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Photography Question 
Jill Odice
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 7/1/2005
  11 .  Excessive emails...
Is it really necessary to send so many emails out selling the courses? I personally cannot afford to take any courses at this time and am starting to get annoyed by the many emails I get every day about this class and that class etc...I am sure anybody who wants to take a course will sign up after the first or second email, but to get several a day is overkill and just annoying.

3/21/2013 4:17:03 PM

  I wish I could take my classes, but injuries get in my way as well as sitting too long at the computer.

But, I loved taking classes here, in fact, I was addicted to them finding it very rewarding to improve my skills while learning with students all over the world.

I'm not annoyed at all, just wishful that I could take more.

6/10/2013 6:11:25 AM

Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/31/2005
  Hitting delete is free.

6/10/2013 12:07:07 PM

  I replied to one of the emails and asked to be taken off of the email list for this type of marketing, and they did.

6/10/2013 4:20:47 PM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Hi Jill,

We are working on improving our emailing system so pretty soon you will be able to say "Hey I am interested in the contest and websites, but not courses" or similar preferences.

Thanks!

8/4/2013 8:30:59 PM

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Mary  L. Olson
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member since: 2/6/2006
  12 .  What has happened to the classes?
Did they go away? I was ready to sign up for Deb Sandidge's long exposure course and it (and all the others) disappeared. Say it isn't so. Tell me it's just a glitch.

2/3/2013 8:06:56 AM

  The basic galleries also have disappeared. I wish they would tell us when something is going on. It would save a lot of hand wringing and worry.

2/4/2013 9:04:10 AM

  Don't freak out folks..They aren't gone..Look down at the bottom of the page under interactive courses and for the basic galleries, under membership. I should have looked around better before I said anything..somebody just emailed me and said the galleries were gone.

2/4/2013 9:17:27 AM

  Hi!
Betterphoto is going through some exciting new updates, and simplifying things for new and current members!

Sign into your Member center, and on the initial Welcome page you will see many new links to direct you to view all of the Basic galleries, Interactive Courses, etc....

Also, please view the links at the bottom of the Betterphoto.com pages for links to Membership, courses, the Sitemap etc as well!

2/4/2013 10:24:23 AM

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Alex ,. Shah
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member since: 7/27/2012
  13 .  How do I upload my self portrait
 
My name is Alex H. Shah,I have enrolled in a second 4 weeks class, I would like to know how do I upload myself protrait for the rest of the class to see, please advise, and Thank you.

11/2/2012 6:33:19 PM

  Hi Alex,
Good to hear from you! Here's how to do it...

In Campus Square, click on the Student Lounge tab at the upper right. When the next page displays, click on the Student Introductions link at the left. Next, click on the Introduce Yourself to the Class tab. You'll then see a title box and a "Your Introduction" text box to introduce yourself. Underneath, you'll see the "Upload a Self Portrait" section underneath the text box. Choose the Yes option, and on the next page, you'll be able to browse your computer to upload your portrait - it should be a JPEG.

Hope this works for you!

Kerry

11/4/2012 10:02:08 PM

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Marcy B. Reman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2012
  14 .  Masterpiece Membership
Thinking about signing up for Masterpiece Membership. Curious as to what others have experienced in this group? Likes and dislikes. I'm fairly new to photography but have developed a great passion for it. I've taken 2 classes and things are starting to click and my photography is really improving. I want to keep learning, growing and receiving feedback but need a break from the weekly assignments. Any thoughts, comments and recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

10/17/2012 5:27:22 AM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  Marcy, I never noticed the Masterpiece Membership. It looks like it offers a lot. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I'm interesed in seeing some response from members too.

10/19/2012 9:38:39 AM

  I've been in MM since Feb 2009. It's educational, fun, aggravating, confusing, motivational, fulfilling........ All for only $49 a month...which, if you figure it out, is cheaper than a 4 week class.

Anyway, it's moderated/run by Kerry Drager...who assigns, and, explains, the monthly "Mission" with pictures and links to examples. There's a Q&A forum for questions (Duh?) and a critique forum to submit pictures that you need help on or would like comments on..Kerry is very good about answering questions and critiquing promptly.
The "mission" pictures go into a separate area and are commented on and voted on by other MM members. When the "mission" month is over, there are a few days for stragglers to vote on pictures, then Kerry makes his choices and the top 10 images for that month are announced.

