Dan Wolfgang
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Do prime lenses still have some advantage over kit lenses when stopped down?
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As a prime lens shooter, I'd like to take a different tact to answering this question by noting a possibly surprising positive: I don't need to zoom with a prime lens. That's very subjective, for sure,...

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Is it best to convert images to a CMYK profile if the printer is using CMYK profile and you know the profile that will be used for printing
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Is it best to convert image to CMYK profile if printer has specified the profile they will use No. First, an image should only be converted to CMYK or a CMYK profile if your printer requires it. ...

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Ezybox hot shoe bracket
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The Lastolite Ezybox hot shoe bracket is what you want. I can only find a kit on the Lastolite site, but I see that B&H has just the bracket.

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Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D has less distortion than Nikon 50mm f/1.8 G?
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The biggest reason to buy the G version: it has an AF-S motor. If you're using a camera that doesn't drive the older screwdriver lenses, then the D version won't autofocus. That is, in the current ...

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Cheap way to calibrate printer
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My experience is that when using a printer with OEM ink, the readily-available paper profiles are quite good. If you're seeing poor results I would review the process you're following to print -- from ...

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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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Why can't one calibrate a monitor with a DSLR & a color chart?
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There's some good detail in the other answers but I wanted to point out the challenges belied by your approach: Take a RAW photo of a real color chart outside to get a white point of D65. ...

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Can I save money on lenses by buying a Nikon camera with an in-body autofocus motor?
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If money is the only consideration and if you plan to buy many lenses, I'm sure the answer is yes. The newer AF-S lenses are more expensive than the AF-D predecessors, or the AF lenses before those. ...

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Can the D800 built-in flash be used to trigger slave flashes only?
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The D800 doesn't have a radio trigger, so yes, it emits light when talking to other flashes -- whether with a dumb optically-triggered slave or with the CLS (Creative Lighting System). The light ...

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what is the best focusing mode for prime lens
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Strictly, to get "crisp results" they are both exactly equal and capable. Autofocus and manual focus both do the same thing -- bring the image into focus -- and by moving the glass they both do this ...

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What exactly "professional-grade" means in Nikon line of lenses?
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One reason "professional grade" is hard to define is because it's going to get manufacturer's in trouble by setting unreasonable expectations. It's easy, for example, to say that a metal bodied lens ...

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Can I photograph flowers with macro lenses shorter than 70mm?
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When talking about macro lenses I think you'll find that they are most typically referring to using it at its highest magnification, typically 1:1. Simply, 1:1 magnification means your subject will be ...

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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 focus on fast moving objects with a low-end dslr?
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In addition to Kevin's answer -- fast shutter speed, experiment with AF modes -- here are three more tips that will help you reach success: Use manual focus. The fastest autofocus systems are too ...

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Will this camera, lens and teleconverter combo work well?
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If your focus is really just getting out to 540mm in a very small package, I would use only the lens and crop the image to achieve the desired size for your intended use. Are you satisfied with it? ...

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How can I modify my NIkon D5500 so I can make a vintage lens auto focus?
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This question (or a variation on it) pops up periodically, and one thing that I think hasn't received much attention is how much more there is to this than "adding an autofocus motor" eludes to. (And, ...

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Is there anything I should be aware of if I'm considering the Nikon AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 ED D lens?
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The Nikon AF 70-300mm F4-5.6 ED D was a fair lens back in the day, but the problem you'll have now is that it's not an AF-S lens -- meaning it doesn't have an autofocus motor built in -- and will ...

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Bookmarking common places in Lightroom?
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It sounds like you need to explore using the various flagging, keywording, and filtering options more. Based on comments, I would suggest you find a way to identify "favorite" -- whether marked with ...

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Which camera should be recommended to the non photographers who insist on getting a DSLR for daily life photography?
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Some people have asked me to suggest them a DSLR for taking photographs of their family and day to day life. These people are not interested in learning photography. It seems they are under an ...

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Why did LR6 soft proofing thought some colors were out of gamut even if they turned out perfect?
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There are a few points to your question I'm unclear on, this is too long for a comment, and I think it also works to answer the question. So, focusing really only on the first profile: It sounds like ...

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Database tool for searching GPS location and Lightroom tags?
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This is really easy to do: simply combine filters. In the Map module, click the set of images you want to search. More than one location? Zoom out, and/or shift+click. In the Library module, enable ...

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Does it make sense to put an expensive lens on a cheap camera?
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All of the other answers discuss good rationale, but here's a different example: exotic and obscure lenses. Whether you look at an old ultra-rare and ultra-wide Nikon 6mm ($34k) or a new Sigma 200-...

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What is the safest and most convenient way to carry heavy lens so it's easy to switch in the field?
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From the sound of it, you are carrying only a body with a lens attached and the 300mm. The camera is presumably slung over your shoulder, around your neck, or in-hand, and so you need a way to also ...

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How viable is copy pasting a professional's settings so that a noob can produce high quality photos?
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The other answers are a little light on a very important part of getting a good photo: your interaction with the subject/model, your ability to put them at ease, and your ability to successfully ...

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Are there any cheap, fast lenses capable of highschool sports photography?
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I would first consider what focal lengths are needed. I am not a sports photographer but I have been able to shoot some middle and high school basketball where I could stand right at the sideline and ...

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Camera for high volume automated shooting of product pictures
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I remember reading this question when asked, but now something else stands out to me that I'm surprised I don't see mentioned: the volume of photos. At the same time it must be able to withstand a ...

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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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What's the best way to maintain two different monitor profiles, one for web and one for print?
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You should not be using different profiles for your monitor for different output purposes. The monitor should be calibrated and profiled with a colorimeter or spectrophotometer. This will allow the ...

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How to capture the sun rays falling inside a forest?
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I've tried to capture the rays of light in the forest many times, and have largely only had middling success. Eventually, however, I realized that the problem is one of contrast. The contrast between ...

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How to photograph frost and snow sparkling?
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There are a lot of good answers here, but I'm surprised to not see one tip: use flash. Normally, in highly reflective conditions a flash is challenging to use because it highlights the reflection ...

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