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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 30, 2004
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* SPOTLIGHT: Take Fantastic Animal Photos in Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity!
* BETTERPHOTO: Shooting Stairways: Six Steps to Creative Design
* BETTERPHOTO: Vik Orenstein On Board for Beginning Photography
* BETTERPHOTO: Three Great Online Course Options
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Photosensitive Kids / Impressions in a Photographer's Studio
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Selecting the Best Tripod ... for You!
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Digital Cameras and Low Light
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: How to Shoot Glass Art
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Photo Software Packages: What's Best for Me?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: The Lowdown on Macros, Tubes, and Close-up Lenses
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Flash Shadows When Shooting Portraits
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: How to I Get Clients Without a Studio?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Printing in Black and White with Digital Camera
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: How to Protect Gear While Kayaking or Boating
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: A Snag With Flatten Image Option
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: What's Best: Raw or JPEG Capture Mode?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 11: Difference Between Diffusion and Reflection?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: How Many Photos Per Contest Category?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 2: I Have a Wedding Assignment: What Now?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 3: File/Description Editing After Upload


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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 153rd issue of SnapShot!

Hi

Spring is always an inspiring season for photography, and for all of us at BetterPhoto.com, it is shaping up to be an exciting one!

There is just over a week left before our spring session gets going - and it promises to be the best session yet. With our courses, you will become a better photographer ... and, along the way, be filled with creativity and inspiration.

For all the information and a complete listing of the latest courses being offered, visit the BetterPhoto home page, or:
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Some of the topics this spring include Joe McDonald guest instructing Jim's class on the ins and outs of Photoshop, Kathleen T. Carr on two unique photographic processes, and Susan and Neil Silverman on digital photography for beginners. In addition, Vik Orenstein will be the guest instructor for another overflow course for "Beginning Photography." For all the details on these courses, see below.

Enjoy this latest issue of SnapShot, and have fun taking pictures!
Jim Miotke
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Shooting Stairways: Six Steps to Creative Design
For subjects with strong graphic design potential, it's hard to top staircases. With a little creative composition, you can turn flights of stairs into dynamic images of lines, curves, patterns, or repetition. Author and instructor Kerry Drager offers his thoughts on the subject in a how-to article at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=11

Also check out Kerry's excellent course, "Beginning Photography II: Beyond Snapshots," at:
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Vik Orenstein On Board for Beginning Photography
Thanks to popular demand, we have added yet another overflow course for Jim Miotke's "Beginning Photography" - this one with photographer and author Vik Orenstein as the featured guest instructor. This 8-week course is especially designed for beginning shooters! Consisting of valuable lessons, practical assignments, and insightful critiques, the course will give your photographic hobby a big jump start. For more information, go to:
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Three Great Online Course Options
BetterPhoto's lineup includes something for just about every photographer. For a wonderful burst of creativity this spring, check out 8-week photo courses that focus on beginning digital photography, feature two alternative photographic processes with Polaroid film, and explore the ins and outs of Photoshop. Here are the specifics:<

"Digital Workout #1: Beginning Digital Photography" with Susan and Neil Silverman:
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"Polaroid Image and Emulsion Transfer" with Kathleen T. Carr:
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"Photoshop for Photographers" with Guest Instructor Joe McDonald:
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
In "The Others," the mother believes her children are "photosensitive." What does she mean by this?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Jordi Trilla is:
Like vampires, they are affected by the sunlight.

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http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/trivia.asp?stat=PRV

And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Impressions in a Photographer's Studio - entered by BetterPhoto member Jim Miotke

In the late 1800's, a group of painters joined forces and held a public exhibition at the studio of a Paris photographer. Who was exhibiting and how did one painting there give the group of painters their name?

Submit your own answer to this question by visiting:
http://www.betterphoto.com/forms/trivia.asp

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Selecting the Best Tripod ... for You!
In the market for a tripod? Be sure to choose a model (both legs and head) that will easily support your camera system - especially crucial if you own a big telephoto or zoom. More thoughts from BetterPhoto instructor Kerry Drager:

- Buying in store: Take your HEAVIEST lens/camera combination, set up the tripod that looks most promising, and see how it performs with YOUR gear.

- Buying online: If you don't know the weight of your largest set-up, then consult your camera/lens instruction manuals or the manufacturer's web site for the specifications. Next, see how that total weight matches up against the recommended maximums for the tripod/head model you are thinking of ordering.

