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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 am I getting black photos when I use the Manual feature on my DSLR?

I was taking photos a few days ago, and I had it set to Manual. After about four photos, the rest started coming out black. I could see through my eyepiece clearly, and it took the photo normally, but ...
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Why don't cameras have metering modes that expose RAW files to the right?

Cameras could do ETTR quicker and more accurately than humans, and without the risk of actually clipping any pixels. The camera could then write a field to the RAW metadata telling the viewer home ...
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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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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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Skin very red, blotchy in front of camera

I'm shooting vlog-like videos with a Canon SL1. My skin looks very blotchy, pasty, and red (see below). Anyway to fix that? Here are the settings: Shutter Speed: 60 Aperture: 4.5 ISO: 800 ...
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Calculating exposure pre-light meter era

i watched a video on pray pixel about a street photographer with a Leica film camera. So I read a bit about the mechanical Leica, and it said there was no built in light meter. Hailing from the DSLR ...
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When to expose for the shadows vs expose for the highlights?

I'm a beginner photographer and I have read articles that advocate exposing to the right (ETTR) and articles that advocate exposure to the left (ETTL), and this has left me quite confused. I assume ...
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What is exposing for the background?

In every video I watched when they want to shoot the guy who has a blue sky or open background behind him, they say "expose for the background" but I don't understand what do they mean? I am using ...
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When using a ring light, how do I get rid of the dimmed backround?

I just bought a new ring light and I love it! However I would like to use it and still have the backround light up instead of everything going dark. How can I achieve this? P.s I use my iphone 6 and ...
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Is analog gain really actually power-of-two only?

Context I'm using a Nikon D5200, which features extra ISO values between powers of two, that the Nikon D60 did not offer. D60 offers 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (1-stop interval). D5200 offers two ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

Edit: Since coming back from Australia, I had my eye on a Sony a5100 for a while, and I bought it in the Amazon lightning deals. I have to say, the Sony takes much better pictures in terms of detail ...
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what are the different Sony automated shooting modes?

My Sony Alpha QX1, via the interface running on the separate smart phone, has shooting modes "P" and two others with icons only in different colors, and zero explanation other than that they are ...
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How do I use the manual exposure setting in the new Google Camera app?

In April 2014, Google revamped its Android camera app. In the settings menu under "Advanced", there is just one option: Manual exposure. It defaults to off, but after turning in it on, I can't find ...
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Is there a trick to the right exposure for sky photos?

I am a new photographer and have had some lessons in photography. I understand how to shoot in manual, but the hardest part for me is outdoor shoots against a bright sky. I have been taught to meter ...
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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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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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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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What is exposure compensation?

What does exposure compensation do? If I take a photo with a given shutter speed, aperature, and ISO, and then take the same shot with +1EV or -1EV, what is actually happening? Is this just a gain ...
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Canon PowerShot S100 overexposing in Av mode with built-in flash

I use a Canon PowerShot S100. My question is, why did I get this (for me) unexpected overexposure? I was photo-documenting a project and wanted a close up with a good depth of field so I set Av ...
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What caused excessively high grain in Delta ISO 400 film developed by a shop?

I have shot film before, never black and white though. I also haven't ever developed a film before, neither did I this time. I used Ilford Delta 400 and I shot it at rated ISO (at least I think I ...
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How do shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?

When shooting in natural or ambient artificial light (without flash, basically), how do light, shutter speed, ISO and aperture work together to control exposure?
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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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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 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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How many stops are there between middle gray and white point?

I’m trying to wrap my head around the relation between exposure, dynamic range, stops of light, and middle gray. I’m going to ask several questions on that topic. Some of them can be stupid or ...
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Why am I am seeing rings (banding) instead of smooth graduation in my sunrise pictures?

Below is a screen capture crop from Potoshop of an unaltered raw photo from my full frame Canon 6D taken with the new Canon 16-35 f4 L at 16mm, ISO 100, f22. I am seeing rings where I am expecting a ...
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How to correct photos which were overexposed at the edges only?

I'm dealing with a set of photos where a model was photographed against a white backdrop. The problem is that due to the setup, way too much light reflected off the backdrop. So the model's face (for ...
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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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Why are the tops of people's bodies missing from this photo taken with a tablet from a moving car?

