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What is the advantage of a digital still photo camera over digital video for nature photography?

There are at least four reasons. Resolution First, although the same sensor may be used, video generally uses only a portion of it (either by skipping lines or some more sophisticated method). 4K UHD ...
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How are SpaceX rocket launches filmed?

If it was launched at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, there are ten of these Contraves-Goerz Kineto Tracking Mounts spread around the complex. Contraves-Goerz is now a part of the L-3 Brashear ...
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Can you use a phone as grey/white card?

No, it won't work. The gray card works by reflecting ambient light (here "ambient" is used to include whatever flash, gels, etc. you're lighting your scene with other than the phone). You know it's ...
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Is it safe to hold DSLR with hot shoe mounted top handle?

Definitely don't try to support the camera by its hotshoe. It's not designed for it. I don't think you should put anything at all on a hotshoe. Everything is so heavy and all the weight is pushing and ...
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Can I record video through viewfinder of a Nikon D3500 DSLR?

This isn't possible with DSLRs using optical viewfinders. This image (source) shows the cross-section of a DSLR: Normally light enters the lens, reflects off the mirror (#2) into the pentaprism (#8) ...
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Can videoing burning magnesium damage a camera sensor?

Here is a methodology to find it: Prepare a white screen on you computer, for example a white document in GIMP. Take an out-of-focus photo, for example, focus at infinity and the widest aperture to ...
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What is the advantage of a digital still photo camera over digital video for nature photography?

I would add two items to Matts answer equipment cost: nature photographers want to have a spare camera, and expect to break things when traveling in rough places. It adds up. lighting: not always an ...
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When not to make a video from a timelapse series?

Taking sequences of periodic images, by their very nature of being periodic, is used to show changes in the scene over time. Time slice photographs. In particular, Dan Marker-Moore has created some ...
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What causes vertical lines on digital photos taken in low light?

The vertical lines are a type of noise called 'grid noise' or 'read noise'. It is noise caused by 'dark current' in the electronics of the sensor and the camera's electronics that amplifies the analog ...
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Why is camera showing red\green\blue horizontal stripes in image?

The most probable cause is cheap LED lighting, maybe even using RGB LEDs. As with most shutterless cams, the image information is read from the sensor in lines. This causes two known effects: The ...
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Does the iPhone's focal length differ when taking video vs photos?

TL;DR: yes, the video mode is cropped by approx. 1.28× (calculated by measurement). The effective video focal length is 36mm (in 35mm equivalent). I read (in a user comment) that the iPhone's focal ...
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Why is it not possible to change Aperture in Livewiev on a Nikon D5300 when using manual movie settings?

Because in the Nikon D3x00 and D5x00 series, as well as many previous entry level Nikon DSLRS and pretty much all Nikon 35mm film SLRs, the same mechanical motion actuates the mirror assembly and the ...
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Separating videos from photos in Lightroom

If you just want to filter down to your video files in Lightroom, create a smart collection and specify the collection is for files with Media Type = Video. [Or in Lightroom Classic: File Type = Video]...
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What is the role of cameraman/photographer in 360 video and photography?

What on earth makes you think you're not still composing, even if you're shooting 360º? You can make a sizable difference in the images you take simply by choosing a different vantage point. Both ...
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Saturation and contrast in photography vs video

In short, everything about color has a psychological meaning or response: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28612080 Oversaturated images tend to grab our attention and there is both a trend for ...
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Photography tricks for widening objects or reducing narrowness?

What you are describing is the effect of perspective, which ultimately comes down to distance. Regardless of sensor size or lens focal length, perspective is determined by the distance between the ...
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Is there any way to use viewfinder while recording video with Canon DSLR?

Because the mirror must be up to record video, there's no way to use the optical viewfinder while shooting video with a DSLR. Some folks like LCD loupes such as the example you have linked, others do ...
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Photography vs videography in resolution

Do you have a display(TV) that could utilize 100mp? Also, capturing 30fps of 100mp images... Not going to happen in today's world without a serious cost. Why do stills need this? For printing large ...
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Why are cinema cameras so big?

There are a few factors that contribute to this but Ill break it down for TV cameras since that is what the question seems to be about, (source) The Lens: In many cases the camera is not really ...
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What is the advantage of a digital still photo camera over digital video for nature photography?

It basically comes down to the fact that affordable and portable cameras can't deliver top speed and top quality at the same time. The problem is not the sensor. Firstly mechanical shutter gives ...
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Is it safe to video record the sun with a DSLR with a solar filter?

Yes. But before I get into it, let's cover some safety stuff. As an astronomer and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador ... I never talk about looking at the Sun without talking about safety (cause you ...
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How to Record Videos at Full Resolution with Nikon D750 for Astrophotography?

D750 won't output video at higher resolution unless a hack or firmware update are released D750 does most probably use line skipping and it seems that even Panasonic GH4 (or other camera with full ...
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Why would an orange spark appear blue in a video?

I expect this is NOT due to the white balance of the camera adjusting to the ambient light. After all, your eyes adjust to the ambient color too. More likely it is due to two factors: The spark is ...
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How can I reduce the glare when recording the occupant of a vehicle driving towards the camera?

Use a polarizing filter on your lens. That will help in daylight (if you rotate the filter to minimize glare). It probably won't do anything for the headlights though.
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Is it true that Photo-Camera should not be used for Video-Recoding

I'm going to take a different tact with my answer - its all about laws and the length of the video you are taking. While DSLRs are capable of taking video, they are limited in the length of time that ...
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Will Nikon AF-S "G" lenses autofocus on D3xxx bodies?

The Nikon 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR II DX lens will autofocus on your D3300. The important statement is: "Autofocus is available with AF-S and AF-I lenses". The secondary statement, "...
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How careful do I need to be about using hot lights in a private residence?

A typical home circuit has a 15 amp breaker. At 120 volts, that's 1800 watts. Different outlets may help, but generally outlets in the same room (or even adjacent rooms) are on the same circuit. (And ...
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Is there any way to use viewfinder while recording video with Canon DSLR?

A good pan-tilt head on a sturdy tripod would be my first choice for tracking live action using a screen. Plus a lot of practice. And maybe a larger sceen attached using a camera cage. Basically a ...
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Looking for an iPad lens that makes it possible to capture a person head to toe from up close

You need a wider field of view, hence you need a wide angle lens. There are a few options available for clip-on / snap-on / screw-on (with adapter) lens kits for mobile phones and tablets (although in ...
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600D heating in video mode after 30 min of continuous shooting

The heat is part of the price you pay for using a camera designed primarily for still images as a video camera. Dedicated video cameras with sensors the size of most DSLRs cost about as much as a ...
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