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How can dynamic-range be larger than sensor bit-depth?

Found something that confused me and so I thought the crowd here can probably answer this one since its camera-related and technical at the same time. How can dynamic-range be larger than sensor ...
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Is it wise to use polarizing filters with wide-angle lenses?

I've been looking into whether to use a regular UV or polarizing filter for a 16mm wide-angle lens and have found that a large number of people believe that you should never use a polarizer with a ...
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What makes a Carl Zeiss lens so special in a smartphone?

There are smartphones on the market that have a focus towards photography. Some are equipped with a Carl Zeiss lens. I have looked into Wikipedia, which tells me that they are a brand who produces ...
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Red Haze across right and top of photo

I take a photo with the cap on, set to shutter priority mode and set to 30s. After photo is taken and the NR job runs, I end up with a black picture and a red line/haze down the right side of the ...
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How can I get everything in focus?

I have a Canon 550D with 70-200 f4 and 50mm prime lenses. Although the camera has built-in 9 focal points, I sometimes face a strange problem. Here's a sample photo: In reference to the above pic, ...
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How can I take a macro shot without a macro lens?

I am a photography newbie and have only a 18 - 135mm canon kit lens at my disposal. I wanted to take macro shots but can't really afford a macro lens right now. One very optimistic goal of mine is to ...
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How to reduce glare from glass during photo editing?

I have taken a picture of a person standing inside the house via a window. being outside, of course there is glare. I don't mind the glare as an artistic item, but wondered if there is a way to ...
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How can slightly blurred photos be improved in post processing?

I have heard quotes which say "If its not good, delete it." I go by that advice, but sometimes you capture some precious moment but you see that photo is slightly blurred because of camera shake. I ...
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How can I avoid a strange lens flare at bright lights when using UV filter?

I have a Panasonic Lumix GF1 with the kit 20mm f/1.7 lens. I put a UV filter on it (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004ZCJE/ref=oss_product), simply as protection for the glass. I'm ...
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Is there an iPhone photo app with exposure compensation?

I'm looking for an iPhone app that features exposure compensation, any suggestions?
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Better than Flickr for albums hierarchy

Is any of the other major photosharing sites better than Flickr for the albums hierarchy? I mean the possibility to define a depth of more than two... If I'm not mistaken in flickr you can only define ...
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How does one create the Dave Hill effect for portraits/action shots?

Inspired by the question here by sebastian.b, and the response to the subsequent meta question. I would like to ask how to achieve a specific photo effect. There may be more photographers that pull ...
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What are the alternatives to Photoshop? Is Gimp a good option?

It seems that Photoshop is the dominant software in that space, however I am a hobbyist photographer and Photoshop is not cheap. Is there anything else that compares and that does not have such a high ...
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Can you capture the Nikon D3000 in Continuous Mode into a PC?

The entry level DSLR from Nikon, D3000, supports a max framerate of 3 FPS in "Continuous mode". Can you tether the cam to click photos directly into a PC at such a high speed? (Continuous mode?)
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What's the best way to get constructive critique of your photographs?

Whats the best what to get constructive critique of your photographs? I'm thinking along what site or online community provides such things, but I'm open to all answers. If I have a photograph ...
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Is there a more affordable program than Lightroom?

I recently purchased a Sony Alpha a33 and was told Lightroom was the only way to go for photo editing. My photography right now is purely of our brand new baby right now, so I won't be profiting from ...
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Can the default file name on Nikon D40 be changed?

Is it possible to change the prefix of files on Nikon D40 to something different than DSC_? What about later entry-level Nikon models?
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What does optional-TTL mean?

I have a Sunpak PF30x on a Nikon D40. When I take pictures with the Sunpak flash, I notice the image data has "Optional-TTL" as the flash mode.
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When best to use Multi-Zone/Matrix, Spot, or Center-Weight?

What are Multi-Zone/Matrix metering, Center-Weighted metering, and Spot metering? What about Partial? Is there a good rule of thumb, or a few pointers, on when best to use each metering mode?
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Can a hard impact foul up a lens' focus?

Recently, a camera with lens attached got knocked off a chair and hit the floor (not my gear, fortunately!). Following that, the lens would not focus properly, either with manual focus or auto. The ...
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Which is a better way to store your photos? RAW or TIFF?

I have read posts that alot of photographers are using RAW to store photos. But the problem I am having is that how do you people view the photos easily when you need them? In the beginning I have ...
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Should I choose a Canon 500D or Nikon D3100 for short video? [closed]

I need a camera mostly for shooting short videos. Which one is better for this? I know that the 500D does 1080 at 20fps, but would it make that much of a difference from the 24p in the D3100?
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Best way to hardcode filename into EXIF metadata

I've got a collection of photos that I need to rename, however I want to keep track of their previous filenames. Thinking the best way to do this copy the filename into the EXIF header, possibly in ...
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How do you use catalogs in Lightroom? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best practices with Lightroom libraries Or perhaps, how do you organize your photos in Lightroom 3? I got a feeling that the way I do it is not very convenient. The ...
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What's that sign with a dot and a number in the view-finder?

I have a Canon 550D and when I look through my view-finder to take photographs, it displays all the current settings inside the view-finder itself like aperture value, shutter speed, ISO etc. ...
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Why does my Canon 50D only have a max burst of 8?

