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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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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 ...
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Why will low-end Nikons not meter with old lenses?

To quote the source, the following sites claim that the Nikons: D90, D5200, D3200 and so on will not meter with AI lenses. http://www.aiconversions.com/compatibilitytable.htm ...
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How to photograph a person that sits inside a car in daylight?

I am new to photography and use a Nikon D5100 and a 55-300mm lens. I have tried different modes, but mostly shoot in Manual mode. I was trying to photograph a person inside a car in daylight but ...
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Good way to overcome backlit subject from distance with no assistance?

I was taking pictures of my kids outdoors and they were often backlit as they ran around. Since I wanted to isolate them from the background, I was shooting from distance (close to 200mm focal length ...
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What TECHNICAL aspects of STUDIO photography do I need to know as a professional? [closed]

Even if it's basic I want to know! So for example, what technical things do I need to know about the camera, what technical things do I need to know about lighting and exposure? Anything you think I ...
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P-Mode on Nikon D5100: What are some use cases?

I am using D5100 for around 6 months. I have basic ins-n-out understandings of the camera including A/M/S-mode. In, most scenario, i understand what to use. Else, figure it by trial-n-error. But, in ...
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Why do two lenses with the same F-number give different amount of light?

Why do the following two lenses provide different amount of light? In both images we have fixed focusing distance, distance to the object, ISO, shutter speed and F-number.
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What's the use of a very fast shutter speed, faster than 1/4000?

I am planning to buy a new DSLR and am comparing two models. One of them has a fastest shutter speed of ¹⁄₄₀₀₀th of a second while other has a limit of ¹⁄₈₀₀₀th. I know that a fast shutter speed will ...
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How can we calculate differences in exposure times with ND filters?

This should be rather easy for these of you who own and use 0.45 ND or 0.75 ND filters so here we go. Just for fun I'm writing Android app that calculates exposure time when certain filter is applied. ...
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Long Exposure Photo vs. Video [duplicate]

If I want to make some cool photos with long exposure times but not having a good camera that allows me to define the time, can I get the same result recording a video and make the superposition of ...
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For night photography with lots of unexposed areas, should I go with high iso and low exposure, or low iso and high exposure?

I have been doing so much research on iso, and for awhile I've been going with the theory that low iso= less noise, so I've been shooting at iso 100 and then adjusting my flashlights and increasing ...
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How to relate LED Lumens to Lux at a given distance?

I'm trying to design an LED light, but I'm not sure how many LED's I need for a given light level. Specifically, the Luxeon LXR7-RW57 1000 lumen white LED (data sheet) Q: How many lux should I see ...
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What is the advantage of rolling shutters, if any? [duplicate]

I have read a lot about global and rolling shutters, and it seems from what I have read that the global shutter is better than the rolling shutters when it comes to moving objects. On the other side ...
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How to avoid blown colours in one channel?

I've recently bought a Canon 700D and am still very new to it, although I have a good reasonably good understanding of photography basics (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, DOF, focal length etc.) I ...
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Should I choose shutter speed or aperture first? [duplicate]

I am learning about photography and in process of that reading few books and online resources to get some basics. Currently i am reading "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson.While going through ...
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How does time of exposure relate to aperture? [duplicate]

I was trying to derive the relation between the aperture and time of exposure. I'm taking two apertures f/2 and f/4. From the formula A α 1/√t I got, f/2 α 1/√t1 -> A and f/4 α ...
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When should I use different methods of increasing exposure?

I am trying to understand something that is really confusing me. If I want to make a captured image brighter I can do this in many ways. I can Leave the shutter open for longer Make the aperture ...
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My D3100 takes longer exposure shots instead of using the flash

Both the camera and the Flash are in AUTO, so in low light it should make the flash pop up, but it does not. Instead it just seems to take a shot with longer exposure, making the photo appear with ...
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Will multiple exposures or one long exposure give better outcome for silky water?

I have a Nikon D700 which can take up to 10 multiple exposure in camera. I have a Samyang manual 14 mm lens ( brand new lens) with no filter thread for ND filters. I am visiting Iceland next month ...
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What are the effects of turning negative images to positives?

I was using my DSLR (D5200) to digitize some old negatives. Many articles stackoverflow helped with ideas. SO I have a backlit surface on which I place the negative & then take a closeup shot of ...
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Multi-exposure on the Nikon D700

I would like to know how to use the multi-exposure on my Nikon D700. I tried a couple of times but the outcome was dismal. The object/ people in the photos were all over the place and not as a one ...
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Is auto-iso affected by exposure compensation in manual (M) mode on nikon d7000?

When we set the camera to M mode the exposure compensation (e.g. +2EV) does not change the aperture and shutter because we are in fully manual mode. If we set auto iso the iso however changes ...
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How do I correctly expose a 3200 ISO film roll on a camera that allows 1600 ISO?

I just bought a 3200 ISO film roll (ILFORD DELTA 3200), and my camera (Chinon Cm-5) allows to set films up to 1600 ISO. What can I do to expose correctly? I thought of metering at 1600 and when it's ...
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Nikon Live-View shutter speed preview - a non-feature in the future? [closed]

I have a D3200. It offers a great feature: simulated preview of the three shutter parameters in Live-View (shutter speed, ISO, aperture). That means, when I change any of these parameters, Live-View ...
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What is Effective Aperture?

