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Thanks for all the feedback. Mixing and matching what other answers that were given, I got this. Mixing it all together a bit, here is a very very quick snapshop of what I'm going to do. Please note that I did this in 5 min, didn't take out all the gear...and only did the neck part for demonstration. STEP 1: Take a simple picture picture of your item on ...


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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/flirting going on? It's great that you want to improve your photography, though. Keep it up. There are a lot of conventions about what makes a good photo, and ...


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The Black Card Technique is a workaround for the problem of the limited dynamic range of digital cameras. The dynamic range of a camera describes the difference in light levels it can record. The limits of dynamic range are often seen in landscape photography - you will often see photos where the sky is nicely exposed, but the ground is underexposed, or ...


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Firstly, you should pose your model. There are ways to accentuate parts of the body naturally. Try posing her arms so that they squeeze the bosom. Another option then is to break all the rules of portrait photography, and instead of using a long lens (that flattens features) use a wider angle (around 24-35mm on full frame maybe) and get closer! By getting ...


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Commercial photography was and is a subset of photographic specialties practiced by professional photographers. The product is illumined by several lamps. These can be continuous or electronic flash. Lighting products like machines and merchandise is an acquired skill, lots and lots of practice. In that era, likely 4 X 5 inch sheet film was used. however, ...


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Film negatives are only light-sensitive while in the camera, until they are removed and processed. The processing includes a step to "fix" the image so that the negatives will not be further exposed by light. So once processed, film negatives (and slides) can be handled in daylight.


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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 its usable aspects almost by accident, however, because it does achieve some of them, let's keep it in consideration. 1 through 3 all have some element in the ...


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Taking the pictures Use a joss stick: there's plenty of smoke and it lasts a while. When the room gets smokey, open the windows to get rid of the smoke, which will increase contrast in your pictures. I use a telephoto; it minimises the size of the backdrop needed. Make sure the backdrop is black. Use a flash camera left or right, and use a snoot to ensure ...


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Yes, this can work. I know because I've taken photos of children lit only by their birthday-cake candles and they've come out nicely. First, some general tips, without regard to your specific camera. These are probably most appropriate for a DSLR or other advanced camera which gives a lot of photographer control: Use manual exposure. The camera's automatic ...


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A very long exposure doesn't help with shots like this due to the rotation of the Earth. Depending on your field of view you can get star trails (where instead of individual points of light you get lines where the stars have moved relative to the camera) with exposures of only 10 seconds. With a wide angle lens you can get away with longer exposures, e.g. 30 ...


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The truth is that a lot of work goes into making those seemingly "effortless" self portraits (selfies) that you see on the internet. This is not something you can achieve with a simple instagram filter or application, though they are made to appear like a snapshot. They require a lot of tricks and experimentation, for example I recently saw an Instagram ...


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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 photograph. People, everyday, see themselves as a reflection in a mirror where they are able to create looks that they find pleasing. These looks are often ...


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Short of asking Peter Lik himself, or finding he posted the techniques online, I could only speculate on which techniques he actually did use. I am assuming he did post processing. Some possibilities include: Start with a good dark sky location. The Australian outback has a lot of that. Some places elsewhere are also good (at times). Use prime focus ...


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The basics is that you start with a 360-degree panorama and apply a rectangular to polar transformation. I happen to have written introductory tutorials for both: How to Make a Panorama - For this you need a panorama software such as those reviewed there. The free ones do an excellent job, so I suggest you start with those How to Make a Wee Planet - This ...


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Generally speaking, you've hit the nail on the head. How do you know what good sushi is? You go taste lots of sushi that is reported to be good! How do you know what good photography is? You go study and look at photography that is reported to be good (and that you enjoy)! If you're trying to photograph something without having a well defined sense ...


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There are actually two common types of "little planet" images: polar and stereographic. The example image here is polar, the Flickr group images are both, and the one asked about in the linked "duplicate" post, How to do 360 polar pano in photography? is a stereographic "little sky". They have different requirements and techniques, but both typically begin ...


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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 make an interesting portrait giving some context. I do not mind a scar at all, probably it is due to a hazardous environment... what if you take a photo on that ...


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How viable are "photography templates" where a professional gives the exact settings to use in a specific set up...to allow noobs to produce high quality photos? That sounds a lot like the "scene" modes built into most cameras. The camera evaluates the scene and chooses settings using an algorithm designed to produce a nice photo. Having the camera do ...


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This reddit comment goes into detail on what the photographer did: Here's a summary of the settings, technique and post processing used for the photo, taken from a comment on my wallpaper post a month ago: Canon 5D mkII DSLR + 28mm f/1.8 USM lens. Filters are extremely important for this shot. We shot pre-sunrise at a muddy/sandy area on the coast ...


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I'm by no means an expert. But one thing that I've tried is having 2 bodies. It sounds expensive, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. I have an old Canon Rebel, and more recently bought a Canon 7D. I was shooting a series of soccer matches and ended up putting a long lens on the 7D and a wider lens on the Rebel. Most of my shots were with the long lens ...


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This is known as lenticular printing. From Wikipedia: How It Works Each image is arranged (slicing) into strips, which are then interlaced with one or more similarly arranged images (splicing). These are printed on the back of a piece of plastic, with a series of thin lenses molded into the opposite side. Alternatively, the images can be ...


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I think the only cure is practice, practice, practice. I used to find many of my photos had wonky horizons, but as soon as I recognised it as a problem I made a point of thinking about it with every shot, and it pretty much went away. If you want a visual aid, you may be able to buy a replacement viewfinder grille for your camera with gridlines that will ...


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A quick Google search for "Christy Lee Rogers making of" returns enough information: The pictures are taken underwater From this interview The effects in my images are created naturally in-camera using the refraction of light and movement in different depths of water. Light has a lower optical density in the air, while light traveling in water has ...


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There are several custom function options available to the 7D which can be configured to assist with tracking moving objects: C.FnIII -1 AI Servo Tracking Sensitivity You want this set to "Slow" - this will stop the AF system trying to refocus on anything that briefly passes between you and the subject you are tracking - handy with birds where branches etc ...


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He is using ISO 320 film and exposing it as if it were ISO 160. This is over-exposing the film by 1 stop. He's then under-developing the film by 20% off the normal development times recommended for shooting at ISO 320. This technique is called Pull processing. Its reverse is called Push Processing. In Pulling film, you overexpose the film and then reduce ...


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In Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure", he recommends that in order to simulate falling rain, you use a garden sprinkler, and exposure time of 1/60 sec. Shoot your subjects backlit for best results. This video shows how it's done.


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Tilting forward may help, if you can use those types of poses. Also, if you can use angle light, or angled behind lights, the shadows will accentuate the bosom. However, getting this right may be tricky, because the face may need different lighting, or will show bad face texture or shadows. So you will have to have her turn the head to a different ...


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You wanted to use the effect of long exposures. What effects of long exposure are visible in your image? Lights are blown out. For the street lamp on the right, it seems to be ok. But the neon sign is rather ugly. The name of the restaurant is hard to read. So the long exposure doesn't work on lights close to you. The fountain becomes a closed curtain, ...


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Can you dissect how the blurred background have been done while keeping foreground in focus? TL;DR: in a word, photoshop. (in the sense of xerox, band-aid, or kleenex. Digital jiggery-pokery, whatever the actual editing software used). This has undoubtedly been heavily processed. All of the background trees have more-or-less defined edges, but absolutely ...


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