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Is it true that film SLRs are obsolete unless you develop your own photos?

I have been told that most photo labs now use scanners and print your photos from these scanned images. I live in an area with only a few photo labs such as Wal-mart, Target, and the local Groceries, ...
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How to get this colorful look in a landscape photo?

I love the colors in this photostream on Flickr, especially this photo and this one. How can I get colors like this in my photos? Is this done with post processing? Good luck? The lighting looks like ...
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Which photographers do you follow on twitter? [closed]

Similar to the question about who's blogs to follow ... Who represents photography well in the twitterverse? (BTW, I tweet about too many things besides photography, so I am not a good candidate. ...
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Is Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 stabilized, can it be used for handheld shots?

Has a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 got an Image Stabiliser? Following an answer to a previous question re my wifes Canon EOS 450D in which Jrista suggested the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens rather than the ...
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What options are available for a wireless remote for a Canon 50D?

I'm looking for a wireless remote for my Canon 50D, but the canon RC-5 and RC-6 don't seem to support it in the information I've found thus far. Can anyone recommend anything that might work with ...
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Can an E-TTL II cable trigger a speedlite in Manual mode

Essentially, if you own an E-TTL II (or presumably iTTL) cable of a certain length/type, is there any reason to also own a manual PC-sync cable of a similar length/type, or can the camera be fired in ...
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Is it possible to do remote capture on a Canon DSLR?

Is it possible to do remote capture on a Canon EOS DSLR? I have an infra-red remote, but when I connect the camera to the PC via USB I only get the option to download pictures from it. I'm a pretty ...
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How to start the basics of photography, which is the best entry level SLR camera?

Am an Painting Artist, I would like to start photography. But I don't know the basics of photography, and I need to purchase a good entry level SLR Camera. So Please help me to findout a good beginner ...
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Situations you might use USB remote mode?

I hooked up the 50D to my MacBook Pro the other day at home and found it great to see exactly how a photo is going to turn out on the big screen before taking it and was wondering when such a setup ...
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Is this sensor ghosting, or something else?

I recently took some shots of a house fly, primarily for use in a simple case study of print sharpness that I posted here. Several of the shots turned out fairly well with flash, however they all seem ...
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What is the largest memory card that is supported by the Canon IXUS 960 IS?

My wife has a Canon IXUS 960 IS, and she's finding that she is filling the 2Gb cards I'd originally got for her too quickly. I know that some cameras have a maximum supported capacity for memory ...
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Low budget entry level Speedlite?

Owning a cheap Canon 20D, I now want to buy an entry level speedlight/external flash but I'm confused with should i go for used or new the one while considering my low budget(150$ max). What things ...
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What should I look for when choosing a stock web sites to sell through?

I was reading Are stock photo sites a viable source of income? and thought I might give it ago. However what are the things to look for when choosing a stock photo sites to sell on taking in to ...
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What does it mean when film turns out transparent after being developed?

I had a B/W film turn out transparent after being developed. Does it mean that a) it was never exposed b) it was always overexposed or c) something went wrong during development?
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What file system are memory cards formatted with?

Is there an industry standard file system cards are formatted with (when you first get them, and/or after a camera formats them)? FAT32, FAT16?
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What's the easiest way to create passport-sized prints?

I need to print some passport-sized photos for visa applications. They each need to be 35mm x 45mm. Is there an easy way to take a single photo of my face and create a new jpeg file from it that I ...
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Are stock photo sites a viable source of income?

I'm considering uploading some of my photos to a stock photo website as a way of getting a few $$$ back from what's essentially been a hobby for me. Is this a sensible step, or am I likely doomed to ...
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Can I use a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on a Canon EOS 450D?

My wife has a Canon EOS 450D and, after following a few threads and questions and answers, a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens seems to be popular for insect photography. I am considering buying one for ...
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Should I consider a used Tachihara 4x5" Large-Format camera or an equivalent new alternative?

As my primary photographic interests lie in landscape photography, I've been seriously looking into buying a large-format camera. In my research, I encountered the Tachihara 4x5", which is a ...
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What is bokeh, exactly?

I understand that "bokeh" refers to out-of-focus areas of an image — but there is obviously more to it than that. What does the term mean exactly? How well is bokeh really understood? Is it purely ...
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Love these colors/style - tips on achieving the same look?

I'm looking for some advice on achieving the look this photographer has: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yosigo/4670815511/ I love the style and tones of everything. Wondering what sort of thing, both ...
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Does “long exposure noise reduction” option make any difference when shooting RAW?

I can configure my camera (5D) to use long exposure noise reduction (dark frame is exposed and subtracted), but is this method really effective when shooting RAW? Or is the actual subtraction only ...
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How do you set the power for a flash in manual mode?

How do you calculate the flash power fraction, assuming you want to keep constant the other variables of ISO, aperture, and distance from subject to flash? The Guide Number formula for a flash ...
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How does Lightroom store data about photos?

I've seen numerous mentions of Lightroom's database, or catalog, and having to back it up. Being used to Bridge and Camera Raw, I'm accustomed to seeing sidecar .xmp files alongside my RAW files. ...
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The right way to delete all photos from a camera

What is the most correct way to delete all photos from a camera after they all have been copied to a computer: to format memory card using the camera menu, or simply Select All and Delete photo ...
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Can I fire my SB600 without using my D90 on-camera flash as a trigger (with CLS/TTL)?

