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Why is software-based manipulation of images frowned upon while hardware-based manipulation is acceptable?

Why are hardware-based manipulations, like black and white photography (traditionally using black-and-white film), long exposure, etc., which also result in an "unnatural" image, acceptable while ...
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Things to look for in a camera to match cameraphone image quality

TL;DR - Pretty much everything in your post indicates that you don't really need a new camera, but need to learn how to use the equipment that you have. I haven't used RAW... it still boggles my ...
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What's the difference between "Fake HDR" and real, bracketed exposure HDR?

What's the difference between “Fake HDR” and real, bracketed exposure HDR? The only difference is how broadly or narrowly you decide to define the term High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDR). Do you use ...
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Why is software-based manipulation of images frowned upon while hardware-based manipulation is acceptable?

Is it frowned upon? Photography has always made use of whatever technology was available, whether in the camera, the darkroom or, now, the computer. It's a long time since other forms of art were ...
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What are the technical difficulties behind building a sensor with high dynamic range like the human eye?

There are already camera's with DR larger than the human eye, both instantly and overall. The human eye's dynamic range is not as large as most people tend to think it is. As I recall, it is ...
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How to photograph a lightbulb?

In the immortal words of the late National Geographic photo editor Bob Gilka, "Kid, if you want to be a better photographer, you're going to have to stand in front of more interesting stuff." That ...
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Is there a lossy compressed file format for 16-bit dynamic range images?

It sounds like what you're looking for is JPEG2000. It has a range of options including a 16-bit lossy compression and better compression ratios than JPEG. It hasn't been as widely adopted as hoped (...
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What does it mean when a TV "supports HDR"?

HDR-TV is (yet) another standard of video transmission. The color gamut is wider (see rec 2020 vs rec 709) but so is the resolution. The standard is supposed to be backwards compatible which means ...
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How can I improve my photo of a night city landscape with a starry sky?

Your basic problem is that most stars are much dimmer than the parts of your scene lit up by artificial lighting. Combined with the diffusing properties of air and all of the particulates and moisture ...
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What are the advantages of additional exposures between outer brackets of an HDR stack?

There are quite a few advantages. A difficult problem that often arises is blooming of bright areas into adjacent dark areas. So, the overexposed pixels that are in the bright area will leak electrons ...
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How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?

The best method I have found is to shoot the moon when there is still enough light in the sky to narrow the dynamic range between the Moon's surface and the surrounding sky. A moon just a little past ...
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Why is software-based manipulation of images frowned upon while hardware-based manipulation is acceptable?

Why are hardware-based manipulations, like black and white photography (traditionally using black-and-white film), long exposure, etc., which also result in an "unnatural" image, acceptable while ...
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Things to look for in a camera to match cameraphone image quality

Almost any camera system will out perform a camera phone when used properly. A camera phone uses a tiny sensor so even MFT cameras have a bigger sensor capturing more light so superior in low light ...
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How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?

With an image like this, the best and easiest solution is probably manual exposure fusion. It's easy enough to do in any raster graphics editor (GIMP, Photoshop, etc.). For example, here's what I ...
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Are three different exposures enough for a good HDR image?

It all depends on the scene in terms of overall brightness, the total dynamic range, and how fine the graduations are between bright and dark. The wider the difference is between the brightest part ...
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If, brightness → dynamic range... white balance → what?

The phenomenon you describe is called color constancy, and it is enabled partially by the human vision system's chromatic adaptation and partially by something I will describe using the scientific ...
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What causes this dark halo around the sun?

This can happen when there are strong light light sources in the scene (such as shooting sunrises/sunsets like yours), when Nikon's Active D-Lighting is on. Active D-Lighting (ADL) tries to help ...
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What causes this dark halo around the sun?

Separate answer, just to show confirmation of scotbb's diagnosis. CaptureNX-D with Active D-Lighting overridden. Screen shrunk just to show relevant info. As to whether or not it's an optical ...
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How to get clear tree branches when bracketing for HDR?

There are usually small variations between images when you shoot a stack for HDR, especially shooting handheld. Wind may cause larger variations, as well as other moving entities within a shot (such ...
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What are the technical difficulties behind building a sensor with high dynamic range like the human eye?

Seeing is an active process A big issue is that looking with your eyes is very unlike capturing an image - an image needs to include all information that the looker might look at, but normal vision ...
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When is it better to use HDR rather than just pulling extremes from a RAW file?

It is appropriate in situations where you can't capture the dynamic range in one shot and in situations where lifting the shadows would reveal too much noise. Certain landscape shots and night time ...
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When is it better to use HDR rather than just pulling extremes from a RAW file?

The short answer is: When the dynamic range of the scene exceeds the dynamic range you can capture in one shot with raw. A somewhat longer answer is that is that there are complicating factors, for ...
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Do I need in-camera HDR if a camera can take RAW?

Yes and No. Taking a single RAW, you have more dynamic range than a single JPG, so you have a limited 'high dynamic range', depending on the camera's capabilities. For a less limited HDR, you need ...
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How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?

Like comedy, it's in the timing. Shoot earlier in the day. This was taken in Southern California in December around 5:00pm. Moon. Blue sky. No need for HDR or exposure fusion or masks and layers. ...
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What exactly does DRO do, and how does it work?

DRO stands for Dynamic Range Optimization. It is designed to fit more dynamic range into images. A single exposure is still taken so you are always limited to the sensor's latitude. However, from what ...
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Why is software-based manipulation of images frowned upon while hardware-based manipulation is acceptable?

I got into photography with a compact digital P+S just before DSLs became affordable, when all the photography experience and wisdom to absorb was about film. Because the people I learned photography ...
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Is there a lossy compressed file format for 16-bit dynamic range images?

JPEG2000, and you may also want to look at OpenEXR because it is supported by video hardware.
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What this guy does when shooting in bracketing mode?

The user in the video is using a specialised bracketing function on a Canon body, called Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) (complete description from Canon here) In the "exposure" setting, you can ...
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Halo in pictures taken with HDR

Is it normal? Yes… and no. It depends on the ability/quality of the HDR routine and its ability to recognise & correctly handle edges where the overall light level changes rapidly. A low-ability ...
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Is in-camera HDR and panorama better than post?

Whenever you compare in-camera to post processing you end up with exactly the same advantages to post processing: Control Lightroom for photos or photomatics for HDR has lots and lots of options and ...
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