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Photography Question 
Dawn Cagle
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/17/2005
  1 .  Image Quality Vs. Fast Action
I will be shooting my son's Tae Kwon Do belt testing this weekend, and I am having problems deciding on what type of film I should use. Obviously, I want the highest image quality that I can get, but he's fast and a slow film just isn't going to work. Any thoughts on film speed/brand? Thanks!

4/9/2005 4:59:57 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/17/2003
  If you can get close enough (and it won't distract his routine), use flash to freeze the action. A slow film will produce better prints in this scenario. If flash is not an option, a shutter speed of at least 1/500 sec would be needed to freeze what I'm assuming are some pretty fast moves.
Ideally, if you could access the arena early enough and test the lighting with your in-camera meter to see what ISO setting will give you access to that shutter speed at f-5.6 or f-8.
If the lighting is fairly bright, ISO/400 film should work. If the lighting is too dim to allow for those aperture/shutter speed settings at 400, set the dial to 800 and take another reading. If this works better, shoot everything at that setting and tell your lab to push-process the film one stop.
The ISO/400 films of today by either Kodak or Fuji will make great prints up to 8x10.

4/9/2005 2:38:05 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/17/2005
  Greetings Dawn: The type of film you use depends on a few things, but mainly the lighting you have (or don't have) to work with. If you've got ceiling fluorescents, they produce a color cast on transparency or color negative films. An FLD or FLD filter helps but may not completely eliminate the problem. Or, you can ask the lab to subtract out for fluorescents when printing. With black and white film, of course, the type of lighting isn't a problem.
If you can use some type of fill-in flash, and balance your shutter speed f-stop to record ambient light, you'll likely be able to stop action, and get some background illumination from the overhead lighting. A flash will help eliminate any color cast from fluorescents. Before you use a flash, talk to someone in charge of the event to make sure that's OK. If you're close enough, an on-camera flash should work fine. (Like 20' or less).
As to film types, you probably want something medium speed to achieve less grain and better color saturation. 400 speed will probably be more than sufficient. If it's pretty bright, 200 speed should work fine. I always like Agfa Optima or Fujipress color negative film, which is pretty versatile in its ISO range. Some folks like the Kodacolor Gold stuff, though I don't for a few reasons.
I also prefer ol' fashioned Kodak Tri-X Pan for black and white work shooting low light theatrical productions without flash, Fuji Neopan 1600 if it's darker, and if it's really dark, Ilford or T-Max 3200 speed. The Neopan can be rated at 3200 (pushed one stop) if you let the lab know.
Hope this is useful for ya. Have fun.

4/9/2005 2:43:35 PM

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Photography Question 
Lori Rockwell

member since: 8/18/2003
  2 .  How Do I Thank Someone?
Hi, I got some good advise from Brenda Tharp and I was wondering how to send her a thank by email?

Thank you

9/7/2003 5:50:56 PM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
Owner,, Inc.
  Hi Lori,

The best way is to go back to your original questions that they anwered, click on the Respond to This Question link. It will add what your note to the discussion thread, as well as automatically email anyone who has asked or answered that particular question.

If you have difficulty finding this question or discussion, we've got a great new feature on BetterPhoto that you can use to help you locate this items. If you click on the Sign In button at the bottom of the filmstrip (left side of the BetterPhoto home page), once you type in your email address you will see all the photo discussions, questions you've asked, answers you've given, etc. It is also a handy place to go to get to any BetterPhoto online courses you are taking, or to get to the Admin centers of you Member Gallery or Deluxe Web site.

Alternatively, you can click on Brenda's name to be taken to her BetterPhoto Member Gallery - there you will find a contact page for sending her an email.

9/8/2003 4:54:35 PM

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Photography Question 
Joann  Tompkins-Winborn
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/1/2002
  3 .  Remove photo discussions
Once I have commented on a photo, if I forgot to unclick "notify of new comments" box, how can I remove myself from receiving the discussions on others photos?

8/11/2003 5:05:54 AM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
Owner,, Inc.
  Hi Joann,

You can do this by signing into your member profile. Just click on the "Sign in" button on the left navigational bar.

