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Pat Harry
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  41 .  Permission to use a photo
I know variations of this question has been asked before, but I would still like to get opinions, suggestions, cautions, etc. from this group. I received a request to use a photo by a non-profit group. No payment, just credit for the photo. Of course, I'm flattered. This is the first interest I've ever had for one of my images. However, I'd like to hear from the group before I make a decision - good thing to do, bad thing, etc. Would I need Greg Walker's permission to let them use it, or would that be their burden? Here is the request:

Pat,

We would like to ask permission to use your photo of Greg Walker (http://www.patharry.com/allen2011/h245AF403#h245af403) on our website. Greg will be appearing at an upcoming fundraiser we're hosting at the Museum of Making Music on August 23, 2013.

If granted, we would provide the appropriate attribution and a link to your website with the image. Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

B.J. Morgan, Museum of Making Music

4/20/2013 11:43:33 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Could be good, if you think you want to use that as a first step to starting a relationship with the museum. But you hear most photographers say don't ever give anything away. Most come from a guilt trip angle of either damaging the art or taking away work from somebody.
But really, people looking for free stuff aren't going to pay much in the first place. And in a case like this, was anybody in much danger of loosing a paying gig in the first place. You can ask them why they haven't used a promo photo from him, which seems odd in a way.
It's a news worthy thing, announcing an event, not an endorsement. Plus being a public figure, the museum wouldn't need his permission.
If you let them use it, it'll probably may also end up in the local paper if the museum decides to place an ad announcing the event. You can always tell them that whenever somebody wants to use you're editorial stuff you, you charge a one time fee. Nobody with the museum has to know you haven't done it before. Even if it's $20.

4/21/2013 10:19:58 PM

Pat Harry
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  Gregory - thank you for your input. You've been very helpful!

4/23/2013 4:47:52 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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  Good for you Pat! I just went to the museum's site, saw the home page blurb for Greg Walker's appearance, and when I clicked it, up came an article with your image off to the side, photo credit, and link to your site!

5/6/2013 12:53:00 PM

Pat Harry
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  Thanks, Christopher!

5/8/2013 6:55:53 PM

  CONGRATZ Pat. And yes, the image is here.

http://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/events/details/114-access-to-music-gala-with-greg-walker

UB.

5/8/2013 10:48:04 PM

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Harriet Feagin
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  42 .  Canvas Wrap
I am wanting to have some photos made into gallery wraps. Does anyone know of a company that produces wraps that still look like the original photo. I want quality above all else. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Harriet Feagin

4/11/2013 7:25:39 PM

D Jensen
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  Get on Facebook and look for The Antzl Project. He is based out of Longmont, CO. His work is awesome and he is very reasonable. I have had several wraps done and I am absolutely thrilled with his work.

4/14/2013 4:15:42 AM

  Hi Harriet,
I use MPIX for all my prints and they have exceptional quality gallery wraps.
mpix.com
Cheers,
Carlton

4/14/2013 12:55:15 PM

Ken Smith
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  Harriet, I've heard good things about MPIX too.

4/14/2013 1:37:53 PM

Brian M. Jones
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  I use Mpix for my big 20x30 prints, and they are so professional.. I highly recommend getting anything from them... They do awesome canvas wrap work too.. I would never use anyone else..

4/14/2013 10:08:08 PM

Tom R. Fleeman

member since: 4/26/2010
  Harriet I have used MPIX the last (3) years for all my photo work for my business All their products are top quality.I did have one problem on some 8 x 10 photos, I emailed them and I had replacements the next day.

Tom

4/15/2013 7:12:24 AM

  I have also been very happy with Mpix.

4/16/2013 10:37:50 AM

  I have also use MPIX. They have done a load of large and small prints, galley wraps, greeting cards, calendars and even a couple of framed prints and I just don't see how anyone could be better. There work is very high quality and their speed in processing and delivery is awesome. They also have very low flat rate shipping costs.

Linda

4/17/2013 11:53:57 AM

  Thank you all for your responses. I have some good tips to think about.

Harriet Feagin

4/17/2013 12:15:52 PM

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Jill Odice
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  43 .  who is Wxeaplni?
When I went to check a comment on one of my images, everybody's name had been changed to Wxeaplni Weaplni?? HUh????

3/24/2013 5:12:17 PM

  I was checking out Bobby G's and thought it was just him and then I noticed that it's all of us. Interesting.

3/24/2013 5:31:33 PM

  Someone trying to write code really screwed up.

3/24/2013 5:43:11 PM

Ken Smith
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  I sent BP an e-mail...to their customer support..and to Jay@betterphoto. Hopefully a simple fix..and not indicative of something more serious.

Signed...Wxeapini

3/24/2013 5:51:31 PM

  Hope it isn't some kind of virus...

