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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 - Monday, July 28, 2003
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* SPOTLIGHT: Promote Your Great Photos with a Deluxe BetterPholio™
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Eadweard Who? / Dead Poet Society Goes to Italy
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Fading Away in Photoshop
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Film vs. Digital
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Another "Which One" Scanner Question
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: How to Get the Information On the Photo
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: How to Fix an Exposure Problem in Photoshop?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Trouble Working With High Resolution Scans
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Airport X-rays
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Locating Discontinued Film
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Buying a Flash
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: How to Transfer Picture Files to a CD?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 2: Canon 10D or Canon 1D?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 3: How to Learn More


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Welcome to the 124th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

We are going to keep this SnapShot short and sweet, focusing (pardon the expression) on the excellent Q&A we have this week. Enjoy browsing the questions - you can learn about everything from scanning to finding discontinued films to learning more about photography. And feel free to jump in at any time - we would love to hear your thoughts on any of these topics.

Enjoy and happy shooting!
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
In 1878, Eadweard Muybridge took pictures of which animal to study motion?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Brinn MacDougallis:
I believe it was a horse. I think he wanted to see if all four legs left the ground at the same time.

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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Dead Poet Society Goes to Italy - entered by BetterPhoto member Jim Miotke

Okay, we had over 25 correct answers to last week's trivia question so we'll make this one a little more challenging... Which movie character brings along numerous portraits of famous dead poets on a vacation to Italy?

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Fading Away in Photoshop
Anytime you are unhappy with an effect you've produced in Photoshop, try the Fade command. If this option is available, it will allow you to "back off" from the full effect. For example, say you try to pump up the blue in one of your sky photos but you go to far. The blue looks unnatural, oversaturated, and just plain fake. Use the Fade command to lesson the effect, balancing the new saturated blue with the old color until things look convincing and realistic.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Film vs. Digital
Do you think that digital will completely replace film in 5 or 10 years time? And what would folks do with their film cameras?
- John D

ANSWER 1:
No.
- John A. Lind

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ANSWER 2:
No, film will be around as long as we are. It's still the cheapest way to get photos. Many people don't have computers and don't want them. The industry still doesn't make it easy to learn the new technology. As John pointed out in the last discussion on this, there isn't much, if anything, in digital technology, for all the expense and fiddling, that makes a superior image to what fine grained film and good optics can deliver. For those willing to ride the learning curve, digital is wonderfully convenient. With people under about 35, digital is making inroads into film at an amazing rate.

There will always be people who can't lay out $200 or more for a digital camera, storage cards, computer and software. The $15 Kodak and a few bucks for drugstore prints when you want them will continue to meet their needs.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 3:
I vote no as well. The details are not there in digital, despite what some folks, especially commissioned sales people, might tell you. The only chance is with the new canon 12 megapixel camera but here in Canada it costs $12k. You can buy a lot of film with that kind of money. The up side of the digital revolution is that you can get some very good deals on 35mm film cameras and lenses.
- Wayne Attridge

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NEW QUESTION 2: Another "Which One" Scanner Question
Hello all!

I am in the market for a good film scanner. I have considered both the Canon FS4000 and the Nikon Coolscan IV ED.

Half of my 35mm slides are Kodachrome and I have noticed (from reviews) that they both do not work well with Kodachrome as far as the dust removal software goes. Is this an internal drawback (hardware) or a software drawback? Can I solve this in photoshop and how?

Also, allot of my pictures are night shots. Anyone have any experience with these scanners or other scanners for these types of pics? Is black true black? I know that on my flatbed (outdated HP scanjet 5200c) the dark spots tend to "bubble" with print scans.

Last question: Why, if the output resolution does not have to be more than 300dpi, is there the option for such high resolutions?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
- Dan C

ANSWER 1:
You're right in that Digital Ice and other proprietary clean-up programs don't work on Kodachrome. When that is the case, simply go in and clone out the dust spots. It's slow and tedious, but it's one option.
Another is Ed Hamrick's Vue Scan (edhamrick.com). It's only $40.
Also, there's an explanation at luminous-landscape.com of how to cut Digital Ice out of the process altogether and do the cleanup another way. It's rather involved.
For your last question, it's because a 35-mm slide is so small that it needs 2400 ppi or more for a decent scan. When you scale the image in Photoshop (Image/Image Size, Resample Unchecked) to a usable size (5 x 7, 8 x 10), the pixels spread out to 240 pixels-per-inch or more, which is ideal for printing.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 2:
This is really a question more than an answer. As an experiment I scanned a photo on my flatbed Canon at 600 dpi and had my friend scan the negative on his HP negative scanner. At all resolutions up to 2400 dpi, my flatbed was far superior to the negative scan. I would like to scan several thousand negatives that I have but am concerned about the quality. Is the new Canon 4000 going to give me a scan from a negative that would be good enough to blow up to poster size if it was taken on asa 100 film. I don't want to buy one if it is not going to do a good, well better than good, job. Does anyone have some real world experience with this.
- Wayne Attridge

ANSWER 3:
Hi,

I just recently bought the Canon FS4000 after I thought I had done my homework well enough. I have mixed feelings now about my purchase.

