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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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How do I interpret the characteristic curve chart for film, and how does it relate to exposure values?

Here is a characteristic curve of Velvia 50: What does 0.0 value represents (how to interpret it)? How do I convert log H to EV? Let's say I consider a liner part of the curve between -0.3 and ...
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How to create an image with star trails in the background and clear, bright foreground objects?

Take a look at the following image by Franky Chou: I'm trying to understand how it was even possible. I mean, it's clear how you do a stars' trail shot, but with a long exposure, I feel like the ...
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Why don't cameras have metering modes that expose RAW files to the right?

Cameras could do ETTR quicker and more accurately than humans, and without the risk of actually clipping any pixels. The camera could then write a field to the RAW metadata telling the viewer home ...
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Even exposure for portrait photos [duplicate]

I'm using a Canon Powershot sx510hs which is an advanced point and shoot camera with 30x optical zoom. It has only one focus point at the center. Whenever I am trying to take portraits, having sky as ...
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Skin very red, blotchy in front of camera

I'm shooting vlog-like videos with a Canon SL1. My skin looks very blotchy, pasty, and red (see below). Anyway to fix that? Here are the settings: Shutter Speed: 60 Aperture: 4.5 ISO: 800 ...
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Calculating exposure pre-light meter era

i watched a video on pray pixel about a street photographer with a Leica film camera. So I read a bit about the mechanical Leica, and it said there was no built in light meter. Hailing from the DSLR ...
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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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What is exposing for the background?

In every video I watched when they want to shoot the guy who has a blue sky or open background behind him, they say "expose for the background" but I don't understand what do they mean? I am using ...
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Is analog gain really actually power-of-two only?

Context I'm using a Nikon D5200, which features extra ISO values between powers of two, that the Nikon D60 did not offer. D60 offers 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (1-stop interval). D5200 offers two ...
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Why is my D3300 taking dull, over exposed pics?

Hi everyone, I am a doctor who has been recently introduced to the wonderful art of photography. My first camera was a Sony Nex 5r with 16-50 kit lens and I had a gala time with it. I ...
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what are the different Sony automated shooting modes?

My Sony Alpha QX1, via the interface running on the separate smart phone, has shooting modes "P" and two others with icons only in different colors, and zero explanation other than that they are ...
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When using a ring light, how do I get rid of the dimmed backround?

I just bought a new ring light and I love it! However I would like to use it and still have the backround light up instead of everything going dark. How can I achieve this? P.s I use my iphone 6 and ...
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Is there a trick to the right exposure for sky photos?

I am a new photographer and have had some lessons in photography. I understand how to shoot in manual, but the hardest part for me is outdoor shoots against a bright sky. I have been taught to meter ...
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Why would exposure settings be very different for the same scene between full-frame and APS-C (using a 10-stop ND filter)?

I own a Nikon D600 and my girlfriend owns a Nikon D7000. Recently we were out doing landscape in broad daylight with our big stoppers. We have the same 10 stop filter and we came across to something ...
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Canon PowerShot S100 overexposing in Av mode with built-in flash

I use a Canon PowerShot S100. My question is, why did I get this (for me) unexpected overexposure? I was photo-documenting a project and wanted a close up with a good depth of field so I set Av ...
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Underexposed image with Canon 5D III and flash

Just started using my Mark III with flash (Neewer TT560 Speedlite). And I'm getting strange results. At first I thought it was a battery issue and another set of batteries seemed to have fixed the ...
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What caused excessively high grain in Delta ISO 400 film developed by a shop?

I have shot film before, never black and white though. I also haven't ever developed a film before, neither did I this time. I used Ilford Delta 400 and I shot it at rated ISO (at least I think I ...
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How do shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?

When shooting in natural or ambient artificial light (without flash, basically), how do light, shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?
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Shutter speed scale [duplicate]

I have been preparing a guide table for use with a 10-stop neutral density filter and ran into the following difficulty: the shutter speed scale doesn't seem to match the theoretical values. ...
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Graininess and lack of detail [duplicate]

Hello fellow lens loving junkies! I have been struggling to get very sharp, non-grainy images. I have a Canon Rebel Eos T3i. Even images at 100 ISO are not as sharp as I would like. Not sure if it is ...
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How can I achieve this 'pure white' skin effect?

Much better quality larger version here I am trying to get this 'pure white' skin effect. Is this just playing with over-exposure or is it more post-processing work? The above image is not mine. I ...
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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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Why am I am seeing rings (banding) instead of smooth graduation in my sunrise pictures?

Below is a screen capture crop from Potoshop of an unaltered raw photo from my full frame Canon 6D taken with the new Canon 16-35 f4 L at 16mm, ISO 100, f22. I am seeing rings where I am expecting a ...
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How can I calculate settings for manual flash to reduce trial and error? [duplicate]

I have two Yongnuo 560-III flashes that I have been using for a while, In order to get good results I am having to do a lot of trial and error. Adjusting power, zoom, moving them around etc. Is there ...
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Why are the tops of people's bodies missing from this photo taken with a tablet from a moving car?

