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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Need help to find proper camera and lens specification

Last day I shot using an 18-135mm Nikon lens, it was barely able to capture a fly-sized point at a distance of 100m with proper details. Using a 100-400mm lens would be too expensive. Can you guys ...
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Do all instant cameras only hold 10 pictures at a time?

Most of my friends instant cameras only take 10 pictures at a time. Do all instant cameras do this? If so, how many films should I buy?
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Trying to find a good camera in my price range

I'm 13 years old and just starting to get into photography. It's coming closer to the end of the school year, and my friends want me to do our group photos. I'm trying to find a camera that will ...
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How to understand flash distance scale when used with a wireless transmitter?

I am reading Bryan Peterson’s book, Understanding Flash Photography. In this book, Bryan mostly talks about using the flash in manual mode and not in ETTL mode. I own a Yongnuo 600-Ex-RT speedlight ...
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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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Is a Canon T5 a good starting DSLR camera as a Pixel XL owner? [duplicate]

This is probably a bit of a silly question, but I would rather ask now before investing hundreds in a new DSLR camera so that I don't regret it later. In short, I currently have a Pixel XL which I ...
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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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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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I am New in this amazing world of Photography? [closed]

Disclaimer: I am the first time user of DSLR. Hi, I recently bought Nikon D7200 on Christmas. I got 18 mm to 105 mm lens with it. I would like to know what kind of photography I can do using that ...
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Where do I begin with photography? [duplicate]

Starting photography was in the back of my head for the last couple of years. Now that a new year is approaching I want to make this happen. I just want to say that I have no idea where do I begin. ...
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Getting started with post processing [duplicate]

It's been along time that I have wanted to get started with post processing, but I have a big problem. I don't know where to start. I have looked around internet and this site too, but I can't figure ...
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Beginning model and prime lens [duplicate]

I was thinking of buying a Canon EOS Rebel T6 to start of with DSLR. Is it a good option? Previously I have used Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D3300 from some of my friends. And also should I buy the f/1....
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Used Canon 5D Mark II - Alternate model to upgrade to full frame? [closed]

My boy is insistent on getting a Canon 5D Mark II used on Craigslist. He said he has to shoot "full frame". He said it has to be Canon. He's looking at spending $900-$1,000. He want's a Canon 5D Mark ...
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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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How to set up Yongnuo “Master” Off-Camera Flash

I need help in figuring out what flash equipment I would need for a real estate photography start-up. Camera is Nikon. I'm looking at the Yongnuo flashes and triggers because of price and for their ...
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How do I capture light trails at night with a smartphone?

How can I capture light trails from passing cars and other moving lights with my smartphone? I am using an iPhone 6S. Here is an example of what I want to capture:
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Why do people move their cameras in a square motion?

I often see photographers while they're about to shoot, they move their cameras in a rapid square motion while having the subject in their camera before proceeding with the shot. What am I missing? ...
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Does aperture affect field of view?

I have some conceptual difficulties with understanding field of view and aperture. Let us say, I have a wide-angle lens, for example 20mm. Field of view directly correlates to the focal length of my ...