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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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Can't duplicate Auto results in M, Tv, and Av Canon 70D

I've been a an amateur photographer for several years. I understand the technical side and enjoy explaining it to others. But...with my 70d, which I've owned for over a year, when I take an indoor ...
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When to use the LV formula?

EV = log2(f^2/T) LV = EV + log2(ISO/100) Question is to those that this is already clear. It is not a math question, it is a photography question about using Light Value. My puzzlement is ...
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Isn't the exposure meter scale shorter than the permissible range of EC?

I have a Nikon D5300. Yesterday, when I was fiddling with the camera, I noticed that the permissible range of exposure compensation is [-5.0,+5.0] while the exposure/light meter is calibrated from ...
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How do I get actual (vs. reported) Bulb mode exposure times on my Canon 1200D?

When shooting in Bulb mode using my Canon 1200D, I've noticed that the metadata appears to only contain 1" increments for the exposure time. For example, regardless of whether I hold the exposure ...
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How does software exposure compensation work in RAW files?

When shooting with RAW files, it is possible to tune the exposure and white balance using software, which is not possible when shooting with JPEG. But I have a stupid question: when you are shooting ...
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How to shoot the sequence of adjusted exposures wanted for a ColorChecker?

I'm trying to shoot a sequence of photos needed for calibration. As instructed, I'm in manual mode, with fixed ISO 100 (camera dafault), and other values read from the lightmeter ... and now: Can you ...
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What could cause very underexposed photos in daylight?

I just recently started toying with the manual mode on my Canon 70D. Everything was working fine for a few shots, then all of a sudden my newer shots all appear darker under the same settings. The ...
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What is the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed?

I know digital cameras have ISO options, and that ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light, but if you set higher ISO then you can get a noisy image. I also know there are two other camera options, ...
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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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Does a full frame lens require more light on a crop body?

When using a full frame lens on a crop body, does the lens require more light? If I use an f/2.8 full frame lens on a crop body, does it become an f/4.2 (*1.5)?
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When to overexpose, underexpose, use standard and/or pushed development time in film?

I've some confusion when metering & developing for film. I've learned that it is preferred to overexpose a negative film, e.g. ISO400 film and use as ISO200 film, and develop using standard ...
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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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How do I get correct exposure for long shutter times in bulb mode?

How do I take a very long exposure shot from EOS M? I see when i reduce the shutter speed to bulb setting, i see the picture is completely over exposed.
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What is the “exposure triangle”?

What is the exposure triangle? How do the "sides" affect my photographs?
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Why don't the Shutter Speed, Exposure Time, Lens Aperture, and F-Number metadata values from my camera make sense?

I was just looking at some digital image properties, and it did not seem to make sense. Shutter Speed: 1/16 sec. Exposure Time: 1/11 sec. Lens Aperture: F/1 F-Number: 2.8 I would have thought that ...
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Editing photos for this “milky” and “twinkly,” vivid but nostalgic effect?

I can't really find questions about this style of photography I see a lot, anywhere on the Internet, but I think it's very beautiful and enchanting. It seems both vivid and faded at the same time (at ...
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How do I set the exposure manually on a Nikon D5100?

I bought a year ago a Nikon D5100, but there is still one thing I don't know about it : how do I set my exposure manually? I can set it with the AE button, but is there a way to set it manually, I ...
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Why can't digital camera sensors expose each photosite individually?

Why is it impossible for camera sensors to function the way the human eye can? What I mean is, why does a certain portion of the image have to be over/underexposed if we compensate for dark and light ...
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If I want to get the effect of overexposure from pushed black and white film, do I add even more time in developing?

In color negative film, it is common to half-rate the marked ISO, e.g. ISO400 config as 200 to cheat the camera to overexpose by one stop. B&W Film such as Tri-X 400, it is common to push the ISO ...
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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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Indoor photos with flash often overexposed?

I've had an NX1000 for more or less one year now, and I use it mainly to shoot landscapes and outside things. I wanted to shoot some people recently, and I had to use flash. And then things got weird. ...
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Why do lightbulbs look too bright in my photos?

Lightbulbs used to appear fine in my photos- you can still see the outline of the bulbs and the brightness of the bulbs is just fine. Now, they appear too bright as if they exploded. What seems to be ...
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How do I get a meter reading for a DSLR without a gray card?

I read an article called Expose (to the) Right, which explained why you should try to get the graph of the histogram as much to the right of the scale as possible. The reasoning is that DSLRs record ...
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How can I correctly measure light using a built-in camera meter?

Many times when I shoot photos, the photo is sometimes too bright or too dark and the colors are incorrect. Sometimes, the white in the photo is not the white that I have for a background, but gray. ...
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How do I set the proper exposure for nighttime moon photos?