I was very happy and excited when I scanned my first few batches of negatives. There seems to be no problems with this scanner and negatives. But when I scanned a few of my favorite slides, I was very disappointed. It seems to have problems calibrating blues and greens, so that my pix came out looking muddy, flat, and not vibrant in color at all. Imagine my disappoint, especially when scanning Velvia slides! There is no way to manually adjust calibration yourself. So I searched the interent for an ICC profile (I can explain if you need me to) for this scanner, and didn't have much luck. There seems to be profiles out there for all but this scanner! I returned the scanner to Canon (I live in the Philippines so customer service is a bit different here!) and they could not fix the problem, so they replaced the unit and the same thing happens.

I have since been able to find a way to get around this. I use another ICC profile that makes the image almost close to its original, then make adjustments in Adobe Photoshop. But I shouldn't have to do all this for the amount of money I spent. If I could do it over again, I might have gotten a different scanner.

What really made me want to purchase this one, was the high resolution capability. Since you asked, its good to have high resolution if you have a lot of images that you would like to crop and enlarge to 8x10. I think that you can get a poster size print from this scanner with an uncropped (or not cropped by much) image. But you have to be willing to go through a bit of work to get your slides to look good!

I hope this helps.
- Heather Christiansen

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NEW QUESTION 3: How to Get the Information On the Photo
When I take a picture with my Olympus C-750 and load it into Adobe Photo Elements, how do I find out the information on the photo such as shutter speed, aperture, etc.? Is there something on Elements I can go to or something I need to set on my camera?
Thanks
- Carolyn S. Swadley

ANSWER 1:
I am not sure whether Elements 1 is the same but in Elements 2 you would click on 'File' then 'File Info' then change section to 'EXIF'.
- Michael Kaplan

ANSWER 2:
Thank you, thank you, thank you Michael.
It worked. I have Elements 2. Still learning and struggling.
- Carolyn S. Swadley

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NEW QUESTION 4: How to Fix an Exposure Problem in Photoshop?
I recently purchased a Canon 10D (love it!), but I accidentally shot a whole bunch of photos underexposed by a half stop (I was learning the controls & set it up that way by mistake).

Is there an easy way to fix this exposure problem in Photoshop 7?

Thanks very much!
- Adam J. Greenspan

ANSWER 1:
A half stop is about at the limit you'd want to try this. Go to Image/Adjust/Levels and move the left and right sliders to where they just touch the left and right limits of the histogram. Then move the center slider until it look right to you.
DON'T be tempted to use Brightness/Contrast, as it's more of a meataxe effect.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 2:
Dear Adam:
Photoshop is versatile enough that you might find several ways to improve the look of underexposed images. Doug is right, too, about using Brightness/Contrast controls sparingly, if at all.
Another approach that might work is to create a duplicate layer of the image in the Layers window, then select the "Screen" option, also in the Layers window. A slider allows you to vary the opacity of the duplicate layer to suit. You'll probably notice the image grow "brighter."
By the way, the exact location of these features may differ in Photoshop 7. I tested the screen feature in PhotoshopLE.
- Maynard McKillen

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NEW QUESTION 5: Trouble Working With High Resolution Scans
I am using an Epson 2450 scanner to scan my color negatives. I just started scanning at 1200 dpi because I want to print the images as 8x10 and I want the image to be excellent. Adobe PS Elements 1.0.1 came with the scanner and I have been using it to crop and clean up the images. When scanning at 300 dpi I don't have any problems, however with the 1200 dpi images, every time I try to save an image after I have resized it and cropped it to 8x10, the whole machine freezes up and PS stops responding.

I have a brand new Dell 4600 with Pentium 4 2.66 GHZ and 512 MB DRAM so the machine should be able to handle this. I tried the same scenario using Jasc Paint Shop Pro which came as a trial on the machine and the system does not freeze. I called Dell and we went through making several system changes including stopping all background processes from running and nothing helped. Now they want me to reinstall Windows XP which would be a real pain.

