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Questions about a specific problem or issue, often dealing with a lens, camera body, image sensor, lighting equipment, or software specific to photography.

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Why is Lightroom 3 having trouble importing from my iPhone 3GS?

When I attach my phone to lightroom 3 it recognizes the device in the import screen but it does not show any thumbnails as available. When I try to import the images it will not do so and says they ...
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What causes white blank images when shooting with a Canon PowerShot A4050?

I have a 3 week old Canon PowerShot A4050 camera. Almost all of my pictures (8 out of 10) are blank, white images. Video shooting is OK, but only occasionally good stills - does anyone know what can ...
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Why can't my SLR autofocus on certain parts of a scene?

I had my Nikon D7000 on single-point auto focus and it just would not focus on the spots I wanted. I have marked the spots that could not be focused on with red circles, and the parts that could be ...
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Why is my Phoenix external flash not charging?

I just got a Phoenix DZBIS-112CII external flash for my Canon 550D. I have tried everything that I can think of to make it fire, without any luck. It came with four dead batteries in it which had ...
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How to recover data from a damaged/chewed up SD card?

In short, my new puppy chewed up my SD card. I took the card out of the camera after a shoot to back it up onto an external hard drive. I then decided to grab a glass of water. As I was filling up the ...
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Why is my DSLR taking pictures with the top darkened?

What's wrong with my D5100? Recently, I'm not getting full size pictures? Pictures taken shows top side with darkened layer. It started after I had a sports activities coverage, but as far as I can ...
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Why does my 420EX Speedlite sometimes fail to start up?

I have a Canon 420EX Speedlite that sometimes won't start up. When it's not working, it behaves as if it didn't have any batteries in it... just totally dead. The odd thing is, it doesn't seem to be ...
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Why do all of these film photos look off color?

My friend is interested in starting up photography and asked to borrow one of my film cameras (my Minolta X-570) as a start. She just developed her first roll, and while a few photos look okay/correct ...
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How to troubleshoot Canon AE-1 Program Film loading behaviour?

The current frame counter is at 3 on my Canon AE-1 Program Film Camera. And I have taken two pictures already. However, I noticed that the Film Rewind Lever is not turning when I am advancing the ...
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What caused the LEDs to not display properly in this photo?

I was taking a photo of a nuclear radiation counter with my iPhone, and the LEDs weren't displaying properly in the first photo, even though it looked "solid" and not flickering to me. Was this ...
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Nikon D5100 Stopped Working?

I have had an issues and not sure what I should do, here is what happened: Yesterday I was shooting with my D5100 and all the sudden it would not respond. I would press the shutter release and ...
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How do you know if the shutter button is misfunctioning?

I have a Panasonic GH3. It is very difficult to partially press the shutter button to focus as it often takes a picture at the slightest pressure. I thought this was my inexperience, but a couple of ...
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How can I repair a kit lens with a stuck auto/manual focus mode switch?

Recently got a Nikon D5100. After a few days I realized that I can't focus in manual mode. The auto-manual (A-M) switch on the lens seems to be the issue (I have to press the switch hard to manually ...
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What might be causing my AF system to misfocus?

I have a Canon Rebel T1i with the default Canon lens. When I shoot with it, I use Auto Focus and get the red dot indicators in the viewfinder as expected. But even though it looks like the camera is ...
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Why do Canon 7D RAW files come up colorless in Canon DPP?

I have problem with DPP 3.12.40.0. When I import CR2 files (RAW Files) from my 7D to edit, DPP shows images very poorly (colorless). I searched on the net and can't find any explanation or solution. ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus via the viewfinder?

My Nikon D3100 out of the blue cannot focus correctly. It seem the that the focus motor always stops at the end of the run (Infinity) and cannot lock on the target, thus cannot release the shutter. I ...
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Why is my Nikon 18-200 lens not focusing at higher focal lengths?