What is Effective Aperture? And how it can affect my exposure? Also how does it relate to magnification? A question that talks about effective aperture but without details
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Do sensors absorb different spectrum of light at different rate, making longer exposures better for blue skies?

I've found one suggestion about taking photo of sky: The sky becomes white in ur photos unlike others who retain blue color?? - Stop down the aperture to f8 or more, decrease ISO to 100 and ...
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Nikon d3200 plus old Philips flash

A friend is shooting some photos at an indoors night event and he only counts on a Nikon d3200 plus a super old flash Philips P36 TSL. What would be the recommended shooting mode and shutter speed? ...
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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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Why do all of these film photos look off color?

My friend is interested in starting up photography and asked to borrow one of my film cameras (my Minolta X-570) as a start. She just developed her first roll, and while a few photos look okay/correct ...
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Is Nikon ADL helping to increase the vividness of reflection in this picture?

This photo is one of the first I took with an N5100. I was surprised by the level of detail in the reflection; it was much less bright in person, at least as far as I recalled. The camera was set to ...
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How to shoot a shot with the moon and city skyline?

What is the best way to capture the moon with a city background? The moon is so bright that if I do long exposure to capture the city, the moon will be completely blown out into a white star. Is HDR ...
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Recommendations for use of exposure modes with Nikon D7100 DSLR

I'm looking for advice on handling tricky exposure situations, such as backlit portraits, in terms of picking between: 1. Manual exposure 2. Shutter/Aperture/Auto exposure, and using the AE/AF lock ...
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How does 18% exposure algorithm work?

They all say and teach the rule that camera exposes to 18% grey. Then they go and show an example of shooting a white board or black board and they both show as a grey board in the camera. Great, but ...
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Is it possible to take HDR-photos straight out of camera?

HDR is normally described as a post processing technique. I usually can't find time to do post-processing - thus I have turned out to favor SOOC-pictures ;-) My question is: Is it possible to create ...
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Weird color when dark area is brightened up?

Sometimes I have shots that are not well exposed (I shoot in RAW) and it's really dark. I would selectively brighten up the shadow area. Usually it's fine if the area is not too dark. But if it's ...
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Illumination question [duplicate]

I meter a surface at ASA 100 and get F4 at 1/15 second. What is the illumination coming off that surface in Cd/square foot ?
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Why do RAW files only show you 8 bit of the 14bit recorded?

Following up from a previous related raw file latitude question. Why do RAW files record in 14 bit but only show 8 bit of data? The remaining data is hidden away to the right or left of the histogram. ...
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Overexposed images when using ring flash

I am somewhat of a newbee to photography, but I have a Sigma EM-140 Ring Flash with a 18-250mm Sigma lens. In short, when I use the camera with the ring flash I can't get it to take photos that ...
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How large an exposure difference before it's noticable?

I'm being forced to work with a shutter that jitters (e.g., a 1/60 shutter could be anywhere between 1/59 and 1/61). I can't change the hardware, so please don't suggest that. I would if I could. ...
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Develop Canon Raw images on Mac OSX via command line into mutliple tiffs for pseudo-HDR

What is the best way to convert on the command line a Canon raw file (CR2) into 2 or 3 differently exposed tiffs for HDR/tonmapping? I would like to use Apple's sips, but couldn't find anything to ...
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Why is my camera so forgiving for overblown exposure?

I've found that my camera (Sony A99) is very forgiving in terms of overexposure when shooting in RAW. By that I mean, I can overexposure by a stop or so and when I get home for the post processing I ...
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How to deal with large exposure shifts during time lapse?

First - I've 30 yrs shooting experience. Not a novice. But, total Newbie to Time-lapse. Just did my first couple of tests yesterday. My wife was shopping - had to occupy myself.... I kept them short ...
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Can't see exposure indicator in viewfinder on Nikon D7000

I can't see that - <---|---> + indicator in my viewfinder (I can see it only in manual mode and it used to be everywhere). I went through the whole menu and didn't find anything that may be ...
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Does a flash's TTL automatically adjust as I change its location?

I just bought a radio trigger for my flash. I was just wondering if I understood TTL correctly, as I move the flash around and changes the distance does TTL automatically try to compensate (assuming ...
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What is the best order to set exposure parameters (ISO, aperture, shutter)? [duplicate]

Let's say that you're in a very controlled environment, there is no hurry to get the shot, and you're shooting manual. In order to correctly expose the photo, what order should you alter the ISO (if ...
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Differences between DLSR and SLT?

I already have a Sony SLT camera but I still wanted to understand the differences between DSLR and SLT. It's hard for me to compare because I don't have or ever owned a DSLR so the behaviour is very ...
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What is “correct” exposure?

Photography has been my hobby for far too many decades - first on film; and now digital (for about seven years). I recently had occasion to use exposure bracketing seriously for the first time, when I ...
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How do I get proper exposure when photographing white subjects?

When spot metering white subjects (e.g. snow, white birds), do I adjust the EV on my camera + or - to get a proper exposure? I'm getting conflicting info.
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How do TTL flash metering systems calculate how much power is needed?

Does anyone know how TTL calculates the amount of power to put in after the preflash is done? I understand that the value is somewhat brand specific, but what is the general logic? Because if you ...
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Why is my Metz 58 AF-2 using long shutter values when my Canon 60D is in Av mode?

About one year ago I bought a Metz 58 AF-2 for my Canon 60D. Because of a lack of free time to experiment with automatic functions, I have used it only in manual mode with other manual flashes, ...