Questions tagged [technique]

Questions regarding technique, as opposed to style, hardware, or software.

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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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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

In general, I do not like taking photos much. But I have some female friends, including my flatmate, who I hang out with and they love taking photos and they always ask me to do it. However, all of ...
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What is “Photo Chromography” and when would it have been in use?

I have an old photo of a woman that is in a very thick beveled glass and on the back it has print stating "Photo Chromography". It is an advertisement saying "This the most recent discovery in ...
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how can I have equivalent exposure and identical white balance while changing f stops using speedlight?

how can I have equivalent exposure and identical white balance while changing f stops using speedlight? im shooting from shoes when it comes to the moment of changing f stops from 5 to 16 in order to ...
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How to get the most out of low-level monochromatic light?

Do you have any best practices in general for shooting in low-level monochromatic light? This is easily my least favorite lighting condition. Say you're at a Halloween party, and everybody is hanging ...
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What is a good workflow for cropping images in the field

Sometimes when I am out taking photos I for some reason or another take a photo with then intention of cropping it later. (Can be lack of a long lens, straitening lines by taking only the top half or ...
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What do I need to consider when taking martial arts technique photos for a book? [closed]

I plan to publish a book on martial arts (a printed book; but I am also considering an ebook). It will contain a lot of photos depicting the individual techniques. My question is, what quality photos ...
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How to scatter small items like leaves on the ground

How these instagrammers do photography like on the pictures below. Small scattered items (leaves, etc) on the ground. I do think that it was shot as is. If to look better, possible to notice that same ...
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Glowing figures photo technique

I want to understand how to create this effect. Part of Encounters / Visual Strangeness IIV, by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen Possibly a post production effect but possibly in camera...
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Can I use a Speedbooster with a Canon EF-S DSLR?

Could you please give me some advice about a speed booster? I have a Canon EOS 750D. Lately I have been taking quite a few night event photos. I do not have a fast lens (and can't afford one) and my ...
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How to get more pin sharp shots with a lens known for inaccurate autofocus?

I have the Tamron 70-200/2.8 Macro lens (used on a Nikon D800), which is known for its inaccurate autofocus. Since I cannot rely on the lens to achieve accurate focus every time, the rational thing to ...
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How does a photographer edit to get a photo to look this clean? [closed]

I saw this pic recently and I love to quality and sharpness but I have no idea how one edits to get such a look. I know the photographer used A Nikon D750 and a Nikon 24-70 Here's a second example. ...
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How do I achieve soft, dreamy, old-like photos? (May be thru film) [closed]

How do I achieve soft, dreamy, old-like photos? (May be thru film) Here are some examples: https://instagram.com/p/BiHwFSxgUVG/ https://instagram.com/p/BcAlAbTBMoH/ https://instagram.com/p/...
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What technique is used on old technical brochure pictures, which look like a “polished” or “smoothed” rendering?

I'm seeing a lot of old picture from probably 19xx till 1970 which have such a clean perfect look. For a better explanation, I added two examples. As in the comments mentioned, the second one is ...
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How can I improve my photographs of bedsheets for use in an online store?

Background I sell bed sheets, I usually get product images with complete bed room set, while I wanted just bed sheet digital print image that I can use in any bed room mockup, to test different ...
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How do I take pictures of a mat from the top? [duplicate]

My mats are 6x9 feet and I want to take pictures at a perpendicular angle from the top so that it is even. As of now I am taking pictures from the side. Here is how I am looking to take the picture: ...
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Moving Image interesting? [closed]

Do you think we will be able to print moving images soon? Would people buy and use such a camera? I’m working on a new design and technology for a camera. Would be glad to hear your opinions.
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How can I align my camera with a very thin object?

I am trying to take pictures of a fluid interface touching a thin plate. This plate is 0.01 inch thick and 3 inches wide. I've included a sample image below. Is there a good way to align my camera ...
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How to photograph a few dozen calligraphic greeting cards in exquisite detail?

I need to photograph a few dozen hand-written calligraphic greeting cards in exquisite detail so that a calligrapher can try to combine the style. While I have reasonable experience in personal ...
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How to convey a sense of depth & distance in a landscape?

I've noticed that some photos of landscapes make me feel the depth and immersion, don't know how to describe it, just the true feeling that the photo isn't really flat. Other photos rather look ...
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Cutting film in half - what does it do?

I found this article about different types of film. Nicholas Nixon shoots 11×14 Kodak Tri-X and he says this: “Tri-X Professional 320 ISO rating, but I cut it in half because it makes the shadows ...
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help with moon flares

I recently switched from a cropped sensor, APS-C Sony to a full frame sensor Sony. When I would take pictures of the moon with the cropped sensor, I would get this: 15s, f1.4, ISO 1000. And this is ...
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Would shooting in infrared increase visibility of handprints on a wall?

Would shooting in infrared increase visibility of handprints on a wall? I currently need to shoot some photos of some faint handprints a child made on a wall many years ago. Thanks
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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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Is there a term for overlapping images due to incomplete film transport?

