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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Why are my photos not crisp?

I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) with the kit lens. I have experimented a lot with different settings and modes, but I feel like I have wasted many good shots that could have looked amazing, if only ...
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What do I need to consider to choose between dSLR, mirrorless, or a compact as my first “serious” camera?

I am thinking of buying a camera to learn photography. Most of the time I'll be shooting portraits and landscapes. But I am not sure where I should start. Most of my friends tell me that I should get ...
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What is the relationship between ISO, aperture, and shutter speed?

I know digital cameras have ISO options, and that ISO is the camera's sensitivity to light, but if you set higher ISO then you can get a noisy image. I also know there are two other camera options, ...
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What are good resources for a beginning photographer?

What are good resources (tutorials/books/videos/etc) for a beginning photographer? Keep in mind that this is for a beginning photographer, who has recently moved from a point-and-shoot to an entry-...
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Should I upgrade my body or lens first?

I have an entry-level Nikon DSLR, and I cant decide if I should upgrade my camera body or upgrade from a AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm to whatever else might be recommended?
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What are your easiest photography beginner tips?

Over time, I've found there are a handful of really simple things that anyone can do to take better pictures. What are your favorites? Understand the basics of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Take ...
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How to start learning photography? [closed]

How to start learning photography?
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Can anyone suggest books/resources on the artistic side of photography?

I am a relatively new photographer. I have no problem understanding the technical side of photography (I am an engineer by trade), but I do struggle with the more 'artistic' side of photography (...
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Why do breathtaking views turn into “boring” photos, and how can I do better?

I recently purchased a Canon 700D with a 18-135 IS lens to get into photography. I'm trying to improve, but my photos seem 'boring'. Let me give some examples: I took these today. The scenery looks ...
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What are common beginner mistakes in photography?

What are common mistakes seen in images taken by beginning photographers? For example, a friend of mine pointed out that the horizon was not straight in one of my images, and now I see it everywhere!...
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Where to start with photography?

I am new to photography, and need a little advice. I currently have a Samsung L83t. To get rolling, where do I go from here? Does the camera matter? Is this camera enough to start with?
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Should I postpone buying a zoom lens until I've learned to zoom with my feet?

After several years of shooting with my point-and-shoot, I upgraded to an NEX-5R, with two prime lenses — a 35mm f/1.8 and a 19mm f/2.8. I don't have a zoom lens, not even the kit lens. I've been ...
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Is a Pentax K1000 relevant today, and how can I get the best use of it?

I wanted to know what is the relevance of a pentax K 1000, a 35mm SLR in the present date. The one I have is almost 20 years old and I want to how can I make the most of it with respect to the film ...
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What should a photography beginner focus on?

I have no experience whatsoever with photography, but it's a subject that has interested me for quite some time. As a beginner, what should I be focusing on? What camera should I get? Any other ...
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Two pictures with the same setting come out with different lighting

I am new to photography and use a Nikon D3200 to shoot jewelry in a light tent. I use the original 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens with Xit XTETN Auto Focus Macro Extension Tube for macro shots. I have this ...
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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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Non-DSLR Beginner Camera choices

I've been wanting to get into photography as a hobby for a while (I've been restricted to getting creative with screenshots in video games in the meantime), but the main thing that's been keeping me ...
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Getting the right DSLR from the very beginning [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost? I would like to get a DSLR. As a beginner, I'm tempted by Canon T4i, Canon D7 and Nikon D7000. ...
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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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Upgrading from a modern smartphone camera without going all in on a DSLR kit

Some flagship-level smartphones today come with excellent cameras, at least for their own use-cases. Sometimes you don't really need more than that in most of the photos you'll shoot, and thinking ...
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Are these stars or noise?

Tonight I decided to take a couple of shots with my Nikon D3200 on a tripod for the first time. When I was looking at them on my computer, I noticed these dots. Are these stars or just noise? I highly ...
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Why does the camera say Subject is too Dark and refuse to click the shutter

I was trying to take some nice pictures of the Toronto city skyline from the shores of Lake Ontario under a full moon night. Now I put my nikon d5200 on a tripod and set f/4 and shutter = 30 sec. I am ...
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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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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 ...
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What is a good place for people who recently decided to get serious in photography to get started learning? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to start learning photography? I recently bought a ILC, and it has prompted me to scour the internet for resources that help me use the camera better, take better pictures....
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Why are 50mm no longer the default kit lens for prosumer SLRs?

Every time someone asks me for a kit recommendation I point them towards some sort of prime lens with a standard focal length. Similarly, almost anyone I talk to about the ideal budget kit swears that ...
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How to crop this photo of water drops on a leaf to improve the composition?

I'm not a professional photographer. Neither I want to pursue a career in same. But I like Photography as a hobby. But I don't know how should I crop, what area should be excluded, how to make ...
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Small-ish camera recommendations for a beginner on a safari

My friend is going on a safari in Africa this year. She wants to buy a new camera because she has an old point and shoot and doesn't feel like she'll get "quality" pictures. She doesn't have a ...
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Which camera should be recommended to the non photographers who insist on getting a DSLR for daily life photography?

Some people have asked me to suggest them a DSLR for taking photographs of their family and day to day life. These people are not interested in learning photography. It seems they are under an ...
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Photo Editing guide for gimp [closed]

Can I get some guidelines related to editing images with GIMP? Its not easy to learn it without any detailed guidance. How can I sharpen my gimping skills?
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How should I price my first paid event shoot?

I'm a relatively new photographer and, admittedly, I'm still learning. I have been taking photos as a hobbyist for a couple of years, but recently I have been seriously building my portfolio (and ...
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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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Entry-level DSLR specs

I want to get into photography so I've been looking at DSLRs. I don't want to spend over $350 or so, so I'll definitely be looking at used cameras. I'm mainly interested in outdoor photography. What ...
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What would be a suitable camera for a non-aspiring beginner travel photography?

After getting recently married me and my wife have started traveling a lot. We recently went to Canyon and Mt. Zion and unfortunately our digital camera broke on the way so we were only able to take ...
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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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What is the best tutorial to learn photography?

What are the best tutorials available to learn photography? Does a tutorial need to be specific to my camera model?
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What professional level camera would be suitable to a beginner?

I'm new to professional photography. When buying a camera, what are the main features that I could use to make an informed choice? My budget range is $400 - $600. What camera you can suggest me?
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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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How do I evaluate photo accessories bundled with a camera? [duplicate]

So I am somewhat of a beginner photographer and this will be my very first DSLR purchase. I have taken photography classes in which I've used really older models of DSLR but that was about 10 years ...
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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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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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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?...