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Concerning concepts, tips and tricks that are more relevant to people who are new to photography. This tag shouldn't be used just for questions that happen to be asked by beginners.

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Is a Pentax K1000 relevant today, and how can I get the best use of it?

I wanted to know what is the relevance of a pentax K 1000, a 35mm SLR in the present date. The one I have is almost 20 years old and I want to how can I make the most of it with respect to the film ...
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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Should I postpone buying a zoom lens until I've learned to zoom with my feet?

After several years of shooting with my point-and-shoot, I upgraded to an NEX-5R, with two prime lenses — a 35mm f/1.8 and a 19mm f/2.8. I don't have a zoom lens, not even the kit lens. I've been ...
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Is it better for a beginner to start with black and white photography?

I'm quite a beginner in photography with no real experience in visual art. I became interested in it about 10 months ago. I inferred from the literature to avoid color photography for 2 to 3 years, ...
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What exercises can I do with a fully automatic compact camera to help me learn?

I own a Nikon Coolpix L120 camera. It's fully automatic. I am really interested in photography. Can anyone suggest me some exercises or experiments to do with this camera so that I can make a good use ...
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Do paid online photography classes have advantages over free online tutorials for a beginner?

I am looking to getting started with the "SLR-Photography". I just purchased an SLR camera (D5100) but I feel I'm taking pretty poor photographs. Now I think the fault lies in the fact that I lack ...
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Why are my photos not crisp?

I own a T3i with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes but I am not so knowledgeable and I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, ...
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Is RAW worth the effort if using simple editing tools (e.g. iPhoto)

I am an intermediate amateur (how do you measure these things anyway? Well, I can't say I'm an advanced, and don't think I am a beginner), and I feel that I should take the RAW leap. I avoided it ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first “serious” camera?

I am thinking of buying a camera to learn photography. Most of the time I'll be shooting portraits and landscapes. But I am not sure where I should start. Most of my friends tell me that I should get ...
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Snow creates circles on my photos, how do I prevent that? [closed]

When I take photographs outdoors during snowfall, the snow flakes creates circles in the picture and end up blurring what I was actually trying to photograph. I'm a beginner, am I completely oblivious ...
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What should a photography beginner focus on?

I have no experience whatsoever with photography, but it's a subject that has interested me for quite some time. As a beginner, what should I be focusing on? What camera should I get? Any other ...
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How do I start a career in photography? [duplicate]

I am hoping someone can give me some pointers and a little direction. I love photography and I am currently in a rut career wise. I would love to start on a path to make a living of some kind from ...
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Should I upgrade my body or lens first?

I have an entry-level Nikon DSLR, and I cant decide if I should upgrade my camera body or upgrade from a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm to whatever else might be recommended?
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What are the topics need to be covered by a free ebook for beginner/amateur photographers?

Some of my friends and I were thinking of publishing an ebook in our native language to help local beginner and amateur photographers. We will probably end up with a series of books later on but as a ...
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Star photography

Yesterday i made come attempts to get started on Star photography before i go on my trip . I believe I will have a lot of chances to do that kind of photography and wanted to make sure i got a hang of ...
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Canon 550D - Is it a good camera for starters?

I´ve been reading a bit about this camera, and some opinions go that it is too expensive a camera for a simple beginner, while others say it is an excellent entry-level one with enough features to go ...
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What camera should I buy for a Photography College student?

My younger sister is going to college to study photography, and I want to surprise her with a camera this holidays. I'm no camera expert (but I've been doing my research). Should I go lower-entry ...
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What is a good place for people who recently decided to get serious in photography to get started learning? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to start learning photography? I recently bought a ILC, and it has prompted me to scour the internet for resources that help me use the camera better, take better ...
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what are some online Simulators for Photographic equipments?

What are some online simulators for equipments like camera, lens, etc? I have been asking this question a few times and searched about it and found a few things. I present it in Q&A format so that ...
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Finding a mentor [duplicate]

I'm beginning photography and sometimes I find it very difficult to rate my own work or to find answers to common basic problems... Is there any websites/forums that allow people to get rating and ...
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Photo Editing guide for gimp [closed]

Can I get some guidelines related to editing images with GIMP? Its not easy to learn it without any detailed guidance. How can I sharpen my gimping skills?
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Entry-level DSLR specs

I want to get into photography so I've been looking at DSLRs. I don't want to spend over $350 or so, so I'll definitely be looking at used cameras. I'm mainly interested in outdoor photography. What ...
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For a point-and-shoot travel camera, what features matter the most?

For a GPS-enabled point-and-shoot camera mainly to be used when traveling and hiking, what specific features or criteria can be used to narrow the field of possible cameras? Ideally this camera would ...
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How should I price my first paid event shoot?

I'm a relatively new photographer and, admittedly, I'm still learning. I have been taking photos as a hobbyist for a couple of years, but recently I have been seriously building my portfolio (and ...
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Small-ish camera recommendations for a beginner on a safari

My friend is going on a safari in Africa this year. She wants to buy a new camera because she has an old point and shoot and doesn't feel like she'll get "quality" pictures. She doesn't have a ...
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What would be a suitable camera for a non-aspiring beginner travel photography?

