Questions tagged [photography-basics]

For questions either about the fundamentals of photography or which will be of particular use to novice photographers. Q&A in this tag should be equally useful 50 years in the future or to a time-traveler 50 years in the past.

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Seeking lens recommendation [closed]

For a starter DSLR, I got the Canon Rebel T7. It came with a 75-300 Zoom lens, but I quickly realized that it does not bring subjects close enough. What do you recommend for a cost-effective and not-...
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Accidentally wound film the wrong way on basic film camera

this is my first film camera and I followed the instructions to wind the film manually whenever I take a shot. As it was my first few times, I did it the wrong way and turned it anticlockwise. It felt ...
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No release shutter w/o lens option Rebel t7

I just got a 500-1000mm lens by Opteka and it came with a T-Mount but whenever I put it on it says “No Lens Attached” and I googled the problem and it said I had to enable “Release shutter w/o lens” ...
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Transitioning from Mobile to Digital Camera Photography [duplicate]

I've been passionately involved in mobile photography for the past two years and am now looking to expand my horizons into digital camera photography. As an international student in the UK, I'm ...
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What's the effect in photography that these paintings are trying to replicate?

What's the effect in photography that these paintings are trying to copy where the colors get blown out and faded at the edges, and the colors start to get all wonky (full album, two examples below): ...
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Beginner kit improvement advice - which lens should I consider?

I have a Canon 250D (APS-C) since september 2022; I'm really enjoying it but I feel like that's the moment for my first lens upgrade. The camera came in kit with the well-known 18-55 mm STM f/4-5.6. ...
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Ricoh Autohalf - Can i change the ISO setting half-way through a film? [duplicate]

I owned a second hand Ricoh Autohalf, I'm new to film camera and before this I washed a few roll of my films without knowing that my camera ISO setting should set according the the film ISO. It all ...
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Why are my film photos blurry?

A photography newb here. I just got my rolls of film developed and a lot of the photos came out blurry/out of focus. I'm quite sad as most of these were from trips. I am shooting on a Fujifilm Tiara ...
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Why did my film photos turn out blurry/fuzzy?

I shot my first roll of film on the Olympus infinity stylus zoom DLX that I got recently (and paid a lot of money for). I used Kodak 400 film and all of my shots turned out fuzzy and blurry? Not sure ...
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How can a fixed-focus lens have a focus range of 0.5 meters to infinity?

I have a Mavic Air 1 drone and I was wondering how the camera of this drone can have a shooting range as large as 0.5 meters to infinity with a fixed focus? Mavic Air 1 camera specs: Parameter Value ...
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What does "Open Shoot" mean?

What does an "open shoot" mean for a photography class/course? Does it mean to take pictures of anything you like? My reasonable explanation for what my question is that I'm confused and ...
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What film should I use in a vintage Fujifilm Clear Shot 20 camera?

I am a beginner photographer and this is the first time I have used an old film camera that belonged to my parents. It is a Fujifilm Clear Shot 20 Auto. What kind of film should I use and how do I ...
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How does long exposure work on a digital camera?

I'm curious about long exposure photography and I keep taking sequences of long exposure photos. However, my mind stumbles on this question when I think about my phone camera sensor. How does long ...
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What are must-haves for a beginner in wildlife photography?

I've enjoyed taking pictures of wildlife on my phone for a while, especially birds, and would like to get a camera to get better quality images. I would possibly like to try some astrophotography too. ...
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How could I show how wide a piece of furniture is?

There's this strikingly wide bed that I want to take a photo of, but I can't quite find an angle that shows this. I tried placing an object (cat) for reference/comparison, but that doesn't show it ...
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New to film processing, how do I order?

Hi!! So I’m brand new to film cameras and have my first roll that I want to send in for development. I have an order sheet printed out for Process One film developing but am confused on how to fill it ...
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Beginning photographer wants advice on how to shoot Alaskan Cruise glaciers and wildlife [closed]

I have a Rebel T3i with Canon zoom lens EF-S 18-55 mm lens 1:3.5-5.6 IS ll and a Canon EF-S55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. I would appreciate any advice on how to get clear photos and video on our ...
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Features a camera should have for a 10 year old

I'm looking for a starter camera for a 10-year-old that is interested in photography as a future career. I don't think she knows what kind of pictures she wants to take. She watches a YouTube channel ...
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The flashgun is working a few seconds after the photo is taken

Why is my flashgun not working? After pressing the button the photo is taken but the flashgun is working after the photo is already taken
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Basic exercises to try with a DSLR Camera to improve shots otherwise taken on an iPhone

I have a Nikon D7000 with a 50mm Nikkor prime lens. I would like to try some exercises to try and capture images of e.g. architecture in soft light, or in cities in the morning etc, that are much ...
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How to take photo/scan of almost erased paper?

I need to scan a piece of paper where the ink is almost erased and is difficult to see it in simple sight. I think it was printed with a not so good ink. Is there some trick to make the lines/letters ...
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Is photographing a couple's love story from when they get engaged to when they have a family considered a niche? From engagement to wedding to family

Engagement > Wedding > Maternity > Family As a photographer I would like to find my niche. What I would love to focus on is with couples getting engaged. To then photograph their wedding. ...
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Using an Olympus OM-10, why does film not advance for a couple of shots only?

I have an Olympus OM-10. The film didn't seem to advance for a couple of shots somewhere after 15 or 16 shots. After that, it worked fine (based on the fact that the rewind knob didn't rotate as I ...
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Do smartphones suffer from degrees of chromatic aberration? If so, how is it possible?

