Dan Wolfgang
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What gear do I need to trigger off camera Nikon speedlights from Sony NEX6?
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You mention in a comment on Robert Lowdon's answer that you're using a Nikon SB800 speedlight. There are plenty of wireless triggers you can use and the PC sync, as noted, however there's another (...

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Capturing astro photography with D7100
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Getting good or interesting results shooting the night sky involves a good deal of experimentation. You can't shoot at f2 (your lens isn't that fast) so you'll need a longer shutter speed and/or a ...

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Looking for a unique handwriting font for photos
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There are a handful of tools that will let you turn your handwriting into a font. I've used Fontifier with fair results, but there are plenty of solutions if you search a little.

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Why don't sensors have a wider aspect ratio?
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The 3:2 aspect ratio was popular long before digital cameras. In fact, the 3:2 aspect ratio was adopted for digital cameras because it was so already popular for 35mm film cameras. In the film world, ...

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Effective filters for daytime landscape photography?
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Specifically to control daylight, there's not much more you can do. The polarizer and neutral density filters are the only tools to control the scene contrast, though as you've found the harsh daytime ...

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Why do I have shutter lag when shooting (pop-up) flash in manual mode?
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I suspect you're firing in rear-curtain sync mode, which means the flash is fired at the end of the exposure. Switch your flash mode to "auto" and I bet you'll see the delay disappear.

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Best opensource/ free stacking software for mac for astrophotography
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I've been using StarStaX to stack photos to make star trails. It's features are relatively limited in that it really is specifically for stacking images to create star trails only, but it's easy to ...

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What is the difference between shooting with different (but similar in quality) lenses at same focal length?
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The focal length of the lens is typically rounded to a nice number. If memory serves, Nikon's 24-70 is actually 24-68 mm. Many (most?) lenses are not exactly the focal length they claim to be, but ...

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Cameras that can be used in the rain?
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The necessity for waterproofness when working in rain is lessened by something obvious but important: it's raining. The rain gets on the front element/filter of the lens and leaves streaks or rain ...

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Workflow solution for working with an iPad and Windows PC?
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I've used the iOS app Photosmith to effectively do this. Using it on my 1st-gen iPad is painfully slow just to watch it build thumbnails, let alone actually try and use it to work with the photos. ...

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How much metadata do you add to your photos?
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Contact information should, of course, be added. But the questions I always aim to answer by entering metadata: who, what, and where. That typically translates to tagging the people in a photo, the ...

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Is there a way to export from lightroom to multiple formats simultaneously?
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Lightroom doesn't have any direct ability to do this, no, but going a different direction: can at least some of the work be done elsewhere? Most specifically I'm thinking about the web site. I use a ...

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What camera first made you fall in love with photography?
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I used some 110s and 35mm point and shoots occasionally, but they didn't pique an interest in photography. I used my Dad's old Chinon SLR (dunno which model) a little bit on and off for a while, but ...

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Photography in Darkness
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I think you're asking two questions here: how to focus in such low light (since you can't see through the viewfinder) and how to light it to get a nice photo. The D3100 has a small (and therefore ...

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How to manually focus Nikon d5100 at very low light conditions?
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Two things I do to get better results in low light conditions: Try to find more light. I know it sounds silly, but there are often brighter areas around that you can use to help set focus and ...

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Autofocus performance of different brands at night
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There are several things to consider when trying to compare AF across different brands, models, and lenses, and this is especially difficult because you don't know exact details to compare. The lens ...

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Softbox selection for my hobby room
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Reading the details of the eBay auction, you're right, it's not quite what they claim. 7650 watts / 15 bulbs = 510 watts/bulb. Each softbox takes five bulbs, and two softboxes are included (or three, ...

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How do I track what has been published to flickr from Lightroom?
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After publishing a photo to Flickr you'll see it listed in the stream when you click the Flickr publish option.

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Is it a good idea to stack teleconverters to shoot at the moon?
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If you've got the equipment already (or can borrow some), it's worth trying. I wouldn't buy another Teleconverter with the expectation of getting something good, though. Long ago I stacked a Kenko 1....

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How do I prevent / fix out of square images?
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Software has been mentioned, but there's another solution: a tilt-shift lens allows you to correct the perspective at capture time. Tilt-shift (or PC -- perspective control) lenses are very common for ...

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Small-ish camera recommendations for a beginner on a safari
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If a DSLR is too big but she's willing to carry a mirrorless I think that's a great win for the picture quality. However, to get in close to animals, she'll need a big lens with some reach. Which, gee,...

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Why would D90 preset white balance be no good?
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I've occasionally run into this when using a high ISO (3200 or 6400). Presumably the noise from such a high ISO is causing the trouble. I turn the ISO down, shoot the reference card to get a reading, ...

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In what kind of scenes does it make sense to use f/1.4 aperture?
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Lenses are all best when stopped down a little. An f1.4 lens will be better at 2.0 than 1.4, and perhaps better at f2.8 than 2.0; it may be "best" at f2.8. Similarly, an f1.8 lens will be better at f2....

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What Kind of Lighting Rig is This?
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If you want a more photography-oriented tool like this, look at the SaberStrip. I've never used them so can't offer any experience details.

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Is it safe to carry around a tripod with a DSLR attached to the head?
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In general, I'd say it's ok. Just make sure everything is tight before slinging, and try fiddling to see if you can easily/accidentally knock the camera out of the QR mechanism. I use the Arca-Swiss ...

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How can I use Minolta / Sony AF lenses on Nikon DSLR bodies?
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While adapters do exist, they're only really useful if you never want to focus the lens at infinity. The flange distance is different on Nikon and Sony/Minolta cameras, so they don't focus the same -- ...

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A beginner with post processing wanting to learn
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Considering the level of post processing you want to get into, I'd recommend Lightroom over Photoshop. In some ways it's not as flexible as Photoshop, but the organization capabilities, develop tools (...

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Lightroom Upgrade vs Lens Metadata
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I'm suspicious that what you're asking about isn't possible/isn't what you expect. The metadata is populated from the EXIF stored with the image. If the camera doesn't know what kind of lens is ...

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