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Why are my Lightroom exports too dark in Flickr?

I've been using LR3 for a while now and have noticed that when I export a photo to JPG and upload it to Flickr it ends up slightly darker. The exported photo is ok, it's the image when viewed through ...
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What conditions hold up continuous shooting?

Sometimes when attempting to shoot continuously (at high speed) with my Nikon D90, something appears to block the smooth interval between shutter releases. I have it set up to take RAW and JPEG ...
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What caused dark areas around bright light in this cityscape shot?

I know a little about cameras since doing two courses, and so I set my camera on manual setting most of the time to take shots. I took the following shot in New York of Manhattan at night. Because of ...
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Why does my Canon 7D get blurry pictures with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (series 1)?

I'm wondering if it's normal for a Canon 7D with its crop sensor to get unsharp pictures with a 70-200mm 2.8? I just bought a used 70-200 and it seems a little bit blurry. Maybe it needs calibration? ...
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Why does my Nikon D5000's AF Assist only turn on in some automatic modes?

I am using a Nikon D5000 with a 50mm f/1.4 with autofocus. When I try to use manual mode (or aperture priority, or shutter priority), my AF assist beam does not light, which makes it hard for my ...
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Why is my lens only somewhat sharp near the center and very blurry on the edges?

I bought a canon 50-250mm IS lens (for my T1i), maybe two years ago and haven't used it much, but whenever I do, I always regret using it. Pictures are blurry, the depth of field too shallow and so on....
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Why is my DSLR taking pictures with the top darkened?

What's wrong with my D5100? Recently, I'm not getting full size pictures? Pictures taken shows top side with darkened layer. It started after I had a sports activities coverage, but as far as I can ...
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Why is my Nikon d3100 with 18/55 lens suddenly fuzzy? [duplicate]

I was taking some inside pictures with my Nikon D3100 and 18/55 lens when, all of a sudden, the lens started to work funny -- the more I zoomed in on the subject, the fuzzier the picture looked in the ...
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Suddenly my camera says "Card cannot be accessed. Reinsert/change the card or format card with camera"

Suddenly my camera says "Card cannot be accessed. Reinsert/change the card or format card with camera". I have canon EOS 600D. Help me
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Is camera damage causing these severe diagonal lines from concentrated light sources?

Since a week or so, I have severe diagonal stripes around light-sources in my night-time photographs on my Canon Powershot A650. In the past, I had some (I guess due to Fraunhofer diffraction, see ...
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Why am I getting vertical black bands across my negatives and how can I prevent this?

Recently shot and developed two rolls of Kentmere 400 35mm b&w film, using a Minolta X-570 SLR. There are thick black bands of various sizes cutting vertically across my negatives. They seem to ...
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Is it expected for the Nikon D3200 shutter to not release after taking a dozen flash pictures in a row?

I have a Nikon D3200. With the camera on Auto Focus, the lens on Auto, and Flash on, I can take several pictures in a row with no problem. But after say a dozen or so pictures right after the other ...
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Is AEB possible in Manual mode on Canon Powershot G1 X?

When the G1 X is set to Manual (M) mode, AEB no longer shows up in the FUNC menu. Is there another to set it? Seems like a serious limitation otherwise.
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Why can't I take a photo in dark with auto focus, manual mode?

I'm dorking around with a Nikon D80 and I am a total beginner. I am trying to shoot some light trails but the darn thing doesn't even take a picture. I am in manual mode with the bulb setting. For ...
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Why do the focus points leds in my viewfinder appear shadowed?

The focus points leds (red colored ones), looks shadowed (smudged) in my Canon 550D. Not all points, but the bottom 3 points, when the light glows, looks kind of shadowed. I tried cleaning the both ...
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Why is my new reverse-macro mount adapter not working?

I recently purchased a reverse macro mount (62mm) for my 30mm 1.4 sigma. I ordered it online because the price was so cheap I wouldn't be too upset if it didn't work. Anyhow, this morning I screwed it ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus correctly?