3/24/2013 7:47:15 PM

  It looks like they fixed it :-)

3/25/2013 12:07:05 AM

  Yep was fixed. When I logged in last night I could not so sent a password re-set and got a really odd password sent to my email. When I logged on, everything in my personal account was change except my email - my name, my address, my phone number - so after several tries I was able to change my password and update the info. Then a little while later everything went off-line including my website which is hosted here.

This morning I was able to log-in using my old password so they must have re-set with an old back-up.

I don't know if they were hacked or not, I also sent an email asking if they were hacked and if my credit card on file was compromised. Hopefully they will explain what happened soon but in the meantime - keep a watch on your credit cards if you have one on file!

3/25/2013 6:29:56 AM

  Lynn, hacking never occurred to me. I just thought it was due to a typing error when writing code but you gave good advice.

Any other web site that I use will, from time to time, announce that the site will be shut down at a certain time for maintenance. I donít ever recall BP doing that; Iím sure it is extra difficult to perform such duties while on line.

3/25/2013 6:39:38 AM

  I checked my emails last night to see if BP had sent a maintenance email as they do take the site down on occasion to upgrade, etc.. BUT I didn't see an email so I was worried it was something else (hackers/virus).. Just happy its back to normal now :)

Nothing to see here - move along... Wxeaplni Weaplni

3/25/2013 7:39:21 PM

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Shannon Whit
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  44 .  selling gear
Hello. Does anyone know the best way to sell used equipment? I have a Canon 7d that I used for 16 months. I would like to upgrade. Have any of you sold equipment before? Thanks.

3/18/2013 3:46:06 PM

  Hello Shannon, I have used Craigslist, B&H and Fred Miranda for buying. selling & upgrading. Check em all out. You have to be careful with Craigslist and dont fall for the "send $$ to London" scams - meet anyone on Craigslist face to face, B&H and Fred Miranda are trustworthy and I believe Calumet & Adorama are as well.
my .02,
Carlton

3/25/2013 7:45:41 PM

Shannon Whit
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  Thanks Carlton. Anytime I've come on here with questions you've always been helpful. I appreciate it!

3/25/2013 11:33:59 PM

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Usman Bajwa
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  45 .  Places to shoot Down Under.
Hi fellow BPers, I will be spending the next four weeks in Australia to meet family and hopefully take sometime out to shoot this wonderful country.

I will be visiting Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart. I would love to hear from the folks who live there or have visited there and can suggest places to visit and shoot images of in or nearby the above-stated five cities.

I would also very much welcome the opportunity if some of you have time and interest to have a photo-shoot together.

Thanks for your time, in advance.

Usman.

3/7/2013 3:02:58 AM

  Hey Usman,

That's terrific that you are headed 'down under' :) .... Unfortunately I don't live in any of those places but I will be travelling to Melbourne and possibly Sydney in the next 4 weeks and if the timing co-ordinates or we can work it out somehow would love to catch up and shoot with you........

So many awesome places to shoot - I know you have been here before so know your way around a bit but will email you some of my fav places in Melbourne and Sydney.

Travel safe and have fun!!!

Renee

3/8/2013 12:27:20 PM

  Have reached Australia a couple days ago, Renee. Am very excited to think of our potential photo shoot together, it will be an honor and I am hoping some of your talent gets dusted off on me. Will let you know as soon as my itinerary gets confirmed for Melbourne and Sydney.

Take care.

Usman.

3/12/2013 5:11:42 AM

  G'day Usman,
Welcome to Australia!
I will email you some of my favorite places I visit shortly!
I hope you have a marvelous stay in our country!
Enjoy your Stay
John.

3/14/2013 2:44:03 PM

  Thank you so much for your response above, John.
Looking forward to receiving your email.
Have a great day!

UB.

3/15/2013 12:43:41 AM

  Got it, thanks John, appreciate your expert feedback.

UB.

3/21/2013 3:29:27 PM

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Gerard Ryan

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  46 .  Digital Storage
What is considered "best practice" when it comes to storage of images, back up etc. I use Lightroom 4.

3/5/2013 1:08:36 PM

  I'm not sure if it's the best way of doing things, but I can tell you how I do it.

I use LR4 to import my images. I use the handy feature that makes a duplicate copy to a different drive at the same time. This gives me two copies of my files in case a drive fails. Periodically (probably not as often as I should), I manually make a copy of my main drive to a portable drive. This copy is stored at my dad's house in his fireproof safe. This gives me a third copy that is secure should something catastrophic happen at my home.

So far, this seems to work well.

3/5/2013 3:21:01 PM

  Back up every day- I use an outside HD with 6 TB. I am also going to start backing up in the "Cloud," and will purchase a portable 2 TB drive to use while traveling, for pics taken each day I'm gone.

You should go through your pics periodically and weed out the flawed ones that you will never use, and that are taking up too much room, such as RAW photos (or convert them for storage to .dng).

