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Canon G1 X Custom Color Resets

The Canon Powershot G1 X has a Custom Color mode which lets you tweek Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness, Red, Green, Blue and Skin Tone. With a few adjustments, it can make colors look quite natural. ...
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Why has my 550D camera buffer decreased?

Normally I can shoot 9 JPEG's into the buffer. This amount is indicated by the number in the lower right of the viewfinder, next to the focus confirmation light. Now that number says 2. And indeed, if ...
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Why do I get two JPEG files instead of RAW+JPEG when transfering to my computer from my Nikon D5100?

I have a Nikon D5100 and I want to shoot RAW and JPG at the same time. I select RAW+N (RAW plus Normal Size JPG). Now when I export the shots to my computer I end up with two files called DSC_0123 ...
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Is it normal for the LCD screen of D3100 to sometimes show moving horizontal lines?

Yesterday I noticed horizontal upwards moving lines on the LCD screen on the D3100 when I was using live view. It doesn't happen always, is this normal?
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Why would some of my Lightroom3 noise reduction sliders be disabled?

I use Lightroom 3.6 and I just imported some old RAW files into it. I can use the basic noise reduction tools but the Details and Contrast tools are disabled. How can I get them enabled? The same ...
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Why do I sometimes get a shaking viewfinder image in my Canon 550D?

Sometimes I put my viewfinder to my eye before I turn on my camera. When I turn it on, the viewfinder image slightly shakes and moves a bit vertically. This also happens when I look through my ...
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Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?

This is a burst sequence taken with a Canon 1D Mark II N in high-speed mode (8fps). You can see the bright line down the center and the dark area in the upper-right. I have several other sequences ...
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Why can't I re-enable Image Review on my Canon G11?

I have a canon G11. Everything was working fine until a couple of weeks ago, when it stopped displaying the image for review each time I take a picture. I haven't consciously turned this off, but ...
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Why am I getting a “frame” in my picture when I made my own shaped bokeh?

I have tried to play with the shaped bokeh trick, by following the instruction at DIY - Create Your Own Bokeh. I am using a M4/3 camera with its kit lens, which is 14-42mm f3.5-f5.6. I shot at 14mm ...
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How can you tell if a lens is having problems with back focusing?

I recently bought a Canon EF 24-70/2.8L to use with my 450D and I suspect that it is constantly back focusing. Is there any way of determining if it is something wrong with the lens or if it is a ...
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Nikon D3100 transfer distorts photos [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my images get distorted on my Nikon DSLR? I've been using this camera (Nikon D3100) for over a year and have absolutely no problems with it, until yesterday. When ...
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Why did my Canon EOS 450D fail to save the entire photo?

After not being used for three months I got this (bottom right corner cropped from processed raw image by Canon's DFP): (original RAW is available for download here: ...
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How can I fix a blue colour cast from my Canon i9950 printer?

I have a Canon i9950 with an aftermarket CISS. It used to be fine, but having not used it for a while over Christmas, now all my prints are coming out with a horrible blue cast. I have checked that ...
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Why does my photo look great in Lightroom but show sharpening halos on my web site?

I haven't over sharpened my photo — it looks great in Lightroom and Photoshop CS5, but when I upload it to my webpage, it has horrible ghosts/halos around much of the subjects. I have tried it with ...
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How can I turn off the loud sound my D3100 produces when I take a photograph?

Nikon D3100 produces sound when I take the photograph. The sound is loud and attention grabbing. What is the term for this particular sound, and how can I turn it off?
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Why am I getting soft images with my Sigma 24-70 f2.8?

I recently purchased a Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 lens which I am using on a Canon 40D body. Around 8 of 10 shots were soft, regardless of subject matter. Exposure, white balance etc. all looks fine. I only ...
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What should I do about this strange CF behavior, where I lost tonight's pictures?

I have taken over 14,000 photos with my Canon 7D and loaded them into my Windows 7 desktop computer the same way, by inserting the CF card into my computer's reader. The point is that I know how it ...
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What is the reason for underexposure in my film photographs?

Thanks to all the quality answers I got here that helped me to buy a film camera. I got my first roll of film processed and printed. The print results are not as pleasing as looking at the slides ...
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What is causing increased noise in my recent photos?

In the last two shoots I've taken I have noticed much more noise in the resulting photos. In the first instance, I put this down to my fault, as I was shooting at high ISO levels, but in the second ...
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Is camera damage causing these severe diagonal lines from concentrated light sources?

Since a week or so, I have severe diagonal stripes around light-sources in my night-time photographs on my Canon Powershot A650. In the past, I had some (I guess due to Fraunhofer diffraction, see ...
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What might cause stuck focus on a manual lens?

So, today I dropped my ME Super. When I picked it up I realized that the focus ring of the 50mm f2 lens attached didnt turn. My question is, what could cause this? Could it be that the threads inside ...
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Where do these “redshifts” and “blueshifts” come from?

I make many product photos for the company I work for. For this I use Canon 400D with two external flash devices Walimex CY-600K. I've noticed an interesting effect on many of the photos I take with ...
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Why is there a strange white spot on all of photos from my Zenit-B SLR?

I've taken some photos with my old Zenit-B camera. And I have some strange white spot on all of the photos in the upper right corner. Sometimes it is not too recognizable, but it is everywhere. ...
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Why is my camera showing a lot of stuck red and white pixels?

After shooting for one hour with my Rebelt2i + Tamron 17-55 f2.8, I went back home and checked pictures on my computer. For every single picture, there are a lot of 'dead' pixels at the same ...
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What is causing this white spot in every photo with my D90?

