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asked Is there an “optimal” background distance when striving for a minimally distracting background?
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revised Camera bodies with a EF-S mount
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answered Camera bodies with a EF-S mount
Jul
27
comment Why did this photo of the Milky Way turn out badly?
@user1653963: ISO is not a problem - you could probably push it to at least 3200. Of course, lower is better.
Jul
27
comment Why did this photo of the Milky Way turn out badly?
Perhaps unintuitively, sunlight may also be a major contributor at night. At even moderately high latitudes nights are way brighter in the summer than in the winter.
Jul
27
comment Why did this photo of the Milky Way turn out badly?
Next time, find a place where you see no artificial lights, not even as a glow against the horizon, and try again :)
Jul
10
comment Can I use vintage lenses on Nikon D3200
That said, there is a workaround, when adapting lenses with a large flange focal distance on a camera with a smaller one -- Shouldn't this be the other way around?
Jun
16
comment Why do my photos appear more in focus when I use a long exposure?
The only thing I can think of is the camera choosing a smaller aperture when you reduce the shutter speed. A smaller aperture (larger f number) leads to a larger depth of field; with a small enough aperture it may be that the whole scene fits inside the DOF and focus doesn't really matter.
Jun
15
comment How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?
To be precise, the dynamic range of the eye is not actually particularly impressive. It's our brain that practically stitches together a "HDR" sensory experience out of several "exposures" occurring during microsaccades.
Jun
12
comment Are the aperture, ISO and shutter speed stops perfectly interchangeable?
Might want to add that apertures larger than the "sweet spot" of the lens also usually impact sharpness negatively.
Jun
12
comment Are the aperture, ISO and shutter speed stops perfectly interchangeable?
On the other hand, flaring (and diffraction spikes aka "sunstars") usually gets more pronounced when stopping down.
Jun
5
comment Do lenses have focal planes or focal spheres/ellipsoids?
It depends on the lens. Some have practically planar focal, well, plane, others have a more curved surface.
May
20
comment How can I improve this picture of my friend on vacation?
@Pouya: The last couple of times I've been abroad I've ended up classifying my photos into two albums - one for the more artistically ambitious (landscapes/street/etc) photographs and the other for fun memory type captures (of course the latter may still have technical/artistic merits - a well-framed, well-timed photo makes for a better memory too!)
May
14
comment Do Left and Right matter in how the photo is perceived?
@TFuto I think it simply depends on what sort of feeling you want to evoke in the photo. A left-to-right motion may feel too smooth or peaceful, bordering on boring, whereas a right-to-left bearing may bring interesting tension to the photo.
May
11
comment Steel wool photography: how to obtain lots of sparks?
The grade of the wool might matter as well. A finer wool burns more rapidly due to the larger surface area, yielding a denser shower of sparks but also burning out faster.
May
9
awarded  Talkative
May
9
comment Can I make custom bokeh shape using a 18-55mm Nikkor lens?
Note that you'll get more apparent blur at the tele end of your zoom, even though the f number is larger. So you should try at 55mm f5.6 rather than 18mm f3.5.
May
6
answered Why there is more shutter lag when using live-preview as compared to viewfinder?
Apr
25
comment Why do we even need RAW-specific editing software?
I agree in general, but I'm not so sure about the noise reduction aspect. I used to use Canon's bundled Digital Photo Pro converter, but when I finally tried Lightroom, I found a significant difference in the NR quality to the latter's advantage. It seems at least in my 60D there's a sort of blotchy low-frequency noise component at high ISO values that DPP doesn't cope with very well at all, but LR on the other hand makes thing silky-smooth (but still preserves detail). Maybe I should submit a question about it, with some comparison images...
Apr
14
comment How was this 360° panoramic photo taken?
@Itai: It seems there's a pretty clear discontinuity at exactly of the center of the image - I propose the creator of this panorama just cropped out those parts of the two centermost photos that would've shown the photographer's feet.