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Photography Question 
Mary Ann A. Tusa

member since: 11/16/2006
  41 .  Expiring MVBP award
My latest award will expire in a week and there are no spots available in a class that would be appropriate for my skill level. Is there anyway to get an extension on this award. I hate to lose it. Thanks

7/2/2010 11:55:44 AM

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Brian Lobdell
BetterPhoto Member
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Brian's Gallery

member since: 6/7/2005
  42 .  Jim's gone crazy again! - Big weekend sale!
Hi All,
Yes, BP's fearless leader, Jim Miotke, is at it again :-)
Check out these great happenings:
- The first 150 people to sign up for Jim's "Creative Confidence: Photographing with Power" weekend - before the end of Memorial Day - will get to attend Jim's life-changing workshop and unleash the creative photographer within... AND get a FREE 4-week online photography course!* (*select courses only) This workshop will soon cost $1499. Get in now before the price goes up... and save over half the ticket price! Only $699 this weekend! http://www.betterphoto.com/weekend/
- The Website Super Sale has been extended. Missed it earlier this week? It's back, but just for the weekend. Get 2 years for the price of one - Deluxe or Pro BetterPholio. This applies to renewals and also to new sites. http://www.betterphoto.com/sites4Photogs.asp
- The sale also applies to Basic Membership too - two years for the price of one.
Note: This is an early alert ... at this writing, the pages haven't been updated yet, but will be soon!
Thanks!

Brian Lobdell
Physical and Electronic Production Lead,
BetterPhoto.com, Inc.

5/28/2010 11:51:49 AM

  Sorry, Brian - my brain is having a dumber-than-dirt Day. Gosh, I almost missed that the 2-fer includes the Basic Account!

I just renewed in April (expiring 4/3/11), but if this means I can extend my Basic for another $49 so that it will expire on April 3, 2013 (2 years instead of 1) - I'll do it. Unbelievably great deal!!!!

Should I wait for the Special to actually go into effect (it doesn't look like it is yet) or do it now (and BP will adjust the expiration date)?

Thanks, Brian (and Thank You, BP!!!!)

5/29/2010 6:57:36 AM

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Mary K. Stewart
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/27/2010
  43 .  Photo Gallery - Best in Class
I recently won a photo gallery for Best in Class. I can only find this when I use the link emailed to me:

http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=40125

How would I find it from the BP website?

Also, I would like to upload other photos into this gallery. Is that possible, and how would I do that?

5/27/2010 11:16:01 AM

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Linda Lavey

member since: 4/9/2010
  44 .  assignment photos
How do I get my photos into my course assignments? I have already uploaded to my gallery.

5/11/2010 9:32:59 AM

  Hi Linda,
Go to your "photos" tab in your course class and hit the "upload new photos" it will prompt you from there as to where you want to upload the new photos to - portfolio or a specific lesson.
Hope this helps,
Carlton

5/11/2010 4:38:40 PM

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Linda Lavey

member since: 4/9/2010
  45 .  assignment photos
 
How do I get my photos into my course assignments? I have already uploaded to my gallery.

5/11/2010 9:32:09 AM

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Shino D. Elliott
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 10/11/2007
  46 .  I'm trying to withdraw from a class.
I'm trying to withdraw from a class because it is just not going to work out for me just now but for the life of me I can't. I've tried calling and emailing but nobody is responding. Is there another way? I would love to withdraw and take another course in a little while. Please help. I've been at this for almost 3 weeks.

Shino

5/4/2010 3:09:57 PM

  Hi Shino,
Have you contacted your instructor ? You should have accessible communication with the instructor directly or through your Campus Square.
Try that if if you dont get a response - email Amy@betterphoto.com
Hope this helps,
Carlton

5/4/2010 10:20:55 PM

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Mary K. Stewart
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/27/2010
  47 .  Creating Storytelling Photos
Has anyone ever taken the class Creating Storytelling Photos? It got only one review which was pretty negative, but it looks like a good class. I would like to know how others who have taken the class felt about it.

4/23/2010 5:22:19 PM

  I took the class and learned a couple of good/important lessons about an approach to photography that I still use.

The class may have changed a bit since I took it because some of the "Key Features" have changed. (I will have to see if my "Campus Square" has updated lessons in it.)

This is one course that you really have to work at -- not that you don't have to work at any or all classes.

I found that I really had to plan my work for each weeks lesson -- you will do several 'story telling' photos for each lesson -- so it takes perhaps a little more work than most courses.

It took me a couple of lessons to "get" what story telling is (not for lack of adequate explanation by Rob; his lessons are fairly straightforward) but once I did, it gave me an additional tool when preparing for a photo outing.

4/25/2010 4:51:37 AM

Sharon  C. Hinze
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/7/2004
  Just taking it now...Rob is terrific. His critiques are sensitive and extremely helpful but it is a concept you have to work on to fully understand. Ask questions, express confusion, think about the answers you get....try! I have learned more from what did not work than what has though both are important. It has become a progressive dialogue in which I am learning what "image story" really is. Well worth both the time and struggle to understand!!
Sharon

4/30/2010 1:54:14 PM

John C. Sun
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 3/30/2010
  I agree with both RKS and Sharon. overall a fantastic course. But it's not like the other types of photo courses. It's not about a pretty photo, or lines/colors/shapes. There's no rules of thumb, no guidelines per se, just some key concepts.

