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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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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 ...
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How can I take long exposure photos with a webcam?

I have a very simple webcam made by A4tech. It already has an exposure function (in its settings) and it's good in low light. I want to be able to take even longer exposures. I have found this but ...
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Skin tones become yellower/ oranger when flash is on

When I take pictures of people, the yellow and red tones seem to be enhanced and the result is a more jaundiced complexion in best case scenario and orange and a bit shiny if their skin is a bit oily. ...
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How can I take slow, wide-open photos in bright light? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are neutral density filters and how do I use them to create long exposures in daylight? I like to take photos of motorsports and high speed action. Sometimes I use ...
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How does the sensitivity of camera sensor behaves with the infrared filters?

I am puzzled about the behavior of camera sensor to the infrared spectrum. I have heard that the you must remove the internal infrared filter to capture infrared pictures. So, I removed it and used ...
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Is there a way to correct exposure on photos in a panorama taken without AE lock on?

I made a stupid mistake on some of my pano's I shot this past weekend, I forgot to hold AE-lock. Now I've got about three photos that I can't use due to difference in exposure on them. Is there a ...
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how do I long expose in harsh light for a lake view?

I have this problem of long exposure in harsh light. This in a lake side where I wanted to get that silky movement of water with a stone in foreground. However, since the daylight was harsh my images ...
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How to achieve good scenic photos without HDR?

I've always had a problem getting exposure right with shots of the outdoors. I always seem to need to do manipulation which ends up in noisy photos. I know HDR would sort it out, but I'm using a ...
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Modify exposure of a specific part of an image using rawtherapee or gimp (ufraw)

Is there a way to modify the exposure on a specific part of an image using rawtherapee, Gimp's ufraw, or any other free/open source tool?
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How to get a smooth gradient on sky?

I wanted to capture this beautiful dawn. The colors came well but the gradient is banded, if you see closely. I know we can post process the image to smooth it out, but I would like to directly ...
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When best to use Multi-Zone/Matrix, Spot, or Center-Weight?

What are Multi-Zone/Matrix metering, Center-Weighted metering, and Spot metering? What about Partial? Is there a good rule of thumb, or a few pointers, on when best to use each metering mode?
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A Good “Flexible” Default Setting For Shooting Highly Dynamic Subjects

I know this is quite vague and that some of you might say the setting depends on how much lighting the place has. However, I want to know what "default" settings I can use for shooting pageants, float ...
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How do I change the exposure setting in manual mode on a Canon EOS 550D?

I have recently bought a Canon EOS 550D. In the Manual Mode, I am unable to change the exposure level. What am I missing here? I am sure there must be a way to change it.
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How do I prevent the background from going dark when using the flash with a subject?

This is with Flash, short shutter exposure time, and zoomed in This is without Flash but with long shutter exposure time when using the Flash the background tends to get dark and the subject ...
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What is the Black Card Technique?

I have found interested comments on 500px: Non-HDR-processed / Non-GND/ND-filtered / non-blended● Black Card Technique and group on Flickr. Could somebody explain how to and cons and pros of this ...
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Can a new focusing screen affect exposure metering?

After i replaced original focusing screen with a split one, it seems that every picture i take is overexposed now. Can it affect on exposure? Or i damaged something while replacing it? I own Nikon ...
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Is over-exposure preferable than under-exposure?

I am learning the world of Photography and always attempt to get the best possible shot but there are times when getting the exposure just right can be tricky depending on the situation. (I can tell ...
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What's the difference between holding a half-pressed shutter button and pressing the AE lock?

As I have been looking around today the AE lock button is supposed to lock in the focus and exposure settings (aperture and shutter) so that the picture can be recomposed before taken. I also believe ...
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In Lightroom 3, what is the difference between exposure and brightness?

What's the difference between adjusting a photo's exposure versus its brightness? I created a virtual copy of a photo. The original's exposure was increased 1 stop. The other got an increase in ...
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What is “exposure safety shift”?

I ran into the term "exposure safety shift" in this answer. What is exposure safety shift, and what is its intended purpose?
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What techniques are there to get focus and/or lock exposure other than center, half-press, and recompose?

The way I shoot is this: turn the camera so that the subject is in the middle of the viewfinder, where my center point is, press the shutter half way, the camera now focuses the lens on the subject ...
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How do you photograph sand dunes?

In 2010 I was lucky enough to visit Death Valley. While we were there we went to the sand dunes. I took this shot Its not how I remembered the scene, It seems as if a lot of the detail has been ...
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How do I effectively photograph when the sun is in the frame?

I have been trying to get a good shot out of direct sunlight but my shots just turn out dark, even if I set my shutter speed to the 1000-4000 range at ISO 200. Another odd thing is that even if my ...
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Why does the exposure vary in these Nikon flash photos?

The following 4 photos were all taken with a Nikon D300 at 1/250s, f/5.3, ISO-400, in shutter priority mode, with the on-camera pop-up flash. The only difference between them is the exposure bias, ...
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How does aperture affect exposure? [duplicate]

I've heard that aperture can change the exposure, but I would like to know if this is true, and how it does it. P.S. I hope this question isn't dumb like my last two.
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Can telephoto lenses cause the background to be darker than the foreground in the same light?

I took this photograph yesterday afternoon at around 5:15pm EDT, about two hours before sunset: The sky, in my perception, was bright, and my little subject is standing in the same lighting as the ...
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How can I set an exposure time over 30 seconds with a DSLR?

Most DSLRs have an exposure time limit of 30 seconds. Now I'm asking myself how is it possible to create images about over 1 hour or longer, like these two: ...
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Why does a 15-second exposure on my camera actually last 16 seconds?

I was doing a test and wanted the shutter to stay open for 15 seconds -- no problem, I have a 15-second exposure setting in my camera. It seemed to stay open for about an extra second, though, so I ...
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What settings do I need for shooting a candid against the sky?

I have Canon 1000D. Most of the times I use canon 50MM F1.8. I use evaluative metering and single point (center) auto focus. What setting do I need to change to have metering of sky (say red of ...
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How to best view test shots on camera LCD in bright, outdoor photo shoot

A couple weeks ago I did a basic outdoor photo shoot for a family. It was mid day, and the sun was out. I took test shots initially and when viewing the shots on my DSLR's LCD screen they appeared to ...
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Why are these light trails large blobs of light instead of nice thin lines?

I'm trying to shoot a traffic light trails with my point & shoot camera (Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8). But the oncoming vehicle headlights are appearing as large blobs of light and not exactly thin ...
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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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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?