Is anybody else scanning and saving large images (around 4MB jpegs)? Could it be the PS Elements version that is bad? I really don't want to have to buy the Jasc Paint Shop Pro upgrade for $75 and it seems that most people here use PS. I have gotten to know the PS Elements fairly well and don't really want to switch any way.

Any suggestions or ideas are welcome!

Thanks in advance!
- Kelly Andrews

ANSWER 1:
Adobe treats its Elements owners better than it does its Photoshop customers. Ask them about 1.0.1 and Windows XP conflicts. You may solve this by buying Elements 2.0. Paintshop Pro is a decent product for its purpose, but there are fewer books on it. It doesn't sound to me as if your problem is insufficient RAM or hard drive space.
When you get this problem solved, I suggest you scan at the full 2400 ppi. This gives you more to work with in the beginning.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 6: Airport X-rays
I will be flying to Las Vegas this weekend and I just wanted to ask you guys that if the airport personnel that checks the baggages insist that I run my camera bag through the x-ray machine, would it do any damage to my films? I still have half a roll in both my cameras. Thanks!
- Oscar Magtibay

ANSWER 1:
Yes, the xray will distroy the film, but they should not insist that you run it thru. Ask them to hand check your bag.
- Judith A. Clark

ANSWER 2:
Unless things have changed a lot in the past few months, film under 800 ASA is said to be undamaged by the x-rays when you go through with carry-on bags. Checked luggage is a different matter; your film is likely to suffer damage. Federal law states that you can request hand inspection. Depending on the whim of the checker, you may not get it. Go to ricksteves.com and look for photography under Graffitti for discussions of this problem. Look also at beststuff.com for Bob Shell's comments on xraying film.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 3:
Thanks so much for your responses! As always you guys are great. Thanks again!
- Oscar Magtibay

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NEW QUESTION 7: Locating Discontinued Film
I have been on a hunt for Ektar 125 for eons. Can anyone tell me if it is still available ANYWHERE and how to get it or if anyone knows of a film that gets a similar color neg? I have read that it was a crazy film but I took some of the most gorgeous prints I have ever taken with that crazy film... nothing has come close. I like rich saturated reds and yellows... and that delivered. Beautiful prints in low and bright light... wow! Please help!
- Kristin Young

ANSWER 1:
I believe the Ektar line became the Royal Gold/Supra line, and the 125 was changed to 100. I think High Definition 400 is all that survives of the Royal Gold line. Kodak's regular Gold 100 gives pretty saturated reds, otherwise you might try the Portra line, especially Portra 160VC and Portra 400UC.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
Kristin,
Kodak Ektar 25, 125 and 1000 (in the consumer line) evolved into the Kodak Royal Gold line of films: 25, 100, 200, 400 and 1000. Sadly, nearly all of them are gone now too. All that remains are the ISO 200 and ISO 400 under the new "High Definition" name. You may not see much about the ISO 200 version, but it is available from B&H Photo Video in NYC.

I used Royal Gold 100, and was sadly disappointed when it was discontinued. I found it very odd they would continue Gold 100 (under the name Bright Sun) which is horridly grainy. You might drop Kodak a letter letting them know you'd like an ISO 100 film too. I was disturbed when Royal Gold 25 (aka Ektar 25) was discontinued.
- John A. Lind

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NEW QUESTION 8: Buying a Flash
I own a Canon Rebel G. I need some help chosing a flash. When I try to take pictures at night, I push the button to take it and I get a delayed response. Then the picture comes out blurry as if the subject was running by. I don't have one sole purpose for the flash, I take pictures of many different things.
- Karin

ANSWER 1:
The delayed response is probably due to the red-eye reduction feature, a bright light on the body shines for a second or so to make your subjects' pupils close down. Check your manual, I'm pretty sure this can be turned off so that the flash and shutter will fire immediately.

