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How do I tilt a lens to get an entire street in focus?

Firstly, I believe you have a misconception. You quote, Tilt until G is in the image (green). and you ask, What if G is not in in the image or cannot be placed into the image by tilting? Unless ...
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How can I figure out precisely where someone was standing to take this old cityscape photograph?

I use software such as Google Earth to "stand" at different points to create the same perspective as the image. You can zoom in/out to match the field of view of the image, and shift your position, ...
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How can I figure out precisely where someone was standing to take this old cityscape photograph?

Distant objects can help. Considering that, once the image is leveled, the peak of Mount Spokane in the far background lines up vertically with the still-existing Kempis Apartments in the close ...
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How do I find the right whitebalance for a night cityscape?

You're not going to get "color accurate" white balance at night. There's no way to make every object in the scene look the same color it would be if viewed under full spectrum daylight. This is ...
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How do I find the right whitebalance for a night cityscape?

Short answer: Shoot raw (if the camera can do that) and find the best WB setting with your image software. Reasons: Good night photos have their atmosphere because of their strong colors, not ...
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How do I tilt a lens to get an entire street in focus?

My other answer demonstrated that you can't use lens tilt to recreate the photo with sharper focus along Wacker Drive. But it's not hard to achieve the goal with a regular lens. It seems to me the ...
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How to recreate Liam Wong's images of city streets at night with neon lights?

It's post-production. From an interview on the Lost at E Minor website: A lot of our readers are curious as to how you achieved this neon effect. Mind sharing to us your secret? “It’s simple. ...
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How can I keep illuminated buildings names from being blown out in night city shots?

They're being blurred out by camera motion as much as they are by being overexposed. The obvious solution is to use a sturdy tripod. Good tripod technique for such long exposures includes a way to ...
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How do you do take a time lapse in a crowded city, sit or stand somewhere aside?

There are probably as many solutions to this as there are locations in cities A brief selection... Indoors. Shoot through a window. As noted in comments, this could include a parked car, though there ...
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Why is my photo so low in megabytes?

The print site is most likely just using a simple algorithm to check the file for compatibility to print well. That being said, I'm unsure why they would be making this determination off of file size ...
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How can I keep illuminated buildings names from being blown out in night city shots?

You need to use a tripod to eliminate motion blur as Michael Clark also points out. Also the exposure time to get the light sources correctly exposed is very short. I've taken night shots where I was ...
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How do I tilt a lens to get an entire street in focus?

For me, it is easier without the math. By "it" I mean the Scheimpflug Princple of course. This is the mental model I use. It explains an untilted lens in terms of tilted lenses rather than ...
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Overcast / city exposure

Since you’re “back from Europe” and are just now seeing your shots, I’m going to assume you shot film. When exposing film, it’s important that you understand how much latitude the film has in ...
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What's the best quality paper to print night photos?

The deepest blacks The deepest and richest colors, in my experience, come from super glossy papers. So, if you're in the darkroom, go for something like Fuji's RC Glossy crystal archive paper. If ...
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How can I keep illuminated buildings names from being blown out in night city shots?

The basic problem is one of large dynamic range. The range is higher than normal daylight shots because the light sources are in the picture, and you want to resolve their details. You therefore ...
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How to take great night shots with a subject in the foreground and a cityscape behind?

In line with @Reid, I would strongly recommend a tripod if at all possible (when you don't have human subjects). The advice from previous answers is good advice: a fast prime and modest amount of ISO (...
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