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How do they capture these images where the ground and background blend together seamlessly?

It's known as Infinite Coving or an Infinity Cove* - basically a constant smooth curve from floor to wall. From How To Build An Infinity Cove For Photography All you need to do then is light it ...
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Either background is overexposed or the foreground is underexposed. Are there possible solutions/approaches?

Definitely you shall use frontal lighting. Mostly so called fill-in flash. The second option: HDR with at least 3 shots to get high, mid and low tones.
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Sunny day in the shade - how to deal with white balance and exposure settings?

This is the situation when you use fill-flash. Contrary to common belief, flash is NOT to be used in darkness. In darkness flash lights up the foreground and leaves background pitch black. Flash is ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

Graphic Design Stack Exchange: How to cut how hair accurately Advanced hair extraction tutorial First off, plugins and simpler methods are available. This is if you want to get higher quality results. ...
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How to shoot a light trail photo where an object is still in focus?

This is motion blur caused by 'panning'. Ideally, you would use a tripod or monopod and track the car (panning) as it's moving with a relatively slow shutter speed. The background will blur as you ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

The color replacement tool isn't working for you because its default mode is "Color", which changes hue and saturation, but not luminosity (brightness/value). That's why you get the blue or the gray→...
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How do they capture these images where the ground and background blend together seamlessly?

When shooting small objects with a macro lens or an extension tube you can sometimes get the same effect even without the curved prop. All you need is a backdrop that matches your surface well (a ...
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How do I shoot a self-portrait with a clear white background at home?

Well, you need lighting gear, so this is a LOT easier to do if you can buy lighting gear like flashes, stands, and radio triggers. The way a white background is achieved in studio photography is by ...
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Either background is overexposed or the foreground is underexposed. Are there possible solutions/approaches?

The difference between the outside parts of the scene and the inside parts of the scene are too great for your camera (or pretty much any camera) to properly record both. You have two basic options: ...
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Either background is overexposed or the foreground is underexposed. Are there possible solutions/approaches?

Other answers have already covered that the difference between the light exterior & dark interior is too great for almost any camera sensor. With no additional equipment, and if you had the time, ...
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Looking for tips for indoors maternity shoot

I recently upgraded to a used Nikon D80 with DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens and I am still learning how to use it. I have really only used it on Auto Mode. Unfortunately, I cannot purchase any more ...
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How to make a gradient background

The simplest way get a gradient background is to use a gradient backdrop. This particular backdrop is made of paper, and is 80cm × 110cm (31" × 43"). Another backdrop at B&H Photo Video is PVC, ...
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Either background is overexposed or the foreground is underexposed. Are there possible solutions/approaches?

Given your gear, a perfectly balanced inside and outside will be impossible - the correct exposures for each are too far apart. Since shadows can be bumped up and blown highlights are completely ...
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What is a blown out background?

"Blown out" means the maximum value for all color channels. For RGB, that means maximum red, maximum blue, and maximum green. This appears to be pure white, even if the color of the subject is not ...
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Sunny day in the shade - how to deal with white balance and exposure settings?

Shoot in RAW at the lowest ISO. Expose for the sunlit portion of the picture. In your RAW software adjust the shadows to show some details. The bench is lit by direct sun and the shaded areas are ...
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Sunny day in the shade - how to deal with white balance and exposure settings?

You are now experiencing the power of nature and the construction of human eye :-). Technically the CMOS sensors are catching like 6-7 EV brightnes/darkness span (dynamic range) at one time (for the ...
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Sunny day in the shade - how to deal with white balance and exposure settings?

I really like several of the other answers here — particularly, use of fill-flash to balance the scene as the top technical measure, and accept the camera as an important alternate way of thinking. I ...
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Why do my studio shoots usually end up fuzzy?

You have flare. That's the light wrapping around the edges of her body, particularly pronounced in her left (camera right) armpit and hand. The background is spilling too much light onto her. Light ...
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How to shoot a light trail photo where an object is still in focus?

This technique is called “panning”. Panning produces the effect you are asking about however panning also allows the photographer to freeze action using a lowered shutter speed. Panning the camera is ...
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How can I make sure a dark background comes out pure black with a smartphone?

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that you need to achieve the highest separation between foreground and background lighting, so if you can find a way to lift the coin above the surface, you can ...
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How can I make sure a dark background comes out pure black with a smartphone?

More exposure makes black look gray, and Less exposure makes gray look more black. But in practice, for your coins on a jet black background, your best investment would be a yard of black dress velvet ...
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How to photograph subject on white seamless background using continuous lighting without post editing?

You need more light on the background than on the subject. If all four of your lights are the same brightness, then you need to do two things: Insure that the lights illuminating the background are ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

He describes his Macro process on his blog. https://pbertner.wordpress.com/how-i-shoot-macro/ While you selected a few that have that effect, many don't. I don't think its anything more than ...
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Either background is overexposed or the foreground is underexposed. Are there possible solutions/approaches?

Try shooting a bracketed set of photos, then fusing them together. Here is one example I tried as an experiment. The bracketed photos, with the largest center one being the default exposure: And the ...
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How are the smooth, colorful backgrounds created in these wildlife macro photos?

The photographer has arranged a shallow depth of focus, and has chosen a plain background. And, according to his blog, has selected from a very large number of less successful attempts!
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Corporate Portraiture Advice

[We don't do answers as comments, but this only addresses one small part of the setup] If you're going to be eliminating the background & desk to black, why not give yourself a head start & ...
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How to reduce shadows on product photos when there is no room between the subject and the background?

A two (2) light set up will do this deed. You can use pin-up lamps from the hardware store, best is reflector flood bulbs. Place one lamp high to simulate afternoon sun. Measure distance lamp to ...
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Either background is overexposed or the foreground is underexposed. Are there possible solutions/approaches?

Either the flash was too weak or my assumption is not accurate for the situation Even the near edge of the table shows no flash on it. But the flash capability is ...
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