I hope some of this made sense.... It's hard to capsulate the whole thing in a couple sentences. If you have any other questions or need something explained further, feel free to ask me. I'm retired, so I have lots of time... ;-)

Bob

10/22/2012 8:47:58 PM

Marcy B. Reman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2012
  Thanks Bob! It sounds like fun. I think I may try it starting in November. Are there photographers of levels involved?

10/22/2012 9:29:32 PM

Greg Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/8/2008
  Marcy: I've been in MM for awhile (although not as long as Bob, he has seniority I think), and in addition to the benefits of a monthly challenge, which I enjoy and find motivating (although admittedly struggle some months to find just the "perfect" masterpiece shot), the unexpected benefit has been Kerry's availability to critique not just the monthly submissions, but any shot. For your monthly fee, you are essentially buying a pro to look over your shoulder and give advice on any aspect of your photography. I find that as valuable as the monthly challenge. You also get the opportunity to connect with other photographers; I recently vacationed in an city with a MM member and we met up for a day to shoot. Plus, you can come and go anytime, no commitment beyond each month. Each month all the entries are up for vote for the winner and top 10 finishers. I have learned not to obsess over this. Hard to anticipate how people react to your shots, not unlike submitting to the regular BP contests each month. Hard to see your "greatest shot ever" be ignored! On the other hand, a shot you didn't think that highly of can get a good reaction. I think you can find the top finishers each month on the main BP page, so you can get a sense of what the level of the participants is...I think it is all over the board, from pretty serious, experienced photographers to folks like me who are somewhat new to the concept of being serious about photography, and skill levels that range from intermediate to highly skilled. I don't think there are many "beginners" in MM. I think most members have taken some BP classes.

10/26/2012 6:28:21 AM

Marcy B. Reman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2012
  Thanks Greg! Great information and really helps me to know what I'm getting into. I've take 2 classes - 16 weeks and my photography has really jumped a level, though I would still consider myself an advanced beginner as there is so much to learn. I really enjoy the comraderie of the classes but I am always sad when the class ends. MM sounds like to might be a great experience and I'm going to give it a try for November.

Thanks again!

10/26/2012 7:03:32 AM

Greg Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/8/2008
  Great, be good to welcome you to the group!

10/26/2012 8:01:47 AM

Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto Member
BetterPhotoJim.com
Owner, BetterPhoto.com, Inc.
  Kerry and I often wonder if the word "Masterpiece" in the title of this group intimidates potential members. Although the original intention was to walk in Ansel's footsteps, and create at least one masterpiece a month, we could change the name to something that is more open to intermediate and serious enthusiast photographers.

Any thoughts?

2/1/2013 2:34:41 PM

Marcy B. Reman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2012
  Jim - this is my third month as a member of Masterpiece Membership and what attracted me to look at it was the name. So I say keep it. I truly aspire to creating Masterpieces. I would have characterized myself as an advanced beginner serious hobbyist when I joined and I'm very much enjoying this group and the monthly challenges. The members are open and friendly. The level was not above my capabilities - I even had a photo chosen as #1 last month. My suggestion might be to leave the name but choose a tag line that encourages all. ie. An open and creative environment to help any serious photographer create winning photos.

Hope that helps.

2/3/2013 1:52:12 PM

Jackie M. Sajewski
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/21/2010
  I guess I thought it was a more advanced class or more advanced skills than I have at this point. I am a serious enthusiast hobby shooter always wanting to get better. Perhaps it might be something I am ready to try. Congrats Marcy on doing so well in the club and winning a monthly challenge. Thats awesome.

2/3/2013 4:23:21 PM

  Very well put, Marcy! I was pondering a new name and couldn't come up with a better one. I like your tag line idea... :-)

2/3/2013 5:26:38 PM

Marcy B. Reman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2012
  Thanks Jackie! You should join this group. Your photos are beautiful and I'm sure those in the group would enjoy seeing them. I think you would enjoy it also. It provides the comraderie of the monthly discussion threads but more intimate. Plus you have the advantage of receiving critiques. Kerry is really wonderful and always gracious and responsive. I have learned so much from him and all the members of the group.

