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SNAPSHOT - PHOTO NEWS FROM BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
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IN THIS ISSUE - Tuesday, July 22, 2003
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* SPOTLIGHT: Promote Your Great Photos with a Deluxe BetterPholio™
* BETTERPHOTO: Present Your Photos in Slide Shows
* BETTERPHOTO: Sell Your Images Online With Our Deluxe BetterPholio™ Image Sales Option
* BETTERPHOTO: Fun QnA Thread on Digital vs. Film
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Hasselblad Beginnings / Eadweard Who?
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Underwater Photography Made Easy
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: How to Transfer Picture Files to a CD?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Prints or Slides?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Canon 10D or Canon 1D?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: How To Make a Portifilo
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Can You Buy Lenses that Work on Different Cameras?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: New AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8G ED-IF lens
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: How to Learn More
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: How to Use Studio Lighting/ What Film to Use?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Darkroom - Doing Your Own Developing
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: What About Proofs?


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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 123rd issue of SnapShot!

Hi

Last week we told you about our new Image Sales option for Deluxe BetterPholio™ owners. We thought you'd love that feature and the overwhelming response has not proven us wrong. This week, we have yet another enhancement to share with you - Deluxe BetterPholio™ slide shows!

And, judging by the number of entries we are getting, it appears that the BetterPhoto membership loves the new Grand Prize for the July photo contest. We are tracking toward a record-breaking 9500 entries this month! It looks like many of you like the idea of winning your choice of a Deluxe BetterPholio™ or the online photography course, "Creating Visual Impact" by Brenda Tharp. Learn more about this exciting course or sign up for the Fall session at:
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On a side note, we enjoyed participating in a local Washington Trails Association event called Trailsfest this weekend. At the end of a (very hot) day, I led two short "photo hikes", where we discussed the best ways to capture better trail photography. In the next few days, I will post an article with the results. If you love hiking and backpacking and want help with getting better pictures, stay tuned... In the meantime, feel free to read my previous article on "Backpacking with a Camera" at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/exploring/backpacking.asp

Have a wonderful week!
Jim Miotke
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Fun QnA Thread on Digital vs. Film
Although it was too long to include in the newsletter, the following QnA thread will interest anyone struggling with the question of whether they should shoot with a digital camera or not. BetterPhoto member Russell P. begins the discussion by asking "How can digital cameras be better or equal with less resolution than I get by scanning film?" Read or contribute to the answers at:
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
Hasselblad cameras were originally produced for who and for what purpose? When did the company first start making cameras for the general public?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Chris Howarthis:
The first Hasselblad camera was produced for the Swedish military during WWII. It was a reverse-engineered German spy or surveillance camera. Hasselblad continued to produce cameras for the military until 1948, when the Hasselblad 1600F SLR was introduced. This model had some flaws, and was superceded by the 1000F. The famous 'drop-test' by Modern Photography magazine resulted in the birth of a legendary series of Hasselblads (one of which I aspire to own one day!)

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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Eadweard Who? - entered by BetterPhoto member Jim Miotke

In 1878, Eadweard Muybridge took pictures of which animal to study motion?

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Underwater Photography Made Easy
If this summer has been as HOT for you as it has been for us, you might enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling or perhaps even scuba diving. Next time you head for the water, why not try capturing the moment on film? One of the cheapest and easiest ways to try underwater photography is to purchase an underwater disposable camera. They may not take the best pictures but, considering how simple and inexpensive these cameras are, the quality of the results may surprise you. If the quality does happen to be unsatisfactory for you - or if you prefer to use your digital camera, you might be able to find an underwater housing that fits your camera. Just keep in mind that it will cost more and offer a few more challenges along the way.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: How to Transfer Picture Files to a CD?
Hello,
I recently purchased my first digital camera and is really excited about using it. I've taken my first full memory set today and want to take more pictures but don't know how to transfer the pictures to a CD. What cables do I need and what are the step by step instructions? Could I format the pics. after they're saved onto a CD? Thanks.=)
- Diane Kim

