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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 reproduce a photo with silhouette and bokeh?

There are two ways to go about accomplishing this - in camera and in post. Both techniques will rely on shooting a rim-lit subject. Put a flash behind the subject. In my image, I actually had the ...
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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 reproduce a photo with silhouette and bokeh?

Background bokeh straight out of camera The above picture isn't necessarily a composite. You can achieve a similar effect straight out of camera. Here's a picture I took almost 10 years ago: And ...
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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

There are two main elements I see in your example images: Contrast These images have relatively low contrast. The brightest whites are nowhere near pure white. They're light grey. The darkest blacks ...
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How to determine camera location from an existing photograph?

The key is to find areas of the image with a lot of parallax, such as a foreground building and a background tree. Try to pick a point as close to one edge of frame as possible. Now walk left/right (...
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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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Is this photo showing lenses apparently hanging in the air a Photoshopped composite, or was some other trick used?

I'm the photographer, who made the picture, and I used Photoshop to make the strings invisible holding the lenses. This is not a composite. The picture was made from 1 shot. The CE logo on the lens ...
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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 can I detect upscaled photos?

Have a DOG sniff out blur in the photos. If you're going to be penalizing for digitally enlarged photos, you might as well penalize for out-of-focus photos too. The blurred edges and details in both ...
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How do I get this oversatured-but-not, blown-out-but-not, subtly surreal look?

Look at the shadows under the cars. Now look at the shadow under the model... Oh wait! This looks to be more about how it was lit and exposed when shot than how it was post-processed. This photo is ...
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How to create the type of lighting that is used in many of Elena Shumilova's pictures?

I think it combines two techniques: strong backlight (also known as contre-jour) fill-flash to add light to the details of subjects It can be created using lighting setups (absolutely artificial ...
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How can I take portraits in the style of Charles Hildreth?

Is there something important to say about the light in the portraits of Charles? There is. There is no mastering of light here. It's always diffused natural light, either from an overcast sky or ...
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What visual effect can be seen in the following picture?

Agree with some of the previous answers, but not all of it... Golden Hour, for sure - highlights under the arm, camera right, & the reflection in his pressure gauge, look to match what we can see ...
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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

There are two distinct characteristics that most of these images share - colour palette & 'hazy glow'. Let's tackle them separately. I'm always tempted to think that any edit was done as easily ...
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How can one capture gun bore shots?

I can see two possible ways this shot was done: Light was injected where the cartridge would go. We can't really see what is back there in the picture. Some LEDs could have been carefully placed ...
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How was this picture of a model on a boat with a sunset in the background created?

This looks very much like a the photographer duplicated the image as a new layer, used a large radius Gaussian blur, and then set the blending mode to "overlay". It's the same effect I used ...
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Is it possible to make an image which is only photographable in black or white?

This not a thing that can happen. Cameras just don't work that way. For that matter, light doesn't work that way. Specifically, for digital cameras: every "photosite" — each individual pixel-level ...
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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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How to reproduce a photo with silhouette and bokeh?

You might want to search for "rim light" or "back light" techniques. Couldn't quickly find an existing question that looked close enough to match that particular usage. But that's basically a (low ...
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How do you get this gritty, grainy effect?

The effect is called Grain and you can find it in pretty much any photo editor, from Photoshop and Gimp to Instagram and Telegram. In my example I'm going to use Gimp. The original Picture is from ...
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Is this photo showing lenses apparently hanging in the air a Photoshopped composite, or was some other trick used?

Photoshop has certainly been used somewhere along the line. Either the 'floating' lenses and flashgun were photographed separately in the same lighting conditions and then composited into the main ...
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How do I make my photos look like these soft, yet sharp and colorful examples (using Lightroom)?

The softness is not a Lightroom settings change. It is restricted depth of field, created by opening up the lens' aperture to various degrees. The strength of this effect appears (!) greater in your ...
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Does anyone have any information on Canon's VL mount regarding pinout and protocol?

The Canon CL 8-120mm f/1.4-2.1 lens was designed to be used with the Canon EX1/EX2 Hi8 Video Camera with a VL mount. Canon also had a EOS to VL mount adapter so EF lenses could be used on these ...
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Reproduce picture on black background with soft light on face only

The biggest source of information about a lighting setup are the highlights in the eyes. You see one big blob of white in the upper half of it. This is very likely a one light setup. And that light ...
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How to match colors between pictures?

The first step is to observe. The main diference is a slight color on the first image. Method 1 Technicly that is a duotone, it is the easiest way to work it anyway. 1) In Photoshop, convert the ...
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Which one is the real car and which one is the reflection?

It's hard to tell with this low quality of image (and one which has presumably undergone some degree of post-processing), but at first glance it appears that the image is not inverted; the reflection ...
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How was this Penelope Cruz photo by Peter Lindbergh lit?

If you look very closely at the reflection in the eye, you see that the (camera) right side of the eye is not reflecting anything. This isn't due to post processing. You can almost make out what ...
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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

Have you experimented much with photo-editing as yet? Do you know of that infamous 'histogram' that is often spoken about in tutorials, etc? That look you've described above happens when the darks ...
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