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Why clinch your hands, and center them, in portraits?

What's this pose called? Let's not call it crossing your palms! Anyways, in portraits, the subject usually never shows hands. Then why clasp your hands, then center them in the center of the portrait? ...
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Coloring Eyebrows in Lightroom CC without Photoshop

I use Lightroom CC (not classic), and my model has requested to change the color of her eyebrows to match her hair colors. No problem, I thought, I could just mask out the blacks in her eyebrows using ...
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What camera was used to create this hyper-saturated look?

I am looking to recreate this type of photography, but I cannot find an answer anywhere on the internet - hoping you'll be able to help. Here is the reference photo: I absolutely love the beachy ...
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showcasing the leader

How do you best showcase the "boss" or leader of a professional group in a group shot? Also, if you have the leader sitting and others standing around them, does that dimish the leader or ...
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Is there a name for a portrait without a person, like a desk where someone was working, or a bed?

I planned to take pictures of people for a school assignment but quickly realized I didn't have many models to take pictures of and decided I would take portraits without people but as a photo it ...
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How to get lighting text effect

I recently follow this account and really love how the text is projected on the model. I tried doing it with a projector however the projector also projects black light and it does not give the same ...
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Different lighting setups for models with darker skin vs. lighter skin?

When shooting portraits of lighter vs. darker-skinned models, should I use different lighting setups? If so, what are the different setups? Are there particular issues, concerns, or areas to pay ...
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How do you compose the price for the end product if it needs more then usual amount of retouching?

If you shoot a session, where the end product will have much exposed skin (face/body), how do you compose the price for the end product? Do you have fixed prices? Or do you calculate retouching ...
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Better for portrait photography: Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM vs CANON EF50mm F1.8 STM?

I have a Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens came with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Would the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM be better for portrait pictures than my 24-105mm lens? I am new to photography and ...
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autofocus shown in viewfinder and captured on actual pic is different

Equipment : Nikon D7000, Godox Flash on camera with soft box diffuser. Background: I have been assigned the task by my family to make portrait albums of the identical twins born to my close relative. ...
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Canon 250D not focusing on Self Timer [duplicate]

I want to take some smart photos of myself with my Canon 250D. I have it set to 18mm so I can stand a bit away from the tripod. I then put the camera on a 10 second self timer. Eye AF is on. When I ...
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Buying wireless flash trigger vs. cheap flash to use as master

I currently shoot a Nikon D500 for which I have a Godox V860II speedlight. I'm looking to get more into simple studio portrait photography, partially because that is about the only thing I can shoot ...
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Which should I buy as a starting prime lens, Canon 35mm f2 or Canon 50mm f1.4?

I am pretty new to photography. I have an APS-C camera, Canon 77D with a EF-S 18-135mm kit lens. I want a prime lens for shooting nice bokeh portraits along with street and day to day life photography ...
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Types of lighting for profile portraits?

For front-on portraits there are several well known, tried and true, styles of lighting: Rembrandt, Paramount/Butterfly, Split etc However I am wanting to take some profile (side-on) portraits. So: ...
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How do I prevent hotspot reflections in portraits when using lighting modifiers?

I was hired to shoot red carpet style portraits when guests arrive at an event. I elected to use a Profoto umbrella (m- white) with their diffuser added, and two flash units on the only umbrella as ...
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Photo Competition 2020-01: Portraits by candlelight

Theme Inspired by the question, Is it practical to shoot portraits by only candlelight?, the theme of this contest is straight-forward: show us your best portraits that are lit only by candlelight. ...
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Why aren't faces sharp in my f/1.8 portraits even though I'm carefully using center-point autofocus?

I love my Canon Rebel T6 and take portrait pictures in Av mode with a 50mm in 1.8 Av. I'm using auto focus in the 'focus on center point' mode. I make sure that the center point focuses on the face so ...
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How do I set up the lighting to take this portrait?

I don't have much experience with photography. I've been watching a bunch of videos on using gels and led lights. I'm just trying to figure out the best/ cheapest way a rookie can go about getting ...
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What Is fair to provide to the model in a "time for prints" (TFP) shoot?

As a photographer, I would like to know what you consider fair, to provide a model for their time in a Time For Prints (TFP) shoot. How long does the photoshoot go for? How many images do you show ...
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How can I avoid those pink/purple lines in my portrait photos?

In my portrait photos, these pink/purple lines are appearing, usually on the edges. I am using Nikon D3300 with a 50mm lens. Why are they appearing, and how can I avoid them? Camera Make : ...
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What can I improve in my social dance photography?

