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dpreview.com is really the place to start in my opinion. They have tested digital cameras for quite a few years, and they have a sort of standardized test method so that you can compare reviews of different camera in a meaningful way. They also include side-by-side image samples for predecessors and competing models, which I find very valuable.


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I'd suggest contacting the photographer to see what their "specified manner" might be, as a matter of courtesy. But the actual legal requirements are (by design) quite reasonable for reuse. If you read the actual license terms in their full, legal-language form, the key relevant point appears to be: Such credit may be implemented in any reasonable manner; ...


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I did some investigation on my own, using my own flickr account and a non-logged in browser. Here's the All Sizes page for one of my photos. Prior to me changing the "Who can access your original image files?" setting in Privacy & Permissions, a generic Internet user could see the "Original" link in addition to the other sizes. That page had an ...


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Since you can't do anything about the color management of other people's monitors, the best you can do is: Make sure your own system is properly color managed (see other questions here on color management). That way, you are at least certain that you're starting from a known point. This is really worth doing even though it takes some effort and probably a ...


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This is hugely subjective. The 'best' for one person may be anathema to another. Personally, I would avoid micro-stock sites, that have vast collections of images from amateur photographers selling at a couple of quid each. You'd have to submit hundreds of images just to appear in searches, let alone make any sales. I use Alamy for my photos, though I don't ...


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Privacy reasons are certainly the main concern. The second concern is bandwidth. Stripping EXIF information makes images considerably lighter at web-sizes. This makes it a better experience of 99% of viewers who do not care about how the image was made. Lastly, the information may not exist. A lot of images on the web are composites, be it HDR/Exposure ...


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If you save a JPEG image with an extremely low quality level, you WILL get compression artifacts. Its just a simple fact of JPEG lossy compression. If you wish to avoid compression artifacts, use a higher quality setting than 2. You won't need to save at maximum quality, as most images can be saved with a fairly low quality setting without noticeable loss in ...


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The website dpreview.com has detailed reviews that include sample images. You can preview sample images from various models to get an idea of the results each produce. Also, check out flickr.com you can see images sorted by camera that took them as well. (The links I provided are for viewing results for the Nikon D90)


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You should try www.lenshero.com. You can select your camera and then narrow down lens choices based on aperture, focal length, etc. I've not used it much myself but it sounds like exactly what you're after.


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For a standardish "head and shoulders" business portrait, there are a number of conventions you might want to consider. As ever, these are guidelines not rules and will probably make your images more conventional which may not be the look you are after. Aspect ratio For a "business portrait" you probably want an aspect ratio of between 1:1.6 to 1:1.2, ...


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If you upload a JPEG, Flickr does not modify the Original-size image in any way, apart from changing the filename. I tested it out by uploading a full-size, 100% quality JPEG to Flickr then re-downloading the Original size image and comparing it with the original (using a comparison tool called Beyond Compare). The two files are identical, byte for byte. ...


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Give a try to Piwigo : this is an open source photo gallery software. It includes many features such as hierarchical albums, tags, search, browse by date or in a map, EXIF/IPTC support, additional features with 150+ plugins, change appearance with themes... A few examples made with Piwigo: S├ębastien Tarrajat animals and landscapes Audrey & Julien - ...


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Flickr is definitely a good fit for what you're after: It's public by default (unlike Facebook which tends to be private). It's huge: it definitely ticks your "mass public" box. It has excellent social features that make it very easy to interact with new users (people you don't already know) and get your photos seen. It doesn't over-compress your images ...


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Most important tip: if your friends did ask you to take photos of their wedding and you are entirely new to this kind of photography: DO NOT DO IT. Really. Spare yourself and your friends (possibly they are not your friends anymore) the disappointment. Hire a professional (they are not this expensive) and take photos along with him (ask him beforehands, ...


