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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

If the lighting was asymmetrical and consistent between shots, then the lighting will be flipped as well and this might easily make the shot look simply awful or so awful its funny. This may not be ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

There are no hard and fast rules in art. You are free to follow your heart. If flipping some of the images assists in the symmetry of the final presentation, then go for it! Few if any will recognize ...
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How to take a picture of a group with flash so that everyone's face is lit evenly?

Lighting a large group "evenly" with flash requires a powerful flash placed far enough away that the distance between closest and furthest subject is a small fraction of the distance from the flash to ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

What I did in the end Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. You all really helped me decide what to do. Just to clarify, I wasn't aware that they wanted this before the shoot and they were ...
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How to take this group portrait with faces in profile only lit from the side they're facing?

The setup is relatively simple but to do this as one shot you will need space. An awful lot of space. Doing this indoors in a regular sized house is not going to work, the walls/ceiling are going to ...
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How to take this group portrait with faces in profile only lit from the side they're facing?

I recognize this exact picture - I've seen it before. There are two photography magazines that I read that showed how to do this exact type of family portrait. This was done in a home with a simple ...
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How to take a picture of a group with flash so that everyone's face is lit evenly?

If you use an off-camera flash for the group shot (and you should), the key concept will be light feathering : you should point the light directly to the person farthest from the flash, while the ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

No. It sounds like the client is looking for specific representations of the subjects. Flipping it is no longer an accurate representation. The average human face is not symmetrical
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How to take this group portrait with faces in profile only lit from the side they're facing?

To me this looks like a composite - the family members look too close together to not be clashing shoulders. If it is a composite then you can use the trick @Math-grum mentions of using a smallish ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

From a content perspective Last time I had a photoshoot, I asked the company to flip some pictures. They firmly refused because it would not be 'good'. I don't know the rationale other than 'it ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

In addition, unless you lit each subject with exceptionally flat frontal lighting, your composite shot will have two apparent key-light sources which do not affect all of the subjects. In other words, ...
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How to take a picture of a group with flash so that everyone's face is lit evenly?

Use Bounce Flash As other answers have noted, the problem is the inverse square law. The intensity of light drops off with the square of the distance between the source and subject. By bouncing your ...
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Software to combine multiple similar photos and choose the best parts from each

It is built-in with newest Windows Essentials. This link from 2018 says it still works: http://techizoo.com/windows-photo-gallery/ .
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Why do people bend down in a group photo?

It is so you don't block the faces of the people behind you. Of course, the best way to do this is just sort people based on height, but often group photos are rushed, and you get what you get. People ...
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Why do people bend down in a group photo?

It's because the photographer isn't giving them any helpful feedback, and based on their experience with photography, they think they need to adjust in a certain way to fit the frame, or in this case ...
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Canon wide angle lenses to capture groups in tight spaces

Honestly the higher quality Third Party Lenses have really upped their game in terms of quality, focus speed and sharpness. I recently got a Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 which I have now used to replace my ...
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How can I best take pictures of a choir at a school fundraising dinner?

Don't be afraid of higher ISO. It's unlikely anyone will be printing posters from this (right?) and you can afford to use high ISO in order to get a deep enough aperture and fast enough shutter speed. ...
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Is a Sigma 18-50mm or Canon 28-105mm lens better for group shots, and why?

There is a lot going on in your question that raises red flags. I would suggest reading up on the topics you mentioned on this site before the shoot and come back with any follow up questions. In ...
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How Much Should I Ask for Photographing [School] Groups at an Outdoor Center and How Much Commission Should I Pay to the Outdoor Center?

Your competition is not other photographers, it's a teacher with a point and shoot. Schools care about the quality of the education, and the relatively minor quality difference in a staged group ...
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What are some other terms for a 3/4 shot?

First, those terms aren't exact synonyms. A 3/4 shot is any image where subject has been cropped at around the knees. American shot is sometimes used to specifically refer to composition where several ...
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How to compose outdoor group shoots to balance the subjects and the background?

Generally the subject is the focus, but it really depends on your creative vision as to how you balance the background and the subject in frame. How blurry the background should be, how wide the ...
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outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?

Depth of field shouldn't be an issue if you are far enough back to fit groups of 15-20 people in the frame and have plenty of daylight. Anything over f/4 with about a 50mm lens should be good. This ...
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outdoor group photo - depth of field, other concerns?

-Since your SIL is asking for your help, I assume the groom is your brother. For clarity, I would also chat with him before the wedding to make sure he also understands your wedding experience ...
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How do I prepare for my first event shoot (large corporate gathering) tomorrow?

You should go there ahead of time. Gather as much information as possible. Try to get access to the room before the group arrives. Try asking the hotel employees. Google the hotel, maybe they have a ...
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How can I best take pictures of a choir at a school fundraising dinner?

First off I will disagree with using a tripod. The canon 24-105 has a minimum of 3stop Image stabilisation (the Mark II L and IS STM have 4). The shutter speed you will need to avoid motion blur (...
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How can I best take pictures of a choir at a school fundraising dinner?

I've been shooting similar photos for quite a while. Although a lot depends on the particulars of the venue, here is what I have found works for me. Shoot the full group shot from as far back and as ...
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How to pose to look 'cooler' or more 'dashing' in a photo?

On this specific picture one thing happened to you. You are crouched next to two standing people. That has no sense. It was probably because you wanted to be "too" inventive, because you are too ...
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How to take a picture of a group with flash so that everyone's face is lit evenly?

Here's a handy tip that uses an application of the inverse square law. TIP: The f/ #s on the barrel of a lens can be used to judge the depth of light fall-off - without a calculator - due to the ...
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How to take a picture of a group with flash so that everyone's face is lit evenly?

There are a few ideas that are known. If your group is standing in multiple rows, then that's a problem when the rows are at different distances. Placing the flash high can help a little, for example ...
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How to take a picture of a group with flash so that everyone's face is lit evenly?

Wedding photographers and sports photographers must solve this problem as part of their job. In addition, everyone in the shot must look good, have their eyes open, and their wardrobe closed. The way ...
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