ANSWER 1:
Use the instructions with the digital camera's software to transfer your images to your hard drive. Make a file beforehand for that purpose.
Now go the CD writing software (Roxio Easy CD is what many of us have) and find that file on the hard drive with your pictures. Drag and drop that file into the CD writing software and follow the prompts that they give you. The first time, they'll ask you if you want to test before you burn. Yes, you want to do that. Try burning at a 2x wite speed. Fix a cup of coffee and read the paper, as this will take a while. Later, you won't have to do the test phase, unless you want to try burning at a faster speed.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 2: Prints or Slides?
I'm new to this site, and I'm fairly new to photography too... so here it goes:
Should I use normal film or slides?
I'm used to seeing photos of my family trips as a kid, with a projector, and I must say, that they just look better than any print we've ever had done, but is there any down side to this?
Besides the obvious one that it takes a projector, electricity, time, space and a darkened room to view slides, versus flipping through a photo book which only takes... a thumb and an index finger!!
Can I get good enlarged prints from a slide? would I lose any quality, compared to getting normal reprints from negative film?
Thanks a ton.
- Vito A. Caiati

ANSWER 1:
I have never been satisfied with prints made from slides. However, informed sources here tell me that I have not been buying the best processing.
I got around it by scanning slides with my own film scanner and printing them on an Epson printer.
I shoot prints for urban travel shots (European city scapes and general family stuff. For the intensely personal nature and landscapes, I've stuck with Provia 100 slide film or Kodachrome. Tired, washed out looking colors in prints nearly turned me off to photography in my early years. I shot only slides for 20 years or so, but later found out, through digital scanning, that it's possible to bring out gradation and color from negative film using Photoshop in ways that drug store processing could never do. Very often, the information is in your negative, but you'd never know it from the prints you get back.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 2:
Thanks Doug,
very helpful...I have a couple more questions though.
Do they sell film and or slide adaptors for normal scanners? are they any good?
I have a normal flat-bed scanner, an HP scanjet 3200C, what would be an optimal dpi resolution to scan film with, so that it can be printed out nicely?
Thanks again for the support.
- Vito A. Caiati

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NEW QUESTION 3: Canon 10D or Canon 1D?
Could somebody please tell me this, I would like to buy one of these Canon Digitals: 10D or 1D. What's better? On the Canon 1D it has only 4.1MP and costs about $4000.00 but the other Canon 10D has 6.3MP it's only $1,500.00 or less. Which one should I buy? (the 1D looks really nice to me).
Thanks.
- Kiet A. Le

ANSWER 1:
The 1D is based on the very rugged and weather-proofed 1v body, and shares its metering (21 segment evaluative) and af (45 sensor wide area af including high precision sensors for use with large aperture lenses and a center sensor useable with effective apertures down to f/8), along with professional features such as interchangable focus screens and high 1/250 traditional flash sync. The larger image sensor of the 1D allows capture of wide angle views without the cropping of the smaller sensor 10D.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
Thanks Jon,
But the 10D has 6.3MP is it a lot better than the 1D 4.3MP?
- Kiet A. Le

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NEW QUESTION 4: How To Make a Portifilo
I think I read every question in here, but I can't find anywhere on how to make a portifilo? #1) Do they still make them or is it all on line now? #2) What goes in a portifilo? Can it be a mix of color and b&w pics? Does it have to have just 1 theme like all nature pics or can it be a mix of different subjects? #3) What size can the pic be? 8x10 or can they be mixed 4x6, 5x7, 8x10?
Thanks, and I love this site!!!!!
- Lisamarie Busch

ANSWER 1:
I would stay with a good mix of your work. It should be 5x7 matted as 8x10 or 8x10 matted as 11x14. I would stick to 1 size thru out. I quess to decide if you need one, or if you should stay online, you should first decide who you are going to show it to. You might also start doing a search for stock companys that might buy your work online.
- Judith A. Clark

ANSWER 2:
Thanks so much Judith. I never thought I'd be ready to be looking for stock companies. I always thought you would need years of experience first. But I think I'll start looking into it. Thanks again.
- Lisamarie Busch

ANSWER 3:
Michael Willins has a book called "The photographer's market guide to Photo Submission and Portfolio Formats", which though a bit dates is useful... hth
- Damian Gadal

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NEW QUESTION 5: Can You Buy Lenses that Work on Different Cameras?
I was wondering if it is possible to buy a Sigma, or Tamron lens that will work on both a Nikon N60 and Canon Eos 10d camera? Someone told me that you could buy some type of an adapter for the Nikon to make the lens work. I am interested in a 70-200mm f/2.8.
- Paula

ANSWER 1:
Novoflex makes an adaptor for using Nikon lenses on an EOS camera (but the camera cannot control af or aperture), but it's not cheap (~$180 at B&H). I don't think there is an adaptor going the other way (EF lens to Nikon body).
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 6: New AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8G ED-IF lens
I have a Nikon D-100 camera and want to get a faster zoom lens for it. Nikon is advertising the new AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF lens.

