Dan Wolfgang
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Why does the Canon 1D X MK 2 only have 20.2MP
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Compromises are made in everything. Look a little harder and you can find "top" DSLRs with many, many more pixels. Hasselblad H6D-100c has 100 MP, for example. But looking at only megapixels gives ...

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What is the advantage of the huge number of AF points?
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Having many autofocus points opens up the camera's capabilities because it can function in different ways depending upon settings and camera features: You can select a single AF point (get precise ...

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If viewers don't respond to the rule of thirds, why do some photographers still emphasize it?
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I was tempted to mark this to be closed as "primarily opinion based" but then realized that I can prove that the "rule" of thirds is not a matter of opinion. Well, sort of. In one specific way. Maybe. ...

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What can I do to improve my composition on rejected food photos?
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Composition: the window pane, blue bowl, and cut-off edges of the plate are distracting. I also find the silver plate itself to be a composition problem: all of the highlights and shadows make it a ...

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How to respond to requests to commercially use one's photos without compensation?
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As somebody who is interested in photography as a hobby -- not a profession, and therefore not worried about making income from it -- I first consider who is asking. I've had a few requests from ...

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Other than speed and weight, what advantages might a prime lens have over a zoom at the same focal length?
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A prime likely still has several advantages over a zoom at a given focal length. (Well, depending upon your needs and habits.) A less complex optical design. All else being equal, a less complex ...

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Do the Lightroom lens correction tools make good lenses less important?
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I think it's more correct to say that Lightroom's lens profiles can make any lens "better." Bad lenses are still bad, good lenses are still good. The corrections Lightroom can make simply improve some ...

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How to photograph chocolate?
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Let's start with the obvious, which you already know: Smitten Kitchen's photos firstly look good because they show off good food. Your photo looks unappealing because it's a pile of chocolate smeared ...

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How did film photographers overcome constant ISO/ASA values in low light situations?
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You young'ns have it too easy with your digital cameras that let you adjust ISO at whim. This is how you overcome it: Technique: breathing, bracing, practice, practice, and more practice. (Honestly, ...

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How do I crop pictures to certain proportion in Photoshop?
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When you select the crop tool the toolbar offers some features to make cropping to proportions easy: Pick the Crop tool and in the toolbar pick the crop icon with dropdown arrow, where you'll see ...

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What focal length lens do I need for photographing the moon?
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You found the image at Mansurov's How to Photograph the Moon, so I think that's a good place to look for answers. Since he suggests using a 300mm lens and 1.4x or 2x teleconverter, I would bet those ...

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Is it worth getting a zoom lens which overlaps with lenses I already have?
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Your edit adds some clarification: you have trouble shooting indoors. Typically when shooting indoors and fighting tight spots means you need a wider lens. If the 18-55 isn't wide enough, then the 18-...

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Are modern telephoto zooms so improved that they're not a big tradeoff vs primes?
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More or less, today's lenses are better than yesterdays. Historically, yes, primes have been substantially better than zoom lenses. Most modern primes are still outstanding. Zoom lenses, however, have ...

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Why is the lowest ISO always 100?
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I can't find a reference now, but I remember once reading that sensors have a usable range so the lowest ISO is chosen in a way to make the most useful range. My camera's native range is ISO 200-3200, ...

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Why are these film photos brighter than digital photos taken at the same time with the same settings?
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There is the potential for variations in many of these steps, but the first one that jumps out at me is that you used the same ISO, aperture, and shutter speed for both exposures. Also, answering your ...

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How to photograph an adult and a child together such that the adult doesn't dominate the scene?
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In your first photo, sitting in the grass, the adult is centered in the frame. There's no way around that: the bigger adult being in the center of the frame is going to dominate and hold the viewers ...

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Lens cleaning pen - disappointed by results, is this working right?
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The lens cleaning pen isn't a single "you only need this" solution. Lens cleaning should ideally be handled in multiple steps: No-contact cleaning with a blower; I like Giottos rocket blowers. ...

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How do I capture the milky way?
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While all of the answers here offer something helpful, there's one thing that can't be stressed enough: you need to shoot from somewhere free of light pollution. Even if you don't have any major ...

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What is the price graph of Nikon cameras?
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The price basically starts high and ends low. You can expect to pay full retail for a camera (or lens) when it's introduced. After demand is sated price drops a little. As the product gets closer to ...

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Practical Difference Between Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8?
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I used that 80-200 for quite a few years, and currently use the first iteration of the the 70-200. I think the 80-200 is a steal! It's optically very good, built well, and focuses quickly on a ...

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What do camera experts do for cameras that take too much battery power?
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If you're going to use the camera with regularity, you simply need an extra battery, in my opinion. You will, eventually, have a few days where you can't recharge for some reason so having the extra ...

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Is the Canon 60D weather proof?
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Most cameras are more weatherproof than their manufacturers let on. The problem is that most users expect that "weatherproof" means it'll be ok if left out in a rainstorm like a forgotten toy, which ...

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Is it difficult to focus on 1.4F prime lens, and if it is how to counter that?
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No matter what the maximum aperture of the lens, the plane of absolute focus is the same. That is, if you shoot with a 50mm f1.4 or a 50mm f2.8 at, say, 10 feet out, it is focused on the exact same ...

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Cropping to a desired size in LightRoom
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Lightroom gives some good cropping tools, IMO. Press "R" or go to the Develop module and click the crop tool below the histogram (though it sounds like you know that part). To set the aspect ratio, ...

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Why do people in the stands during events use flash?
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I can't find anything, but I remember reading that when the Olympics were at Salt Lake City, during the opening ceremonies disposable film point-n-shoots were given to every single spectator, and they ...

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Should I be warming grey card calibrated shots?
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It's all about intent and artistic vision. In studio lighting, for example, getting a perfectly white-balanced shot might be very important because the colors of your client's product need to be ...

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Why is the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR twice as costly as Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX?
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The 55-300 is meant only for DX cameras and the 70-300 is a good choice for both DX and FX cameras. Beyond that, their build quality is noticeably different: the 55-300 is lightweight and the focus ...

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Tagging stuff: plural or singular?
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As somebody who has worked in the book and magazine publishing industry for more than a decade I can say with certainty that it matters less whether you use singular or plural words, and more that you ...

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Is there photo analysis software which will pre-sort images by identifying potential technical problems?
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I use Lightroom to sort through photos. In the Library module I set the filter to Flagged and Unflagged, then make a photo fill the screen. Then I just start hitting the right arrow key or the "x" key....

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What are the pros and cons of flip lock vs. twist lock on tripods?
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I used to have a Bogen/Manfrotto 3205 legset (bought about 20 years ago). (Looks like 190 might be the current model?) I had two complaints about the flip locks: They were loud. Out in the woods, ...

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