After getting recently married me and my wife have started traveling a lot. We recently went to Canyon and Mt. Zion and unfortunately our digital camera broke on the way so we were only able to take ...
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Is Nikon D40X still good enough for a beginner?

I'm considering buying my first DSLR camera. I'm a total beginner in photography but I want to learn in order to make my photos during my trips worth it (in particular, the ones taken while hiking). ...
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What dslr would best suit my needs? Switching from point and shoot [duplicate]

I currently have a point and shoot nikon p510 with 42x zoom. I actually use the zoom a majority of the time for wildlife photography (mostly birds). The only thing holding me back currently is image ...
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Canon EOS 650D for a beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? Is a Canon Rebel T3 an appropriate entry-level DSLR? I want to start photography because I think is a very ...
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What studio strobes do I need for portraits and group portraits indoor and outdoors [closed]

I have no idea on what strobes brand and watt seconds to buy. I am going to split this question into three parts. what I want to photograph and were, equipment options, & equipment questions ...
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New to photography: Buy a full feature body or an entry level one [closed]

I want to buy a DSLR camera and get into photography. I have three things in mind: Divide my budget on buying a mid-range (in terms of price) body and mid-range lenz. Buy a pro body (Canon 7D ...
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What professional level camera would be suitable to a beginner?

I'm new to professional photography. When buying a camera, what are the main features that I could use to make an informed choice? My budget range is $400 - $600. What camera you can suggest me?
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Which camera should be recommended to the non photographers who insist on getting a DSLR for daily life photography?

Some people have asked me to suggest them a DSLR for taking photographs of their family and day to day life. These people are not interested in learning photography. It seems they are under an ...
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Which Camera is better to take photo of wild birds?

I am evaluating to buy one of the following cameras, that my friends have suggested to me: a second hand Nikon D5000 camera selling @ 1000 (plus a 55mm - 200mm Len) a first hand Nikon coolpix L310 ...
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Non-DSLR Beginner Camera choices

I've been wanting to get into photography as a hobby for a while (I've been restricted to getting creative with screenshots in video games in the meantime), but the main thing that's been keeping me ...
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Why did I get blurry star trails?

This is my first star trail photograph stacked with StarStaX and can't seem to find out why they are so blurry. I have a sturdy metal tripod with a cable release and shined a light to focus on the ...
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Raw processing on MacBook with Retina display. Aperture or other? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom: which is better for post processing RAW photos? I want to begin photography as an hobby and I thought to start with the right foot and ...
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Are you supposed to turn off the LCD screen when using the optical viewfinder to shoot pictures?

If you use the optical viewfinder in a DSLR (Nikon D5100) camera, are you supposed to turn off the LCD screen (flip it in closed position)?
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Nikon D3100's performance in low light

I am looking to purchase a Nikon D3100 as I'm very much a novice and wish to wield a camera that has manual focus and performs well in low light, which leads me to my question: Does the Nikon D3100 ...
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DSLR in AF mode. Do we need to use Focus ring on lens?

My camera is in Auto Focus mode (AF). As my understanding, the camera will focus on subject automatically. But when I rotate the focus ring, the focus subject points will change, too. I don't ...
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Is Adobe Lightroom worth it for a student amatuer photographer? [closed]

I am a hobbyist photographer, and I am considering buying Adobe Lightroom. Do you guys think that Lightroom is necessary for someone who shoots in RAW with the Nikon D3200? I shoot fairly often, but ...
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How can I get the exposure correct in this picture?

I am new to photography; I have a Canon 600D. The shot below was taken using the 600D and EF-S 18-55 kit lens. I wanted to get the exposure so that the leaves on the big tree came out right, ...
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The best flash setup and postion for a portraits and groups shots in a low light room?

I am an beginner photographer and I was "hired" to cover a company final year party. The idea is take group shots or portraits and print "on the fly" the pictures, then the guests can see and take the ...
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Lens recommendation for upcoming NYC trip? [duplicate]

I'm just a photo enthusiast knowing just the basics so far. My dad used to work with a film SLR and taught me a few things. I currently own a Canon 60D with the 18-135mm kit lens. I originally wanted ...
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Night photo direct lights rays

I have a question that is really a beginners question. I recently bought an LG G4 who's camera can shoot in an auto and both manual mode (i can manually set the iso, aperture). I shoot 100% of the ...
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Beauty dish and softbox help [closed]

I am very new to photography and I am doing it in home for my beauty business. I have decided to use small softboxes and a beauty dish. I feel stupid because I can't figure out the continuous light ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of mirrorless over DSLR for capturing night life in cities? [closed]

I am going to buy my first 'real' camera. I mostly want to take pictures when I am travelling in various cities all across the world. I don't know how much I will grow as a photgrapher in future. ...
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Can I do a timelapse on my Nikon Coolpix l820?

I would like to take a time-lapse of a sunrise/sunset with my Nikon Coolpix I820. What settings should I use?
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How to submit photos in the website? [closed]

I am new to this website. I saw this contest going on so as I am also a (Beginner) Photographer, I have my own clicked images and I wanted to upload them for the context but don't know how so please ...
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Getting the right DSLR from the very beginning [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost? I would like to get a DSLR. As a beginner, I'm tempted by Canon T4i, Canon D7 and Nikon ...