Recently I noticed that the photographs from my D90 has an odd white dot in it. The dot is present in every image. The dot becomes clearly visible as I zoom into the image. I have attached a photo ...
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Why am I getting dark spots with my Singh-Ray 77mm vari-ND filter?

I've been using a Singh-Ray vari-ND with my Panasonic GH1, and I'm seeing obvious dark spots in the image. On a lower setting the left and right side of the image have dark lines and when I go to a ...
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Why does my Nikon D90 have a “Job nr” error?

I have a problem with my D90 I'm unable to figure out. Whenever I take a long exposure with my D90 (say, for 10 or 15 seconds), when the shutter closes again, the info display on the camera reads "Job ...
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Is it normal for the Canon kit lens to exhibit lens flare even without a UV filter?

I recently bought a Canon 550D and have been experimenting with this for a week. I have been pretty satisfied with the quality, until I faced this lens flare problem. Notice the unwanted blue light ...
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What's behind these memory card problems with my new Nikon D7000?

Recently I bought Nikon D-7000. It's fantastic camera, but I am facing few problems: I am using 16GB San Disk memory card in slot 1. While taking photos, sometimes it shows a memory card error. If I ...
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Why do I have a red dot in every photo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my camera showing a lot of stuck red and white pixels? Every picture that I took today have a red dot on the same place in every photo. It looks like a monitor ...
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why close ups are too wide

I have been taking close up pictures for a while with no problem. I think I may have done something with the settings, because all of a sudden my closeups are distorted (wide). I have a sony cyber ...
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What should I do when I get “Lens Error Restart Camera”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I do about Canon PowerShot “Lens error, restart camera”? I have a PowerShot SX20is that started to throw this error out of the blue: Lens ...
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Is the used Nikon Nikkor 18-200mm lens I bought broken?

I bought the 18-200mm Nikon lens used through a reputable vendor through the mail. I purchased insurance just in case the lens did not work or was damaged in shipping. I'm not a professional but I ...
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Why do images taken with a Nikon D3100 get cut off?

I just received my Nikon D3100 and for the first few photos it worked beautifully, but now when I take photos it only shows approximately the top 3mm. I put on both lenses and removed the caps but ...
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Why are my NEF files damaged?

Can anyone help? After buying a Nikon D3100, I discovered that NEF files were not compatible with CS3, so at great expense, I bought CS5. Now... my raw NEF files are almost always corrupt when viewed ...
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Why is my RAW import not displaying properly?

I normally take my shots in RAW and normally work happily with them in Gimp on Linux. I have recently moved to a new shiny Windows laptop with Photoshop. I have imported some shoots using Lightroom 3 ...
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How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?

Recently, I've been doing a lot more photography, particularly with my 100-400mm telephoto and 16-35mm wide. I am skilled enough that I can capture the shot mostly as I want with just the camera gear, ...
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Why doesn't my tripod ball head fit properly on the legs any more?

I've a tripod ball head (Manfroto 496RC2) which used to fit perfectly with a tripod legs (Trax travelpod 480A) that I had. I removed the head a couple of days back and now I'm trying to reattach them ...
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What is causing strange horizontal “flare” on all my photos regardless of lens and/or POV?

Suddenly on (almost) all photos I have a strange light band in the middle, regardless of lens and or angle on which I shoot the photos. The camera is an old Canon 1Ds Mk II and AFIAS the line of light ...
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Why is there so much noise in RAW files from my new Canon 7D?

I recently bought a Canon 7D, upgrading from a 50D. I was blown away by what I saw on the back of the camera after I took a few shots. Now that i've taken the time to import the photos into ...
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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 do I fix a Nikon F75 which refuses to load film with an "Err” message?

I loaded a new film into Nicon F75, closed the door and turned it on. However it seems like I did a poor job inserting the film because it did not clutch and I saw “Err” message on the screen. I ...
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Why are those green spots on my photo?

Took a pic with my 35mm Nikon lens last night, and got this light artifact. Is this something normal? Reflection? Is it dirt on my lens? How do I prevent this from happening? I think it only happened ...
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What is behind the mechanical issue with my Canon 70-300 lens? [closed]

Today I've realized my 70-300 zoom does not rotate fully. In fact, it stops just before the 300 sign is reached in the ring. There's some metallic noise inside the lens when I move it, which let me ...
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How do I diagnose possible damage to my D70 sensor after an attempted IR conversion?

I tried to convert my Nikon D70 into IR, and after replacing the filter and reassembling the camera, I am unable to take any new pictures. I am able to see pictures that were previously present on the ...
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Why is my Canon Powershot A1100 focusing only on the bottom part of scenes?

I've been using a Canon PowerShot A1100 IS camera for the past year and it had been working just fine until I decided to change its settings. After I had serious trouble with it, I reset the settings ...
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Why does this wireless flash trigger fire non-stop?

I recently purchased a suspiciously cheap flash remote trigger system called Jianisi PT-04TM for about $20 and set it up with my Canon EOS 40D and Sigma EF-530 DG Super external flash. The surprising ...
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Why are the black parts of my photos flashing?

Recently I have borrowed my friend's SLR. I don't know what settings I have changed. When reviewing a photo, the black parts of the photo are highlighted (flashing) black/white every second. The ...
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Why is there a subtle shadow glow around the subject with large aperture?

I've noticed that in a number of photos I've taken with a small depth of field due to wide aperture and a fairly close subject, I get a rather pleasing but not entirely explicable diffuse shadow ...