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Do you have questions concerning photography?

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 6, 2013, 10:32 AM


This journal is a question-and-answer journal.

You can ask questions, and I will answer them as good as I can.
I am sure this will help the beginners of you somehow. :aww:

I will post the already asked questions here and update the journal regularly, so that you can also read the answers to other deviant's questions. Just click on the questions, and you will be able to see the answer.

You may also ask several questions. 


And now: GO! :giggle:




Already asked questions that may interest you (I will only list questions that do not have to do with my personal experience like "What is your best photo?"):


















Ask me something you always wanted to know about photography - may it be a technical question or a question about conposition, etc.
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:iconlivelovelifeeleni:
LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey!
I want to get a cheap camera that makes photos have clearer quality, yet I want to learn more about it and I do not have time to go process/edit...I don't have a clue how to do that
I am also active, and am always running or going outdoors to take most of my photos
any suggestions for a camera? <3
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
First of all I want to ask you one important question: Do you want a DSLR or a compact camera?
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:iconlivelovelifeeleni:
LivelovelifeEleni Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
dslr!
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, for the beginning I would recommend beginner DSLRs like the Canon 650D or the 1100D. When you look for Nikon, I would search for the D3000/3100 or the Nikon D5000/5100/5200. :aww:
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:iconilene-of-astolat:
Ilene-of-Astolat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I actually have a question related to that.
Do you need a dslr? I would love one, of course, but they're all out of my price range at the moment.
I suppose the question is what is the big difference between dslrs and compact cameras. I've been reading about them both, but I'm not quite comprehending more than you can change out lenses on the dslr and it seems to be "better".
Could you please clear this up, darling? I promise that I'm not trying to be stupid. :)
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I will try to do that. :)
I already tried out many compact cameras from different price ranges, and all I can say is that the depth of field made by a DSLR is much deeper than a compact camera could ever take.
Of course you can take great pictures with a compact camera, and I watch some people that do so, but I prefer a DSLR. The cheapest ones are around 400€, so it's affordable with a bit of saving.
Did that help you a bit? :)
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:iconilene-of-astolat:
Ilene-of-Astolat Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
That helped so much! Thank you! :) :D :heart:
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BradleyPitt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Photographer
How can one take a REALLY long EXP in day time, because every time I try, my images are always washed out and are white as. Is there a way to do it? Or am I just Dreaming?

Please help :D

Thanks!
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
I also wanted to try it, and I realized you cannot take really long exposures at day time.
You need an ND-filter for that. It blocks the light and enables you to use longer shutters. :aww:
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BradleyPitt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Photographer
Thanks a Trillion! I new there was some kind of lens or filter that did the job I just could not find it :( So, thank you!
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BradleyPitt Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Photographer
SORRY about this but i also forgot to say i have a Canon 650D
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Aiseiri Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do I photograph the moon sharp WITH a sharp sky??? Usually either the sky is sharp and the moon is just a glowing circle or the moon is sharp and the sky is pitch black and the clouds are not visible... =_="
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It is quite difficult to catch a glowing thing in front of a black background. You can make it lighter afterwards in Gimp or PS.
While taking the picture, I did not find any solution for this.. I am really sorry..
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Aiseiri Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah I know but the problem is that the background is pitch black so there is no possibility that the clouds are shown even when I use PS... ;_; but thank you so much anyway ;) :tighthug:
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Pedro-Perez-Pedrero Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
how can i get a good HDR effect without a reflex camera?
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There are some programs in the internet which can help you.
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Pedro-Perez-Pedrero Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
ok, thanks!!!
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Aiseiri Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
through using Photoshop or some other photo editing programm but the process is pretty complicated so I can't explain it unfortunately since I fail to remember it myself... ^^"
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Pedro-Perez-Pedrero Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
ok... thank you anyway!!! :D
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Aiseiri Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are tutorials on the www somewhere and also on dA but sadly I can't tell you which are good yet since I haven't tried it out yet. ;)
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Pedro-Perez-Pedrero Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
:D
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:iconilene-of-astolat:
Ilene-of-Astolat Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
You are always so helpful, Olivia. :heart: I don't have any specific questions at the moment. I just wanted to thank you for always sharing and being an inspiration.
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :heart: you are too kind!
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Malesx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thank you my dear and good luke X3
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Riixon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, yes. I use a Nikon D3000 and I'm an action photographer. I tend to get the luck of the draw and have to take action photos when it gets darker. But all of my pictures end up blurred. I've tried changing the shutter speed and it really does not help.
Any advice on this?
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You want to take action pictures when it is dark? Then I recommend a flash. Without flashing, there will never be enough light to take short shutters. Or you increase the ISO, which will cause grain..
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Riixon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I like daytime action pictures, but I seem to always end up going outside and taking photos (my parents drive me, they like to go later in the day) when it starts to get dark out
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, when it gets darker, action shots are really hard to take..
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EmotionalLadyy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I was wondering how can I take photos like this one [link] ?
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The picture you gave me is a great example of infrared photography. A normal camera filters out the IR-light out of reasons only professionals know. To get a shot like this, you need to buy an extra filter, called "Infrared filters". [link] This is an example.
It filters out all the other colors and lets in the infrared light. Your camera has to have a slight sensitivity for infrared light, otherwise it does not work. It is quite difficult to achieve that, because most modern DSLRs have a blocking system for infrared light. You need to give your camera to a camera store, so they make it sensitive to infrared light.