I bought my camera on January 2011. Since a few months ago, I'm facing a problem with the autofocus. It happens with my two lenses 18/55mm and 55/200mm. I noticed that the focus light doesn't turn on ...
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Pentax Astrotracer: Lens error on wide angle lenses?

I recently did some tests with the Pentax Astrotracer1 system. To do so, I shot Orion (which was in a SSW direction and around 30° above the horizon on that night) and its surroundings at 180s ...
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Why is there a strange white spot on all of photos from my Zenit-B SLR?

I've taken some photos with my old Zenit-B camera. And I have some strange white spot on all of the photos in the upper right corner. Sometimes it is not too recognizable, but it is everywhere. It ...
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What can I do if autofocus does not work but manual focus does?

Recently, the autofocus on my Nikon D3100 stopped working. The ring of the lens wouldn't even turn when I tried to focus. However, when switched to manual focus, the camera works fine. When I used a ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus via the viewfinder?

My Nikon D3100 out of the blue cannot focus correctly. It seem the that the focus motor always stops at the end of the run (Infinity) and cannot lock on the target, thus cannot release the shutter. I ...
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Is a chattering noise normal with the Fuji X-E1 and 35mm F/1.4 lens?

Is it normal to hear chattering noise in Fuji 35mm 1.4 x-lens when half-pressing and releasing the shutter button? Kind of annoying when the lens has focusing noise. Using the latest firmware.
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Why are my highlights purple?

I was shooting a subject that featured a lot of sunlight shining across a surface. In some of the photos, the sunlight appears to have a purple tinge to it. In others, the colours are more natural. ...
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How can I fix a Nikon D7000 where the mode dial selects the wrong thing?

On my Nikon D7000, the Exposure Mode Dial suddenly changed its alignment. When I select P, the camera chooses A. The setting indicated on the selector dial does not match the setting as shown in the ...
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Why does my Nikon FE occasionally fire at ¹⁄₉₀th regardless of setting?

My Nikon FE has this annoying fault where the shutter occasionally fires at ¹⁄₉₀th of a second regardless of setting. I don't have enough money for a new FE (I'm 14) and I was wondering what could be ...
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What should I do when I get "Lens Error Restart Camera"? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What should I do about Canon PowerShot “Lens error, restart camera”? I have a PowerShot SX20is that started to throw this error out of the blue: ...
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Is this shutter-shock wobble with Fujifilm's OIS? Is it normal?

I have a Fuji X-T10 and an XC 50-230 4.5-6.7 OIS II lens. Normally its OIS is incredible. But there is a particular combination of settings that is giving me trouble. I would like to know if this ...
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How do I troubleshoot a Nikon D3000 'lens not attached' problem?

Recently my Nikon d3000 started the 'lens not attached' error. I have two lenses, neither of which work. I tried the lenses in another camera body, and they work fine. I have cleaned the contact ...
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Pink/Purple lines on my photos while shooting long exposure?

You can see the lines in this photo: I shot the image with a Nikon D7100 with a 18-105mm lens at 18 mm. Shoot with 120 second exposure with Hoya ND400 Filter, ISO 1600 at f/8. Please help :)
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Why do I have a red dot in every photo? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is my camera showing a lot of stuck red and white pixels? Every picture that I took today have a red dot on the same place in every photo. It looks like a monitor "pixel ...
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What are these slightly-translucent, branching squiggles on the top of my photo?

I recently came back from holidays and noticed a lot of my photos have these lines on them. I have a Canon 450d and use Canon lenses. I used a polarizing filter at times. What could be causing this?
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Why is my Nikon lens suddenly extremely dark?

I was going to take pictures of my daughter at the race track, and when I put my lens on my camera (as I have done several times before) this time it was very dark and didn't seem to work properly. I ...
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Why does my Nikon D90 make a strange sound during built-in sensor cleaning, when my friend's D90 doesn't?

