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In manual exposure mode, the photographer chooses both aperture and shutter speed for exposure.

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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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How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?

In manual mode on my Nikon D3200 I cannot change just the f/stop setting. It only changes in relation to the other settings. How can I reproduce settings that I have found in books on photography if I ...
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How do I take the right exposure quickly with Nikon D5300 and old AI-S Lenses?

I've inherited an interesting set of old AI-S lenses from my dad. I use them on my Nikon D5300. They do work, but only in fully manual mode. It's cool that I can use those lenses but it takes me a ...
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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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Do professionals use auto mode?

I know some amateur photographers who's been taking photos for quite some time and feel they're "cool" because they use manual settings. They also bash newbies who buy expensive DSLRs who just shoot ...
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Why can't I adjust the aperture in manual mode on my 5D MkII?

Lately I have been having trouble adjusting my aperture when my 5 d mark 2 is in manual mode. Usually I am able to turn the thick dial at the back of the camera and adjust the aperture. Lately this is ...
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Why would I use manual camera controls instead of the automatic modes?

I'm very new to digital photography, so I still haven't gotten the hang of all this exposure and ISO stuff, etc. I have a Canon EOS T3. My question is how big of a difference does it make using ...
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How to fix Nikon D5200 mode dial giving incorrect modes?

I have a Nikon D5200 DSLR and I am facing problem with the mode dial. Here is what is happening: Changing mode dial to Landscape, Child or Sport gets me to Manual mode. Changing mode dial to Macro ...
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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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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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what is the camera fstop and lens fstop correlation? [duplicate]

my sigma 50-500mm DG lens has range of f 4.5 - f 6.3, but in my Canon 70D camera I can still set fstop to 22 in manual mode. 1)How these two correlate? 2)Would a f22 setting in camera will have no ...
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Hi everyone, DAY time long exposure [duplicate]

I have a question regarding Day time long exposure: I have a canon 70d 50mm 1.8 lens and 18-135mm; when I try to shoot a long exposure during the day iso 100, f16 mode BULB.......the picture is white ...
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Why doesn't a drastic change in aperture seem to have an effect on this city skyline photo?

I rarely have time to get out from large city, so large buildings are the main theme of my photos. I still wonder if using the Manual mode instead of Auto in my D5100 can give any benefit. I made two ...
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Why does the Fujifilm X30 limit shutter speed limit in aperture priority mode?

According to FujiFilm X30 specs: Shutter speed: (Auto mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000* sec. , (All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000* sec. * 1/4000sec. at small aperture, 1/1000sec. at full aperture In ...
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Can the Canon 5D Mark II be set to save exposure settings on auto power off?

I usually use my 5D mark II in manual mode, with auto power off enabled, but every time it auto powers off, my exposure settings (shutter speed, aperture, iso) are lost. It seems like there should be ...
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How to get Manual Control of my iPhone 4

I have an iPhone 4. How can I take manual control over the camera in my phone? I would love to be able to take manual control over: ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed on my iPhone. But does my iPhone 4 ...
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Adjust exposure compensation in manual mode?

The only way to manually adjust exposure compensation is to use either P,A,S or modes, however then of course something else is automated. In full manual mode you can not change exposure compensation ...
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Shooting full manual during an event or function

I have been shooting quite a bit of events lately. I do pre-shoot prep on my camera gear and check out the venue ahead of time to evaluate the setting and how the event will run plus light quality to ...
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Stopping down in manual mode with automatic ISO?

I am using a Canon 5D MKIII. I take a lot of low-light fotos and want to achieve low DOF while keeping the photos sharp with fast-moving subjects (musicians), using a 5mm 1.4 lens. So far, I always ...
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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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Why does the LCD show only black in Live View in manual mode on T3i, until I half-press the shutter?

I am trying to use my T3i in M mode and also use live mode. I don't seem to get an image on the LCD screen unless I press the shutter button 1/2. As soon as I take the picture the LCD screen goes ...
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Light meter calculations on micro four thirds [duplicate]

I am planning to start using a light meter for portrait photography with an Olympus OMD EM5, off camera flash and an old Canon 135mm f2 manual lens. However having read about it, I think that I will ...
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EOS-1v not compatible with non EF, manual lenses?

Wondering if I'm lucky enough to bump into an EOS-1v owner here, I'm having problem with non EF lenses on this camera. The question: does 1v work with non-Canon lenses (converted to EF mount) at all? ...
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Canon: Setting exposure compensation in M mode?

I'm using a third party lens (Helios 44-2) on a Canon 6D in Manual Mode. The camera correctly meters for light and sets a correct ISO given the shutter speed. However I'm unable to set exposure ...
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Canon rebel t3i manual mode [duplicate]

How do I make the photo brighter in manual mode? When I prepare to take a photo in manual mode it is very hard to see the subject after I take the photo it is all black. Indoor and outdoor
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Metering - How to account for the light from the flash

I pretty much use Manual mode (in my Nikon D40) and learning quite a lot from it. Though I understand "Metering" for correct exposure, I've trouble understanding it while using Flash (both in-built as ...
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Manual photography cheat sheet — where can I find one, or what should be on it?

I have been trying to shoot more in manual modes (both camera and flash). At this point, I understand all the concepts, but all the adjustments slow me down. I'd like to have a "cheat sheet" with ...
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Is there any benefit to manual settings when you can change just about everything with post production?

