AJ Finch
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What exactly is flash sync speed, and should it be a factor in a buying decision?
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Short Answer: Probably not a Factor in Buying Decision definition: The sync speed is the fastest shutter speed you can use when using the flash. It depends mostly on the camera body. typical ...

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Should I sign, watermark or otherwise label a framed print? And if so how?
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I would have thought that having a business card or similar discretely displayed below the print is a classy way to go about it.

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What batteries are best suited to Battery grips?
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Personal Experience Well, nobody seems to be giving an answer, so here is my own setup... I use Eneloop NiMH batteries in the 3rd-party battery grip on my Canon 5D mkII. It takes 6 batteries in a ...

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How to simulate a red wine stain?
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Use Real Wine and Fake Couch If you can find a piece of fabric which matches your couch... Stain the fabric Take one of the cushions from the sofa Remove the cushion cover (often easier said than ...

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What's a good strategy for choosing which photos to keep?
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Take Fewer Photos Slow down. Be more deliberate. Consider the "why" of each image before you capture it. Of course, you could go back to your smaller camera!? ;)

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What are the lighting characteristics of a beauty dish?
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A beauty dish gives a softer light than an unmodified flash, but not as soft as a softbox or shoot-through umbrella. This means that you can control the light more than when using a softbox. A ...

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How can I get young children to cooperate with having their pictures taken?
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A few quick tips which I have found useful: Have the camera in your hands (or even to your eye) all the time. (you need to decide when shooting time starts and ends) Don't pose them. Take lots of ...

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Do I really need a ball head for a SLR zoom Gorillapod?
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No, but a ball head does offer real advantages Using a gorillapod without a ball head is a practical option. As you point out, you can use the inherent flexibility of the tripod to angle the head in ...

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What is the best way to clean studio backgrounds in Photoshop?
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I know your question specifies "in photoshop", but it really does bear repeating that if you can get this right in-camera you can save a load of work in post. (Obviously, you know this!) I have ...

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Could you recommend an under-$30 tripod for a DSLR?
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GorillaPod The only solution I could recommend in this price range would be a GorillaPod. You would have to put it on something (car, table, wrapped around a tree trunk) to get any height, but it ...

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Should pro photographers learn to work around amateurs at events?
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Set and Enforce Expectations My experience of shooting weddings is limited, but I have never had a problem with guests getting in the way. On the contrary, I find that guests are very respectful of ...

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What size should I print at for gallery shows?
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The size that feels right to you It's your art, so start with what feels right to you. What size would serve to best present your message in your image? I understand that this might be hard to ...

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If I transfer files from a CF card to an iPad2, will I lose metadata?
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Short answer: It Works Great I have regularly used an iPad as storage while on holiday, and it's worked fine. As far as I have been able to tell, it copies the whole RAW file over. I plug my 5D mkII ...

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How can I cheaply set up a small studio and learn how to use it?
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Simple You will probably want to think about 3 things (assuming you have a camera already!) I'm concentrating on low-cost options. Background A white-painted wall is a great start Lights A single ...

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Is it practical to shoot portraits by only candlelight?
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Use Lots of Candles A single candle is a point source of light, but lots of candles together look like a larger light source. You will typically want to have as many candles as possible because each ...

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What is a good way to get cats to be more photogenic?
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A few quick suggestions: Let them get familiar with the location. Have them arrive 30 minutes early and have a good wander round / sniff / etc. Let them get familiar with the camera: Just leave it ...

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How can I get people to take an expression which fits the scene?
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A few quick tips Keep encouraging the model Make lots of eye contact Smile. Lots. (If you want to get smiles back) As you are working, show the model some of the images on the back of your camera so ...

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Tips & advice for photographing store/shop interiors
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@Ken, great question. It sounds like a lovely project. Others have suggested using available light wherever possible, but I would like to add a slightly different take. If you can use strobes ...

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What should I do to avoid switching lenses?
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It's a Choice - As Ever, Money Helps You're absolutely asking the right question. Changing lenses as rarely as possible is the best way to minimise dust in the camera. Here are a few of my ...

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Help motivate me to use my SLR's manual mode
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Getting the Flash Off the Camera The image below isn't one of my best ever, but I think it demonstrates the value of getting the flash off the camera to add texture and character to a portrait. ...

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How do I focus in low light for long exposures?
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What I do... I do 2 things in this sort of situation (and I have a 3rd suggestion to try): Shine a light on the subject. If the subject is close, a hand-held torch often works fine. Focus manually. ...

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What are best practices for using Lightroom libraries?
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For a casual user, one library is enough I'm a fairly serious amateur, with tens of thousands of images, and I keep them all in a single library. I haven't experienced any problems with this in the 18 ...

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Do I need a filter for my prime lens in order to protect it from dust, splashes, etc?
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It's a personal thing That answer from the other question stands for both primes and zooms. You don't need to put a filter on any lens. It may well help to weather-proof it. It may well help to save ...

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What should I know about cameras and tear gas?
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Check your gear insurance It is worth checking your insurance. You may not be covered for civil unrest or similar. Other than that... good luck, and be careful out there.

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What are the most important factors that need to be kept in mind while purchasing a manual flash gun?
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A few quick thoughts cost It's first on the list because if you can't afford it, well: you can't afford it ;) power How much light does it put out? Is that enough to light your subjects at the ...

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Attending a concert: what non-professional equipment will I be able to get in?
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Take the compact I suspect that you know in your heart that anything else is just not going to end well :-(

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Are there significant challengers to the Secure Digital format for cameras on the horizon?
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Nothing Lasts Forever, but Some Things Last a Long Time There are improved versions of SD (SDHC, SDXC). These are able to store more data than normal SD. They look the same as SD and can be used in ...

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What resources can you suggest to help me write contracts?
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Just a quick tip, which I'm sure you don't need, but... Don't get lost in all these legal formalities to the point where you focus on your legal relationship with your clients and forget about the ...

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What macro techniques offer an alternative to expensive optics?
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Magnifying Glass Since you see what the camera sees, you can just hold a magnifying glass in front of the lens. I've done this with reasonable results. It's best to fix both the magnifying glass and ...

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How do I build my own soft-box light for illuminating still or stop-motion scenes?
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Hang a piece of white cloth in front of your light. The suggestion of an umbrella is spot-on, and I would recommend that as the first thing to consider. In UK money, it would probably cost about 20 ...

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