I got my Canon 50D over the summer, and it's been absolutely amazing! When I started taking pictures with it, I seem to recall the max burst number being relatively high in the display. However, for ...
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My Flash doesn't Flash

I have a Sunpak PF30x on a Nikon D40. I just put in new batteries and the flash worked great for two shots. After that, the flash doesn't pop. I tried turning the camera off and the flash off then ...
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What does TTL mean?

I'm new to photography and I see the term TTL all over the place. What does it mean? And how do I use it to make my pictures better?
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What is a good off-camera flash for a Nikon D40?

I have a Nikon D40 and would like to start taking pictures with the flash off the camera. The D40 doesn't have a commander in it. So what can I do? Do I need two flashes? One with a commander in it ...
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How can you show texture?

I would like to know how to achieve those pictures in which texture shows up well. I am specifically thinking of portraits of the elderly in which the skin looks very wrinkled and in B&W looks ...
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How does the Induro PHQ panhead Compare to the Manfrotto, Gitzo etc. Ballheads and Gimbals?

If you watch the videos by Induro on their PHQ panheads here, they sound pretty awesome. They really seem a lot more flexible than the standard ball heads that many people really push. However, I ...
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What are the best resources for Indoor Product Photography?

I would like to know if there any good online resources for indoor product photography ? Preferably with a Table Top setup. Im looking for commercial grade product photography tutorials/resources. ...
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How do I manage good photos of babies and kids?

Apart from the strain they create by not sitting in one place while in photo shoot, kids do make nice subjects for pictures. I have been trying various scenes, props, etc., to get the best out of my ...
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Soft 24-105L images

I'm getting a huge number of very soft images from my 24-105L using a 40D and I'm wondering if calibration would help. I can't micro adjust on the 40D itself. I have also yet to get around to setting ...
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Can I buy gray market camera equipment from reputable web sites in the US?

I want to buy a new (or refurbished) DSLR from the US and get it here to India, because DSLRs are a good $200 cheaper in the US — around 10,000 rupees, not a small amount. I will not be able to ...
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What white point temperature should I set my LCD monitor to?

I've got the Xrite Eye One Display 2, and tried the advanced calibration today for the first time. It asked what white point I wanted, and had a default of 6500K. I didn't realize that was up for ...
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Why do the noon skies look nasty in these photos, and what can I do about it?

Posted for evaluation. Why is the sky so nasty? These images where shot at high noon with a polarizer. Is there a way to "clean up" the sky. Keep in mind also these have already been processed in post ...
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How to improve focus accuracy?

I've noticed that quite a few of my photos aren't terribly well-focused. This particularly happens at long focal lengths. I'm using a Canon 500D and (mostly) a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. I find ...
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How to maximise contrast range of distant landscapes with blue haze?

Distant landscapes often appear hazy, washed-out and blue due to Rayleigh scattering. What can be done to maximise the contrast range of the exposure when photographing such scenes? For example: ...
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What's the most likely cause of grain in this photo?

I took this photo recently w/ an old Pentax K1000, using 400 ISO film, and an f/1.7 aperture. Is this graininess just inherent to shooting w/ this sort of film / lighting? Or, is it partially/largely ...
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Techniques to set custom white balance?

What technique should I be using to set a custom white balance i.e. white card, grey card, white balance lens cap etc or does it depend on the situation?
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What is exposure compensation?

What does exposure compensation do? If I take a photo with a given shutter speed, aperature, and ISO, and then take the same shot with +1EV or -1EV, what is actually happening? Is this just a gain ...
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How does the Curves tool work in GIMP?

I started using GIMP recently, and came across an option called Curves under the Colors menu. What does this tool do, and how do I use it correctly? I get some good colors if I make a graph in 'S' ...
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How can I take pictures through a skyscraper, airplane, or train window?

I find that I take a lot of pictures through skyscraper and vehicle windows (those that are impractical or impossible to open). There are all kinds of problems with taking photographs through windows: ...
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Which Nikon lenses for family photography?

I've become my family's un-official photographer, pretty much, and found myself in need of a better camera. (We have a large local close young family, so 20+ running around the house occasionally — ...
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What is the best external flash for Nikon beginner?

I have read a lot about the SB-800/SB-900 but I am on a low budget (around ~120$). Is there an external flash that I can have to start learning to use it? I do not want absolutely TTL compatibility so ...
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Methods/experiences using Amazon S3 to store photos

I'm thinking of using S3 to backup my photos. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm wondering specifically: Cost: I know I can estimate the costs, but what are you paying? Methods: FTP, scripts, ...
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Can a Nikon/Canon flash be used on the other brand of camera?

I was just thinking about this problem and was wondering if anyone knew if/how to use a competing flash unit (EX or SB series) on a Nikon or Canon (respectively) camera. I would assume a lot of the ...
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Panaroma software for ubuntu?

Software for stitching photos together for panaroma view in Ubuntu ? Any link where I can get proper installation guide ? I use GIMP and picasa. Picasa doesnot seem to have much control in stitching ...
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Why do cameras often produce digital images that benefit from levels adjustment?

See: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/levels.htm In the examples on that page, the original image doesn't have any pure white or pure black in it, so contrast can be added by changing the ...

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