I love shooting social dancers. Can you give me constructive feedback at my latest albums what I do you like and what you think I can improve? https://stanyakimov.com/albums/ All photos are taken ...
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Can hyperfocal distance be used to keep everyone in focus in group photography?

If you have different sets of people standing at different linear distances from the camera can we use the theory of hyperfocal distance to ensure sharp focus on all subjects? Conversely does being "...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of buying entry level DSLR Nikon D3500. I haven't used DSLR before, so I'm not sure if it is a good decision to buy DSLR. I would like to know if with this camera I can shoot portraits ...
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How to make a not so good looking person more appealing? [closed]

This is a awkward question to ask but one that I have been searching for an answer. While taking head shots, is it possible to make a not so good looking person look more appealing in pictures? ...
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What are the common ID Card Photo Aspect Ratios? [closed]

What are the aspect ratios used for ID Card Photos/Portrait Images of a Single Person?
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How to stack focus so that both the background and the subject are sharp?

I would like to take a portrait with a 50mm lens, where both the subject and the background are sharp. The usual way to do this would be to either switch to a wide-angle lens or to dial-down the ...
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What focal length to use for full-body photography of a chubby person? [duplicate]

Recently I took pictures of someone that was slightly chubby. Close-ups using a 50mm lens went very well, but trying to get some distance in to get a full body shot were not really that satisfactory. ...
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Beauty Dish revisited - Good for "bad" skin?

From my personal experience a beauty dish produces very soft light in the center, almost soft box like. Away from the center light becomes directional, harder. It is just the opposit of what is ...
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Is Canon 50mm f/1.2 with Canon EOS 80D suitable for portraits, landscapes, travel/nightlife photography?

I'm purchasing my first DSLR camera (Canon 80D) in a few weeks. I want to use it mostly for portraits, landscapes, travel/nightlife shots. I've come across the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, and wanted to know ...
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How to make pictures lots of kids so everyone's face isn't blurry?

I have a Nikon D850 with portrait lens AF 105mm f/1.4. I'm just learning how to make good pictures. We purchased this camera not for business — we have kids and want to make every possible memory. I'm ...
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Take a telephoto portrait without background blur?

Is it possible to take a portrait of someone with a telephoto lens (for example 85 or 135mm) without any background blur (or at least with minimal blur)? I am planning to take portraits of somebody ...
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Will printing and rescanning a photo substantially reduce a photo's quality?

I got my college graduation photos taken by Prestige Portraits. It turns out they charge almost $300 to get the photos in digital form but only $35 for an 8*10 photo print. I only want one of my ...
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What type of lens filter goes between the lens and body and has metal flakes in it?

About 20 years ago when I was just starting out in photography, I was at a portrait photographer's studio. He was showing me some of his equipment. One thing that I found interesting was a set of ...
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which is better for makeup videos and portrait; canon 50mm f/1.8 or a 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 , and why?

I make makeup videos for youtube and recently got the canon rebel T5i as well as the 50mm f/1.8 and 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses. I am not sure which is better for taking photos and which is better for ...
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Why match the background color when shooting to the one that is going to be used in the final presentation when the subjects will be cut out anyways?

In this (Corporate Portraiture Advice) question the photographer explains that he/she is going to use a white background when photographing coorporate portraits even when the final presentation would ...
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How to choose suitable ring flash size?

Apparently, ring flashes are made to fit tightly around lens, or with different larger diameters. How does the size affect lighting in resulting photos, and what factors (besides bulkiness) should be ...
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Why do 1800s black-and-white portraits look godlier and more solemn than modern color portraits?

I'll instantiate with portraits of these US Supreme Court justices: Stephen Johnson Field (November 4, 1816 – April 9, 1899) Rufus W. Peckham (November 8, 1838 – October 24, 1909) John Hessin ...
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Any ideas what the work by Tim Booth may be influenced by?

I'm doing a project for "A Level" photography, looking at taking my own photographs like Tim Booth, but struggling to find any related photographers. I found the work of John Coplans, but just ...
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How to avoid perspective distortion when taking selfies?

I'm looking for an affordable way to avoid perspective distortion when taking selfies. I know the best way to avoid this would be taking a portrait with a DSLR with a 200mm-ish lens from 8 ft away, ...
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How can I get full-length 'shadowless' portrait photography?

I have little experience in this field of photography. I would like to get a "shadowless" photo on a gray background. An example of what I want I found on the Internet: Click for full size My ...
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How to draw attention to signs of exercise exhaustion?

Occasionally I take photos of myself or loved ones immediately after finishing a race, or other competition. In person they look exhausted - sweaty, red-faced, and glowing. But in photos, they (or I ...
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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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