Nicholas Smith
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Is buying a camera and trying things yourself the best way to learn?
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My learning process was: buy camera, shoot a lot, work out why I wasn't happy with my photos, go read up on the specific things I thought were wrong, go back and shoot a lot more photos, have more ...

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Do sensors wear out?
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The damage they suffer in day to day use is probably fairly minor. The same sensor in your camera is the technical basis as the one they use in the Hubble Space Telescope, just beefed up for coping ...

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Which Nikon kit lens is best to start with — or should I skip the kit lens?
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Having a body and a 50mm isn't a bad way to get started, but if you do a lot of landscapes you might find it a bit stifling. I'd pick up the 18-55 pack, kit lenses are generally good enough for you ...

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How do I keep the horizon straight when taking a photo (without a tripod)?
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I've not got my technique down perfectly yet, but one thing I noticed was my horizons leaning to the right and it was down to me pressing on the shutter too hard and just pushing it down. There's a ...

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What is something you learned recently about your gear that you wish you discovered earlier?
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I recently learnt that it's better to change your focus point with the buttons than to focus and recompose. I mainly shoot at 2.8 or lower and it was getting annoyed with how many photos were a ...

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What is the best 3rd party cheap lens for shooting events with canon 600D?
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Cheap isn't good and good isn't cheap. Good can be reasonably priced though, for events basically you never want your lowest aperture to be above f4 if you can avoid it, otherwise you'll be looking ...

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Will I damage my camera carrying it everywhere?
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I used to really worry about whether my camera would be alright if I was carrying it everywhere, then I remembered something, our little mid-range DSLRs are children of the big high end ones that are ...

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What non-studio lights are best for photography?
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Basically flat lighting means there's no depth created in the image by lighting, this is favourable in some images but generally less so with people. The lighting is used to build shadows and layers ...

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Photoshop or lightroom for landscape and nature photography?
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My standard response is 'use them both and decide which one you like more', and both do have demos available you can try and then pick. However, in this circumstance I'm actually going to say that ...

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How to do the ghost mannequin effect?
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Well, for that one you could probably lay it down flat and then pad the necessary areas, but it definitely depends on what you're shooting.

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Is there a custom firmware availble for the Canon 450D Rebel XSi?
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As far as I'm aware it doesn't, CHDK only runs on the 400D and lower (due to the firmware chipset it ran it was fairly hackable), and Magic Lantern starts on 500D and goes up from there.

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How much does it cost to replace a DSLR shutter?
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It might fail on your D5000 soon, or it might not. When it does it might be expensive for what you need, or might be a case of it's time for a new body. I'm not saying a point of failure is an excuse ...

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Why does the Canon 1D Mark III cost more than the 1D Mark IV?
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Well, on paper something might seem better but really they're different tools for different needs. The biggest one I can think of is the MkIV isn't full frame, it's an APS-H instead, this does have a ...

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What camera first made you fall in love with photography?
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I shot hundreds and hundreds of photos with this, I'd had digital cameras before but they needed to be remembered, and charged and stocked, this was always with me and always ready quickly. Moved ...

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How can I take nice pictures of bikes, as well as perhaps some of cyclists in motion?
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If you'd like to take pictures of people riding them then you need to read up on panning. By panning you can actually capture some sense of movement, the problem when there's no movement you can end ...

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Any ideas for a photo booth props at a market?
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Go for something novel, locally to me there's a couple who run a 'moon booth' which is essentially a photo booth that lets you look like you're sitting on the moon. People adore it because it's a ...

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How can I hold my camera steady?
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Just a few final suggestions: Try using the strap and loop it around your shoulder then elbow to get some tension on it, it's quite difficult to explain but you're basically wanting to have to 'pull' ...

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How to take saturated portraits like these (with natural lighting)?
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No special lighting equipment, or no lighting equipment at all? [cleared up]. It's controlled direct natural light, he'll be in an area where the light is quite naturally diffused but strong enough ...

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Is technical perfection necessary for an artistically awe-inspiring photograph?
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I had a very similar conversation with another photographer along these lines: "X, y, z is wrong in that photo" "Right, but they don't effect it, and ignoring the rule of thirds worked better" "You ...

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What are the differences between two generations of Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX AF 12-24mm f/4?
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From looking on DXOMark it appears the new one has its own focussing motor and it's a bit lighter as well as it has a new coating.

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What do you wish you knew about Lightroom keywords when you started?
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I wish I'd known that having them uploads them to Flickr, the amount of time I spent adding them manually on Flickr could have been well spent shooting more!

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Where could I get a tripod for panoramas on iPhone?
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Whilst the Glif is a mighty fine choice, to give you another option there's the XShot iPhone Case which has a tripod attachment. Both are pretty good choices though, but theres quite a few other ...

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Which should I go for, 1100D + 18-270mm Tamron or 550D + 18-135mm?
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Statistics wise the Tamron outperforms the Canon according to DxOMark, but not by much, but if you don't care about the 135-270 then you might as well get something with a smaller zoom range, you ...

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What type of camera do you recommend for photography of motorsports?
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Well, really depends on how much cash you have to spend. You don't need to spend lots, but the basic qualities you want from the body is continuous burst speed, and that's about it, you will need to ...

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What are some creative ideas for a photo-shoot centering around the use of a notebook computer?
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Does the laptop have to be the focus? There was a series done a while ago by Gabriela Herman on bloggers, it's up here on her site

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Why does my Adobe Lightroom temporarily pixelate photos after every change?
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How big is your catalog? I had a similar issue and it was mostly down to having a very large catalog on not a very large machine.

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What kind of photography is still better done with film cameras?
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Force of habit, there's a big section of photographers who learnt the trade using film and prefer it's qualities, and it works for them so why change the habit of a professional life time? I do know ...

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Is the iPhone 4S camera good enough to serve as one's "everyday-carry"?
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From the reviews (and my very brief hands on with a couple of friends phones) then yeah, it's pretty much a replacement for 90% of low-end compact cameras. It still struggles in some places, the flash ...

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What should I consider when setting up photo sessions at 3rd party location?
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Don't forget to consider the insurance aspects as well, I know it's boring but if someone gets injured and tries to go down the 'where there's a blame there's a claim' route it's good to know you're ...

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Are there any cameras with touchscreens which can send touch input wirelessly to a computer?
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I can't think of anything that exists that does exactly what you want it to, you'd probably need to hack a load of things together to get it to work.

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