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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Canon wide angle lenses to capture groups in tight spaces

I've probably shot more images on full frame cameras with an EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS than any other lens. But for what you want to do in low light, it's not the best choice. At f/4, it's just a bit too ...
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Canon wide angle lenses to capture groups in tight spaces

You should examine the focal lengths of your existing images. If you frequently hit 18mm (on crop sensor), you should look into lenses that are 28mm or wider on full frame. Similarly, if you ...
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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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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?

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 compose photo with un-posed groups with four or more people?

This isn't something I do a lot & also I don't really have any pretty examples to share, however... I'm not a wedding photographer, so I don't need the full list of bride, groom, parents, all ...
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Canon wide angle lenses to capture groups in tight spaces

The existing answers cover lens choice very well so I'm going to answer with a non answer. P.S. I'm interested in portraits, group photos, landscape and night photography (city skyline etc) For ...
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Do I need to upgrade my camera for group portrait photography?

You almost certainly do not need a higher resolution camera... "nicer" and more MP's won't help you as it is unlikely you are making full use of the resolution the D3500 already has. If you ...
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How can I light a large group photo at night outside on a stage?

In my experience, stage lighting is never as strong as you wish it could be. Have them pick a single warm white color for all the lights and power up the stage lighting to whatever the maximum is. ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

My first thought was the same as Michael Clark's comment - it depends when you found out this was what they wanted, and it sounds like this wasn't until after the shoot. The phrase "they complained" ...
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How can I best take pictures of a choir at a school fundraising dinner?

Here are a few helpful tips: If the auditorium has internal aisles (xxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxx), place yourself on the inner end of one of the outer sections. That way, you have several feet of empty space ...
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How can I best take pictures of a choir at a school fundraising dinner?

A tripod is a must, as stated above. You may also want to look at a remote control and the mirror lockup function for you camera (see this thread here on Stack Exchange Properly Using Mirror Lock With ...
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How can I best take pictures of a choir at a school fundraising dinner?

The only concrete suggestion I have is to use a tripod. That way you can eke out a lower shutter speed and not have to compensate by unnecessarily increasing your ISO nor having too wide of an ...
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How to pose to look 'cooler' or more 'dashing' in a photo?

I think you are too aware of what others may think about you. You need to know that the people surrounding you are just passing by, even if they think anything about you, it is just for that moment. ...
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