With such good post production in editors like Adobe is there any real benefit in shooting with manual settings when you can change just about everything in any shot you take?
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Is under/over exposing using shutter speed or aperture the same as using exposure compensation?

I was wondering if it is right to say that underexposing or overexposing by playing with shutter speed or aperture or ISO is the same as dialing in -+EV values in manual exposure?
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Long exposure photos in daytime [duplicate]

I was trying to take a long exposure photo during the daytime (my first attempt at doing so), details for settings given below, but on LCD, I couldn't see any object, it was all white, as in like lot ...
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What can cause dark photos at high shutter speeds?

I have a Canon PowerShot SX500 IS. However, when I shoot in manual mode at a high shutter speed the images are very dark, almost black. On the other hand, when I use a lower shutter speed later in the ...
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Green dot inside the viewfinder always blinks in manual mode in my D5200. Is this normal?

i just bought Nikon D5200 2 weeks ago. I have started experimenting with that. Put it in manual mode M and try to take a shot of some scene. But the green dot inside the viewfinder blinks and does not ...
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How to stop built-in flash from pre-flashing?

Canon T2i keeps shooting pre-flashes; I have set the dial to "MAnual" (M) Im trying to trigger another separate flash optically-wirelessly with the in-camera flash but preflashes cause it to go off ...
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Can I determine if an image was captured using Manual or Auto mode?

Is there a way to find out if a picture (once taken) was taken in Manual vs. Auto mode? My daughter is in a photography class and we both have taken images with the same camera. I sometimes put it ...
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Nikon D70, can I use manual aperture ring without getting the FEE error?

I'm trying to use a Nikkor AF 35-105 zoom lens on a Nikon D70, and if I try to move the aperture ring from the minimum (f/22) I get the FEE error. Now, I seem to understand that it means that the ...
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Should I buy a DSLR to get started?

I'm really interested in getting into serious or even professional photography. I've read some articles about fundamental concepts like aperture, exposure, ISO sensitivity, etc., and I want to get the ...
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Manual Mode : Dark picture even in broad daylight [duplicate]

I am a new DSLR user. Whenever I click a picture using Manual mode the picture is pitch black. You cannot see anything. Which setting should I change? How can I overcome this problem? It's only like ...
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Best camera settings for photographing text?

I am using my S95 to photograph text documents (both paper & microfilm) for OCR. I have already asked about the problems of how to best photograph a computer screen for microfilm, but I've been ...
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How does TTL flash work in manual exposure mode?

I got the Metz 44 AF-1 flash recently that is TTL capable for my Canon 550D, and have been reading around to get a better understanding of using flash on-camera (Neil Van Niekerk's article on flash ...
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How do metering and aperture setting play together in manual mode (Minolta X-700)?

I have been playing around with my mother's Minolta X-700 (objective: Minolta MD 50 mm f/1.7) and though I read the manual (here it is: Manual X-700), I am still unclear about one thing: When I use ...
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Can I use exposure compensation in manual mode with auto ISO on a Canon DSLR?

When I use the auto ISO setting in manual mode I can not find a way to dial in the exposure compensation on my Canon 550D. Is this possible at all? I encountered this in a situation where I wanted to ...
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Does Canon PowerShot G15 have manual F-number adjustment

As the question says, I have not been able to find out whether Canon PowerShot G15 has a manual F-number adjustment. I went through some reviews and specs but I haven't seen this there. I'm asking ...
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Is there any difference between using a full manual lens for Nikon F-mount or using lens for another mount (say m42) with an F-mount adapter?

I'm looking for a very cheap (~$50), fast (large aperture), full manual (non-CPU) lens for my Nikon D7000. After searching on eBay, I found that the same lenses (e.g. Vivitar 135mm f/2.8) are cheaper ...
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Why can't I take a photo in dark with auto focus, manual mode?

I'm dorking around with a Nikon D80 and I am a total beginner. I am trying to shoot some light trails but the darn thing doesn't even take a picture. I am in manual mode with the bulb setting. For ...
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What advantages does manual mode have over aperture priority mode?

I'm wondering what are the most compelling reasons to switch to manual mode on my DSLR. I mostly just use aperture priority mode so I have good control over the depth of field combined with an ...
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Why is the sky in photos always too white?

Why do I never seem to get a clear picture of the sky during the day, even with white puffy clouds in the sky? It always looks over exposed and whitened out? I am using a Nikon D3100, no lens hood, ...
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How to Force my Nikon D5000 to take a photo in low light?

Every so often I try to take a picture in low light, usually indoors and find that my camera attempts to focus, grumbles a bit and then refuses to take the shot. This is annoying, not least because I ...
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Nikon D5100 M Mode (Manual) settings reset for every shot whilst the camera pointing to the same object

I've just noticed that whilst shooting with my D5100 using M mode settings reset after each shot. Say, the camera is on a tripod pointing to an object. I've balanced out the exposure to a 0, aperture ...
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How do I use a manual ring flash?

I have just purchased (impulse) a Viltrox JY-670 - Its a Hong Kong import - built well but its not TTL so its 100% manual ! yay fun ! What on earth do I do with the numbers on the back - already ...
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How to use pop-flash for a night shot in manual mode?

I recently bought Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm. I am a newbie for DSLRs but improving day by day. I see that when taking pics after sun set or in low light in manual mode with flash( pop up) it over ...