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Why does using my slave flash darken the image?

Why does my slave flash at full power actually seem to darken the image? The camera (Lumix G1) is set to M-Mode, forced flash at -2, f6, 1/30s. I set my external flash (Nissin Di466 FT) to slave mode ...
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Why isn't my Nikon D7000 in Commander Mode working with my SB600 flash?

I have a D200 and a D7000. The D200 triggers the SB600 in Commander Mode without any issues. The D7000 on the other hand will not trigger the SB600 with absolutely identical settings in Commander ...
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Are there any open source programs that can use RAW for stitching photos?

I want to stitch lots of photos together since getting my Sigma 10-20mm. I've got a couple of projects in my head I want to do as well. However, my experience using Hugin for stitching hasn't been ...
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What is the most unusual household item you've found useful in a photographic context?

Last night I was doing a product shot for an eBay listing of a black case that had been sitting around collecting dust for a while (hence the eBay listing). I used a normal dust cloth first to try to ...
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Emulating film color profiles (for use in Aperture 3)

Is there a way or place to get the color profile curves from film types and recreate them in Aperture 3 so that I can get a characteristic look from something that was shot with kodachrome. I know ...
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Should I keep Image Stabilization (IS) off when I do not actually need it?

I own a Canon 7D and a EF-S 15-85 IS lens and I keep the image stabilization turned on all the time. Recently, an experienced photographer told me that this is a huge mistake because it reduces image ...
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What equipment and settings do I use for panning shots of moving objects?

How do you go about getting great panning shots of things like cars and bicycles so that the background is nice and blurred but the target is sharp as can be. I have tried on many occasion to do ...
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How can one learn to shoot with both eyes open, and what are the advantages?

Greg made an intriguing comment in this answer (emphasis mine): One of the things we're supposed to do when we're shooting is keep both eyes open; That helps avoid fatigue from shooting for hours, ...
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What is the advantage to back-button autofocus?

I've heard some advanced photographers talk about using back-button autofocus. As I understand it, this involves changing one of the camera's custom setting to engage the AF when a button on the rear ...
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True or False: A two full F/stop change to either side of the starting F/stop will either double or half the amount of light from the original F/stop

Explain. A two full F/stop change to either side of the starting F/stop will either double or half the amount of light from the original F/stop.
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Can I leave the batteries in my camera?

I recently bought a Canon 1000d DSLR. I'm just an amateur and don't use my camera daily. I use it once or twice a week. Is it okay if I leave the batteries in the camera during this idle time?
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Is the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S being replaced?

I need a fast lens with autofocus for taking indoor shots with my Nikon D3000. I have been looking at the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S for a while and now that I am ready to get one they are next to ...
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What companies offer an IR camera filter?

I'm planning on converting a Nikon D50 to dedicated infrared, replacing the internal IR cut filter with one that will block visible light, and pass infrared. Google has turned up a couple sites, and ...
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How do you manage images with duplicate file names in Lightroom?

I've had my camera for about a year, and having taken 9999 images the camera's file naming system has rolled over to 0001.. I usually import my photos to Lightroom, so Lightroom sorts them into ...
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Upgrade from a 5D to shoot video

I want to be able to shoot video footage in the best quality I can of vibrating grains on membranes (cymatics). I'm wondering if I should I swap my Canon 5D for a 5DmkII, buy the cheaper 7D, buy a ...
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What is colour profile and how does one go about it in a digital workflow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are Color Profiles and where would I find information on using them properly? I've seen choices either sRGB and AdobeRGB in my camera and a whole plethora more in ...
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depth of field varies with distance?

I am wondering if there is a difference in the depth of field if I stand near the subject or far from it with the same aperture (like f1.4) ? Thanks for responses
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How do I set up a webcam to take one picture each minute for 24 hours (time-lapse)?

I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I don't know of a better place. I need to set up a webcam to take a photo every minute for 24 hours, so that it can be ...
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What's the best Polaroid camera and model right now?

Of course, it should be able to print pictures without an external printer.
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Can I use a flatbed scanner to scan a photo into RAW format?

I have a photograph (on paper) that needs retouching. I have an HP Officejet 5610 flatbed scanner. Is there any software that will allow me to scan said photograph and capture it as RAW so I can use ...
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Sony NEX5: Why do I have a dark spot in my images?

When I look through the display, I see always a small grey circle at the same place. Also in the picture it's the same circle. When I change the lens, the circle is still there. So I assume it's ...
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How can different RAW converter programs give different results?

I've read in several places (photo mags, websites, etc.) that there are third party RAW converters around (i.e. not big name programs like PhotoShop, Lightroom, Picasa, PaintShopPro,...). So my ...
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Should I be shooting in RAW even though I'm a beginner that doesn't know how to retouch photos yet?

I am a beginner, should I still be shooting RAW?
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What is the difference between Project, Album and Folder in Aperture 3?

I'm sort of confused between the 3.
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What tips can you offer to take pictures of dogs?

Okay, so a friend of mine asked about photographing his dogs, and I realized that I really don't have much of a clue what are the best ways to photograph pets. I can take a few stabs at it, but I ...
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What are the best settings for black and white film portrait photography?

trying to do some "daily shots" thing, and I was wondering what's the best setting for black and white portraits in areas that are well-lit and sometimes not (fastfoods, restaurants, malls) I want to ...
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How can I avoid star trails without an expensive tracking mount?

