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mattdm
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129 votes
7 answers
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What is "ISO" on a digital camera?

95 votes
4 answers
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What does an unprocessed RAW file look like?

69 votes
5 answers
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What exactly determines depth of field?

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8 answers
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Do megapixels matter with modern sensor technology?

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5 answers
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What is the "Rule of 600" in astrophotography?

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5 answers
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What does it mean for a photograph to be "high key"?

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8 answers
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Why are there no dark yellows, or bright violets?

35 votes
6 answers
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How can knowledge of human perception of color be used in photography?

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3 answers
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What makes a strong wide-angle composition?

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5 answers
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What do Pentax and Sigma DSLRs offer that differs from Canon and Nikon?

32 votes
9 answers
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Does a photographer take pictures or make pictures?

31 votes
4 answers
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Why is the blue channel the noisiest?

27 votes
5 answers
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Is there an equivalent to Adobe's "Vibrance" in Gimp?

27 votes
6 answers
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Is it better to have light come from the left side?

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4 answers
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What are the pros and cons of different Bayer demosaicing algorithms?

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4 answers
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Are there drawbacks when using Panasonic lenses on Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras?

25 votes
6 answers
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What are jpeg artifacts and what can be done about them?

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4 answers
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Do smaller apertures provide more depth of field past the diffraction limit, even if peak sharpness suffers?

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4 answers
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How does the human eye compare to modern cameras and lenses?

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6 answers
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How well do smart phone light meter apps work?

23 votes
7 answers
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Why isn't the xvYCC color space seeing uptake for still photography?

23 votes
6 answers
5k views

How do I set up a home portrait studio area in zero space?

22 votes
4 answers
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Are small on-flash softboxes useful, or a gimmick?

21 votes
7 answers
5k views

Why did "pure" photography displace pictoralism so completely?

20 votes
13 answers
8k views

Do photographers see ambiguity in the color of the blue/black (gold/white) dress?

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2 answers
11k views

What is the benefit of an internal focus lens?

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4 answers
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How can I make an interesting, unique photograph of a city skyline?

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8 answers
6k views

Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?

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4 answers
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How many colors and shades can the human eye distinguish in a single scene?

18 votes
2 answers
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What is the difference between luminance and illuminance?

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