My Nikon 18-200 lens on a D300 camera will not focus when it is zoomed between 135mm and 200mm. Is there any tips on how to solve this besides handing it in to a photo store?
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Why does my Nikon D5000's AF Assist only turn on in some automatic modes?

I am using a Nikon D5000 with a 50mm f/1.4 with autofocus. When I try to use manual mode (or aperture priority, or shutter priority), my AF assist beam does not light, which makes it hard for my ...
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Why are my Lightroom exports too dark in Flickr?

I've been using LR3 for a while now and have noticed that when I export a photo to JPG and upload it to Flickr it ends up slightly darker. The exported photo is ok, it's the image when viewed through ...
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Should I be worried that my Canon 1dx gave an Err01 on my Zeiss 21mm 2.8 lens for ONE exposure and after that it was fine?

I had this weird experience when I was out shooting at a park. Everything was fine for the first 30 exposures or so and I was not doing anything unusual when all of a sudden on one of my exposures my ...
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How to fix lens “stuck” on Nikon D3100?

My younger sister has a Nikon d3100. Now she asks me if I can help her fix it. She uses the lens that came with the d3100 kit, and for some reason it's completely stuck. She claims that it's been that ...
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Problem with Wacom Intuos 4 tablet with Nik collection

When clicking somewhere in a picture within e.g. Viveza 2 using the stylus and my Wacom Intuos 4, an animated white circle is drawn on the screen around the point where I click. The problem is when ...
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Windows 7 photo gallery corrupts my images

My win7 photo gallery started to corrupt my photos when I open up them. I am copying from cameras memory card to my external driver and start to view them with win7 photo gallery they start to ...
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Aperture 3 - Open first aid options for external library

I have a huge Aperture 3 library that will not open, giving the following message: Verify that you have iPhoto 9.4 or later. Then open the library in iPhoto to upgrade it.. It is not set as my ...
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What to do when my pop-up flash doesn't work after being obstructed once?

Once while I was taking pictures, the pop-up flash was blocked by my cap. Now, it no longer opens. How can I fix this?
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What to do when manual focus doesn't work on a Nikon DX lens after DIY repair?

I have a Nikon 55-200mm DX auto focus lens. I recently repaired the bayonet mount myself - all went well. But when I went to use the manual focus option on the lens, the focus ring remained locked, as ...
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Why does my Adobe Lightroom temporarily pixelate photos after every change?

I'm using Adobe Lightroom 3.0. I go to develop mode and everything is fine (the photo is sharp). After I do any change (saturation, fill light, sharpness... whatever) the photo automatically gets ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus correctly?

I bought my camera on January 2011. Since a few months ago, I'm facing a problem with the autofocus. It happens with my two lenses 18/55mm and 55/200mm. I noticed that the focus light doesn't turn on ...
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What should I do about Nikon D90 intermittent shutter release failure?

Over the last few months, I have noticed a problem with the shutter release on my D90. Most of the time, the shutter release works ok. But sometimes, both half-press and full-press fail to work. ...
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Is it normal that manual exposure does not work on the Nikon D7000 in Live-View?

When in Live-View and Manual (M) exposure mode, I can control the shutter-speed with the command-dial but the aperture does not respond to the sub-command dial. This does not occur when using the ...
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What could cause pink spots on my RAW photos?

I have only started shooting in RAW and have noticed pink spots on them. They are never in the same location and don't affect some photos, they just seem to appear every few shots. It never happened ...
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Some .CR2 files open with Camera Raw but some do not - on my mac

I am able to open some but not all of my .CR2 files with Camera Raw 6.7 and Photoshop CS5. On my Canon Rebel XSi, if my Quality setting is set only to RAW, the .CR2 files open in Camera Raw 6.7 and ...
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Is it typical to experience zoom creep with the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM?

I noticed this more than once. Whenever I'm in the range from 24mm to somewhere between 35mm and 50mm, the lens starts moving if I'm fixing it vertically with its front element facing the ceiling or ...
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How to prevent zoom-creep?

The Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens creeps until fully extended if pointed vertically down. This is preventing me from using it on a rostrum camera. Is there a piece of equipment or a simple (and ...
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Do these colored streaks mean that my CF card is bad?

I have been shooting with the same Nikon d700 for about three years (about 200k clicks). I started seeing a streak run across one out of every 250 images (example here: http://wp.me/aRb6L-1lT). So, I ...
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Why is my Canon 500D with kit lens having trouble focusing at higher focal lengths?

I have a Canon 500D with the kit lens. Recently I have observed that its not able to focus at higher zooms but it works at min zoom. To get it to focus, I have to zoom out or recompose and it works. ...
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What can I do if my T4i becomes unresponsive while in live-view?

Recently I got a Canon Rebel T4i camera. Yesterday, when I was happily trying out different features, I got it locked such that no button was responsive anymore, that include the on/off button. I ...
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Is there a way to read or recover corrupted/incomplete photos on CF card?

OK, last summer I was traveling and we decided to go on a cycle and I thought that would be a great opportunity to play around with some timelapse stuff. I've got a Nikon D70 so I had to tape down the ...
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Why does exposure shift occur with my OM-D EM-5?

I have been using OM-D Em-5 for a few months with my 3 lenses: 12mm f/2, panasonic 25mm f/1.4 and 45mm f/1.8. Two of my lenses have a problem with exposure shift all the time - after I turn camera on, ...
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Is my Canon speedlite really dead?

My Canon 550ex wouldn't switch on yesterday. Completely dead. Changed the batteries (twice). Still nothing, no indication of life. It was fine last time I used it about a week ago. Is there anything ...
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Why won't my D3100 won't take flash pictures even when focused?

Recently my camera has randomly stopped letting me take photos on settings that have a flash or have a flash option. It will let the camera focus and it will make a click sound like it is ready to ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 give the error “Lens not attached” with a Vivitar 200 telephoto lens?

I have a Nikon D3100 camera, and am trying to use an "Automatic Fixed Mount Vivitar 200mm lens" with it. When I attach the lens, I get the message "Lens not attached". and nothing works. HELP! I ...
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Why are some original files unavailable for export from Aperture?

I started using Aperture a year ago. I never spent any time watching Lynda.com or anything else, I just thought I figured the darn thing out, as far as downloading images. I plug my phone or Canon ...
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Why is there glow around lights in every photo shot with my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens?

One day after using my Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens, I noticed that every photo has a huge amount of glow in the dark areas near any light area. I tested my other four lenses to figure out if ...
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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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Why does my refurbished Nikon S3100 reject a new SD card with “this card cannot be used”?

New refurbished Nikon S3100 with new SD card shows error code ("this card cannot be used".) It is the correct card, also. Any ideas?
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Canon T2i doesn't seem to take crisp photos

I've been using my Canon T2i to do portraits for the last year now, and usually have really good luck with it. Most of my shots are up close, and turn out beautiful. However, it seems like when I ...
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Why am I getting a different look with Huey Pro on a LED monitor?

I own a Huey Pro and used it on CRTs, LCDs and my Mac Book Pro screen. Been using it fine with these screens until I bought a LED monitor. When calibrated with the Huey pro the LED monitor (connected ...
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Why does my D70s no longer focus my Nikkor 70-300, but still focuses the 18-70?

At first I thought my lens was dead but after switching to my other D70s it worked fine. So, here's the issue: One of my D70s bodies can no longer auto-focus my Nikkor 70-300 lens. Switch to a 18-70 ...
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Why am I unable to disable automatic sensor cleaning on my Canon DSLR?

I've been recently getting the infamous "error 99" on my Canon Rebel XS, under very specific circumstances: Insert a fresh battery Turn on the camera Shoot one or more exposures Turn off the camera ...