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Examples from the Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8 on a full frame camera

This is more of a request than a question. I'm considering getting the aforementioned lens but I'm a bit afraid that it may not allow me to produce as much magnification as I would hope for. That's ...
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Does the Nikon D3100 have audio input?

The new Nikon D3100 has video capabilities, and a mono microphone on the front. However, I can't seem to find anywhere if it has an audio input, to enable using a better microphone.
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What issues are there with printing 32-bit HDR images?

What issues are there with printing 32-bit HDR images? Do printing companies simply convert them to 8-bit? Do some have printers with a wider gamut that can use additional color data? Is there a ...
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Nikon raw file need to be converted to be open in Photoshop?

I have to convert to .DNG with an Adobe external tool before use in Photoshop because Photoshop doesn't recognize the Raw file that my Nikon D5000 produce. Is that normal that I have to convert all ...
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Are fast lenses only fast when shot wide open?

Given two lenses with different max apertures but the same size image circle (say, full frame on a Nikon FX DLSR camera) and taking shots at the exact shutter speed and focal length under the same ...
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What is background compression?

What does the term "background compression" mean? How would you tell you're achieving it, and how would you achieve it? Ideally, the right answer would also explain how this is related to ...
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How can I achieve an effect in still photography that's analogous to a cinematographic effect?

I don't know how it's achieved or what it's called, but occasionally in a movie I see an effect in which the perspective of the scene is modified in such a way that the objects that are further away ...
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What's a good, small, auto/thyristor flash? (non-TTL)

Persistently on my wish list is a small, portable, auto-mode flash. Non-TTL is a must, as I need to use it on a bunch of different equipment. But the vast array of flashes out there is a bit ...
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Wider angle lens for indoor photography?

I'm an amateur photographer and only just picked up my first DSLR (went for a 50D with a basic 18-55mm Canon IS lens) and was considering purchasing a wider angle lens such as the Sigma 28mm f/1.8-22 ...
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What is “feathering” a light?

When I read instructions about lighting setups, I often see reference to to "feathering" this or that light. I have some ideas what that means: for example, I imagine taking a flashlight and ...
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Canon 100-400mm Lens Mount off-angle?

I just purchased a nice Gitzo GH1780QR ball head for my tripod. This head has a nice set of 3 levels that make it easy to properly level the camera. I have been using my Canon 100-400mm lens with it. ...
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How does Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III USM perform for photographing distant objects?

Does anyone have and could share experiences with the use of? I can buy cheap lens Canon EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 III USM for my Canon EOS 550D What I have found yet is that it hasn't IS and is quite old ...
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How to achieve this specific metalic look in Photoshop?

Using photoshop, how do I get an image to have this silvery/metallic look? I know how the scene was lit--the photographer explains how, so I am aware how to duplicate that part of it, but I believe ...
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Can I use Bulb exposure with wireless shutter release?

Curious if I can use Bulb exposure with a wireless remote on the Rebel series bodies from Canon
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What do you do to service a lens?

According to this question, proper maintenance & treatment is need to ensure a long lens life. But other than occasional cleaning, I've never done anything to any of my lenses. What else should ...
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Is shooting multiple exposures the best way to do night portraits with the E-PL1?

I recently had the experience where I was attempting to get a night portrait of someone but still maintain some of the background. For example, getting an image of someone on top of Rockefeller ...
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Good books to learn photographic composition from?

One of the tough things to learn in photographie is composition. What good books (or other sources) can you recommend to learn and hone your compositional skills?
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Why is chimping a derogatory term?

Chimping - the act of reviewing the picture you just took on the camera's LCD, is used as a way to disparage shooters. I heard that chimping might refer to proudly showing off a shot after you taken ...
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How do you white balance for a dance floor?

I was trying to take pictures of people on the dance floor at a big birthday party. With a disco ball, green laser lights, and other flashing lights of various colors, how do you get the white ...
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Is my Rebel broken?

Today I got a Canon S90 and took a few shots in the Auto mode. The images are perfectly exposed and the well balanced color in both outdoor shots and indoor shots under fluorescent or incandescent ...
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How do you manually focus accurately without a focusing screen?

I have a Canon 1000D and it doesn't come with a focusing screen. Sometimes my camera cannot focus in low-light. I'd like to manually focus, but without a focusing screen I haven't been able to do it ...
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What are M42 prime lenses?

How can I use these prime lenses for Canon T2I? Are these cheap and good? I have no clue what M42 lenses are. Please post appropriate links for the lenses and adapter that I can use for my canon t2i.
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Does UV light pass through the fabric of a softbox?

Studio flash makers sell both bare flash tubes and flash tubes with a UV coating to block the UV emissions. Quite a few studio monolights come up on eBay without the UV coating, and I'm wondering if ...
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Photographing Lightning Strikes: White Balance

I'm getting the hang of manual white balance and I haven't yet shot lightning strikes in a storm but I may this summer. What would be a safe white balance to deal with the fact that lightning is ...
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Can you suggest an external microphone for a Canon EOS 7D with video recording? [closed]

I'm thinking about getting an external microphone for my Canon EOS 7D (since the built-in one isn't very good.) Nothing pro, but something that gives better audio quality. Suggestions?
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How to make photos of parades?

