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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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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 were:...
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What is Bulb Mode?

My camera has a 'bulb mode,' and several questions on photo-SE refer to using Bulb Mode. A few questions: What is 'Bulb Mode?' Why is it called 'Bulb Mode?' What is 'Bulb Mode used for?
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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 judge the difference between the real photo and what you see in LCD? [duplicate]

I'm interested in night sky photography. I most of the time travel for taking photos. But I got a terrible problem. At dark nights I have to decrease the LCD's brightness to not bother my eyes. When I ...
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Does the Canon 6D do focus-point spot metering or center spot metering?

In my previous, old cameras, the "spot metering" is in the center of the frame, no matter what. I'm hoping the Canon 6d spot metering is centered around the focus point, not the frame.
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Nikon Lens - Stopping down causes over exposure in Aperture Priority mode

I just got a used Nikon 300mm f/4 AF (the older, non-AF-S version), and unmounted, when set to f/4, the aperture blades are still slightly visible (you can push the aperture lever on the lens a bit to ...
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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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How can I improve my exposure in low-light situations?

I am new to photography and have been struggling with low light scenarios. I have a Nikon D3100 and an SB-900 flash. Regardless of my ISO, aperture, or shutter speed settings, when I am ...
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How do I tell if an image is exposed correctly when I can't trust the LCD? [duplicate]

I used exposure compensation when I take my shots and adjust it whenever it needs adjustments. Most of the time I shoot using Manual mode. My problem is, when I'm out on a sunny day I can't judge ...
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How many stops are there between 1/4000 and 1" shutter speeds [duplicate]

I've taken a series of photos as a bracketed HDR, starting at 1/4000th of a second going up to 1 second. How many stops are there between those? How would you be able to tell? The aperture and ISO do ...
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How to shoot/capture the droplets of water being sprayed through a spray bottle

I am trying to capture the droplets of water while being sprayed on a subject through a spray bottle. What I mean here is - when I am spraying the water on my subject, I want to capture the droplets ...
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Does it make sense to “Expose to the Right” except at base ISO?

I have read in a number of places that exposing to the right (ETTR) only makes sense at your camera's base ISO, with the justification being that if you are boosting the gain in camera (by raising the ...
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How to use built-in flash with off-camera 430ex ii on my Canon 600D

I have a 430EX ii speedlite which is controlled by the built-in transmitter in my 600D. I want to use the built-in flash as a fill light while using the off-camera speedlite as a key light. How can I ...
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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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How can I use flash with large apertures?

I get very frustrated. When I take portraits, I want to use a flash because I think they turn out better. But if I use an f-stop that is high enough to blur the background, my shutter speed only ...
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Are the aperture, ISO and shutter speed stops perfectly interchangeable?

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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Incorrect exposed images when shooting sports

When shooting sports I regularly have some incorrect exposed shots. Usually they are overexposed rather than underexposed. I thought it might be due to sticky aperture blades but after some testing I ...
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Exposure shooting youth sports during a sunny day [closed]

I would like to know how to prevent my photos from being dark during sunny day during a youth game. I am ising a nikon d90 shooting raw...and suggested settings would be appreciated.
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How to take high key portraits [closed]

What is the best method for achieving high-key portraits. I see them all the time of e.g. baby close-ups etc. but don't have a great deal of knowledge of how to create them. They are almost always ...
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Is it possible to take a five minute exposure with a Canon Powershot SX 160 IS?

I have a Canon Power Shot SX 160 IS. Is it possible to take a five minute exposure with this type of camera?
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how to determine how much power to use in manual mode for external flash? [duplicate]

i recently added an sb700 to my d3200 and am unsure how to determine proper amount of power to use in photos. in another thread here on stack exchange, it was suggested that the ttl metering makes a ...
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Light meter calculations on micro four thirds [duplicate]

I am planning to start using a light meter for portrait photography with an Olympus OMD EM5, off camera flash and an old Canon 135mm f2 manual lens. However having read about it, I think that I will ...
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Why has my camera stopped taking pictures in low light?

