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How do I interpret an MTF Chart?

As part of how Canon (and other lens makers) give technical information about their lenses, they supply an MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) chart. How do I read and interpret what the chart is ...
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Does Picasa for Linux support RAW from a Canon 7D?

I'm running Ubuntu (Lucid) and have installed Google Picasa using the Synaptic Package Manager. The current version of Picasa for Linux is 3.0.0 Build 57.4402. Currently, it renders my RAW images as ...
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ND filter or exposure compensation?

I was at the camera shop a few weeks ago looking for a neutral density filter, so I could play around with long exposure shots without overexposing. The guy at the camera shop told me I didn't need a ...
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What is good equipment to buy/hire for a generalist photographer, new to event photography?

I'll soon be covering an event, and my existing lens set isn't necessarily ideal for low-light people photography. As with many events, this may be both indoors and outside, and runs throughout the ...
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What's a good Nikon lens (DX) for a serious hobbyist landscape photographer?

I shoot a bit of everything, though mostly landscape stuff. Mostly with a beanbag, or handheld. I currently have the following lenses: Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG ...
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Tips for leading a photowalk?

I am leading a photowalk for a small group I have not done this before. Can you give me any suggestions for what to do? The walk will be about an hour, in a mostly rural area. The group covers ...
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How do you optimally resize and sharpen images for printing?

What is the best way to get the clearest, sharpest print without pixelation or blurring? I have tried some sharpening techniques in Photoshop, however they are geared towards sharpening for viewing on ...
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How to properly capture photos for merging?

When photographing photos with the intent to stitch (merge) images into a large panoramic, either manually or with the aid of software, how should one capture the source images for consistency between ...
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Why don't professional SLR cameras use SD or SDHC memory?

Entry level dSLR's, for the most part, are using less expensive SD and SDHC memory cards, So, why do pro-sumer and professional cameras (for the most part) use only Compact Flash (CF) memory? Is it ...
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What is flash duration?

When speaking in terms of flash specifications, what is flash duration and how does it impact exposure?
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Looking for a new zoom lens for a DX frame Nikon, should I get Nikon 18-200mm or something else?

(I thought this question would already have been asked/answered here, but if it is I can't find it.) I'll soon be doing some handheld indoor/low-light photography, so I want a VR lens to help with ...
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What is sync speed?

When referring to flash exposure, what does "max sync speed" mean?
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Can you recommend a long cross body strap?

I often walk around with my camera on the lookout for shots, but photography isn't the main thing I'm doing. I normally end up with the camera hanging off a shoulder (on the strap it came with), which ...
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What is a remote shutter release?

What is a remote shutter release? In what kind of photo situation would I use a shutter release?
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What is mirror lockup and what is its primary function?

My SLR is equipped with a mirror lockup function. What does it do, and when would I employ such a feature?
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Why do we talk about focal-length when frame sizes are different?

I keep seeing people talking about focal-length of lenses without saying how large the frame is. Is there a more sensible way to talk about how much a lens “zooms”? (I have seen so many adverts ...
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Compact camera with good zoom range and wide angle

I use to have Ricoh Caplio R7, I loved it’s zoon range and wide angle lens. However its lens kept sticking that will have a few weeks to get fixed under the warranty each time. Also it’s zoom ...
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Are there any DSLRs with large controls that don’t need good hand-eye coordination to use?

It seems that cameras are getting impossible for people with poor motor skills to use. I have a friend that used to have a camera on a tripod that was fixed to his wheelchair. However he can’t ...
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How to gel a large softbox to match ambient

I'm searching suggestions to quickly and easily add a gel to color correct light from a giant softbox to match ambient. In my application I'm using a CTO for tungsten ambient. The equipment I'm ...
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What are pros and cons of different quick release systems?

Some overlooked detail in photography are quick release systems. I found it tough to get good information about them, and since they tend to be rather expensive I'd like to hear pros and cons of ...
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How to teach photography?

If you'd were to teach photography, how would you start, and why? Would you first teach camera usage, then composition, then exposure? Or would you start with composition without a camera, then ...
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Where can I find reviews of and tools for comparing cameras?

We all buy a new digicam/DSLR every now and then. So what web sites do you use to get more information about cameras and compare them? Where do you look for technical information, camera reviews, ...
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Photographers blogs which are worth a read [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What blogs should I be following if I am learning photography? So, for a (learning/advancing) photog, which are the best blogs and websites which he should read? Which ...
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Are there any tetherable compact cameras?

As I find the bulk of my DSLR too much of an inconvenience for most of my photography, I'm considering replacing it with a high-end compact (maybe a Lumix LX5). However, I'm getting intrigued by the ...
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What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers?

What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers (a desktop and a laptop)? I'd like to be able to edit photos on either machine, and preferably not copy the whole ...
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Good books to learn photographic composition from?

One of the tough things to learn in photographie is composition. What good books (or other sources) can you recommend to learn and hone your compositional skills?
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Easy way to upload photos to Blogger blog directly from Bibble?

