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Questions which ask for guidance born out of personal experience. Good tip questions are confined in scope to a specific photography-related topic.

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Lower quality photos in burst mode

I took some photos of high speed skating and as there was too much motion involved, I switched to burst mode (continuous shots) hoping I'll get some good shots. But the sharpness of those taken in ...
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Best practice in charging batteries before an event?

I don't photograph in a commercial setting at all, but sometimes I get asked to photograph at a small private gathering like a graduation ceremony, farewell reception or birthday party. Although ...
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Untwist a foldable background

I have a big foldable black and white background whose shape is twisted (nothing done special to have this). So now it do not stay flat when expanded, it do a shape something like starting an 8. I ...
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How do I get the best results when photographing a christening?

I take some halfway decent photos and have been asked by a family friend to photograph her daughter's christening. I have a Canon EOE350D camera, a 50mm f/1.8 lens and an 18-55mm f/5.6 kit lens, but ...
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How do I prepare best for my first wedding photography event?

I am going to shoot a wedding this weekend, and I want to do my best for my friend's big day. What can I do to prepare for the day in order to minimize failures and mistakes? How do I avoid missing ...
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What is an effective way to photograph tall structures (especially from nearby)?

I am working on shooting old churches in small towns, and I find that the churches are often very tall, so naturally I want to move far away to capture the whole structure while minimizing converging ...
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Tips to manually focus sharply with viewfinder? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one get manual focus right with a fast-aperture lens? I feel difficult to manually focus via the view finder because of its small size.Its seems to be in good ...
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How to take good pictures when you are at the right place at the wrong time?

When traveling, I am usually at the place after sunrise and before sunset. I admit that if I am more passionate about photography, I will plan to be at a place at the right time for photography. But, ...
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How can I take slow, wide-open photos in bright light? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are neutral density filters and how do I use them to create long exposures in daylight? I like to take photos of motorsports and high speed action. Sometimes I use ...
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Projector friendly pictures?

I am a member of a photography club. Each time we meet to critique, the pictures are projected on to a wall. Most of the folks complain that the picture quality is quite bad when projected. ...
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How to shoot water spilled on the floor?

I am planning a scene with water spilled on a floor or desk. The floor and desks have designs which will be distracting for my shot. I am thinking of placing a paper sheet as a back drop. Which ...
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What cheap accessories would you suggest to improve one's photography? [closed]

For instance, I'm talking about helpful little tips like buying a solar filter which also then serves as a cheap lens protector. Anyone have any such useful tips?
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What are the recommended photography magazines from the digital newsstand?

The Kindles, iPad, Nooks and other tablets are popularizing the digital medium for reading magazines. To this end, I wanted to extend the general question on recommended photography magazines to the ...
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What things should I keep in mind while shooting birds

I have a trip scheduled this weekend where there is a lake with thousands of winter birds. I will be using Canon EOS 550D and Canon 100-400mm USM IS lens. I will also have a wide angle lens to shoot ...
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What are some bad photographic habits that were difficult for you to break? [closed]

What are some bad photographic habits that took you a long time to break? Or, asked differently, what are some mistakes that you just keep making, even though you know better? In my case: I used ...
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What is the best way to accurately position camera parallel to subject?

I'm having a hard time getting my lens to perfectly align parallel to the subject. This is very important when photographing subjects such as buildings or interiors. Do I just need to practice seeing ...
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How does one take intriguing, artistic shots of older, smaller, historic buildings?

I have the opportunity to photograph a recently renovated old church, a fairly small one, in a small mountain town this coming week (weather permitting). This is actually a church I used to go to ...
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How to get started with portraits? [closed]

I am about to get into portrait photography and here is my first try: I know, it is has over exposure, but I think that it matches to the person, so it does not matter for me. So, I need some ...
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What can be unusual POVs/angles for capturing the speaker and/or the crowds?

What can be unusual POVs/angles for capturing the speaker and/or the crowds? Assumptions: The speakers are on a high (2 feet) platform. The fence (see through) is around 12 feet away from the dais. ...
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Must-Know Photography Tips/Tricks [closed]

A user named Nir posted in another thread about the "Sunny 16" rule, referring to the fact that when shooting in full sunlight, proper settings are usually f16, and then 1/ISO for the shutter speed. ...
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What “Top Tips” should I give compact camera users in a short talk?