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An alternative to Flickr is 500px.com. I like the fact that users can provide a rating on any uploads and how you display your photos is more flexible than Flickr


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In the US, there is really not any debate. The creator of the work automatically has copyright, except in the case of works-for-hire, where someone else does. Posting, reblogging, or sharing that work doesn't destroy that right. In some cases, you may be able to claim that your painting is transformative, and not a derivative of the original. But the ...


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I've had exactly the same issue and it is possible to arrive at a correct and workable solution. There are a lot of misconceptions both in the question and the previous answers (and indeed, around colour management in general), so let me try to clear them up and provide you with an answer. First, the misconceptions... Regular (non-wide) monitors do not ...


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Based on your edit, it seems like SmugMug would be an excellent option. They have easy options for setting up portions for client pricing and can handle alot of the backend stuff (printing, shipping, etc).


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I think the lens search by specifications at Neocamera suits the most of your needs. You can specify the following criteria: Brand Mount Min crop factor Wides focal length Longest focal length Widest aperture Min focus distance Magnification Filter thread size Zoom Lens length Lens diameter Lens weight Hood type Focus (internal/external) Focus motor Focus ...


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Picasa Web Albums work best. It meets the following of your requirements: You can catalog a large number of photos (you may need to purchase additional storage from Google based on image resolution, but its relatively cheap) You can tag individuals and add categories. You can customize your privacy settings and sharing options. It's really easy to set-up, ...


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If you can set up your Raspberry Pi to listen on WiFi, my suggestion is as follows: Install imagemagick on the Pi to get the convert utility. Set up the Pi with an SSID and NFS/SMB/whatever shared folder to receive the images. Script something in bash like for x in *.jpg; do convert -resize 50% $x; done. You can poll the folder on the Pi for changes, too, ...


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IANAL, but I do have a lawyer that I consult with in my own photography business, and his legal opinion to me for my photography business was that the public has no right to an expectation of privacy when in a public place, or at an event 'where photography is a common and expected thing' (e.g. a birthday party, wedding or other similar event), so as long as ...


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My favorites are ProPhoto and RawFolio. Both of these are going to cost you money up front and both of them have self hosting options. They even have the option to install the software for you if you decide that is the path you want to follow. You will find that the ProPhoto blog is used across the photography industry. It is hard not to run into this ...


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Pan0.net I like pan0.net most of all. It is free, fast, and makes the panoramas look impressive. It uses a Flash-based spherical panorama viewer, which you can even embed into your own site or blog. Unlike Gigapan, Panoramio and similar sites, pan0.net takes care of perspective transforms, and allows to view the panorama as if you were rotating the head in ...


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If you want well-known masters of photography, then here are two sites. Profotos has a lot of narrative about the photographers, with links to photographs. Masters of Photography has a lot of images, but the site is littered with pop-up ads, so may put you off Atget Photography is a good combination of image galleries and short biographies on a number of ...


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Privacy and default export settings (like Itai said) do play an important role but there's another factor A photographer may research a location, travel there in the right time of year, wake up at unreasonable hours to get there on time for sunrise - again and again and again waiting for the perfect weather, obsess about the exact camera location and take ...


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For fast comparisons of technical features, http://snapsort.com/ is useful.


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DxO Mark provide objective data on the output of camera and cameras in combination with lenses. The data comes from the testing they do on cameras and lenses for their RAW developing software "DxO Optics" so it should be fairly unbiased. I don't know enough about the technical aspects of digital photography to comment on the validity of their methodology.


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It probably doesn't matter. Taking great looking photos has much more to do with the photographer than the camera. A good photographer can take great photos with any camera. I suggest you decide what kind of camera to get based on the kind of shooting you do or intend to do, then visit snapsort.com to find a good model in that class. If you're going to take ...


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I have found the Digital Photography School site fairly decent for some tutorials and tips, here is a basic set of tips for wedding photography ... http://www.digital-photography-school.com/wedding-photography-tips-to-get-you-started



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