So as mentioned above, I have a D90 and an SB600. I can set up the SB600 to be used as a flash on-camera and off using TTL w/ the D90 as a commander. What I'm trying to understand is can I fire the ...
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What are Extension Tubes?

What are Extension Tubes?
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What are ways to drive traffic to your online gallery?

I feature all my work exclusively online. What are ways, besides the link-spamming and SEO to drive traffic to your online gallery? I use Facebook and Twitter to occasionally to post links, but I'd ...
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Examples from the Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8 on a full frame camera

This is more of a request than a question. I'm considering getting the aforementioned lens but I'm a bit afraid that it may not allow me to produce as much magnification as I would hope for. That's ...
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Why the smallest ISO in Nikon D40 is 200, rather than 100?

I have a Nikon D40. The ISO ranges from 200 to 1600. Why isn't ISO 100 (or smaller) available? Is this common in other cameras? I understand that there are technical limitations to provide higher ISO ...
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How can I intentionally include lens flare in my photographs?

I usually try to avoid lens flare, usually by avoiding shooting directly into bright lights (or using other techniques to minimize it). However, sometimes I find a situation where lens flare actually ...
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Tips for using the Lensbaby 3G?

I just picked one up as a much less expensive option than a tilt/shift lens for the Pentax mount (they're hard to find and crazy expensive for the K-mount). I have done some experimental shots with ...
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Does the Nikon D3100 have audio input?

The new Nikon D3100 has video capabilities, and a mono microphone on the front. However, I can't seem to find anywhere if it has an audio input, to enable using a better microphone.
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Is it common to have problems with soft images on a 7D?

I moved from a 20D to 7D recently and moved my EFS 17-85mm to the 7D. The 7D images are soft so I had to program my own sharpness mode. I use both tripod and hand held, and yes I know to turn off ...
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Tips for taking headshot self-portraits?

I need to do some headshots of myself for a gig I have coming up. My initial thought was to use a plain light background (as you see in many studio shots), but I've had some advice to use a dark ...
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Can in-camera JPEG have image quality advantages over (third party software) converted RAW?

Question about RAW advantages over JPG made me curious if somebody has examples where in-camera JPEG is actually image quality-wise better than RAW image converted in computer (possibly by third party ...
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RAW files in XSI / 450D full auto mode

Is there a way to get Auto mode to record RAW files on the 450D? It's for when I hand over the camera to less experience people, it's easiest for them to just use Auto. I can use 'P' mode as a ...
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Good examples of RAW's advantages over JPEG?

I'm curious to see some real examples of where simply capturing the same photo in RAW (and being processed by someone who can do it justice) has significantly improved the photo at the end of the ...
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What are Color Profiles and where would I find information on using them properly?

I see the term "Color Profile" a lot and I have this vague idea that it helps you adjust color values based on the unique differences of both cameras, displays and printers from some ideal device. ...
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What filter should be used to lengthen exposure?

I would like to take long exposure shots in the day, but I just can't imagine how to do it because even fireworks (night shot) exposed for more than five seconds are too bright. I did some research, ...
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Nikon raw file need to be converted to be open in Photoshop?

I have to convert to .DNG with an Adobe external tool before use in Photoshop because Photoshop doesn't recognize the Raw file that my Nikon D5000 produce. Is that normal that I have to convert all ...
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Are fast lenses only fast when shot wide open?

Given two lenses with different max apertures but the same size image circle (say, full frame on a Nikon FX DLSR camera) and taking shots at the exact shutter speed and focal length under the same ...
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Will I regret buying an older lens that doesn't autofocus or have image stabilization with my Nikon D5000?

I am planning to buy a Nikon Normal AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D Autofocus Lens. It doesn't autofocus on the D5000 but for the price, I think it's a good choice of lens for portrait. What do you think? ...
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What is a 200mm lens good for?

I just found that there is a 200mm lens at my school. It is a Canon with Image Stabiliser (with red detail). It is old, at least 10 years. It has been great playing around with it, but I really don't ...
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What is the best equipment for a good (semi-)professional color management?

I actually use a GretaMacbeth ColorChecker 24 to be able to produce .dng and have a good color checking. Now it is time to reach a better result, taking in to account a better calibration of the ...
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Is there a free utility which can adjust the white balance of Canon CR2 RAW files?

For Nikon I can use the free ViewNX / ViewNX 2 to adjust the white balance for NEF raw files. Is there an equivalent from Canon for CR2 files (also free)?
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Why do some lenses cost so much?

Something that confuses me is why there is some lenses that cost so much. For example the only difference that I see between the two lenses is the aperture: f/2.8 vs f/4. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II ...
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Is there a way to force the Nikon D40's rear LCD panel to stay off?

Is there an off/disable control anywhere? I realize that the INFO button toggles it off, but it comes right back on as soon as you tap the shutter, and that it a problem in low light situations where ...
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What is a good set of features to look for in a camera for kids?

I'm looking to purchase a camera for my nine year old daughter. Is there anything relatively cheap that she could use that would teach her some basics, remain fairly cheap and give her decent results? ...
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What advanced cameras are the size of a point and shoot?

My wife is starting to get in to photography more and more. She likes her point and shoot camera because it is small so it can go with her most ever where. She is interested in some of the nicer ...

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