2/3/2013 5:58:07 PM

  Another tag line idea:

"No matter where you stand, improve your photography rung-by-rung until you reach at the top, creating Masterpieces of your own"

UB.

2/4/2013 6:34:56 PM

Marcy B. Reman
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2012
  Usman - that's perfect! Love it. Are you going to join MM too?

2/4/2013 8:13:22 PM

  Good one, Usman... :-)

2/4/2013 8:30:25 PM

  Thanks Marcy, would definitely love to join in the fun and improve on my skillset, but its (the fees) way too steep for me right now, as there are other priorities that need to be taken care off first.

UB.

2/4/2013 8:30:58 PM

  This does look like fun, but the monthly cost is prohibitive for me to!

2/7/2013 2:56:25 PM

  I've written Kerry and gotten some great feedback on the Master Membership program.

I would like to hear about some experiences from members in the program. Can a member give me a scenario of a monthly challenge was like for them?

Thanks for any feedback I can get from folks. I hope everyone has a super Christmas!

12/5/2013 11:43:17 AM

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Bill Coulter
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 1/10/2011
  15 .  Which class to take next
Hi,
I have taken 2 classes so far, Both of the classes were with Charlotte Lowrie, A class on the Canon rebel and now that I got a new camera I took Understanding the Canon 60D. I am now ready to take another class or two I would like to take course in Closeups(4 weeks) and the wow factor(8 week ) course I don't know which one to take first and would appreciate ant feedback.
Thanks!
Bill C

9/15/2012 12:10:59 PM

  Hi Bill,
Thanks for your interest in BetterPhoto's online photography school!

As for your next best course, the ones you mentioned - my Creative Close-ups or Impact in Your Photographs: The Wow Factor - are excellent, if I say so myself. :) Actually, neither is dependent on the other as a prerequisite, so you could take either one first - your preference.

Just checking, though: Do you have a good handle on the fundamentals of exposure? i.e., looking at a scene in terms of what is the priority: depth of field (f/stop), or stopping or showing motion (shutter speed)? If you feel a brush-up on the basics would be good, then I would recommend Pro Tips for Great Exposure ... it's an excellent four-week course that's offered each month.

In any case, you can't go wrong with Close-ups and Impact/Wow! :)

Hope this helps, Bill, and thanks again!

Kerry Drager
Course Advisor
BetterPhoto.com


P.S. If you would like to contact me directly, feel free to email me at kerry @ betterphoto.com

9/17/2012 7:55:35 AM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/27/2004
  Hey Bill Ė I float into BP every so often, checking to see what has changed (or not). I saw your question and because I am also considering another BP class, I thought Iíd share my experiences. Itís been a couple of years since I took a class here, but every class I took (and I took quite a few) was excellent and well worth the investment. The biggest challenge is deciding whether your skill/knowledge level is equal to what is being presenting in the class. You donít want to get into a class on advanced lighting methods if you are still trying to master basic lighting! (Trust me, I did that!) I took both Creative Close ups and Creative Light and Composition from Kerry about five years ago. Even now, years later, after my skills have become more advanced, I still refer back to things I learned in these early classes. I never took the WOW class, but I think it would be very helpful and fun also. With one exception every class Iíve taken has benefited me in my career of doing nature and travel writing and photography. The single exception had nothing to do with the instructor, but was a mistake I made because I thought I knew more than I did at that time.

9/23/2012 3:48:47 PM

  Hi Irene,
Always great to hear from you, and thanks so much for the nice words ... and also thanks for your valuable input!!
Kerry

9/23/2012 8:53:24 PM

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Cynthia Ong-Lamb
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member since: 8/11/2012
  16 .  Obtaining photos
Where do I go to see comments on my photos without clicking the link from my email?

9/12/2012 8:15:27 PM

  Hi Cynthia,

For online courses, all class activity takes place in Campus Square. The emails you receive are just auto-notification of activity that involves critiques or comments on your uploaded photos, and if there are further comments on any discussions. But also important is checking out the critiques of classmates, etc.

