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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
BetterPhoto.com


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IN THIS ISSUE - Thursday, October 16, 2003
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* SPOTLIGHT: Got Great Photos? Show Them Off with a Deluxe BetterPholio™
* BETTERPHOTO: Enrollment for Fall Courses Ends This Sunday
* BETTERPHOTO: Learn How to Make Money with Your Camera with Jim Zuckerman
* BETTERPHOTO: Hear Travel Photography Tips on the Foto Guys Web Radio Show
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: The Edge / Change in Plans
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Stability When Traveling Without a Tripod: Tip by Brenda Tharp
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: How Do I Mat Properly?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Resizing
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: How To Shoot Inside Pool Pictures
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Film Speed
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Digital Professional Cameras
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Lighting
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: How Do I Start My Hobby of Photography?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Quantaray Lenses
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Photoshop Images Appear Different Online?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: Lens Filters
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 11: Photo Printers
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 12: How to Shoot Artwork
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Sizing A Photo


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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 134th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

Our fall courses are off to a strong start. We have been having a great time getting to know each other and doing our first assignment. But it's not too late... if you sign up today, you can still join the fun.

Also, due to the extra activity involved in launching the courses, we are a bit behind with judging the September photo contest. We should have the contest finalists selected tomorrow morning... stay tuned to the Home page for the results. Then the judges will go through the painful process of weeding it down to 56 winning photos. Hopefully we will have those for you to see by this weekend.

I want to also let you know that Brenda Tharp and I will be joining the Foto Guys this Friday morning at 7:00am to discuss travel photography tips. Tune in to their Web site (listed below) to hear the show.

In the meantime, enjoy the excellent answers, tips, trivia in this issue of SnapShot.

Have a wonderful week,
Jim Miotke
http://www.betterphoto.com/MG.asp?ID=124


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Enrollment for Fall Courses Ends This Sunday
We just sent out Lesson #2 for the fall photography classes but the first assignment photos will not be critiqued until early next week. So if you are interested in taking a photography course, it is not too late. Simply sign up today as enrollment officially closes this Sunday. Hope to see you soon!
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Learn How to Make Money with Your Camera with Jim Zuckerman
Jim Zuckerman's "Making Money with Your Photography" is jam packed full of tips and tricks for marketing your work. Over the course of eight weeks, Jim will take you on a tour that surveys all the various ways you can earn a buck with your photography. This is a great class and well-worth the effort for anyone seriously interested in taking this next step:
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Also, hot off the press! See the Q&A for Jim Zuckerman's class at:
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Hear Travel Photography Tips on the Foto Guys Web Radio Show
Join Jim Miotke, the President of BetterPhoto.com - along with Brenda Tharp, top travel photographer, celebrated instructor, and author of "Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography" - this Friday morning for a fun and informative Web radio show. Jim and Brenda will by joining Jack and Howard, the Foto Guys, as they discuss travel photography with Evelyn Lauder of Estee Lauder cosmetics.

To hear the show, simply point your Web browser to the following address at 7:00am on Friday morning and then click the "Listen Live" button. Jim and Brenda will be on during the second segment of the show, so stay tuned:
http://www.fotoguysradio.com

Learn how you can create your own amazing travel images with Brenda's fun class, "Beyond the Postcard":
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Take a look at each of our course offerings and see which one sounds most inspiring and exciting to you:
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
Who plays the photographer in the movie The Edge? What kind of photography does he specialize in? Why is he, Anthony Hopkins and Elle Macpherson, visiting the Alaskan wild?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Brenda Smileyis:
Alec Baldwin plays the photographer, Bob Green. He is a fashion photographer and they are going to the Alaskan wild to find a photogenic friend who lives there.

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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Change in Plans - entered by BetterPhoto member Jim Miotke

What did Ansel Adams want to be when he grew up, before discovering the art of photography? [And which BetterPhoto instructor experienced a similar change in plans?]

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Stability When Traveling Without a Tripod: Tip by Brenda Tharp
There are two handy accessories I carry with me for adding stability to my camera when I cannot use a standard tripod. First is a table-top tripod, the kind that when extended are about 6-8 inches tall. I place the tripod legs against my chest, and with a small ball head attached to it, I can mount my camera and have flexibility of position while still stabilizing the camera more than I could with just handholding. This has saved many a photograph of interiors, and low light photo-ops when traveling.

