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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 picture too dark? [closed]

http://500px.com/photo/5546307 Probably some personal taste applies here too, but Would be better to have things more bright in order to have some area which are at the bright end of the range? ...
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How do I properly expose dark scenes containing bright light sources?

I'm new in photography, however I have some basic knowledge of exposure, aperture, etc. I own a Nikon D7000. The issue I've found in number of pics I've taken (in P mode) is that whenever the scene ...
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Ways in order to achieve dramatic lighting styles?

My question is more specific to the situation I am going to be shooting [with the subject being a person laying down in a hospital bed] The photo will be taken from the ceiling above the bed and ...
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What's a good ad-hoc replacement for a gray card?

I know that a real gray card is the best thing to use to determine exposure. But I'd like to know if there are other naturally available features that can be used in a quick and dirty way. Are fields ...
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Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?

I've heard that digital sensors are less "forgiving" of blown highlights than film. Why is this? There's something called "characteristic curves". How does this related, in film and in digital? Can ...
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What is the best way to handle overexposed sky in post-processing?

I'm new at photography and I have taken some pictures where the subjects in the foreground are exposed correctly but the sky is very overexposed. What is the best way to handle it in post production? ...
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What filter should I use to avoid overly-whitened daylight images?

What filter should I use to avoid whitened images (blown highlights) caused by intense daylight? At the moment I am only using an UV Filter, but it doesn't solve the whole problem. I am a newbie in ...
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Equalize exposure levels of a set of images in a stitched panorama

I've taken a set of pictures for a panorama. Unfortunately, I've forgotten to set the flash to manual exposure, hence I ended up with uneven exposure levels in the images. When I stitch them ...
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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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What is the reason for underexposure in my film photographs?

Thanks to all the quality answers I got here that helped me to buy a film camera. I got my first roll of film processed and printed. The print results are not as pleasing as looking at the slides ...
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What is the EV scale?

I have seen an "EV" (exposure value) scale that's sometimes used to express a camera's exposure settings, or scene brightness. How exactly does this scale work?
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How critical is it to expose raw images correctly?

I have been thinking about the Zone System and its goal of maximising image quality given the limitations of film sensitivity and the necessity to choose specific developing parameters. Clearly you ...
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What is Ansel Adams' “Zone System”?

I've heard much of Ansel Adams' Zone system, but I've never quite understood it. What is it, how and where is it used, and is it still useful with modern (digital) cameras? Thanks!
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Why is exposure meter reading not changing in Manual mode?

I own a Nikon D90. I am new to exposure setting. In Manual mode, I could see the exposure meter changing towards right of zero and towards left of zero informing about under exposure and over ...
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How can I salvage an HDR image from non-optimal source images?

During a recent wedding, I took a number of shots with my Nikon D90 at different exposures, hoping to merge them into HDR pictures. However, it was done in a hurry, i.e. with no auto-bracketing or ...
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How to maximise contrast range of distant landscapes with blue haze?

Distant landscapes often appear hazy, washed-out and blue due to Rayleigh scattering. What can be done to maximise the contrast range of the exposure when photographing such scenes? For example: ...
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Is there a good use for program exposure modes?

The question about how programed exposure modes work made me wonder. Are there situations where a program mode is good for some reason, not just as a convenience or because you don't understand ...
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How do you make a shot look like it was taken at night?

Okay, so I was watching a movie recently, and there was a night scene. The whole valley could be seen in light, and there were some stars as well, and the actors could be seen, but it just looked like ...
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Why are only certain shutter speeds or apertures available?

For the exposure control function DSLRs there are specific shutter speeds available. For example there are 1/4, 1/100, 1/500. Why, even in high end DSLRs, is there no option to use a custom shutter ...
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How does this TLR camera expose properly?

I found a DIY TLR camera kit that lets you build the camera from parts, then use it to take photos. What I don't understand, is that the specs list: 1/150s shutter speed; f/11 aperture From that ...
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How do I use spot metering?

What's the right way to use spot metering? Is it better to use in manual mode than one of the priority modes? There's a question about when to use spot metering, but none that serves as a tutorial to ...
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Should I use Manual or (semi-)automatic mode for timelapse in changing light?

I'm planning a long road trip (east coast to west coast, about 45 hours of driving) and am thinking about shooting a time-lapse video of my drive. As I can expect the light levels to change pretty ...
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What situations are best suited for spot metering?

I have found myself using spot metering on several occasions in order to get the right exposure, such as sunsets and on bright days with a subject in the shade. What other situations are well suited ...
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Should I set exposure on my camera or later with software?

With most cameras (Point-n-Shoots and DSLRs) I have always seen exposure settings for exposure. My question is this, should I mess with exposure in the camera while taking the shot or use software ...
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How to get meter reading for a DSLR if not from 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 do different aperture and shutter settings affect a photo with the same overall exposure?

Ok, here's my doubt. Suppose I want to get a certain exposure for an image. Keeping the ISO constant, there are two tentative possibilities here: Put the camera at f 1.4 (say) and at 1/1600 shutter ...
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What causes outdoor photos to turn out bright white when taken with a digital camera?

