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Various parameters on the dials, menus, etc. in a camera

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Is there a sane reason why ¹⁄₁₂₅ is not, instead, exactly half of ¹⁄₆₀?

Here are some common shutter speeds you will find on most DSLR cameras: 1⁄15, 1⁄30, 1⁄60, 1⁄125, 1⁄250, 1⁄500, 1⁄1000, 1⁄2000, 1⁄4000 As you move from left to right, or as you increase the shutter ...
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What do you do with your camera clock time in relation to time zones?

I live in the UK and spend most of my time here, apart from a short trip abroad once or sometimes twice a year. This Sunday just gone we switched from GMT to BST, so our clocks went forward one hour....
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Could a “universal exposure” setting be practically possible?

Not sure how uneducated this question is, but I'm interested in learning, so thanks in advance for your indulgence. Film physically changes over the period of time it's exposed. A digital sensor, ...
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Why is the sky in photos always too white?

Why do I never seem to get a clear picture of the sky during the day, even with white puffy clouds in the sky? It always looks over exposed and whitened out? I am using a Nikon D3100, no lens hood, ...
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Do professionals use auto mode?

I know some amateur photographers who's been taking photos for quite some time and feel they're "cool" because they use manual settings. They also bash newbies who buy expensive DSLRs who just shoot ...
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What camera settings would make shooting easy in a darkish church?

I tried to take photographs in a church that was bright enough for human eyes, but I quickly realized the camera couldn't take it. Failing to anticipate this, I didn't bring a tripod. Since I don't ...
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Silent Shooting - is it easy on the camera's mirror mechanism?

I really take good care of my gear and want it to last as long as possible in optimal condition. So I wonder if silent shooting affects the life expectancy of a camera. Would I do the camera a favor ...
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Why is shutter speed usually limited to 30 seconds? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there limitations to the upper limit of exposure time in digital cameras? My Nikons - D70, D80, D300, D800 all have a maximum long exposure of 30 seconds (as far as ...
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How to sync camera settings across different bodies?

Is there a way to save the camera settings of one (say 5D Mark III) in a card or a program on computer and quickly sync those across several bodies through USB or SD card so that one doesn't have to ...
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How do I use the manual exposure setting in the new Google Camera app?

In April 2014, Google revamped its Android camera app. In the settings menu under "Advanced", there is just one option: Manual exposure. It defaults to off, but after turning in it on, I can't find ...
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What camera settings may affect a RAW photo?

I know this is too general question, but I'll give it a try.. About an hour research in photo.SE, I found some question, that are related to this one: Does the camera white balance setting affect ...
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What settings should I use for shooting food pictures with steam?

I have a Canon DSLR (T5 Rebel) and I am using my standard kit lens (18-55mm). I wanted to capture a soup picture with steam. I am trying to take the picture under natural light. I set my ISO to 100, ...
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Night Sky Time Lapse Photography

This is an amazing video of night sky time lapse, which was shot with the following equipment: Canon 60D and T2i Tokina 11-16 ,Sigma 20mm F1.8, Tamron 17-50 According to Wikipedia , South Dakota ...
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Can photographers pre-visualize complete camera settings of a scene in their heads?

Can an experienced photographer walking down the street with no equipment visualize exactly what settings would work with a particular lens/body to capture a scene at that moment in time? Similarly ...
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Disadvantages of electronic first curtain shutter?

There is a setting in menu of my camera wether to use or not to use electronic first curtain shutter. So far I know that using electronic first curtain reduces shutter lag and the noise my camera ...
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What lighting and pre- or post-processing is required for a high key image?

The definition of high key photographs is thoroughly answered by @mattdm. What I understood is that a light toned subject is the most important requirement to take a high key image. However, it seems ...
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Why don't most cameras store filenames based on date and time?

I notice that when taking photos using my camera phone, the file name consists of the date and time. (e.g. 20131101-110015.jpg) However, most point and shoot and DSLR cameras do not. Their file name ...
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How to remember to change settings when I pick up my camera?

Is there anyone out there with an easy way to remember to change camera settings? Often I change my settings for specific situations, then I leave my camera that way. Next time I turn on, I forget to ...
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A Good “Flexible” Default Setting For Shooting Highly Dynamic Subjects

I know this is quite vague and that some of you might say the setting depends on how much lighting the place has. However, I want to know what "default" settings I can use for shooting pageants, float ...
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What is the difference between image size and image quality?

I have a Casio EX-S12. It has a setting for image size, but also a separate setting for what it calls "image quality". There are three image quality values: "Fine", "Normal", and "Economy". The Casio ...
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Should I set exposure on my camera or later with software?

With most cameras (Point-n-Shoots and DSLRs) I have always seen exposure settings for exposure. My question is this, should I mess with exposure in the camera while taking the shot or use software ...
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Black background post processing tips?

This week I've been experimenting with getting some things photographed with a completely black background. Following some tips on this site about background distance etc, I came to the following set-...
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Better settings for Indoor Photography

I have a indoor photography to be done.. A social work. And I am very new for DSLR. I have Canon 600D with 18-55 mm IS II kit lens. I can use auto modes. But thought to use this opportunity as a ...
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What camera settings esp. shutter speeds to use while driving?

I haven't been able to get very good pix while in a car thats driving at about 75-95 MPH -any advice what kind of settings to use? How fast should I set the shutter speed in proportion to MPH?
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Taking sports and action shots with regular lenses

I do not shoot action or sports photos. I was asked to shoot a friend's soccer game. I am not looking for perfect magazine quality images; however, I'd like to maximize the quality of my shots with ...
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What's the difference between P mode vs. Av or Tv?