I recently took photos of a parade, but when looking at my photos, I realised that I was standing at the same spot almost all the time, so the photos were not really coherent or telling a story. Does ...
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Is it possible to take silhouette photos with Nikon CoolPix S70?

Is it possible to take silhouette photos like this using my Nikon CoolPix S 70? if so please let me know how? I tried but getting blurry images :(
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Camera with good linear light response for photometric accuracy?

I want to photograph rooms and spaces indoors, and covered areas outdoors, and get good measurements of illumination. Light sources will be sun, sky, and artificial. Another use is to photograph ...
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Canon EOS 50D can't save pictures anymore

The other day I wanted to take a picture with my 50D. I turned it on, aimed and when I wanted to take the picture my camera froze when saving the picture. The red light was still lit but I could not ...
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What workflow do you follow for managing your photography?

I hear that this is the most vital to store/manage/edit and other tasks. What is your ideal workflow?
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What does “crop factor” mean on a DSLR? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between focal length and crop factor? I see the term "crop factor" used to describe some DSLRs (for example, the Canon 7D has a 1.6x crop factor). What ...
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Should I purchase a second-hand Canon 40D or a new Canon 1000D?

I'm buying my first DSLR at the moment and I have a choice between a Canon 40D that a friend needs to sell and is offering it at the same price as a new Canon 1000D with the basic 18-55mm Canon lens. ...
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Focusing an entry-level DSLR

I like really really sharp photos. Even with a prime lens, I seem to be able to do noticeably better with my 450D by manually focusing using live view at maximum zoom than by using auto focus (even ...
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Getting started with photo editing suites

I saw Adobe Lightroom on my friend's computer and it seems awfully complex to me. Basically he was adjusting color palette of the photo by changing some curves and moving sliders. I noticed that many ...
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What is the difference between teleconverters and extension tubes?

I'm aware of two devices that can extend the reach of a lens: the teleconverter and the extension tubes. What else would they have in common, and where do they differ? Are there situations where one ...
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How do I choose a macro lens for a Canon APS-C camera?

I have a Canon 40D and like taking macro shots sometimes, so I'm thinking of buying a macro lens. I'd also like the lens to double up as a portrait lens. I'm not a super serious photographer, so my ...
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Beginner's guide [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the first few photography books someone should read? Hi, Inspired by this question, Is there a good online tutorial or book about the basics of photography? Most of ...
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Which metadata field do I use for the photographer in Aperture?

I have a fair few photos in my Aperture library that have been taken by other photographers. I'd like to mark them with the photographer's name in a way that allows me to search easily, but I can't ...
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Uses for cross-processing

What are the reasons to cross-process (developing C-41 film in E6 chemistry or vice versa) films? How repeatable are the results with the same film? In Flickr they all look different and you never ...
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What is the natural upgrade path for a Nikon d200?

I am the owner of a Nikon D200 and an assortment of DX lenses. I am considering upgrading the body to something better, but I am hesitating for a few reasons. First of all, I am reasonably ...
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What is your preferred shooting mode? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What advantages does manual mode have over aperture priority mode? I tend to use Program mode on my camera, and try to avoid using the "easy" options, particularly Auto. I ...
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Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom: which is better for post processing RAW photos?

This is probably an old chestnut, but I'm trying to decide between purchasing Adobe Lightroom or Aperture for Mac, and would appreciate any pointers that would help me decide. I think I've outgrown ...
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What should one look for when buying a used lens?

When buying a used lens, what should the buyer check? Other than looking for obvious physical damage on the outside of the lens, what else should be inspected to identify the condition or quality of ...
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Have a Nikon 18-200 VR lens ..want to buy a new lens for super DoF

I have a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II and am planning to buy this AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D does that make any sense? I'm interested in taking pictures that has lot of DoF. Something ...
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Why is Adaptive Dynamic Range incompatible with ISO Expansion?

[EDIT: The original main question here was "What is Highlight Tone Priority?" It turns out that Highlight Tone Priority, Active D-Lighting, D+, and Adaptive Dynamic Range all mean the same thing, so ...
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What types of filter cannot be emulated by post-processing?

What types of filter cannot be successfully emulated by digital post-processing? Polarizing, obviously. and neutral density for depth-of-field control. But what about UV filters? and are there other ...
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Is it worth it (or even possible) to clean a microfibre cloth?

If I get a microfibre cloth dirty (e.g. by dropping it on the ground), is it possible to clean it (in a washing machine, for example)? Or should I just throw it away and get a new one? Thanks! update ...
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How do Canon's pricing tiers work with new models?

When a new model of a particular class of Canon camera comes out, will it be introduced at the same price as the model it replaces, or will it be more costly? Apple do this with the Macs - they ...
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Macro differences between Canon S90 and G11

Why the Canon S90 does not handle macros as well as the Canon G11? I understand the S90 has a minimum focus distance of 5cm, while the G11 can focus at 1cm, but why there is this difference since they ...
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Camera Bag recommendations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which camera bag for a single DSLR camera plus 2 lenses? I am looking for a sling type camera bag that is very comfortable to carry around and is easy enough to yank my ...

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