Another handy accessory is a bean bag. When traveling, though, bean bags can add a fair amount of unnecessary weight. So, I use either a zip lock bag (weightless when empty) or a zippered cordura bag, and fill it with rice, beans, (even sand or small pebbles) when I arrive at my destination. This has worked extremely well, although you are limited by what you can place the bean bag on for support.

These two ideas have often improved my chances of getting a sharper image than I'd have by handholding the camera.

Learn more tips for capturing sharp and striking travel images in Brenda's course, "Beyond the Postcard: Creating Great Travel Photos":
http://www.betterphoto.com/photocourses/BRN02.asp

In "Creating Visual Impact", you can learn the artistic techniques you need to know in order to give your pictures that extra punch:
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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: How Do I Mat Properly?
What is the proper way to mat a photograph to be framed and hung?

Thanks.
- Lisa S. Poole

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ANSWER 1:
Depending on the size of the picture, maybe 3-4 inches on all sides. Some people like to bottom weight their mats, which means to have a little more mat at the bottom of the picture.
- Tony Sweet

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ANSWER 2:
How about mounting? Should I just tape to the back of matt or use a mounting board (one of those permanent sticky boards)? Thanks for your help.
- Lisa S. Poole

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ANSWER 3:
Don't waste mat board on mounting your print. Mount board is a bit cheaper and don't use the sticky board. If you need to re-place the picture, it could damage it. Use double sided tape and take care to measure correctly the first time.

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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NEW QUESTION 2: Resizing
Resizing to 600 pizels (no problem), but the image they ask for has to be no bigger then 80 kb. When I get down to 80 kb or smaller the image is small.
I have to keep resizing down below 600 pizels to get it below 80 kb then it's smaller then other peoples pics on the web. I have PS7 and tried auto resize to 600, but my kb is above 80. Been trying for weeks to figure this out, I give up. (For Now)
Thank You
- Richard Mooers

ANSWER 1:
I think what they're asking for is an 80kb image AFTER compression in the JPEG mode.

You're lucky to have PS 7. It looks as if you're in image/Image Size. Open the original image out of the digital camera, or from the scanner. SAVE a copy of that image, if it's important to you.

Check Resample. We're going to Resample down, or throw out some pixels while retaining image and color integrity. That's what JPEG does.

Enter 72 in the resolution block. Enter 600 as the longer dimension. Now you've downsized it as far as resolution and image size. Click OK.

Now, File/Save for Web. Don't mess with anything but the amount of compression. Try different degrees of compression and see what ends up at 80 kb. You can see a preview of what the image will look like. If you like what you see, you're done.

One impediment to pulling this off is over-editing and saving an image that originally was a JPEG. Each edit and save causes deterioration, imperceptible at first. Unless that happened, you're probably good to go.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 3: How To Shoot Inside Pool Pictures
I need help shooting sports pictures. I need to take pictures of swimmers in an inside pool and I am having trouble balancing the need for a flash with the water glare. Are there any filters that can help? I have a circ. polarizer. I have a nice zoom lens and a pentax 2x-7 and a zx-l. Thanks in advance.
- Karla M. Vargas

ANSWER 1:
Try avoiding flash. Use faster film and don't use a polarizer. A polarizer will probably remove all glare making it look like the person is floating in outer space! Glare is not always a bad thing and in this case is needed to show that the person is, in fact, in water.

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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NEW QUESTION 4: Film Speed
I have a Canon eos Rebel Ti film camera. I bought this camera so I can "grow into it". I live in South Florida on the Intercostal Waterway and I take outside film pictures of landscapes and water film pictures from just before sunrise to sunset. The camera instructions tell me that I can change the film speed and I don't want to carry around 1000 rolls of film - all of different speeds - what is the best all round film to use. I am strictly amature and take pictures of our beautiful land for my enjoyment!

