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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 - Tuesday, March 09, 2004
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* SPOTLIGHT: Take Great Photos of Wildlife with Triple
* BETTERPHOTO: Celebrating 150 Issues of the SnapShot Newsletter
* BETTERPHOTO: Jim Zuckerman on Web Radio This Friday
* BETTERPHOTO: Beginning Photography & Photoshop Courses with Kathleen Carr & Jay Forman
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Reverend / Writer / Photographer / Alice Again
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Diffuse the Flash - A Tip by Brenda Tharp
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Compression
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: How to Shoot Action Night Shots?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Which Camera to Buy?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Raw Versus Jpeg Fine
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Olympus OM10 with Indoor Basketball Shots
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Choosing a Filter
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Tripod Recommendations
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Looking for Advice
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: How Important are Scanners?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Do You Offer Anything Other Than Online Courses?


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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 150th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

I am thrilled to celebrate with you our 150th issue of this newsletter! To prepare for this occasion, I selected 150 of my all time favorite photos ever uploaded to BetterPhoto.com. These are the images I have found the most inspiring, those images that get me running out the door with camera in hand. See below for a link to these great photos.

I am also happy to announce a couple of new courses. As the upcoming spring session of classes is already filling up, we have added two more guest instructed courses - "Beginning Photography" and "Photoshop for Photographers" with Jay Forman and Kathleen Carr, respectively.

Lastly, if you plan to be anywhere near a computer this Friday at 2pm, pencil in a visit to FotoGuysRadio.com, where Jim Zuckerman will be discussing several fun topics with Jack Warren of the Shutterbug Radio show. To hear this exciting show, all you have to do is visit a particular Web page. Read below for more details.

In the meantime, head out the door and go shoot at least 150 great photos this week. I can't wait to see them uploaded to the BetterPhoto community ;-)

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


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Celebrating 150 Issues of the SnapShot Newsletter
Yahoo! We are very proud to announce that BetterPhoto has reached a milestone in our newsletter publishing - our 150th issue of SnapShot!

To celebrate this achievement, I have collected my all-time top 150 images for you to see in one special gallery. These are the 150 images that I have found most beautiful and inspiring since BetterPhoto first began. Browse these wonderful images at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=550

Also, we have to sincerely thank all of the BetterPhoto members who have contributed so much by offering such great answers in these past 150 newsletters. You are all an amazingly great and generous group. Thank you!

Okay, you deserve it, take a break and enjoy the top 150 images at:
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Jim Zuckerman on Web Radio This Friday
Jim Zuckerman is an incredible photographer, generous instructor, and celebrated author of several photography books such as "Shooting & Selling Your Photos".

Join JZ this Friday afternoon for a fun and informative Web radio show. Jim will by talking with Jack Warren of Shutterbug Radio. The tentative topics include photo workshops, making money with your photography, and shooting great wildlife photography.

To hear the show, simply point your Web browser to the following address at 2:00pm on Friday afternoon and then click the "Listen Now" link. This is going to be a great show:
http://www.wsradio.com/shutterbug

Learn how you can create your own stunning imagery in Jim Zuckerman's fun class for beginners, "Eight Steps to More Dramatic Photography":
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Or explore the other courses Jim Zuckerman teaches at:
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Beginning Photography & Photoshop Courses with Kathleen Carr & Jay Forman
Due to popular demand, we have created overflow courses for Jim Miotke's "Beginning Photography" and "Beginning Photoshop for Photographers" classes. If you were too to sign up for Jim's courses before they filled up, here's your chance to sign up and learn these exciting subjects. For these special guest instructed classes, Jim Miotke has authored and illustrated each lesson and Kathleen T. Carr will be answering your questions and critiquing your photos.

Enrollment is limited - sign up today to secure your spot in the course.

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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
What English writer - most famous for a classic published in 1865 - was also a photographer before becoming a novelist?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Vincent Lowe is:
Lewis Carroll, a pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, born on 27th January 1832. From 1855 to 1881 he was a mathematics lecturer at Oxford. His most famous work is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865.

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

As a photographer, Lewis Carroll made many portraits - his subjects ranging from Alfred, Lord Tennyson to a little girl named Alice. Besides, Carroll, which other famous photographer (a female) photographed Alice as a young woman.