I noticed a quiet sound (like squeaking) when using the built-in sensor cleaning of my Nikon D90. In some forums I read about many people having this behavior with the Nikon D700 and some Canon ...
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Is it normal that manual exposure does not work on the Nikon D7000 in Live-View?

When in Live-View and Manual (M) exposure mode, I can control the shutter-speed with the command-dial but the aperture does not respond to the sub-command dial. This does not occur when using the ...
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Nikon D3300 autofocus issue

I just bought a Nikon D3300 from a guy from eBay. (Actually not eBay, but a Dutch website, same concept). It came with 3 lenses: an 18-55mm kit lens, a Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3, and a 50mm f/1.8 lens,...
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How do I troubleshoot my Nikon SB-400 accessory flash?

I have a Nikon D780 and a Speedlight SB-400 which I use only very occasionally. It used to work great, but today it essentially stopped working. What's strange is that everything appears normal: the &...
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What could cause pink spots on my RAW photos?

I have only started shooting in RAW and have noticed pink spots on them. They are never in the same location and don't affect some photos, they just seem to appear every few shots. It never happened ...
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Canon T2i doesn't seem to take crisp photos

I've been using my Canon T2i to do portraits for the last year now, and usually have really good luck with it. Most of my shots are up close, and turn out beautiful. However, it seems like when I ...
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How can I tell if a scratch is directly on my sensor or on the filter above it?

I have what appears to be a scratch on my sensor. I can't see it on pictures taken with apertures larger than F16, but I do see them at F32. How can I tell if a scratch is directly on my sensor or on ...
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Canon EOS 400D - Shutter Release Lock Override

I recently acquired my first DSLR camera, an old Canon EOS 400D. Not the most intuitive device, but for the most part it seems like a fine camera for an amateur. The problem I have is one of missed ...
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Nikon SB-600 flash will not fire; what can I do to fix it?

I have a Nikon SB-600 that was working just fine during a wedding and then stopped firing. I removed it from the off shoe cord in hopes that the cord might be damaged and attached it directly to the ...
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Why is my Nikon D300S changing shutter speeds between shots?

Tonight while shooting a show I noticed that with each shutter release the shutter speed would change like it was bracketing for some reason. I don't know how or why it started but I need to get it ...
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Why did my D5500's autofocus stop working?

My Nikon D5500 will no longer autofocus. It is a brand new camera with hardly any use. My neighbor, who has vast experience in photography, attached the macro lens, took a few shots, and then it ...
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Black dots appear in photos

First off, I understand that there is another thread with a similar question but mine is slightly different. I have a Nikon D80 and all of a sudden these black dots appeared on my photos. Quick google ...
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What to do when my camera says "lens error"?

I have a Canon PowerShot A3100IS digital camera. I was taking pictures but turned it off with the lens still open. I turned it back on, it loaded then made a beeping sound then a black screen came on ...
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My viewfinder won't autofocus but live view focuses well

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5 camera and I've been running into an issue lately that I do not know how to solve. The autofocus while using viewfinder does not work at all; I could not even take a photo....
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Troubleshooting a shutter that doesn't actuate

I bought a used Fujifilm X-E1 camera body on ebay (details of setup below), and am trying to use it with an adapter and a set of K-mount lenses that I already owned. The lenses all worked fine with my ...
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Why is my dSLR not taking pictures when the shutter button is fully pressed?

I can't click my Nikon D3100's shutter release button. I mean sometimes it works, but sometimes as soon as I press the release button the lamp near the lens glows and I am unable to click the photo or ...
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Wondering if my Nikon lens is broken

I have a Nikon D50 (not sure what lens right now but could check if necessary). I recently took it traveling with me, and I'm not sure if I damaged the lens or if a setting is off. It's making all of ...
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Is it typical to experience zoom creep with the Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM?

I noticed this more than once. Whenever I'm in the range from 24mm to somewhere between 35mm and 50mm, the lens starts moving if I'm fixing it vertically with its front element facing the ceiling or ...
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