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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 does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Upon viewing his portfolio at the link you provided, my first thought was push processing. In push processing, one typically underexposes the shot (that is, meters and set exposure as if the the film ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

IMO, the primary cause of the effect is differential lighting. The birds and grass have hard bright frontal light from high right. Whereas the foreground and background appear to have softer/dimmer ...
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How do I achieve this creamy black and white look?

If you want to achieve this digitally note how the whites aren't full white and the blacks aren't full black. You can do that e.g. in Lightroom or any other editing tool by pulling the endpoints for ...
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What type of editing is necessary to achieve this type of watch photo?

To me, it is just that you dial is over-exposed, easy to fix with the Curves tool of your editor: In other cases, just using the contrast tool could be easier, but here this would blow out the ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

Late addition To me, the jury's still out on whether it's fake, but I do come down on the side of 'real, but worked up [too] hard'. In the photographer's defense, I do get the feeling the guy only got ...
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Why is the range for manual white balance so limited at the bottom and top?

Digital color works by separating light into three channels: red, green, and blue. This roughly mimics the way the human vision system creates the perception of color. Our vision system compensates ...
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Removing "banding" lines caused from using silent shutter

I don't use Photoshop, so here it is done with Gimp, but I assume the same tools are available on PS: Use Wavelet decompose to decompose the image into its frequency components (these are images that ...
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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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Why does this photo's skin tones look, weird?

The skin is exactly the same in both images. It's your perception of the skin that is different based on the surrounding colors. Our eyes and brain have a remarkable ability to adapt to different ...
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What is it about this albatross photograph that makes it look like it might either be faked or actually a photorealistic drawing (to me at least)?

Complementing Steven Kersting´s answer: The photo looks like a diorama. Look at the images at this google search You put some stuffed animals with a printed photograph as a background, then you add ...
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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

Graphic Design Stack Exchange: How to cut how hair accurately Advanced hair extraction tutorial First off, plugins and simpler methods are available. This is if you want to get higher quality results. ...
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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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Why does the histogram of an image depends on the software that opened it?

It's all to do with the profile applied to the raw files and guesses other software makes as to what that profile ought to be... RAW is not an 'absolute' format in terms of the image displayed, it's ...
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How is this changing vertical perspective effect achieved?

This picture is a composition of slices of many photos taken from different heights, likely from a drone. The key to understanding it is to examine the camera's perspective or point of view from ...
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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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Photoshop's color replacement tool changes to grey (instead of white) — how can I change a grey background to pure white?

The color replacement tool isn't working for you because its default mode is "Color", which changes hue and saturation, but not luminosity (brightness/value). That's why you get the blue or the gray→...
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How to get rid of these white stripes from sunlight through window?

I agree with Tetsujin. The highlights in the image you posted are blown out to pure white. Since you do not have the raw file, there is no information to recover. It is possible to use collage and ...
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Removing "banding" lines caused from using silent shutter

This "banding" is caused by the primary light source in the image varying in intensity over time, and by the (electronic) rolling shutter in the camera converting this variation over time ...
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How does one actually *use* a dark frame?

Straight away I should mention that lunar photography is different that astrophotography of deep-sky objects. The types of frames you are describing (calibration frames) are extremely helpful for ...
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How could I edit armpit stains out of a photograph?

Colour-dodge will do it. You didn't say what software you have access to, though I assume most editing software will have a Dodge/Burn feature. In Photoshop I set it to dodge shadows with about 40% ...
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How to edit photograph to remove flashes of light / glow / glare?

When an image contains pure white (#fff or values RGB 255/255/255) - we refer to this as "blown" or "blown out". There is nothing you can do to alter these pixels to gain lost detail. For example, I'...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Hello this is Renato D’Agostin. By chance I found myself on this blog, and found curious and flattering to read comments about my photography. I thought it could be nice to comment myself. Regarding ...
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"Move" focus in post-processing

There are various software solutions that will attempt to recreate edges that are not really there. Photoshop's Smart Sharpen isn't bad, but it still tends to look a bit 'cartoon-like' if you push it ...
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How can I add a white strip with my name below each image in Lightroom or Photoshop?

Yes, you can do this in Photoshop. All you need is to expand the canvas (Image > Canvas size) and then add you logo, name or other decoration into this new space. Please note that this is extremely ...
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How do I achieve this creamy black and white look?

If those were film images, I'd say they were "overexposed" by about one stop and developed at N-1 (pull 1) to ensure well filled shadows. They may also have been printed on a warm-tone paper, and the ...
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Why is the screen blend mode named 'screen'?

It's called screen because of the analog process it mimics: From Photoshop Blend Modes Explained : As an analogy, imagine the selected layer and each of the underlying layers as being 35mm slides, ...
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RAW in ACR vs JPG in ACR

The raw image is 12 (or maybe 14) bits, and JPG is 8 bits (less range). JPG does not handle changes of extreme range well. The JPG image already has white balance and color profile in it, likely our ...
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What causes blue artifacts when viewing an image in Camera Raw or Lightroom?

The blue and red highlights in Adobe Camera Raw or Adobe Lightroom are called the Shadow/Highlight clipping warnings. They are indications of shadow or highlight areas that are lacking detail, meaning ...
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