I am putting together a short talk which I'm going to give to some non-photographers. I'm going to talk about things they can do with their compact cameras to make their images nicer. I have a ...
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Tips for Shooting Crowds, Political Demonstrations, Rallies and other 'Lively' Events

Over the next few months I'm going to be spending weekend time documenting a number of demos and rallies here in the UK. They events are to be held outdoors, during the day and may become ...
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Tips for photographing art (at a museum)

I'm going to the Met tomorrow. What are some tips for photographing in a museum? I'm looking for technical aspects (I won't have control over lighting and can't use flash) as well as artistic aspects ...
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Is there any post processing required for printing images?

What kind of post processing, if any, would you suggest when printing images (besides cropping to the printing aspect ratio)? Would the post processing change depending on where the print is made ...
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How to ask permission from a stranger to take their portrait? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Street Photography - Hints on approaching people I tend to see lot of possible subjects everywhere (streets, bus stations, garages, tech events...). Personally, I am a ...
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Fireworks, getting rid of the smoke

Is there any way I can get rid of the smoke (or reduce it to a minimum) when photographing fireworks? Like a minimum distance from the event, position from the wind and surrounding lights? Exposure ...
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Stopping to take a Photograph [closed]

Ok I used to live near this old junkyard and I always drove by it on my way home. Almost everyday I would say the same thing to myself. bring your camera tomorrow and take a picture! Well ...
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Recommended photography magazines

What are some internationally available magazines on photography that you would recommend to a photographer who's mastered the basics and is interested in widening his horizons, in terms of ...
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How to get started with fashion photography?

So, I'm in a pickle, on a whim I decided to email a model who lives in Bloomington, IN. Told her how I admired her work and how I would like to take some photos of her in the spring at the ...
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Best Sites for Simplified Instructions in Taking Wedding Photos

Does anybody have any recommendations for Photography Sites that give you some basic yet good instructions on shooting weddings?
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Do you have tips on what kit and techniques would give for photographing concerts and small gigs?

I want to photograph some local gigs to build up a portfolio. Has anyone any tips on what kit, and techniques would give the best results? The gigs would be mostly rock bands. Here's my kit: Nikon ...
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What are your favourite tips and tricks for when you don't have your gear?

What tips and tricks do you use when you're forced to take photos with whatever you have available? My personal favourite is for reducing the rabbit-in-the-headlights look with a point and shoot. ...
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What tips and advice do you have for photographing the Aurora Borealis?

A friend has been kind enough to lend me a DSLR for a few months. It's my first foray into DSLR photography, or indeed any kind of photography beyond simply aiming my Canon IXUS at something and ...
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Tips for shooting in an aquarium?

What would be your advises when taking shoot in an aquarium? What are your preferred lenses? How do you deal with the low light? What about the aquarium glass which bring some deformation? The fact ...
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Tips for using the Lensbaby 3G?

I just picked one up as a much less expensive option than a tilt/shift lens for the Pentax mount (they're hard to find and crazy expensive for the K-mount). I have done some experimental shots with ...
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How to make photos of parades?

I recently took photos of a parade, but when looking at my photos, I realised that I was standing at the same spot almost all the time, so the photos were not really coherent or telling a story. Does ...
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Tips for landscape+stars photography?

I'm leaving for holidays tomorrow, and there's a good chance that I'll be able to be by night on a field with no artificial light around, and no moon in the sky. I'd love to take some picture of the ...
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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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Focusing an entry-level DSLR

I like really really sharp photos. Even with a prime lens, I seem to be able to do noticeably better with my 450D by manually focusing using live view at maximum zoom than by using auto focus (even ...
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Getting started with photo editing suites

I saw Adobe Lightroom on my friend's computer and it seems awfully complex to me. Basically he was adjusting color palette of the photo by changing some curves and moving sliders. I noticed that many ...
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What is something you learned recently about your gear that you wish you discovered earlier?

I'm playing with my old XTi with a new travel lens, Tamron 18-270mm and I'm reading the instruction sheet for the Tamron and read a section about Manual focusing and got to the small print. Even in ...