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For questions either about the fundamentals of photography or which will be of particular use to novice photographers. Q&A in this tag should be equally useful 50 years in the future or to a time-traveler 50 years in the past.

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Why are my photos not crisp?

I own a T3i with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes but I am not so knowledgeable and I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first “serious” camera?

I am thinking of buying a camera to learn photography. Most of the time I'll be shooting portraits and landscapes. But I am not sure where I should start. Most of my friends tell me that I should get ...
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What are good resources for a beginning photographer?

What are good resources (tutorials/books/videos/etc) for a beginning photographer? Keep in mind that this is for a beginning photographer, who has recently moved from a point-and-shoot to an entry-...
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What are your easiest photography beginner tips?

Over time, I've found there are a handful of really simple things that anyone can do to take better pictures. What are your favorites? Understand the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. ...
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How to start learning photography?

How to start learning photography?
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What is the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed?

I know digital cameras have ISO options, and that ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light, but if you set higher ISO then you can get a noisy image. I also know there are two other camera options, ...
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Should I upgrade my body or lens first?

I have an entry-level Nikon DSLR, and I cant decide if I should upgrade my camera body or upgrade from a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm to whatever else might be recommended?
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What are common beginner mistakes in photography?

What are common mistakes seen in images taken by beginning photographers? For example, a friend of mine pointed out that the horizon was not straight in one of my images, and now I see it everywhere!...
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What should a photography beginner focus on?

I have no experience whatsoever with photography, but it's a subject that has interested me for quite some time. As a beginner, what should I be focusing on? What camera should I get? Any other ...
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Where to start with photography?

I am new to photography, and need a little advice. I currently have a Samsung L83t. To get rolling, where do I go from here? Does the camera matter? Is this camera enough to start with?
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Should I postpone buying a zoom lens until I've learned to zoom with my feet?

After several years of shooting with my point-and-shoot, I upgraded to an NEX-5R, with two prime lenses — a 35mm f/1.8 and a 19mm f/2.8. I don't have a zoom lens, not even the kit lens. I've been ...
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What camera should I buy for a Photography College student?

My younger sister is going to college to study photography, and I want to surprise her with a camera this holidays. I'm no camera expert (but I've been doing my research). Should I go lower-entry ...
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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Is a Pentax K1000 relevant today, and how can I get the best use of it?

I wanted to know what is the relevance of a pentax K 1000, a 35mm SLR in the present date. The one I have is almost 20 years old and I want to how can I make the most of it with respect to the film ...
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What is a good place for people who recently decided to get serious in photography to get started learning? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to start learning photography? I recently bought a ILC, and it has prompted me to scour the internet for resources that help me use the camera better, take better ...
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Small-ish camera recommendations for a beginner on a safari

My friend is going on a safari in Africa this year. She wants to buy a new camera because she has an old point and shoot and doesn't feel like she'll get "quality" pictures. She doesn't have a ...
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Getting the right DSLR from the very beginning [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost? I would like to get a DSLR. As a beginner, I'm tempted by Canon T4i, Canon D7 and Nikon D7000. ...
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How should I price my first paid event shoot?

I'm a relatively new photographer and, admittedly, I'm still learning. I have been taking photos as a hobbyist for a couple of years, but recently I have been seriously building my portfolio (and ...
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Photo Editing guide for gimp [closed]

Can I get some guidelines related to editing images with GIMP? Its not easy to learn it without any detailed guidance. How can I sharpen my gimping skills?
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Entry-level DSLR specs

I want to get into photography so I've been looking at DSLRs. I don't want to spend over $350 or so, so I'll definitely be looking at used cameras. I'm mainly interested in outdoor photography. What ...
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What would be a suitable camera for a non-aspiring beginner travel photography?

After getting recently married me and my wife have started traveling a lot. We recently went to Canyon and Mt. Zion and unfortunately our digital camera broke on the way so we were only able to take ...
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What is the best tutorial to learn photography?

What are the best tutorials available to learn photography? Does a tutorial need to be specific to my camera model?
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What professional level camera would be suitable to a beginner?

I'm new to professional photography. When buying a camera, what are the main features that I could use to make an informed choice? My budget range is $400 - $600. What camera you can suggest me?