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Why are my photos not crisp?

Technique is typically at fault with "fuzzy" images 99% of the time with someone new to interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) with only a low-cost kit lens. The lens is not the problem. Low end kit ...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

Ok, since you've asked for creative ways, here we go. Place the id card at the left side of the frame, take an under exposed photo with a long shutter time (5 seconds), fire a flash, turn the id ...
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How do I achieve the technique which creates the illusion of busy locations being empty?

I actually just shot a photo just like this. This was shot around mid afternoon in downtown Portland and I assure you, there actually was traffic moving along the bridge. The set up included ...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

Well, you asked for creative, you didn't say practical: Gravitational lensing. Place the card edge on and behind a sufficiently massive body. Position the card and camera correctly and both faces ...
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How do I achieve the technique which creates the illusion of busy locations being empty?

One straightforward way to achieve this effect is to take multiple shots of the same scene and combine them using median blending. This technique is commonly used for noise reduction, and does it ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

they always ask me to do it. However, all of them commonly say that I cannot take nice photos It's weird that they don't like your work but continue to ask you to do it. Maybe there's some teasing/...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

Split the card along its thickness and photograph the halves side by side. Glue them back together if necessary. Alternatively, lose the card, have it replaced, and then find the original. Photograph ...
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How to convey a sense of depth & distance in a landscape?

If we start by just numbering them 1 - 6 for easy reference... Personally, I'd discount 5 altogether as it has none of the aspects we're looking for. 2 is a bit naïve & perhaps achieves a lot of ...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

The solution is simple. Give up on that sissy 35mm or digital stuff, and get your hands on some film for real photographers: 4x5 film! Then all you have to do is go in a dark room, wrap the film ...
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How do I achieve the technique which creates the illusion of busy locations being empty?

To elaborate on my earlier comment: One option (besides the photoshop one mentioned in comment by @Max) is using heavy ND filtration. This picture is a busy landmark in Prague, shot with a +10 ND ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

I have come across this previously and unfortunately, due to the world we now live in, I learnt that people in general have a somewhat distorted view of how they look and what their best look is on a ...
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Notes while taking photos

In the good old days of film photography, when there was no exif, taking extensive notes was the only way of learning from your mistakes - considerable time passed between taking the picture, having ...
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Best way to let people know you aren't dead, just taking pictures?

While this is a rare instance of need, it's a shame there isn't a photographic equivalent of the red field with white diagonal stripe "diver down" flag, or the more internationally-...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

It can be done with a single shot on a smart phone. In this photo I stuck my "ID" (business card) on the end of a pen and started a panoramic shot with an iPhone. Once the card was out of shot, I ...
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How do I achieve the technique which creates the illusion of busy locations being empty?

I guess the correct technique is long exposure + ND filter. The ND filter is used to allow for longer exposure time. Wherever long exposure is used, a tripod of some suitable substitute is a must. ...
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Best way to let people know you aren't dead, just taking pictures?

Scootbb has a great answer, but I would suggest that you have some custom shirts, hoodies or jackets made for her with wording on the back. Bonus points for you if you give them to her as a gift. On ...
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How is the circular motion blur created in this Instagram image?

It looks to me like they dragged the shutter. That is they set the shutter speed to something longish, but then used a flash. The model is illuminated by the flash with the camera still. Then after ...
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Notes while taking photos

As far as I understand photography, your main concern is to record or remember what exactly you wanted to achieve before pressing shutter release. That is, have something that helps you to compare ...
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Which focal length should be 'always on' for a wedding?

The most important focal length for a wedding is the one you need at the time. Weddings cover a lot of different shots from a lot of different distances. Shooting a wedding on prime lenses is ...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

One possibility might be to use an old film based moving slot shutter panoramic camera - these used to be used for things including photos of large groups of people (for example, school photos). To ...
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What are the features needed in a DSLR for astrophotography?

I already have a Nikon D5200 and I I tried so much to get a clear view of the sky and it didn't work so much. The camera you have is a fine one to start with. You should spend some time working on ...
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What's the best technique to take brighter photos in demanding low light conditions?

Are any of these options preferred, or is there an even better option/technique out there? Photography is all about tradeoffs. You can compensate for low light by using a longer exposure, or ...
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Are there established techniques for removing foreground objects using stereo photography?

The phenomenon you're describing is called parallax. I've heard the technique called either "Parallax Removal" or the "X-Ray Brush." Taking 2 or more pictures of an object in one plane by moving the ...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

option 1. Get out two phones, take a picture of one of the sides with one phone, take a picture of the other side with the other phone. Then, show the images on both phones and use your camera to take ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

Consider moving closer to the subject and following the 'Rule of Thirds'. The problem with most of the advice you've been given is that there's too much of it. How are you going to remember it all ...
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How is the circular motion blur created in this Instagram image?

Slow shutter time Short duration flash Rotate the camera around the optical axis of the lens The dancer is only lit by the very short flash burst, the background is lit by continuous ambient lighting ...
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Maximizing bokeh in the foreground?

From the other question: Here's the list of things that influence depth of field the most (in this particular order): Subject distance, the closer the subject is, the shallower the DOF (think of ...
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How do I achieve the technique which creates the illusion of busy locations being empty?

One obvious way to do this is coming to the scene very early in the morning. If you come at 5:00 in the morning in Summer, chances are, it's already sunny but not a single person in sight. So you won'...
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How do I achieve the technique which creates the illusion of busy locations being empty?

The first photo of a human was taken using a long exposure. The street was bustling but only the man getting his shoes shined remained still throughout the exposure to appear on film. This was an ...
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Can I show two sides of a card in one photo?

"submit ONE photo of BOTH sides of their ID card" This is Stackexchange, we can do better! Setup Camera and hold your ID Card so that one corner points at the center of the Lens, click. Now you ...
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