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Questions tagged [portrait]

Questions relating to portraits: lens choice, lighting, posing, retouching, photographing groups, newborns.

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Nikon 105mm f/2.8D or Nikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

My lens broke down so I am in a market for a new one. Ideally I would love to purchase one lens for both macro (I photograph jewelry) and portraits (I am an amateur striving for a creamy bokeh). I ...
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35mm for portraits

Ok everybody knows 35mm is not the most flattering focal length for a portrait and by portrait I mean somewhere from chest and above... and of course it gets worse as we get closer to the subject. So ...
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What are the “conventions and dignity of standard photography”?

Recently, I turned in my senior pictures to the school I am at. I decided to take my senior pictures at a landfill, they got rejected because they did not follow the dignity of standard portrait ...
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How to reproduce this shot of a person with reflections in front of them?

Renuka Puri: Portrait of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and reflection of crowd in the glass after the parliamentary party meeting How can I reproduce this shot, especially the reflections in front of ...
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How to light a portrait so that lines are drawn accentuating the subject's cheekbones?

I'm not sure how to describe it, but I'll post a few examples of what I mean via rapper 50 Cent, who seems to make frequent use of it: The lighting and camera shot seems setup in such a way as to ...
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Is there really a trend of portraits where the subject is not in focus?

My wife told me is a trend to aim out of focus on portrait shot. Maybe like focus on the background and let the main subject look blurred. Is there such trend? What kind of photography is this? Anyway,...
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Focus on near eye in backlit situation

As far as I am aware, for a portrait of a single person, focus should be on the eye closer to the camera, as a rule. Does the same apply in more or less backlit situations, i.e., when the near eye is ...
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Lighting Question- How do I achieve pictures such as these? [duplicate]

I have a Nikon d5500 and a 55-200mm lens. I'm hoping to get pictures like these for a project- my main hang up is lighting? What sort of equipment should I use and are there any specific angles? ...
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Is a reflector a viable alternative for a fill-light in portraiture photography?

I'm in the process of creating, and refining, a highly portable portraiture "studio" set-up? I'm looking to lighten my load by using a portable reflector, instead of using a second fill-flash and ...
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Dogs & Portraits: Should I buy the Canon 50mm f/1.4 or the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 for my APS-C DSLR?

I recently purchased a Canon EOS 77D (which offers an APS-C sensor) with a Canon 70-200mm f/4. Now, I am looking to purchase a prime lens. My research suggests a choice between the Canon 50mm f/1.4 ...
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Camera Phones with longer focal lengths for Portraits?

It seems most cell phone cameras are in the 25-35mm wide-angle focal range, which produces less-than-desired proportions when taking photos of people. Some phones have a "portrait mode", but this ...
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At what height should should the camera be positioned relative to the eyes for a portrait?

I took pictures of a face and moved the camera up and down in the range of top of the head and half between top and bottom. I did not tilt the camera to point to the eyes. But the eyes looked to the ...
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Night portrait with noiseless in focus background [duplicate]

We know to take a noiseless night landscape/cityscape, we need use a tripod and set a low ISO. For example in a scene I use ISO 100, aperture f/8.0 and exposure time 30 seconds, I get a night ...
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How do I capture fine water spray/mist against a reflective background?

I want to shoot a subject standing under a shower, with water misting off as it strikes the skin, showing only the silhouette of the bust, with a soft, textured backlight coming from a frosted glass ...
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Save an underexposed foreground without blowing out the background

I recently shot my sister-in-laws wedding for the bridal party preparations, a good day was had by all and I've got a good number of shots I'm really happy with. Unfortunately there is a group of ...
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Corporate Portraiture Advice

I've been commissioned to do a series of corporate portraits. This is something I've not done before, but, quite frankly, the money was too good to turn it down! So, now I have to get my skills and ...
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Angles For Portraits [closed]

I am a freelance photographer. I know the key rule is to focus on the eyes for a good Portrait Photograph. But there are various ways/angles from which a subject is shot my personal favorite is top ...
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Can I take passport photo by myself? What should I pay attention to when I trim the photo?

I want to take a passport photo by myself but I do not know what I should pay attention to. Where can I find the formal requirements for a passport photo?
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How was this Penelope Cruz photo by Peter Lindbergh lit?

(published in this CNN article). The catch light seems to show us a big window with people standing in front of it. But wouldn't window light produce a more flat lighting? There is a clearly visible ...
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Recreating Kate Moss, Life Is A Joke. What lens and lighting? [duplicate]

I want to recreate this Kate Moss, Life Is A Joke image with a friend (and later photoshop in a moustache). I'm unfamiliar with beauty/studio photography. The hair and make up I can wing. Am I right ...
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How unusual would contact-printing be for a portrait studio's commercial output?

I was looking at some pictures by Mike Disfarmer included in the Time-Life Yearbook 1977/78, and was struck by a note in the accompanying text: There is no retouching [...] Disfarmer's portraits ...
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Portrait Lighting - why are my fill and rim lights overpowered?

I am a beginner in photography and starting to learn about lights in portraiture. In this portrait below, I am using a home-made soft box with a flash inside (on the right), and two 5000K bulbs at ...
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What are better lenses for portrait photography (1.8D or 1.8G) for Nikon D750? [duplicate]

I am planning to start home-based wedding photography business and the compiling a list of gear to purchase.I have planned to purchase D750 as my primary body but I can't seem to decide on which lens ...
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What visual effect can be seen in the following picture?

