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What is the "Rule of 600" in astrophotography?

This question mentions the "Rule of 600" for avoiding star-trails in astrophotography. What is this rule? How was it derived? How should it be applied?
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Focus problem vs. motion blur vs. camera shake - how to tell the difference?

I'm not sure if the title of the question captures what I mean, but it's hard to be succint in the space allowed. Suppose you have a picture that is not as sharp as you think it should/could be. (...
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What is the best technique for long-exposure photography in good light?

Can anyone offer any tips on achieving long exposures (with the intention of blurring water, clouds etc)?
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Why are War Photographers able to take pictures that seemingly violate the exposure rule?

A lot of historical war photographs I've seen are capable of recording the subject in sharp detail despite the subject being in blazingly fast motion, at the same time having little to no depth of ...
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What is the shutter speed needed to stop motion?

I find that taking pictures where the subject is in motion (people, pets, toy helicopters) I get a blur where there is movement. On the other hand I see images of a drop of water in free fall in ...
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How to capture a swinging pendulum?

A pendulum when reaching the extremes stands still for a moment, allowing us to see the details of the bob, and gradually increase its velocity towards the equilibrium point. Therefore, its trace of ...
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Can anyone recommend *freeware* to reduce motion blur by deconvolution?

Can anyone please recommend free (preferably also portable i.e. no need to install) software for Windows XP or later to improve image quality of large (12 megapixel) terrestrial (not astronomical) ...
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How can I make good fountain/waterfall photos?

I have a Canon Digital EOS Rebel XT camera, and I wonder how you could take photos of moving water like rivers, waterfalls and fountains...
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Why does the flash freeze a picture?

Why does a flash freeze a picture even if I use a shutter speed like 1/10 sec? I don't understand it, because the light will hit the sensor the whole time, not just when the flash is fired.
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Why does this satellite image of an airplane in motion show red, green, and blue bands with strange artifacts?

I stumbled upon this satellite image (http://goo.gl/Wv503u) capturing a plane in flight over a city. I'm having a little trouble explaining the color effects caused by the aircraft motion. What I ...
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multi-strobe-like motion blur outdoors?

This photo (cropped here) appears on p. 48 of the October 2020 issue of the Experimental Aircraft Association's Sport Aviation magazine. The upper blade of the propeller shows the motion blur that is ...
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How to create motion blur in daylight?

How can we create motion blur in daylight with a DSLR?
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Why do moving objects in photos appear blurry?

When taking a photo on most cameras, if you take a picture of a moving object, the object appears blurry. Why does this happen exactly?
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What features should I look for in a DSLR to shoot live bands?

I'm trying to work out which DSLR to buy. One of my main use cases is photographing live bands in dimly lit bars. This often involves fast movement (particularly drummers) as well as low light. Which ...
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How "slow" can I take a picture at a boxing match?

I'm to take pictures at a boxing match, probably under low lights conditions. My plan is to set the camera on a fixed shutter speed, and the let the camera automatically set aperture and ISO. But ...
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How to take photos in burst mode, without vibration?

I have a Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) and a reflector telescope, and I want to take some photos of Jupiter with them. If I use burst mode, camera starts moving its mechanical parts: the mirror, or the ...
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Red-channel rolling shutter in google maps?

Google Maps's current view of Schiphol's runway 36R fortuitously includes five time-lapse images of a landing airliner. Oddly, each image of this white airliner has prominent red and cyan ghost ...
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How can I get a clear subject with motion-blurred (traffic trails) background?

I wanted to take a photo of my brother with traffic trails behind him. Now even when I was using a tripod, and A/F was correct, I still couldn't get the subject to be sharp, despite using a self timer ...
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How is the circular motion blur created in this Instagram image?

How is the circular motion blur created in this picture? Is it a result of rear-curtain sync? If so how does one accomplish this? Original image
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Device to allow camera to rotate on an axis that runs down the center of the lens?

Recently I've been playing around with some longer exposures during which I rotate the camera in a way that, if structured, would have the axis running down the center of the lens. Here is one such ...
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Can you recommend any resources about dance photography?

My main focus area in photography is dance; and at that mostly social dancing. This usually means: spontaneous action, no way to stage anything or prepare beyond being "in the moment and very ...
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Why doesn't a shutter speed of ¹⁄₂₅₀th freeze motion when a flash of that duration does?

This question connects with my previous question: Why do cameras that film with high FPS rates cost a lot? I just read that a normal flash illuminates a scene within a 1/250th of a second. (A flash ...
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How can I capture blurry movement and freeze a subject in the same photograph?

I can see the blurry movement, certainly achieved by setting the shutter speed low. But wouldn't this cause the guy to be blurry too? Is it possible to take this picture only using the camera? Or ...
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Why isn't my Nikon D3400 freezing motion even with the shutter set to ¹⁄₄₀₀₀th of a second in View Finder Mode?

I got a Nikon 3400 in May. While shooting some water droplets I noticed the droplets contain motion blur even at the highest shutter speed settings. So I tried to verify this by clicking a pic of the ...
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What camera feature to look for to capture moving subjects clearly?

I'm a beginner to photography. I want take pictures of moving objects clearly. Which feature should I look for while buying a camera? What setting is needed to click blur moving object and also ...
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How can I reduce "ghost images" of water droplets?

I am interested in taking the photo of spray of droplets. I also want to measure their size. I have captured a streak-type image of each and every water droplet coming from the nozzle. If you observe ...
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What is causing this image ghosting on a Nikon 50mm 1.8G?