When using cameras with manual film transport, it is possible to create partially overlapping exposures, for example by manipulating the transport with the rewind button. Is there a special term for ...
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Same photo at different time?

I want to take photos how some places look now. I have photos how they looked few years ago but I can't shot the photo at the same angle. Any idea how this can be done? Examples: http://dcist.com/...
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How to choose the most appropriate composition?

I've read What and how to crop? & yes, I really do understand the theory - even if it boils down to pick an aspect you like & emphasise it. I don't want this to be a "which one do you like ...
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How to take over-under (split) water photographs without special gear?

I want to know how to take photographs where half of the frame is underwater and half above water using basic gear. What are the considerations, steps, and techniques involved in producing such a ...
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How can I take better pictures of myself at home with a mobile phone?

I'm a beginner photographer. When I try to take photos of myself, they don't look as good as I look to myself. I don't have anyone else to take photos of me. I am using an Android phone to take ...
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how to make this kind of photo?

i would like to learn how to make this picture ; i tried double exposition technique but didnt succeed, pls can you help me pls? thanks ; what is the technique and method used to create it ? i tried ...
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Photographing glass - light 'quality'?

I've read many articles on how to shoot clear glass objects. They seem to be very concerned with how you light it, but not so much how to determine the 'quality' of that light. There also seems to ...
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How do you deliberately corrupt an image? [closed]

Im currently working on a project where I want to deliberately corrupt images. Iv been trying to do research of to how to do this for a few weeks now and just keep finding my self going in circles. I ...
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What is better than a Canon d1100 but still affordable?

I am a young newly beginning photographer. The camera I have I feel is not good enough for me to progress, but I need one that still would be affordable. I have a Canon zoom lens (75-300mm) that I ...
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When are special long lens techniques necessary for sharp wildlife photography?

Over the last year I have been doing a lot more wildlife photography than previously. Investigating, I found there is a concensus that the following is the best technique: Mount the camera and lens ...
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How to achieve sharp foreground with a motion blurred background?

This is a photography of Adam Olson from 500px.com. Can you dissect how the blurred background have been done while keeping foreground in focus?
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“Glowing Light” Effect

I want to create a photograph containing lights that seem to "shine" outward in a cone, but I can't think of how to create this effect (specifically at night) Example: https://www.behance.net/gallery/...
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How do I deal with face asymmetry?

Symmetry of face is one of those few objective attributes of percieved human beauty (so I hear) and thus is a desirable quality to any facial photo aiming fot the beauty (not for the beast). First ...
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How can I create an image with a round globe like center? [duplicate]

How did this person create this shot of a tree in the center, the buildings circling it, and grass all around the edges? I love this example and someday I want to make a similar one with snow and ...
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How to avoid changing lenses all the time when shooting with primes?

I recently purchased an entry-level DSLR and a couple of nice prime lenses, mostly for the purpose of taking artistic shots of city streets. The primes are 35mm and 15mm, or about 53mm and 23mm full-...
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How to pose to look 'cooler' or more 'dashing' in a photo?

I know it's a stupid question, but I find whenever someone unprofessional takes my picture or groupfie, I end up looking a little unprepared and never 'cool', 'dashing' or even smiling. What tips or ...
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How to make a combined photo?

I want to combine several photos together (of the same field of view) so that I would get very detailed image. Is there any technology that can be used to do that?
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Why are some portraits so sharp and others not

I often see extremely beautiful and sharp portraits like these: I was wondering what makes them so sharp and beautiful: Camera quality? Lighting? Post-processing? Luck? How would I go about if I ...
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What is the point of Auto Focus? [closed]

Although I started in the 90’s with the EOS system, I never used the AF inherent in EF lenses. As an amateur, I could take the time to take the best picture I could. I feel that I can get a better ...
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How to get adequate light [closed]

I use Nikon D7100, mostly on Aperture priority mode. I do basic image editing on Google photo. I find that most of my photographs need additional light even though they were not necessarily taken ...
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How was this photo of a shoe suspended above a wet pavement taken?

How do you reckon that this photo was taken? What fascinates me is how the shoe was captured just before hitting the ground, and with the focus being sharp and centered on the object. Photo credits: ...
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How to improve my product photo shoot to look like Apple's Mac Pro product site?

I'm trying to do something like this: And here's my first photoshoot: This was raw converted into jpeg, no post editing at all. Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (2) 1000W ...
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Best selfie pose

I have tried various poses taking selfies, but I'm not getting a good result. Can anyone suggest poses to get the best picture?
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How to more effectively stay in focus with a wide aperture (50mm/1.8)?

I've been experimenting with street photography lately and - while I'm getting some decent shots - my biggest pain point is staying in focus. For example: With the following subject, I nailed a ...
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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?

How viable are "photography templates" where a professional gives the exact settings to use in a specific set up (say afternoon natural daylight at the beach, 50mm lenses with 3.5f at 3ft distance ...
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How can I create long exposure images with my Ipad or my Android Smartphone?

What is the name of the technique that gives the sensation of rapidly moving objects in a still image? How to reproduce that? Is it possible to reproduce it with a smart-phone camera and an free App? ...