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The complete range of of lighting from total darkness to maximum saturation that a sensor or film is capable of capturing without extreme measures such as graduated neutral density filters or HDR.

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Who publishes standardized camera specs?

Is there any online resource that provides camera specs that adhere to ISO standards? ISO has published many standards for camera specs: Tonal response ISO 14524:2009: Methods for measuring ...
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How do the Canon 5DS R and 5D Mark III compare in dynamic range?

Canon 5DS R vs 5D Mark III (current camera) — Is the dynamic range the same? Should I move to a Sony sensor? More megapixels is good, but Sony sensors (Sony A7R II/Nikon D810/Pentax 645Z) have ...
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How does the GoPro achieve such high dynamic range?

Everyone who's used a GoPro knows that you can easily shoot a photo or movie with the sun right in the field of view and still get a very well exposed picture, including a blue sky. Such a thing is ...
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Real world Dynamic Range

I am confused with the science of electronics, regarding cameras and sensors. I have read the posts and answers here and elsewhere. All I walk away with is the electronic specs of cameras and sensors. ...
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How do the 11+ stops of dynamic range from a modern DSLR fit into the 10 stops of the zone system?

Adams's Zone System uses 10 zones with the first zone being pure white and the last zone being pure black. The distance between each zone is one stop / 1EV, so if you place a black tone at zone 0 and ...
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Does A RAW file exist containing the full dynamic range of a natural scene with a ratio of 100,000:1?

I've just read Karl Lang's excellent whitepaper - Rendering the Print: the Art of Photography. In it, he mentions that the ratio of light to dark in a 'natural scene' can have a ratio of 100,000:1, a ...
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What are the dynamic ranges of commonly available 35mm film?

I searched on google for a good chunk of time, but I haven't been able to find a reliable source of the dynamic range of many, if any, color negative films. I'm curious about any/all 35mm films that ...
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Why are details lost when dynamic range is high?

I have read in many blogs and forums that when we have a larger dynamic range, we may lose details. Of course, I have experienced completely white areas in taking photos with bright sky. As far as I ...
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How to shoot bright purple lights against an overall dark scene?

I've recently shot the following photo (f/8, 4.0 s., ISO 100): In post-processing, it appeared that: The magenta channel was practically blown out, and I had a choice to either reduce/desaturate ...
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How many exposure stops can I “recover” from a RAW file?

I shoot RAW because the Pros say "shoot RAW". I also shoot bracketed because in a lot of situations (landscape for instance) I can blend them and expose both the terrain and sky correctly. But my ...
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How to adjust exposure for both the sky and the landscape?

I am using Canon 600D. I am facing a problem in composing, where I will be taking pics at mid day with full of sunlight, half of my frame filled with with sky and other half any scenery (may be a ...
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How can an electronic shutter reduce dynamic range?

I read a recent review of a camera which can use either its mechanical shutter or an electronic shutter. The review mentions a problem they noticed with the mechanical shutter, and then notes that the ...
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Is there a camera which can capture all shades from dark foreground to bright background?

Question: Is there a camera that can capture all the shades of a dark foreground object as well as a bright background? I am trying to take a picture of my black cat against a bright summer sky. My ...
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Will black level of one sensor reduce its dynamic range?

For one camera, the black level of the sensor will make the output non-zero when it is covered. For example the output of the sensor is 10bit and black level is 63, if the output is reduced by black ...
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When to expose for the shadows vs expose for the highlights?

I'm a beginner photographer and I have read articles that advocate exposing to the right (ETTR) and articles that advocate exposure to the left (ETTL), and this has left me quite confused. I assume ...
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Would scanning the same negative at different exposures give a better result?

For a while I have got developed and scanned my 35mm negatives by a lab/shop. The quality of the scans is not satisfying me (a lot of noise and images are not sharp). I was thinking of buying a film ...
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Can I extend dynamic range by underexposing and then downsampling (“binning”) my images?

In microscopy we often can sacrifice spatial resolution to collect more photons per pixel. Using sCMOS sensor and binning by factor of 2, we can get bump (up to 4x) in our signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). ...
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How many stops are there between middle gray and white point?

I’m trying to wrap my head around the relation between exposure, dynamic range, stops of light, and middle gray. I’m going to ask several questions on that topic. Some of them can be stupid or ...
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What is the relationship between ARW delta compression and dynamic range?

I read this article about the fact that Sony AWR is not a lossless RAW format, but, rather, an 11-bit + 7 delta compression. According to DXOmark, the dynamic range of A7r is 14.1, as opposed to ...
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Gain Factors and Dynamic Ranges of Digital Cameras [duplicate]

I am a student working on a construction method for under sampled images. I am looking for a group of text books, papers, or web sites that would give me further understanding on how digital cameras ...
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How can I improve a landscape photo with deep shadows in post-production?

This is a photo that I've taken in Ani, near Armenia: The problem of this photo is that there are many shadows, particularly on gorge, and highlights near the horizon, on the right side. The ...
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What do “dark current” and “sensitivity” mean for a camera module?

I am looking at a camera module to be used for a project which deals in shooting frames in dark areas and night conditions. This is a camera used from a circuit board. I have the following light ...
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What are the technical difficulties behind building a sensor with high dynamic range like the human eye?

Why do we not yet have high dynamic range sensors which have the right exposition in every part of a picture?
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What's the dynamic range of the iPhone 6 Plus?

