Dan Wolfgang
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What specific features do people upgrade camera bodies for?
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I think you've identified features that people upgrade to a new camera for, not the reasons people upgrade. You don't upgrade to get a faster AF system, you upgrade to be able to catch focus on the ...

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Can I deduce the max. shutter speed from other camera specs?
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No, there's no way to deduce the max shutter speed. It's typically listed in the same specs where you'd find the kind of information you've listed, in fact.

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Why would you have a light meter chose your aperture for you?
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You've only got the three variables to work with -- ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. When shooting in a studio environment, shutter speed doesn't really matter because you're relying upon the lights ...

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What are the pros and cons of constant-aperture zoom lenses, for a relative beginner?
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Something the other answers don't touch on: fast f2.8 constant-aperture zoom lenses are typically the manufacturer's best, which is more than just a larger aperture. Special elements and coatings on ...

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Looking for features on entry-level DSLR cameras
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Correct, Nikon's low-end DSLRs have no top LCD and only a single command dial. Modern LCDs and interfaces really don't offer anything to make those features less important; it's simply a cost-cutting ...

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The 'Pick' and 'Reject' implemetation in DAMs is flawed?
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You've combined the pick/reject model with the star rating model -- which is fine -- however that's not necessarily representative of everyone's use. Personally, in my initial sort I almost never use ...

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When determining exposure, is ISO typically taken into consideration secondary to aperture and shutter speed or is it equally as important?
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I find it interesting how different photographers use ISO based on their camera choice and experience. Specifically: film vs digital. In fact, while cmason and I are saying the same thing, we both ...

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Why are high-end compacts still shipping without GPS?
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I'd love to see a GPS in more (all!) cameras, but that's obviously not happening. My wife had a Nikon P6000, which has a GPS in it. The battery life because of the GPS was horrid. Even though you ...

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What support system do I use to keep a telephoto lens stable?
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The 100-400 really isn't that big, heavy, or long. In my opinion you don't need special long-lens support, you need better all-around support. I think the 055 is a great tripod, and simply looking at ...

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Are there any memory cards available which can keep up with the Canon 1d x?
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As with just about any camera, a buffer will be used to hold a number of shots which are written to the card. Once the buffer fills, the frame rate slows. Even with the fastest cards today, previous ...

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Is there a battery grip for the Nikon D3100 which uses standard batteries?
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An indirect answer: the type of battery being used makes a difference. Lithium ion batteries are standard because they provide very consistent high performance for both the entirety of the charge and ...

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What qualities should be looked for in a ball head before purchasing one?
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You need to choose a ballhead primarily by the weight you need to support. The load weight that manufacturers report is often difficult to use in making this judgment, though: the manufacturers ...

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Best way to Re-Organize my photos in Lightroom
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You can reorganize folders quite easily within Lightroom -- just drag and drop. The trick is simply to do all of the work in Lightroom so that it understands where you're moving photos to and can keep ...

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Is it worth buying an expensive CPL filter over an e-bay cheap one?
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The brand of filter does make a difference according to the LensTip polarizing filters test. My experience bears this out -- my B+W circular polarizer is clearly better than my Tiffen. It's also ...

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How to more easily view the rear LCD?
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Those are LCD viewfinders. You can find a huge variety of prices and shapes, but they're all basically just a box to block light and make it easier for you to see the LCD screen without any ...

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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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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 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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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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Shallow DOF: continuous or single AF mode?
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With a depth of field of 3 cm/1+ inch, there isn't much room for error. Since you say you're shooting a portrait I'll assume this is a portrait of a person and not a static subject. (If it were a ...

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What are good starter outdoor cameras?
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The focus on outdoors use and specifically the combination of backpacking and canoeing/kayaking make this a difficult recommendation, I think, if you are focused on learning photography instead of ...

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85mm fast prime vs 70-200mm 2.8 for indoor fashion studio shoots
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Two reasons that jumps right out at me are size and weight. A 70-200 is pretty big, especially with a hood. To a new model, I bet it's downright intimidating. Hold that 70-200 for long, and you'll ...

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How can I get my camera to focus on water dropping?
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If you're not able to achieve focus lock, it sounds to me like you might be too close to the coin/water drop -- closer than the lens's minimum focus distance. Look at your lens or in the manual for ...

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What lens do I need to take a decent picture of a graduation ceremony from football-field seating?
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Focusing solely on the question of focal length: a football field is about 160 feet wide. Simply assuming you're on the edge of the field and the graduate is straight across on the other side, ...

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What focal length does Lee Jeffries use for his portraits?
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Poking around a little leads to his 500px account where metadata is present. It looks like he typically shoots a Canon 5D with a 24mm or 85mm lens.

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What did the "macro" switch/mode do on older zoom lenses?
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I used to have a Nikon 28-105mm lens with macro capability and a switch for it. The switch could be moved only when the zoom was in the 50-105mm range. When in that range and switched, the lens focus ...

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People smart collections - similar names problem
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Your example is in fact worse than you realize: the rule keywords contain words John Doe will find photos with the keyword John Irvin Doe, John Joseph Doe, John Doe, as well as partial matches like ...

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Variable focal length for macro lenses?
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Nikon makes a 70-180mm macro zoom lens. It focuses down to a 1:1.3 magnification ratio -- not quite what is considered "true macro" -- but with the 6T close-up lens it gets to 1:1. Supposedly quite ...

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How can I whiten my background, without whitening the subject or modifying subject colours?
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You haven't talked about your lighting at all, but that's almost definitely where the problem is. Simply, the background needs to be lit independently of the foreground. You almost definitely need ...

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Suggestions for workflow for organizing light room library
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I agree with AJ's answer, but wanted to throw one more important thing out: you will find flaws in your system and eventually modify it. That's not to say there's something wrong with your plan -- ...

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