Steve Ross
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How did film photographers overcome constant ISO/ASA values in low light situations?
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There were several techniques: Carry extra film backs (MF) or camera bodies (35mm) with different film loaded Push process lower ISO film to sacrifice fine grain in favor of perceived higher ISO ...

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How do I get rights to pictures someone has taken of me?
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The photographer retains the copyright unless he or she specifically assigns them it to someone else. However, usage is a different matter. The photographer may not use an image of you -- where you ...

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How can I think logically about getting correct exposure with flash?
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I'm not sure if there is a checklist or algorithm, but here are some givens when working with flash: Shutter speed is not the tool you use for stopping motion. Flash duration is. And, flash duration ...

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What are the real-world differences between Canon, Sigma and other third-party 70-200 f/2.8 lenses?
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I have shot with the Canon EF70-200mm and the Sigma 70-200mm. I've included a 100% screenshot of an image made a couple of weeks ago with the Sigma lens: The image was made at f/13 under studio ...

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Are there any mobile applications that calculate sunrise/sunset based on location?
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I use LightTrac for the iPad. Not only does it tell you when but also the angle from which the sun will be coming at sunrise, sunset and right now, as the sun position varys seasonally. Besides, it's ...

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How strong is the tripod mount on the bottom of a DSLR?
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The mount on the bottom of the camera is plenty strong. I carry a 5D and 1Ds Mk III around with my Black Rapid all the time and have had no problem. Just make sure you have the screw snugged down and ...

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Will I damage my camera carrying it everywhere?
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Jay Meisel maintains that it is hard to make good images if you don't take your camera along. So which do you optimize for? Longer lasting equipment you don't use or a possibly shortened lifespan of ...

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How do I get the best results with a cell phone camera?
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I would encourage you not to think of cell phone cameras as the lowest rung -- rather, they are the "best camera" (paraphrasing, among others, Chase Jarvis) because they are the ones you most often ...

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Do megapixels matter with modern sensor technology?
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A different spin on the more megapixels question is not "is the edge to edge image clarity better" but "is there something I could do with the extra bits"? One thing I'm seeing more and more is the ...

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How much pay to a model in a session of photos for stock?
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It sounds like you haven't worked much with models. If not, it'll be an interesting journey. It's convenient to make a broad categorization of models into two groups: 1) Professional models, ...

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Do ISO values for Film and DSLR cameras have 1 to 1 correspondence?
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Sort of... because ISO values for film don't even have a 1:1 correspondence. For example, Fujichrome Velvia 50 is rated at ISO 50, but if you set your camera on 50, you will generally underexpose. ...

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How do I return to Camera RAW window after opening an image?
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When you are in Camera RAW, make whatever adjustments you like, then press the shift key. The open button changes to Open Object. This gives you a re-editable object -- i.e., you can dive back into ...

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How do you get the style of color seen in these "urban decay" pictures?
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The top image is almost certainly HDR. Do a Google image search on HDR and you'll surely find others very much like it. The bottom one is possibly HDR, although most people have trouble leaving as ...

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Can the "Dust Delete Data" function on Canon DSLR be used with Lightroom?
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Dust delete data is Canon proprietary, and no third party software that I'm aware of interprets it. I can say for certain that Lightroom/ACR, Aperture and Capture One are all blissfully ignorant of ...

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What are the uses of yellow, green, red, blue filters in black and white photography?
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The easiest way to remember the effect of a filter is this: a filter lightens its own color and darkens the complementary color. A color wheel illustrates the concept. Colors that are 180° opposite ...

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Why are medium format cameras used primarily in good lighting conditions?
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Price: Not everyone can afford the price of a medium format camera and back. High end studios can afford them and their clients will pay for the quality. Price: Not everyone can afford the lenses ...

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How can I make an interesting, unique photograph of a city skyline?
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@DHall gave a good, complete answer. To give you a concrete example (and I have not stood on the same bridge as you did so I don't have an apples-to-apples image), I shot this: The differences ...

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How to meter for manual bounce flash?
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The question was how to meter, not how to eyeball the histogram or guesstimate from guide numbers. I mean no offense to those who answered this way. Just that the original question had specifically to ...

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Should I use in-camera noise reduction, or is it better to leave that for desktop-based post-production?
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It should be done in post-processing. You have absolute control of the noise-reduction parameters at that point and can rethink a setting if it smears your image too much. It's best to shoot in RAW ...

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What is a portrait lens?
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The lenses I see most often used for "portraits" (and by that I mean traditional ones without wacky dramatic wide angle effects) are 85mm prime, 100mm prime, and 70-200mm zoom. Fast lenses do often ...

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How can I fix the color of blue photos using settings from "good" photos?
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In Photoshop, you can use Image > Adjustments > Match Color... then choose the image you want to match as the source. This is handy for product shots done under pretty similar circumstances. However, ...

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Are photo release forms required for old company-event photos?
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Yes, you can. I'm not an attorney, but a non-commercial company book would seem be an editorial use. You don't need model releases for editorial use. If you are really concerned, you might want to ...

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50mm vs 85mm for portraits on a crop sensor?
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I'd suggest you take one of your existing zoom lenses (or borrow one) and set it on 50mm, shoot for a while, then set it on 85mm and shoot for awhile. Think about how well the focal length suits your ...

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What camera strap works well with a 70-200mm lens?
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Almost every time the "what strap" question comes up, my answer will be the same. Try the Black Rapid strap. With the 70-200, the lens faces directly downward, allowing you to both stabilize the lens ...

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How do I break into a higher end market segment for wedding photography?
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If you are looking to move up a bracket in your business (i.e., if you want to earn more during a given shoot), you need to devote some time to figuring out what makes you different from your ...

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Is it possible to get the Histogram display in Lightroom to only consider the area selected by your cropping?
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The histogram in Lightroom 3 does change. Here's an example: Full frame Cropped You'll note that the cropped image has more image information in the top third of the histogram, whereas the ...

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How to shop for a lens filter?
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You are adding an extra layer of glass over your lens. You want to make it as good as you can afford, so as not to (substantially) alter the light entering the lens, except as you intended per the ...

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What are the advantages of glossy monitors?
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Apple is not the only manufacturer who provides the option of glossy monitors. Because you see rows of iMacs in the Apple store with glossy monitors does not mean Apple is the only manufacturer who ...

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How to carry film through airports?
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I haven't shot film for a long time, but when I did, the way I countered the objections (some smart*$$ always seems to know better) is to have one roll of ISO 1600 film at the top of the bag. Then ...

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How to do the ghost mannequin effect?
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There are clear plexi clothing dummies. Your mileage may vary, but it's possible this will solve your problem.

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