I set my Canon Powershot A460 to automatic mode and took photographs outdoors. When I see the to-be-photographed area on the LCD, it appears normal; but when I take a picture, the photo turns out ...
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Bracketing with ISO or exposure time?

With old cameras, you had film with fixed ISO and you could bracket your shots by either adjusting the f-stop or exposure time. Normally, if I have enough light, I prefer to keep the f-stop constant ...
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Can photographers pre-visualize complete camera settings of a scene in their heads?

Can an experienced photographer walking down the street with no equipment visualize exactly what settings would work with a particular lens/body to capture a scene at that moment in time? Similarly ...
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How does Sunset Mode affect exposure on Canon A800?

I was puzzled recently when I did some test shots with my Canon A800 by shooting the same (landscape) scene with and without full optical zoom and with the camera program set to SCN - Sunset. (Sunset ...
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Why are there multiple contradictory ways to control flash ratio?

I am reading the following introduction to flash photography: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-flash-2.htm In this article, I came across two seemingly contradictory statements: ...
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How can I think logically about getting correct exposure with flash?

I recently got a new off-camera flash (Nikon SB-700), and I'm having trouble thinking about the variables that go into proper exposure. For example, without flash, I have a little mental decision ...
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Are there any situations in which it makes sense to raise the ISO in bright daylight?

Are there any situations in which it makes sense to raise the ISO in bright day light? For example, this pic has been taken in bright day light with ISO 3200, f18, 1/1250: ...
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How do I check the exposure meter reading on a DSLR?

I'm a beginner, and I have a Nikon D5100. Many times I come across the suggestion to "Check the meter reading for exposure." Where can I find this reading and how do I read it?
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What advice would you give for taking photos on a boat cruise at night?

Tomorrow I will be going on a boat cruise in the evening in London. I will no doubt be looking for photo opportunities on the boat, both of people, as well as the landmarks/surroundings. I'm pretty ...
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Why meter off sky, then change aperture and shutter speed?

In section "Night and Low-Light Phtography" that starts on page 128 of Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure" book, he has several examples where he (spot) meters off the sky with a large aperture, ...
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Why does my Canon 60D sometimes lengthen exposure when using the flash?

In low light conditions, my first shot will often be handheld with no flash. If there's not enough light however, the shutter speed can be too slow and I'm not steady enough for a crisp image - so ...
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Why am I getting overexposed shots in P mode with a D7000?

When using my D7000 I often have the feeling that it overexposes by 1/3 or even more, on the P programme - it also depends on the lens. Is it just me? Or am I doing something wrong? EDIT: Exposure ...
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What is one “stop”?

I always hear this term, e.g., I had to go down one stop Increasing X by Y raises Z by one stop I turned down the flash/the light two stops This lens/sensor/strobe/Photoshop tweak raises X by ...
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What's the best way to take cityscape photos on a night boat cruise?

I'm going on a boat cruise tonight in London. What's the best way to take photos of the riverbanks from the boat at night? My kit includes: Nikon D7000 Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 ...
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What is “photometric exposure”?

What is "photometric exposure," and how is it related to what is commonly called "exposure" and "exposure values"? I have also seen the term "radiometric exposure" used to describe a similar ...
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How do I use the +/- scale of the light meter in my camera?

I have just recently used the metering scale. I assume that if the scale arrow points in the middle, this means that the camera detects that the current exposure settings are the "right" ones. ...
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How does one deal with too much light when taking a photo?

How does one cancel out extra light while clicking a photo? Is decreasing the aperture a better option, or using a faster shutter speed? What are other options we could try?
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How to cope with high contrast?

Many times (especially around midday), we encounter lighting situations where the contrast of the scene is too high to capture with a camera. What can we do to create a useful picture in such ...
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How to achieve even brightness in landscape photography? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How can I get the right exposure when parts of the scene are in the shade and others are in the sun? How to cope with high contrast? Today I went for a walk with my ...
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Why does my camera's meter suggest the same exposure time for lenses with different apertures?

On the same camera body (Canon 1Ds MkII) at the same ISO setting (400) and with no filters attached, two different lenses give the same exposure time (0.4s) at very different apertures. The lenses and ...
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What camera settings should be used to capture sky shots without over exposing the clouds?

I have spent some time photographing landscapes with blue sky and white clouds, but the clouds always come out overexposed. I have tried different settings and still have the same result. What should ...
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Different sources of noise and ways to avoid/correct those [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What types of noise can be present in digital photographs? I've few questions related to noise found in digital images. There are topics on this forum on underexposure ...
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How quick are you able to set the exposure on the Sony NEX-C3 (or other cameras like it)?

Background I am considering the NEX-C3 as a nice camera to take on trips\shoots\vacation\outing\etc where my DSLR would be too large but I do not want to sacrifice my ability to set the exposure of ...
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How can I get the right exposure when parts of the scene are in the shade and others are in the sun?

Have a look at these snaps. On the first one the church has the right exposure but the tree is too dark. On the other hand in the second one the tree is perfect but the church is too bright. Is there ...