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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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What lighting setup is needed for this kind of professional headshot?

There are probably four lights. The key light is to camera right. It is in front of the subject. The reflection is visible as catch lights in the subject’s eyes. There is a fill light to camera left ...
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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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What technique is used on old technical brochure pictures, which look like a "polished" or "smoothed" rendering?

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....
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How can Walter Mitty examine the negatives of photos in the bright sunny day?

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 ...
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How can I take better pictures of myself at home with a mobile phone?

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 ...
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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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How are "Little Planet" photos created?

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 "...
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How to avoid changing lenses all the time when shooting with primes?

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. ...
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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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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?

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"...
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Cutting film in half - what does it do?

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 ...
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What could I do to take a better picture of this outdoor fountain at night?

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 ...
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How to achieve sharp foreground with a motion blurred background?

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, ...
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What lighting setup is needed for this kind of professional headshot?

My interpretation: One really big light source, in a classical Rembrandt position, 45° on the right and 45° downwards. (see also: What is Rembrandt lighting, and when do I use it?) A lightbox behind ...
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How to choose the most appropriate composition?

You know when to stop when you are satisfied with the result. There's nothing more to it. It is your image, your feelings, your point of view, your way of expressing yourself. I don't think there's ...
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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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Why does it look better when skilled photographers apply filters and tricks to their photos?

In addition to the factors mentioned by AJ Henderson, I think another important aspect here is previsualization. A highly skilled photographer already has a very good idea of what she/he wants the ...
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What focal length is used in photos where the model is zoomed in but the background appears open and wide?

Using some reasonable assumptions, geometry, and a bit of math, we can put actual constraints on the composition. Measure the height of the trailer door as a percentage of the total height of the ...
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How are virtual tour photos taken?

A good overview of the techniques for shooting this type of 360x180/equirectangular/VR panorama can be found on Eric Rougier's fromparis website. The basic process is to shoot enough images to cover ...
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What could I do to take a better picture of this outdoor fountain at night?

The question to ask yourself here: what are you trying to achieve with this photo? I'd guessing what you're thinking of the fountain and the water, but the building in the background is just as ...
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Would a 85mm lens have allowed me to blur the background better in this photo of a DJ in action?

Okay, so, really, two aspects here. First, would an 85mm lens let you blur the background more? Probably, because the framing for a longer focal length decreases the apparent depth of field, and ...
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How can I improve my photographs of bedsheets for use in an online store?

I can see several things you could do, based on the previous answer & comments, as well as the original question. [Some are repeats.] You need more light. Longer exposure if you have a tripod or ...
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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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What focal length is used in photos where the model is zoomed in but the background appears open and wide?

What focal length do I need for a photo like this? It's not so much the focal length as the relative distances to the models and the background. I'd guess you could take a similar shot with a 35mm ...
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How do I shoot a self-portrait with a clear white background at home?

Well, you need lighting gear, so this is a LOT easier to do if you can buy lighting gear like flashes, stands, and radio triggers. The way a white background is achieved in studio photography is by ...
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Photographing glass - light 'quality'?

It's hard to say which is the best approach because, as usual, it depends on what you're trying to convey. However, I think the book Light—Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting ...
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How to take over-under (split) water photographs without special gear?

Here are two images. One with a narrow field of view and no separation between the camera and the water. The second one has, as you mentioned a wide field of view. But the important thing to have a ...
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