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How can I fix an out-of-focus blurred photo in Photoshop?

How can I fix this picture? Somebody else took this picture and well he wasn't able to do it very well, and it's blurred. I have photoshop
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What effect does a UV filter provide?

I know that I should always use a filter on my lens to protect the camera lens, however, exactly what impact to the picture does using a UV filter have — since that is the one most often used? I seem ...
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What does DPI mean?

What does DPI mean and how does it affect images displayed on screen versus printed?
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Does it give higher quality to shoot in low-res mode in-camera, or to downsize high-res photos later?

Suppose you want to store your photos at some lower resolution, let's say about ~1 MB large. You own a camera able to make photos at 5 MPix and more. And, you want to have the maximum quality at the ...
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How can I get everything in focus? (Why can't my camera just use all of its focus points at the same time?)

I have a Canon 550D with 70-200 f4 and 50mm prime lenses. Although the camera has built-in 9 focal points, I sometimes face a strange problem. Here's a sample photo: In reference to the above pic, ...
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How can aperture be f/11 on a lens with an aperture range designation of 3.5-5.6?

I made a series of outdoor shots with Nikon D5000, with the 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G VR kit lens. On some shots, I see in the EXIF info f/11, and in another shot, f/9. How can that be, that the f-number ...
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What's the difference between using a 50mm f/1.8G and a 50mm f/1.8D with a Nikon D80?

Recently, Nikon announced their new 50mm f/1.8G lens, as revamp of the old 50mm f/1.8D. Here's how Gizmodo describes the difference: The main difference between this new "nifty fifty" and the ...
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Dust-like speck visible every few pictures — is it dust, or worse?

I seem to have to dust-like speck on my Sony Cybershot S950's lens, but it appears randomly every few pictures. Could something be going bad internally?
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Can all colors be described with RGB?

If one could pick ideal sensitivities for the RGB filters of a camera sensor, would it be possible to capture any color as humans see it?
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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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RAW in ACR vs JPG in ACR

Photoshop has now given the facility to open and edit JPEGs and other non-RAW file formats using Adobe Camera Raw. One doesn't have to shoot RAWs to do some heavy edits. So is there still any benefit ...
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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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What's a good strategy for choosing which photos to keep?

Each time I upgrade my camera, the bigger file sizes (especially shooting RAW), my bigger memory cards and happier trigger finger mean that my new photos are consuming way more space. I even have a ...
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Why do some lenses cost 10 times as much when the specs are very close?

For example, a Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens is about US$110, while another Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens is about 14 times as expensive, at about $1450. Is the 1.8 or 1.2 the main reason for the price difference? ...
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What software is focused on reviewing and organizing images?

If I wanted to just view, sort, and organize (via tags or folders or both), what programs are geared toward doing this quickly? I know I could do this in most any photo editor, but it's not ideal for ...
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Which lenses should be included in a travel photography kit?

On a crop sensor camera, e.g. Canon EOS 7D, what would be the best kit to travel with around Europe for a few weeks? My shooting style will focus on landscape, architecture, and general travel shots (...
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How can slightly blurred photos be improved in post processing?

I have heard quotes which say "If its not good, delete it." I go by that advice, but sometimes you capture some precious moment but you see that photo is slightly blurred because of camera shake. I ...
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How do camera body motors compare to in-lens motors for focusing?

What is the difference between using a motor on the camera body and the motor built into lenses? Aside from how both compare in terms of speed, what differences would I notice if I use a body with a ...
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What is a “fast” lens?

I've been reading lots of camera reviews lately and have ran across several references to "fast" lenses. What exactly is a fast lens and what are its advantages compared to other lenses?
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How do you determine how much to ask for when someone wants you to photograph a wedding?

I've been asked to shoot a wedding for money, which would be the first time that I've had such an opportunity. I've taken pictures at three prior weddings, two as the main photographer, but not while ...
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4answers
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How do you use a gray card?

There are already two questions on how to make a gray card, but unfortunately my ignorance goes deeper than that. How do you use a gray card?
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Why do some lenses focus past infinity? [duplicate]

On the kit 18-55 lens that came with my Nikon D5100 I have noticed that when trying to focus on infinity for shots in dark conditions (star-trails, etc) the lens tends to move past infinity out of ...
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What is the cause of this non-uniform bokeh effect?

A friend of mine is thinking of buying a used medium-format film TLR camera (a Mamiya C330), and he showed me some of the test shots he'd taken with it. I was struck by the curiously non-uniform ...
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What are the limitations of a typical kit lens as a general purpose lens?

I have a Canon EOS 550d with the 18-55mm IS kit lens. I have done quite a bit of shooting with it over the last few months (portraits, nature, night shots etc), and find the image quality to be pretty ...
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What does it mean to “kill the ambient”?

I have heard of a technique called "killing the ambient" in flash photography. What does it mean and how do I do it? This similar existing post I believe is separate enough to warrant this question - ...
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Why do my images look different on my camera than when imported to my laptop?

