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What megapixel value is equivalent to which ISO film?

Is there some kind of equivalency table or formula that expresses what kind of pixels you need in a digital camera to have roughly the same quality as a particular ISO graded film? What other ...
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13answers
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Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images?

I don't really know where to start with post-processing my images. I normally just straighten, crop and sharpen. Do people know of any good resources on the internet for getting a grip with Photoshop ...
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10answers
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What makes a DSLR better than a Point & Shoot?

Why should I put up with the inconvenience of lugging around a DSLR? They look cool, but is there more substance to it?
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4answers
762 views

What should I consider when purchasing a macro lens?

What should I be aware of when buying a macro lens (other than that it will fit my camera)? What features should I look for? What specs should I pay close attention to? What factors affect macro ...
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10answers
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What is crop factor and how does it relate to focal length?

I'm reading that a 50mm lens is recommended as a first prime lens for DSLR owners as it's supposed to give a 'natural' perspective, but when used on (most) DSLRs, the view is cropped, as if you were ...
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2answers
877 views

Considerations when purchasing a prime lens?

What should I be aware of when buying a prime lens (other than that it will fit my camera)? What specs should I pay close attention to?
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4answers
289 views

What are important considerations when purchasing a zoom lens?

What should I be aware of when buying a zoom lens (other than that it will fit my camera)? What specs should I pay close attention to?
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7answers
931 views

What DSLR should I buy?

I'm in the market for a new camera and I've been shopping around looking at various DSLRs. I currently use a Canon compact super-zoom camera, and shoot in manual mode 99% of the time, so the step to ...
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6answers
2k views

Which scenarios are better shot with a prime lens versus zoom lens or macro lens?

What scenarios are better shot with a prime lens? A zoom lens? A macro lens?
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5answers
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Is there an EXIF standard for tagging people in photographs?

There are a number of websites that let you tag people in photos, such as Facebook and now flickr, but is there an EXIF standard for tagging who is in a photo, and where they are?
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3answers
2k views

How do I get a photographer pass for gigs and concerts?

I have taken photos at gigs and concerts a few times, but only from the front of the standing section. What's the best way to get a photographer pass?
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5answers
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What CCTV lenses can I use with Micro 4/3 and adapter?

I keep hearing things about using CCTV C Mounts hacked into a Micro 4/3 camera using an adapter. Does anybody have any experience with this? Can any ebay lens work, or is the C-mount not universal? ...
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6answers
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Wordpress plug-in for a photoblog?

I use Wordpress for my photo-blog site and currently use Yet Another Photoblog plug-in to help manage uploading the pictures. Are there other similar plug-in's that might offer more features. I'm ...
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1answer
892 views

What is the highest quality graduated neutral density filter?

I've been trying to find a Lee .9 Hard stop GND since November. Really, November of '09. Adorama, b&h, amazon were all out. I finally found one on amazon through a third party in the beginning ...
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3answers
435 views

What's the best way to get photos from Lightroom 3 to Flickr?

As someone who publishes a lot of photos on Flickr, I'd like to know the best way to export my photos. I see that Lightroom 3 has a built-in publishing tool... is that the best option or are there ...
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1answer
880 views

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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4answers
3k views

What is focal length and how does it affect my photos?

What is focal-length? Are focal-length and zoom synonymous? How does the focal length of a photo affect it?
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8answers
5k views

What is the best negative scanner (35mm) for $400 or less?

Now that we are moving to the digital world... What is the best negative scanner for the price range of up to $400
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2answers
462 views

Are there new digital cameras that my old zoom lenses from my analog Yashica camera will fit?

I have an old analog camera (Yashica) with a bayonet lock and several zoom lenses for it. All of that was very high quality at the time and I would like to re-use it for a digital camera. Are any such ...
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0answers
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How do I avoid getting any chromatic aberration in my photographs?

Another question is how to correct it (suggested in proposals), but ... are there ways of avoiding it in the first place?
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4answers
750 views

What is ISO and how does it affect my photos

What is the ISO setting on my camera? What does it represent? What should I be aware of with regards to ISO when taking photographs
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7answers
2k views

What is “Hyperfocal Distance”?

I'd like a clear & easy-to-understand (especially for non-physics-types) explanation of what Hyperfocal Distance is, how it affects photographs, and what determines its value.
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7answers
929 views

Is switching to DNG worthwhile?

I'm aware of the difference between RAW and DNG file formats. The RAW format is proprietary to the camera manufacturer while DNG is an open standard. DNG files can be compressed without loss of ...
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3answers
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What is the best method to digitize and touch up my old slides?

I have lots of old slides and should probably digitize them? What is the best way of achieving this? What kind of touchups might be necessary?
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10answers
5k views

Are there any downsides to using a good-quality UV filter?

