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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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Why did my northern lights pictures turn out totally black? [duplicate]

Trying to shoot northern lights, able to see images in my view finder eye piece, dark on live view and the pics turned out totally black. I used ISO 800-1000, 8 sec, F3.5 manual mode.
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Why do some polarizers transmit more light then others?

How do filters such as the Singh-Ray LB Polarizer transmit more light then other circular polarizers? I am particularly interested in this technology because they claim to only add 1-1/3 stop to the ...
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AEB on the Canon Rebel T2i

Hi I'm new to this whole HDR scene and I actually have a few questions regarding this. I was trying to take RAW photos with my camera set to AEB on -2, 0, and +2 exposure today with continuous shot ...
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Guide number and exposure [duplicate]

I am having a bit of a difficulty calculating this. Guide#= 32 feet at ISO 100 X sync speed= 1/250 Min ISO= 100 Max ISO= 800 What exposure values to expose to capture subject that's far away? What ...
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When is it realistic to take a non-flash picture of someone outside after sunset?

This is a question from a non-photographer. I'm writing a scene for a stage play. In my scene, there's a celebrity in crisis in a park after sunset and a photographer who'd dearly like to get a ...
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How can I simulate a long exposure photo using a set of shorter exposure photos?

I'm shooting towards the sky to capture the stars. The exposure time is 15 seconds, so I can see the stars still, without a trace. These photos are taken continuously one after the other, because I ...
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Should I use EC when all details are captured?

I took this picture after looking at the histogram from my camera. Supposedly the details of the main object at the center was not clipped, but it is surely too dark to see it clearly. So i used ...
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Are meteors dim?

I was out last night trying to shoot the Geminids meteor shower. I was using a Canon 5D2, 17-40mm f4.0 lens set to 17mm and f4.0, ISO 400. The camera was mounted on a non-tracking mount (only because ...
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Can ISO vary on different cameras?

We all know that [ISO] + [shutter speed] + [aperture] = a great picture. Now, let's take two different (very!) cameras: Nikon D3100 vs Nikon D800 and set them on Aperture priority. Settings for the ...
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If shooting RAW, is the white balance selected in camera irrelevant for exposure?

I have read the existing question - Does the camera white balance setting affect the raw image at all? After reading the above post, I am still not clear on the part around exposure. Is it possible ...
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Why doesn't my camera capture a dark picture when it looks dark to the human eye?

I tried searching for this, but found nothing on this topic: is there a way to set the camera to get images in around the brightness a human eye sees? For example, in bright daylight, I would set it ...
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How to picture thunder when storm is coming [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What technique and camera settings should I use to capture lightning strikes? My home town is very lack of thunders, but when time comes, I should be prepared to shoot. ...
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How do objects in the dark come up when post processing?

I took one shot of oil lamps. Partial metering mode was used and I focused on the bright yellow light, as expected the image was captured with only the light and its immediate surroundings visible. ...
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Why do cameras use a single exposure rather than integrating across many very quick reads?

I have never understood why cameras need a shutter with a specific speed and why this cannot be adjusted in postprocessing. I think that present sensor works in an integral way: they save the amount ...
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What's the difference between a closed and open aperture diaphragm for night street photos?

I'm capturing a picture during night and to a street with a lot of cars running over the street. What happens (in general, from a theoretical point of view) if I shoot the same photo under the ...
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What is mirror lockup and what is its primary function?

My SLR is equipped with a mirror lockup function. What does it do, and when would I employ such a feature?
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Why doesn't noise depend on exposure time?

In the post Why do cameras use a single exposure rather than integrating across many very quick reads? an important question was if the noise depends on the exposure time or not. By noise I mean the ...
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Do the same camera settings lead to the same exposure across different sensor sizes?

Let's say I have a micro-4/3rd camera and a full frame camera, both set to 1/60 at f/2.8, taking a picture of the same scene in the same lighting. Will the exposure be the same across both cameras ...
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When to use exposure lock with spot metering and when to use exposure compensation?

I was taking a snap on a sunny day, and the subject was in front of light source and subject was shadowed out(or blackened) In this case is it better to use partial/spot metering mode (zoom in to face ...
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Technical book about exposure

I am interested about studying exposure. I went through a few tutorial (as a beginner of DSLR photography) but I find them generally lacking of details. I have a background in engineering, physics ...
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Why do digital cameras need an exposure time at all?

From what I understand of digital cameras, they are basically a lens plus a tiny two-dimensional array of millions of photo-diodes. And from what I understand of photo-diodes, they create a voltage ...
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When determining exposure, is ISO typically taken into consideration secondary to aperture and shutter speed or is it equally as important?

In other words, do professional photographers typically pick the aperture and shutter speed they want and then after those are picked adjust the ISO until their exposure meter shows the shot as being ...
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Why does EV increase as ISO increases?

From what I understand, the lower the EV value, the more exposed (bright) the image is. EV decreases as aperture decreases. More light gets in with lower apertures. EV decreases as shutter speed ...
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how to neutralise exposure in Manual mode [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I know I have the correct exposure when shooting in manual mode? I have a canon 550d, initially the settings were fine in Manual mode, but know I see following ...
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How can I expose a waterfall scene correctly?