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Diffuse the Flash - A Tip by Brenda Tharp
If you dislike the harsh light of flash like I do, here are several ways to diffuse, or soften that light. For accessory flashes, Sto-Fen (www.stofen.com) makes terrific boxes that slip over the flash head. These scatter the light in all directions, creating a nice wrap-around effect to the light, even when pointed straight at your subject or straight up towards the ceiling. You can also use a custom sized piece of tracing paper, vellum, or translucent plastic taped over your flash head.

If you only have a built-in flash (a pop-up type), you can still diffuse the light from it! Cut a piece of translucent plastic, or vellum, to fit the size of your flash head, and once the flash pops-up, tape that over the flash head. This will scatter the light beams, softening the effect, and will still allow your camera to meter the flash automatically. Be careful not to cover any sensor near the flash head, though. For tape, I use two pieces of gaffer's tape. It's reusable, doesn't melt and leave sticky residue like duct tape, and can be stuck to the side of the camera when not in use!

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Compression
My Kodak DX4530 is a 5 mp digital camera but the compression is so great that my pictures generaly are under one mb. Generally the pictures look great. Why so much compression and how does it really effect my photos? Does this make my pictures worse than the average 3mp camera?
- Larry W.

ANSWER 1:
The camera will save the images only in the size you select. It sounds as if you've selected the 1.2 mp setting, which is really only appropriate for posting the pics to websites or sending as e-mail (where monitor resolution of 72 ppi is the limiting factor). If you want to edit and print your pictures you need to save them at the full 5 mp setting.

More information, including the user manual, online FAQ, and tech support is available at kodak.com, specifically: http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml;jsessionid=CMVV5MRS00RM3QHIO3PHWLY?pq-path=1155&Submit.x=29&Submit.y=15&pq-locale=en_US&_requestid=120574
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 2: How to Shoot Action Night Shots?
Hello,
I have just bought myself a Cannon G5. This is the first camera I have used. I belong to a bowling club and would like to know how to take good pictures at night. The area is lit with flood lights but not bright enough for me to get good shots. I have tried using the Night Setting but moving objects (people) are blurred badly. Is there any way to correct this and still have good exposier? I have also tried using a tripod, but still have the same problem.

Can someone please help me out as this is driving me nuts and being a total newbie I am lost. Also can anyone recommend a book for this camera? One that describes what the settings are for and how they work, etc. (for dummies lol)

Thanks a lot.
- Graeme

ANSWER 1:
I can recommend a great book - "The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Great Photos" by some guy named Jim Miotke. Don't expect to look in the index and find "Taking Great Bowling Pictures at Night Under Flood Lights", but if you read from cover to cover, you will surely have all the answers you need to get the blur out. Or you may discover some ways to use that motion blur to your advantage to make really cool action shots. I can't say enough for this book, it should be shipped in the carton with every new camera.
- Dean A. Gillette

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NEW QUESTION 3: Which Camera to Buy?
Help! I was all set to buy the Rebel D and went to a photo store and was told that the new Nikon D70 was much better. I was a bit unsure how much of what the employee told me was true but basically he said it was faster, clearer, had many more options and the photos could be enlarged much larger. I currently use the Rebel 2000 and have several lenses although none that were too expensive. Was this guy just trying to sell me the camera of the day or was he right?

Thanks!
- Sue Carter

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ANSWER 1:
Hi Sue,

Well, the Nikon D70 will have more resolution and various other improvements which were not present in the Canon Digital Rebel. So the employee wasn't trying to sell you the camera of the day.

The thing is, several new cameras are coming out recently which have better resolution and such.

Since you have Canon lenses, you would be better served getting the Rebel and then selling it and upgrading to the newer Canon digital body. That way, you get to make use of your existing set of lenses.
- Wing Wong

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NEW QUESTION 4: Raw Versus Jpeg Fine
I use a Canon Rebel 300D, I shoot in the large Jpeg fine mode (highest setting except raw). My question is, is there really any difference? If I shoot a wedding, and then want to edit some pics before customer sees them, it's easy in Jpeg, Raw is so hard and time consuming - I have to convert to tiff to edit. And I can't see any difference in image. I take time to frame the shot carefully before shooting, this way I dont have much editing to do, just resizing. Am I off the mark here? Or am I right?

