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Amateurs are individuals who perform a trade such as photography for entertainment, rather than financial gain.

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Astrophotography in the age of Starlink; can "not a single image be taken that is not stricken" by a Starlink satellite?

In the Space SE question Are Starlink satellites flaring? there was a (now deleted) comment to the effect: I've given up astrophotography because not a single image can be taken that is not stricken ...
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How much is appropriate to charge once I gain enough experience?

So, I'm trying to start my own photography business but I am very much an amateur. I love taking photos of nature so that will definitely be something I'll keep doing. I will be starting to practice ...
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Is there a zoom lens I can attach to a Kindle Fire for birdwatching?

This is probably pretty pedestrian for you all, but it's a sincere and slightly desperate question. My 94 year-old mom has been a casual birdwatcher her whole life. She's still pretty spry but has ...
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I miss my Pentax Spot-o-Matic but must choose a camera for amateur nature photography; get a new iPhone or an actual camera?

I need help deciding between a phone and an actual camera for amateur nature photography. I need something that can be ON by the time I've raised it and quick to focus when I'm in a hurry, and will be ...
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How specific should you be with Niche photography

Due to recent events I thought this may be an ideal time to start using my camera for basic home and garden photography. To be clear, I don't want to brand myself as a photographer, but I'd like to ...
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Tips for Improving Photography [closed]

I am looking for tips on improving my photography and feedback on whether I am ready to start charging small amounts for a session. I am currently using a Nikon D3500. This is one of the pictures I ...
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Using an Alias for your photography

When I owned a blog/magazine, I came up with an alias which was fitting for the author/editor of such a website, and used it for online and forum activities. As I look at getting into photography, I'...
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How to mount a Lumix G7 with Panasonic H-FS 1442A lens to 1.25" telescope

I have a Lumix G7 with a Panasonic H-FS 1442A and I want to mount it to a telescope with a 1.25" eyepiece size. I know I can get a Micro Four Thirds adapter and mount it straight to the telescope, ...
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Will upgrading from T3i to T7i be a meaningful improvement for low light photography in the jungle of Costa Rica?

I recently got into photography (a few months), I feel I am progressing quickly and have a firm grasp on camera settings, though I am working on experience. I am getting close, but not quite able yet,...
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Communicating with all potential clients as a multi niche photographer

This may be seen as a bit off topic, but I'm hoping it's a question that some photographers can associalte with and clear up for me. I'm an amateur wanting to get more serious in the new year, and ...
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How to take good pictures of wildlife at a distance?

I have been doing some research on what camera I should use for travel photography of animals at a distance, such as on safari. I am very limited on ability to use a 'hardcore' camera, but I have a ...
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How do I get from starting off photography to selling my photos? [closed]

I'm a starting wildlife photographer! My question is, how would I get to from just taking pictures to actually selling them and everything? I'm kinda new to most of this, It would be great to get ...
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First paid gig as an amateur; do I need insurance?

I've had previous gigs for organisations on a very informal basis, and now one of them wants to book me for a higher profile event and has indicated they want to pay. The money really isn't the issue ...
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How can I improve this amateur shot of sunrise?

I've recently started taking photographs of things I find beautiful on my phone camera. I'd like to get experts opinion on how I can improve.
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What analysis can be done on #piegate photo to support it?

Sarah Sanders posted this image in a tweet: Some folks assumed that she didn't really bake the pie. Most of these folks cited either "that pie looks too perfect" as their evidence or cited nothing at ...
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How to Time-Lapse? [closed]

I feel obligated to say that I have almost no experience when it comes to photography. In the past few weeks, I have been very attracted by time-lapse videos and I finally decided to give it a try. I ...
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How much zoom would make a camera suitable for imaging railcar seals from 100 feet away?

I'm an engineer, and we have a need to take pictures of railcar seals (steel ties as pictured) from on top of the building. What I need is a camera with sufficient zoom so we can clearly see whether ...
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Is this Canon setup good enough for amateur photography? [closed]

So I am about to buy my Canon EOS 70D which will be used both for amateur photography and video. Since I am going to do a lot of traveling this year I want to cover as many kinds of lenses as possible....
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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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What should I charge for photography as an amateur?

I just started up my own photography business and I was wondering what I should with how pricing works. I thought of doing pets, families, babies, and senior pictures. I have some experience with a ...
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Amateur photographer unsure what camera to buy; would also like the ability to take high quality videos [duplicate]

I am an amateur photographer and filmmaker, it is now time to buy my own camera. I have had my eye on the Canon 760D but I was wondering if there were more models I could consider without spending so ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

I am an amateur photographer who mostly shoots landscapes. Fine art and nude photography interest me, too. However, I have little experience shooting people and I have some problems dealing with photo ...
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Instructions for beginner [duplicate]

I know this question would have been asked time and time again, I'm new to this blog so i haven't seen it yet. I'm a beginner with great interest to learn photography. I don't have any desire to pick ...
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Do the out of focus elements in this photo look normal?

