jwenting
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What is the best way for a hobbyist to start generating income from photos?
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in fact I'd say that if you love photography and want to continue loving it, you might want to NOT go pro. The few pros I know spend so much time on their business rather than photography, they don't ...

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Is there any significant difference between Nikon and Canon?
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Another thing to consider is design philosophy. The ergonomics of the two brands (sizing, control layout, body shapes) are quite different. One or the other may work far better for you, making the ...

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Are DSLRs a dying breed, making now the time to switch to a mirrorless camera system?
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they said rangefinders were going to go the way of the dodo when SLRs were introduced. They said SLRs were going away when point and shoot cameras were introduced. They said black and white was dead ...

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What personal safety precautions do I need to take while traveling with a camera in Scandinavia?
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Having lived in Europe all my life, most of it with a camera around my neck (at least during my free time), I wonder where you got the idea that it's inherently unsafe to be in Europe while having a ...

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Is the lack of AF Motor on the Nikon D5100 an important factor?
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You have things reversed! Nikon traditionally always put their motors in the bodies, offering supplementary lens mounted motors for additional performance on some high end tele lenses only. To be ...

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Which piece of equipment is holding me back?
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what's holding you back is that you are too gear-minded. Rather than thinking "I have this gear, now how can I use it to do what I want to do", you're thinking "what new gear do I need to do what I ...

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Should I clean my camera sensor, or take it to a professional?
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Take your camera to an authorized repair center and have it thoroughly cleaned. Sounds to me you've more than a small mote of dust in there, given where you've been and what happened I'd be worried ...

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How do I know if a lens is genuine?
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Both refurbs and "grey" lenses are genuine. The only way you could tell the difference from a US made new one is if you had a list of serial numbers for each category. Fakes are more easy to spot, ...

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What are the different categories of photography?
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For any noun X, adding "photography" after it gives you a potential category. Thus you can find all potential categories by taking a dictionary and filtering out any word that's not a noun. Some of ...

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What's the difference between CCD and CMOS image sensors?
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Don't worry about the sensor technology, it's probably the least important thing to consider when deciding on your equipment set. It'd be like thinking of whether Kodak or Fuji black and white film is ...

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Which lens should I use at a Blue Angels airshow?
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The 200-400 gives you a lot more flexibility. But it might not be short enough depending on what you want to do and how far away you're going to be. When shooting airshows I usually use a 70-200 f/2.8 ...

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Do sensors wear out?
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Yes, electronic components can "wear out" just like anything else. It won't be mechanical damage, as there are no moving parts, but they can get damaged. Applying and removing charge, current, etc. ...

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Can photographs from a client shoot, but not accepted by them, be used for stock photography?
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Check your contract. If ambiguous, talk to the client. If uncertain, ask a lawyer (or just forget about it, as that lawyer will likely cost you more than you'd ever get from selling the shots). That'...

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Aside from sharpness & speed, what are the benefits to photo composition\optical quality provided by premium lenses over their cheaper counterpart?
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The higher quality optics, higher spec coatings, fixed aperture, etc. etc. all impact the image directly. Less distortion, sharper results, less colour haze caused by poor coatings, often 'better ...

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Is a UV Filter required/recommended for lens protection?
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still? It never was. required? It never was, never will be. recommended? Depends on who you ask. I'll say no, my dealer says no, many other people making money selling the things will say yes. caveat: ...

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Why aren't my night shots sharp even when I shot at ISO 100 on a tripod?
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the long exposure times needed will cause things to move during the exposure if there's only the slightest breeze or tremor (if you're shooting indoors on a wooden floor, you stepping away from the ...

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Which Canon lens combination should I buy for landscape photography?
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you are indeed going in the wrong direction. You're assuming just replacing your existing glass with more expensive versions will improve your photography, it won't. Figure out what you really need in ...

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How do I develop color negative (C41) film at home?
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The reason it's cheap to get done is because the machines carried in stores and labs have already paid for themselves over the years. They're cheap only because of massive volume. It's far from a ...

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What is the difference between Nikkor D type and G type lenses?
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Any G lens is a D lens. Not all D lenses are G lenses. The difference is that a G lens lacks an aperture ring for manually setting the aperture on the lens (rather than the camera). This isn't very ...

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Are the sensors of newer DSLRs better beyond just having more MP?
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Ask yourself why you're considering upgrading your body. Are you unhappy about its output? Or is it something else? Small changes in sensor technology no doubt still happen, but for most users they'...

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Is there a low light picture quality difference between 50mm 1.8 G and 85mm 1.8 G Nikon?
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Hard to tell, but most likely it's nothing to do with the lenses and everything with the camera settings. DSLRs, especially when on automatic modes, tend to try to do a lot of colour compensation for ...

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What limits the size of digital imaging sensors?
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Some more things that can limit what's practical to below what can be manufactured: weight (of the resulting system). A very large sensor needs a very large image circle, which means large lenses, ...

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How do I contanct Nikon Australia support?
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Don't contact Nikon directly. Instead you should work through an authorised dealer or repair/maintenance facility. They'll handle the contact with Nikon, if needed. And oh, if you bought the camera in ...

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How can I capture the true colors of my reef aquarium?
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The camera sensor has a different response to light as compared to the human eye. And as the light over the acquarium has a different spectral composition from daylight, the sensor gets confused. It ...

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What is "correct" exposure?
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I'd dare to say the correct exposure is whatever is needed for the artist to get the effect he or she desires. That might be technical perfection, but it might also be deliberate over- or ...

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Has anyone bought from BestPricePhoto.com?
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reading their website, it looks to be just another bait&switch operation. Email order confirmations do not reflect any additional merchandise purchased or order adjustments if made over the ...

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Should I worry about the firmware version on my DSLR, and if so, how do I update?
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I'd go counter to the other answers in saying you probably shouldn't update your firmware unless there's a flaw in your camera's functionality that the update solves. I say this because there's a risk ...

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What's the best way to avoid wasting money on equipment?
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best way to avoid waste is to never buy anything on impulse. Avoiding stores unless you have already made up your mind as to at least the category of gear you want (if not the specific item) is a good ...

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Sigma 150-500 f/5-6.3 vs Sigma 50-500 f/4-6.3 for birds in flight?
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Having used both, I'd say the 50-500 is the one you want from those two unless weight is an important factor. It's a bit sharper and offers less distortion at the long end, it's also smaller and ...

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What storage solutions are there for working with large volumes of digital photo data?
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far more important than the storage media is the catalogue system used to actually know what's stored where :) I've yet to find one that works for me, is both flexible enough to allow me to create ...

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