According to the Pentax K50 and K10D manuals, in P mode, if I select aperture, then program will choose a corresponding shutter speed, and if I specify shutter speed, then camera will select a ...
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What do the different Canon DSLR image size settings mean?

When setting image quality in my Canon EOS 1200d dSLR there are two options for the L, M and S1 size. What is the difference betwen these settings (I couldn't find it in camera documentation) ?
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For fast daytime shooting of external buildings and indoor art, should I choose 24-70 mm or 70-200 mm?

If I'm on a daytime cycling/walking tour (i.e. little time to compose or change lenses) of external buildings and inside churches (no flash and no tripod), which lens is best to capture non-blurry ...
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When should I use exposure compensation?

When should I use exposure compensation, rather than ISO, shutter speed or aperture?
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How do I set my Canon 600D for Long Exposure?

I have a Canon 600d. I need to have a long exposure. What settings should be used to achieve a long exposure in my camera? I tried searching and most of them say bulb mode. I don't see it in my camera....
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Why can't I set my Pentax K-5 IIs to ISO 100?

I recently got a K-5 IIs, and found that it can't be adjusted to under ISO 200. Even with expanded ISO mode, 160 is the lowest possible value. Can anyone help me out?
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Is the megapixel count setting on a P&S digital camera real or a gimmick? [duplicate]

Does downsizing the effective recording megapixel count setting on my P&S digital camera actually decrease the sensor-megapixel density, thereby increasing pixel size and culminating in better ...
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Does leaving the Canon 7D sharpness setting at zero make images worse or better?

Do you know if leaving the sharpness setting to zero makes the image worse or better. I find that putting it to 7 makes it "sharp" but something seems artificial with it when I review the images. ...
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How do I get a Japanese 6D to display more than 3 menu language options?

There are only three menu languages to choose from (English, Japanese and probably Chinese) in the settings of my 6D (bought in Japan). The information i found on Which languages can be displayed? (...
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How do I see settings afterwards on my Nikon D5100?

I am quite new to DSLR photography. What I can't figure out is how to see the settings for the photo after I have taken it. For example, if I take a photo with 1/200, f5,6 and ISO 200. Can I see it ...
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How to view/erase images from both CF and SD cards on Canon EOS 5D mk3?

I've been trying to setup my Canon EOS 5D mk3 to shoot in "backup mode". I have two cards: 32GB CF 8GB SD I've set it like the following: SET UP1 menu ------------ Record func.: Rec. ...
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Why are my Nikon D5100 M Mode (Manual) settings reset for every shot whilst the camera pointing to the same object?

I've just noticed that whilst shooting with my D5100 using M mode settings reset after each shot. Say, the camera is on a tripod pointing to an object. I've balanced out the exposure to a 0, aperture ...
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How can I take pictures of flying seagulls without just getting white blobs?

I have been trying to take photos off a cliff edge of seagulls flying around. I am relatively new to this, and on a sunny day when I go to take these photos, the seagull I'm trying to capture always ...
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Why doesn't wifi on canon 70D connect to my Android device?

Just this past weekend, I got a Canon 70D, and I was so excited especially because of the wifi functionality. So I got all set up on my camera, and also got the EOS remote from Google Play store. But ...
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What are good starting settings to store for exposure bracketing shots?

I started experimenting with the Custom Functions (C1,C2,C3) on my Canon 7D and I decided a useful one to have may be setting it up for exposure bracketing. So it's a quick switch if I ever need it, ...
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What settings should I use with my TZ10 at ice hockey?

I have a TZ10. What is the best setting to have the camera on for taking photos at ice hockey without the flash and red eye reduction coming on? Do I need to put in my own settings? If so how?
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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?

How viable are "photography templates" where a professional gives the exact settings to use in a specific set up (say afternoon natural daylight at the beach, 50mm lenses with 3.5f at 3ft distance ...
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How do I best use a pop-up flash for indoor birthday parties?

I just took photos of a two year old birthday party indoors at a Chucky Cheese. Just bought the Puffer for my flash, as the photography studio said it would be good for the birthday party. I tried ...
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What kind of lens is typically used for these type of night street shots?

I've been trying to duplicate the depth of field like in these photos on snowy nights and I'm not getting comparable results. I'm using a 35mm prime lens at f/1.8 on a D3100. So my question is: Are ...
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How do I change settings on the fly without missing my shots?

When I'm shooting, part of me feels like I'm missing a shot, or losing the scene when I take my eye out of the cup to adjust settings. I don't fear the settings, I'm just not at all efficient with ...
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Can I reproduce a photo taken with a larger sensor by converting camera settings to their equivalents?

I was going through Flickr looking at photos taken with a Canon SL1 and came across a cityscape photo taken at night with a very dark sky. The photo is beautiful. Using the kit lens, the settings were:...
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How can I improve portraits when shooting in low light without flash?

I see a lot of questions about low light, and one of them which stood out to me was How can I improve my exposure in low-light situations? All my flash pictures tend to turn out great, but my shots ...
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How to get settings of Canon camera in auto mode?

I want to learn photographing in manual mode. As the one of the way I wanna shoot in auto mode and then try to repeat it in manual mode. My question is how to know which settings of ISO, shutter speed ...
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How do I capture streets and amusement parks at night with a Nikon D40?

I have a Nikon D40 and want to take photos at night of streets or amusement parks. any suggestions on settings or lens that I would have to use
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How to transition from crop-frame to full-frame

I'm transitioning from my Nikon D3200 to a D600. I have a DX 35mm 1.8, and a 50mm 1.8G. I'm aware that the D600 can be used in crop-mode so if I put the 35mm lense on it, I will feel a bit more ...