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Exposure is the total amount of light allowed to fall on a sensor or film during the taking of a photograph. This is determined by the exposure time (shutter speed) and amount of light admitted (lens aperture). Today, sensor/film sensitivity (ISO speed) is often also considered to be part of ...

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I want long exposure on my Nikon coolpix p520

I have been really into light painting but I have a Nikon coolpix p520 and the exposure can only go to 8 seconds. Is there any kind of shutter remote that is able to extend shutter speeds and that is ...
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Exposure Reduction and ISO increase

Following is from Film speed Film speed is the measure of a photographic film's sensitivity to light, determined by sensitometry and measured on various numerical scales, the most recent being the ...
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What are the parameters for evaluating photos [duplicate]

I understand that different people enjoy same photo at different levels. However in general what are the most important parameters that we use to evaluate a photo’s quality? Some of them that I can ...
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How do I take a photo like this (very bright)?

I've always wondered how these pictures are taken. They have a very "bright" feel to them. And it feels that they are "bathed" in golden sun light. I understand that I have to take this during the ...
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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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Uneven exposure with Sony a35 - one side of image much lighter than the other

My camera Sony a35 all of a sudden started taking photos with one side lighter then the other - almost white. And it's worse with outdoor settings. I have tried cleaning the lens filter and that ...
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If TTL only preflashes once, how does it get correct exposure immediately after?

If I understood TTL correctly, say you are in M mode with a camera and you have intentionally underexposed. The flash in TTL mode theoretically would try to add enough light to correctly expose the ...
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How can I get the exposure correct in this picture?

I am new to photography; I have a Canon 600D. The shot below was taken using the 600D and EF-S 18-55 kit lens. I wanted to get the exposure so that the leaves on the big tree came out right, ...
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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 does TTL flash work when there are multiple flashes?

I've been watching a lot of deconstructing videos on how the light is setup. Often times there are 2-3 flashes at the studio. The photographer will say that they are all set to TTL. But how does that ...
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Canon 60D - exposure compensation with auto ISO in Manual mode [duplicate]

I'm sure someone will be able to answer this conclusively fairly quickly, but as per the thread title, is there a way to set exposure compensation when using M mode but with the ISO set to automatic? ...
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Learning from other photos. Histograms: how do I know if the original photo was over/under exposed? [duplicate]

There is a photographer who shoots mostly indoors with natural light (no soft box) but sometimes he also shows outdoors photos in natural light conditions. His site is at ...
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Are the aperture, ISO and shutter speed stops perfectly interchangeable? [duplicate]

Imagine you have an scene with shutter speed 1/60, f/8 and ISO 200. Then you change the configuration to get an equivalent exposure: speed 1/120, f/5.6, ISO 200 (plus one stop in speed, minus one stop ...
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How does a camera in an automatic mode choose what exposure, aperture and ISO to use? [duplicate]

For example: Does the camera detect if the scene contains fast-moving objects and if so use a shorter shutter speed? Does it detect if the entire scene is beyond the hyperfocal distance, and there's ...
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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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Glass photograph

I have a photograph of I think my great grandmother over150 years old it is on glass not stuck on. She is sitting down and looks to have a false arm but I think it will be with her sitting in one ...
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What can I do to improve exposure on my Canon 30D? [duplicate]

All my pictures taken indoors show very low-light. I guess it should be giving more brightness when I chose f/5.6 aperture, 1/25 sec, ISO 200. And I doubt I might be doing something wrong or if its ...
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Relevance of absolute light power in studio object photography?

While setting up a photo studio for product photography, I often read advice that suggests that one needs extremely strong light sources (1–10 kw total) if shooting without flashlights. I fully ...
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Do any phone cameras allow decent exposure of the night sky?

I've heard that phone cameras can't take good pictures of the night sky because the hardware doesn't allow the changing of exposure times. Are there any phones that do allow good exposure for decent ...
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High-speed camera for Photographing Fast objects such as balls? Important features?

I am interested to shoot fast balls such as golf balls and tennis balls to see their features such as speed, spinning and start angle. I am an amateur and only familiar with photographing though my ...
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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 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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How to create awesome nature time lapses

Please have a look at these amazing time-lapse videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFNWEKHHBFQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcixldqDIEQ I just don't get how they do it. I am a fairly ...
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Canon Film SLR 28-80 mm lens with sunfilter; what should be my aperture settings and distance

With the Canon Film SLR 28-80 mm lens with sunfilter (I think it has zero impact on focal length) what should be my aperture settings, if I have to take pictures of people in crowd and restaurant to ...
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How to set shutter time on an Android phone?

I am trying to make a LED Pen as shown here. For this I require a camera that allows exposure time of ~20s. I don't own a SLR/DSLR/Digital camera. I have a 5MP camera on my phone. I wanted to ask if ...
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Exposure with AI SERVO

I am interested in how works AI SERVO in terms of metering. As it tracks objects, when is the exposure set and how can I set it manually? Is it set automatically when the shutter button is pressed?
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about luminance and illuminance: what is the difference? [duplicate]

First of all, let me say that english is not my first language, so please excuse any mistakes that you could meet from here on out. I read several articles and explanations about luminance and ...
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Does a good light meter eliminate the need for exposure compensation?