My friend recently took a picture with her tablet of two boys riding a bicycle while she was in a moving car. When she viewed the picture, the background was very clear and the bicycle and the lower ...
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White background - overexposed subject

I'm trying to take decent shots of garments with a blown-out white background. I'm using a Nikon d3200 with flash and an SB-700 as a remote flash in su4 mode just next to the mannequin pointed ...
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How many EV will a softbox knock down off your flash?

I was shooting on the beach into the sun and using my sb-700 on camera as fill. The camera I was using, a D3200, has a max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second and no HSS. So, I used an ND filter — I ...
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What battery can I use for an old Canon Ex EE (PX625 vs PX625A)?

I recently bought a Canon Ex EE (1967) but there isn't a battery. I read from the manual that it used PX625(1.35V) but there isn't any available now. I do not want to buy zinc-air cells. There are PX ...
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How to make Liveview mode in Canon 450D stop simulating exposure?

On the Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) camera, Liveview mode always shows the true exposure of the image. If exposure is set too dark (fast shutter and closed aperture), Liveview shows a darker image. If ...
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Nikon D610 problems with over and under exposure

lately, when I shoot with my Nikon D610 (on a tripod, inside with a non moving subject) I get the following. First shot, severely overexposed, second shot severely underexposed and the third shot is ...
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Inconsistent exposure with same settings--why?

I have a Nikon D7100. I fired off a burst of shots at 6 fps at a static outdoor scene, all shots using the same settings: 1/125 s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Some of the shots are clearly darker, some are ...
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Canon EOS700D Flash: Why are exposure times different in modes P and Av if all settings are “equal”

Yesterday I ran a little test with my Canon EOS700D's built in flash in both P and Av modes. I had the camera set up with no flash exposure compensation. I took a test photo in mode P and it looked ...
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Can I take multiple exposure shots with my Canon 600D?

Can I take multiple exposure shots with my 600D? If not, how I can achieve the same effect?
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How to understand a quote for the correct exposure when shooting ColorChecker?

The problem concerns the examination of the correct exposure photographing a colorchecker... Manual mode, fixed ISO 100 (camera dafault), other values read from the lightmeter ... and now: Can you ...
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How can I shoot with a fast aperture in sunlight?

I have Nikon D7000 with 50 mm lens and like to shoot my family with 1.8 aperture. But, in sunlight it looks so bright. I am a beginner and had try to increase the shutter speed in manual but it's ...
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Nikon d5100 producing extremely underexposed images

I have a most vexing problem. I have a Nikon d5100 (roughly a year old) which up until two days ago handled exposure and metering just fine. However, at night, in a well lit room (florescent bulbs) ...
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Why doesn't exposure change when changing focal length?

With a Canon 550D camera and a Tamron 18-270 mm zoom lens, I tried to fix shutter time, aperture (f/8.0 to cover all zoom range), and ISO, so the exposure meter read 0.0 with 18 mm focal length and ...
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Is it normal for Nikon DSLR viewfinder and live view shutter speeds to differ?

I have a Nikon D600 set up on a tripod in a room with decent light. I've tried using 2 different lenses & when I switch from the viewfinder to live view, and vice versa, the shutter speed is ...
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What does Exposure Bias 12/6 EV mean?

is this the same as EV +2? which is two steps from 'normal exposure'. It was taken from the information on a photo I saw taken with a Nikon
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What Is The Scale Of The Y Axis of The Histogram in Lightroom / ACR?

I understand the concept of histograms. I understand that the x-axis represents the luminosity range from min to max for either all channels or RGB individually, and I understand that the y-axis ...
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Lightroom/ACR Histogram Shape

If I open a raw file in ACR or Lightroom and move the exposure slider, why does the shape of the histogram change? If all I'm doing is changing the exposure, I would expect the shape itself to remain ...
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Does an already set (or not yet risen) moon still wash out stars?

If there's a decently sized moon (say, 50% visibility or more) but you still have a few hours of time before moonrise/after moonset, will the moon still wash out stars the same as if it were visible ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

Edit: Since coming back from Australia, I had my eye on a Sony a5100 for a while, and I bought it in the Amazon lightning deals. I have to say, the Sony takes much better pictures in terms of detail ...
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700D how to blink on over-exposure?

How can I blink pixels that are over-exposured, on my brand new Canon 700D? I just can't find the setting for this.
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How to calculate camera settings for a family group portrait with a film camera and flash?

I'm shooting film 200 ASA.,, Three rows of family members in front of a large white lit xmas tree, with flash. Distance from first row approx.15ft. Where should the focus on the group be? What would ...
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Which lens for a milky way photo

I have a Nikon D7000 and don't know whether my 50mm 1.4 or 17-55m 2.8 lens would be better. I was automatically going to go with the 50mm lens, but then I was reading up on how I can use a longer ...
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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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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 ...
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Why are gray cards, and not red or other colour, used for camera metering?

And how different is 18% gray from 18% red? I was thinking about the properties of light and spectrum to better understand the camera metering mode. 18% means approx 1 out of 5 photons will be ...
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How to set correct exposure in low light condition

Does anyone know how to set correct exposure in low light? I saw lot of recommendations in internet (open aperture,...), but i still can't get the correct exposure for some specific situations. For ...