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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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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

At the sort of geeky/cosplay events you describe a good solution might be to wear a T-Shirt which addresses the issue. Here's an example I found with a quick search. This should do a few things. To ...
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Why aren't faces sharp in my f/1.8 portraits even though I'm carefully using center-point autofocus?

You're not doing anything wrong. You're just finding the limits of the camera/lens combination you are using. The EF 50mm f/1.8 (in various versions) has been known as the "plastic fantastic" for a ...
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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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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

It's not the camera they have to take seriously: it's you. Get past the shyness. You're all fans/reenactors together, you already have an instant bonding point. Appreciate the costume work they've ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

In addition to what has been written (cropped feet), in my opinion the greed hedge in the background draws a lot of attention away from the child because it is so heavily saturated. Since the ...
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Is an entry level DSLR going to shoot nice portrait pictures?

If you read the other answers, it should be apparent that the qualities you seek such as (a) better portraits and (b) the desire to have a blurred background ... aren't really one thing, but a ...
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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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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I'm going to throw lots of ideas at a wall and make them stick. But changing cameras because it doesn't look the part is wrong. Use what is right for you. Start with an introduction, and offer to ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

The models are obviously seeking maximum exposure. They'll assume the people with several thousands worth of camera gear on them will be selling/providing the shots to magazines, big blogs, etc. ...
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Why focus on the eye closest to the camera instead of the eye in the middle?

There's more depth of field behind the focus than in front of it. So focussing on the near eye gives you the best chance of getting the whole face in focus. If you can't do it focussed on the near eye,...
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How to make portraits look sharp with skin soft?

Nice work on the portrait. Some things that I notice are: The wrap around her body appears sharper than her eyes - suggesting that the focal point was set in front of her. With portraits, you want ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The leaves in the background aren't an interesting part of the photo, and they're a bit of a distraction. Blurring the background by shooting at a wider aperture (smaller f-number) would turn the ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

The first and obvious problem is framing. Almost never do you want to put a small head in the middle of a large picture. There is much space to the left of the child in the picture, but it doesn't ...
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How to make a not so good looking person more appealing?

There are not "ugly" people. There is bad lighting. Well, there are several things to consider. I am just making a list, but you need to take a dive into each of them. 1. Location You can ...
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Why is this child portrait not compelling? What went wrong and what could have been done better?

To improve your portraiture, try simplifying your composition to better focus the viewer's attention on your subject. How? (No particular order): Square yourself with the background. You are closer ...
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How to fix bra strap marks... during production

Tell them to come back at the next available appointment time when they have followed the instructions you gave them. Seriously. The only way to deal with this during production is to ensure it is ...
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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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Which color filter do I use for a black & white portrait?

There is a really important diference if you are using film or is a digital photo. I will focus on Digital aspects but will give you an idea of what to expect with film. The method I am using is ...
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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 can I improve these portraits?

I. Recommendations while taking the photos Please do not cut the feet. Define well where you are cropping. There is a recommendation to not cut on any articulation. If you need to cut the feet, ...
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Why focus on the eye closest to the camera instead of the eye in the middle?

Because the way human vision perceives a two dimensional representation of the three dimensional human face if the nearest eye is in focus it looks to us more like the whole face is in focus. Even if ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I don't think it's about how people view your camera, it's about how people view you. If you're using an X-T2 and a 55/1.2 lens, it's quite enough for portraiture and the camera is capable of ...
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Why is the Tamron 90mm 2.8 marketed as Macro and not as a "portrait" lens?

Macro and portrait lenses are generally designed to do two different things that require different design characteristics. Macro lenses are designed to focus at very close distances and they typically ...
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How to make portraits look sharp with skin soft?

Although I am no fan of the pandemonium which is full auto, your main problem seems to be back light, as the sun is behind your subject. Note: Corey is absolutely right about everything - e.g. you ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Other than adding a battery grip or flash, you can't really make the camera larger, so it seems to me that your best options are to either prevent your subjects from judging the camera, or challenge ...
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Why aren't faces sharp in my f/1.8 portraits even though I'm carefully using center-point autofocus?

It might be best if you post an example image, but in any case, there are a few things to bear in mind. First, shooting at such wide aperture provides very little leeway between the near and far ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you want the ultimate in recognition (whether rightly or wrongly) of being the baddest pro at the geekfest, get a couple of friends to be "assistants" and be your "voice activated light stands." ...
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What gear do I need for a newborn photography session?

Focal lengths I prefer using lenses in the Normal range of 35-50mm (35mm film equivalent) for newborn sessions as I shoot most of them on site and often in cramped settings. I queried the past year ...
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