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How can I take a photo with everything in focus with my DSLR?

I am quite new to DSLRs and one of the first things I noticed was the incredible focus points and depth that you can achieve. That is great in a lot of scenarios, but not in all. When filming a ...
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Why don't most cameras use infrared for focusing?

All auto focus assist lights are either red or white. Why do DSLRs not use infrared instead? It seems it would be beneficial to a photographer to not blind their subject before taking a picture. ...
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What are the advantages of metal mount vs plastic mount?

I have come across many reviews of lenses, in which reviewer will stress on the point that this lens has a metal mount. I am yet to buy a lens with metal mount, but what are the advantages of having a ...
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What is the difference between the Nikon 50mm f/1.8D and Nikon 50mm f/1.8G on a D7000? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the difference between using a 50mm f/1.8G and a 50mm f/1.8D with a Nikon D80? I recently got a D7000 and using a 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-D. Now I'm looking to into ...
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What is a kit lens?

I am new to photography and am looking to purchase my first DSLR or mirrorless camera. While reading Buying a digital SLR on Digital Photography Review the author keeps referring to the camera's kit ...
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How can I avoid dust on my eyecup rubber?

The Nikon DK-21 rubber eyecup just collects so much dust and I have to wash it regularly to keep it clean. Any suggestions on how to keep this clean in the camera bag and when handling the camera? or ...
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How can I crop a single layer in Photoshop?

Is it possible to crop a single layer, I can almost get the desired outcome using the eraser on a layer but surely it can be done with cropping?
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What's better image quality; full frame with Canon 400mm 5.6L plus 1.4 extender, OR, cropped frame with same lens?

I am about to upgrade to a Canon 7D for my birding using my 400mm 5.6L lens. With the 1.6 crop factor sensor that gives (roughly) a magnification factor equivalent to my other option, a Canon 5D mkII ...
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What is the behavior of thumbnails in Lightroom?

In order to update all my thumbnails I rendered standard sized previews for all my pictures overnight, having read somewhere that this was the asiest way. But to my surprise, there are still ...
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Is there an quicker method (script/plugin) to export sidecar JPEG from Lightroom?

When I import RAW+JPEG in Lightroom I uncheck the option "Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos" because I don't like the clutter this causes. Sometimes I do want to have a sidecar ...
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What is the right way to format a SD Card for use in camera?

What is the right way to format a SD card to be used for pictures? Inside the camera or SD card software? According to SD card spec, there is a protected area on the card that can be over-written ...
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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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How can I use 58mm filters with the Sony Nex-7?

I have 58mm filters, and I found out that the Sony filter size is 49mm. How can I use the larger filters with my Nex? Would I need a step up ring? Would it be better to buy 49mm filters instead? ...
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Why is shutter speed usually limited to 30 seconds? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there limitations to the upper limit of exposure time in digital cameras? My Nikons - D70, D80, D300, D800 all have a maximum long exposure of 30 seconds (as far ...
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How can I view images on a PC as and when I am shooting?

I just bought a Nikon D7000. When shooting I would like to be able to see my picture on my laptop as soon as I shoot it when I am shooting portraits. What do I need to accomplish this? How do I ...
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How to auto-trim solar eclipse photos?

I've got a few hundred photos of the November 2012 eclipse, and I'd like to compose them into a time series. To do that, I'd like to crop all of them to the same size, a square with a little space ...
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How can I get Canon 6D's RAW format to work in OS X Lion?

I recently got a Canon 6D, and though it says that OS X Lion has native support for its RAW format, iPhoto reports that the file format is unknown. It works fine using Adobe Lightroom, but it would be ...
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How do I convert/re-compress select photos in Lightroom in-place?

As my Lightroom catalog grows there are some photographs I would like to preserve, but where I don't need all the editing latitude offered by RAW. I know I can convert them to DNG, but are there ...
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1answer
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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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What is the effect where some objects are a single bright color but the rest is black and white?

There is an option to filter only one color (R,G,B,Y) in my camera. What I want to know is can this effect be achieved in photoshop? And what is this called? I tried googling monochrome and came up ...
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Is this Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS II strap/sling attachment safe?

I received my 70-200 F/2.8 IS II today (YAY) and I knew it had a tripod ring, but I thought it also had camera strap attachment points on the tripod ring like some other heavy lenses do, but this one ...
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Which is more efficient when shooting weddings: interpolating sRAW or shooting in jpeg?

What would you choose, if you were to, between shooting in sRAW (hence, sacrificing MP but retaining a lot more color and detail) and shooting in JPG, doing justice to the Megapixel count while giving ...
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How can I get the bulb function to work on Olympus E-M5?

manual frustration with the E-M5! Whatever I do I can't get the bulb function to work and see the resultant image happening in the viewfinder or LCD screen. Help Please .
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Are there any general rules to prepare a picture for print?

Today I went to the photo shop to print some pictures. Before that, I checked them and they seemed ok. (Not under/overexposed, good contrast). However, when I got them printed, some of them were ...
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How much distance should one move so that a shot that can be framed at xx mm be framed at yy mm?

Is there a website / app that will tell you approximately how much distance a person should move so that they are able to frame the same shot at different focal lengths? Say for example, I'm ...
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What is the visual difference between Full Frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds pictures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why? I am interested in a visual comparison of same scene but with different sensor ...
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Why does the ISO change with the shooting mode when the aperture and shutter speed are constant and using a flash?