Thanks for the help.
- Suzanne Lambert

ANSWER 1:
Suzanne,
You're asking for something that doesn't really exist . . . in spite of what a major U.S. film manufacturer's marketing department would have consumers believe.

The problem is not film, but the range of exposure values your camera can handle compared to the very wide range of illumination found in the outdoor scenes you've described which spans at least 7 stops. That's about 2 stops too many.

You might try ISO 200 film, but you may run into trouble with slow shutter speeds at just before dawn and just after sunset. If you have problems with ISO 200, then ISO 400 film should be fast enough for those times of day. However, it could result in problems with being too fast for direct sunlit scenes about an hour after sunrise to about an hour before sunset . . . especially if it's over sand and/or water. Those two film speeds come closest to spanning the brightness values you've described that are within the exposure values your camera can handle hand held.

As to specific film (brand/type) for the purposes and criteria you've stated, take your pick of any of the consumer color negative (print) films.
- John A. Lind

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NEW QUESTION 5: Digital Professional Cameras
I have some experience with Canon G2.
Would like to TRY to go professional. Mostly nature, may be some still life. (Definitely no action pics). What cameras and lenses would deliver appropriate quality? Budget is an issue.
All suggestions will be most approtiated.
- Leonid Strizhevskiy

ANSWER 1:
By professional, I'd suppose we are talking about giving the customer the best possible image for his money. Your customer will probably want printable images, not JPEG's for the web. Most publishers seem to want 300 ppi resolution. That resolution in an 8 x 12 image is about 6 megapixels.
Your camera should capture in raw or TIF mode, as did, I think, your G2. Your optics should be prime lenses (singe focal lengths, like a 50mm or a 35-mm), or, at least, the best zooms your camera company, Tamron or Tokina make.
Frankly, all these things will be very expensive. Consider shooting with a film camera and one or two prime lenses. I like the 50mm for some landscapes. I also like the 35 or the 28. Your negatives or slides can always be digitized with a scanner later. Many publishers still accept slides or negatives.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 6: Lighting
I've been doing amature photography for about a year and don't know quite what I'm doing, some pictures are great and others not so great. My main problem has been pictures that have great composition but turn out yellow. I'm not sure if it's the light bulbs them selves, or if I need a filter of some kind, or maybe something entirely different. Any suggestions would be greatly appretiated. Thank you.
- Marnie

ANSWER 1:
If your camera is film-based, the yellowing you described is probably due to your not matching the film with the lighting for which it was designed.
Daylight film is designed to be used outdoors, or with flash, and will produce the yellow cast you described when used indoors, or in the presence of incandescent light.
You have several options to correct this: You can use tungsten-balanced films like Ektachrome 160 or Kodak Portra 100. These films are specifically designed for use with indoor lighting.
You can also solve the problem with filtration. A blue 80-A filter on your lens will correct the color shift.
You can also try turning the lights down, and using flash.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 7: How Do I Start My Hobby of Photography?
I need to know what I need do to start this journey? I currently have 2 camers (35 MM and digital). I feel that these were great investments. Should I start with the basic photography course and keep going with these courses? My goal is to be a professional photographer one day. People say I have an eye for this but with the pictures that I take I feel can still be better. How did you start?
- Sayana Ransome

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ANSWER 1:
Sayana,
Being a better photographer is an ongoing quest. Everyone wants to be better. There is always something new to learn, so don't feel like you're the only one learning. Even the best will say they haven't gotten there yet. Frankly, if you think you've learned it all, then you probably need a new hobby/career.

Sounds like you have the gear you need that will take you a long way before you will need to spend more money on equipment (also an ongoing obsession with most photographers). I suspect Nikon and Canon have taken a cue from Philip Morris and are infusing some sort of addictive drug into their paraphernalia that makes us buy more and more! LOL

The Beginner's course here at BP would be a great place to start if you're still learning the basics of exposure and composition, etc. Workshops are the best way to get you shooting by having you complete assignments that make you focus in on one technique or skill at a time. The thought of learning photography can seem overwhelming to some because there is so much information out there. It always helps me to have a path to follow.