I understand that by over editing the Jpeg it will lose quality, but after converting a Raw to Tiff doesn't that, too?

All confused now (lol).
- Nick Milton

ANSWER 1:
I believe that shooting in RAW or Tiff you will get more detail. Jpg uses different levels of compression, thus causing some loss of detail. RAW and Tiff will be much larger files and will require more storage, but you can always convert these images to Jpg after you're done editing and you will still have your orginal RAW or Tiff file to work with (providing that you work from a copy of the original image)...
hth
- Damian Gadal

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ANSWER 2:
I would add a couple of things here.
First, I believe the difference between shooting RAW and Large/Fine is actually minimal as far as the quality goes. What RAW does do is open some opportunities to modify the image as the camera saw it - Prior to applying it's "in camera" configuration.
On the 300D - shooting RAW, you are given the chance to change some settings and effect the image by selecting a different Exposure compensation, white balance, contrast, color saturation, color tone, sharpness, and color space. All of these are set with the camera, but if you shoot Large/Fine the image is modified in camera with the settings as they are set prior to shooting the image. Shooting RAW, you can change all of these settings after the image is in the camera and transferred to your computer.

I agree that it's more work to process the RAW image afterwards. If you shoot correctly from the start and configure your camera with the proper settings before shooting the image - your workflow will be shorter and you'll end up with fantastic images shooting in the Large/Fine mode.

I hope that helps...
- John Wright

ANSWER 3:
Thanks guys. What is the most popular way of shooting images, for example, if you're taking a wedding, and the customer wants a slide show that evening, before you've created a contact sheet, etc. etc., would you do Raw or top Jpeg setting?
- Nick Milton

ANSWER 4:
You're not going to need raw for typical wedding photos and typical wedding photo sizes. For highly manipulated photos that a graphics artist might do, or for anything that would be possibly made into posters such as fashion, or shooting an ad for a product, an agency would want digital without compression.
If you were to make a large file jpeg into a 20x30, you would see a difference between something that started out raw because without any compression that raw offers, software can extrapolate more info.
But shooting large/fine jpegs, the image size is 11x17 when you open it in photoshop. So if you're just going to make regular size prints of somebody's wedding, and especially if it's uncropped and unchanged, all you'd need is large/fine jpegs. Just set the resolution high enough, and you'd have a good print.
And with good lenses and good paper, I bet you could even do med/fine or large/normal jpegs if they are saved in the highest sized files. Just shoot a picture in a couple of jpeg settings and see how the prints look in the size you normally make. Because that's all that really matters, how does the print look.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 5:
At the most basic level, what you get with shooting RAW is the ability to compensate for some exposure issues. It isn't that RAW captures more detail than JPEG, but rather, more detail is preserved.

If you shoot raw, one of the things you will find is that you will be spared JPEG artifacting which while minimal in fine/super-fine modes, is still present. This becomes more apparent when you are sharpening/filtering the image. With RAW conversion to Tiff, this is not as much of a problem.

For most prints, you will not even notice the difference. If you crop heavily or if you plan on blowing up the image to a large size, then shooting raw might be a better option. As usual, you will need to determine for yourself which option is better for your workflow.
- Wing Wong

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NEW QUESTION 5: Olympus OM10 with Indoor Basketball Shots
I need to know how to take great pictures inside a gym for basketball. I have an Olympus OM10 and a 2x lens adapter on a normal 50mm lens. I do not understand about the apature settings. Can you help me?
- sue

ANSWER 1:
Do you have the user manual for your camera? If not you can download it free from http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_download_manuals.asp

Gyms are relatively dim and you'll want shutter speeds of 1/90 or more to stop action. Use high speed film (ISO 800 or 1600). To get the highest shutter speed you can, set the aperture to its maximum opening (the smallest f/number) and the shutter for AUTO. You cannot manually select shutter speeds with the OM-10 unless you have the optional Manual Adaptor.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
Thank you. No I don't have the users manual. I will try to download it. Thanks you very much for your response. I'm ignorant when it comes to a camera that is not point and shoot.
Thanks again.
- sue

