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Why do stars appear as circles, not points?

Excluding the Sun, stars are so far away that their angular diameter is effectively zero. However, when you take pictures of them, brighter stars appear as circles, not points. Why? In theory, any ...
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In Lightroom 3, what is the difference between exposure and brightness?

What's the difference between adjusting a photo's exposure versus its brightness? I created a virtual copy of a photo. The original's exposure was increased 1 stop. The other got an increase in ...
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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?

I took two photos - first one with Canon 5D Mark III and the second one with analog Canon EOS 500N. I used the same lens (Canon 50mm ƒ/1.4) and settings (ISO/shutter/aperture) for both of them. The ...
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What is the major factor that makes colors in photos very vivid?

Once you have a good enough camera, what are the other major factors that makes some of the photo very vivid? For example, looking at the following picture, the colors are vivid. If I take the same ...
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Should I adjust a print knowing that it will be hung in a fairly dark place?

I am about to have a digital image printed to be mounted and framed and hung in a fairly dark hallway that has very little natural light and only one light bulb. Should I prepare the print in ...
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Why is a lens darker than other ones when applying the same settings?

I own a Nikon D500 DSLR, with a Nikkor 16-80 mm 1:2,8-4E ED VR lens. I noticed that this lens, when applying exactly the same settings (same ISO, same aperture, for instance F8.0, same Shutter speed, ...
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Fixing the brightness level in a panoramic photo

I've created a panormamic photograph from 4 separate shots using AutoStitch. The panorama came out fine, except that the left side of the image is brighter than the right side: What's the best way to ...
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How to photograph a snowy landscape? [duplicate]

I am about visit Nepal for 8 weeks, planning to trek the Annapurna circuit, Everest Base Camp and Imja Tse. Most of the landscape is extremely bright and snowy. Credit: Gianni Scopinaro How do I ...
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How can I fix the overly-bright background in my landscape photo?

I am pretty much a complete newbie to post-processing, since I don't normally post-process my pictures: if I don't like a picture as it is, I consider it a bad picture and discard it. There is, ...
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Why do my photos "glow"?

I have a Canon 60D and recently bought a Canon zoom lens EF 24-70mm 2,8L USM. Bright colours seem to "glow" or are blurry when I take photos. It does not seem to be blurred because of movement or ...
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Tactics for judging if a printed image will be bright enough?

I'm struggling a bit with how to judge if a photo will be bright enough when printed, while I'm working on it on my monitor. "Bright enough" of course changes with the ambient or targeted lighting ...
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Why are photos on my Nikon D3200 brighter on the LCD screen than on my computer?

When I snap a picture on my camera, in RAW+JPEG FINE mode, the camera shows me a bright photo, but when I watch it on my computer it becomes darker (less bright than on camera). It's not a software ...
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How does adjusting the brightness on my LCD screen affect the photo?

On my DSLR, there is a setting to adjust the LCD screen's brightness level. If I were to turn this setting up (make the LCD brighter), does this affect the quality of the picture? I would assume that ...
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How can I maintain brightness in a landscape without overexposing the sky?

I'm an amateur photographer learning to take good shots. I need some advise for shooting landscapes in bright daylight. Here's a picture that I've taken from my camera: I took this picture from my ...
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How can I use Photoshop to blend 2 photos together based on brightness?

Basically, I have 2 exposures of the same seen: 1 dark, 1 normal. I'd like all to replace all parts of the normal photo that are above a certain brightness with the same parts from the darker. ...
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How do I take a photo like this (very bright)?

I've always wondered how these pictures are taken. They have a very "bright" feel to them. And it feels that they are "bathed" in golden sun light. I understand that I have to take this during the ...
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How large an exposure difference before it's noticable?

I'm being forced to work with a shutter that jitters (e.g., a 1/60 shutter could be anywhere between 1/59 and 1/61). I can't change the hardware, so please don't suggest that. I would if I could. ...
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How do I equalize the background brighness level for multiple photos?

Imagine that there are 50-60 photos from a photosession. Their background color is white, and nearly every photo's background tone and brightness differs from each other. I want to equalize and get ...
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What is "brightness value" in Lightroom?

Lightroom shows me a "brightness value" for each of my photos: I notice that it's negative for night photography and positive for daytime photos, but I don't know how it's computed. Is it the average ...
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How can I get nice, vivid colors in food photography without blown-out brightness from the flash?

Whenever I click pictures of people and food using flash, the whole picture becomes bright. When I click without flash, the camera takes in the light from the surroundings and gives me a monotonous ...
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Overexposed shots on a sunny day with Auto settings?

I have had a Nikon D90 for two and a half years now, and I have been very pleased with my purchase. Due to many many jobs and chores lately, I hadn't used it, until today. It's a sunny day today and ...
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Is it normal for shutter speed to vary between shots on low exposure time?

I was doing a timelapse recording of sunrise with my Canon 1100D. I set manual mode of exposure (M on the disk), exposure time to 1/4000 s (smallest), aperture to f/3.5 (maximally open), ISO to 100 (...
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What brush tool in "PhotoImpact 8" would help me change brightness of some areas of the image?

I wonder if there is any such tool in "PhotoImpact 8" that would be somewhat similar to a brush that, if I move it over a certain area of my image (picture), would change that area's brightness. If ...
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Why do my stock photos always come out gray?

