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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 - Monday, December 29, 2003
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* SPOTLIGHT: BetterPhoto Online PhotoCourses™ - Winter Session Begins January 7th
* BETTERPHOTO: New Look and Feel at BetterPhoto.com
* BETTERPHOTO: Not Too Late to Enroll in an Online PhotoCourse™
* BETTERPHOTO: Not Too Late to Enter the December Photo Contest
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Fugitive Clues / Motivational Photo
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Photographing Events - A Tip by Bill Smith
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Release Forms for Pet Photography?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Focus?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Depth of Field with Digital and Multipliers
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Premium BetterPholios™
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Glare on Eyeglasses
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: How to Shoot Christmas Lights at Dusk?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Scanned 35mm slides
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: How To Photography a Group of 25
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Which Would Be a Better Lens Choice, For Quality?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: Developing For A Beginner
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 11: Infrared Flash Photography?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 12: What Are They?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 13: About Minolta Maxxum GT
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Selling Photos


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ADVERTISEMENT
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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 141st issue of SnapShot!

Hi

We are very excited at BetterPhoto to finally have an updated look and feel. We hope you like the enhancements. You will especially enjoy the bigger contest winning photo on the home page - after all, BetterPhoto is all about photography :)

We are also having fun gearing up for another awesome session of online classes. Winter is an awesome time to make photographs - the light is low and clear. Some scenes glow with pristine new snow, other scenes dance with dramatic, stormy weather. And could there be a better time to have a professional photographer motivating you to get out the door?

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Have a fantastic and safe New Year's! Whatever your plans, don't forget to bring along your camera ;-)

Happy New Year,
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New Look and Feel at BetterPhoto.com
In case you have not yet noticed, we have revamped the Web site! We have updated things to look more professional and take better advantage of today's larger screen resolutions.

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Check out our new site... and have a Happy New Year!
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Not Too Late to Enroll in an Online PhotoCourse™
You still have one week to join an exciting online class. The first lessons will be sent out January 7th. Don't wait too long, though - already six of our courses are full.

Feel free to contact us if you cannot decide on a course. Here are a few options:

Brenda Tharp offers an excellent class on travel photography - "Beyond the Postcard". Be fully prepared this spring or summer:
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Not Too Late to Enter the December Photo Contest
Since we were down for a few days, the current number of photo contest entries is a bit lower than usual - there are only 7,000 entries rather than the usual 10,000. So your chances of winning are improved! Enter each day this week and you might just win the contest. Also, while you visit the contest page, check out the new look and feel - we now post one of the past 1000 winning photos each time you visit the contest section. Enjoy!
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
In The Fugitive, Dr. Richard Kimble (played by Harrison Ford) leads the U.S. Marshall Samuel Gerard (played by Tommy Lee Jones) to a particular photograph found at the killer's home. What is the subject of this photo and how does it help?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Alan Brown is:
The photo is of a fishing expedition which shows the "One Armed Man" with a couple of physician/researchers from a certain pharmacutical company. The Physician/researchers were in bed with the pharmacutical company in developing a new wonder drug... that didn't work. One of the physicians was afraid Kimball would find out about the fake drug and had his wife killed. He framed Kimball for her death and that got Kimball out of the way so the bogus research could continue. The real suspect was the "One Armed Man" and the picture linked him to the physician, which was "supposed" to be Kimball's best friend. Kimball knew then that the "One Armed Man" was the man who had killed his wife.

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

In Romancing the Stone, Micheal Douglas's character is primarily motivated by a photograph of what?

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Photographing Events - A Tip by Bill Smith
This tip - which will help those of you photographing New Year's and other holiday events - is from an article written by BetterPhoto instructor Bill Smith:
http://www.zuga.net/article_118.shtml

Event photography is an endurance contest. The first and best thing you can do is to scout the event beforehand. When scouting find out: where the event takes place and the time it begins & ends. The other important point to ascertain is where the sun will be during the parade so that you can have the sun behind you during the event. I have found that the best shots have been during the staging - as the event begins - and at the end.

To learn more, sign up for Bill's excellent online course based on his bestselling Amphoto book, "Designing a Photograph":
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Or, if you are already a fan of Bill's work, leave a review for his great book at:
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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Release Forms for Pet Photography?
Hi,

I pet sit and love animals. I am also an amature photographer. My skills are being honed all the time since I started pet sitting. Eventually I would like to sell my images, or publish my own book for other pet lovers. n the meantime, I want to start collecting release forms from my clients.
- Jette

ANSWER 1:
In the position that you're in Jette, you could sell the pictures to the people for whom you pet sit. Maybe put together a book of 12 photos or so.

