...
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What are the best techniques to take 360° panoramas?

Possible Duplicate: Recommendations for panorama creation/stitching tools I always wondered what are the best techniques, hints, and tips for a great panoramic shoot?
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How are “Little Planet” photos created?

How do you make mini-planet photos like this one? By Guido Radig (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Here are some examples of what I mean on ...
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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 was this photo of a shoe suspended above a wet pavement taken?

How do you reckon that this photo was taken? What fascinates me is how the shoe was captured just before hitting the ground, and with the focus being sharp and centered on the object. Photo credits: ...
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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, I'...
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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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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 are virtual tour photos taken?

I am currently working to design a flash virtual tour, but I know little about how the photographs are taken. Ideally I'd like to be able to take a set of 6 shots from a single focal point, and be ...
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How to improve my product photo shoot to look like Apple's Mac Pro product site?

I'm trying to do something like this: And here's my first photoshoot: This was raw converted into jpeg, no post editing at all. Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (2) ...
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How can I get young children to cooperate with having their pictures taken?

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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Best selfie pose

I have tried various poses taking selfies, but I'm not getting a good result. Can anyone suggest poses to get the best picture?
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What are the best techniques for photographing overweight people?

I'm not the most lean person on the planet, and many pictures seem to really point this out. While I wish I was simply in better shape, it is simply not the case for me or unfortunately, many people....
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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 to more effectively stay in focus with a wide aperture (50mm/1.8)?

I've been experimenting with street photography lately and - while I'm getting some decent shots - my biggest pain point is staying in focus. For example: With the following subject, I nailed a ...
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Scrum photo technique

I remember seeing some photos taken of children which had been staged by getting the kids to form a rugby scrum - all in a circle with arms around each others shoulder and leaning in to look at the ...
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How do I stop taking the same kind of photo?

Whenever I take a photo I seem to so it exactly the same: small depth of field, very close up, from an angle. Whilst I really like this technique and is (in my opinion) quite easy to pull off and have ...
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Is there a photoshop plugin or any other piece of software that can do super resolution?

I want to combine multiple photographs of the same landscape to increase the resolution of the final image. More details on the method here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-resolution What ...
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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?

How viable are "photography templates" where a professional gives the exact settings to use in a specific set up (say afternoon natural daylight at the beach, 50mm lenses with 3.5f at 3ft distance ...
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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 flatten old photograph?

I have tons of old photographs that I will be converting to digital (photographing) and most of them have curves (are not comletely flat). See picture: I also have this piece of glass from ...
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How can I create long exposure images with my Ipad or my Android Smartphone?

What is the name of the technique that gives the sensation of rapidly moving objects in a still image? How to reproduce that? Is it possible to reproduce it with a smart-phone camera and an free App? ...
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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 create a “day-night” scene in a photo?

I recently came upon the image below, and more like them on Stephen Wilke's website, and was wondering how the image was made. It really seems that there would be some form of post processing, but ...
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How do I shoot a self-portrait with a clear white background at home?

I want to do a self-portrait at home with a clear white background. How can I do it without buying expensive accessories (I mean with things we can found in home)? What's the correct light settings ...
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What focal length is used in photos that both model is zoomed in and the background is open

It is easier to explain my question just by a sample photo from Lyndsey Adler: See the models are so big in the photo and still that big RV is also in the image. What focal length do I need for a ...
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Composition for Ken Burns Effect

I have an assignment to shoot architectural, wildlife, and landscape stills for a video production team who wants to present them using some variation of the Ken Burns effect. I am concerned that ...
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How do I create silhouettes in a studio environment?

The trick to creating silhouettes in the field, as far as I know, is to use spot-metering and to expose for the background. However, this is a bit more difficult in a studio environment. What is the ...
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What's a good method to autofocus on close subjects while shooting from the hip?

Context I like to take photos of dogs using a wide angle lens on a Canon 60d, with a fast shutter speed, AI servo mode and continuous shooting mode on. I'm usually holding the camera low to the ...
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How to achieve simplification in composition?

Simplification is a great tool for creating photographs with artistic quality – it stays away from unnecessary/obvious things and helps the image not to be “busy”. I was searching various blogs and ...
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What is the style of photography employed by Ka Xiaoxi?

The photos by Chinese pro photographer Ka Xiaoxi in this article seem to all have a very bright harsh flash going off. (More work by the same artist for Nike; also see his web site.) Typically for my ...
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How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions?

Tonight I tried my best to take some night landscapes in the darkest of dark conditions. Hoping for an epic composition of the Milky Way and a landmark. Of course, none of my glass could auto focus ...
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What techniques can I use for shooting vertically from a height of 12 feet?

I need to setup a still life shot over a horizontal area (on a studio floor) and shoot from above, most likely using a ladder at a height of approximately 12 feet. For safety and convenience I would ...
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How can I do this kind of photo? What's the name of this technique? [duplicate]

I've seen a picture taken from one photographer I follow on deviantart, and I'd like to know how he achieved such "effect". I know it's most likely to be photoshop, but... How can I do it? Does this ...
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Lighting setup and light shaper tools to reproduce an image

I was looking at Andrea Belluso website and liked many of his photos including this one: http://belluso.format.com/fashion Can you help deconstructing the photo so I can learn how he has done the ...
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Reproduce picture on black background with soft light on face only

I don't have much experience in studio photography but I'm following a photographer named Brian Ingram and his work is amazing. Could you guys give me some insight on how to reproduce this kind of ...
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What combination of camera, teleconverter, image stacking, or sharpness increase will best improve my moon photographs?

I'm trying to improve my moon shots. I'm currently shooting it with a Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM lens mounted either on a Canon 450D or a Canon 6D. I realized that my Canon 6D gets me fantastic ...
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What technique can I use to focus on walking subject when in motion?

I have seen some photographers take photos while they are walking in a hallway or on street, etc.. where the setup is the person is walking towards the photographer, the photographer is backing ...
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Bulk cropping white unevenly spaced white borders [duplicate]

So i have a bulk of images having white border and text embedded at bottom.I tried to use irfanviewer xnviewer to bulk crop it however it didnt work...the problem is the images have same specific ...
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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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What is exposing for the background?

In every video I watched when they want to shoot the guy who has a blue sky or open background behind him, they say "expose for the background" but I don't understand what do they mean? I am using ...
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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 photos?...
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When bracketing photos, how do you keep track of them during post?

When I download photos I often can't tell which bracketed shots go with which. How do I keep track of them during editing?
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Photo of an experiment

I have an experiment with the specimen 100m long and 3m wide. I would like to capture the the image of entire specimen (from top) for fixed time intervals to analyze the behavior with time using some ...
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How to motion-blur the background while keeping the subject well exposed and in focus?

How to motion-blur the background while keeping the subject well exposed and in focus? Mikael Jansson / Vogue Paris, May 2011
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How can I get tack-sharp portraits with the focus perfectly on my subject's eye?

How can I consistent achieve tack sharp images, when wanting to focus on eyes in a portrait? I am always using single focus and moving the focus point to the eye and recomposing if necessary. What ...
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How can I get my camera to focus on water dropping?

Here is how I have my DIY style setup: Water is dropping where the coin is, I put the coin there with the hope that it can focus on the coin but it couldn't. I am on AF-S , S and use AF-ON button ...
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What techniques do you employ to control contrast in your landscape shots?

Or to put it differently - how to keep the highlights from blowing and shadows losing details? I'm mostly interested in what can be done in the field to get me the optimal data to begin with, not ...
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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 ...