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Feb
13
comment Camera for high volume automated shooting of product pictures
possible duplicate of Which digital cameras can be controlled with a computer?
Feb
13
comment Camera for high volume automated shooting of product pictures
If you need EDSDK support you should mention that in your question, or just look at the list of EDSDK-supported cameras by yourself. Unless something like CHDK will do what you want.
Feb
6
comment Is it possible to photograph the aura of a person?
I don't think those statements are contradictory (though I, too, think auras don't exist).
Jan
27
comment Comparison of DOF between a 30mm f/1.4 and a 35mm f/2 lens
You should know that you won't be able to focus accurately through the viewfinder wider than about f/2.8. AF works fine, of course, and you can focus accurately using live view, but through the viewfinder you will see the scene as if the lens is set at f/2.5 or f/2.8 with the DOF Preview button pressed. Practically, this means that you'll think you're focused correctly but about half the time your subject will be just barely out of focus. I have a lot of pictures of kittens with sharp noses or shoulders and fuzzy eyes.
Jan
17
comment 35mm vs 40mm: Does it matter?
Ken Rockwell may not be a highly-regarded photography expert, but that's no reason to downvote this answer without a comment. As far as StackExchange answers go, this is a great one: it summarizes an external page and includes links to the source.
Dec
29
comment Cheapest camera possible to use for “scanning” slides using a projector and a camera
It won't be automated, but there's this: cellier.us/Photog/Slides.htm (from dpreview.com/forums/thread/3212575). KEH.com has the SX40 used for under $200. Someone else in the same thread had a link where they built a slide holder for an older P&S that couldn't focus as closely, if you already have a camera around and would prefer more DIY.
Nov
24
comment How can I simulate a long exposure photo using a set of shorter exposure photos?
@Michael no, because the question asked for the exact opposite: to "see the trace the stars left in the sky."
May
31
comment How do I get more in focus when aperture is already quite small?
The focus point isn't the center of the in-focus area: the focus point is closer to the near point than the far point. So focus a little towards the front of the subject, instead of the exact middle. See e.g. the diagrams at dofmaster.com/dofjs.html
Apr
21
comment How to remember to change settings when I pick up my camera?
possible duplicate of What are some of your pre-shoot checklist tips?
Jul
17
comment Which lens to buy for capturing hot air balloons?
@dpollitt I agree the 10-22 is a good lens... but it's also $800, and not everyone likes the wide-angle perspective. I've taken some of my favorite photos with that lens, but if you're not already spending a lot of time at 18mm with your kit lens, buying an ultrawide is probably a mistake (renting for a special occasion, as the OP is planning, is a fine idea).
Jul
16
comment Are there adapters that allow autofocus & electronic control?
Cool! I didn't know there was an EF to anything available! Thanks for that link.
Jul
16
comment Which DSLR for a total beginner?
What is it about "simple digital cameras" that isn't satisfying to you? Moving through menus rather than having dials to turn? Being able to fit the camera into your pocket? Slow response times? Not getting dust on the sensor because you can't change lenses? If you can provide more about what doesn't work for you, we can point you to the right class of camera (bridge, mirrorless, or even a film SLR might fit you better than a DSLR).
Jul
16
comment 50mm vs 85mm for portraits on a crop sensor?
I don't know what your budget looks like, but you can get both the Canon 50/1.8 and 85/1.8 for around $500. While not pocket change, they're both relatively cheap in the world of lenses. (Another way to look at it: if you decide to get the 85mm f/1.8 you can tack on the 50mm f/1.8 for only 25% more.)
Jul
15
comment Fast, Unlimited Photo/Video Hosting
Do you need a pre-setup site, or are you willing to set up software yourself (e.g. pick a web hosting company and run a Gallery instance)?
Jul
13
comment how do I long expose in harsh light for a lake view?
possible duplicate of What is the best technique for long-exposure photography in good light?
Jul
13
comment how do I long expose in harsh light for a lake view?
Take a look at photo.stackexchange.com/questions/21731/… (and its linked questions) and photo.stackexchange.com/questions/25166/… -- do either of them answer your question?
Jul
10
comment What would be an inexpensive lens for wedding photography?
lensrentals.com/blog/2010/07/… might be worth a read: it's at least a short list of things to try to avoid... and it specifically mentions the lens you've been looking at.
Jun
15
comment Galapagos vacation — what photo gear should I take?
Make sure you have a comfortable bag and camera strap!
Jun
14
comment Use of photo on a game show about food and culture
Not really related, but the only question I've seen here with an actual number: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/21876
Jun
12
comment Need a list of good Macro/Super Macro digital cameras
I would assume so: a coworker has told me about pointing his camera straight up, putting a dollar bill on top of the lens, aiming at a light, and getting a clear image of the bill. It's the wrong definition of "0", but it's still impressive.