I am new to photography but have a fairly good understanding of exposure. I know the camera's light meters are easily fooled and hence the need for exposure compensation where a photographer have ...
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Why are exposure settings different while using different lenses under the same lighting conditions?

I was shooting a scene, using a Canon 28mm 1.8, and after a few seconds I switched to a Canon 100mm 2.8, and the in-camera meter was suggesting different exposures! Why does this happen? Is this ...
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Photography in sunlight [duplicate]

I have read in most of the sites sayin take pics in sunlight which will enhance the look, my quest is , on evening time in outdoor while posing for a picture i shrinked my eyes due to direct sunlight, ...
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How can I fix this brighter part in the middle of people forehead?

I'm trying to fix this brighter part of a person forehead because of the over exposure. How can I fix this part to match the other color on the forehead in the picture?
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Why is my camera metering indoor scenes as darker than I expect it would?

I am shooting in natural light, with my subject facing a full floor-to-ceiling south facing window. You would think my meter would allow ISO between 200-400 in bright light, but I was lucky to get it ...
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Photographing suits and other dark woolens?

I shoot photos for a personal men's fashion blog. Which means frequently photographing dark navy and grey suits with white shirts. I'm having trouble exposing the photo so that the details of the ...
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How could film compact cameras set exposure?

I once had a film compact camera, but I was too young to understand anything else than "click". I'm much more familiar with digital photography, and setting exposure has always been a possibility in ...
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Should I shoot in RAW format to get lighter and sharper images?

Most of the time I have problem with the lightning of my images even after post processing with Adobe Photoshop. I searched the net and I found that people use the RAW format instead of jpg. Do I need ...
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How to fix the exposure of a snow scene which came out gray?

I’ve got a video and a photo shot in the same day and same place. But my camera (GoPro Hero 3, 720p) doesn’t allow to customise settings and video is very poor quality. I tried to fix this using ...
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Why is my Canon 7D light sensor under-sensitive?

It seems the light meter indicator in the viewfinder on my Canon 7D underestimates how bright the picture will be. This makes for overexposed photos whenever I use anything other than full manual ...
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What is Exposure value [duplicate]

can you guys help me with understanding the basics about what is Exposure value and how to use that for better photography?
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What are good settings to use for exposure bracketing? [duplicate]

I take exposure-bracketed photos on the Sony NEX-5R and exposure fuse them in Photomatix. I've found that I've had to use exposure bracketing for low-light photos, to capture the shadows without ...
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What settings, especially shutter speed, should I use for stage performances?

In particular, lower light. I will be shooting plays and other stage performances. Low light. Really not good light at all until their lights are upgraded. I know I can't expect miracles, but how ...
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What flash guide number do I need to underexpose a “sunny” background?

I'm familiar with the maths behind flash usage (guide numbers, etc.). Here's a more practical question that doesn't yet seem to have an answer on photo.se: Consider a subject, outdoors, on a regular ...
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How to calculate stops for a Watt based strobe?

I've a problem figuring out how to calculate stops for Interfit EXD 400. In the product manual it says that the strobe has 5 stop range in 1/10 stop increments, but the numbers displayed on the strobe ...
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How do i select right exposure? [duplicate]

I have canon EOS 600D and also I have following lenses: 18-55mm 55-250mm 40mm f/2.8 How do I select correct exposure. what is the sequence of priory. currently I first changing the iso, ...
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How to do a long exposure with a Nikon D60

I've searched google high and low for this and all I get are results trying to sell me camera equipment. I have a Nikon D60 without the ML-L3 remote control, well I have one but the battery has run ...
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Is this xray fogging on my film? Or something else entirely? (with examples)

Please hear me out before telling me to buy a lead container <_> I've thouroughly read Kodaks page on the matter. But I'm still in doubt here. I travel from time to time and take loads of film ...
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How to set continuous shooting on Canon 60D while using Canon remote RC-6?

I am interested in photographing some star trails and have read many articles that say that I should use continuous shooting mode instead of Bulb mode. I tried this last night with my RC-6 Canon ...
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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 know how much light will be needed for a given film speed, shutter speed, and aperture?

For a given film type, shutter speed and aperture, how do I calculate the light needed to get a good exposure? For example, if I use a f/8 aperture, an exposure time of 100 ms and a ISO 800-film ...
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Why not expose for a cloudy day as a cloudy day?

We all know how cameras try to meter the scene as if it is 18% gray. That's why we should dial in +1 or even more when shooting on a snowy day and -2 for a night scene. What about a cloudy or ...
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Is this statement By Jim Zuckerman incorrect?

"For the exposure of the foreground, though, the lighting came from the flash only. Therefore, changing the shutter speed didn’t affect the exposure of the subject, since the speed of light is faster ...