Q&A

 

Should I pay more for a computer with extra RAM?

 •  September 15

Now that I own a 24-megapixel camera, I am planning to buy a new desktop PC with large monitor and hope to pay about $800; in a pinch, I could afford...

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How can I get better flash exposures?

 •  September 1

I'm not always getting good flash exposures with my Nikon D5100 and SB-800 Speedlight. Sometimes the photos are too bright, and, in other cases, they...

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Is it okay to use an image stabilizer system when the camera is on a tripod?

 •  August 1

I was in a camera store recently asking about the real value of the Canon image stabilizer (IS). I was told that one should always turn the...

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Is it possible to make a living from stock photography sales?

 •  June 30

I know that some of the Photo Life contributors are stock photographers, placing images with an agency's library for sale to companies that need...

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Should I buy a camera without a low-pass (anti-aliasing) filter?

 •  June 16

I just started researching Nikon DSLRs before actually shopping for one, and I noticed that the D3300, D5300, D7100 and D800E omit an optical...

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How can I get a more natural-looking effect when sharpening images?

 •  June 2

Can you provide some advice for using Smart Sharpen or Unsharp Mask in Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom? I have been using 100% as the amount and a...

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What are the fastest memory cards?

 •  May 15

I want to get the fastest memory card for my Nikon D7100 for sports photography, but which one is really the fastest? Several companies claim that...

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Can you explain how to use Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes?

 •  May 1

I want to stop shooting in the green Auto mode, but I find Manual mode too complicated—a lot of my photos are severely overexposed or underexposed....

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Should I buy FX or DX lenses?

 •  April 15

I bought a Nikon D3300 with an 18-55 mm kit lens, and now I'm considering additional lenses, especially a telephoto zoom. While reviewing the options...

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Are filters necessary for digital photography?

 •  April 1

Back when I was shooting with a 35-mm SLR camera, I used a variety of filters but sold them all long ago. Now that I've bought an Olympus E-M5, I'm...

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