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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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How to set correct exposure in low light condition

Does anyone know how to set correct exposure in low light? I saw lot of recommendations in internet (open aperture,...), but i still can't get the correct exposure for some specific situations. For ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Underexposed image with Canon 5D III and flash

Just started using my Mark III with flash (Neewer TT560 Speedlite). And I'm getting strange results. At first I thought it was a battery issue and another set of batteries seemed to have fixed the ...
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Nikon D610 problems with over and under exposure

lately, when I shoot with my Nikon D610 (on a tripod, inside with a non moving subject) I get the following. First shot, severely overexposed, second shot severely underexposed and the third shot is ...
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How do i select right exposure? [duplicate]

I have canon EOS 600D and also I have following lenses: 18-55mm 55-250mm 40mm f/2.8 How do I select correct exposure. what is the sequence of priory. currently I first changing the iso, ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Why is my Canon 7D light sensor under-sensitive?

It seems the light meter indicator in the viewfinder on my Canon 7D underestimates how bright the picture will be. This makes for overexposed photos whenever I use anything other than full manual ...
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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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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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Why would exposure settings be very different for the same scene between full-frame and APS-C (using a 10-stop ND filter)?

I own a Nikon D600 and my girlfriend owns a Nikon D7000. Recently we were out doing landscape in broad daylight with our big stoppers. We have the same 10 stop filter and we came across to something ...
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How can I achieve this 'pure white' skin effect?

Much better quality larger version here I am trying to get this 'pure white' skin effect. Is this just playing with over-exposure or is it more post-processing work? The above image is not mine. I ...
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Glass photograph

I have a photograph of I think my great grandmother over150 years old it is on glass not stuck on. She is sitting down and looks to have a false arm but I think it will be with her sitting in one ...
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Canon Film SLR 28-80 mm lens with sunfilter; what should be my aperture settings and distance

With the Canon Film SLR 28-80 mm lens with sunfilter (I think it has zero impact on focal length) what should be my aperture settings, if I have to take pictures of people in crowd and restaurant to ...
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How to make Liveview mode in Canon 450D stop simulating exposure?

On the Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) camera, Liveview mode always shows the true exposure of the image. If exposure is set too dark (fast shutter and closed aperture), Liveview shows a darker image. If ...
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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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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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How does a camera in an automatic mode choose what exposure, aperture and ISO to use? [duplicate]

For example: Does the camera detect if the scene contains fast-moving objects and if so use a shorter shutter speed? Does it detect if the entire scene is beyond the hyperfocal distance, and there's ...
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High-speed camera for Photographing Fast objects such as balls? Important features?

I am interested to shoot fast balls such as golf balls and tennis balls to see their features such as speed, spinning and start angle. I am an amateur and only familiar with photographing though my ...
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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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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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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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How to create an image with star trails in the background and clear, bright foreground objects?

Take a look at the following image by Franky Chou: I'm trying to understand how it was even possible. I mean, it's clear how you do a stars' trail shot, but with a long exposure, I feel like the ...
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Even exposure for portrait photos [duplicate]

I'm using a Canon Powershot sx510hs which is an advanced point and shoot camera with 30x optical zoom. It has only one focus point at the center. Whenever I am trying to take portraits, having sky as ...
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Graininess and lack of detail [duplicate]

Hello fellow lens loving junkies! I have been struggling to get very sharp, non-grainy images. I have a Canon Rebel Eos T3i. Even images at 100 ISO are not as sharp as I would like. Not sure if it is ...
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How can I calculate settings for manual flash to reduce trial and error? [duplicate]

I have two Yongnuo 560-III flashes that I have been using for a while, In order to get good results I am having to do a lot of trial and error. Adjusting power, zoom, moving them around etc. Is there ...
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Lightroom/ACR Histogram Shape

If I open a raw file in ACR or Lightroom and move the exposure slider, why does the shape of the histogram change? If all I'm doing is changing the exposure, I would expect the shape itself to remain ...
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How to calculate camera settings for a family group portrait with a film camera and flash?

I'm shooting film 200 ASA.,, Three rows of family members in front of a large white lit xmas tree, with flash. Distance from first row approx.15ft. Where should the focus on the group be? What would ...
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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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What's the best workflow for shooting stationary objects in a makeshift studio?

I have bought the following kit to shoot my portfolio which consists of mostly books and posters: Super White Background + 2 strobes 100 watts each with softboxes ...
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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 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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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 can I do to improve exposure on my Canon 30D? [duplicate]

All my pictures taken indoors show very low-light. I guess it should be giving more brightness when I chose f/5.6 aperture, 1/25 sec, ISO 200. And I doubt I might be doing something wrong or if its ...
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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 does the luminance of an object in the real world relate to brightness in an image?

For example, what would be the brightness (i.e. the gray level, RGB value, lightness in HSL space, luminance inLAB space) of a white light bulb if it is correctly exposed?
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Why is my D3300 taking dull, over exposed pics?

Hi everyone, I am a doctor who has been recently introduced to the wonderful art of photography. My first camera was a Sony Nex 5r with 16-50 kit lens and I had a gala time with it. I ...
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Shutter speed scale [duplicate]

I have been preparing a guide table for use with a 10-stop neutral density filter and ran into the following difficulty: the shutter speed scale doesn't seem to match the theoretical values. ...
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How to understand a quote for the correct exposure when shooting ColorChecker?

The problem concerns the examination of the correct exposure photographing a colorchecker... Manual mode, fixed ISO 100 (camera dafault), other values read from the lightmeter ... and now: Can you ...
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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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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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about luminance and illuminance: what is the difference? [duplicate]

First of all, let me say that english is not my first language, so please excuse any mistakes that you could meet from here on out. I read several articles and explanations about luminance and ...
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Photography in sunlight [duplicate]

I have read in most of the sites sayin take pics in sunlight which will enhance the look, my quest is , on evening time in outdoor while posing for a picture i shrinked my eyes due to direct sunlight, ...
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What are good settings to use for exposure bracketing? [duplicate]

I take exposure-bracketed photos on the Sony NEX-5R and exposure fuse them in Photomatix. I've found that I've had to use exposure bracketing for low-light photos, to capture the shadows without ...
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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 ...