My question is has anyone used this lens yet? Is it worth the $1700.00 to buy it, or is there a comparable lens that can be used that is just as fast.
I have a Nikkor 28-85mm 1:35-45 lens now and I cannot shoot anything closer than around 10 ft. and everything at a distance whether moving or not is not sharp. I want to get good portraits, but I also want to shoot racing dogs at a distance going about 25-35 mph. and move with the object. HELP please.
- Marie Anti

ANSWER 1:
It's worth it if you really want VR.
Alternatives that are just as fast (f/2.8) are:
Nikkor AF-S 80-200 f/2.8D ED-IF ~$1420-$1500
Nikkor AF 80-200 f/2.8D ED ~$800-$920
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM ~$700
Tokina 80-200 f/2.8 AT-X Pro ~$600

The AF-S (Silent Wave) Nikkor and HSM (HyperSonic Motor) Sigma are the fastest focusing of these.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
Thank you Jon for the prompt response to my question. I always thought the more expensive the lens, the better... but I guess not so.
I don't know what VR means, but I suspect I don't need it.
- Marie Anti

ANSWER 3:
Actually, I do think that price is a good indicator of overall performance/quality. It's just not a linear scale, ie. a $1400 lens is generally better than a $700 lens, just not "twice" as good. ;-) For example, the $800-$920 80-200 f/2.8D may not focus as fast as the Sigma, but it has more rugged build and can be used with Nikon bodies that do not support Silent Wave af focusing.

VR is Vibration Reduction, Nikon's system of moving internal lens elements to counteract camera shake when shooting hand held. Where one might be limited to shooting with a shutter speed of 1/250 or higher to keep images sharp, VR allows 2+ stops slower shutter speeds (say 1/60 or 1/30) to be used and not get blur from camera shake.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 4:
Thanks Jon, It looks like the Sigma @ $700.00 is the better lens for me. I get so frustrated when I have one of my dogs right in front of the camera and can't photograph because they are closer than 10 ft.
By the way, is there such a lens that would have a macro capability, without falloff in the photo, on a zoom lens, or do you have to buy macro rings or do they even work on the D-100?

The macro settting on my Nikkor 28-85 is great if the object is flat. Once you get something that has depth, it is impossible to focus and 1/3 of the photo has horrible falloff.
Thanks again.
- Marie Anti

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NEW QUESTION 7: How to Learn More
I am kind of budding in the art of photography, and, due to time constraints and non-flexible work schedules, can't take a class. Is there a book that you would suggest I read to learn more about photography in general? Also, while on an excursion downtown at the aquarium, I noticed a gentleman with a digital camera that got a great picture in a place with low lighting where my light meter kept telling me "ain't gonna happen!" Are digital cameras any better at getting quick pictures in low lighting with lots of motion?
- Renee

ANSWER 1:
To answer your first question, I don't personally know of any particular book but there is so much free stuff available on the net it is amazing. Just do a search using any search engine like google.com for example. Search on any topic and you will get so many replies your head will spin. There is a lot of good stuff available. Also you can do a search in different newsgroups or forums on the topics you have interest in or also which books are good as there are a lot of opinions. I can give you a few url's to a site just to get you started on your quest though.

http://www.cs.duke.edu/~parr/photography/faq.html
http://www.normankoren.com/
http://www.photozone.de/
http://www.nyip.com
as well as this site btw.

2) Are digital cameras any better at getting quick pictures in low lighting with lots of motion?
Yes, and No! Digital or not makes no difference. A shutter speed at a given aperture will or will not be good enough to freeze the motion. The advantage to digital is that especially with DSLR’s, you can increase the ISO on demand which will allow you to increase your shutter speed and the noise levels on the better cameras like the Canon 10D are better than their film equivalent. The 10D btw has ISO up to a usable 3200. That is 5 extra stops if you really need it.