My friend recently took a picture with her tablet of two boys riding a bicycle while she was in a moving car. When she viewed the picture, the background was very clear and the bicycle and the lower ...
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Why would you have a light meter chose your aperture for you?

The title of my question may seem misleading; I don't intend to ask how a proper exposure is calculated. I know the exposure triangle of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. But in several articles ...
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How to capture detail of craters on the moon? [duplicate]

How can I photograph the moon so that I see detail of the craters and mountains? I have a Canon EOS 550D (T2i) and tried "No Flash", "P" as well as creative auto mode, but to no avail. Every time I ...
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White background - overexposed subject

I'm trying to take decent shots of garments with a blown-out white background. I'm using a Nikon d3200 with flash and an SB-700 as a remote flash in su4 mode just next to the mannequin pointed ...
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How many EV will a softbox knock down off your flash?

I was shooting on the beach into the sun and using my sb-700 on camera as fill. The camera I was using, a D3200, has a max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second and no HSS. So, I used an ND filter — I ...
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What battery can I use for an old Canon Ex EE (PX625 vs PX625A)?

I recently bought a Canon Ex EE (1967) but there isn't a battery. I read from the manual that it used PX625(1.35V) but there isn't any available now. I do not want to buy zinc-air cells. There are PX ...
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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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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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Inconsistent exposure with same settings--why?

I have a Nikon D7100. I fired off a burst of shots at 6 fps at a static outdoor scene, all shots using the same settings: 1/125 s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Some of the shots are clearly darker, some are ...
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How could some old film cameras without electronics set exposure?

I once had a film compact camera, but I was too young to understand anything else than "click". I'm much more familiar with digital photography, and setting exposure has always been a possibility in ...
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Can a detached rewind crank on a Superheadz UWS leave my film accidentally exposed?

I'm using a Superheadz UWS toy film camera. After loading the film and closing the backdoor, I went out and took a test shot. All of a sudden I noticed that the film rewind crank part was detached ...
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Canon EOS700D Flash: Why are exposure times different in modes P and Av if all settings are “equal”

Yesterday I ran a little test with my Canon EOS700D's built in flash in both P and Av modes. I had the camera set up with no flash exposure compensation. I took a test photo in mode P and it looked ...
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Can I take multiple exposure shots with my Canon 600D?

Can I take multiple exposure shots with my 600D? If not, how I can achieve the same effect?
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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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How can I shoot with a fast aperture in sunlight?

I have Nikon D7000 with 50 mm lens and like to shoot my family with 1.8 aperture. But, in sunlight it looks so bright. I am a beginner and had try to increase the shutter speed in manual but it's ...
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Nikon d5100 producing extremely underexposed images

I have a most vexing problem. I have a Nikon d5100 (roughly a year old) which up until two days ago handled exposure and metering just fine. However, at night, in a well lit room (florescent bulbs) ...
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What is the shutter speed, aperture, and focal length of the Kodak Funsaver disposable camera?

I'm looking at the Kodak FUNSAVER disposable camera. Does anyone know what the shutter speed, aperture, and focal length of this camera are? Are they fixed, or do they adjust automatically?
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Why doesn't exposure change when changing focal length?

With a Canon 550D camera and a Tamron 18-270 mm zoom lens, I tried to fix shutter time, aperture (f/8.0 to cover all zoom range), and ISO, so the exposure meter read 0.0 with 18 mm focal length and ...
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How do I set the proper exposure for nighttime moon photos?

All my attempts to get a good shot of the full moon with my DSLR result in an overexposed circle on a black background. I've used a tripod, remote shutter release, low ISO, and long exposure, but ...
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Is it normal for Nikon DSLR viewfinder and live view shutter speeds to differ?

I have a Nikon D600 set up on a tripod in a room with decent light. I've tried using 2 different lenses & when I switch from the viewfinder to live view, and vice versa, the shutter speed is ...
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What does Exposure Bias 12/6 EV mean?

is this the same as EV +2? which is two steps from 'normal exposure'. It was taken from the information on a photo I saw taken with a Nikon
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What Is The Scale Of The Y Axis of The Histogram in Lightroom / ACR?

I understand the concept of histograms. I understand that the x-axis represents the luminosity range from min to max for either all channels or RGB individually, and I understand that the y-axis ...