4/14/2013 1:20:49 PM

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Nancy Marie Ricketts
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  47 .  Extreme pro high capacity memory cards
Do high capacity, I.e. 32G Extreme Pro by Sandisk for shooting With a 5DII in RAW have a life span, and what is the average life span for these cards?

2/28/2013 8:52:03 PM

Ed Prasek
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  Found the following information you may find helpful:

http://improvephotography.com/749/memory-cards-sd-cf-replaced-old-reliability/

5/7/2013 1:41:30 PM

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William R. Box
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  48 .  Portrait of High School Orchestra
I have been asked to take a portrait of a high school orchestra that has 60-70 members. The orchestra will be on a stage with a black background.
I plan to use two AB 800 strobes, placed high and about 1/3 from each end and pointed towards the back of the opposite side. I plan to use 64" soft silver parabolic umbrellas. Alternative is to use the reflectors with no modification. The strobes will be 10-20 feet from the first row. I can also use my Nikon 700 speedlight to fill in the center area, if needed. I plan to shoot from a ladder with Nikon D700 with a 24-85 zoom, using shutter speed 160 or greater, adjusting f-stop and ISO to give good DOF. I will need to check White Balance with the stage lights and the strobes. I might be able to turn down the stage lights just before I shoot. I will ask for an opportunity to test out lighting prior to the event.
My concerns are: if the strobes will give adequate light, shadows in the orchestra and on the background, best position for the strobes, do I need light on the background, etc. I will appreciate any suggestions and comments.
Thanks - Bill

2/20/2013 9:50:44 AM

  Hi Bill,
Interesting question! If your umbrellas are truly parabolic, do NOT use them. A parabolic umbrella is designed to throw a big spot, which would be very bad for lighting a large group. I did a test on my silver parabolic umbrella and it really does throw a spot. You might test yours by shooting against a large white wall. A 45-inch standard silver umbrella might work well for you, and you can get them cheaply.
Next, have you successfully synced your Nikon Speedlight with the Alien Bees in the past? If not, you may find that this is difficult to do. Just the reflectors on the Alien Bees will probably work pretty well. I would use the stage lighting with the Bees. Change your shutter speed until you find one long enough to allow the tungsten stage lighting to fill the shadows and warm up the shot just a little; I would guess around a 15th to a 30th, rather than the faster speed you mentioned. Shoot in RAW, then you can adjust for a pleasing color balance when you convert to JPG.
Good Luck!
John Siskin

2/20/2013 10:35:14 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Consider doing composites of smaller groups of people. Or if lighting the entire area poses too much of a problem, you can light smaller sections and move the lights light other sections. Then put them together. A lot of photos of large areas are done that way.

2/20/2013 1:30:10 PM

William R. Box
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  Hi John and Gregory - Thanks for your responses. Paul Buff company make standard umbrellas in a white or silver. Would you recommend a shoot through or bounce or will it make much of a difference? If I use the reflectors would you recommend the standard or a wide angle reflector. I had not thought about the falloff of the light using the parabolic umbrellas and what I am wanting is uniform lighting over the whole group. I have been able to sync the speedlight but I find I have to test fire it if there is to much time between shots. I'm hoping I will not need to use the speedlight and the strobes will provide enough light. I would like to shoot at a faster shutter speed to eliminate blur due to either me moving since I am going to be on a ladder or the kids moving. I always shoot in RAW to give me flexibility in post processing. Unfortunately, I'm not very skilled at stitching photos together so I am hoping to get everyone in one shot. Eventually I am going to have to take a photoshop course. Thanks again and any responses will be appreciated. Bill

2/20/2013 7:57:28 PM

  Hi Bill,
Iíve spoken with Paul Buff on a couple of occasions. Great guy and a great company. More to the point: good products. I often recommend them in my classes here at BetterPhoto. Anyway, you can get umbrellas from Paulís company, or a lot of other companies, umbrellas are almost always interchangeable. For this situation I would get a silver umbrella, as it will put more of the light on the subject. I really think shooting through an umbrella is a BAD idea, as it reduces your control over the light. With a silver umbrella you can only bounce light off the umbrella anyway. I would use the regular reflectors, if you can back them up far enough to give you even light over the orchestra.