I have a canon 60d, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens, and a Canon Speedlite 430EX II TTL flash. I like to use the manual modes, such as Av and Tv but I am having some difficulties when using the ...
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Adobe RGB to sRGB conversion, why does the color change?

When I convert my photos from Adobe RGB colorspace to sRGB for browsers, the color slightly changes and I’m bothered by it. I know that sRGB covers a smaller space of colors so I won’t get an exact ...
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What's a good starter book of Cartier-Bresson photographs?

I want to learn about Henri Cartier-Bresson's work. Can someone recommend a book of his work to get me started? I specifically want to be able to look at a lot of his images, rather than reading a ...
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How does “smile shot” work in cameras?

Nowadays some advanced cameras have the feature of "smile shot" without the photographer pressing the shutter. How do the cameras achieve this? How does it recognise the smile?
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How to take a portrait with dramatic bokeh circles when the subject is close to the lights?

I used 50mm @ f1.8 to take a portrait snap. Light source (fancy lights) was near to subject (~3-5ft). I couldn't get bokeh with big circles with the subject there, but without the subject I could get ...
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What's the best lens for shooting baby and kids with a DX Nikon?

I have a Nikon D5100 and want to see whats the best lens for shooting pictures of a baby and kids running around inside and outside? I would like to stay under $1,000. Thanks for the help.
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How does white-balance synchronisation work in Lightroom?

I just noticed that when in Lightroom I sync white-balance between multiple images the colour temperature and tint of the source image is not just copied over to the target images, but somehow ...
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729 views

What settings should I use for taking a picture of snow in low light?

There was just a huge snowstorm in town and I want to go out and take some shots of the fresh snow on the tree branches. It's nighttime now and the only light is from the streetlights and a little ...
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How to tell if an impact to the camera caused any damage?

Today I dropped something on my camera's body, on the back of camera on image magnifier buttons. there is no signs of damage on the LCD or body and the buttons are working. I actually dropped the ...
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How to take pictures of reflective spherical objects?

I've always wondered looking at photographs of shiny Christmas ornaments...how were those photos taken without reflecting the photographer or the camera setup? These days, I can imagine that digital ...
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What, if anything, does “RAW” stand for?

I understand that RAW files contain data straight from the sensor, that they're used as input to the production process that results in a final image, and that RAW isn't really one format but a ...
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Are there reasons for using in-camera processing settings rather than adjusting in post?

I recently upgraded from a Nikon D3100 to a D600. The D600 has many more correction features such as Active D-Lighting, Filters, color tone, vignette control, Noise reduction, etc. Is there an ...
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What's the best way to light still-life photos of leaves?

I just want to make a set of still-life photographs of leaves, with totally controlled lighting. I'd like to be as "scientific" as possible, but I don't know how to light my set. Frontal direct lights ...
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When is application of a sepia effect or filter useful?

We already know that the black and white filters can be used to see geometric layouts of a certain scene, without showing or emphasizing the colors. (i.e. where the colors are not important) My ...
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D800 Previews Much Brighter in Camera, Very Dark When Rendered

I've been shooting with the D800 for about 6 months now, and I've noticed that the in-camera previews appear much brighter and more properly exposed. But when I load the RAW images into either ...
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How to change background and maintain realistic effect?

I have like 30 different photos to process like this, but I want to know key things to maintain realistic photo by changing it's background, or maybe just modify background so it would be more ...
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Will an add-on mini macro lens for my mobile phone help get a blurry-background effect?

I am new to photography. I am really interested in taking close up photos (macro photography) of objects with a blurry background. But my mobile phone (a Sony Xperia Ion ) does not have the facility ...
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Exporting in Photoshop to original camera resolution

What is the simplest way to export (from raw, then enhanced) photoshop images in the original resolution as JPGs, rather than giving a specific size?
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How can I configure the number of slides in Vuescan for batch scanning?

I am using Vuescan to scan slides in on my Epson Perfection 2450. The problem is when batch scanning the slides Vuescan thinks that I am scanning in 8 slides and not 4. Now when I scan it takes twice ...
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How common are hot pixels on new cameras?

How common are hot pixels on new cameras?! I read that people may check up to 5 cameras at stores to actually find a perfect one, is this true? so how commons is this? what is the chance of getting a ...
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Is there a set of common criteria for evaluation of photographs?

Is there any set of criteria for evaluating a single picture that is in common use? I have the following situation: I want to write down my criteria on how I rate my pictures. At the moment I give ...
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How to get blurry backlights but sharp focused front face [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I maximise that “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect? How can I take shallow depth of field photos with a point-and-shoot camera? I have simple ...
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D7000 and Lightroom “Direct acquisition” how to store also on SD

I've tried to use "direct acquisition" function in Lightroom with my Nikon D7000. It works like a sharm but I notice that pictures goes directly on my PC without being saved on SD. Is there an option ...
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Do I need a light stand mount specific for Sony shoe?

I'm a hobbyist looking to get into off-camera lighting on a budget. I have a Sony a57. I already have a manual flash that works when attached to the camera. Based on this guide, I'm looking at ...

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