I want to take pictures of the Milky Way or a lunar eclipse or earth glow on the moon, but I don't have an equatorial tracking mount, and don't want to spend that much money on one. How can I get ...
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Are there features to Westcott's Spiderlite TD5 that would be difficult to reproduce if I built a DIY version?

I look at products like Westcott's Spiderlite TD5 head and there looks to be less than $50 in parts (not including the light bulbs) in a product like this... I'm a 'handy guy' with a garage full of ...
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What's the maximum length of USB cable that you can use for tethering?

What's the maximum reliable length of USB cable that you can use when shooting tethered? Does it depend on the camera? There's lots of conflicting information out on the web; I'm hoping Photo-SE can ...
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Best opensource/ free stacking software for mac for astrophotography

I am using snow leopard and mainly want it to automate the stacking as much as possible. I have seen that PixInSight looks pretty awesome, but that's not free, in-fact far from it, so I want something ...
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Can I combine two photos to get a good image of a non-full moon?

Is there a good combo of longer exposure and shorter exposure that I can use to get two photos of the moon that I can then combine to show the sun-lit side and the earth-lit side together so I have ...
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What does Time for Print (TFP) mean in practice?

I've seen the cut and dried version of what Time for Print (also called 'Trade for Print' by many) means on Wikipedia. I was wondering what it is and what it means for the photographer and model ...
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Coffee Table Photography Book

I am thinking of getting a small gift for my friend, preferably a small / medium size Photography Book (that can put on the coffee table) or for guests to boserse through - casual reading. My budget ...
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IXUS 70 and astrophotography

I performed astrophotography at the time where CCD were experimental devices. The world has changed, my immediate passions too, and today my camera is a compact (but enough for everyday use) ...
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How to find a good marketing person?

I've taken many photos, gotten some favorable comments, and occasionally sell trade or give a few when it serves someone's need. The emphasis is on the word "few". Photography has been a serious ...
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Why pick DPP over Aperture?

My standard workflow is: take pictures in RAW -> import into Aperture -> append metadata info -> go through shots and filter out the bad ones -> do basic adjustments in Aperture -> use Nik plugins or ...
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Kino Flo: should I buy 4 fixtures with one ballast? Would I need anything else?

Not much experience with Kino Flos... Considering buying 4x of these: Kino Flo 4Bank 4' Fixture Only And am wondering if I could get away with only one ballast: Kino Flo Mega 4Bank DMX Ballast ...
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What professional photography organizations are available to join?

I'm interested in putting together a list (as comprehensive as possible) of the different professional photography organizations that can be joined. The criteria is relatively simple: An ...
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Macro vs Compact Macro,

So I decided on the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM for shooting the artwork. It is really nice and takes great shots with little distortion if any (haven't test it much yet). But I'm surprised how ...
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Taking video of scoreclock…numbers dissappear

I am currently trying to broadcast live sporting events, and am having trouble with the settings on my camera. Whenever we point the camera towards the scoreclock (it's an old scoreclock, definitely ...
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What are the key differences between the Canon 60D and Canon 600D?

What are the key differences between the Canon 60D and Canon 600D? I know the size is different and they are constructed of different materials, but in technical specifications and image quality, ...
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How Do I Know My Memory Card Is Dying?

I have a 2GB SanDisk Extreme II (I think it's a II) CF card that I use as my main card in my Nikon D200. I normally shoot, take the card out, place it in a cheaper reader, and copy the pictures to my ...
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Can I use a full ND filter as a pseudo hard-edge graduated filter?

Can I use a full, non-graduated ND filter positioned halfway (or another appropriate distance) over the lens to approximate a hard-edge graduated ND filter, or will the transition be too sudden?
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What options are there for good, cheap online backup of photos?

What is a good and cheap solution for online backup of over 100Gb, probably growing to 200+ in about a year, and then no doubt more after that. I am looking for something that can work in the ...
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Software to auto correct lens distortion based on photo

A photo contains digital information about the make of the camera the focal length,etc. Does any software use this information and auto correct the lens distortion in the photo. I know that Photoshop ...
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Medium Format Scanner

I have a 500CM Hasselblad medium format film camera that I shoot with Kodak Ektachrome color transparency slide film. It seems to me that the best medium format slide scanner around is the Nikon Super ...
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How do I properly white-balance my photographs when I'm shooting in mixed-lighting environments?

I have a dSLR and I often find myself taking pictures of people in 'mixed lighting' environments (e.g. tungsten lighting and daylight, fluorescent and tungsten, or even the ‘nightmare lighting ...
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How should I pack my gear for an overseas trip?

I'm about to pack for an overseas trip soon and am looking for some advice on how to protect your gear, whether you take it as carry on or checked (or a combo) and what sort of gear you'd take. I'll ...
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What's the best way to create a tilt-shift photograph?

Specifically, what's the best way to go about shooting photos that have a fake miniature quality to them, which produces high-quality (and believable) images? Is there some special lens that you can ...
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Bag: Which one between Crumpler 5-6MDH and ThinkTank Retrospective 10-20

I have read This Crumpler post and This ThinkTank post and I can't decide between the two of them. Can I have your opinion ? Any specific Pros and Cons ? (I also read a lot of reviews, but the ...

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