You will have less noise (digital grain) at ISO800 on the 10d than if you used a ISO800 film. It also depends on the camera as some of the 'point and shoot' cameras may have wider lenses so you can capture the photo at faster speeds than the film equivalent. In SLR’s a lens with an F2 is usually higher prices where many P&S camera may have this or faster lenses built-in.

The other thing digital gives you is the ability to tae many more pictures without wasting film and the expense of printing your pictures just to find out you wasted your money an all the bad pics. With Digital you can shoot to your hearts content (or till your card is full ;))
- Michael Kaplan

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Dear Renee:
In case you didn't see Michael's note, Jim Miotke has a book on photography , available right here at this website.
And did you read about the online classes available here?. They'd actually fit in well if you can't easily travel to a site on a regular schedule to take a class...
- Maynard McKillen

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NEW QUESTION 8: How to Use Studio Lighting/ What Film to Use?
My husband is in a band and they are wanting me to do some "band" shots for their promo package. Our local camera store has a small studio for rent with lights and backdrops that I will be using. I am familiar with studio lighting but have never personally worked with this type equipment before. Looking for tips on the best way to set up this shot with 4 people.
1. What is the best type of 35mm film to use for indoor work of this nature, both color and B&W.
2. Backdrop color: Tips on choosing the backdrop color
3. Any do's or don'ts for this type setup for a user with no indoor lighting experience, basic camera settings (Nikon N2000), distance from subject, etc... is much appreciated.

Thanks!
- Mare Board

ANSWER 1:
As a follow up... obviously, I know that I need a Light meter reading but was just looking for what is typical for this type set up.
- Mare Board

ANSWER 2:
Mare,
Ooooh . . . studio lighting can fill entire textbooks!

How powerful are the lights? They should have a rating in Watt-Seconds (or Joules, a Watt-Second is a Joule); this is the energy stored by the flash that is dumped to the flash tube. Lights aren't measured by guide numbers; there are too many variables in how light is modified and controlled to make it very meaningful. Reason I ask is this will determine how close or how far to set up the lights. Hopefully, they're about 500 Joule lights, which is a decent power level for on-location work (at least for me).

Wow, if you've never done this before, then one of the more failsafe lighting methods for groupings uses two lights with reflective umbrellas. Each light is placed to your left and right. With 500 Joule lights, I put them about 15 - 18 feet from where the subjects will be, and about 9 - 12 feet to the left and right of where I'd be standing if shooting straight at the center of the grouping. Lights should be elevated to about 8 feet with umbrellas (the light itself). If the grouping is elevated more than about 6 inches (on a dias or stage) then you may have to elevate the lights a bit further. Aim them so that the center of the light reflected from the umbrella hits about waist high slightly left and right of center on the grouping. It is usually difficult to determine this using just the modeling lights; use the umbrella rod as a guide (by looking at the lights from the subject location). Set both at the same power level. Meter and move them as necessary, or change the power level setting. Allow yourself some setup time to work with this. Subject position should be a few feet in front of the background. Watch for unwanted shadows and move forward (or background back) as appropriate; umbrellas should mitigate this.

I try to shoot smaller groupings at f/5.6 using Kodak Portra 160NC. Since this is a band, you may consider a film with a little more contrast and saturation (without being over the top) such as Portra 160VC. However, this presumes that color negative can be used versus a chrome film. For B&W, Plus-X Pan (ISO 125), TMax 100, or one of the Ilford ISO 100 or ISO 125 films should work.
- John A. Lind