I saw this picture on Behance. As an amateur photographer, i just want an analysis of the picture and help in how to recreate it with a different object. original picture credits - Kremer Johnson ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

My main genre of photography is portraiture at geek, fantasy and historic events where many attendees dress up (cosplay and reenactment). The attendees are often very willing to pose for pictures (TFP ...
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How do take or edit facial photos to show clear skin without losing fine detail?

Could someone explain how to achieve this type of Skin smoothness? My camera is a Sony a6000. Edit: I am wondering what smoothing and blurring filters or some sort of technique they are using to ...
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How can I create this 'medieval look' using an entry-level camera like the Nikon D3300?

How do recreate pictures like the ones below? They all appear to be lit a certain way. The colors are all very similar, with an overall dark, brooding aspect to them. The backgrounds are heavily ...
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Can a ringlight be very useful on cloudy days outside?

I want to to know if a ringlight can be very helpful for a cloudy/overcast weather outdoors for portraits & fashion? Will it help remove some shadowing or help much at all outside for portraits &...
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Will 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8 lenses produce the same bokeh, given the same framing?

I have recently upgraded from a DX Body (Nikon D3300) to a FX body (Nikon D750) and also I have Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 & Sigma 150-600mm Sport lenses. While I was using the DX body, I had a Nikon ...
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Canon 80D or Nikon D7500 for travel photography [closed]

I have a trip coming up, which will involve me shooting landscapes and portraits, so I'd bring a superzoom and a portrait lens) I have a Canon 80D (with a Sigma 18-250mm and a 50mm f1.8) and a Nikon ...
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Portrait photography [duplicate]

Is there any advice for shooting portrait in dark room, using only lamps. I am little bit confused with iso,aperture and shutter speed because i photographing with analog film.
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First portrait lens for Sony A7m2 [duplicate]

I want to expand my lens collection with something more suited for portraiture. Currently, my longest lens is SEL55F18Z, which is just great, but some level of distortion kicks in when I shoot close-...
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How to make portraits look sharp with skin soft?

I shot this image in nikon d7200 with 18 - 140mm lens In the auto mode. How could have I improves it making it sharper and skin soft.
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Is a Canon 1300D with 18-55mm lens good for portrait shots? [duplicate]

I want to shoot amazing portraits like the ones I see in magazines or model shots. Can it be done with my EF-S 18-55mm IS 2? If not, please give names of affordable cheap lenses I can buy for this.
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Shooting portraits - aperture size and focusing techniques [duplicate]

I've recently bought a nikon 50mm prime 1/1.8f lens, and I'm learning about shooting portrait photos. What I wonder about is how to focus on the eyes while having aperture wide opened at 1/1.8? The ...
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What are the artistic effects of different catchlight positions?

Is there comparison of different position of catchlight in person's eyes? My point is that you can get roughly same lighting but with slightly different position of catchlight (light source ...
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Getting two subjects sitting across the table in focus

Hoping to get some tips on photographing two subjects sitting across each other a table (the table is maybe 2 feet long). They’ll be at the same distance from the camera just a few feet away from each ...
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There is an app or a trick to emulate Portrait Effect on non plus iPhones?

I love the "portrait effect" on my iPhone 8 Plus. Is there an app for the other iPhone models which can emulate it? I'm specifically interested in two things: Background bokeh Studio lights Here ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

I have a corporate client for whom I did a shoot earlier this week. They complained that all the portraits were of the team members facing the same way and they like to do composite images of the team ...
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Is there a portable flash setup that would allow me to shoot in daylight without generating harsh shadows?

Currently I'm trying to perfect my portrait photography, which I'm usually doing outdoors in soft light (either sunrise or sunset). My subjects are sometimes posing in front of a bright background ...
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Which focal lengths are considered optimal for portraits? [duplicate]

I'm currently trying to choose a prime to purchase for portraits and it's a bit hard to decide on the optimal focal length. Some say it's 50mm, some that it's 85mm, some that it's 100mm. Another ...
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How to create high contrast lighting on a face?

Could you tell me how to get this effect between camera settings and photoshop? I know how to use the flash and backdrop, but I'm curious as to how to get the one side of the face dark.
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What type of lens can portray a blurred, wide background but not make the subject look so far away?

What type of lens should I be looking for to take portrait photos? I would like a lens that portrays a blurred background and also captures a wide background while not making the subject look so ...
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Where to focus when taking a portrait of 2 people? [duplicate]

Could someone please tell me where to focus when taking a portrait picture of a couple who are standing next to each other. Thank You
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Cheap lighting setup for shooting portraits in pitch darkness?

I'm going to be shooting some photos in pitch darkness at a campsite -- we had a friend shoot them last year, but he's a professional photographer and brought expensive strobes and lighting gear. This ...
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Film exposure question

Im new to shooting film and was wondering what mistake I made between these 2 photos? Thanks guys
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Profile picture - social media avatar - how to create aureole / halo portrait at total solar eclipse?

Currently using social media avatar originally created in 2008 - blue face because it's different, and (hopefully) memorable. Of course my first thoughts are gravitating towards ego or narcissism but ...
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Cropped frame sensor cameras, what lens do I need for taking portraits close to the face?

For cropped frame sensor cameras, what lens would work best for taking portraits close to the face? If the focal length is approximately 2 ft between the subject and the camera, what lens would work ...
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How can I create glowing color and smooth skin detail like in this example portrait?

I've been shooting for a while now and learning my way through post processing. I really would love to have my photos come out with the look from the photo above. Can anyone point me in the direction ...
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How was this High-Resolution Short-Wave Infrared image captured?

The Wikipedia article on Infrared contains a comparison image showing how a portrait looks when shot in various wavelengths. While searching for information on SWIR, I've read that normal sensors ...