I signed up for the course because I love street / documentary photography, and wanted to learn more about it. For me, the course was very difficult and challenging (in a good way). If Rob ever offers a level 2 course, I'd sign up in a second.

I learned the most when Rob told me what does NOT work and why. Reading Rob's critiques is extremely helpful.

Highly recommended.

5/4/2010 10:17:00 AM

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David H. Maywalt
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 9/29/2009
  48 .  Nikon D 60 class
I am enrolled in "Nature Track" for the the next few months. I would like to take the class on the Nikon D 60. Will it continue to be offered even though the camera is no longer in production? If the class is no longer available can I take in along with the Nature Track classes if I put it on my credit card as an extra class?

3/6/2010 1:09:48 PM

  Hi David,
Good question, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible in a direct email.

Thanks, David!

Kerry

3/8/2010 9:42:18 AM

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Michael Messina
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/6/2010
  49 .  More Questions About On-Camera Flash
Hello Paul,

Thanks for your reply. What I am still struggling with (maybe I'm just technically challenged) is how a person can gauge the flash to function as either fill or the dominant light source. My desire to understand this is motivated by our first assignment in shooting direct flash and whether to make it fill or a key light. As an illustration of my question: If I metered the ambient light outside on a sunny afternoon to be f/16 and a shutter speed of 1/100th of a second how do I know how much flash is required to put out the appropriate power of light to accommodate the given meter reading for fill flash, or if I so desired, for enough output to become the main light source and overpower the ambient light? I understand the theory of assessing the need for fill verses key...what I am having trouble wrapping my head around is how to technically figure out how to adjust the flash to become fill or key, based off of my ambient light meter reading. Sorry if I seem thick headed about this. Thanks for your help, Paul.

Michael

1/7/2010 9:15:16 PM

Alan N. Marcus

member since: 3/4/2006
  Michael

We fill shadows from the camera's perspective.

In the studio, we generally place a key light high to simulate afternoon sun. Likely, the key light will cast harsh shadows so we counter with a fill. The fill is placed to fill shadows from the camera's perspective. Therefore, a flash mounted on the camera fulfils this requirement.

The problem is how to adjust the flash for the fill task?

We want the fill to be subordinate to the key. If the fill is set in error brighter than the key, then the fill becomes the key.

If the fill plays on the subject with the same intensity as the key than the lighting ratio is flat, as it measures 2:1.

If the fill is one f/stop subordinate (50%) as compared to the key, then the lighting ratio is 3:1. This is considered the ideal ratio for portraiture.

If the fill is two f/stops subordinate (25%) as compared to the key, then the lighting ratio is 5:1, a bit mescaline (contrasty).

If the fill is three stops subordinate to the key, then the lighting ratio 9:1, quite contrasty, considered theatrical (very contrasty).

How to adjust: Best to use a flash meter. If the ambient light measures f/16 then expose at f/16 but we adjust the power of flash to f/11 for 1 stop - adjust to f/8 for 2 stops - adjust to f/5.6 for 3 stops. Keep in mind the fill is always set subordinate (more feeble) than the key.

If it is not possible to adjust the flash intensity then we use distance as the adjustment. The light from a flash falls off significantly with increased distance. Measure flash-to-subject distance and multiply by 1.4. This math yields a revised flash-to-subject distance that reduces light energy at the subject plane by 1 f/stop (50%).

All flash units have a guide number. This is a published value for your flash based on the ISO of the media. If you can't find the guide number place the flash at 10 feet and shoot a series at every aperture. Choose the best exposure of the series. Say f/11 was best then multiply aperture used by distance thus 11 x 10 = 110 this is the guide number for your flash at the current ISO setting.

Once we know the guide number we estimate flash-to-subject distance and divide. Example flash is 20 feet from subject then 110 20= 5.6 (rounded). We set the aperture at f/5.6. The above math works for flash only but we can work it backwards to calculate how it performs as a fill.

Meter reading is f/16 for sunlight exposure. Thus 110 16 = 6.8. This value is the distance in feet that will cause the flash to arrive at the subject plane at the same intensity as the sunlight. But we want the flash to be subordinate so we back it up thus we multiply this distance by 1.4 thus 6.8 x 1.4 = 9.5. This is the distance in feet for 50% or 1 f/stop subordinate fill. Multiply again 9.5 x 1.4 = 13.3 feet this is distance for 25% or 2 f/stop subordinate. Multiply again 13.3 x 1.4 = 18 feet for 25% or 3f/stops subordinate.

Sorry for the gobbledygook, don't dismiss this method, likely someone with more smarts will give you a simpler way.

Best of luck!

1/8/2010 10:58:46 PM

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Carolyn Homer

member since: 11/28/2007
  50 .  Lens
Any preference as to type of lens used in 1st assignment?

1/7/2010 6:18:35 AM

  Hi Carolyn,
Thanks for the question ... but to post it where your instructor can see it, be sure to click on the Q&A link in Campus Square. That's reached via your Member Center, then clicking on the "My Courses" tab, and then on the course link ... you'll then be in Campus Square!

Enjoy the class, but if you run into any problems, feel free to email me directly at kerry@betterphoto.com

Kerry

1/7/2010 3:31:10 PM

Carolyn Homer

member since: 11/28/2007
  Thanks Kerry.

1/7/2010 4:52:45 PM

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