As far as a book, with the software available today (i.e. Photoshop, In design, etc.) you can self-publish. Many photographers are self-publishing these days.

Good luck!
- Tony Sweet

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NEW QUESTION 2: Focus?
How do you make it so one part of the photo is in focus (such as a flower) then have the background (a tree for instance) blury, and also what does aperture do?
- Ben Dou

ANSWER 1:
The aperture setting, (f-stop), is what determines how much of the scene will be in focus.

To isolate an individual object... such as a flower, set your aperature to a low number (f-5.6 or lower), and focus on the flower. The background will then be out of focus.

The higher aperture numbers increase your focus range, (depth of field) progressively. At f-22, everything from the foreground to infinity should be in focus.
Also, the aperature setting, in conjuction with the shutter speed, controls how much light reaches the film for proper exposure.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 3: Depth of Field with Digital and Multipliers
When using a longer lens, the depth of field for a particular aperature is shallower than when you use a shorter lens. When using a digital SLR camera with a multiplication factor (normally 1.5 or 1.6), does this in turn give a DOF (compression) similar to the original lens length or the adjusted/multiplied length? I assume it would be as per the original length, but would like to know for sure.

Thanks!
- Chris London

ANSWER 1:
No it dosen't. Many people call it a telephoto effect when contrasting digital with film cameras, but that's not really what it is. It's just a cropping effect. The perspective and the compression you get from telephoto lenses are the same. It's just that you get a narrower view with digital because the film area is smaller.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
Thanks Gregory. That's what I suspected, but glad to know for sure.

The knowledge I will be moving into the digital SLR world very soon is impacting my lens decisions and I want to keep on top of it to make the right choices.

Thanks!
- Chris London

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NEW QUESTION 4: Premium BetterPholios™
Once I've ordered a Premium BetterPholio™, how long will it generally take to set up? Thanks and Mahalo,
- Jason L. Stone

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ANSWER 1:
Hi Jason, I have a Premium BetterPholio™ at BetterPhoto and from memory, which does sometimes abandone me, it only took a day or two before I could start uploading photos. I have found being a part of BetterPhoto to be most helpful, rewarding and enspiring. Kind regards,
- Nicole S. McGrade

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ANSWER 2:
Thanks Nicole for your wonderful comments! We are so glad you are enjoying BetterPhoto so much.

And Jason, if your Premium BetterPholio™ is not set up yet, please feel free to email us with any questions you have.
- Jim at BetterPhoto.com

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NEW QUESTION 5: Glare on Eyeglasses
I have a son and husband who wear glasses and I am constantly getting a glare on their glasses when I take a photo of them. How do I prevent this? Right now I have an Olympus E 10 and just use the built in flash. Hopefully some day I will be able to get and external flash for this camera. Would that help?
- Lisa Deaton

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ANSWER 1:
Very simply, Lisa, have glass wearers lower their head slightly, or turn their heads ever so slightly until the glare is gone.
- Tony Sweet

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NEW QUESTION 6: How to Shoot Christmas Lights at Dusk?
I want to shoot outside Christmas lights of a couple of homes I know and I want to shoot at dusk to get the blue sky in my photograph. Should I spot meter a middle tone color thats not in direct light and not in shadow either to set my exposure.
Thanks.
- Charles E. Owens

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NEW QUESTION 7: Scanned 35mm slides
I've scanned 1200+ slides using the Minolta Dual Scan III. I scanned them at 1024 x 768 and saved in low compression jpeg format. They average 300 to 600 KB.
I want to "clean" them up and burn to a CD for playback via DVD player.

Did I do the right thing so far? Where do I go from here? Thanks for any advice you offer up.
- David

ANSWER 1:
If I go to the trouble to scan slides, I scan at the highest possible resolution and archive them to CD. I might want to print or sell them later.
By scanning at such a low resolution, you closed off that option, but you DID scan them right for your intended use.
Do all your corrections (edits), ie., crop, fix contrast/brightness, touch out dust specs, straighten horizon lines, etc., in one session per image and save only once. For a CD or DVD slide show, it is not necessary to compress very much. I use Flip Album CD for slide shows, and I compress only to about a 10 in Photoshop.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 8: How To Photography a Group of 25
I am photographing an Anniversary party. They want a picture of the whole family (25 people). Which includes adults all the way down to a 2 year old. I have a black background (10.5x10.5) and a white background (10x10). I think I'm only wanting to do a 3/4 shot...but how should I position the children? (I'm not sure if my backgrounds are big enough to do a full body? Also I have 2 tripods... one for my camera and one for my vivitar fill flash. Will the fill flash and the flash from my Canon Rebel EOS be enough light? And should I bounce the fill flash off the ceiling for even lighting? Thank you for any responses.
- Bonnie Downes

