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How can I get all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

Any flatbed scanner, such as that in a $75 all-in-one printer, will do a better job photographing DVD cases than a D5 or a Hasselblad.
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How can I get all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

To avoid the flash obscuring the text on the case, I would take the photo at a angle to the surface on which the DVD rests. Sounds like you're probably using the built-in flash on your camera. A ...
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Advice for transitioning from landscape nature photography to portraits

Very first basics, a good starting point: The portrait lighting is the thing of course. There are a few lighting options, in fact, any idiotic plan you can dream up probably already has a name. :) ...
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What kind of Compositional Elements are used in this pic?

The composition in this image is all about leading lines and how they guide the viewer's eyes around the frame. The lines outlined in yellow all lead to the cat. The posture and head position of the ...
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What kind of Compositional Elements are used in this pic?

Let's not over-interpret this image. In my opinion, there are no compositional elements present. It looks like someone passing saw the cat and just fired off a shot without even thinking about ...
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What is the Rule of Equiangular Spiral Grid?

An "equiangular spiral" is another name for a logarithmic spiral. A spiral grid can be made by drawing squares enclosing arcs of this spiral. I expect that in photography, the particular equiangular ...
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How can I get all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

When doing close-up work, you need to keep the camera square with the subject. This is because the range of sharp focus, near-to-far, is super shallow. We are talking about depth-of-field. This is ...
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What kind of Compositional Elements are used in this pic?

imho, the composition "rules" are not really "rules" but more rough guidelines, and it's not always necessary to adhere to these guidelines to get a good shot. In this case it's hard to tell if the ...
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How can I get all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

You can try using your lens on 55 mm and f9 or f8 aperture. This should give you enough depth of field for your shots. If it is not enough, try not to take the photo at an angle but rather parallel. ...
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Advice for transitioning from landscape nature photography to portraits

There are many books on portraiture, but you say you don't have the time to read through one of them. I'll try to give you some starting points, but I would suggest at least skimming a basic ...
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What kind of Compositional Elements are used in this pic?

I think you are mistaking compositional elements and the guidelines for composition as something you think about extensively before one takes picture. IMO, these 'guidelines' are merely very rough ...
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Advice for transitioning from landscape nature photography to portraits

Everyone has to start somewhere. Considering you have a landscape background I guess you know your way around a camera which is always a good starting point and you mention understanding of light ...
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