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Feb
25
comment What is the difference between AI Focus and AI Servo autofocus modes?
On at least some Canon bodies (like the 7d) the AF system is configurable and you can set whether you want focus lock or shutter priority on taking the image.
Feb
24
comment What should I expect in maintenance costs after shutter failure for a DSLR?
There is generally no "preventive maintenance" for cameras other than keep them clean and don't throw them off cliffs unnecessarily. I know cameras with 50,000 image ratings that are well over 250,000 activations and still going strong. Don't abuse it is the byword. with 100K you're closer to "now" than "never" on having it fail, but it's impossible to gauge how close.
Feb
23
comment Why do my photos appear grainy when taken at the widest aperture?
autofocus is not magic, and most cameras are going to do a priority on getting the center part of the image in focus if you use the default settings. The dog is a fuzzy subject and the edge of the sign is a hard line, and so the AF system found using that hard line easier to focus on...
Feb
18
comment What's the maximum length of USB cable that you can use for tethering?
I'll cut him slack for both answering the question and doing it under his own name. I wouldn't call this spam myself, but if would have been better if he'd noted his relationship to the link in the message.
Feb
15
comment What software can replace Apple Aperture?
Based on my evaluation of the Photos beta and talking to others, it's a nice replacement for iPhoto, but most Aperture users will find it wanting. Id' recommend against it as a replacement for Aperture at this point.
Feb
15
comment Performance of large libraries
Lightroom 5 will easily handle that kind of library; I know libraries > 100,000 images in it. Lightroom 4 and earlier that was definitely not true. until a recent edit-down my library was > 40,000 images hosted on a NAS w/no issues. Smart Previews make a huge difference here.
Feb
11
comment How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?
They are doing a standard type of processing on a mass basis; designed for production work in volume. For groups like wedding photographers, it can really work well.
Feb
10
comment What can I use to shift a tripod mount to the side for easier access to the battery compartment?
for what it's worth, I know a company designing plates for mirrorless specifically because of this problem, but it hasn't been decided if/when they'll go into production, so I won't mention the name. It's a problem with most mirrorless. The off-center tripod hole to the focal plane center also makes panoramas a real pain.
Feb
9
comment Why do my photos “glow”?
have you tried it on a second monitor or someone else's computer? it could be your monitor is mis-adjusted and too bright.
Feb
9
comment Image quality - related to camera or not? Blurry, artificially sharpened images
you should try tests with the camera locked down on a tripod and using a cable release to factor cable shake and camera movement out of the experiment. @dpollitt is right that the camera's settins are saying there wasn't a lot of light for it to work with.
Feb
7
comment What workflow will speed up sorting photos stored on a NAS in OS X finder before import into Lightroom?
once you get used to working within lightroom you'll wonder why you did anything else. It's designed to organize images for you. It'll really save you stress down the road.
Feb
7
comment What workflow will speed up sorting photos stored on a NAS in OS X finder before import into Lightroom?
the finder's going to be somewhat slow over the network under any circumstance. you're better off loading everything into Lightroom and browsing/organizing there.
Feb
2
comment Where can I buy a 77mm 12 - 15 stop ND filter at a reasonable price.
what @MichaelClark said. Ten stop Vari ND is about as far as you're going to find at "reasonable" prices, and there are few manufacturers that make NDs beyond that at all, much less inexpensively.
Feb
2
comment Where can I buy a 77mm 12 - 15 stop ND filter at a reasonable price.
welding glass will almost guaranteed have some kind of color cast, especially with deeper densities. correctable almost all of the time, but it's going to be there.
Jan
30
comment Lightroom: How to apply a predefined set of keywords to 1+ images in one action
I would probably stop trying to make Lightroom work the way you think it should (because it doesn't) and look at how Lightroom does things and find a workflow that works with the tool and not fights it. It seems to me you can get close to this using the paint can, for instance...
Jan
30
comment my wedding photos were a gift but now she wants to put them all over the internet
that's an avenue worth pursuing, but as I understand it, it's much less clear if she's using them for her own work vs. licensing them for commercial to another company. then again, IANAL, so it's worth talking to a lawyer who knows this stuff better than I.
Jan
20
comment Is it safe to use a third-party replacement battery charger?
@dpolitt yes, definitely. If a deal seems too good to be true, it likely is.
Jan
18
comment What is this black spot in images from my digital camera?
I'm a big fan of taking the gear in for professional cleaning at times, but I also believe you need to learn how to do it yourself. One way is to have that pro show you how if they will -- ask. some good web sites teach this as well. If you're in the field and you get a spot on the sensor 200 miles from anyone else, knowing how to deal with it is a project saver. It can be scary to start, but a bit of care and it isn't difficult.
Jan
18
comment Tamron 18-200 mm vs Nikkor 18-200 mm lens
true, thanks for pointing that out, but my experience and from talking to others is they still aren't up to a Nikon build quality, FWIW.
Jan
18
comment What is this black spot in images from my digital camera?
no, it wouldn't. but also check for dirt on the glass on the inside of the lens where it connects to the camera.