Are there any real downsides to using a UV filter? I know that a poor quality UV filter can effect image quality ... but, assuming I use a good quality UV filter, will that actually be an issue? Is ...
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4answers
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How can I use my Canon EOS 20D with Vista x64?

It appears that Canon do not offer native 64-bit drivers for any of their range of digital cameras; Is there any way to work around this? EDIT Would I be better upgrading to Windows 7 x64, or no ...
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8answers
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What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs?

How does aperture affect my photographs? Why should I care about the aperture with which a photo was taken?
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4answers
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How does changing focal length affect depth of field?

I'm curious about how my "area of acceptable focus" changes when the focal length of the lens I'm using changes as I zoom (or switch lenses). In particular, I'd like to know how the front & back ...
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16answers
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Do super-super-lightweight tripods exist?

Are there are any "ultra-portable" tripods out there? I'd like to find one for backpacking that weighs 500 grams or less, but none seem to exist... there are tabletop tripods that weigh considerably ...
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2answers
119 views

What creative ways have you exhibited your photos that led to more exposure?

I'm a serious hobbyist photographer and take pictures mostly for myself, but also love seeing my work used elsewhere. Recently I was in a position to use a photo of mine at an annual neighborhood ...
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11answers
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Is there a noticeable difference between 1.8 and 1.4 prime lenses?

I have been shopping around for a prime lens for my Nikon D50. I noticed that the 1.8 is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the 1.4 AF-S. What will I gain for that cost difference? Is it really ...
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27answers
2k views

What is something you learned recently about your gear that you wish you discovered earlier?

I'm playing with my old XTi with a new travel lens, Tamron 18-270mm and I'm reading the instruction sheet for the Tamron and read a section about Manual focusing and got to the small print. Even in ...
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12answers
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How can I take shallow depth of field photos with a point-and-shoot camera?

I have a compact digital camera, and in macro mode I can manage to achieve a blurred background, if the background is far enough away. Can this be done when taking non-macro pictures, and if not, is ...
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18answers
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What are the first few photography books someone should read?

The books that helped me most initially were the Bryan Peterson books and more recently the Joe McNally books. Both of these working photographers give a lot of honest and helpful examples. These ...
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12answers
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What are the pros and cons when shooting in RAW vs JPEG?

In general shooting in RAW format uses a lot more file storage than JPEG. What am I gaining when shooting RAW? Besides file size are there any downsides to shooting RAW?
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5answers
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What benefit does Lightroom 3 offer over Photoshop + Bridge?

I've been happily using Photoshop and Bridge to manage and edit my digital photos. I'm aware that Lightroom 3 was recently released, and decided to take a look at it, since Lightroom has been widely ...
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11answers
2k views

What is the best way to clean the sensor on a digital SLR?

I've got a couple of spots of dust on the sensor of my Canon 20D - a rocket blower isn't shifting them, and I'm ridiculously scared of some of the more direct methods for cleaning sensors -- what ...
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8answers
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How can I reduce the noise present when taking pictures without lowering my ISO?

I know that high ISOs tend to produce more noise, and some cameras' software can handle that noise better than others, but are there any other settings or conditions tha affect visible noise? I'm ...
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9answers
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What are some of your pre-shoot checklist tips?

I'm always in a hurry and never really check my camera settings before a snapping a few photos using whatever setting the camera was left on. I'm thinking I should probably try to put a checklist into ...
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15answers
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How can I better organise and file my photos?

At present I meticulously add metadata as EXIF tags to my photos using Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, which also lets me place them accurately on a map. The thing is I tend to leave photos in a folder ...
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5answers
998 views

What are the pros and cons of using an optical trigger for external lighting?

I have been reading up on the different kinds of lighting kits out there. I read about using optical triggers for external lighting kits. This would allow me to use my on-camera flash (or a mounted ...
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17answers
4k views

What are alternatives to a tripod when I can't take one along?

Due to weight restrictions I cannot take my tripod on my next foreign trip. What are the alternatives?
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8answers
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Should I really lug around a lens cap everywhere?

I lose lens caps by the billion. Is there another way to protect my lenses without having to carry these things around with me?
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7answers
3k views

How can I stop my HDR shots looking so fake?

All my attempts at HDR come out looking remarkably fake, how can I reduce the halos effect?
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15answers
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How can I maximize the “blurry background, sharp subject” (bokeh) effect?

I know that this effect occurs when there's a shallow depth of field. My question is, what are the various ways I can increase this effect in my photos when I'm taking them? Note that I'm not ...
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4answers
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What is the best way to micro-adjust a lens?

I have a Canon 7D with a 50mm f/1.4 lens, and I think the auto-focus of the lens is off. How can I test and adjust this reliably? Will this approach work with all of my lenses? If I had a different ...

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