I was photographing with my Nikon 50mm 1.8G at a garden recently and noticed some weird bokeh on some of my shots. Here's an example. Look at the back of the flower: Settings: f/3.2 / 1/800 sec / ...
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Can I capture motion-trails with a point-and-shoot camera?

Is it possible to capture motion trails (like throwing a ball or running) using a camera like the Nikon Coolpix S70? If so, how do I do it?
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Can I use a polarizing filter as a neutral density filter to create motion blur on airplane photos?

Context Looking at the answer on How do I take pictures of planes flying at an airshow? I see that many of the shots have blurry rotors. I'm currently shooting at (210mm (1.5x crop), ISO 100, 1/800, ...
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Does image stabilization counter shutter shock?

Image stabilization counters physical motion and thereby decreases blurring of images. Shutter shock is also physical motion so it might be corrected by image stabilization. However it might also not ...
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Favourable characteristics of robotics research camera?

I use Imaging Source CCD firewire digital cameras to capture video streams for use in robotics research. These cameras are reasonably priced and performance is (from my perspective) decent. ...
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How does one track a shot where a car moves towards the camera but the background is blurred?

Some shots I see online I don't understand how the tracking is done. The car is coming at the camera while the motion blur is also towards the camera, so if you move your camera in the direction of ...
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How best to remove directional motion-blur from photos (on Linux)? [duplicate]

I took some photos of the moon last night. I wanted good color without a lot of noise, so used ISO 100 and a long exposure (10 seconds with a 400mm lens). I have a good tripod and head and used a 2 ...
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Why is this aerial picture of an airplane in flight not blurry?

So this might be more a physics question but I was wondering why the plane isn't blurry in this satellite photo? I am assuming the its traveling quite fast! https://maps.google.com/?ll=51.522621,-0....
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How can I reduce motion blur in film photos without good lighting?

I use an Olympus om10 to shoot at Mavs games and I use Fuji film 400! Recently I’ve been taking in game photos but unfortunately the pictures haven’t been turning out so well! Here is an example ...
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Where can I practice panning shots?

Context I live in the suburbs and don't have a great place to catch vehicles going fast (20-30mph fast for a short distance but until they stop), due to the amount of nearby stop signs. There is no ...
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What's causing this weird motion blur in my long exposure?

I'm shooting with a Canon 5DMkIII, and I'm experiencing a weird motion blur with the LEDs in this picture: It's a long exposure shot (30 seconds) in a dark room with an initial flash. The camera is ...
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How do I find the right motion blur/depth of field trade off in sports photography?

I could be wrong but when doing sports photography I'm always thinking about the following trade off: A fast shutter speed to freeze the action. A small(er) aperture to increase DOF and thus ...
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How to have motion blur only behind the subject?

Motion blur can be used to give the impression of speed, but it affects both the front and the back of the moving object: Drawings instead show a trailing blur with sharp leading edges: Is there any ...
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How good is flash at "freezing" a scene? [duplicate]

I've heard that flash could "freeze" a scene. Let's say that we shoot a scene where people moving a lot, is flash able to even "freeze" it at slow shutter speed, i.e. 1/30th ? Assuming that people are ...
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Why does flash decrease motion blur? [duplicate]

While experimenting with my 600d, I have noticed that on the same shutter speed, without inbuilt flash I get motion blur in my pictures, but with flash there is little to not motion blur (on the same ...
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How can I reduce blur with a point and shoot camera, without flash?

I'm a beginner photographer and I was wondering how to freeze moments of time without having to resort to using flash or tripods. I use a Sony HX200V and it basically only renders jpeg images. I have ...
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What can I do to freeze motion in imperfect conditions?

I want to shoot a photo that freezes the motion in action. I have the aperture wide open, shutter speed is as long as I can have it and still freeze the motion, the light I cannot control (e.g., ...
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Is it possible to fix severe blur from camera shake after the fact?

So I have this one photo of my midterm material, but stupid me didn't check it first when I took it and the photo turned out to be very blurred and it's impossible to read the text. Is it possible to ...
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How to motion-blur the background while keeping the subject well exposed and in focus?

How to motion-blur the background while keeping the subject well exposed and in focus? Mikael Jansson / Vogue Paris, May 2011
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How can I create long exposure images with my Ipad or my Android Smartphone?

What is the name of the technique that gives the sensation of rapidly moving objects in a still image? How to reproduce that? Is it possible to reproduce it with a smart-phone camera and an free App? ...
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Why is there motion blur at the edge of photos?

I’ve noticed a problem that has appeared recently with my Nikon D7200 and 18-140mm kit lens. When I take photos of distant objects, I get what looks like a motion blur at the edges. I have looked up ...
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Blur/Double vision

Hi all I'm new to this so please forgive me for any incorrect phrases or poor explanations. So here goes... For years now I've never been able to take consistent photos that I'm fully happy with. A ...
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What is this strange ghosting effect and how can I remove it?

There's a strange ghosting effect in this photo (actually quite a few of my recent photos), when I used built-in camera flash. EXIF: f/5.6, ISO 400 and 1/60 sec. Is it caused just by a slow shutter ...
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How can I take a clear picture of an object which is in relative motion opposite to my motion?

What are the possibile ways to take a picture of an object which is in relative motion opposite to my motion? Let's say I am on a running train and another train is coming just opposite to my ...
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