All my attempts to get a good shot of the full moon with my DSLR result in an overexposed circle on a black background. I've tried using a tripod, remote shutter release, low ISO, and long exposure, ...
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What is mirror lockup and what is its primary function?

My SLR is equipped with the mirror lockup function. What does it do, and when would I employ such a feature?
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Tips for landscape+stars photography?

I'm leaving for holidays tomorrow, and there's a good chance that I'll be able to be by night on a field with no artificial light around, and no moon in the sky. I'd love to take some picture of the ...
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Why does this happen: objects which are surrounded by brighter objects appear darker?

Objects surrounded by a brighter area appear darker, and if the brightness of the area increases further, then the objects appear even darker? An ex: Sun spots appear black. I observed the following ...
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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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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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ND filter or exposure compensation?

I was at the camera shop a few weeks ago looking for a neutral density filter, so I could play around with long exposure shots without overexposing. The guy at the camera shop told me I didn't need a ...
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Is there a safe way to avoid both blur and underexposure when shooting “street”? [closed]

When we are shooting in the street, what are the preferable camera settings? Of course it depends on light, but is there any safe way to get right image avoiding blur, dark images, etc.?
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Why do I get inconsistent results with Canon ETTL flash?

When using any flash I have ever bought on whatever camera I ever had I get inconsistent results. So I am assuming it is my lack of knowledge. I am now using the canon 6d and a 600ex-rt flash on ...
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Why is my HDR image oversaturated and look negative inverse in highlight areas?

I wanted a photograph of Times Square. It was my first time using HDR. So, I took into consideration about exposure compensation for an even exposure. I set my camera with mirror lock-up, and self ...
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How could I achieve this soft-but-powerful-glow effect in post-processing?

I love images like this (in this case, a film still) in which bright light is radiating out and sort of catching different points, even in a shadowy room – almost like it's trying to spill over. I ...
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Long Exposure at night [duplicate]

Im amateur photographer, just got my first DSLR camera (Nikon D3300), I was wondering how to shoot car trail light at night. Thanks!
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How do I create silhouettes in a studio environment?

The trick to creating silhouettes in the field, as far as I know, is to use spot-metering and to expose for the background. However, this is a bit more difficult in a studio environment. What is the ...
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How can I shoot in a semi-dark room without very long shutter speeds?

I took a photo in a darkish room. It was in the middle of a cloudy day, but curtains were over the windows, so inside the room it was dark, yet you could see everything. I set aperture priority ...
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Which SS/F-stop table is the correct one?

While reading a book that was recognized as a good one by many readers, I found the following table: This means that any of these settings would each result in the same amount of light hitting the ...
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How do I control exposure in aperture priority mode?

I am a beginner, shooting in aperture priority mode. So I set the aperture I want for the scenery. Next thing is: how to control the exposure? I guess camera calculates everything else? I can ...
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Why does my camera give a very different reading from my lightmeter?

I'm new to digital photography. I start shooting in aperture priority mode, unless some situation require some shutter speed attention. Both ISO and SS is calculated by camera. I am looking at some ...
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Taking photo with big contrasts and over-exposing? [duplicate]

I took this photo: The problem is that the center of the image is overexposed. Now, I was using f/5.6 as it works nice, focus is at the bench area, ISO is 200 because it was very bright, but cloudy ...
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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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Separating images from one multiple exposure image on Nikon camera

By mistake, I have images that have dual exposures superimposed in Nikon RAW format. These exposures were 2 seconds apart, so, it needs to be separated. Is there any way to separate these exposures ...
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How to make camera LCD show true RAW data in JPG preview and histogram?

With Canon 650D (and presumably all the other Canon), I noticed that the picture style and full JPG processing is used to generate a review JPEG which is what the camera actually reads when reviewing ...
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How can I take a photo of a dark bar with a bright sign?

I took an image of a dark bar with a bright sign at night using auto mode: ISO 1250 | 1/60s | f/2 What I actually wanted is to be able to read the sign in the background. On this image it is ...
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Why does crop factor apply with APS-C lenses, and why aren't these brighter than FF ones at same aperture?

I know that the image circle of FF-lenses is bigger than it needs to be on APS-C sensors, thus the FOV spears narrower. I've heard that APS-C lenses sit closer to the sensor, thus projecting a smaller ...
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Why are all my Canon T3 photos coming out dark or black? [closed]

I have a Canon T3/1100D and my photos are dark or black on full auto mode. My flash does not seem to function even when I'm in low lighting.
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How do I predict exposure when using flash?

So I've got the basics down for the exposure triangle, but sometimes you just need to add more light to the room and the flash can be the most convenient way of doing that. The problem is that the ...
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Why is actual exposure changing as I go from one extreme to the other in aperture priority mode?

I just got my first DSLR, Nikon D5200 and after reading various tutorials and understanding basics of Exposure Triangle, I was out for testing my knowledge to get a practical view of how things get ...