Keep in mind your Alien Beeís are only making light for 1/1100th of a second at full power, so the strobes will stop the movement. If the shutter is open a little longer to get ambient light this wonít create much blur because it is only a little part of the image. In addition I think you be using a normal or wide-angle lens, so problems with blur should be minimal. Still, I would try to hold still.
Thanks, John Siskin

2/21/2013 8:41:42 AM

William R. Box
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  Hi John - Thanks for the information and comments. Paul Buff has a reversible white/silver standard umbrella that I will purchase for this project. I may also purchase the wide angle reflector to reduce spill and put all the light into the umbrella. I am fairly new to using strobes and forget that the strobe lights the subject (stops movement as you said) and the shutter can be adjusted for the background. I plan on taking your course on Portrait Photography Lighting - I have some experience with studio and on location portrait work. However, would you recommend starting with you introductory course then followup with the Portrait Lighting course? I also plan to take Ibarionex Perello's courses on portrait photography. Thanks again for your feedback and comments. Bill

2/22/2013 9:40:04 AM

  Hi Bill,
Iím sure the white/silver umbrella will be useful. Any umbrella that doesnít let light through can be more useful than a shoot through. When you have light coming out the front and back of a light source you lose a lot of control. I donít know why you need the wide-angle reflector, as it will give you more spill light rather than less.

I certainly like it when people start with the introductory course. I try to explain why lighting tools work in certain ways and how to use them. I also go over what gear will work for your particular purposes. The portrait class assumes you know at least some of this stuff. The intro class will help you to light anything, which is a good goal. Iím sure youíd enjoy Ibarionexís class as well. He is a great teacher!
Thanks, John

2/22/2013 12:10:05 PM

William R. Box
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  Thanks John for your input and comments. Bill

2/24/2013 4:41:27 AM

Bruce A. Dart

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  Hi Bill,
John is right about the umbrellas as well as the Paul Buff Co. With a large group (and I have done as many as 150 on a stage similarly) it is infinitely easier to take advantage of the ambient light and use your umbrellas to fill shadows and balance color. Stage lighting is often uneven so you can't depend on that entirely. That number is very doable.
And when buying equipment you have to consider other uses as well and not just one time. Shooting from a ladder gives a nice angle but unless it is essential to even get the shot, I would prefer the tripod to steady the camera for slower shutter speeds. Black curtains can be tough as they absorb lots of light and if the member on stage are dressed in black, as they often are, that presents another problem. If you can shoot and process raw files that will be a big help. Good luck.

2/27/2013 1:24:21 PM

William R. Box
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  Hi Bruce - Thanks for your input. The stage is elevated and to get the faces of the back rows I need to be up high- the orchestra does not use risers so they are all on the same level. I always shoot in RAW to give myself flexibility in processing the images. I try to be judicious in purchasing equipment (which my wife greatly appreciates) Thanks again for your comments - Bill

2/27/2013 5:52:06 PM

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Leanna Slater

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  49 .  Post Production Software
Any recommendations for photo post production software? Have been using Aperture and am looking for something new...

2/16/2013 11:20:27 AM

  I am totally sold on Photoshop (the full version, not Elements). Photoshop is not easy to learn but you acheive great power once you figure it out.

I like having full control over my work; using masks and layers Photoshop gives me the ability to adjust, edit, enhance just what I want without affecting the entire image.

2/18/2013 5:11:36 PM

Ken Smith
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  I also have Photoshop, but began early on with Elements, which does a fantastic job too. Be sure to get a good book on the version of software you get. And, go to Youtube and then search for "how to" videos using the software you chose.

2/18/2013 6:17:55 PM

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JoAnne K. Daniels

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  50 .  Focusing Issues
I am experiencing difficulty getting great focus shots with my 70-200 L series Canon lens. Specifically, I cannot seem to get the crisp shots. I shoot a lot of action rodeo photography and the past weekend I was out on a bright sunny day with my tri-pod, shutter release cable, Canon 7D and 70-200 lens. I tried using both TV and AV and tried to push my camera to F8 or better and no less than 125. But, since they were fast action shots I wanted to up the speed to 250 or 500 or even more but everytime I do this the apperature drops down to 2.8 or 4 which we all know makes blurry shots. I seen a picture of a surfer shot at F.8/1600 on ISO 400 and it was beautiful. But it seems that my lens won't push to the higher speeds. Even when I change the ISO up to as far as 1000. What am I doing wrong? I even tried switching to manual mode and setting to F.8/250 on a bright day and it is too dark. The only way I get adequate light is if the apperature is open to 2.8 to 5.6. My other lens 24-85 is in great focus. Help!

2/12/2013 9:29:52 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Are you trying to get a close picture of a very dark colored horse?

2/12/2013 5:02:27 PM

JoAnne K. Daniels

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  No, I'm actually stationed at the back end of the arena shooting pictures of the team ropers as they come out of the box chasing the steers. It is typical outside during the day picture.

2/12/2013 8:22:48 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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  Go thru and make sure everything is set right. Iso, exposure comp set to zero, no custom functions accidentally set, the camera monitor brightness is set right.
See if you go outside, mid day, sun behind you, have it at the 100mm mark at iso 400 and point at a grassy area or some scene without too much of really dark stuff or bright stuff. And see if the meter reads around 1/400 or 1/500 at f/16.

2/13/2013 5:07:12 PM

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