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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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How much does the Camera Model/Age matter when purchasing?

It really depends on what you want to do with the camera. After all, there are many great photos that have been taken with older cameras, both when they were the hot new model and when they were no ...
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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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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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What is the shot called where it goes from telephoto to wide-angle without a zoom?

That effect was made famous in Hitchcock's Vertigo. It's called by various names: Hitchcock/Vertigo zoom, dolly zoom, reverse tracking shot. To achieve this effect, the camera zooms in or out, while ...
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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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How much does the Camera Model/Age matter when purchasing?

The next camera will certainly be better but each moment you wait is a missed opportunity for photography. Improvements are incremental from year to year. Last year's model are almost as good as this ...
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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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Is the maximum video length of the Sony A6000 30 minutes?

More generally, you'll find that most cameras which are primarily stills cameras will be limited to 30 minutes of video. This is due to EU regulations which mean that anything which can record longer ...
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Can I shoot video with a Canon Rebel XT/350D?

Does it film video? No. I used a Rebel XT/350D for a long time, and I can tell you that it does not record video. It was a great camera for learning, but it's about 11 years old at this point and ...
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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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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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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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How to mount a Gopro to DSLR?

$10 will get you a flash bracket that gives you a coldshoe or tripod thread to the right or left of your camera body. Even cheeper than that is some scrap steel, and a 1/4"-20 bolt.
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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 would I blur something out of a photo?

What I usually do (in GIMP), but is maybe overkill, is to duplicate the layer, apply a gaussian blur and then use transparency masks to limit the blur to the interested area. You can use the same ...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I think there is some urban myths regarding this, and that this has to do with the CCD/CMOS debate some time ago. CCD sensors really heated up so much that they cannot record video. The technology ...
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Does shooting video decrease the life of a DSLR more than taking photos?

I do not think that there is a good answer to this without knowing the exact camera model and how it was used. For example, shooting video might exercise the mirror and shutter less, but may cause ...
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Will my old Canon Digital Rebel lenses work on a 7DMkII?

... can I use the old lenses with this new model? Yes. The 7DMkII is a "crop" body, so it can use both EF and EF-S lenses. It's only if you move to a full-frame body like the 5D/6D bodies that you ...
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