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What is the black backdrop in outdoor shots for?

I can think of several ways you could use it... backdrop: If the creative directory wants two looks with the same model in the same clothes, shooting both at the same time could save some time. Just ...
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Advice on shooting a magazine centerfold

I made this a public wiki so we can keep a master list Work from a printed checklist. Especially with gathering all the raw-material images, make sure you get everything. Shoot the model with a mild ...
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Is 35mm on a cropped sensor good for fashion photography?

Photography is not (necessarily) about giving the viewer a "as you would see it"-perspective. Photography is about offering additional perspectives. If this was not true, the only good photos would be ...
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Best manual settings for Canon 60D

Sorry, but there are no "best settings" - if there were, then the camera wouldn't have other ones. You need to understand the exposure triangle and know the compromises you make when you change any of ...
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70-200mm lens or 18-200mm lens for small studio like 25 feet?

Any zoom lens with a 7.5X or 10X or greater ratio between the minimum and maximum focal length is going to compromise optical quality in several areas to get to that focal length flexibility. These ...
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How do fashion photographers avoid moire?

There are a few ways to deal with moiré and none of them is a guarantee in every situation: Moiré adjustment tool/brush/filter in your post processing tool(or manual techniques with similar impact, ...
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85mm fast prime vs 70-200mm 2.8 for indoor fashion studio shoots

Two reasons that jumps right out at me are size and weight. A 70-200 is pretty big, especially with a hood. To a new model, I bet it's downright intimidating. Hold that 70-200 for long, and you'll ...
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Which lens should I use for fashion photography with a Nikon D5200?

This is another of those cases where the real answer is a lot more complicated than telling you a lens to buy. Fashion photography in particular is very strongly about staging. Even if you're using ...
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Is 35mm on a cropped sensor good for fashion photography?

There's nothing wrong with the existing answers - but my thought is that essentially you're going to be learning on the job which is going to bring its own set of issues anyway. I'd say, yes, rent a ...
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How can I know if a lens can handle a camera's resolution?

Those two good lenses will handle the resolution, once stopped down to an optimal aperture. This is around F/5.6 on the Nikkor and F/4 on the Zeiss. Do test it out before going to your shoot. 2 stop ...
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Is it reasonable to use a ring flash that encircles the lens for non-macro (general) shots?

My guess is that the ring light you saw on that TV show was just being used as a prop and the actor "photographer" had no idea what a ring light is used for. Yes, it is reasonable to use a ring ...
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Is it reasonable to use a ring flash that encircles the lens for non-macro (general) shots?

That's the reason: to shoot a fashon runway performance. This is event photography. This is not a studio. You have models running around, an audience that watches them, etc. One rule of thumb in ...
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Is it reasonable to use a ring flash that encircles the lens for non-macro (general) shots?

As much as I want to mention the Jarvie window technique, I have to concede that basically it is macro shooting; fisheye lens, very close distance to subject (a foot or less from the lens). It's just ...
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How can I know if a lens can handle a camera's resolution?

By now, you've likely discovered that both lenses are capable of providing adequate image resolution on the D810. Only technique and execution are going to hold one back in this area. One thing not ...
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85mm fast prime vs 70-200mm 2.8 for indoor fashion studio shoots

Primes nearly always outperform zooms for distortion and sharpness at a given focal point as their construction is generally simpler with fewer optical elements in the light path. Zooms are, by nature,...
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How can I know if a lens can handle a camera's resolution?

No, it is pretty much the other way around... can the camera sensor resolve the lens detail? Digital cameras have always had anti-aliasing filters because they simply cannot resolve the finest detail ...
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How is this look achieved? The sharpness, low saturation, fashion look

The saturation looks to be decreased a bit, but I don't think low saturation is the right description. There's plenty of color here even if they're not especially bright shades. If saturation were ...
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Is 35mm on a cropped sensor good for fashion photography?

It depends on what kind of look you want and how long is your possible working distance. I would rent at least 35mm and 50mm primes. For shooting human subjects, you don't always want the field of ...
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Is 35mm on a cropped sensor good for fashion photography?

Some simple trigonometry can help here, but it's just an estimate... Let's say your model is 1.7m tall. In order to capture a pose at full height, assuming portrait orientation, you're going to need ...
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How to choose suitable ring flash size?

In my opinion, the main factor to consider would be power output. Many ring flashes are only suitable for close up and macro photography because the original premise was that your camera and you ...
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How can I adjust metallic/glitter makeup for a catwalk show so it photographs best?

Highly reflective objects are rare in nature. Metallic glitter makeup is striking because it produces an effect outside the norm. In nature, most surfaces, including human skin, are irregular, thus ...
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How do I get a dark shimmery bronze skin look for my glamour photography? (image provided)

Based on a previous answer: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/50918/things-to-consider-when-creating-realistic-highlights-and-dark-reflections-on-me Here are some experiments. They ...
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Fashion photography mini studio

You would need at the very basic level: A working camera including a lens. A source of light. Enough space to allow your camera to focus on your subjects. A subject to shoot. All else is optional.
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How to improve sharpness and white balance

Lighting. The top photo is in open shade, so you get a fairly even light with soft shadows. The bottom one is in direct sun, giving much brighter highlights and stronger shadows. Look at the ...
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What lens will get the whole body in the picture for street fashion photography?

The 35 mm will include more background. Decide if you prefer more context in the image or more isolation. There will be a bit more distortion with the wider lens. It will be more apparent in head ...
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How can I know if a lens can handle a camera's resolution?

You need not worry; most lenses are up to the task. Some lenses are better than others, generally you get what you pay for. Every lens is afflicted with defects that force substandard results. There ...
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What lens is best for a red carpet community event?

What lens you chose really depends on two things; what composition you desire and the space you have to shoot in. I can't tell you the answer to either. Since you have a bit of time to adjust your ...
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Will a key light, a back light, and white reflector as fill achieve a white background for portrait photography?

The short answer is yes, the long answer is depends. The background Are you shooting full body? It is a little more difficult to make a smooth background. Do you have enough space between your ...
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