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Jun
20
comment What's the best way to avoid wasting money on equipment?
@jwenting "wasting" is better defined in my question text - the item fails to solve well the problem it was bought/rented to solve.
Jun
20
comment What's the best way to avoid wasting money on equipment?
@rfusca edited to make it clear only the worst cases are expected as answers, so it's more in line with apparently well-accepted questions "What are the best techniques for ...". The actual problem here is that my wish list is much longer than my available budget, so any experiences helping to avoid common traps are warmly welcome. I think Jerry Coffin's answer about long lenses or Thom Hogan's article on avoiding unstable tripods are excellent examples of good answers to this question.
Jun
19
comment What is the difference between depth of field and depth of focus?
@Fracesco I edited my answer to include that
Jun
17
comment Why does the quality of my pictures lower the more I zoom in?
@John not in low light; but daytime, using a higher ISO, you can get a pretty decent shutter speed for handheld shooting. According to "sunny 16" rule you should be getting 1/1600s at f/11 with ISO 800 in a sunny day. This speed should be OK to catch a larger bird in flight (200mm is too short for the little ones anyway). Maybe even 1/800 at ISO 400 would do.
Jun
17
comment Why there is no Canon 50mm *IS* lens?
@Jon.Griffen on a Pentax body, all lenses are stabilized; so you could either pick a Pentax-M, a Zeiss, or a Samyang/Rokinon lens. Or you could go with Sony body+lens.
Jun
15
comment How to reduce the effect of bright day light in the photographs?
@Anisha Custom white balance should be set under the same light you are going to take the picture, preferably close to where your subject will be (because there may be multiple light sources, or some reflecting surface also throwing in some color).
Jun
15
comment How to reduce the effect of bright day light in the photographs?
@Anisha that's why white balance should usually (unless you want a tinge) be set from a gray or white surface; if you use an orange surface, then camera will assume the light is orange, and will adjust all the other colors by subtracting orange from them. Black is unsuitable because the camera will not see any light and either picks something random or shows some error message.
Jun
14
comment What does the magnification ratio number mean on a macro lens?
@jrista your ref gives an error page; anyway, I would not consider bing.com, a search engine, ultimate source of truth. Photo.SE answers about what makes a macro lens indicate that it's enough if the lens focuses close, with 1:1 being a special case. If only 1:1 would be "true macro", we would have to make sure that photos made with 1:1 lens focused even a bit further than minimal focusing distance would NOT be called macro photography, because then they are already less than 1:1.
Jun
14
comment What does the magnification ratio number mean on a macro lens?
@jrista I doubt there is any "official" definition of "macro", but yes, such line is drawn quite often; added a note on that.
Jun
14
comment How to reduce the effect of bright day light in the photographs?
@Anisha By "special equipment", I mean anything that would help you to shoot from a higher position, be it a tripod, monopod, ladder, kite, hydraulic lift, ... You'd need a bigger aperture (f divided by a smaller number) for blurring background, f/22 would be even worse than f/8.
Jun
14
comment How to reduce the effect of bright day light in the photographs?
@Anisha Yes, it makes sense. You'd have to keep the angle to ground the same - so shoot from higher when further away. Of course, it might be impossible without special equipment. Another possibility is to find a similar tree+puddle combination with a better background - try starting with other trees around the same puddle.
Jun
14
comment How to reduce the effect of bright day light in the photographs?
@Anisha The idea of the reflection is great, but the photo is ruined by the bright white and red houses in background. They are not intended to be part of composition, but their color and sharpness demands attention from viewer. A shallow depth of field (not achievable for such a large scene using a small sensor camera) and tighter perspective (shooting and zooming from further away) might help to alleviate this.
Jun
14
comment How to reduce the effect of bright day light in the photographs?
@Anisha I edited, hope it's better explained now
Jun
14
comment Are there any options for a very cheap, small, and reasonably fast camera?
I also had a look at DealExtreme offerings, but it's quite hard to tell how fast these cameras are.
Jun
13
comment How does histogram shape affect the aesthetics of a picture?
@ysap yes, I did mean "range" in its statistical meaning (difference between lowest and highest value), not in the mathematical sense (set of input values) - histogram is a tool from statistics. Edited, perhaps it's more clear now.
Jun
11
comment Does the camera tell me the shutter speed it will use when in aperture priority and the aperture and ISO are set?
I see, your definition of correct is stricter than mine. Fair enough, here's your rep back :) There are exceptions where many speeds give exactly the same exposure such as scenes lit only by flash, or light paintings in dark; but that is not the case described in question.
Jun
10
comment Does the camera tell me the shutter speed it will use when in aperture priority and the aperture and ISO are set?
If dynamic range of a scene is larger than the camera can capture, there are several speeds for correct exposure; one speed for desired exposure. In case of a smaller dynamic range than camera can capture, there are also several speeds to achieve correct exposure (not always ETTR). And camera shows comparison with measured exposure, which may not even be correct depending on metering mode and lighting.
Jun
7
comment Does an interchangeable-lens compact camera (SLD) give me room to grow vs. a DSLR?
Perhaps you meant Canon instead of Sony DSLRs having a wide range of used lenses available?
Jun
7
comment What's the difference between the Lensbaby Composer and the Composer Pro?
Have you tried using the black friction ring near mount to achieve desired smoothness?
Jun
7
comment What is the difference between a Canon and Nikon lens cap?
@Guffa good question, edited