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How can I create this 'medieval look' using an entry-level camera like the Nikon D3300?

I can see three very clear aspects that all three photos share, so let's concentrate on those. Two can be done in camera, the third is a software process. I didn't have time to costume a collection of ...
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Orange “aura” around people/objects in photo, usually present with older cameras?

Actually, this is intentionally done and can be duplicated with any camera and flash combo (ish). To me, the second and third image seem indicative of a technique known as second curtain / rear ...
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How can I make a photo with blurred people but a sharp background?

What you are looking for is a ND (Neutral Density) filter. To illustrate, here is an example of a photo taken in daylight in a street with a ND1000 filter. The filter allowed a shutter speed of 6 ...
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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

There are two main elements I see in your example images: Contrast These images have relatively low contrast. The brightest whites are nowhere near pure white. They're light grey. The darkest blacks ...
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Orange “aura” around people/objects in photo, usually present with older cameras?

The blur is caused by the shutter being open for much longer than the duration of your flash. The orange color of the blur is due to the ambient lighting being much warmer in color than the light ...
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How can I get a lot of detail in the face, skin as seen in this poster for The Martian?

The lighting is from the sides, which you can tell from the highlights on his face, and lack of catchlights in his eyes. The light brushing across the face from the sides creates shadows in all the ...
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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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How can I make a photo with blurred people but a sharp background?

Apart from using an ND filter, you might be able to achieve the desired effect by taking multiple photos and then blending them in post processing. Either an automatic blend with "ghost removal" might ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

The easiest way is to take a Live Photo, then while viewing it in the Photos app, swipe up to access effects and choose Long Exposure. This will blend the frames of Live Photo together into a single ...
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Photo : inverse of miniature effect

In my career as a VFX supervisor, I've helped supervise several miniature shoots. Shooting miniatures in substitution of a full size scene has been a common technique for almost as long as films have ...
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Why does it look better when skilled photographers apply filters and tricks to their photos?

In addition to the factors mentioned by AJ Henderson, I think another important aspect here is previsualization. A highly skilled photographer already has a very good idea of what she/he wants the ...
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Is there any Photoshop effect that can create vertically distorted bokeh as one sometimes sees in film and video?

I was always wondering if theres anyway to get bokeh that looks something like this (vertically distorted bokeh). This vertically-oval bokeh is the result of an anamorphic lens, which "squeezes" an ...
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What is the shot called where it goes from telephoto to wide-angle without a zoom?

That effect was made famous in Hitchcock's Vertigo. It's called by various names: Hitchcock/Vertigo zoom, dolly zoom, reverse tracking shot. To achieve this effect, the camera zooms in or out, while ...
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What visual effect can be seen in the following picture?

Agree with some of the previous answers, but not all of it... Golden Hour, for sure - highlights under the arm, camera right, & the reflection in his pressure gauge, look to match what we can see ...
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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

There are two distinct characteristics that most of these images share - colour palette & 'hazy glow'. Let's tackle them separately. I'm always tempted to think that any edit was done as easily ...
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How to achieve the effect of blurred moving clock hands in photoshop?

It's just the Radial Blur filter. However, if the idea is to replicate a slow shutter speed blurring the motion of the hands, it's poorly executed, because the entire clock face is blurred. Only the ...
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How was the twilight blue color effect in this photo produced?

Quick summary: raise the black point and add an orange cast to the highlights and a blue cast to the shadows, and there you go. Details: First, like most "vintage" or "film-like" post-processing, ...
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Why does it look better when skilled photographers apply filters and tricks to their photos?

While Photoshop is a very powerful tool, it is by no means the only tool involved in producing a high quality photo, nor the most important one. Photography is a crap in/crap out type of art form. ...
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How to achieve the effect of blurred moving clock hands in photoshop?

Spin Blur In Photoshop (Photoshop CC 2014) it can be found in: Filter > Blur Gallery > Spin Blur You can find more info in Adobe Photoshop documentation.
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How do I make my images look like this dreamlike picture?

The histogram for this image looks like this: Key points: Nothing over in the far left — the blackpoint is lifted, or to put it another way, the deepest, darkest color is not black, but gray (and ...
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How to get soft-blur effect on flowing water with iPhone?

Third-party camera application It does not appear that the default application on iOS has any fine-grained control mode. But you can achieve that if you use a third-party camera application that gives ...
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How do you get this gritty, grainy effect?

The effect is called Grain and you can find it in pretty much any photo editor, from Photoshop and Gimp to Instagram and Telegram. In my example I'm going to use Gimp. The original Picture is from ...
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Is it common practice to apply identical processing effects to a batch of photos?

Many demosaicing applications (RawTherapee, for instance) can save the processing on a picture (aka recipe) to repeat on others. But this is typically restricted in practice to global editing (colors/...
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How can I tell which Instagram filter was used?

you can actually see which instagram filter people use in they photos. Just use a web browser for instagram. That filter is called "Walden" as you can see here: http://square-pics.com/m/...
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Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?

I've done similar through rain spotted windows before, so basically the way I would tackle this is with a sheet of clear glass, perhaps from a picture frame, treated with something like Rain-X so that ...
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Are the highlights in this photo a byproduct of the vintage lens or were water particles introduced during shooting?

making this photo was not as complicated as you write here. Sprayer, reflector plate, backlight in the morning, f 2. Drops of water flew before the flower, but above all behind the flower. That is all....
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How can I make a photo with blurred people but a sharp background?

Just to add a bit of links to the other (good) answers, if you do not want to use a ND filter, you can use multiple exposure and use an averaging method to simulate a long exposure --- basically, 20 ...
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A photo effect that favours yellow & blue; What is its name & how is it done with GIMP?

All of the example photos could have been made without any selective processing with regard to color temperature/white balance. They all look like they were made with several different types of 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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