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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How to focus on object and blur the background? [duplicate]

How can I take the photo with the focus on the main object and blurred background using the Nikon D5100? What kind of mode and settings I should use? Thanks.
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What are the basics of Photography? [closed]

I am new to this site and extremely interested in photography. I want to know what are the basics one should know while capturing a picture, and what are the prerequisites required to learn?
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Do paid online photography classes have advantages over free online tutorials for a beginner?

I am looking to getting started with the "SLR-Photography". I just purchased an SLR camera (D5100) but I feel I'm taking pretty poor photographs. Now I think the fault lies in the fact that I lack ...
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Are you supposed to turn off the LCD screen when using the optical viewfinder to shoot pictures?

If you use the optical viewfinder in a DSLR (Nikon D5100) camera, are you supposed to turn off the LCD screen (flip it in closed position)?
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What is the relationship between film speed and shutter speed?

I'm doing my own research on film photography and planning to do it as a hobby. One question I keep is "what is the relationship between film speed and shutter speed?" Are the two completely ...
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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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Other cheap DSLR models vs Canon 1100D? [closed]

I'm tempted to buy my first DSLR camera. Local store here is selling the Canon EOS 1100D with EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 DC III lens for 300 Euros. Price is the main factor for me, but new technology ...
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What is a good DSLR camera for a beginner, with intention to take occasional videos? [duplicate]

This would be my first SLR camera. I have only been using compact point-n-shoot cameras (like Canon ixus), I know you guys are laughing now, but well, I am growing up :D I love SLR images for easy ...
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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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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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How to set AF in night [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions? Recently I went on a night forest safari trip with my Canon 1100D. I had put the camera in manual mode and set ...
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What exercises can I do with a fully automatic compact camera to help me learn?

I own a Nikon Coolpix L120 camera. It's fully automatic. I am really interested in photography. Can anyone suggest me some exercises or experiments to do with this camera so that I can make a good use ...
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Sony DSC-HX200V is right choice for Beginner? [closed]

I am newbie with the photography, and just wanted to start it. I have purchased Sony DSC-HX200V to get started with. I would like to know I have made right choice or not? And what I can get/expect ...
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Raw processing on MacBook with Retina display. Aperture or other? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom: which is better for post processing RAW photos? I want to begin photography as an hobby and I thought to start with the right foot and take ...
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Canon EOS 650D for a beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? Is a Canon Rebel T3 an appropriate entry-level DSLR? I want to start photography because I think is a very relaxing ...
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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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Lenses recommended for a beginner filmmaker?

I am a beginner to the DSLR world, and have just purchased a Canon 60D body. I am struggling to make a choice for the first lens(es) I should buy. My primary usage would involve video rather than ...
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what are some online Simulators for Photographic equipments?

What are some online simulators for equipments like camera, lens, etc? I have been asking this question a few times and searched about it and found a few things. I present it in Q&A format so that ...
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Which DSLR for a total beginner? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I look for when shopping for my first DSLR? I love taking photographs and simple digital cameras don't satisfy me. So I'd like something better. I have never used ...
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RAWtherapee vs darktable for Linux [closed]

As an Ubuntu user and a beginner photographer, which of these programs (RAWtherapee or darktable) would give me the best head start and has the most user friendly interface? The emphasis in this ...
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Nikon D3100's performance in low light

I am looking to purchase a Nikon D3100 as I'm very much a novice and wish to wield a camera that has manual focus and performs well in low light, which leads me to my question: Does the Nikon D3100 ...
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Which Camera is better to take photo of wild birds?

I am evaluating to buy one of the following cameras, that my friends have suggested to me: a second hand Nikon D5000 camera selling @ 1000 (plus a 55mm - 200mm Len) a first hand Nikon coolpix L310 ...
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What are the topics need to be covered by a free ebook for beginner/amateur photographers?

Some of my friends and I were thinking of publishing an ebook in our native language to help local beginner and amateur photographers. We will probably end up with a series of books later on but as a ...
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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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Canon 550D - Is it a good camera for starters?

I´ve been reading a bit about this camera, and some opinions go that it is too expensive a camera for a simple beginner, while others say it is an excellent entry-level one with enough features to go ...
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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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Is higher ISO noise evenly distributed, or does it affect colors differently?

It's obvious that higher ISO affects the photograph by adding noise or grains. But will that grain or noise be distributed equally over all parts of the photograph, or will it specifically affect ...
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For a point-and-shoot travel camera, what features matter the most?

For a GPS-enabled point-and-shoot camera mainly to be used when traveling and hiking, what specific features or criteria can be used to narrow the field of possible cameras? Ideally this camera would ...
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Are there any other small cameras comparable to the Canon Powershot elph 310 HS?

My partner and I are looking for a small and light camera for her to carry everywhere. She needs it to take pictures of high enough quality for publication. (She is also getting a larger camera, ...
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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 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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Choosing the proper aperture [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is aperture, and how does it affect my photograph? I have just started learning photography. One question for which I am still not able to find a good answer is how one ...
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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 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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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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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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What are the different categories of photography? [closed]

After reading some questions, I am getting lost with stage photography, curtain photography? etc.. I only know portrait, landscape, street, sports etc..is there a standard lingo somewhere?
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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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