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Discussion of the buttons, dials, wheels, switches, and menus found on cameras.

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How to avoid switching “modes” of 4-way controller on Pentax K-5?

I quite enjoy ergonomics and user interface of Pentax K-5, except this one thing that drives me nuts. I shoot almost exclusively using a selected focus point, and the arrow buttons have two "modes" -...
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Are there any DSLRs with large controls that don’t need good hand-eye coordination to use?

It seems that cameras are getting impossible for people with poor motor skills to use. I have a friend that used to have a camera on a tripod that was fixed to his wheelchair. However he can’t ...
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In Canon EOS 1100D how do you manually set shutter speed and ISO in M mode?

Can someone explain how to set the shutter speed and ISO in M(manual) mode in a canon EOS 1100D.?
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How to lock speed dials on Nikon DSLR (D600) while in manual mode

Is it possible to lock Shutter speed and Aperture settings so dials can't accidently change them? Last time I was shooting with flashes I accidently moved shutter speed dial from 1/200 to 1/250. ...
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DSLRs with separate controls for aperture and shutter?

I just bought a Nikon D3200 DSLR and I'm going to return it. It's fine if you always want to use in fully automatic mode, but in Manual mode, it's much less convenient. You have to set the shutter ...
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How do I get the Olympus OM-D E-M5's “multi function” button to be multi?

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 has a Multi Function button, which the manual says: Allows rapid access to the selected function. Choose from [Highlight & Shadow Control], [WB], [Magnify], and [Image ...
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Can I make the Olympus OM-D E-M5 control panel always active with one button press?

This camera doesn't seem to have all of direct, physical controls I'd like it to, but it does have a lot of options. There's an "info" screen which gives quick "control-panel" style access to many key ...
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RAWtherapee vs darktable for Linux [closed]

As an Ubuntu user and a beginner photographer, which of these programs (RAWtherapee or darktable) would give me the best head start and has the most user friendly interface? The emphasis in this ...
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How do I change the exposure setting in manual mode on a Canon EOS 550D?

I have recently bought a Canon EOS 550D. In the Manual Mode, I am unable to change the exposure level. What am I missing here? I am sure there must be a way to change it.
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Which mode should I use on my camera?

On the top of most cameras is a selector knob which will allow you to select different modes. These range depending on the camera, my camera (Nikon D5100) has several choices. I have been told ...
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How can I stop the Nikon D90 from bracketing?

How can I stop the Nikon D90 from bracketing? It does not have an off option. I have followed the manual's directions, but it's still playing up, particularly with flash and TTL mode.
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How do I adjust the amount of fill-in flash from the built-in flash of my Canon Rebel?

I have a Canon 450D/Rebel XSi. How do I adjust the amount of flash from the pop-up for fill-in flash?
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Is there a way to make the Canon 7D warn when a lens is not in Auto Focus mode?

I pretty much shoot all the time in manual focus mode. I often borrow my girlfriend's most excellent Sigma 8-16mm ultra wide angle lens. She almost always shoots in Auto Focus mode. When I return it ...
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MIDI to camera control interface?

I want to write software to control Olympus E-5, Canon EOS 1D Mk IV, or similar via a MIDI OSC interface. Does anyone know how to get the SDK for these cameras? Thank you.
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How do you use the Depth of Field Preview button on a Nikon D90?

I am trying my hands around using Depth of field preview button with my Nikon D90 and its 18-105mm Kit lens. I read some online material as well have seen some videos about using it, but so far I'm ...
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Can I make flash bracketing on my Nikon D7000 automatically take all three shots?

I tried exposure bracketing and it works fine - I set the C(h) and hold the shutter button and it will take all shots while I am holding. However, for flash I have to press 3 times. Is there any ...
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How do I set my Canon 5D Mark ll shutter release back to operating with one click?

A guide set my Canon 5D Mark ll to require 2 clicks before the shutter releases so it wouldn't shake while shutter open. How do I get it back to 1 click?
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How do I check the exposure meter reading on a DSLR?

I'm a beginner, and I have a Nikon D5100. Many times I come across the suggestion to "Check the meter reading for exposure." Where can I find this reading and how do I read it?
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Are there solutions to limitations on using back-button AF on Nikon D3100?

I have started to use my D3100 with my AE/AF-L button set to AF. So in other words I use this button instead of the half press shutter button to AF. I'm new to this technique and came across it here ...
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How can I select only all edited photos from a catalog for export from Lightroom 3?

In Lightroom 3, how do I select only edited photos from a catalog for export, without choosing individually? For example: I import 500 photos from a shoot and I go through and edit 286 photos. Now I ...
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What automatic modes are appropriate, if any, for outdoor vs. indoor situations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why would I use manual camera controls instead of the automatic modes? I am asking this question particularly relevant to photography in Sunlight Indoors I hope the ...
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What are the AF-A, AF-C and AF-S autofocus modes, and how and when should I use each one?

I have seen these autofocus options on all my Nikon DSLR cameras (D50, D80, D90) but I have never really used them. There is the AF button on top. What are AF-A, AF-C, and AF-S ? How do I use ...
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What compact interchangeable lens cameras have manual video?

I'm looking to buy a single camera to use both as a personal snapshot camera and as a video camera to document my artistic work (mainly kinetic sculptures and light installations). The micro four ...
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Why are the black parts of my photos flashing?

Recently I have borrowed my friend's SLR. I don't know what settings I have changed. When reviewing a photo, the black parts of the photo are highlighted (flashing) black/white every second. The ...
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How can I “abort” auto exposure bracketing after taking the first shot?

When using AEB in the Canon EOS 550D, is there a convenient way to skip the second and third shot after the first one has been made? I am asking this because I sometimes do long exposure shots using ...
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How does the second wheel change the shutter speed in aperture-priority mode on my Nikon D90?

When I am in aperture mode in my d90 camera, I have noticed I can also change my shutter speed by clicking the rear wheel. Is that a bug? How is it possible? If it is not a bug, how do I know the ...
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How do you tighten loose controls on camera / lenses?

I have this problem: the mode selection wheel on my Canon 5D II is much looser than I'd like and changes values randomly as I take it out of the camera bag. Same thing sometimes happens to the ...
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Brand of DSLR with a well-designed software UI?

I'm researching DSLRs for an upcoming purchase, and my budget will be around $1k for a camera body and kit lens. One area where it's difficult to find information: How do I learn more about the OS's ...
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Usage of a PC as a SD Card with adapter

I am searching for something like a SD card with a second conectorto USB, so I can put the card into my Cam and plug the usb into my PC, so that I'm able to shoot some pictures directly to my HD (in ...