AJ Finch
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What DSLR and good portrait lenses you can suggest for 2.5k USD?
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Definitely get a 50mm "Nifty Fifty" Whatever camera, and whatever other lens(es) you get, you will never regret buying this one.

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How to start learning photography?
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Take lots of photos Look at each of your photos and decide what you like / don't like about it Look at other people's pictures (e.g. browse Flickr) Read the manual that came with your camera Take more ...

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Resources for persuading that photography is not a suspicious activity
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I love your attitude. I guess that in a similar situation, I would be asking the owner questions to understand what they are afraid of. By asking them, I would hope to make them think about the (...

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Does the zoom head position of a flash matter when shooting through an umbrella?
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Another thing to look out for is positionning the flash too close to the umbrella. If it's too close, the beam won't fill the whole umbrella and you end up wasting the outer rim, as it were. In ...

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What post-processing tricks can be used to improve the quality of photos taken with the on-camera flash?
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Make a virtue out of it I recently heard the saying "Go big or go home!" In that spirit (and if all else fails): Make it look like you were going for that flat, washed-out look. Aim for that ...

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Can screw-on macro lenses produce decent results?
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I have a set of these cheap macro lenses, and I like them. I don't do serious macro stuff. To my mind, the big advantage (others have documented the several disadvantages) of screw-on filter-type ...

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One expensive (L) lens or a variety of cheaper lenses, or a better body?
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It depends on your work, your style and your approach I'm basing my answer on your description of your work as: "Nature, Close ups, a bit Street, few Portraits" The 24-105mm L sounds like a great ...

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What camera should a student buy to transition into professional work?
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You should ask a slightly different question What you should ask yourself is: "how am I going to produce professional quality images?" The answer to that question has very little to do with ...

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How can I stage a realistic-seeming jungle shoot without an actual jungle?
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Concentrate on the Foreground Good foreground objects will sell the effect. For example: if your background (be it canvas or a stock image) contains palm trees, then some palm trunks or even real ...

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What is a second shooter supposed to do at a wedding?
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Just be there to help (@Imre nailed this, but here are a couple of extra observations) The bottom line is to ask what is expected of you before the event. On hearing the answer, you might feel that ...

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What lens should I buy to get better pictures of a one-year old running around a dimly-lit house?
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Creating Memories I think that what you're trying to do is capture memorable images of your daughter. (Correct me if I'm wrong!). I don't think you're aiming for photographic perfection. As a result, ...

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Are refurbished digital SLR cameras okay to buy (and worth the small savings)?
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Before buying, I suggest making sure there are: a guarantee (preferably a year) a no-questions return policy (30 days is reasonable)

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How should I position my lighting for photographing books?
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Things to try: This question about photographing canvas - as linked to in @Jukka Suomela's comment. The biggest light source you can find. This could involve using a light tent. There is an ...

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Cheap secondhand off-camera flash with manual power controls?
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Yongnuo YN460 You have to look out for build issues with these, but they should be available second hand for your budget. There is a newer version, the YN560, which is a slight upgrade, and slightly ...

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Migrating to Lightroom, how to recreate Collections from my old photo library
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I may be mis-understanding your question slightly (if so, please put me right in a comment). I think that you are asking how to get Lightroom to replicate your existing folder structure so that your ...

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Which are must have lenses for Canon?
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24-105 f4 L This is my second favourite lens. It almost always lives on one of my bodies. It has a lovely range, and is beautifully clear and sharp. It's a good all-rounder. A truly excellent walk-...

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Experiences with lens repairs - Quality degradation?
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The manual focus on my canon 24-105 f/4 L started feeling gritty, so I took it in for repair (to Jessops in London, but I believe they send it to Canon). They charged me a fee just to have a look, ...

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What makes someone a good photographer?
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An ability to take photographs without worrying about whether or not they're a good photographer. ;)

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What types of filter cannot be emulated by post-processing?
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short answer In practice, for almost all photographers, the only filter effects you can't reproduce in post are: the reflection-removing effect of polarising filters the long exposure times enabled ...

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What lighting equipment should I get on a very tight budget?
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Strobe, Stand, Umbrella, Reflector I believe that for your budget you should be able to pick up: a decent strobe - I use the Vivitar 285 a stand a bracket an umbrella either a cheap radio remote or a ...

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Home Studio Exercises/Studies?
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I second strobist.com. Also, check out this book: Digital Portrait Photography by Steve Sint. It contains the best lighting primer I have come across.

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How do I get shaped bokeh without a Lensbaby?
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Bokeh Masters Kit Available here: http://www.bokehmasterskit.com/

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What happens if I take too many shots on a film?
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I'm not familiar with that model, You probably either have multiple exposures on the last frame or a broken reel. Mind you, it's usually possible to get an extra couple of shots on a typical reel ...

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What setup to take photographs of barcodes on the underside of a small tray?
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Positioning the camera I would start by just hand-holding the camera, unless there's a reason why this is not possible. Another option is a tripod. Pretty much any tripod will allow you to point the ...

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What cheap equipment can I use to hold a reflector in place?
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Get the model to hold it For head shots, the model can hold the reflector - just get them to hold it as if they were carrying a tray of drinks.

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How to best take a picture of a screen, like a computer monitor, with a phone camera?
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If it's too dark, then try setting the exposure manually. Use a relatively slow shutter speed so that you don't capture any flickering / screen refreshing. I believe that some screens refresh at ...

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What should I look for in a tabletop tripod /support?
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Stability The first feature of any tripod is stability. That said, there are many great offerings, and I would have suggested exactly those you have looked at. (I have used a very nice Slik in the ...

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What's the recommended off camera flash setup for Canon and Sunpak flash combination?
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Cheap Radio Triggers I am using triggers similar to these. They are cheap, and work very well (a few misfires / nofires, but still great for the money) Alternatively, you can just use a sync cable for ...

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How to safely transport a camera and its lens from one place to another?
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The first thing to remember is that modern cameras are pretty robust. Of course, that's not a reason to treat them badly, but it means that you don't have to be paranoid all the time. A bag with ...

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Good compromise on quality/compression for hi-rez photographs?
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Keep all the Pixels - You may want them in the Future You may feel that you are "an amateur in every sense of the word" now, but in the future, you will hopefully become more knowledgable ...

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