I have had a Canon T1i for about 4 years now and I've noticed that it won't take pictures in low light even when I'm in manual mode. I've taken some pictures using time exposure in "bulb" and even ...
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What are the pros and cons of setting my camera to lock exposure on half press? [duplicate]

The Sony NEX-5R has an "AEL w/ shutter" option that Sets whether or not to fix the exposure when you press the shutter button halfway down (On/Off) (from the manual) What are the pros and ...
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How do I “focus and recompose” using spot metering?

I usually use the "[auto]focus and recompose" method for taking candid photographs. In situations where there is a high degree of contrast, I would like to use spot metering to correct expose for ...
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Measuring pixel / area relative brightness

I'm going though Michael Freeman's books on exposure. I'll take his example of a light skin portrait to illustrate my question, although there is nothing specific to that kind of pictures. The author ...
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Can exposure parameters be kept high even at high ISO sensitivity, to keep image quality up?

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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Convert Exposure Time in seconds to a fraction

I'm writing my own software to manage my photo storage. Within the EXIF data the camera stores it's exposure time in seconds. So 1/60 is expressed as 0.0166666666666667. Sites like Flickr are ...
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Photographing luminous clothing

I was wondering how you take a photograph of luminous clothing. No reflective strips on it or anything. Just can't seem to get the colour real. It comes out washed out looking and not bright like it ...
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Grey cards and there understandings [duplicate]

Few months ago i Ordered for a Grey Card,they came in 3 numbers one card is Fully dark grey,second one is Light Grey,one is Like dull white,i read about Grey Cards and there uses for white Balance, to ...
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How do you use a gray card?

There are already two questions on how to make a gray card, but unfortunately my ignorance goes deeper than that. How do you use a gray card?
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When is it okay to have blown highlights and shadows?

I've always worked very hard to avoid absolute white and absolute black in my photos. But I think maybe I'm working too hard. When is it appropriate to have blown highlights / shadows? Are there ...
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Add Exposure Time multiple times from the same image [duplicate]

According to this question, it's possible to add the add the exposure time of multiple images. so i can take 20 pictures with a exposure time 1 second and get the same result as a image with 20 ...
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Low light photography with lens limitation

I was trying to take some pictures of the city night sky light with my Nikon D90 with its kit lens. Below are the settings I tried while taking pictures: F-Stop: 22 Mode: Manual I also tested with ...
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What ISO do I shoot Ilford Delta 3200 in?

I need to make pictures in crummy lighting conditions (inside a convention center) without much ability for external light apart from my camera flash. I ordered some Ilford Delta 3200 Black & ...
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Difference between short/long exposure for faraway objects?

Say I want to take a landscape-type photograph of some large object in the distant (focus at infinity); for instance a mountain range at the horizon, or even the moon. Suppose no closer objects appear ...
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Why are all my smartphone photos coming out near-white?

I have been using a Nokia 808 PureView for the last 22 months. Until recently, it was working fine but a few weeks ago, the headset port was not working, so I took it to the nearest store and had it ...
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What is the limiting factor of picture resolution?

What is the limiting factor? E.g (thought experiment) If we are 200m away from a tree (let's pretend it's perfectly stationary) and we take an exposure for a week, shouldn't we collect enough photons ...
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How do I make picture from my Canon Rebel more dramatic and colourful, via camera settings if possible?

I have just started clicking with my new Canon DSLR camera and while I'm getting used to its functions and settings, I was intending to get the colours more vibrant while clicking my pictures. Any ...
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How do disposable cameras work without exposure and focus control?

Before I got into photography, I used to use disposable cameras with ISO 400 film. I've gotten some decent results in various lighting, both inside and outside and at different focus distances. How do ...
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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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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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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 http://www.minimallyminimal....
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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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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 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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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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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 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 ...