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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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Given an image how to identify whether it is RAW file or not

I'm a much like beginner level, so pardon me if this is a very basic silly question. Once I've a JPEG photograph image file, how can I find out whether it is a RAW file or not?
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Some people did not look good in picture ,why? [closed]

Some people did not look good in picture . Is it natural or passing issue ?
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Canon Rebel T3i broken autofocus or lens

First off I’m only a beginner. I love to take and edit pictures but I’m no professional and know nothing about any of the special features my camera has to offer me. I bought the Tamron 16-300 mm ...
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Do I need to remove sd card and battery from DSLR after every use?

I'm new to this field, today only i got my first dslr. I don't know whether i should leave my sd card and battery as such after turning off my camera everytime or not.
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Compact digital or mirrorless camera?

I am new to the camera game. I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old, and would like to invest in a camera for capturing memories. I would like a camera that: Can capture fast moving kids Photographs ...
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Blur background with Nikon Coolpix B700 [duplicate]

I am not professional photographer and own a Nikon Coolpix B700. I am trying to achieve background blur aka bokeh with my clicks with same camera. I have done google and played around Manual setting ...
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Is there any value in full 'beginner's kit bundles'?

If I were buying my first "serious" camera, is there any value in buying a "full beginner's kit" like the below or should I just buy the camera with the kit lens? The full kit costs about $100 (or 10%)...
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What's the ultimate objective of photography?

What is the ultimate objective of artistic photography? (Let's exclude photography for journalism.) My understanding is that the objective is to make an emotional impact on the viewer. I could also ...
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Looking for feedback! Am I ready to take photography to the next level? [closed]

I’m a amateur photographer, I’ll do photos hoots for friends and family, had done a few close friends for a small price, I had a Nikon d3200 when I first started to enjoy photography and a few months ...
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What features should I look for in a filter system to avoid buying duplicates later [duplicate]

I’m looking to buy some kind of filter system. What features in a filter system should I as a begginer look for so that I will not have to replace everything (or buy duplicates in other sizesk) down ...
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Best Camera To Purchase for my Vacation [closed]

I'm going on a few vacations soon and am thinking about purchasing a new camera. Currently I just use my iPhone 6s. I've been searching the internet endlessly it seems and have came across these few ...
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What gear do I need for Portrait and Landscape photography, Canon 700D? [duplicate]

From several years ago I bought Canon 700D, due to some acts in my country I lost the interest in photography. Now I am having the comfortable environment to start all over. My question is: What ...
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In photography and videography, what is a long shot / wide shot?

I was trying to find out what a "wide shot" is. I figured it should be an industry standard term. I searched Google with various search terms like: photography what does it mean to take a wide shot ...
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Angles For Portraits [closed]

I am a freelance photographer. I know the key rule is to focus on the eyes for a good Portrait Photograph. But there are various ways/angles from which a subject is shot my personal favorite is top ...
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How different lenses affect photo quality? [duplicate]

Suppose I have these two lenses: - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens - Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD And suppose I have used them both on the same full frame camera, in the same tripod ...
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Finding X,Y,Z values in an image by knowing the focal length and apeture [duplicate]

What is the systematic procedure to find x,y,z values of an image by knowing the focal length of the camera lens ?
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T3i photos always dark when viewed, but look great when I'm about to take it [closed]

I got a secondhand Canon T3i today but I can't seem to find what to do right with it. The photo I'm about to take looks great but when I view it, it looks 10x darker. Need help please.
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How do I use manual exposure settings? [duplicate]

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60. The problem is I don't really understand the workings of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. Whenever I go into manual mode, the pictures I take are pitch black. I ...
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Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple macro depths? [duplicate]

I have tiny plants that I would like to photograph. As shown in the test photo, I'm able to focus on the plants in the foreground, but not the background. Do cameras exist that can focus on multiple ...
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Why won't my Nikon D5500 autofocus?

Total newbie here! I have a Nikon D5500 - when I bought the camera I had no clue there was a difference between auto focus and manual focus so I have ALWAYS manually focused the camera. I want to ...
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Distinguishing Paintings from Photographs

Is there a simple, sure-fire, 100% accurate method one can use to distinguish paintings and other works of art from photographs? I am not asking: 'What is the difference between a painting and a photo?...
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How can I focus on only part of the scene when there are multiple objects at the same distance?

I just wanted to have the red leaf focus only, and not have the nearby twigs in focus too. How can I achieve that? I locked the focus on the read leaf then move the camera to reposition the scene. ...
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1answer
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iPhone 5s with Camera + for Blurred Backgrounds in Portraits [duplicate]

I've got an iPhone 5s with Camera + app. Even though it's aperture is fixed 2.2 I'm unable to take nice sharp portraits ( subject sharp and background blurred). I think this is due to the small sensor ...
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Websites or advice for Northern Lights Photography (super beginner here) [duplicate]

I am brand new to the DSLR scene; I just purchased a Nikon d3400. I'm going to Alaska next month to hopefully catch my first glimpse of the Northern Lights. I understand that the d3400 may not be the ...
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Why is the kit zoom lens for Olympus so much smaller than that for Nikon?