Also pick up Bryan Peterson's book Understanding Exposure ! Definitely the bible of basics. Jim Miotke's beginning book is also essential. Check the home page here at BP for a link to reviews on Jim's book.
- Piper Lehman

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NEW QUESTION 8: Quantaray Lenses
I recently purchased a used Nikon FG. It came with a 50mm lens (rather beat up, actually) and I want to replace the lens. I have the opportunity to purchase a Quantaray 38-80mm and wonder about sharpness, etc. of the Quantaray lenses. Also- is $55.00 a good price for this lens? Also having some buyer's remorse over the Nikon so would like to know if $90.00 was a good price for it used. No lens cap for the 50mm it came with - any idea where to purchase such a simple thing? How about an FG manual (paper)? I've tried eBay but only cd manual avail. there. Any help is appreciated.
- Sharon

ANSWER 1:
Hi Sharon:

First off, the FG is a good camera and WELL worth $90, if it doesn't have any problems.
Second, avoid Quantaray lenses if you care about the quality of your images.
If the 50mm is a Nikon lens, keep it. You can get generic lens caps at any camera store.
Contact Midwest photo in Ohio, which is a huge used photo dealer, and should have some old manuals laying around, or will be able to redirect you to someone else. Do a web search on "midwest photo," and it will come up.

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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ANSWER 2:
Thanks, Tony!

Do you have any recommendations on good, sharp lenses other than the Nikon/Nikkor? What about Promaster, Tamron, etc.? Or should I stick only with the Nikon/Nikkor? Also, any idea of a good target price for a used zoom (approx 28-70mm or so) in whatever brand you recommend? It has been nearly 10-15 yrs since I've been involved in photography and it feels like I'm brand new to it!

One more question and please forgive my stupidity - I shot a roll of film with this camera and found no obvious problems with the camera. Are there any specific problems I should be looking for? So far - DOF seems fine, clarity is good, aperature seems accurate.
- Sharon

ANSWER 3:
While not the actual owner's manual, there is a comprehensive overview of the features and how to use the FG at
http://mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/emfgfg20/fg/index.htm
- Jon Close

ANSWER 4:
Tamron and Tokina are highly recommended!
No idea on used lens prices. If you find something of interest, let me know before you buy it.

Sounds like the camera is in good working order. You apprear to have gotten a real deal!!
- Tony Sweet

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NEW QUESTION 9: Photoshop Images Appear Different Online?
Occasionally when I have done some extensive Photoshop work and posted the image to this website OR to my own personal website the images don't appear as they did on my monitor using Photoshop or ANY photo viewer. When viewed online, the images appear to lack the clarity or the quality I thought I had achieved. When viewed on my PC straight from the program they look fine - but when viewed 'online' they more readily show flaws or quality issues. I usually scan my images at 300 and leave it alone. When saving the image for online use I simply reduce the jpg quality to 5 or 6 (or even 7) in order to keep the file size down. Is this the problem or could my PC monitor be wearing rose coloured glasses?
PS - I have had some of my images printed at a lab and the quality is fine.
- Kevin S. Lewis

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ANSWER 1:
Kevin:

You need to scan at the full resolution of your scanner, i.e. 4000 dpi, 2740 dpi, 8000 dpi, etc. Increase saturation to 15. After resizing to the desired size, use the "save for web" command in Photoshop. After you do that, it becomes a jpg and needs to be resharpened to .5 in the radius box. Jim Miotke's Photoshop for Photographers Course is highly recommended.

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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ANSWER 2:
Thanks Tony! I do believe you've shed some light. Now I have some experimenting to do.

Thanks again,
- Kevin S. Lewis

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NEW QUESTION 10: Lens Filters
Under what conditions should lens filters not be used?

Thanks in advance for the feedback everyone!
- Joe Zappia

ANSWER 1:
Filters should not be used unless you know why you're using one. For example, for a warm look, always add and 81a or b filter on overcast days or in shade. Creative filter use takes some experience and knowledge of how they affect film (if you're using film). Some filters can react fine with film, but not in digital.

But, bottom line, using a filter or not is dependent on what you want to achieve. In general, I wouldn't use filters at all, until a reason can be verbalized. For example: I want to add a 10 magenta because.....

