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

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What are the benefits of Av vs. Tv vs. Manual exposure modes?

So what's the benefit of using one over the other? The way I understand it, in Av or Tv, you only have to adjust the shutter or aperture, and the rest is done automatically for you...is this correct? ...
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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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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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Why would I use manual camera controls instead of the automatic modes?

I'm very new to digital photography, so I still haven't gotten the hang of all this exposure and ISO stuff, etc. I have a Canon EOS T3. My question is how big of a difference does it make using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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What does the Custom White-Balance *icon* represent?

I already know what White Balance is (at least enough to get by!) I already know what Custom White Balance is. All of the pre-configured White Balance options on the Canon DSLRs have meaningful icons ...
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What is the depth-of-field preview button on my DSLR supposed to show me?

I'm fairly new to DSLRs and I've been exploring the functions on my new Canon 60D. There's a button to the side of the lens described as the "depth-of-field preview button". Based on the limited ...
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How useful is the top LCD screen on a DSLR?

I don't own a DSLR (yet), so i do not have an opinion on the question, but I'm really curious about the usefulness of a top LCD screen, as found on cameras like the Nikon D90 or d60 and up. Does you ...
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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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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 ...