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What are the best (ethical) ways to keep insect still for outdoor macro photography?

What are the best techniques to improve the details of my insects macro shots ? I don't want to kill them, and ideally, would like to use some focus stacking. I shoot handheld (with a Laowa 2X), with ...
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What is the "Water Glass" training technique for learning to hold a camera steady?

I have heard something about photographers getting trained like butlers by walking with a full glass of water on their hand and removing fingers one by one. As I have heard, the training technique ...
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How can I use a polarizing filter with my Canon Powershot G15?

I am about to be in Utah for about 3 months for work, and rather than lugging my full DSLR kit I am only going to take my Canon G15. However with the landscapes and skies I expect to see, I know that ...
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How much light do I need for handheld product photography in a lightbox

I have a large-ish lightbox similar to . I would like to use it with a handheld camera. How do I go about calculateing how much light I need? I would like to use cheap continuous lights. Is there a ...
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Photographing fireflies handheld at night

I've just come from a vacation trip where one of the attractions was firefly watching at night. I only brought with me my point-and-shoot camera, a Canon S100, but to much disappointment, I wasn't ...
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Does a larger sensor resolution increase the difficulty of shooting hand-held?

I'm thinking of upgrading to a D800 and I think I read something about the 36MP resolution of the sensor to be a liability when hand-holding the camera at lower shutter speeds. Unfortunately I cannot ...
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Settings for the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens (both macro and portrait)?

I have a crop body camera (Canon T3i) and I'm renting the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for the weekend. I hope to use it for both macro shots and portraits. Can you recommend an aperture ...
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What is the minimum shutter speed for handheld? [duplicate]

I've heard different rule of thumbs for shutter speed. Some will say that it should be no slower than 1/60. Some will say that it should be 1/Focal length. Yet some others will say that to be ...
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What is the added value of a panorama head?

As an amateur I've done several panoramas of landscapes and city views. I've mostly done it hand-held with a DSLR, with exposure lock and at the wide end of my zoom-lens. I do the stitching in ...
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How do I manually focus my macro in poor lighting conditions?

I'm using my Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro handheld all the time together with a flash rig and it works wonders. Most of the time I have an Eg-S focusing screen installed as well which makes it even easier ...
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How do I properly hold a rangefinder-style camera in portrait orientation?

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has a fancy hybrid viewfinder, which can almost magically be switched between EVF and optical modes. In EVF mode, the display is created by reading the main sensor, so it's an ...
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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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How can I hold my camera steady?

I've been an amateur photographer for some time, but have always had problems holding the camera steady. I've developed some tricks like using a flat surface and the self timer in low light, and of ...
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