I am currently considering buying either an Olympus OM-D EM-10 mark ii or a Nikon D3400. As a beginner I thought I would stick to the kit lenses for a while, and have seen that the specs of both kit ...
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Is the Canon 650D still a good choice? [duplicate]

I am planning on getting my first DSLR soon. I'm torn between the 1300D and 650D because they are about the same price right now. I love the fact that the 650D has a movable touchscreen and a mic ...
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Is an 18-55 mm kit lens enough for a beginner? [duplicate]

I just bought a Canon EOS 200d or sl2 with single kit STM lens (18-55mm) . Is it enough for a beginner? Or should I also a buy 55-250mm lens now? If yes, then shall I buy IS ii lens or STM? I want ...
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Where to get started with landscape photography? What cameras and lenses to start with? [duplicate]

I am a frequent of backpacking and hiking ventures, and find myself browsing landscape photography romantically on a regular basis. I figure i might as well give landscape photography a shot, but I am ...
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Why is my iPhone X 4K video so grainy and crappy?

https://youtu.be/j41QKS16DSE Sample video above. Please take a look. Recorded at 4K 30 FPS.
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I'm designer but newbie in photography, Need Help for buying Camera, and How to choose between brands, lens and seconde-hand or new one? [duplicate]

Recently I’m ready to buy a camera before I always use iPhone to taken photos, that’s okay but I want to start a series career you know, go art direction, street shoot, fashion series etc. I’m a ...
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EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS II or Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro as part of a kit?

I am a beginner wanting to start learning photography. Which of the following EOS 1300D kits is better for a beginner? Both include the same first lens. For one kit the second lens is the Canon 55-...
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What setting should I adjust when using a tripod to get less noise?

If there's a really grainy photo. Not much natural light here and a tripod was available. What should be changed in settings to decrease the noise in the photo? Settings Focal length 12mm ISO 6400 ...
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What is the use of tele converter? Is it possible that it can be used for all lenses or only for the specific lens?

Actually I'm planning to buy multiple lens but my budget is little less I can't afford telephoto Lens so if I buy tele converter, is it possible that I can use it for all types of lens or only for ...
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Image stabilizing settings for panning photos

I'm trying to make a good shot of moving vehicles, but don't get which settings are best to do that. I'm using Nikon D750 with kit 24-120mm f/4 lens, the later have following switches for image ...
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Do digital photos lose quality over time?

Will the photos saved in my computer lose quality over time?
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Canon T6 settings for Baptism and First Birthday

I just started photography and my Aunty caught my interest and wants me to photograph her son's baptism and 1st birthday party. I have a Canon T6 with a standard 18-55mm lens. What are the best ...
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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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Zoom or Approaching [duplicate]

I know that capturing a near object and capturing the same object with going apart with zoom makes a lot of sense But I'm confused what change does it do to the picture?? Could anyone help me in this?...
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What kind of camera do I get for my class?

I'm starting in a semester-long "Intro to Digital Photography Class" and I'm completely new to anything photography-related. The most experience I have with picture taking is on my cell phone. That ...
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Nikon or Canon? [duplicate]

I have a budget under $600 and don't know whether to buy a Canon or Nikon. I want a camera that is really good in day light as well as in low light.
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What considerations should be made for choosing a manual film SLR for photography classes?

I need a film SLR camera that can be fully manual for my niece that's going away to an art camp soon. She is taking some film photography classes that require such a camera. I'm looking at a few used ...
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Can I edit my Northern lights photos that turned out black?

I went to Iceland in December and was given a Nikon D5500 as an unexpected Xmas gift (I've always been interested in photography, but never learnt anything formally). I tried to Google how to set up ...
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How to systematically learn Photographing? [duplicate]

I am using camera for travelling, my knowledge on photography is all by intuition. I am willing to learn photographing more systematically, are there any online course that is worth attending? Thanks
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Continue taking photos from smartphone or buy a camera to practice?

I know this is a site with very good professional photographers and this might appear like a silly question but I'm just a beginner who loves photography. But I still don't have a camera so all I do ...
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what camera should I buy as a beginner? [duplicate]

I really love to take pictures from all kinds of cameras that I have exprienced with,I want to finally buy my first camera but i dont know which one is the best for me,any advice?
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Tips for improve photography skills in android phone camera [duplicate]

I am really interested in Photography but i don't have the money to buy a camera right now i already started photography using my android phone camera but i want to improve my photography skills ...
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Can a DSLR still shoot video after the shutter dies?

I bought a used Canon t3i and after searching on internet I read about shutter count so I installed magic lantern and I found out it is at 87k and after using it for a year now it is 92k, I'm a ...
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How to achieve sunset shots without a silhouetted foreground

What settings are recommended for shots of the sunset/ sunrise without having the foreground objects silhouetted? Or is it only achievable by stacking multiple images in Photoshop?
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What “makes” contrast, anyway? [closed]

Or better, the loss of it? If I take a picture of a uniformly white wall, I don't expect contrast at all and that's ok. But sometimes I take photos of a a scene where there are light areas, dark ...
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What is better than a Canon d1100 but still affordable?

I am a young newly beginning photographer. The camera I have I feel is not good enough for me to progress, but I need one that still would be affordable. I have a Canon zoom lens (75-300mm) that I ...