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Camera basics are the timeless and generic aspects of cameras; even as technology evolves, these things will remain essentially the same.

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What is the most appropriate camera for hobby photography?

I like to travel and take snaps a lot, I usually use my mobile camera for this, but it is not worthy at all. Can someone suggest to me a good and affordable digital camera between the range of $100 - ...
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Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 - How does it compare to binocular magnification?

I know almost nothing about photography. But I am interested in learning. My dad just purchased a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000. I own a pair of Leica 10x50 binoculars. I asked him how the maximum zoom or ...
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What is the difference between a point-and-shoot and a mirrorless?

Both point-and-shoot camera and mirrorless cameras seems to be mostly similar in the way they work. So, What are the differences between a point and shoot and a mirrorless camera? Is a mirrorless ...
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What are good resources for a beginning photographer?

What are good resources (tutorials/books/videos/etc) for a beginning photographer? Keep in mind that this is for a beginning photographer, who has recently moved from a point-and-shoot to an ...
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Confused over dSLR and mirrorless camera [duplicate]

I am a Nikon D3100 hobbyist photographer, but unfortunately I just lost my camera and I am in market for new one. Since my budget is not too high (around $700 - $800), I was looking into some entry ...
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Why are the extensions of files imported to my Mac in upper case?

I have an Olympus Stylus 1 camera. When importing photos taken with that camera onto my iMac via finder (not the Photos or iPhoto app) the extension of the photos are always in upper case, for example ...
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How do shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?

When shooting in natural or ambient artificial light (without flash, basically), how do light, shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?
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How does a circular lens produce rectangular shots?

Is it something like the sensor captures a circular image and then what we get is the cropped version? Something like this: Or did I get it completely wrong?
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How to film a eclipse of the sun with a phone cam?

as you can read in the title I want to make a photo and a video from a solar eclipse. It should be very simple, fast and cheap, cause in 12 hours after I post this is the eclipse. I have only a Galaxy ...
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Is it lenses which make your photographs, not camera bodies?

I read somewhere on this site itself that you should spend more on your lenses and less on your camera bodies. Is it a myth or a fact that mostly it is the lenses which make your photographs not the ...
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What is a rolling shutter? When do I have to be aware of it?

In answer to another question, Adam Davis writes: Your camera complicates this by using a rolling shutter above a given speed (usually around 1/200. This means that only a portion of the ...
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What is a remote shutter release?

What is a remote shutter release? In what kind of photo situation would I use a shutter release?
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Camera tips for Smartphones [closed]

I have a 5-megapixels camera (smartphone) which is not quite clear while taking photos. Please tell me some tips to capture clear and professional photos :)
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What are the advantages of using the optical viewfinder over live preview to take photos on a DSLR?

Forgive this novice question, I am basically a complete newbie to photography. Really, all I've ever used for most my of short life have been point-and-shoots; I've only recently started to pick up ...
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camera mobile phone takes pictures at constant focal length if 3.5 mm.supposed to have autofocus and touchfocus [duplicate]

This is a cheap Chinese landvo l200 Android mtk65xx mobile The onlything it keeps Changing is IS0 from 150 to 800 + And exposure time I wondered how can it autofocus and touch Focus when it keeps ...
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What is the difference between touch focus and autofocus?

I have a cheap Chinese Android phone, a Landvo l200 based on MTK68XX chip. It claims to have a 13MP touch & autofocus camera. I wanted to know how this autofocus feature differs from touch focus ...
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What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs?

How does aperture affect my photographs? Why should I care about the aperture with which a photo was taken?
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Is Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm Lens compatible with Nikon D5100 DSLR?

I plan to buy the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G lens for my Nikon D5100. I want to know compatibility, performance and quality of the lens-D5100 combo.
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How do you even see the focus area rectangle when in dark?

I was reading the manual for my camera and well they have a rectangular kind of area that they show in viewfinder and those little squares as focus point and how to change those focus points. But the ...
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How iPhone 5S can have such a big aperture? f/2.2?

I thought that in order to have a big aperture such as f/2.2 a big amount of light should be able to enter to the sensor and in order to do it, a big lens was needed. How is it possible that in the ...
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What is the relationship between focal length and shutter speed?

I am very new to photography and am trying to grasp the basics of it these days. Can someone please help me understand the relationship between focal length of a lens and shutter speed of camera?
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What is Bulb Mode?

My camera has a 'bulb mode,' and several questions on photo-SE refer to using Bulb Mode. A few questions: What is 'Bulb Mode?' Why is it called 'Bulb Mode?' What is 'Bulb Mode used for?
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What is the “exposure triangle”?

What is the exposure triangle? How do the "sides" affect my photographs?
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What is a normal lens?

I've heard people call 50mm lenses "normal lenses". For a lens to be considered normal, does it have to be exactly 50mm or is there some leeway? Does the normal focal length depend on crop factor of ...
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1 hour photography talk for seniors [closed]

I've been asked to give a 1 hour talk about photography to my local seniors group (ages 55+). While I love what I do and understand it all well, I am not inclined to teaching and don't know where to ...
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What does f-stop mean?

What does f-stop mean? Is it the same thing when people say "2 stops" for example?
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How can I get dramatic shallow DOF with a kit lens?

