Rowland Shaw
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How can I get my portrait subjects to look natural and drop the cheesy smile?
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I find the cheesy smile comes out when the subject is uncomfortable. Depending on the style of photo you're after your options fall into distinct groups: The "When did you take that?" photo ...

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What is aperture, and how does it affect my photographs?
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The aperture is the opening through which light goes to reach the camera's sensor. The size of the aperture affects not only the amount of time required to take a photo, but also the depth of field ...

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TV or AV bracketing for HDR imaging?
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I'd suggest sticking to using a fixed aperture size, otherwise the depth of field will be different between shots (as well as overall exposure), which will make it a lot easier to combine images ...

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How do I set the proper exposure for nighttime moon photos?
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The moon is still lit by sunlight -- I've had success around the 1/60 second at f/5.6 at ISO 100 in the past -- you'll need to fiddle around there to get settings that work for the amount of high ...

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Which tools are good for creating panoramas/stitching multiple photos?
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I've had great success with Microsoft ICE

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What is sync speed?
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With mechanical shutters on most common DSLRs, they actually consist of two shutter curtains, that move in the same direction. At slow shutter speeds, one will open, and then, after some time, the ...

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How do I get a photographer pass for gigs and concerts?
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Best place to start is by contacting local venues and promoters - it is unusual to be allowed to use flash, and also unusual to be allowed to stay in the press pit for the duration of the gig. It's ...

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How do I eliminate lens flare in my pictures?
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This is lens flare, where reflections within the lens end up showing on your photos. General guidance to minimise it includes: Avoid getting the sun in shot (and ideally, avoid having it just-out-of-...

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What makes a Carl Zeiss lens so special in a smartphone?
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This is a classic example of the power of branding and marketing. If you're a manufacturer that hasn't made a name for itself in optics (like Nokia), you can create the idea of a premium product by ...

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What should I pay attention to when choosing a tripod?
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There are several factors to consider, and their relative importance will depend on what you intend to use it for, but they are: Weight If you're going to be carrying your tripod long distances for ...

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What advantages does manual mode have over aperture priority mode?
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Aperture priority can be ideal for a walkaround mode, especially when combined with exposure compensation. I only tend to flip to manual mode when I'm shooting a lot with the same lighting, or ...

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What precautions should I take when taking a camera into humid conditions?
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Condensation is the biggest risk, and prevention is always better than cure. One thing I do prior to entering such environments is to place a lens cloth over the front element, and heat it with the ...

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Tips for photographing a wedding
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There's a difference in "doing it as a wedding present" (for friends/family) and "doing it return for money". The "must have"s stay the same, but I would expect a ...

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What are the pros and cons when shooting in RAW vs JPEG?
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I always consider a RAW file like a traditional negative -- The biggest benefit of shooting in RAW is the ability to tweak things like white balance and exposure with greater accuracy and ease back ...

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TV show wants to use a photograph — what should I charge?
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Pricing is all about the market; if the show is going to be syndicated nationally/internationally/etc. I can't see anything directly relevant in my local friendly price guides, but had this been for ...

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Why is 1:1 desirable for a macro lens?
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The 1:1 designation means that the image of a subject projected onto the sensor (or film) is the same size on the sensor as real life, and is the minimum magnification to classify as true macro. There ...

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Celebrity photographies copyrights
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In general, the copyright is held by the photographer taking the photo (with a few minor exceptions, such as if they've a contract which transfers the rights to another person, such as their employer)....

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How to micro-adjust distance for focusing in macro photography?
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In this sort of situation, the normal approach is to use a focusing rail which allows fine and controlled adjustments to be made. There are several available on the market, with some under £50, but it ...

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I cannot open the internal flash on my Canon 60D camera; how do I fix it?
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There is a little microswitch in the hotshoe that detects an external flash -- this may have become stuck, or got a piece of grit blocking it. If you cannot see anything under the rails, you may have ...

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What are some techniques for hand-held image stabilization?
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One thing I've heard of people doing is improvising a tripod using a length of string - the idea being that you can tie it to the D ring on an existing tripod plate, and then use the string in tension,...

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What makes a DSLR better than a Point & Shoot?
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They aren't better per se; They just tend to allow greater artistic control over the result. They're useless for just keeping in your pocket for that surprise sunset, or random performance in town. I'...

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Why is there no full-frame but low res sensor?
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Sensor price is more proportional to the physical size of the sensor, than the number of pixels within it. There are full frame sensor with lower pixel counts on some of the older models (for instance,...

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What is the difference between a lomo and a polaroid?
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Lomo and Polaroid are both brands with products in the photography field -- Polaroid are known for their instant cameras, with the name becoming synonymous for a camera that produces photographs ...

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When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why?
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The main stylistic reasons revolve around the ability to capture wide-angle shots (although less of an issue with wider EF-S specific lenses) and that a larger physical sensor allows for a narrower ...

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Is it worth it (or even possible) to clean a microfibre cloth?
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It is possible to wash most of them in a washing machine -- just be careful not to use any fabric softener. If you're ultra-paranoid about your glass (like me), you may want to write off any dirty ...

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Will a tilt-shift lens solve my 'leaning building' shots?
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This is one of the purposes of tilt-shift lenses, and they are often used in professional architectural photography to avoid distortions

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Which software can batch-process RAW photos on Linux?
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DCRaw is the de facto standard for dealing with RAW photos on Linux -- in fact, DCRaw is the basis for the RAW handling in some commercial applications

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How to avoid a halo around the edges?
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In the example here, I think you're actually at the limits of the depth of field, and the rear petals are actually out of focus -- I say this as the foreground petals don't exhibit the same effect, ...

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What is focal length and how does it affect my photos?
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Focal length is the more techy way of talking about zoom (so that 3x optical zoom on a compact camera really means the focal length at its longest will be three times that at it's shortest, or widest)....

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Why doesn't the Nikon D90 record ISO in EXIF?
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It appears that the Nikon D90 does record ISO information in the files - I'd suggest the fault is with exiftool.

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