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Yes, professionals do use auto mode. Professional paparazzi use auto mode almost exclusively and will sometimes even tape up the controls on the camera to prevent any settings being accidentally altered. You don't have to know how to shoot manual to make money out of photography, if for example you know which restaurants which celebrities go to... Other ...


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"Auto" can mean a wide range of things. Most DSLRs offer a "full auto" facility that tends to manage shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more. But most of the modes on a DSLR that are other than absolute manual mode offer a substantial automated component. And even "Manual" may have auto features lurking in the shadows (literally in some cases). Your friends ...


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heads-up, this is not a complete answer; it might help you get to the solution though Your linux environment is perfect of Phil Harvey's ExifTool The stand alone tool might have a way to be scripted to do this. One dirty trick is to use timestamps and bracket bias data to collect images. There is a Perl library too. Also see webhdrtools which is based ...


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I have to speak out of personal experience and working a little bit with professions: It all depends on what you're trying to acheive A lot of photographers that photograph fast moving scenes, such as at parties, races, wars, etc. do not have the luxury of time in order to get amazing placement and right timing to adjusting the values in the cameras. If ...


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Adobe Lightroom does all of the above (apart from the VirtueMart part, sorry!). Tethering (for Canon, Nikon and Leica) and your first four wishlist items are supported right out of the box. The CSV export feature can be added with Timothy Armes' brilliant LR/Transporter plugin.


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I use Lightroom to sort through photos. In the Library module I set the filter to Flagged and Unflagged, then make a photo fill the screen. Then I just start hitting the right arrow key or the "x" key. "X" marks the photo as "rejected" and makes it no longer visible. It's easy to jet through 1000 photos in no time. Once I've gone through all photos, I just ...


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I don't see why you couldn't use Publish Services for this. If you are in the Library module, it is on the left pane all the way at the bottom. Simply setup a new Publish Services to your hard drive, and select the criteria that you would like to use, such as Photos Edited today with 5 Stars. Once you have that setup, you can really extend the functionality ...


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Some cameras already do this. For example, some of the Sony A7 series (e.g., A7R III for certain, but I think probably all the others as well) have an HDR mode where it takes three shots in a burst, then automatically combines them into a single HDR result. Of course, some people want the extra control they can get by taking three separate shots, then ...


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Sometimes, outsourcing this particular job is best, especially if it involves a large volume of material. I'm pretty sure there are lots of them offering these services in your area.


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Since you're open to a negative scanner consider the Nikon Super Coolscan 5000ED, it can scan whole rolls of negatives, individual 6-photo strips of negatives or up to 50 slides (in a slide hopper) at a time. I use the 6-photo strip adapter and slide hopper. The 50 slide hopper and negative roll adapter are extra attachments you need to purchase but the ...


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If you have some time on your hands, but have lots of photos, you can save money by doing the scanning yourself. You can either use free image editor tools to crop and save the individual images (after scanning multiple images per go) or you can try AutoSplitter. This simple Windows utility will do the painful splitting and cropping task automatically for ...


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Yes to your title question. No to the one related to EXIF data. You can specify on import any number of static keywords but, without a third-party plugin, there does not seem to be a way to create keywords dynamically. What puzzles me is why would you want to add keywords from the EXIF since that would only duplicate information. Lightroom is equally ...


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When shooting weddings, I tend to use Auto (P) but monitor it closely and change mode as needed. For the most part, a modern Automatic mode on a high end DSLR will give you a lot of control while in auto through both the EC (exposure compensation) and by having one of the dial's bound to alter the aperture for the next shot. In general, the camera does a ...


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If you have a Canon DSLR and are willing to install Magic Lantern then there is a great feature that solves this problem nicely. When you do bracketed shots through ML you can configure it to generate a small shell script that runs enfuse on the set of images. The script is written to the same directory as the pictures. I don't really use the scripts ...


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Manual focus is often used in situations where you need very accurate focus on a very specific part of the image, for example, for macro photos where the depth of field is so small you can't even get the entire subject in focus. Another situation where manual focus is used when auto focus just doesn't work, usually because you don't have enough light. And ...


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I have a lot of pictures from my smartphone or my sports camera that may just have too many pixels. Is there a software way to detect this overweigth and reduce it? Preferably command line on linux. Too many pixels for what? No software can know ahead of time what you plan to do with these images or what an acceptable decrease in quality might be, so no ...


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I think you might be best served by being patient — you say that the Lensfun database is old, but it's actually a current, ongoing project, with (as of this writing, of course) new lens information added just days ago. Your camera was just released last month, and even commercial software will just now be updating with the relevant profiles. (Lightroom might ...


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I'm not using Darktable myself, so I can't check it myself but this might be a re-occurrence of a bug that has been fixed two years ago. You might file a bug-report with them and while it's been discussed/fixed, you can revert back to the previous version to keep your stuff functional. Edit: Checking the documentation you might try to call darktable-cli ...


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It really depends on the situation and style of photography. If I had a (non-cooked-food) still life to take, I'd definitely take my time with lighting and figuring out just what I want to do with aperture and shutter speed et al, but on the street I may lose valuable shots by doing so. In an urban setting (especially here in Auckland, where in the blink of ...


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Try Jeffrey Friedl's Tree Publisher Plugin. It's gives you a publish service that will preserve your tree structure. You can set it up using Smart Collection rules to have it export a subset of your photos. In your specific case, you could have a rule that selects folders with "good" in the name. Two things it won't do: I don't believe it will handle ...


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Building atop of laurencemadill's answer, if you do not want to invest the money for Lightroom at the moment, RawTherapee is a similar raw development tool that is open source and serves my basic editing needs well. It supports profiles as well and you can batch convert images at your convenience. (For example, Ctrl+A to select all, assign profile, send them ...


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Short answer is no for the reason you've stated: silver grains in black and white film block light in the same manner as dust. Color images are made of dye clouds which are translucent and do not block light. The only defect repair I'm aware of that works on b/w is SilverFast scanning software, which has a feature called SRD (not to be confused with iSRD ...


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For your purpose — product photography for a webshop — I don't think you actually need very high color accuracy, as long as it's within a reasonable human tolerance. And, since you control the lighting (right?), for that, all you really need is consistency — something that will let you set a white balance manually, or shoot in RAW. Set up a color profile, ...


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For a number of applications, this issue is often solved by using a dedicated PTZ Camera, which has a camera with a zoom lens integrated with a motor-driven and controllable pan+tilt head. Most of these cameras nowadays are also IP cameras that can be controlled via network or IoT standard interfaces. In surveillance, these cameras are often mounted upside ...


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Many of the older Canon A series point & shoots can be highly controlled by use of a free software product called "CHDK" - Canon Hack Development Kit. The features provided add considerably to each camera's functionality. These cameras are often available 2nd hand at low cost. Lists of suitable cameras are available. CHDK is immensely capable - you can ...


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There is a freeware opensource software digiCamControl (disclaimer: I am the author), it has almost the features of Nikon Camera Control Pro, and you can submit any new feature request any time.


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With Photoshop you can use Image Processor Pro (link - scroll half way down page) to process images that will resize your photos to a specific size while maintaining aspect ratio. You could run an action to crop (aka - reduce canvas size) but as @Rob said if you do not know where the subject is how can you batch photos and crop them? You may have to do this ...


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Most of Jeffrey Friedl's export plugins allow the opportunity to include EXIF data as metadata in the description / caption / keyword fields with tokens. Specifically I use the free (donationware) Metadata Wrangler Plugin. In your case you could use the "Special Keyword Processing" section to add keywords using these tokens on export: {CameraMake} {...


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