Trying to take stock photos on a white background and all the photos look gray rather than the crisp white like they are in person, and even with trying different settings they are still coming out ...
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How could I have capture better the lighting for this photo

I took an inhouse photo in which the sun was entering through the window. I'm guessing that due to the contrast, the flowers are really bright but the background is more dark than what it was ...
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Why does the exposure vary in these Nikon flash photos?

The following 4 photos were all taken with a Nikon D300 at 1/250s, f/5.3, ISO-400, in shutter priority mode, with the on-camera pop-up flash. The only difference between them is the exposure bias, ...
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What are the effects of turning negative images to positives?

I was using my DSLR (D5200) to digitize some old negatives. Many articles stackoverflow helped with ideas. SO I have a backlit surface on which I place the negative & then take a closeup shot of ...
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What does it mean to brighten an image?

Courtesy of my optometrist, I now have images of my retinas. However, the images are a bit dark. I have RGB values for each pixel. In this setting, is brightening the image equivalent to increasing ...
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Why do some pictures look darker online than on my computer?

I'm shooting raw and I'm on ubuntu. This happens mostly with pictures that have a lot of black or that are very dark. On my screen the picture looks fine (as intended) but when I upload it to 500px or ...
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How do you decide the screen brightness of your computer when editing a photo?

I have always struggled in understanding how much display brightness is OK for editing a photo on a computer, mainly laptop. So, I would like to know your valuable suggestions as to how much screen ...
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How to take a bulb mode shot of a road in day light? [duplicate]

I need to take the photo of the trailing vehicles on road at day time. I tried a shot in bulb mode at 100 ISO and f/22 of a road in daytime. But that photo is too bight(link below). How can i get the ...
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Does an aperture value exist, where a lens creates a brighter image than the real view?

So (without limitations of the viewfinder for example) looking through the viewfinder creates a brighter image than normal view would be. The lens would then work like a funnel(collects light from ...
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Why do out of focus elements in a photograph increase in apparent brightness?

What is the physics that explains the phenomenon observed when out of focus areas increase in apparent brightness?
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Why does viewing the sun through a telescope burn your eyes?

First a disclaimer: I KNOW that viewing the sun through a telescope will burn my eyes, so no need to convince me of that. I'm not going to try it. This question is about the optics and physics of why ...
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Is deep depth of field AND bright exposure possible?

I know that a larger aperture corresponds to a brighter exposure and shallower depth of field for a given focal length. Is it optically possible for a custom-built camera to form an image with both a ...
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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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Canon DPP - how to adjust brightness to specified maximum level on some spot automatically

How to adjust brightness to specified maximum level on some spot automatically - for example - on some spot I want to make brightness not exceeding RGB (250,250,250). I can adjust brightness manually ...
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What could be the reason for suddenly changing brightness in raw image?

A series of night shots show this abrupt change of brightness: It starts at approximately 60% horizontal and extends to the right corner. I didn't notice this effect before, the temperature was ...
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Exposure preferences

Whenever I shoot with my Nikon D5300 in manual mode I set settings so that photos have bit more pop to them - brighter than what the camera exposure meter says the correct exposure is. For instance, ...
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What causes outdoor photos to turn out bright white when taken with a digital camera?

I set my Canon Powershot A460 to automatic mode and took photographs outdoors. When I see the to-be-photographed area on the LCD, it appears normal; but when I take a picture, the photo turns out ...
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How can the EVF be brighter than the lens?

When I use my mirrorless camera, an Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark II, in a dark room, the EVF shows the room as though it is fully lit, but the lens does not have the same brightness. It's as though the EVF ...
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"Black point" in lower end/mid range monitors

I bought a Iiyama ProLite XUB2792UHSU for my girlfriend who is a hobby photographer. The monitor had a good review as an all round device, but not necessarily as a graphics monitor. However we were ...
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What are proper settings to capture sun rise time-lapse?

I am a newbie to SLR world. The infinite settings are now a curse than a boon to me. I would like to shoot sun rise in time lapse mode. The problem is, the photographs taken before sun rise are clear, ...
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Why are colors brighter and more red on Sony HX100v?

I have purchased a Sony HX100v. Can any one give me a review about its photography results? Till I am not more explore it. One thing I noticed about it was the color. Colors are brighter than actual ...
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How is brightness measured?

I understand that for example light blue is brighter than dark blue. But I don't understand really what brigthness in essence is. Wikipedia states that "brightness is the perception elicited by the ...
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Indoor office pictures Canon 100D

I took a number of pictures inside my office (without flash and with tripod) and depending on my position in respect to the large windows, picture luminosity varies a lot. Before publishing them, ...
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What to look out for when shooting in direct sunlight, causing hard shadows and shiny patches on water?

I am aware that this question might be labelled as off-topic, but the issue bothers for some days now, and I figured my best bet to get an answer is here on this site. Whenever I look at pictures I ...
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Fear of underexposure despite proper exposure in editing program?

I'm constantly afraid that my images are underexposed for I'm playing a lot with light and shadow and like to shoot at night. Even though in my picture editing program the image seems well exposed ...
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Canon EOS 4000D with Apeman SL 450C Speed Light - Photographs Dark

I have just bought a new Canon EOS 4000D with an Apeman SL 450C speed light. When I take a photograph with the speed light switched off the photographs are a decent brightness. When I switch the speed ...
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How to calculate difference in exposure between two given frames?

This question regards exposure. I have a project I am working on where I need to be able to calculate the exact number of stops between two given exposures, with the end goal being to match the ...
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