In Campus Square, the Photos area not only includes the "Upload New Photos" link for uploading, but also that's where all assignment submssions appear. Then, once a photo is commented on by a classmate, or critiqued by the instructor, the photo will automatically be duplicated in the Critiques area of Campus Square. For your photos, you should receive auto-notification by email.

Hope this helps, Cynthia, and have fun in your class!

Kerry

9/13/2012 7:09:25 AM

  P.S. For any questions for your instructors, there's a Q&A tab in Campus Square. Again, enjoy your course!

9/13/2012 7:10:41 AM

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Marie Ekstr
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 7/10/2012
  17 .  Recommended courses for the Master Training?
Hi! I'm attending the Master Photographer Training program and has just started with the 8 week "Mastering the Digital Camera and Photography" with Peter K Burian. I'm just wondering if you could give me some advice in which courses that would be the best to continue with after this one? I would like to cover all the topics that I need for the final test off course.

Thank you.
//Marie

8/13/2012 8:14:02 AM

  Hi Marie,
It's really great that you have begun the Master Training program!

Peter's course is an excellent one to kick off things.

I'm the Course Advisor, and I'll send you an email so we can discuss some suggested courses to continue your studies.

Thanks!

Kerry

8/14/2012 1:27:20 AM

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Charles Dennis

member since: 5/12/2012
  18 .  Video buffering
I taking the 4-Week Short Course: Adobe Lightroom: A Comprehensive Look Course and the video is always buffering every few seconds. This is very annoying. My system is a HP Windows 7. The computer is only 2years old any suggestions?

Thank You

Charles Dennis

7/8/2012 5:47:06 PM

  Hi Charles-

Sorry to hear about the buffering. Once you open the video URL you'll see the video begin downloading. The gray progress bar will turn a darker color from left to right as it downloads. If you are getting constant buffering, you may want to wait a little bit while the download gets a head start or completes altogether. Then click the play button and you should be able to watch without interruption.

Hope this helps,

7/9/2012 10:52:35 AM

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Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto Member
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Kerry's Photo Courses:
4-Week Short Course: Creative Close-ups
  19 .  New Class on Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Hi Everyone,
Just a note that we have posted a new course by pro instructor Ibarionex Perello:The class kicks off with the next session (which begins July 11th), but you can get started now with an Early Lesson.

Thanks!

Kerry

6/15/2012 10:24:52 AM

Mary Iacofano
MARYIACOFANO.COM

member since: 10/12/2005
  Thanks Kerry, wish I could afford this camera. sounds like a wonderful course for owners of this camera.

6/17/2012 9:18:29 AM

  Hi Mary - thanks for the note, good hearing from you!

6/17/2012 10:14:02 PM

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Jean M. Whelan

member since: 5/30/2012
  20 .  How to use the Protrait so I can have the backgrou
I am unable to do the homework for this week for the following reasons:
Using the portrait setting, I can not get a blurred background.
What is a long zoom setting vs. wide angle. Sorry, this is all new to me. Any help on all the homework would be helpful.

6/11/2012 9:05:10 AM

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Hi Jean, If you ever have a problem, the quickest way to get an answer is to post the question in the Q&A section at Campus Square. This is where you will find the course pages:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/QnAdetail.asp?threadID=35757

Go to and click on the Q&A tab.
Then on Students Q&A and you can then post a question there.

Anyway, here is the answer. If you are using an 18-55mm zoom, the telephoto end is 85mm. Rotate the wide ring on the lens until it's at the 85mm setting.

With this lens, you can only get a blurred background if you move close to the subject. Move in much closer, like two feet from the subject, as long as a bit of the distant background is visible in your photo.

If you still have problems you can send an e-mail to me at pkburian@gmail.com

Hope this helps,

Peter

To get into Campus Square, sign in at the upper right on any BetterPhoto page. That puts you in your Member Center. Next, click on the "My Courses" tab. On the page that displays, click on the course title under the "Your Campus Squares" header. That puts you into Campus Square, where class takes place.

6/11/2012 2:04:22 PM

  If I was Jean, I would now be more confused. If, in your example she was using an 18-55mm zoom, where does the 85mm setting come in?

Sorry.....I just couldn't resist...LOL

Nick

6/19/2012 4:16:02 AM

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