I'm currently using an entry-level DSLR with 18-55mm lens and having great trouble trying to creating a blurred background effect in my photos. Now matter what aperture or shutter speed I choose, I'm ...
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What is CMOS in SLR camera? [duplicate]

I regularly come across this term "Dual Pixel CMOS AF" or "APS HD CMOS" when reading about cameras. So what is this CMOS term? What does it describe about the camera? Is it telling something that it ...
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Can a 2 mp camera produce a 2 mb sized file? [duplicate]

Yesterday I was taking some photos with my old phone, the Nokia C3-00. It has a 2 megapixel camera and usually creates images somewhere between 400kb - 800kb in size. Yesterday, though, it produced an ...
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What are the advantages of a lens having a fixed maximum aperture?

What are the advantages of a lens having a Fixed Maximum Aperture? Previous answers have indicated that "pros tend to want constant apertures in zoom lenses". While in general lenses with a fixed ...
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How do I “focus and recompose” using spot metering?

I usually use the "[auto]focus and recompose" method for taking candid photographs. In situations where there is a high degree of contrast, I would like to use spot metering to correct expose for ...
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How can I take a photo with everything in focus with my DSLR?

I am quite new to DSLRs and one of the first things I noticed was the incredible focus points and depth that you can achieve. That is great in a lot of scenarios, but not in all. When filming a ...
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Where to find comparison of AF systems

I am interested in the progress in AF accuracy in DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Essentially, I would like a ranking of cameras based on an evaluation of AF accuracy using the center point, under some ...
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Why the faces in the corner tends to skew a bit in almost all smartphone cameras

I have noticed in almost all the smart phones I have used, the faces of people in the corners (either side) tends to skew a bit in all smartphone cameras. Is it something the lens is not as good as ...
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What makes a DSLR camera “entry-level”?

When I look around the questions on this site, I feel everyone can clearly tell what makes a DSLR camera "entry-level". But I have no clue on how to tell. What makes a camera model "entry" level or ...
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Do megapixels matter with modern sensor technology?

Are more megapixels good? Are more megapixels bad? Do more megapixels increase detail? Do they make my images sharper? On the other side, is there a point that is too much? Do megapixels cause ...
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want to use Panasonic lumix dmc sz1 as cam attached from my computer

I have the cam as mentioned in title but cannot attach and use the cam from computer. That is i want live feed of what the camera is seeing on the computer screen for clay stop motion animation. Also ...
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Beginner photography - Low end DSLR vs mid/high end Point and Shoot/P&S?

I am an beginner enthusiast and I don't want to become professional ever. However, I want to be able to shoot good quality photos that can be used for personal purposes or sold off to say people, ...
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How does a camera meter light when the shutter is closed?

I have read when we check the image from viewfinder, we can set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO based on the light coming through the shutter. But, only when we click the shutter release is the ...
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What are causes for image sensor getting heated? Does Live View cause more heat?

As I have known so far, image sensor gets heated when being exposed to light for longer time. Is there any other reason why an image sensor gets heated? Does heating depends on sensor type (like CCD, ...
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What is the relationship of aperture, focal length, and ISO in a SLR?

I was using Nikon digital camera, and recently bought a Canon 550D. I am totally new to SLR. I am not familiar with SLR terms: Aperture, focal length and ISO, and their relation to one another. What ...
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What options are there for a camera that's smaller than a full DSLR, but not a point-and-shoot?

I've been wanting to start taking photos for a while so I am looking to get a camera. I don't want to get any kind of Point-And-Shoot. I was awaiting the coming of the Fuji X100 as I travel very very ...
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help me to decide between these [duplicate]

I read a lot of answers posted by you on stackexchange and i am big fan of yours knowledge and yours photography. I am new to photography and want to buy a DSLR body, i don't know much about ...
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Camera body vs lenses - which is more important technically? [duplicate]

I am writing an article for a case study, explaining which one is more important in Photography, either the camera body or the lenses, and in which, one has to invest more? This is a technical ...
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What are practical advantages of Compact cameras over DSLR? [duplicate]

In the past there was huge difference between amateur and professional cameras, but due to the market demand, companies are producing cheap professional (DSLR) cameras, and more advanced compact ...
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Is center-weighted metering a type of spot-metering?

Does center-weighted metering use the same camera/lens adjustments as spot metering with the exception of the focus which is in the center? Or is there a technical difference in the way ...
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How is f-stop a measure of dynamic range?

As far as I have read f-stop is a measure of the aperture. This affects the amount of area in the foreground and background which is in focus. While having a look at the dynamic ranges of cameras I ...
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What exactly determines depth of field?

There are several questions here about the definition of depth of field, about focal length, and about subject distance. And of course there's the basic how does aperture affect my photographs. And ...
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How to calculate the zoom power (X factor) for a lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I convert lens mm to optical zoom times? How can I obtain the "X factor" for a lens? I thought that to get the "X factor" I had to divide the largest focal ...
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Who tells my camera which apertures my lens has

When I mount one of my lenses on my camera, my camera knows which apertures the lens has. So I ask my self: Why does my camera know that for example lens XY has a max. aperture of 2.8 and a min. ...