ANSWER 1:
If the ceiling isn't too high and your flash is strong enough, I would bounce the vivitar and use the camera flash for fill, if I thought I needed fill. But you could also use the tripod and raise up the flash so it comes down at an angle.
Usually you put the kids in front since they are shorter. Real little ones can be held or sitting in some one's lap.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
Thank you for your response. I received a light meter for Christmas (which I am so excited to start using). So I can figure out the lighting part of it. And also, I think when ever everyone gets together for the group picture I will try different shots: holding the children, children on the floor, etc. I think in order to get the shots they want I will just have to take a lot of different pictures of different poses. Anyway, thanks again.
- Bonnie Downes

ANSWER 3:
Another consideration besides light is the lens to use. The wide end of a zoom WILL distort faces near the edge of the frame. Consider using a 28 or 35mm prime lens, or a 50mm, if you can stand back far enough. No matter which lens you use, don't put people too close to the very edge of the frame.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 9: Which Would Be a Better Lens Choice, For Quality?
I am thinking of getting a wide angle lens for my Minolta. What would be a better choice, a used Minolta fixed focal lens? Or go with a Tokina or Tamron wide zoom NEW. I am thinking of quality of the lens and the result of the pictures I take.

Thank you in advance for any input.
- Michael A. Mancilla Jr.

ANSWER 1:
You cannot go wrong with a prime lens. You will get minimum distortion at the edges of the frame, and a tad better sharpness. It will be easier to carry as well. 28's are pretty common, therefore cheaper. 24's are more expensive, but may be more to your liking. You didn't say whether you shoot Maxxum autofocus or older manual focus. Either way, consider a manual focus Minolta wide angle. Adapters are available to use manual lenses on the Maxxum. Older manual focus wides have depth of field scales, very useful for setting hyperfocal distances. Autofocus is no real help with wides, as you have the extra step of telling it where to focus.
Go to google and look for some Minolta fan sites to find some lens evaluations.
Whatever you do, use a lens shade on your wide angle.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 2:
Thank you Doug for the quick response. I figured, that would be the advice I would get from experienced photographers. I am using the Minolta Maxxum 5. Now if I could ask one more thing, is the difference between a 20mm and a 24mm worth the price increase. I am planning to stay with Minolta lenses, so I will probably buy a good used lens.

Thank you, again for the input.
- Michael A. Mancilla Jr.

ANSWER 3:
Michael, this becomes a matter of taste, and you wouldn't know without trying them first. For me, the difference is not worth the price. I very rarely go wider than 28, and have never used a 20. In fact, for the money, a 28 would be a good all-purpose wide.
If you must have a 20mm, the increased depth of field makes autofocus so unnecessary that a manual focus lens is a really smart way to go. Use a Tamron Adaptall mount and a Tamron wide, OR a Minolta MD-to-Maxxum adapter and use a Minolta wide. Sigma and Tokina also make decent wides.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 4:
IF a manual wide angle for your Maxxum appeals to you, the Minolta adapter I mentioned above may not be the cheapest or best way to go. If Minolta made the adapter, it's fine, but if it's an aftermarket design, it may or may not be, depending on the maker's quality control. It seems that such as adapter has to have a glass element.
Try a reasonably priced 28 or maybe a 24 and see if wide-angles are to your liking.
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 10: Developing For A Beginner
Hello, I have been interested in home developing black and white photos for a while. I started to search the web, and then because I had too many questions I decided that it was just too complicated. But, I just love the way the images look and really want to have a hobby of my own - it looks so much fun!