I have been taking some photos with my new camera, and have found that once I import them to my laptop, the colors look washed out, and not as nice and vivid as on the camera LCD display. It's a Sony ...
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What is CLA service?

I've seen the term used in used lens listings, e.g "recently CLA'd". I have a few questions, but I think they're related enough to only warrant one post: What does CLA stand for, and what is it? How ...
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Are there any official specifications regarding the torque for camera mounts?

I've been wondering why I've never seen any official specifications of the maximum allowed torque that can be exerted upon lens mounts. It seems to me like a very useful specification, but I can't ...
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How risky are 3rd party lenses?

As I understand it, 3rd party manufacturers do what they do by reverse-engineering how 1st party lenses connect to the camera, and then designing their own lenses to do likewise. That means that if ...
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Why is there a loss of quality from camera to computer screen [duplicate]

When i take a photo it looks bright, sharp and vibrant colours, but when it is transferred to my computer it looks so bad. Very dull and dark with weak colours. I have to brighten and increase ...
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10answers
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What is the best way to remove texture from a scanned textured photo paper?

I have a bunch of scanned old family photos where the photo paper has a texture. Unfortunately, the texture of the photo scans quite well. What is the best way to remove the texture? (Photoshop CS5)
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What makes a photo a good photo?

I don't know if this is a stupid question, this just came across my mind. Imagine a photo of a dog yawning. Someone could say that is a very good photo as it is taken just at the right moment, from ...
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What should I look for in a monitor for photo processing?

What aspects should one keep in mind when choosing monitor for photo processing? What about color gamut, panel types, input types, requirements for video card, different gammas, refresh rate, angle of ...
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9k views

How do you make the most stunning sunrise and sunset photos?

I've been lucky on a few occasions, but I often struggle with capturing awesome sunsets. What can I do to remove the element of luck and get more consistent results? Additionally, is it possible to ...
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4k views

How to start learning photography? [closed]

How to start learning photography?
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What factors cause or prevent “generational loss” when JPEGs are recompressed multiple times?

For years, I've believed that recompressing JPEG files multiple times would gradually degrade its quality until they are an unrecognizable mess, the way making photocopies of photocopies does. This ...
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11answers
5k views

How do I tell which point-and-shoot cameras take good low light photos?

I have a Canon Powershot A710 and I previously had a previous Powershot A-series model. I love them due to the high amount of control they offer. Sadly, they both suck in low light conditions, their ...
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7answers
59k views

How much should an amateur charge for a portrait session?

I am fairly new to photography and have done a few high-school senior sessions of friends here and there. I have been getting more and more requests to photograph families, seniors, etc. and am ...
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8answers
4k views

What is the difference between in-lens image stabilizing and sensor-based image stabilizing?

And which one is more effective?
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7answers
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How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?

I wanted to photograph the full moon against a beautiful deep blue sky. I ended up with blown-out highlights of the moon: So I switched to spot metering and captured the moon, losing the blue sky in ...
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4answers
22k views

What open source software for auto-alignment of photographs?

Do you know any open source tool to automatically align images, similar to the auto align feature in Photoshop?
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3answers
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What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head?

What should one consider when choosing a style of tripod head? There are ball heads, 3-way pan/tilt heads, geared heads, even gimbal heads. I'm not asking so much about brands, but styles... how ...
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What are considerations when choosing a DSLR brand?

Realizing that: no single brand or camera model is perfect, most DSLRs are "good enough" for most situations there is no single right answer to which camera should be purchased ...what are some ...
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How can I take a macro shot without a macro lens?

I am a photography newbie and have only a 18 - 135mm canon kit lens at my disposal. I wanted to take macro shots but can't really afford a macro lens right now. One very optimistic goal of mine is to ...
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3answers
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How do I calibrate the diopter correction on my DSLR's viewfinder?

The viewfinder on my camera has diopter correction, but is there a "correct" way to set it up? In the past I've just allowed the camera to auto-focus on a distant point, and then make sure that is as ...
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6answers
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If I have a 18-55mm lens, is there a point in buying a 35mm prime lens?

I have the Nikon kit lens that came with a D5100 — the kit lens is 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom. I was thinking of getting a fast lens and I am looking to buy the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX. ...
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3answers
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What makes a camera 'weather sealed'?

What is the structural and mechanical differences between a weather sealed body and a non weather sealed body? Is weather sealing still effective if the lens isn't weather sealed?
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Do I lose anything converting to DNG?

I'd like to convert all my ARW (Sony) files to DNG for several reasons, but the only thing keeping me back from doing it is the fear of losing useful metadata during the conversion. I know that the ...
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3answers
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What equipment and settings do I use for panning shots of moving objects?

How do you go about getting great panning shots of things like cars and bicycles so that the background is nice and blurred but the target is sharp as can be. I have tried on many occasion to do ...
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What's the difference between “Fake HDR” and real, bracketed exposure HDR?

As I began to brush up on my landscape photography skills I came across the polarizing (pun intended) issue of HDR photography. More specifically, I came across a well written blog post titled "...

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