... or other mobile devices such as the iPhone 5s, Nexus 6 or iPad Air 2? Everyone says that the dynamic range of mobile devices is lower, but how much lower? For comparison, an APS-C camera like ...
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Dynamic range of Sony RX-100

attached you will find two photos I have taken, exposure manually. I have taken these with a Sony RX-100 and as you can see the sky is overexposed while the landscape is exposed "alright". I was ...
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Why do medium format (digital) cameras capture better dynamic range? [duplicate]

Why do medium format (digital) cameras capture better dynamic range than smaller sensor cameras?
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How significant is difference in dynamic range between Sony A7 and Canon 5D Mark II?

I'm still trying to make a choice between these two cameras. The dynamic range is important thing to me. Many people say that the first one has a wider dynamic range. Even DXO Labs shows 14.2 EVs of ...
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Camera dynamic range and Lightroom exposure slide

I have the Nikon D600, at ISO 100 has more then 14 EV of dynamci range. Now if I shoot a photograph in raw file and open it in Lightroom, with the exposure slide I can go only +5EV and -5EV. I am ...
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How to photograph a lightbulb?

I am trying to take a dramatic picture of a lit CFL with my 6-year-old Canon Powershot SD750 equipped with CHDK. It's pretty common simply to turn the exposure all the way down, but I wanted the whole ...
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Why is a camera's dynamic range expressed as its photosite capacity divided by the read noise level?

For example, if a camera has a dynamic range of 44900/10, why would the range of greyscale levels available is equal to 4490? I know that 44900/10=4490 but this kind of reply didn't satisfy me. Let's ...
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How can I mitigate bright spots in shaded, woodland settings?

I do most of my photography while hiking. I find open woodlands to be a very pretty setting, but have difficulty capturing it. While sunny spots are brighter than shady spots, they don't glare in the ...
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How to meter to clear subject details with a strongly backlit scene, as Elena Shumilova does?

Looking at the photos from Elena Shumilova on 500px, you can see a clear preference for backlighting and halo effects on many of her subjects. For example, this and this. How do you meter with the ...
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Do RAW files really allow more RAW dynamic range than shooting in JPG?

I've heard a lot of time people saying that shooting in RAW offers a better dynamic range than shooting in JPG. But in some way I've always felt it as hard to believe. So, the question is: there is ...
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what is the response curve?

I was reading in a book about the dynamic range and several times I find the expression "responsive curve" or "image's responsive curve"? What does the responsive curve represent? What is the ...
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Same mfg process = same performance in FF vs. cropped sensor?

I've seen generalizations that full-frame sensors tend to exhibit better low-light performance and dynamic range than a cropped-sensor specifically because they tend to use larger photosites that ...
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Why do some professional DSLRs have a lower dynamic range than the mid-range ones?

Specifically I'd be interested to know why the D4 has a 13.1 EV range and the D7000 has a 13.9 EV range?
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What does a dynamic range difference of 2.7 EV really represent?

I am trying to choose between buying a Canon 5D Mark III or a Nikon D600, In the advantages posted in Snapsort it appears that the Nikon wins over the Canon because of the dynamic range. Then follows ...
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How does dynamic range relate to white balance?

Is there a relationship between dynamic range and white balance?
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How to capture a small red light?

I tried to capture the following small red light, but I failed. It's more white than red. How can I correctly capture the red light as seen through my eyes? f-stop: f/5 exposure time: 1/30 ...
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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 are the main limiting factors for dynamic range in modern cameras?

Another question got me thinking about what is limiting dynamic range in digital cameras. From my understanding the precision of the analogue-to-digital converter, i.e. how many discrete levels it can ...
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Does a deeper photosite increase the dynamic range?

As I understand, a bigger photosite (on the sensor) enables a bigger dynamic range and also better high ISO performance. Is there a reason not to make the photosite deeper?
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How can I best take portraits in strong sunlight, without a flash or reflector?

When on the road as a tourist, I often do not carry a reflector of flash. Now I am at a location with very strong sunlight and I want to take a photo of a companion in front of a nice scenery or ...
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Why does the Pentax K-01 have less DR than the Pentax K-5?

I thought that the K-01 and the K-5 both sported the same sensor, but checking their specifications in Snapsort I found that their Dynamic Range is different by a little bit more than 1 EV (12.9 EV vs ...
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Why does a bigger sensor have better dynamic range?

I already understand all the theory behind how a bigger sensor leads to better control of depth of field, and lower noise. But I've yet to find a place that can explain why a bigger sensor gives you a ...
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How did film photographers deal with issues around dynamic range?

HDR and multiple exposure blending seems very popular these days. I wonder, what did film photographers do to solve dynamic range issues? For example, I know GND filters were common (and still are), ...
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How do I take a photo of people before a bright window?

How would you take a photo of people who are posing in front of a window? Ideally both the people and the background should be visible. I usually get either the background being overlighted or the ...
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Contrast (or dynamic range) enhancement for very bright images [closed]

I have a scientific application where I have a very bright image - basically a laser beam cross-section - and want to detect very small variations in brightness (around 0.01% or less) within it. ...
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How to photograph a room showing both room & view out a window?

I sometimes find I want to photograph a room showing the view outside the window. This is tricky — either you adjust the shutter speed so that the the window is so bright you can see no detail, or ...
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Does contrast affect dynamic range?

Does modifying the contrast of an image change the dynamic range of a photograph? Does it make it better quality?