Smartphone imaging sensors are usually Bayer sensors which have a color filter array on top of each pixel, so each pixel ultimately captures one of red, green or blue colors of light. In that case, ...
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Buying First Camera - Need Advice [duplicate]

So, I am thinking of buying my first camera. I have searching on the internet and landed on a few models that seem convincing to me. The Fujifilm X-A7 and X-T200 are the one I am interested in buying. ...
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Why Does RAW Image Look Dark and Grainy in Meshroom?

Left - Meshroom image viewer | Right - Windows RAW image extension Hello! I am attempting to use Meshroom to convert this clay creature into a 3D object. The issue I am facing however is that the RAW ...
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What is the relation between aperture number and exposure, keeping all other parameters fixed?

My language is German, so forgive my lack in English words, especially with regard to photography. I tried to understand at a very basic level the relation between aperture number and exposure and ...
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Matte box for my S20 Ultra?

I'm shooting products in daylight for a business project. I noticed sometimes there is a haze from the sun and cupping my hand in front of the lens eliminates it significantly. Are there any options ...
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Unable to get good low light photos with Canon EOS R5

I'm using EOS R5 for half year now. I'm using EF and EF/S lenses, because I spent too much on camera body and can't afford to acquire better RF lenses yet. I'm unable to get good photos without ...
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Is it possible to focus on a fixed distance for self portrait using Point and Shoot camera for a decent photo?

I have Nikon B500 point and shoot camera. I have tripod too. It's pretty nice camera if you have to take photos of others. But I want to take self portraits. There's no other person available to take ...
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What is the difference between raw and jpeg images? [duplicate]

I am a beginner at photography and I can’t really understand what a raw image is and how it is different from jpeg? How is an image manipulated before processing?
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What are these black lines in the photograph?

I was trying to take pictures (Samsung Note 20, both front and back camera) of the beautiful lights in a cafe in Seoul (Humbolt Cafe, 325-17 Seongsu 2(i)-ga 1(il)-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul). But for ...
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What's the actual physics of diffusion filters?

Recently, I purchased a Tiffen Black Pro Mist which adds halation to highlights via diffusion. I read online that diffusion filters do not add data as the entirety of the effect can be recreated in ...
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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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What is a Camera used for? can't find this anywhere on Google?

I got a camera (Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless) for christmas, no instruction manual as my Aunty bought it from a friend. When I turn it on the screen is just black, I think its used for taking pictures but ...
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Help: only 1 out of 36 exposure 35mm film was developed

I am a complete beginner film photographer. I just sent my 35mm film to be developed and only 1 picture was returned to me. Whilst I am a beginner, the camera is half automatic and a green light ...
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I'm trying to find a close-up lens for a beginner camera

My young daughter is excited about photography, so I bought her an entry level camera for her birthday. There are two problems: (1) She likes doing close up pictures, and the camera is a fixed focus ...
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Better for portrait photography: Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM vs CANON EF50mm F1.8 STM?

I have a Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens came with my Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Would the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM be better for portrait pictures than my 24-105mm lens? I am new to photography and ...
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Why did my film captured pictures turn out bad?

I shot some photos with an old Canon AF35M film camera using Fujifilm 400 speed and had them developed by CVS. The result are terrible and I don’t know what the cause could be. Anyone have insight ...
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Which lens hood should I use for EF-S 18-55mm III kit lens?

I've just bought a Canon EOS 4000D which shipped with a EF-S 18-55m 1:3.5-5.6 III kit lens. Which lens hood should I purchase that is compatible with this lens? Any resources on how to know which lens ...
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What is the "Sunny 16" rule of thumb?

I've heard of the "Sunny 16" rule. What is it? How, and in what situations, can I use it?
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Do i need more than one filter holder for different brands?

I am currently looking for ND and Grad ND filters for my camera for long exposures. Im a beginner and new to all of this and im slighty confused. Question is Lets say i bought a Cokin P series filter ...
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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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Amateurs | Starting with a "Random / Daily Photo" gallery

I've been wanting to focus more on photography for quite some time now, so I decided that it may be a good idea to incorporate photography into my ( freelance web and writing ) business - And, to take ...
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What's the best way to learn about the basics of photography?

I am new to photography and would like some help on how to learn the basics I've searched through the Internet but just keep coming up with lots of different courses ranging from free to paid but they ...
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How do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

I have a Canon m50 camera and use the default lens that came with it, a 15-45mm lens. I work in a company that makes stainless steel products, many of them with glass. So the problem is that there ...
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How to click night view photos from mobile phone?

I find it difficult to click a photo of a hill-station from its height at night, because its lights are not captured well and also gets blurred if zoom. So how to click in mobile? I want the photo ...
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One transparent negative when developing 2 rolls at once

I am having trouble developing my rolls of film. I have had two casualties today. The first time I developed 3 rolls at once with one liter of solution, consisting of 250mL of Kodak D-76 to 750mL ...
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Why does the chair and the grandpa look bigger and inflated? [duplicate]

I Was watching one of the actually good movies. In one of the scenes the grandpa tries to "preach" the teens. Here is the scene Its not very obvious but for some reason the chair and the granpa ...
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Is it moral to remove/hide certain parts of a photo, as a photographer?

This question came to my mind when I asked this question. Kindly have a look on it and the accepted answer there. You'll see: Photo is cropped A white vertical bar thing is hidden A pipe nearby ...
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