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Is there a sane reason why ¹⁄₁₂₅ is not, instead, exactly half of ¹⁄₆₀?

Actually 1/125 is half of 1/60, ±0.06 f-stop. It should be obvious by looking at shutter speeds that they were chosen to be the reciprocal of nice round numbers. Start with 1 second and keep ...
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Is there a sane reason why ¹⁄₁₂₅ is not, instead, exactly half of ¹⁄₆₀?

The difference between the "actual" shutter speeds at powers of 2 (32, 16, 8, 4, 2, 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128, 1/256, 1/512, 1/1024, etc.) and the rounded numbers we use (30, 15, 8, 4, ...
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Unable to get good low light photos with Canon EOS R5

Considering these are high ISO and 100% crops, I'd say these are excellent images! I understand the desire for yet even better, we all have that. Given your shooting examples (which I still think are ...
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How to set camera to get a tanned look?

You don't. You might be tempted to change the overall color cast by lying to the camera about the ambient white balance, but that will be very tricky to get right and to reliably repeat. The answer ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Upon viewing his portfolio at the link you provided, my first thought was push processing. In push processing, one typically underexposes the shot (that is, meters and set exposure as if the the film ...
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How to have a sharp product image?

shutter speed 0.5 seconds This is likely to be a bit of your problem. The shutter causes vibration of the camera. So, too, does your hand pushing the release button. At faster speeds, this ...
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How do I achieve this creamy black and white look?

If you want to achieve this digitally note how the whites aren't full white and the blacks aren't full black. You can do that e.g. in Lightroom or any other editing tool by pulling the endpoints for ...
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Could a "universal exposure" setting be practically possible?

A digital sensor isn't really best described as "reading data". A much better way to describe it is "collecting photons" that are then converted into data by measuring the microscopic electrical ...
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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?

How viable are "photography templates" where a professional gives the exact settings to use in a specific set up...to allow noobs to produce high quality photos? That sounds a lot like the "scene"...
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Why does my Canon 700D take so long processing when I take a long exposure?

To reduce the processing time for long exposures, you want to turn off Long Exposure Noise Reduction. However, you may not want to give up the benefit of LENR. Long Exposure Noise Reduction (LENR) is ...
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Why do compact cameras keep using 4:3 and not 3:2 like DSLRs?

4:3 (1.33) is a very good ratio. It's aesthetic and easy to get a nice composition in both horizontal and vertical orientation. It's also closer to square, which makes best use of optics (larger ...
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Canon 70D often overexposing or underexposing shots

All of these scenes have something in common: they’re high contrast with many, many stops between the shadows and the highlights. If you were to meter for the shadows, then you’d blow the highlights ...
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What do the different Canon DSLR image size settings mean?

The size settings actually set two different things for any JPEG images taken by the camera: the resolution of the image being taken (the # x # size), and the quality setting for the JPEG compression ...
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Silent Shooting - is it easy on the camera's mirror mechanism?

Most DLSRs with "silent" or "quiet" shutter modes don't change the speed at which the shutter is operated at all. The transit time each curtain takes to traverse the height of the sensor is constant ...
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What camera settings would make shooting easy in a darkish church?

Camera settings are never going to make this easy. Photographs need light to work, and while modern sensors are actually quite sensitive, they can't live up to our perceptions, because our brains take ...
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Why does my Canon Rebel's LCD viewer show a reduced view with small boxes showing colour saturation on the side?

You activated by mistake an advanced view mode. You can switch between view modes by pressing "info" (or maybe "display" for you) when in view mode. The view switchs in that order (sorry for image ...
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How do I use the manual exposure setting in the new Google Camera app?

Sadly, the feature's name is misleading. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that it's wrong, if not an outright lie. Turning this option on just enables you to use exposure compensation — it doesn't let ...
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Is there any benefit to manual settings when you can change just about everything with post production?

Your question is based upon an assumption that is not entirely correct: that you can change just about everything in any shot you take. You can't. Things such as depth of field and shutter speed are ...
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Could a "universal exposure" setting be practically possible?

We already have some of the technology for this. Our term for remembering the sensor readings at each exposure point is "video", and what you are asking for is reconstruction of an optimal still image ...
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What settings should I use for shooting food pictures with steam?

First of all, the steam is hard to shoot on a photo. A lot of pictures you see with steam are composites of the photo + steam. To take a photo of the steam in real time you first need a dark ...
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Manual focus and depth of field

I haven't used this camera, but it has a "Manual focus magnification' feature. On my Sony Alpha a550 DSLR, it automatically sets aperture to full open to help you with precise focusing. The ...
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Taking a skyline photo with a person closer to the camera during night time

You can do this with a single exposure. Use a longish shutter speed to expose the background and the flash to properly expose and freeze your subject. You'll likely need to have your camera on a ...
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Why can't I set my Pentax K-5 IIs to ISO 100?

You apparently have Highlight Correction activated. This forces the higher ISO limit (usually forcing it from 100 to 200, though you also have Expanded Sensitivity enabled, which gives you a broader ...
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Why are ISO settings not available/grayed out on Nikon 5100 in auto mode?

There is no way to change the cameras ISO when you are on the preset Auto mode. This is typical of all cameras. This is because by being in Auto you are telling the camera that you want it to control ...
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Does a long exposure in DSLR camera have a similar effect to a global shutter?

I think you've slightly misunderstood how the shutter works. Initially, the first shutter covers the sensor and the second does not. The first shutter then slides away to expose the sensor, and the ...
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Is the Nikon D7200 a significant upgrade to a Canon Rebel T3?

In low-light settings the quality is just not good, blurry. I really just do travel photography so don't have time to mess with settings if I am capturing scenes of people out at night in a busy ...
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How can I set the aperture on my DSLR when it's attached to a telescope instead of a lens?

Is setting the aperture without the lens even possible? Considering that the aperture is a part of the lens, not the camera body, no, it is not possible. Telescopes do not typically have variable ...
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How does Renato D'Agostin achieve these super minimalist and high-contrast photos?

Hello this is Renato D’Agostin. By chance I found myself on this blog, and found curious and flattering to read comments about my photography. I thought it could be nice to comment myself. Regarding ...
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Unable to get good low light photos with Canon EOS R5

An alternative might be to try out one of the new 'AI' type of noise-reduction apps/plugins. OnOne, Luminar, Photoshop & probably others are offering this 'new, improved' type of noise reduction. ...
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Why are all my smartphone photos coming out near-white?

Unfortunately, this looks very much like whoever changed your headset port has also managed to damage the camera module in some way so that it is massively overexposing. This is very unlikely to be ...
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