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ANSWER 3:
Dear Mare:
One approach to promo photos of a band is to have the members stand rather close together, some perhaps sitting on stools, and each holds a prop that suggests which instrument they play. The bass and guitar players may rest the body of their instruments on a low stool and hold/lean on the neck/head, or just wear them, the keyboard player may do something similar with an electronic keyboard, the drummer crosses his/her arms and holds a pair of drumsticks in one hand, and the singer may do something similar with a mic, the hurdy-gurdy player leaves his instrument at home...you get the idea. Compose the photos as head-to-waist (Those low stools that raise up the guitars and keyboard are then out of sight.), and raise some members on posing blocks if necessary. The photo emphasizes the members and minimizes background.
As to background color, you may be dealing with quite an array of color in clothing and hair, so why not use several different backgrounds?
If you do select any darker backgrounds, you might consider placing a hairlight behind the backdrop, up high and pointing down at the backs of their heads. This will rimlight their heads and shoulders, give a shine to their hair (or heads, come to think of it), and prevent the hair from blending in with darker backgrounds.
If you had color gels available to put over some flash heads, you could put some lights down low behind the members, point these up at the backdrop, and add more color to a backdrop. If these backdrop lights are stronger than the lights illuminating the members, you might get rich color on the backdrop.
But maybe some of these lighting ideas are best reserved for the NEXT time you photograph the band. With John's lighting suggestions and my posing ideas, you'll have your hands full!
- Maynard McKillen

ANSWER 4:
I agree with Maynard that the posing should minimize background content and maximize subject content. Be creative with this aspect of it and have some fun with them. They may come up with some ideas of their own. Watch depth of field with the grouping. f/5.6 shouldn't get you into too much trouble as long as you're not trying to stack the entire band in one behind another; staggered a little should be OK if you watch to keep someone from becoming shadowed by another (unless you want that). If in doubt because of greater grouping depth, stop down to f/8 and adjust/move lights.

I also agree with Maynard's last paragraph . . . keep the lighting relatively simple this time around and use the creativity with the posing. I've seen very complex diagrams of studio setups for special portrait groupings involving softboxes, scrims, reflectors, snoots, additional hair and kicker lights, etc. Doing that requires knowledge and especially experience with the effects various special lighting techniques will create in the photographs. Those are things to gradaully work on understanding and experimenting with if you keep working with studio lighting. A complex lighting setup is not something that one should try for work that will be used by the subjects the first time out though.
- John A. Lind

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NEW QUESTION 9: Darkroom - Doing Your Own Developing
I am interested in learning to do my own developing as a hobby. Are there any good websites on how to develop black and white and colour? I was already given a great wedding guide on John Lind's web site.
- Karrie Smith

ANSWER 1:
Dear Karrie:
www.photoslave.com
www.photogs.com/bwworld/bwforum.html
nothingspecial.itgo.com/bwphoto
for starters.
You might try a search with a string like "Black and White Darkroom Website".
- Maynard McKillen

ANSWER 2:
Hi Karrie,

I also wanted to make sure you already saw our articles on the subject:

How to Develop Your Own B&W Film by Chris Groenhout
How to Build Your Own Darkroom by Chris Groenhout
Why Shoot Black and White by Yours Truly.

Enjoy and best wishes on your new endeavor!
- Jim at BetterPhoto.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: What About Proofs?
I was wondering what you pro's are doing nowdays about sending out proofs of poitraits you have taken? How do you cover your copyright if they leave the studio for "desision making". With scanners and these photo machines and such, people can put a deposit for the proofs, take them out, have them copied, enlarged, whatever and back to you in a couple of days. I am looking into doing some freelance work and am wondering how to handle this area.
- Tonya Cozart

ANSWER 1:
One way to handle this is to not allow the proofs to leave the studio. This is my preferred approach and I haven't had anyone really resist. The photographer who shot my own wedding did the same thing and we really didn't question it either (before I got into photography myself and came to learn of copyright issues).

Another approach is to have proofs textured by your lab. This generally limits the ability to scan or copy the proofs and make decent prints in return.

Hope this helps.
- Laljit S. Sidhu

ANSWER 2:
Hi. I always feel kind of cheaty doing this, but it has seemed to work so far. I stamp all of my proofs with a stamp that says "proof", and I am sure to place it a location that would make it hard to remove on the computer. The ink I use is removable, so when they return the proofs, I am able to "clean" them back up and nobody knows! I got my stamp, ink pad, ink, and remover from B&H for about $15 - $20 I believe. It's been very helpful to me thus far!
- Wendy Ham

ANSWER 3:
Well thanks to both of you for answering, I love the stamp idea, I was wanting to do something like that but did not know how to keep from ruining the photo, or wasting ink printing up my own with some kind of protection on them. That is a wonderful idea. And I don't think it is cheaty at all, it is your photo you are protecting after all.
- Tonya Cozart

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