Last day, I was photographing a waterfall. It was a bright day and I was shooting around 2-3 in the afternoon. I set aperture to f/11 and took the meter reading pointing camera towards the sky. ...
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D800 Previews Much Brighter in Camera, Very Dark When Rendered

I've been shooting with the D800 for about 6 months now, and I've noticed that the in-camera previews appear much brighter and more properly exposed. But when I load the RAW images into either ...
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How to take fast-shutter-speed photos that aren't dark?

I was taking pictures of some water splashes. I knew I needed a fast shutter speed to make them look frozen in time. I have not used manual mode yet. I use the settings where I can pick the shutter ...
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How sharp of an image should I expect at night?

I'm a beginner with my first camera (sony nex6 mirrorless). I was trying my first few night shots Using the kit lens but I wasn't able to find a way to take sharp images. I've done the following: ...
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Why are there limitations to the upper limit of exposure time in digital cameras?

For example, my Canon 550D will only go as far as 30 sec (and then of course the bulb mode). For measuring exposure, I think all the camera needs is a timer, and I have no doubt they would have to do ...
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Synchronization problems with Rekam NEO 200 and Canon 600D

I've recently got two Rekam NEO 200 lamps with synchronization cable. To connect them to my canon 600D i've bougth an adapter. The flash seems to sync correctly when setting exposition to values ...
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What is “reciprocity failure”?

What is "reciprocity failure" when used in the context of film?
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Why would I use FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing)?

In what situation would using FEB (Flash Exposure Bracketing) be a good idea? Exposure bracketing can be blended together with HDR, but why would I use FEB?
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What zone does lith film cutoff occur in?

With lith film, exposure accuracy is said to be of great concern - basically, it's a matter of black and white. But when metering, what zone does the cutoff between black and white happen in - is it ...
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Long exposures without turning night into day

When taking Night Photography you will use long exposures. Sometimes these exposures can be very long. My question is this: How can I take long exposures without turning a night scene into a scene ...
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Should my Nikon D3100 adjust settings to allow for use of flash in AP or SP mode

When I'm shooting with the onboard flash in low light conditions, I observe the exposure preview settings between no flash and the flash popped up - there appears to be little or no difference between ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using auto ISO on a DSLR?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using auto ISO on a DSLR? Using manual ISO obviously gives you more control, but auto ISO may mean that you get "the shot" under quickly changing ...
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How Avoid Vignetting using a variable ND filter

My camera is Nikon D700 Lens 28-300mm Lens 24-70mm I have a Variable ND filter 77mm size How do I avoid vignetting around the edges of the filter? thank you.
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Pentax P-TTL: Why and when does underexposure occur and what can I do?

Pentax's P-TTL flash metering system tends to be unreliable and may underexpose at times. When and why does the system underexpose and what can I do? I want to know the situations that cause flash ...
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How do I take a portrait at night with detail in the background instead of just blackness?

I was trying to make a photo of my girlfriend around 9 pm with a D7000, Sigma 24-70 2.8, and SB-900. She was in the center of the frame, taking up about 20% of the frame. About 40% was taken up by ...
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What metering mode should one use with autoexposure (AE) lock on the Nikon D700?

I will be visiting Morocco in week's time. I usually use matrix metering when taking photographs. However I have read that using the autoexposure (AE) Lock on the Nikon D700 one should use center- ...
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Heavy colour saturation on night photos with new lens? Is this normal

I have a Canon 550D and bought a Sigma 17-70mm lens to upgrade from the 18-55mm lens kit. I decided to go out and try the new lens with some night shots. To be honest, the results were bad. I used a ...
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Photographing microfiche readers: Bright light forces camera to darken image

I am a researcher and often have to take photographs of material from microfiche cards. The problem that I have been encountering is that on non-digital readers, there is a bright lamp behind the ...
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Does the same aperture at a shorter focal length allow for faster shutter speeds?

I was about to ask why the new Canon 24-70mm F/2.8L II doesn't have IS, but then I came across the answer to Why there is no Canon 50mm *IS* lens? and it got me thinking... (The short version of the ...
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Night-time football game under field lights

I am shooting a little league football game at night under the field lights for the first time amd I have a few questions to ask. I will be using the Canon EOS 60D camera with a Canon 24-70mm 1:2.8 L ...
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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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Can the camera select wrong exposure just because of color?

I took two pictures of two different flowers with portrait setting. One came perfectly exposed with dark background, the other seems over exposed with brighter background. I tried it again and the ...
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Is the dynamic range affected by exposure time?

For a given scene, if I take 2 similar shots: short exposure time (maybe using higher aperture, higher ISO...) long exposure time (lower aperture or ISO) The goal is to have the shots with the ...
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What exposure mode and techniques should I use when out-and-about?

I'm interested to hear what exposure/metering techniques people use when taking out-and-about shots (no tripod). I almost always have my camera set to Aperture Priority mode, and I suspect most people ...
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What is the effect of directly changing exposure from the camera's menu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is exposure compensation? In the Aperture Priority mode (Av), changing the Aperture size would automatically adjust the Shutter Speed to ensure proper exposure. I ...
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Can a consumer-grade camera take good aurora pictures?

It's generally hard to take clear pictures of auroras because they are fairly dim and move around. To get enough light for a good picture, you need a long exposure. But then your picture will be ...