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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NEW QUESTION 11: Photo Printers
I'd love to have a photo printer, but don't know where to start, so I thought I'd go to my new-found friends at BetterPhoto and ask for your advice.

My daughter and I have a very enjoyable small business doing outdoor family pix, children's candids, family reunions, a few weddings, etc. We let the photo lab do the printing and enlargements that people request, but I'd like to dip my toe into some of the editing for photos of my family, landscapes, etc.

I'm not happy with most of the prints I get from my HP all-in-one. I'd like the prints to last, so do I need to have a printer that uses special archival inks and papers? Thanks for your help.

Here is what I have to work with: a 3 megapixel Olympus digital, a nice Minolta SLR--I order the prints on CD when I have my film processed, and Photoshop Elements 2--having fun learning this!

If you have suggestions, please include the brand, model number and price. Thanks.
- Charlyce Altom

ANSWER 1:
Hi Charlyce:

Hands down! My recommendation is the Epson 2200 for about $700. It may sound like a good piece of change, but if it's your business, no matter how small, quality, speed, ease of use, and maintenace should be of paramount importance. This printer has it all. Every pro I know has one.

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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ANSWER 2:
Tony, for those of us who can't afford to spend $700 on a printer right now, what Epson or other brand do you recommend? How about a list of printers in order of their 'greatness'!

Would you stick with Epson all the way, or do you think HP has one in there somewhere? I like the roll-paper feature of the 2200, but it's not my number one priority. Getting a professional color print is #1.
- Piper Lehman

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ANSWER 3:
Hi Piper,

A professional level printer, although quite inexpensive by conventional standards, costs some bucks to most people. The 2200 is what every pro, that I know of, uses.

You can also look for refurbished 1270 and 1280 Epson printers, which are outstanding. Try calling Epson to find out where refurbs are available.

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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NEW QUESTION 12: How to Shoot Artwork
I am assigned to shoot pictures of artwork at a local gallery. There are all different types of art and the lighting in the gallery is not the greatest. I have a Canon G2 Powershot. What is the best method in shooting these paintings. Some have to stay on the wall, some I can remove and take outside and use natural light. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
- Ann F. Nermoe

ANSWER 1:
Ann,
Try this thread about shooting paintings:

http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/qnaAll.asp?catID=183
- Piper Lehman

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ANSWER 2:
Use a tripod with natural light and long exposures with the pictures on the wall. Even if the existing light is dull, you can add light by exposing for a longer period of time than the camera indicates is proper exposure. This could be as long as 1 minute or longer depending on the light. Can your G2 make very long exposures?
- Tony Sweet

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ANSWER 3:
I'm not sure since I have shot so much on auto. I'm learning manual and this will be a good exercise. I appreciate your quick response and I'll go try that method.
- Ann F. Nermoe

ANSWER 4:
Hi Ann,

You can also get a few tips by reading How To Shoot Paintings in our Articles section at BetterPhoto.

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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Sizing A Photo
I'm taking Photoshop for Photographers. I understand everything for this week except how to size my photos to upload. My computer is a Compaq Presario 6000 -not quite a year old. I would like some help with this as soon as possible. Thank you. Midge
- Melva J. Ball

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Hi Midge,

I see from your questionnaire that you are using Photoshop Elements as the software you are using to prepare your images.

In the Image Size function, I recommend that you first change the units pull-down menu from inches to pixels.

Then, with the Resample checkbox checked, change the shorter dimension (whether it be the width or the height) to 500 pixels.

If you cannot change the units of measurement from inches to pixels, use the following as guidelines:

  • With a ppi of 72 ppi, you would want your image to be about 7 inches on the short end.
  • With a ppi of 150 ppi, you would want your image to be about 3.5 inches on the short end.
  • With a ppi of 300 ppi, you would want your image to be about 1.7 inches on the short end.
For example, a typical 300 ppi image should be around 1.7" x 2.5" before uploading.

For an added touch of sharpness and clarity, it also often helps to slightly apply the Unsharp Mask filter.

Then save either as a TIFF or a high quality / low compression JPEG and upload to the site.

Let's start with this information. Let me know if any questions come up as you try to get your images sized for upload.

Have fun in the class!

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