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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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How to create the type of lighting that is used in many of Elena Shumilova's pictures?

Directly with regards to the lighting: Much of her recent work has strong light sources from behind the main subject(s). About 45° (either to the side or a combination of to the side and above) from ...
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How to avoid objects casting shadows when taking pictures of products?

I'm chiming in to introduce you to: the tub trick. Tubs are great: they're white they're shiny Combined, you get a place to set things that'll bounce around the light and provide for a mostly ...
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How was this interior room photo lit? Window...Strobes...Both?

1. Some theory The first thing you need to understand is the inverse square law. This is that the light intensity decays quadratically (1/x^2) when you are further apart from the light source. I ...
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Does using long exposure together with ND filter make the scene look more evenly lit?

No, changing the exposure or using an ND filter will not help you with this, since both will only brighten or darken everything by a certain factor. Your problem is the large relative difference ...
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Lighting up a subject during sunset without a flash?

That's a nice silhouette! You're running into the same problem that anyone runs into when photographing a very backlit subject: a lot of light is coming from the background and creating a drastic ...
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How could I have counteracted purple lighting?

You need to adjust for the color temperature of the light source. Additionally. when the light source is of such a limited spectrum as appears to be the case here, you need to add more light that ...
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How can I best take photos of people in front of a Christmas tree using only available lighting?

Are you open to the possibility of getting yourself a flash as a quick before-Christmas gift to yourself? In my experience — and especially back when I had young, enthusiastic children not interested ...
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Does it make sense for me, as a beginner, to buy a speedlight?

Does it make sense to buy [a] Speedlight? Absolutely if what you want to learn and achieve is good on-camera bounce flash. That is exactly what a speedlight with a head that tilts and swivels is ...
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How could I have counteracted purple lighting?

In case there are multiple crazy lights casting different tones from different directions; you only have JPEGs; or you just need a quick solution, an easy way to fix color cast is to go for black ...
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Red LED not red but white after I take the photo

The iPhone is handling this better because of its automatic HDR. The LED is white (really, a very, very light pink, to my eye) because it's so bright your camera's sensor overloads and "bleeds&...
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How to photograph a lightbulb?

In the immortal words of the late National Geographic photo editor Bob Gilka, "Kid, if you want to be a better photographer, you're going to have to stand in front of more interesting stuff." That ...
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What's the best way to light up a subject that's far away?

The idea is I will be down below, looking up at them to take the photo, so a flash would be useless. Only if you limit yourself to a camera mounted flash. The key to such a shot is to get the ...
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What exactly is causing the quality difference between these two photographs?

While both shots were taken in daylight, the left shot was lit directly by sunlight, whereas the right shot looks like it was under shade. The direct lighting produces hard shadow lines, and more ...
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How to photograph sparkly objects?

First of all, it's important to realize that, when you photograph a reflective object, you're actually photographing the surrounding scenery as it reflects off the object. This means that it's not ...
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How could I have counteracted purple lighting?

I think I would have used flash to overpower the extreme purple. But sometimes you can't do that, which can mean a lot of work in post. Here is what I would do in lightroom or photoshop camera raw. ...
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Best ways of photographing at a concert/festival

Theatrical/concert photography is about the most challenging there is, both in terms of pushing the equipment you use to the absolute edge of their capabilities and in terms of requiring every bit of ...
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What are physical causes of clipping?

What exactly limits modern digital camera sensors in capturing light intensity beyond certain point? In terms of the physical properties of the sensor itself: The number of photon strikes and the ...
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Why are my pictures showing a dark band on one edge?

The shutter speed now is 250 From what I can tell from the Google, the Nikon D3100 has a flash sync speed of 1/200. So, you're setting your shutter speed too fast and the curtain is already starting ...
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Portrait Lighting - why are my fill and rim lights overpowered?

Nothing at all against LightBender's calculations and advice, but the OP's question is about balancing flash and ambient light, which is a valuable concept to tackle. Check out this great how-to on ...
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How to avoid shadows on the background when photographing with flash in darker areas?

Ruined? That's a great photo! (If you were going for a sort of Halloween effect.) The position of the key light – off to the side and elevated – was perfect for this subject, and is ...
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How can I take a photo of a laser beam?

How to shoot a photo of such experiment with lights off so that the actual laser beam is visible? The thing about a laser beam is that all the light is traveling in the same direction, so none of it ...
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How can I get all of the text on a reflective surface (DVD case) in focus?

Any flatbed scanner, such as that in a $75 all-in-one printer, will do a better job photographing DVD cases than a D5 or a Hasselblad.
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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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What can I do to take better/more interesting photographs of tabletop games?

I'm not a photography expert at all, but I have spent my whole life playing, buying, and most importantly looking at pictures of games of various kinds. I also have painted many miniatures and ...
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How can I make these winter real estate photos look like summer photos?

You aren't going to be able to make your yard look like summer, in winter. What you can do is slow down (you said you were rushed), properly frame and compose the images, shoot in RAW, and shoot at a ...
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Is it ok to place my DSLR in a box and just cut a hole for the lens?

Your DSLR (and most DSLRs, for that matter) performs light metering and autofocus detections through the lens. If your lens can see it, your camera will meter it and try to autofocus on it. The only ...
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Why are gels used for digital photography?

From my point of view - or how I use my gels - there are two main usage points: Adjusting a color to get a color effect. For example make your flash-light red/green/... to get a interesting ...
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