One reason you may be getting a blurry picture is if you are shooting in Av mode or *Night Scene PIC*, which are slow-sync modes. Shooting flash pictures in green box, P, Tv, or M modes should give you faster shutter speeds, though the Rebel G is limited to 1/90 and slower unless you have an EX series flash.
- Jon Close

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING 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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ANSWER 2:
After reading you answer Doug, I have another question. Why do you recommend burning the CD at a 2X write speed. Do slower speeds copy the file more faithfully?
- Michael Carey

ANSWER 3:
My resident computer head where I used to work told me to go with the slow speed. I never experimented wit faster speeds. My early generation CD burner has a max write speed of 6x. Maybe the better ones of today are capable of faster writes. My new Dell at work burns text and simple graphics accurately at 32x.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 4:
On burning speed. The slower the burn speed, the longer the laser has to melt the affected area. A burned CD is made up of areas that are dull or shiny. The burner melts the area to mark a 1 and it appears shiny to the reader. The unmelted or 0s appear dull to the reader. It's a little like filling in the boxes on a questionaire. The quicker you go, the less of the square you are able to colour in. And so, if you have a CD reader that is having trouble reading your sloppy (quick written) CDs, you may have to burn slower. Also, as you CD develops scratches on the reading surface, the laser may have considerably more trouble making out the data on the CD. For things I really want to keep, I burn at 1 speed. What's your hurry? That's why God invented beer!! Hope this helps.
- Wayne Attridge

ANSWER 5:
I have one important thing to add. When ever you burn a CD that has important irreplaceable things like your photos, you should always do a ‘verify’ afterwards. That will verify that the file on the CD exactly matches your original. No matter what speed you write them at there could be defects in the CD and months after you have deleted the originals from both your camera card and your hard drive is way too late to discover you had a badly written or defective disk.

For those once in a lifetime pictures, it doesn't hurt to make a 2nd backup copy and maybe keep them in a banks safety deposit box or leave it with a friend or relative. That would help in case of a fire or other disaster.
- Michael Kaplan

ANSWER 6:
Many thanks to everyone who responded to my question!!! =) All was great help. Now I can enjoy my digital camera to a larger extent. Thanks. =)
- Diane Kim

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CONTINUING QUESTION 2: 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

ANSWER 3:
Size in megapixels isn't everything. The 1D is the 'better' camera, as the larger sensor reduces or removes the distortion caused by the smaller sensor in the 10D. This means that you can use the same wide angle lenses (less than 50mm) as a film SLR with the 1D and get pretty much the same results. Not the case with the 10D (but improving all the time).

The real issue is: What do you need 6.3MP or 4.3MP for? Are you a pro that needs to produce large files (50MB+) for stock? The 1D is a pro-level camera, made to be a hardworking camera for a skilled user. The 10D is a prosumer level camera, does pretty much what the 1D does and at a fraction of the cost. Also bear in mind the many 1D cameras are never separated from their tripod (they're not lightweight). Also think about carrying it around. If you're a studio photographer, go with the 1D as you won't need to carry it!
- Chris Howarth

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ANSWER 4:
The 1D is really designed with the professional news/sports photographer in mind who needs fast frames per second (8fps compared to 3fps for the 10D). 4.4mp is plenty for them.

The 10D is as everyone else has said a prosumer model. I have heard some people having problems with the autofocus on that model but it seems like the problems have been solved.

The newest model, the 1Ds is over 11 mp, has a full frame sensor (no cropping at all unlike the 10d which is 1.6 and the 1D which is 1.3), but shoots 3fps like the 10D. It is designed for pros other than sports/news (though it can be used for that of course). The price was almost $8000 on it but I think it has dropped to around $4000-$4500 now that Kodak's pro digital is out.

You have to decide what best fits your needs and budget. Remember that the body is just one cost - you need high quality lenses to go with it.
- Sharon E. Lowe

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ANSWER 5:
If you are not sports or news photographer don’t buy 1D it is not worth the money. Get 10D and couple good lenses and if you shooting for money get second body for back up and wait for that 1Ds price to come down. More resolution is always better, you get more room to crop and more enlarging power.
- Artur

ANSWER 6:
I would say go with the newer 10D better resolution most recent technology the 1D is considered dated at the rate of todays market and the price is so much better on the 10D.
- MIchael McCullough

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CONTINUING QUESTION 3: 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

ANSWER 2:
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

ANSWER 3:
Renee,
Like you, I have an inflexible work schedule and little free time to devote to my photography. I have found a lot of really good information on web sites, but since I was hoping for a more structured learning environment, I have enrolled in the NYIP course. It covers all the basics, you do it on your own time (you can take up to 3 years),and you have teachers to give you feedback.
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One thing that I decided after a 20 year hiatus from serious photography was that with the hundreds of photo books and classes out there to choose from, that I would only buy books and/or take classes from someone whose work really grabbed me.

AND that is how I found this site. Bryan Peterson was that photographer and I highly recommend all of his books and of course his classes on line through this website. I have been very pleased with the investments.
- Dale Moreau

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