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NEW QUESTION 6: Choosing a Filter
I recently purchased a Minolta Maxxum 5. I'm interested in macro photography, but cannot afford a lens at this time. I've read about supplementary filters, but am not sure how well they will work. Can anyone offer some advice on the subject? If so, which filters work best? Also I was a bit confused about filter size. My lens says 55mm on the outside. Is this my size? Thanks.
- Ccs

ANSWER 1:
First, you can buy diopters (also referred to as close up filters by many people) that screw on to the front of a lens and makes that lens a close-up lens. You can buy sets of 3 diopters - they come in +1, +2, and +4 combinations quite often - that you can use individually and also combine for a more powerful close-up effect. These sets are pretty inexpensive, but for the top quality diopters, such as those made by Nikon and Canon, you'll pay more and they don't come as sets.


Second, it's hard to say where you are looking if that's the focal length of your lens or the filter size. Look inside the lens cap - it often has thediameter written in there. Or, look at the inside ring of the front of your lens for the filter size. It usually reads something like 72 for a 72mm diameter. A camera store can help you determine this, too.

Whatever your filter size is, you might want to consider getting the diopters to fit a larger diameter, and using step rings to fit it to smaller diameter lenses. This is because as you develop your skills with macro, you will find that using the diopter on a longer lens (such as a 70-200mm, or 75-300mm) gives you really nice results. They're great on a 100mm, too, but anything wider puts you too close to your subjects, sometimes and you block your own light and might even bump the flower!

Hope this helps, it's a bit confusing to get started in macro but it's worth the effort!

Good luck,
- Brenda Tharp

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NEW QUESTION 7: Tripod Recommendations
I need a sturdy tripod with a pistol grip head that is sturdy for veritcal shots and longer lenses. Any suggestions?
Thanks!
- Jill M. Higgins

ANSWER 1:
The minimum decent tripod is the Bogen manfrotto 3000-series. Most people who use tripods tell us that the more vertical extension over the apex of the legs, the more likely your shots could suffer from vibration. That extra height of the pistol grip heads bothers me, although I've never used one. I'd consider a high quality ball head, maybe a size or so over the one rated for the weight of your set-up. The conventional 3030 head is a favorite here. Bogen sells a long lens support that you should look at. If you're like me, Image Stabilization lenses are a bit pricey, so we need all the help we can get.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 2:
Good news. Manfrotto is coming out with a new HORIZONTAL grip action ball head 322RC2. It may hit the stores in a month or two. It supports up to 11 lbs of load and use the popular 3157N release plate. Check with B&H. Hope this helps.
- Andy Szeto

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NEW QUESTION 8: Looking for Advice
I have taken photos all my life, but am new to the digital SLR arena, but loving it. I am pursuing it aggressively and studying to improve. I have a Nikon D100. The two lenses I have so far are the AF Zoom-Nikkor ED 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF and the AF VR Zoom-Nikkor ED 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D. I love shooting wildlife, nature scenes travel and family. First question is what photo software do you reccommend? I've been using what came on my computer (Image Expert) and it's lacking. I've heard that Adobe Photoshop is probably the best, but I know there are several versions. Again, since I'm putting alot of time into this, I want a program I can grow with. Second question is about the 2X multiplier. Is it worth it? I've had someone tell me that image quality can suffer. What are your reccommendations? Thanks for all your help.
- K Stevens

ANSWER 1:
Photoshop is the industry standard and well worth the very high price. If that is more than you want to spend, look into Photoshop Elements. This is a reduced functionality version of Photoshop that will at least get you familiar with the same commands. It does lack some of what I would consider essential (curves, native RAW file support, 16 bit editing) but most people find it more than adequate.

I would not use a 2x teleconverter with your lenses. It will not be useful (and could even damage) the 18-35. Your 80-400 will lose autofocus, and generally teleconverters do not match well with zoom lenses. The quality just suffers too much. With the very expensive, constant aperature zooms a matched 1.4x teleconverter can give good quality, but that is the exception, not the rule.

On a D100 the 80-400 should be long enough for most wildlife except song birds. The most important aspect of wildlife is learning how to approach it. I use a 500 with a 1.4x teleconverter a lot, but just for song birds. For large mammals I have never needed that length.
- Roy Breslawski

ANSWER 2:
Adobe Photoshop(CS being the latest version) is a great tool and one which most photography related plug-ins work with. So if you had to choose just one, go with Photoshop.

