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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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How do I use the different shutter speeds my camera offers?

If I use a shutter speed below 1/30 on my Nikon P100, I get extremely dark images which are completely unusable. If I use the flash, it comes out fairly bright but just not natural. My camera ...
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Does subject isolation only depend on subject distance and focal length, aperture and sensor size remaining equal?

Does subject isolation only depend on subject distance and focal length, aperture and sensor size remaining equal? From my reading of a question on depth of field, if I take a photo of a subject at ...
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What does the f-stop printed on the lens refer to?

I have read this,so I know what an f-stop is, but what does the number on printed the lens signify? Is this is the maximum f-stop, the ideal, or something else?
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How does 'Tv mode' translate to shutter priority mode?

What do the T and v stand for? Public-domain image from Wikipedia.
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What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs

It has been just a couple weeks since I bought an old Nikon D40X after using a Canon SX120IS for a year. The only things I miss so far are the ability to fine adjust the exposure using the back ...
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How can a prime lens focus on more than one plane?

By definition, a prime lens is a fixed lens system with a fixed focal length. Then, simple physics tells us that it should be able to focus only on one plane (at a fixed distance) in front of it. But ...
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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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Why would one recompose after setting exposure?

I am reading Bryan Peterson's book Understanding Exposure. Quoting text from the book: I set up my camera and 75-300mm lens on a tripod. I set my focal length to 130mm and aperture to f/32 and ...
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Why are effective pixels greater than the actual resolution?

This page compares Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS 500D cameras and mentions 18.7 million effective pixels for 550D. However the best resolution possible using this camera is 5184 * 3456 = ...
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What is sync speed?

When referring to flash exposure, what does "max sync speed" mean?
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Getting started - a photographer noob [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Digital Photography Tutorials How to start the basics of photography, which is the best entry level SLR camera? Hi, I gave it all away in the title :D. I just enjoy ...
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What's a Good All Purpose Compact Lens for a dSLR …?

Following on from an earlier post, I've decided to persevere with the behemoth for a bit and see where it goes. It may lead in the direction of a Canon G11/12 or S90/95 - only time will tell. In the ...
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When to use shutter priority instead of aperture priority?

Under what circumstances would you use aperture priority vs. shutter priority and vice-versa? I typically don’t use shutter priority (ever) and favor aperture priority to try to get a max aperture ...
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What are the properties of a camera that affect taking pictures in poor lighting?

I had recently bought a Nikon CoolPix L110, which was stolen a few months later. In searching for a replacement, I'd like to get something that takes better pictures in poor lighting. The zoom on ...
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What research should I do before starting to photograph more?

I have a low end Canon digital camera, and I found my dad's old Sears KS-2 with the standard 50mm lens. I don't know that much about manual photography. I feel like I should do some research and learn ...
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What is the difference between these types of viewfinders?

Rangefinder, Single Lens Reflex, Electronic, LCD (TTL)
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Anyone got some good, simple introductory lens guides?

I want to educate myself and am immersing myself in everything photography-related. I'm picking up the concepts fast because I was a physics major in college (and thus have some background in optics) ...
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How do I predict exposure when using flash?

So I've got the basics down for the exposure triangle, but sometimes you just need to add more light to the room and the flash can be the most convenient way of doing that. The problem is that the ...
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What's “real” and what's “virtual” on a (digital) camera?

I recently upgraded from a standard compact digital camera to one of the newish "halfway cameras", hoping to get a bit better at taking photographs through having a little more control over the ...
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What are general rules for ISO settings?

Being a novice in photography and reading about preferable settings of my camera I'm a little bit confused about ISO settings. Sometimes I'm advised to set as little ISO as possible to have higher ...
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Quick Motion Capture

I frequently take pictures for our Ping Pong activity, but I am a newbie at photography. My pictures are mostly result like the following(the ball is blurry). So I have few questions: Does this ...
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Help me decide which camera to buy? [closed]

I would like to buy good camera to start learning photography ... i have 30K(Indian ruppies) budget. Now i am confused whether i should go for the DSLR or for the New Performance series(High end ...
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What are some easy projects to start with? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are good photography projects? I am just starting to get into photography, and I know most of the basics of photography. I was just wondering what some easy ...
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What do I need to take pics of building roofs?

I'd need a suggestion about camera to take pics of building roofs, my father's company installs domestic solar power plants and would like to take some pics of them to put in his website. He tried ...
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What type of digital camera should a novice get?

I am looking for a new digital camera that doesn't break the bank. I am certainly not a professional but I like my photos to look professional.
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What is the most appropriate camera for the hobbie photograpy

I like to travel and taking snaps a lot, I usually use my mobile camera for this, but it is not worthy at all. Can some one suggest me the good and affordable digital camera between the range of $100 ...
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What is the difference between teleconverters and extension tubes?

I'm aware of two devices that can extend the reach of a lens: the teleconverter and the extension tubes. What else would they have in common, and where do they differ? Are there situations where one ...
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What is flash duration?

When speaking in terms of flash specifications, what is flash duration and how does it impact exposure?