Marc
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How do I get started in Astrophotography?
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You don't need any special equipment if you're just starting out with astrophotography. So forget about a telescope and an equatorial mount (to counter the earth's rotation) just for now, it's ...

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What are your easiest photography beginner tips?
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Where ever you go take your camera!

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Why don't they make all DSLRs with an electronic shutter?
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Sounds nice but apparently there are currently some technical limitations: An electronic shutter requires the sensor to be equipped with what is commonly called "snap shutter" circuitry. Basically, ...

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In Lightroom 3, what is the difference between exposure and brightness?
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Increasing the Brightness tries to preserve the highlights while increasing Exposure will scale everything. This image demonstrates it nicely: source: http://lightroomkillertips.com/2010/lightroom-...

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How does one focus for landscape photos in very dark conditions?
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If you want to focus on the stars there are many ways to accomplish this. A few possibilities are: A right angle finder with magnification (I've used a Hoodman with 2.5x magnification). Choose a ...

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How can I reduce the noise present when taking pictures without lowering my ISO?
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Keep the camera as cool as possible! High temperature increases the thermal noise in your images. That's why certain astrophotographers actively cool their camera!

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What methods can be used to micro-adjust autofocus of a camera body to a particular lens?
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To check if your camera/lens is having front-focus or back-focus issues you can download a pdf (incl a focus chart) here: http://web.archive.org/web/20121205195820/http://focustestchart.com/focus21....

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What is focal length and how does it affect my photos?
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Focal length is a measure how the lens focusses the light into a point. When light enters a 50mm prime lens, the light converges into a point the camera sensor after 50mm. In addition the focal ...

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What are the pros and cons when shooting in RAW vs JPEG?
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The biggest upside for RAW is color depth. Most RAW formats capture color information in 12 bit format. This means that color intensities can vary from 0 to 4095. In contrast JPG can only capture 8 ...

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How can I get a good HDR image from a single RAW file?
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I usually export a single RAW three times by only changing the exposure (0, -1, +1). You might be using too extreme exposure settings for your shots. Or the Photomatix settings are far from optimal. ...

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What is ISO and how does it affect my photos
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Changing the ISO setting in digital camera's is like changing the gain (amplification) of your photo sensors. With a low ISO setting (e.g. 100) you don't amplify the signal from the sensors. But using ...

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How do I clean the inside of my viewfinder?
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I've cleaned the inside (bottom side of prism) recently of my 30D. You can easily spot the viewfinder element when you take off the lens. I then use the same sensor swabs and eclipse fluid as I use ...

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How can I reverse-mount a Canon F/1.4 50 mm for macro photography?
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You will need a Reverse Mount Adapter, here's an example. You mount the adapter to the body, then mount the lens and finally you attach the second part of the adapter to the back of your lens.

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What should I consider when purchasing a macro lens?
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There are quite some different models on the market. Canon alone already has 5 different models I believe. It depends what you want to photograph. If you can get very close to the subject a 50mm ...

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Canon EOS 50D can't save pictures anymore
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If the firmware of your camera is older than version 1.0.3 you need to update the firmware. 50D camera's with firmware before 1.0.3 sometimes had the issue you described. Get the latest firmware (1....

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Are there reasons to use colour filters with digital cameras?
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Yes, if you want to spend less time behind your computer, attach a color filter on your lens.

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What are some techniques for hand-held image stabilization?
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Try to rest the lens on a fence or something (use a bean-bag) Lean against a wall to stabilize your body

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How can I stop my HDR shots looking so fake?
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If you use the Photomatix plugin, try to use a higher Light Smoothing value. I usually use the highest setting or one lower. This reduces the halo effect you described.

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How can you tell if a lens is having problems with back focusing?
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To check if your camera/lens is having front-focus or back-focus issues you can download a pdf (incl a focus chart) here: http://focustestchart.com/focus21.pdf The interesting stuff starts at page ...

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How can I maximize the "blurry background, sharp subject" (bokeh) effect?
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Use a large aperture (small F number) when you take a photo. The larger the aperture the narrower the depth of field will be (compensate with with a shorter shutter speed). In addition you can try to ...

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Which scenarios are better shot with a prime lens versus zoom lens or macro lens?
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I use prime lenses for portraits (e.g. Canon 50mm 1.8), zoom lenses for traveling/holidays and my 100mm macro for well... macro shots :). I use a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-F4.5 DC most as it is most ...

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What are pros and cons of different quick release systems?
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I have got a Manfrotto 488RC4 ball head which has a 410PL quick release plate and their system works really well. Pros: The plate is quite large and therefore supports large/heavy cameras perfectly....

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Where can I find reviews of and tools for comparing cameras?
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www.PhotoZone.de also has decent reviews. They started with lens reviews some years ago but they also do DSLR reviews nowadays.

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What are the best practices for DOF stacking?
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A friend of mine recommended ImageJ in combination with the Stack Focuser plugin for combining the images into a single image with an extended depth of field. He mainly uses it for microscope images. ...

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Tips for shooting in an aquarium?
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Try manual focus. I've had issues with autofocus since the camera focused on the glass instead of the subject inside the aquarium.

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Is there any photography equipment designed to ease use for the disabled?
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Although I don't have any real-life experience with this I've heard that some people use a small Point & Shoot camera up side down. They can then press the shutter with their left thumb. Perhaps ...

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What situations are best suited for spot metering?
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I use spot metering frequently for portraits, I measure on the face and then recompose.

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What GPS would you recommend for geo-tagging?
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I went for option 2 some time ago and bought a Gisteq PhotoTracker Lite. The upside is the batterylife, you can go on long walks and only have to recharge the battery occasionally. I also like the ...

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What is the effect of long exposure on file size?
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Great question :) The file size is not dependent on the exposure time. The sensor will capture more data but this does not always mean a bigger file size. If you shoot in JPG (which uses compression) ...

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Is there a way to read or recover corrupted/incomplete photos on CF card?
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I've used SanDisk 'Rescue Disk' software succesfully a couple of times. This is included when you buy SanDisk memory cards (at least the high-end ones). They also have a Pro version which can be ...

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