8/12/2003 12:36:55 AM

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Photography Question 
D. Wesley Davis
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/17/2002
  4 .  Great Work on BetterPhoto
I would like to comment on the quality of work I have noticed from the photographers on the BetterPhoto webpage. I know not all are professionals or amatures but I think the quality is wonderful. I am just begining to experiment with the field and I am amazed at the work most of the members submit. I only hope I can eventually reach the standards of those photographers. Keep up the good work!

12/2/2002 12:45:50 PM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
Owner,, Inc.
  I could not agree more! Thanks for your positive comments, Donnie.

12/5/2002 4:28:51 AM

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Photography Question 
Arielle R. Sherman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 11/6/2002
  5 .  Photo Project Idea Please
hey, im an advanced photo student and I have a project that I cant seem to figure out:
a) good vs. evil
b) time
i can choose either. if you have any ideas for what to shoot for either project please help!

11/11/2002 12:15:33 PM

Michael A. Abbott

member since: 11/20/2002
  how about someone being arrested?

as far as time, how about a picture of the clocks on the Salvadore Dali painting.

11/22/2002 9:55:49 PM

Peggy Wolff
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/26/2003
  Hi Arielle, I have a photo on my gallery called, Battle For A Soul.
It is about how Satan and Jesus are always there tugging us and fighting for us.

12/26/2004 8:42:22 PM

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Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 4/22/2002
  6 .  Edit Text
This is more due to my constant lack of sleep... I find that when tired I tend to make lots of typos and would like to correct them. I post on a programming board and know that text can be edited after it has been posted. Are there any future plans on making this available on this site?

10/6/2002 3:31:41 PM

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Photography Question 
john j. miotke

member since: 5/30/2007
  7 .  Downloading photos
I bought this new computer based on my son's recommendation. Then I try to download a photo and am told "that's a no, no. We're copyright protected" (As if he has a room full of lawyers on his payroll) How can a surfer sneak around thes obstacles?

4/11/2002 2:17:20 PM

  Hi John, Why don't you try asking the photographer for permission to do this.

4/12/2002 8:34:43 AM

doug Nelson

member since: 6/14/2001
  Someone's photos are copyright protected for the same reason many of us do this in the Member Galleries. There are people who will profit from someone else's work, because they're not good enough to do their own. If I see one of my images used in an ad or as one in a collection of file photos, that company will see a roomful of lawyers.

4/12/2002 8:41:42 AM

Johnathan R. Peal

member since: 3/11/2002
  Webshots will let you download photo's and there are lots to choose from. I'm sure there are other sites as well that has the copyright permissions let you download for non-commercial purposes.

6/3/2002 10:00:05 PM

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Photography Question 

member since: 2/23/2002
  8 .  Places That Do Sepia Toning and Archival Prints
I need to find companies that still do sepia toned prints. I have some photos that were ruined by water damage and I need to (ASAP) get a value for the sepia toning. The prints were archival, black and white 11x14s. Any help, websites, telephone numbers that anyone can give me will be helpful. Thanks.

2/23/2002 11:36:46 PM

Rose Passantino

member since: 2/11/2000
  Sarah- try Aim Color Labs in Los Angeles,CA. My husband and I have had terrific results from them and they are great to work with. You can contact them through the website or call. Good Luck with your project.

2/25/2002 8:16:00 AM

Renee Zieglmeier

member since: 12/5/2001
  Try The Camera Shop in St. Cloud, Minnesota. They can do everything. I used to work there, good custom lab. (320) 259-5826 or (800) 793-0112

2/25/2002 11:23:40 AM

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Photography Question 
Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
Owner,, Inc.
  9 .  Why Can't I Comment on Photos Anymore?
If you have been wondering where the Photo Discussions have gone, don't worry. They are in the shop for repair and will be back very soon.

2/18/2002 7:52:13 PM

  Whew! I was getting worried there...

2/18/2002 7:53:32 PM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
Owner,, Inc.
  The Photo Discussions are back online.

You can browse previously submitted discussions at or you can start your own discussions by clicking on the links under each image in the Galleries section.

2/25/2002 2:35:39 AM

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