Anyway, I am thinking of starting out with a 35mm SLR camera. People have said that those are good to start with because there are many lens options. So I have decided to start with that. Ok, I know that when developing film you use the tank for the negatives, but after that (I am sorry if this sounds like a ridiculous question) what do I do to make the actual picture? On all of the sites I have been to they have said up to the part about negatives, tanks, changing bags and then they stop... will you please help me?
- Bob

ANSWER 1:
Look for the Time-Life Photography series books on Film and The Print. These go for $2 at flea markets. Kodak has good books, at serious photography stores.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 2:
You need an enlarger, trays, chemicals, a safelight, a timer (can get by without it, but it would make it much more difficult), contrast filters, lens for the enlarger, some rubber tipped tongs come in handy.
- Gregory La Grange

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NEW QUESTION 11: Infrared Flash Photography?
I hope this isn't too obvious of a question, but I'm wondering about shooting infrared film indoors, or outdoors for that matter, using a flash and a #25 red filter. I'm thinking that the flash light won't penetrate the filter? Or will it? Has anyone had any luck using infrared indoors in low-light?
- Julie E. van der Wekken

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ANSWER 1:
Putting an IR filter (instead of #25 red) over a flash is how Weegee got his famous photos of people in movie theaters. The filter cut most of the visible light from the flash so as not to disturb the movie goers, but let the IR light through to light his photograph. (http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/FOT/FFPOFP82.jpg)
Using the #25 will have a similar effect, though a red flash will be visible.

I don't know how much (if any) IR is emitted by modern electronic flashes. I think WeeGee used flash bulbs for his shots.
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 12: What Are They?
Ok, this may (and probably does) sound like a stupid question but what is medium, large, ect. format? I AM NEW AT THIS! Obviously :)
- Brittney Alexander

ANSWER 1:
Dosen't sound stupid. That's the different types of film as far as the size of the film. You have 35mm film, and you have film that is physically larger in size, medium format and large format.
A camera like a Hassleblad, or Mamaiya make medium and large format cameras. Sometimes you may hear it called 6x7 because one side of the negative image is 70mm on medium format. Large format may be somewhere around 90mm, I'm not sure about that. There's even cameras that use film in big sheets that are 8x10 inches in size.

Reason to use medium and large format is that because the negative is bigger, you get sharper images because you start out having to enlarge it less for a given print size. If it sounds like measuring by millimeters wouldn't make a difference, you have to look at how much a medium format neg. is bigger than 35mm neg. in percentages.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
There have been a miriad of different film sizes over the last 100 years.

Small format is 35mm (24mm x 36mm image), APS (16.7mm x 30.2mm), as well as the discontinued 126 cartridge (28mm x 28mm). This category also includes 110 cartridge (13mm x 17mm), Kodak's short-lived disc film, and the even smaller film for Minox spy cameras, though these are also referred to as subminiature formats.

Medium format generally refers to 2 1/4" (60mm) wide roll film (120 and 220), and also includes other discontinued films of similar size, such as 620. The most common medium format cameras use this film to make images that are either 6x9 (60mm x 90mm), 6x7 (60mm x 70mm), 6x6 (60mm square), or 6x4.5 (60mm x 45mm).

Large Format is 4" x 5", 8" x 10", or larger. The film is in single sheets rather than the rolls used in the smaller formats.
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 13: About Minolta Maxxum GT
I'm not a camera buff, but my wife has a desire to learn the art photogaprhy. I just bought her a Minolta Maxxum GT for Christmas. She has been using instamatics and one-time-use cameras because we like to travel and it's not a big problem if we drop it in a river or something. We now have grandchildren and lots of family get togethers. There are no reveiw listings for the "GT". I would like to know as much as possible about this kind of camera and how to use it. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks and Merry Christmas to all who read this.
- Grigg

ANSWER 1:
I don't think there was ever a Maxxum GT model. Perhaps you meant Maxxum HTsi (or STsi, QTsi, or XTsi). If you bought it 2nd hand without a user manual, you can download these for free from Minolta's site (www.minoltausa.com, hold the cursor over "Cameras+Accessories", click "Support", then "Manuals").
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
I also just recieved a Maxxum GT for christmas and I am having difficulty finding information on the camera. I bought it at Target. Also looking for some reviews. Thanks to anyone who can help.
- Lisa R. Guetschow

ANSWER 3:
Target absolutely sells a Minolta Maxxum GT. However nowhere on the Konica-Minolta site does it show that model.

It may be that Minolta has produced a model exclusive to Target whereby information or the camera would not appear anywhere else. This is not uncommon among large retailers.
- Robert

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Selling Photos
I am a serious amature photographer and I think that I have some "selling worthy" photos. Where and how should I start my journey of this matter?
- Matt T. Duncan

ANSWER 1:
Hi Matt: An excellent question! My best recommendation would be to sign up for the excellent online class right here at BetterPhoto: Making Money with Your Photography by Jim Zuckerman.

In any case, a nice place to start is with the "2004 Photographer's Market: 2,000 Places to Sell Your Photographs"... this guidebook is sold in many bookstores and through Amazon.com.

Hope this helps, Matt, and good luck!
- Kerry A. Drager

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