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Shooting full manual during an event or function

Do whatever gives you the best results, don't worry about what may or may not be acceptable to others. I'd say shooting events fully manual is rare these days, though you might want to explore the ...
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What can cause dark photos at high shutter speeds?

It sounds like you don't understand exposure. If you change to an all manual mode, then its expecting you to adjust shutter speed, aperture, and ISO all in concert - 'manually'. If you set a faster ...
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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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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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Why is shutter speed changing after each shot in manual mode?

No, it is not normal. One thing that Manual mode is used for is to take multiple photographs with the same exposure parameters which is very useful in many situations. There are a few cases where it ...
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Are there cameras allowing shortcuts for manual exposure settings?

I can't speak for all manufacturers, but can answer your point 2. Canon does. Their higher end models on the top mode wheel (e.g. auto, P, aperture priority/shutter speed priority and manual etc), ...
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Long exposure photos in daytime

Obviously, there was still way too much light getting onto your sensor despite the tiny aperture. Methods to avoid that: First, make sure your ISO setting is as low as possible. Use Tv (shutter ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

I gather from the aspect ratios (top one is 3:2, bottom one is 4:3), that the top image is the dSLR one, and the bottom image is the one from your TZ40. And at web sizes, while there's some ...
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Why do my photos have an exaggerated blue hue when I shoot in manual mode?

Auto mode is auto exposure, and it also always uses auto White Balance and auto ISO, which cannot be turned off in Auto mode. Auto mode is "auto everything". The A,S,P,M modes only set exposure, but ...
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Why automatic mode is worse than manual?

It's not so much that manual is better, but that manual is more controlled. Shooting all the time on full manual will teach you what to do & what not to do. It will take longer & you will ...
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Shooting full manual during an event or function

Here's a secret: nobody actually cares what mode you were shooting in so long as the quality is good. (Equally, nobody cares what gear you're using either). Therefore if you get good quality shots in ...
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Why does the Fujifilm X30 limit shutter speed limit in aperture priority mode?

This is actually a characteristic of the leaf shutter used in Fuji's X10/X20/X30 and X100 cameras. The leaf shutter can only travel so quickly. The wider the aperture is open, the slower the shutter ...
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How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?

You're almost certainly doing something wrong. If you're truly in manual mode - i.e. the mode dial is set to the "M" position - then the aperture won't (normally) change in response to other settings. ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

Like the other answerers have noted, it's not at all obvious which picture is taken with a DSLR — both have some pretty obvious issues, like blown highlights and poor contrast. Rather than ...
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Could I have taken this landscape shot better with my P&S, or do I need a better camera?

To be honest, I couldn't easily guess which is which when viewed at the default 600-pixel-wide size above. Both handle the dynamic range of the clouds pretty poorly, with the lower image being a ...
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Why can't I adjust the aperture in manual mode on my 5D MkII?

This is a very common issue with the 5D series. You have accidentally locked the rear control-dial. The power-switch next to it has actually 3 positions. When lined up with On, the camera is on but ...
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Are there any DSLRs that are only manual mode?

No. The incremental cost in actually providing modern features including priority and program modes is very, very small — but the reduction in potential market would be enormous. Because of this, ...
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Can different ISO settings be preserved when switching between different Exposure Modes on Canon DSLRs?

No. This sort of feature is available on higher level Canon cameras where you can have one or more sets of "custom settings", but not on an entry level camera like the 1300D.
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Astrophotography-what wrong I am doing here?

Basically, no-one on earth can hold a camera still for 15 seconds. Most people struggle at anything over 100th of a second. If you need exposures at that kind of length a tripod is essential - or a ...
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Under-exposed photos, Manual mode

I have a home office with a large window that faces south (towards the sun in the Northern Hemisphere), so it is a very well lit room during the day time. I just followed your instructions with my ...
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Light meter calculations on micro four thirds

No. As far as exposure value goes, an f-stop is an f-stop. It's only where depth of field is concerned (and noise calculations derived from "total light captured", if you're the type who has to go ...
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Why is my aperture limited to less than the maximum even in manual mode?

The aperture changes because of focal length not focus. Your lens has a widest aperture of f/3.5 at 18mm but to due physical properties of lens design, the widest aperture becomes f/5.6 at 105mm. ...
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Focusing mode for macro photography

what focusing mode should I use Any AF mode that works for you is fine, but many people prefer to set the camera to manual focus mode and make fine adjustments to focus by moving the camera. You can ...
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How do I stop having a black screen in manual mode

I have tried changing the aperture and shutter speed but it didn't help. Not to state the obvious, but what you change the aperture and shutter speeds to matters a lot. What were the settings you ...
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Best manual settings for Canon 60D

Sorry, but there are no "best settings" - if there were, then the camera wouldn't have other ones. You need to understand the exposure triangle and know the compromises you make when you change any of ...
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How do I zoom in and out with Olympus Digital PEN series cameras?

The Olypmus Digital PEN series cameras are interchangeable lens cameras. The camera itself does not perform the zooming — you can zoom only if the lens attached to the camera is a zoom lens. It ...
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How to handle frequent, uncontrolled lighting changes?

Slight under or over exposures are not the end of the world. Shoot RAW and adjust in post. If the lighting is drastically changing, such that your settings would lead to blown out highlights or too ...
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Under-exposed photos, Manual mode

"In a room with plenty of natural light" That doesn't mean anything to me... a typical home/office will have a light level around 5-10 EV. Which would equate to a SS of around 1/200 to 1/8. If your ...
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Why automatic mode is worse than manual?

I don't think it's a great idea to be shooting in full manual. The same kind of people will tell you that auto focus is cheating... The semi auto modes allow you to control what you're interested in ...
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How to change aperture in manual mode on an entry-level Nikon SLR?

Using Manual Mode (M in front of the white label in (1) ), turn the dial wheel (27) while pressing the Aperture selector (4)
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