I just shot this picture with my Canon T5i (75-300mm) lens. I zoomed from a distance to take this picture. As you can see, the focused area looks normal, but the grass that is out of focus looks ...
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How to capture the sun rays falling inside a forest?

How to capture the sun rays falling inside a forest and light passing through a window. Even though they are visible to our naked eyes they seems tough to be captured with DSLR. I read snow and dust ...
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Does the number of shots differ dramatically between an amateur and a pro?

Recently I went on a trip and took around 400 shots and I thought they are all great, and unfortunately most of them went into trash and approximately 30 pictures considered as a top-notch shots. The ...
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Suitable lenses [duplicate]

Hi I am new to photography with DSLR and trying to find my footing with various lenses. The subjects that interest me are night sky cityscape (day and night) buildings portraits (including full ...
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Fish-eye effect utility [duplicate]

In which situations should I use fish-eye effect? I own a Canon Power sx510hs which is an advanced point and shoot camera. It has fish eye effect which distorts an image spherically. Other than having ...
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Should I buy a compact, SLR, or DSLR camera? [closed]

I am a StackOverflow user and new to this forum. So, I'm sorry if I'm asking unrelated, ultra amateur question :) OK, my only camera at the moment is my iPhone4's! And I don't think seriously of the ...
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Editing previously-taken photographs—by multiple amateurs—for a consistent look

I'm working with a variety of photos that have already been taken by several different amateurs. I don't have the ability to provide direction in how these photos are taken, and I want to treat that ...
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28mm vs. 24mm (wide angle) for selfies?

I know that selfies are an "evil" of this generation, and you're never going to get a good picture when taking one of yourself, let alone when you are unable to compose it bc you can't see the ...
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As a college art student, am I allowed to enter amateur art contests?

I am currently studying photography at an art school. I want to enter a few photo contests, however a few of them are for amateurs only. I don't make any money off of my photos just yet, am I still ...
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How to retouch to correct lights from an amateur photo shoot?

We did an amateur photo shooting for a new clothing brand but had some lack of good lighting. Some pics can be seen at www.tahara.es What kind of retouching could be recommended on Lightroom or PS? ...
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How do I guide my model in a portrait session?

How would you guide an inexperienced portrait photographer to guide inexperienced models? Not friends, but strangers you're shooting under time pressure (they're not getting paid and neither are ...
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How much do I charge for the first time wedding photo shoot?

I am an amateur photographer as far as event photography is concerned. I have done private event shoots only for my family and friends (weddings on two occasions and few new born and other small ...
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How do I prepare best for my first wedding photography event?

I am going to shoot a wedding this weekend, and I want to do my best for my friend's big day. What can I do to prepare for the day in order to minimize failures and mistakes? How do I avoid missing ...
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How important is a backup camera body?

I've read that a professional photographer should have at least two camera bodies, with one serving as a backup. How important is it to have a backup camera body? Consider both amateur and ...
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What are the topics need to be covered by a free ebook for beginner/amateur photographers?

Some of my friends and I were thinking of publishing an ebook in our native language to help local beginner and amateur photographers. We will probably end up with a series of books later on but as a ...
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Which is "the most memorable, mind-changing photograph of all time" that Galen Rowell talks about?

Galen Rowell in one of his books talks about the "The most memorable, mind-changing photograph of all time. A color landscape shot taken without a tripod by an amateur". Does anyone have a link to a ...
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What is the distinction between a professional and amateur photographer?

I describe myself as an amateur photographer to other photographers and avoid using qualifiers like "pro" or "amateur" when talking to clients, but after reading a number of articles in Rangefinder ...
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What makes a camera "professional" vs. amateur/hobbyist?

I will be attending a music festival (Lollapalooza) this weekend, and according to the site's FAQ page, attendees are not allowed to bring in "professional" recording equipment. From the site: ...
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Are there sites where I can compare pro versus amateur photographer work?

Has anyone ever invited amateur and pro photographers to take pictures of the same environment (or people) using the same gear to compare the results? If so, maybe results of such experiment are ...
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How do I know if I'm ready to turn professional?

I love photography. I love capturing beautiful images and preserving precious memories. I believe that I have a gift for this - one which I have worked hard to hone and grow over recent years. I am ...
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