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What software tool can I use to convert a photo to line drawing?

What's the best way to do this, using free software? I want to convert photos to line-drawings, maybe cartoons ...
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How should one deal with 'hot' pixels on Canon T1i, either in-camera on in Aperture?

I recently took quite a few pictures at my brothers wedding, and when going through them in Aperture 3, I noticed a pretty apparent red pixel towards the bottom left of my images. I didn't notice this ...
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How do I trigger the flash in a way that takes luck out of high-speed photography?

I've tinkered with a bit of high speed photography (catching a water drop with low power flash in a dark room) and had success, but mostly through the volume of trials. I've got a shot in mind (I'd ...
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How will old M42 lenses work on a Nikon camera?

I wanted to get some cheap old lenses to use on my Nikon DX DSLR (D3100). However, Nikon has one of the greatest flange distances of all manufacturers, which means that most lenses I can buy (M42 ...
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How to create a Film Emulsion Border using Photoshop CS?

The latest version of Adobe Photoshop Express for the iPhone allows you to add a border called Film Emulsion to your photos. It seems like this should be something that can be easily done in the full ...
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What are the main things to avoid in photographic composition?

Considering only the frame and it's content, putting the issues of color rendering, sharpness, exposition, brightness, contrast, optical aberration, unpleasant flash/noise aside. I think of: ...
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What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background (not with post)?

Often i see portraits such as the one below and like the way they look. I wanted to know can I get this look in my shots. I am sure there are professional materials you can get to outfit a studio ...
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How to choose a gaffer's tape?

After a long time using my flash with rubber bands to hold flash accessories, I decided to try the Gaffer's tape method recommended by many photogs. So, I searched for that on B&H's website and ...
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Should I switch off image stabilization when photographing my 2 year old?

A large percentage of my photos of my 2 year old appear to be blurred. I know one of the problems is that she will not sit still for a second, but I am using a fast shutter speed. Could IS be ...
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Tips & advice for photographing store/shop interiors

In my area, rural Ireland, there are still a few old style shops(stores). These places usually feature long wooden counters, glass fronted cabinets, mechanical tills! and floor to ceiling shelves. The ...
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Light Tent Recommendations?

I'm looking to buy a smallish light tent (1 or 2 feet on a side) and there seems to be quite an array of options. Are there any that are any better than any others? Or should I just go with whatever ...
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Recommended photography magazines

What are some internationally available magazines on photography that you would recommend to a photographer who's mastered the basics and is interested in widening his horizons, in terms of ...
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When comparing sensor dynamic range, what are those numbers based on?

Dynamic range EV's are bandied about all the time and I get the feeling that a) they're not on the same 'scale' and b) they're misleading in what they're indicating so I'm hoping somebody can clarify. ...
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How to get started with fashion photography?

So, I'm in a pickle, on a whim I decided to email a model who lives in Bloomington, IN. Told her how I admired her work and how I would like to take some photos of her in the spring at the ...
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How do different aperture and shutter settings affect a photo with the same overall exposure?

Ok, here's my doubt. Suppose I want to get a certain exposure for an image. Keeping the ISO constant, there are two tentative possibilities here: Put the camera at f 1.4 (say) and at 1/1600 shutter ...
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How can I make short people look taller in photographs?

I was browsing some great shots from Herb Ritts and came across this photo (NSFW). It seems like the legs of the woman appear longer in relation to her body. Is this an effect of the lens used? ...
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Why does colour negative film have an orange mask?

I've noticed that developed colour negatives usually have an orange layer. Is this an artifact of an old printing process, required by the chemistry, or is there some other benefit to it?
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How can I find C Mount lenses which would work well on Micro Four Thirds?

It's easy to find people complaining about vignetting and poor fits, so what should someone know before buying the adapter and lens? Which C Mount lenses are a good buy? What are the likely focal ...
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macro lens for artwork with the T2i

This is a follow up to my first query about photographing artwork. There was a consensus that I go with a macro lens: Canon T2i for shooting artwork? I think I'm finally ready to purchase. I found ...
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How to cope with high contrast?

Many times (especially around midday), we encounter lighting situations where the contrast of the scene is too high to capture with a camera. What can we do to create a useful picture in such ...
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Where do you find the inspiration for your photographs?

Say you're in the mood to take some photographs. Where do you typically look for inspiration? I always find that I want to take photographs but don't really have anything to shoot, or can't find good, ...
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Digital Camera for Grandpa

Folks, I wanted to ask for your advice on purchasing a digital camera for my grandpa. My requirements are simple: 1) The guy is BARELY comfortable with technology. He knows how to turn his computer ...
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What are the results of developing slide film (E-6 process) with C41 chemicals?

I recently got hand on some rolls of 35mm slide film (Kodak Ektachrome), and was planning on developing them at home (bad experiences with photo labs). On a basis of budget, I wanted to develop them ...
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What are the steps to calibrate iMac display with Spyder 3 Pro?

I need to calibrate the display on my iMac and have got a Spyder 3 Pro to do this with. However, the standard brightness of the iMac screen is very bright, do I need to turn the brightness down before ...
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What options do I have for a normal and fast prime lens for a Canon APS-C camera?

