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What is Universal White Balance (UniWB)?

How and in what kind of situations should it be used?
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What is "micro contrast" and how is it different from regular contrast?

What is micro contrast, and why is it important? How is it different than regular contrast? Matt Grum mentioned it in his answer about larger-format cameras: There are other advantages to medium ...
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How does histogram shape affect the aesthetics of a picture?

For having more contrast in an image, it's good to have a wide range (i.e. difference between highest and lowest) of light intensities in a picture; and for keeping details, neither highlights nor ...
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How do I interpret individual colors on RGB histogram?

I know how to read the Luminosity histogram and I thought that I knew how to read RGB histogram as well, until I saw the following example: The RGB histogram shows exactly the same 3 'spikes'. What ...
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What does it mean if the main peak of my Histogram is beyond the top of the chart?

I tried reading this thread about histograms, but couldn't understand it well enough to answer this question. I took some shots yesterday where the main peak of my Histogram was actually off the ...
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If my histogram shows nothing at the ends of the scale, does it mean the dynamic range of my camera isn't reached?

If my histogram spikes in the middle and evens out pretty much evenly but not completely to the ends (0 & 255), does this just mean that my scene doesn't have the deep shadows or brightest ...
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How to increase the quality of photos taken through a DSLR?

I have been shooting for six months now using my Nikon D5600 and the 18-55 mm kit lens. I use Photoshop to do the color manipulation for my images. When I finish I export them in PNG format and upload ...
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Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?

I just started experimenting with spot metering + exposure compensation. I'm wondering if it's possible to make adjustments during post processing to correct the metering. I'm pretty sure (correct me ...
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Are color and tones in this seascape fine?

Just about color and toning — is it right or could it be better? (In that case please specify Lightroom or Photoshop actions to perform.) I feel it is a bit too dark (it really seems like if there is ...
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ViewFinder(LCD) brightness

The photos I take on my Nikon P100 look very good on the viewfinder, but when I transfer them to my PC, they look really bad/dull in terms on colour and contrast. Am I supposed to do some post-...
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How do I make my images look like this dreamlike picture?

I understand that the post-production process for images like these typically involves increasing the exposure and saturation and lifting the blacks of the image. However, I notice the histogram of ...
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Why don't professional cameras have a preview for shutter speed in live view?

So far, I have been taking my pictures with a Sony F717 (a dinosaur of digital photography). Nevertheless the F717 has a nice preview feature for shutter speeds. Up to 1 sec, it simulated nicely the ...
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Pictures of a dark violet flower appear light blue. Is this a lens or a technique problem?

I just got this Tamron AF 70-300mm 4-5,6 Di LD Macro 1:2 for my Canon 500D. I tested it yesterday and it works fine. Only one problem: I took pictures of a flower which is dark violet. But when I ...
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1answer
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Why does my Canon Rebel's LCD viewer show a reduced view with small boxes showing colour saturation on the side?

I have a Canon Rebel camera and recently the following problem has occurred: When it is in autofocus and I take a picture, it shows a photo of what I have taken on the left side in a box and then on ...
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5answers
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How to best view test shots on camera LCD in bright, outdoor photo shoot

A couple weeks ago I did a basic outdoor photo shoot for a family. It was mid day, and the sun was out. I took test shots initially and when viewing the shots on my DSLR's LCD screen they appeared to ...
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Can you estimate whether or not the sky is clear from a photographs metadata? [closed]

I am using remote sensing (satellite) images and am trying and differentiate (automatically i.e. using a computer and without viewing the image myself) between areas that fall under cloud cover (with ...
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1answer
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Tips for shooting a flood-lit, vibrant carnival procession

I'm currently in Rio de Janeiro for carnival where I will be attending carnival at the Sanbodromo. I have a Nikon D3000 with a 55-300 lens. I'll be around 50 to 100 meters away, overlooking the ...
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3answers
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How to interpret a histogram to know whether the photo is under or over exposed? [duplicate]

Yes, the books might have been written on this but not being a technical person, I'd like to understand in short and easy to understand language - How to interpret a histogram to know whether the ...
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2answers
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Is it possible the Nikon 1 J1 can outperform the Sony NEX F3 in low light conditions?

Online reviews have indicated that NEX F3 is a superior device because it has a larger sensor, and therefore it would perform better under low light condition. However, today I tested both cameras. ...
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Can I calibrate the D7000 LCD brightness to better match my monitor?

There has been an issue I have been having some time now with my D7000. I shoot images with it, with any lens. When I review it in the camera's LCD, it's just right. However, when I view it in my mac ...
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How do I tell if an image is exposed correctly when I can't trust the LCD? [duplicate]

I used exposure compensation when I take my shots and adjust it whenever it needs adjustments. Most of the time I shoot using Manual mode. My problem is, when I'm out on a sunny day I can't judge ...
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How do I get correct exposure for long shutter times in bulb mode?

How do I take a very long exposure shot from EOS M? I see when i reduce the shutter speed to bulb setting, i see the picture is completely over exposed.
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How do histograms handle highlight and shadow clipping?

My camera shows a histogram in the preview: And after I take the photo: I shoot RAW, but as I understand it, the histogram is computed from JPEG, so it might indicate that the highlights and/or ...
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Learning from other photos. Histograms: how do I know if the original photo was over/under exposed? [duplicate]

There is a photographer who shoots mostly indoors with natural light (no soft box) but sometimes he also shows outdoors photos in natural light conditions. His site is at http://www.minimallyminimal....
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1answer
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match two photos with differents settings [closed]

I have two photos (unedited, with all the metadata added by the camera) one was taken in a studio, the other one with my cellphone. I'm wondering if it would be possible to edit the photo taken in a ...
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How to read a histogram? [duplicate]

Cameras can show a graph divided by 3 vertical lines. What does this graph describe about the picture, and how can I learn how to read it?
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Lightroom/ACR Histogram Shape

If I open a raw file in ACR or Lightroom and move the exposure slider, why does the shape of the histogram change? If all I'm doing is changing the exposure, I would expect the shape itself to remain ...
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1answer
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How should I handle the poor quality of my camera's rear LCD screen?

I recently bought a D3200 after owning a D90 and seeing how my friends D3100 functions. The D3200 is a very nice, cheap camera but I was surprised by the very poor quality of the pictures in the ...
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How to achieve a retro-elegant, faded, low-contrast look?

How can I achieve a retro-elegant, faded, low-contrast, look, as seen in photos by Samuel Elkins? Assuming this is done in Lightroom or Photoshop, I suspect photographer uses a preset because he has ...
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Moving Subjects in low light

Forget static photography where you've got days, in fact weeks, to set up your one perfect shot. My question is how do you take good sharp shots of a moving subject, say a train, when the light is ...