2x convertors CAN affect the image quality. It depends on the maker of the convertor. In many cases, it would be better to just get a longer lens. However, a 2x convertor is a means to an end: longer focal length. You sacrifice some image quality and light loss. But if you can life with that because you need the reach, then go for it.
- Wing Wong

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ANSWER 3:
You may want to check on the D100, but I believe there's a 1.5 conversion ratio, making the 80-400 equal to a 120-600
hth
- Damian Gadal

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NEW QUESTION 9: How Important are Scanners?
Hello,
I have a question about going digital. I plan to keep using my film camera (Canon Rebel 2000) and I want to use Photoshop to enhance my pictures, how many pixels do you need for a nice 8 by 10?
I know my scanner isn't the greatest - (hp scanjet 4500c). Can you scan a great picture and have it come out great digitally if your scanner isn't the best?
I don't know much about this scanner only that the highest setting it will go is 600dpi. I don't want to waste hours in Photoshop and then get it printed to only come out looking like doodooo.(It's happened before!)
I appreciate any responses!
- Sabrina C. Salter

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ANSWER 1:
I guess we're talking 4 x 6's from the photo store. This will only work for the ones with a full range of light and dark, not the ones where the sky is all whited out. OK, scan these at 600. In Photoshop, go to Image/Image Size, check Constrain Proportions, and UN check Resample. Enter 10 inches as the image length. The resolution, which Photoshop will calculate for you, should read maybe 300 or more. That's what you need for a good 8 x 10.

Now go to Image/Adjust/Levels. Bring the triangles on the bottom line in until they just touch the foot of the little hill on each side. See scantips.com if this doesn't make sense to you. Go to Filters/Sharpen/Unsharp Mask and enter 100, 1 and 3 for the three settings. Go to File/Print and it should print out nicely on an HP or any other inkjet printer, using the printer maker's photo quality paper.
- Doug Nelson

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ANSWER 2:
Thanks Doug!
- Sabrina C. Salter

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Do You Offer Anything Other Than Online Courses?
I have struggled with the idea of taking some of the online courses since I first found this site and have yet to do so. I really want to take some of the courses but I am someone who has always gotten more out of the classroom environment, I like the up close and personal relationships of real-time people. What has the feedback been from some who have taken the online courses.
I live in the Seattle are; are there any weekend courses that are offered anywhere? Groups of people that get together and go on shootabouts and learn from each other that way?
Thanks for your input.
- Kathy Zinn

ANSWER 1:
Hi Kathy,

I understand your feelings completely and had the same reservations when I first started teaching online classes for Betterphoto. But, after doing this for about a year, I have found this to be an educational and invigorating learning environment. Jim has built an incredible situation here and the instructors are all published authors and well established educators. And, after trying an online class for a couple of lessons, if it doesn't work for you, you can get a full refund. You might want to give it a shot... and you can still take other classes. But, you may be a bit surprised as to how the online classes give you the same communal feeling that you seek.

Hope that this helps.
- Tony Sweet

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ANSWER 2:
Hi Kathy, I don't know if you've taken the plunge and taken a class yet but if you haven't you should! I've taken three and my photographic skills have improved GREATLY. Now I'm starting my own small photography business. I really had very little experience before taking a class and have learned so much. I agree, there are some things that I learn better hands on. For instance, I'm not sure I would take a class on studio lighting or photoshop just because I think I personally would benefit more from an in person instructor and hands on experience. But many of the other classes worked very well for me online. And you do develop relationships with others in your class. Many I still keep in touch with and email with questions and ask their opinions on my work. I encourage you to take a class if you haven't already. If you find that you don't like it after four weeks, you can cancel and get your money back I believe. Hope this helps!
- Julie L. Curiel

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ANSWER 3:
Thanks Julie and no I haven't taken a class yet, althou I am still contemplating it. Which class(es) did you take? Thanks again.
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I took Bryan's Understanding Exposure class first which works well without having to have in person demonstrations. Then I took Learning to See Creatively which I also enjoyed. Lastly I've taken Jim Z.'s Making Money with YOur Photography class. All of these were good and I didn't mind not having the in classroom experience. The instructors are very good about answering your questions and give great critiques of your work.
- Julie L. Curiel

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