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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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

Have you experimented much with photo-editing as yet? Do you know of that infamous 'histogram' that is often spoken about in tutorials, etc? That look you've described above happens when the darks ...
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How can I create an image with a round globe like center?

This is known as the Little Planet effect. There are many ways to render it, and usually, the sky is on the outside and the ground, trees, buildings, etc. inside. But in this image they inverted that. ...
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Why does editing software not care about colorspace?

Most editing software cares very much about colorspace. The issue is that users don't usually understand it (because it's very complicated), and even when they do, they often expect contradictory ...
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What is the stippling effect used in newsprint and comics called, and how can I create it?

Photographs that are to be printed in books, magazines, newspapers are converted to a "half-tone". The most common way this was done: A finished photograph on paper was supplied to the printer. This ...
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How to achieve this effect that looks smoky/blurred and was used in a Balenciaga campaign?

In the 70s that effect was called 'flu', and was made putting cellophane or similar in the front of the lens. Some photographers used a plain filter with vaseline or even a piece of pantyhose.
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How do I reproduce this dark background on this photo?

Lighting for shots such as this one is not about absolute lighting levels, it is about lighting ratios. The 'dark' parts of the picture don't need to be in absolute darkness. They just need to be less ...
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How is the illusion of light streaks achieved in this photo?

It looks to be a long exposure in a dark room using a flash that illuminates most of the field of view for only an instant. You can see the strobe flash being held in the lower right corner of the ...
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Is there an effect opposite of tilt-shifting?

The miniaturization effect that can be created with a tilt shift is due to manipulating the perspective (angle/distance/field of view) and spatial relationships; while simultaneously creating a ...
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Blur effect or out of focus?

The most in-focus things in the photo are the raindrops or snow (it's hard to tell the difference from a single still image, but the varying vectors of their trajectories indicate either snow or rain ...
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How to make a layer fade to transparent?

On the top layer, add a layer mask (Layer > Mask > Add layer mask, and initialize to white). Create a black to white gradient on the mask (black is the ...
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Is there any Photoshop effect that can create vertically distorted bokeh as one sometimes sees in film and video?

This effect is due to the image (likely a motion picture frame being shot with an Anamorphic Lens, which "stretches" the widescreen image to fit a normal 35mm frame. When the film is projected, a ...
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Is there any Photoshop effect that can create vertically distorted bokeh as one sometimes sees in film and video?

The oval bokeh is caused by using an anamorphic lens.
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A photo effect that favours yellow & blue; What is its name & how is it done with GIMP?

That is not an effect. That is a trend. The trend is to use complementary colors, and there is not much room to choose from. It is either green to magenta, yellow to blue or red to cyan. In reality ...
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How to get a halo of light effect?

This is not a digitally-created effect; this is a physical atmospheric phenomenon called a sun halo or 22.5° halo. It occurs when there's a thin layer of high-altitude cirrus clouds with hexagonal ice ...
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