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How to recreate Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30?

I usually shoot outdoor when plenty of natural light is available, so I don't really care about flash, reflectors, etc (mostly street photography, sometimes landscape). After seeing Edward Weston's ...
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Mobile photography and color chart

I have read online that to get colors right in photo you need to use color chart. I have searched online, but have not found any information if color chart is used(should be used) also when taking ...
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How to keep fruits and other objects in a vertical position?

I noticed that the photos with fruits and vegetables look much better if you put them in a vertical position (or very close to vertical position) and you shoot the photo from a horizontal position. ...
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Why do my stock photos always come out gray?

Trying to take stock photos on a white background and all the photos look gray rather than the crisp white like they are in person, and even with trying different settings they are still coming out ...
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Taking a still life photo of glass bottles with two flashes

I've read some articles about taking photos of glasses and most of them involved three lights. I just have two lights so far, waiting for the new Yongnuo flash before getting a third. However, it ...
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How can I improve the sharpness for tabletop still life of photography?

I have a Nikon D5100 DSLR with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-300mm lens. I'm shooting with a tripod (and remote) over a table top where I've arranged flowers and other miscellaneous things, using mostly the ...
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How to improve the composition of the scene depicting time's effect on age?

This is what I have tried: Have used a vintage watch to depict old times, extremely dry leaves, and somewhat fresh flowers. Intention was to show increasing age with time. I have kept watch out of ...
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What is still life photography?

As the question says, what is still life photography? Are there any 'rules' as to what it can feature? i.e., what sort of subjects? Does it need to be 'artistic' or to have a particular style?
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How do I chose the right size/power of flash for still life photography?

I'm planning to change my lighting setup from fluorescent lamps to flash, after the guidance given in this question. At the moment, my two fluorescent lamps are in a softbox which point away from the ...
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Studio Lighting Flowers

I'm currently using a pair fluorescent lamps (similar to these) to light some flowers (artificial flowers, to be precise) and I'm not 100% satisfied with the outcome. Colours don't seem to be right ...
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How to decide the colour combinations while setting up still life objects?

Let's assume I have bottles of different colours. I want to make a still life photograph with them. How should I decide which colours go well with others? Example - should blue bottle be placed next ...
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How to create still life silhouettes with candle lights?

I have Nikon D3100, the 50mm prime lens, and the 60mm macro. I only have candle lights and tube lights (on walls) as light sources in my house. I wish to create silhouettes of still life objects with ...
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Can Still Life photography have framing?

Can a still life image have framing in it or is framing usually found in landscape photography?
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What do I need to make my own camera stand with a 40" horizontal arm?

I need a stand with a variable height (max 7 ft. tall) and a >40" horizontal lateral arm. the center column doesn't have to move, it can be secured to the ground. I should be able to move the ...
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Still-life reconstruction considered plagiarism?

I am really bad at still lifes. That is, I never even attempted making one. So I decided to try and make a photo of freshly baked bread. I stumbled across a few amazing shots on the Internet which I ...
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What's the best way to light still-life photos of leaves?

I just want to make a set of still-life photographs of leaves, with totally controlled lighting. I'd like to be as "scientific" as possible, but I don't know how to light my set. Frontal direct lights ...
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How can I make this food photo more interesting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to know to get started with food photography? I am a food blogger and am beginning to learn photography. I need suggestions on how to take better pictures. I ...
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Nikon Coolpix P510 - Recommended low-light settings?

My wife was recently given a Nikon Coolpix P510 as a birthday present from her parents, primarily so we can take a - I believe the technical term is "****load" - of pictures of our new baby girl (...
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How was Claire Benoist's flower diptych picture shot?

http://www.popphoto.com/files/imagecache/article_main_photo/_images/201108/1.jpg Any thoughts on how it was shot?
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For food photography with a Macro lens do I have to get a particular size of dishes?

From Rfusca's comment here: Why isn't the background towel visible in this still life? She might have used a macro lens, but this definitely isn't a macro shot. Its not nearly 1:1 unless those ...
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Why isn't the background towel visible in this still life?

She said (in comments) that she has used a towel here as a background: http://500px.com/photo/4934925 That is a macro shot. But, the towel isn't simply "visible" (except very faintly on the right ...
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How can I get better results photographing dry erase boards?

As far as photography goes, I'm less than an amateur. I have a camera my friend (the head of the photography dept. at a local college) recommended to me that I really want to learn to use, but haven'...
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How to simulate a red wine stain?

I want to make a picture of a wine stain on a couch without ruining my couch. How can I achieve this?
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How should I position my lighting for photographing books?

This is my setup for photographing books: .. but I have issues with glossy books and magazines. I need help understanding the best place to position the lights so it covers the entire cradle (120 ...