I have a Google Blogger blog that I use to share photos with family & friends. I also use Bibble Lite 5.1 to process my photos. I'm on Linux (Debian Lenny, 32-bit to be specific). Here's my ...
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Loss of detail in high key areas?

Lately I took a few pictures from quite bright things with a Nikon D700. Even though I did not overexpose them by at least 2/3rds of a stop, the pictures lacked a lot of details in high key. Later on ...
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Why do hotshoe flashes use fresnel lens, but studio strobes do not?

I notice that hotshoe flashes (e.g. Nikon SB-800) typically have a Fresnel lens system to focus the light, but studio strobes (e.g. Photogenic Powerlight 1250) do not. What's up with that?
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Does lens speed still increase meaningfully when the physical aperture is larger than the sensor size?

This question came to me this morning, thinking about 50mm lenses. I have the Pentax 50mm f/1.7 (manual) and it's a very nice lens, but would be considered (relatively) slow on 35mm film, and many ...
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Are there GIMP plugins that allow one to view and edit EXIF data?

Does anyone know if there is a plugin available for the GIMP that will let you view and edit all the EXIF information associated with an image?
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Old reflex to digital

I have an old Nikon Nikkormat reflex film camera. It's an object of sentimental value more than else, but I would like to know if it's possible to "convert" it to digital. Something like a fake film ...
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Are there any mobile applications that calculate sunrise/sunset based on location?

Do you know a mobile application that would: calculate sunrise/sunset/twilight time calculate moonrise/moonset/moonphase would do that based on the location from internal GPS module There are good ...
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What options are there for a camera bag that does not look like one?

I need to carry around some camera equipment (lens, flash, cables, cards, accessories, etc) but don't want a flashy camera bag attracting attention. What suggestion do you have? Please only post one ...
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What photo-sharing websites expose camera serial numbers?

What websites expose the camera body serial numbers from the original image EXIF? Flickr is a photo sharing website that exposes lots of photo metadata (from the EXIF data) and even make it easy to ...
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How do you use dodge and burn in post-process to enhance a photograph?

How do you use dodge and burn in post-process to enhance a photograph? In lightroom, I've used dodge only to dial back some of the more drastic global settings in specific areas, but that's really ...
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What are the pros and cons of a video camera versus a DSLR that can take video?

I have made a few short films and plan to get more serious about it, but professional digital video cameras are generally expensive and the recent line of beginner DSLRs which can take HD video like ...
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What technique and camera settings should I use to capture lightning strikes?

I enjoy getting images of different types of weather and would really like to capture some good lightning shots. I have a feeling that I should be stopping down a bit and taking somewhat long ...
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What does a black reflector do?

I'm familiar with using white / silver / gold reflectors to add fill light to a photo. When would you use a black "reflector"?
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Batch adjusting the date (but not the time) of photos imported into Lightroom?

I purchased a new camera during my vacation, but I managed to take a whole night worth of photos with the incorrect date. I purchased the camera July 18th, but managed to set June 18th as the date. ...
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What are the lighting characteristics of a beauty dish?

How does light from a beauty dish behave, and when and why would you use one?
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What is RAW, technically?

From a technical perspective, what exactly is RAW and how does it differ from JPG or bitmap images? I'm not asking about the pros/cons versus another format, but rather what constitutes RAW format, ...
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What is the natural upgrade path for a Nikon d200?

I am the owner of a Nikon D200 and an assortment of DX lenses. I am considering upgrading the body to something better, but I am hesitating for a few reasons. First of all, I am reasonably ...
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Is it possible to take silhouette photos with Nikon CoolPix S70?

Is it possible to take silhouette photos like this using my Nikon CoolPix S 70? if so please let me know how? I tried but getting blurry images :(
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Is the D90 worth the extra money for a beginner?

I am looking at getting a DSLR. I have a little experience with a film SLR but not much more than the basics. I plan to take a range of photo types. My research has narrowed down the products to the ...
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How to choose a lens for my first DSLR?

I am considering buying my first DSLR. How do I know whether I need a 18-200 lens, 17-85, or 18-55? Or something else?
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Can I capture motion-trails with a point-and-shoot camera?

Is it possible to capture motion trails (like throwing a ball or running) using a camera like the Nikon Coolpix S70? If so, how do I do it?
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Which equipment for beginning underwater photography?

Photography and diving are two good hobbies of mine, and I would really like to start doing both at the same time. I have a DSLR for photography (Canon 450d), but I'm not sure I'm willing to risk ...
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How much “noise” is acceptable in a photograph?

I've been at photography for a little over a year, and I primarily do landscape and wildlife/bird photography. Most of my work has been a learning experience so far, with few shots actually something ...
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Selenium to increase contrast?

I have been using selenium as the last step during negative development to increase durablilty of the negative. I was told that it can be used to increase the contrast of the negatives too. I tried, ...

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