The results are white trees with a pink touch (also in summer) and darker skies, which looks quite surreal.
I hope I could help you!
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EmotionalLadyy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't believe how helpful your advices are, you are a very kind person for taking the time to share all these tips with us. Thank you once again! :)
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have to thank you for sharing these kind words. :thanks:
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EmotionalLadyy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's true. I don't know how many people would do the things you do right now for nothing. :)
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wiwionart Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
You are doing a great job, Olivia:heart:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :heart: It's lovely to hear whether you liked it.
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:iconwiwionart:
wiwionart Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Yes, I do!
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wagiina Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
this isn't necessarily about photography itself but,

i have a brand new nikon dslr, i've had it for like 2, 3 weeks
yesterday i was trying to take a picture & my lens was screwed up? it was really difficult to twist the lens to zoom in and out, and it would make this strange noise when it tried to autofocus. it wouldn't even focus on anything if the object was too close. before, my lens was fine.
also, the plastic thing you can open to insert the sd card broke off. i just picked up my camera one day and it was broken. could i get a replacement or something for it since i have a warranty?

sorry for the lengthy question, but this camera did cost a lot of money ; its brand new and something is already wrong with the lens! : ( i hope it wasn't my fault

thanks for reading. : )
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't really know why your zoom does not zoom properly. Maybe there is some fuzz in it?
All lenses have a minimum focus distance. [link] This is the 18-55mm kit lens for Nikon. Do you see the "infinity-0.28m"-sign?
It says the minimum focus distance (mimimal distance from your object) is 28cm. If you get closer, the picture will be blurred. It's the same with our eyes. If you get an object too close to your eye, you cannot focus anymore.

I would recommend you to go to the place you bought it. Since you have warranty, they will tell you for free what's wrong.
But remember: Sounds when the autofocus works are normal.
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wagiina Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
i switched to my zoom lens for some pictures the other day,
and there was a HUGE difference. i think there's something up with the lens. i took off the lens and there was fuzz in the mirror!
:iconohfuckplz:

i have the receipt, & a warranty, so I'm going to get it checked out. thank you for your help!
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:icondragonfly-oli:
dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fuzz on the mirror can be cleaned very easily. Since you still have warranty, I am sure they can fix it. ;)
You're welcome!
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wagiina Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
ok!
thanks so much!
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DanCrystalis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i must say, photography questions never seem to stop for me. theres always just so much more to learn!
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:giggle: Indeed. This is true!
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michaelaforbus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Photographer
What lens(es) do you use to get the pretty bokeh like you have here [link] and here [link] ? Do you do any post processing with your photos, and if so, what is it usually? :)
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I use the 50mm f/1.8 from Nikon. :aww:
I do only do general post-processing like cropping or make the picture brighter. :aww: I like it natural.
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michaelaforbus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Photographer
Oki, thank you. :)
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michaelaforbus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Photographer
Like this one, too: [link] . They way the background is blurred is gorgeous.
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TheUnknownAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How do you get pictures like this? [link] I mean..how do you get a picture of things moving (like hair moving or someone jumping) like that in dim lit places? Or just places with poor lighting?
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I can recommend you reading this: [link]
The sun was setting in that picture and my mother used a tripod to shoot that picture. We used the "sports" mode on my camera. It enables to use short shutters.
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TheUnknownAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much. This really helped alot with my last picture I took [link] ! :aww:
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