I'm looking for a normal prime lens, desirably fast and not too expensive, for my 450D. 50mm seems to be the normal focal length on FF, thus for APS-C, I need about 30mm. I want it to be fast as I'm ...
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What software could I use for aligning time lapse stills to remove camera shake?

I've been playing around with some time lapse sequences shot from the roof of our building in New York. It's terribly windy and the resulting sequence exhibits some slight camera shake. I'm seeking ...
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Why the AF confirm lights won't blink when the spot is in-focus while using an all-manual lens with an adapter without any connectors?

I understand that my Canon 450D's (XSi/Kiss X2) passive autofocus system knows a spot in the view is in-focus when its nearby contrast is adequate. Then the camera blinks AF confirm lights to inform ...
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What is tone mapping? How does it relate to HDR?

Whenever I read / hear about HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, someone usually says something along the lines of "Actually, you're talking about tone mapping, not HDR." Please can someone ...
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What is the “Newton Effect”?

I was just chatting with a photographer friend of mine, and he mentioned wanting "anti-newton glass"... I didn't know what that was, so I did a google search. I quickly figured out that it was ...
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What is HDR photography?

What is HDR photography, and when might it be useful?
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What is dynamic range and how is it important in photography?

Wikipedia says that the dynamic range is the "ratio between the largest and smallest possible values of a changeable quantity". Ok, I get that. I suppose that's why HDR photos have a "high dynamic ...
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Are digital prints from CVS reasonable quality for casual printing needs?

There's a CVS drugstore on my commute, so it would be very convenient to stop in and pick up some prints that I've uploaded earlier. However, CVS is, shall we say, not terribly professionally ...
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Filters for a Wide-Angle Lens

I just got a Nikon 10-24mm lens that I'll be using on my D90 (DX) lens. I expect to be using it a lot outdoors for landscape shots. In general, I know what kinds of filters would help landscape ...
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Can you recommend any resources about dance photography?

My main focus area in photography is dance; and at that mostly social dancing. This usually means: spontaneous action, no way to stage anything or prepare beyond being "in the moment and very ...
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EyeFi doesn't support CF cards. Are there any alternatives that do?

Pretty much as what the title asks. Any ideas anyone? Is there any particular, technical limitation for using this technology with CF cards?
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Where can I sell digital photos online without advance commissions or fees?

I am looking for an online place to sell my photos. My requirements are slightly different to normal. Don't pay anything upfront. Only pay commission when a sale falls through. No filtering of ...
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Usage of a PC as a SD Card with adapter

I am searching for something like a SD card with a second conectorto USB, so I can put the card into my Cam and plug the usb into my PC, so that I'm able to shoot some pictures directly to my HD (in ...
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Does a crop sensor affect closest focusing distance? Why does it not affect focal length in EXIF data?

Since I am considering to buy the Nikkor 105mm micro VR, I wondered if the cropped sensor does affect the closest focusing distance of 0.31m? Thinking about this, the following additional (and ...
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What do you recommend for a high quality photo book service?

I'm looking for a reliable photo book printing service that allows the option of uploading a high quality PDF or Indesign file, but also prints using high quality photo prints. I've used Blurb, but ...
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Can I get my 30D to record to the card when shooting tethered (with Aperture 3)?

I'm trying out tethering for... not quite the first time, but the first time I'm taking it relatively seriously, and I'm noticing something that was not quite to my expectations: When I shoot in the ...
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Will point-and-shoot cameras be able to compete with camera phones? [closed]

As camera phones become more and more sophisticated, will they ultimately replace point-and-shoot cameras?
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What are some good places to sell photo prints online? [closed]

What are some good places to sell photo prints online? Is it possible? What aspects depend on country, laws, or copyright restrictions?
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Where, oh where, are the GPS Point-and-shoot cameras?

"Geotagging" has been around for a number of years now. Why haven't the major camera producers (Canon, Nikon, etc.) gotten around to installing internal GPS systems in their point-and-shoot cameras to ...
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What factors to consider in choosing between large sensor and good zoom?

I’m looking for information on what factors to consider in deciding between a camera with a large sensor and low light sensitivity (for example, the Canon S95) and a camera with a good zoom (for ...
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What are some good places to buy photo prints online? [closed]

I'm looking for artwork that has already been produced by the artist. Lots of artists have their own sites setup, but is there some kind of aggregator that has a bunch of them altogether?
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Can you fix incorrect exposure during post processing?

If a photo is over or under exposed but not to the point of clipping (histogram does not reach the left or right side) is there any reason you couldn't just fix the exposure in Photoshop or Lightroom? ...
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Which photographer do you find inspirational? [closed]

As a change from the technical flavour of our questions I would like to turn to photography as an art, so I am afraid this is inevitably subjective. Which photographer, in your mind, is especially ...
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How does canvas or muslin compare to seamless paper for backdrops?

I'm doing a shoot for a friend in a couple of weeks (lucky me, she makes lingerie for a living) and I was wondering about backdrops. I'm currently considering various colours of seamless paper, but I ...
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Where can I find good test image(s) to send to a print lab?

I am looking for a good test image to send to a print lab, to test my system's color calibration. I'll be sending my own photos too, of course, but I would also like to include one or two test images ...
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What is a good pre-built website platform for displaying my photos?

I know many of the people develop their own web sites, and that's fine if you want to invest the time. Unfortunately, I barely get time enough to take photographs, so I would rather get something out ...

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