Lastly, don't miss Jim Miotke’s excellent article, "Choosing A Tripod," at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/buyers/tripodChoosing.asp

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Digital Cameras and Low Light
I have used only film. I tend to shoot a lot of shots with minimal light (i.e., a quarter of an hour before actual sunrise and also past sunset) - big-scene shots so I don't use flash. How do digital cameras perform in the twilight zone? What should I look out for, as I am thinking of buying a digital camera, but am not throwing out the old camera just yet. Of course, I take many other shots with normal light, but I do enjoy the subtle colours of pre-dawn and post-sunset. Thanks.
- Joe Terni

ANSWER 1:
How long of an exposure do you want to have? Some digital cameras, notably the Canon 10D, have very low noise, even at a fairly high ISO speed (you can go up to 800 if you process the image with some tool like NeatImage or Noise Ninja later). Even 1600 is usable, although noticeably noisy. However, for very long exposures (several minutes and more) you have to deal with another problem, the heat glow: the amplifier circuit will heat the sensor from one side and result in a reddish glow that creeps from the edge of the frame as you increase the exposure. It's less of a problem in cold weather, for obvious reasons.
- Fedor G. Pikus

ANSWER 2:
Thanks, Fedor. I should have been more specific. I am not really looking at the long exposure shots (but the info you gave will be beneficial for me as well as I will be doing some longer exposure shots in the future). What I am trying to ask is how do the digitals perform say at the limit of hand-held film cameras - say, at 1/60th sec with ASA film of 200 or 400? I tend to take a lot of just pre- dawn shots at that setting or until the sun is above the horizon where I have more light. I try and avoid a tripod and wait till I have enough light, albeit minimal. Please forgive me if I am asking a seemingly basic question, but I realy know nothing at all about digitals. Thanks for that info on the longer exposures with digitals.
- Joe Terni

ANSWER 3:
As far as hand-holding, it's the same as for film cameras, as long as the body is comfortable for you. So what you are really asking is, how usable is ISO 400 on a digital camera? That depends on the camera very much, since noise levels vary greatly. When you read reviews of cameras, noise is what you should be looking for to evaluate camera's fitness for your needs. The Canon 10D and Digital Rebel both have low noise, as well as the new Nikon D70, which competes with the Digital Rebel.
- Fedor G. Pikus

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NEW QUESTION 2: How to Shoot Glass Art
I have a unique chance to photograph artists who create glass sculptures. This is the first time I have ever shot a subject like this. What lenses and/or filters do you recommend that I use to take full advantage of this opportunity? I will be photographing the artists, their process from designing to production of a piece, and then the finished colored glass art. I use a Canon D60. Thank you in advance.
- RJ

ANSWER 1:
Lens choice will depend upon the size of the finished product and how close you are able to get to it, and the artist. Any lens from standard size to portrait (50-120mm), with close-focusing capability should work. Try backlighting the finished product to accentuate its shape and detail.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 3: Photo Software Packages: What's Best for Me?
I want to place high school sports pictures for sale on a Web site. My computer has Adobe PhotoDeluxe, Business Edition 1.1. Is this going to be a good software package to scan, crop, and send to a Web site? Or should I look for a new edition of PhotoShop? Do either of these packages provide for lower resolution transfer to the Web site so viewers cannot download and print a high-quality print? Thanks.
- Ralph Enstad

ANSWER 1:
Ralph, I've been using PhotoDeluxe to scan and crop pictures for years, and it has always served me well. With it, you can also specify resolution or simply use the slider bar when saving as a JPEG to raise or lower the image quality. PhotoShop certainly has many more features, but if PhotoDeluxe does what you need it to do, why spend the extra money?
- John Kratz

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NEW QUESTION 4: The Lowdown on Macros, Tubes, and Close-up Lenses
Could someone give me a quick rundown on the difference between macro lenses, extension tubes and close-up lenses, and the different applications for each? I'm interested in macro photography and I'd like to know what's best to use.
- Jeff Grove

ANSWER 1:
A true macro lens gives a 1-to-1 image on the negative - i.e., a dime will be the size of a dime on the neg. Extension tubes increase the focal length of the lens without changing the close-focusing distance - thereby magnifying the image. Close-up lenses are like screw-on filters that magnify the image. If all else fails, get a reversing ring and mount your lens on backwards. My fav is a macro lens on an extension tube.
- Tom Walker

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NEW QUESTION 5: Flash Shadows When Shooting Portraits
I am experiencing many problems with dark shadows when taking portrait photos. Any suggestions on how to eliminate them? Thanks.
- Ra Ru

ANSWER 1:
Put more distance between your subject and the wall/backdrop. Bounce flash. Move the flash off-camera to a bracket, so that shadows fall lower. Add more ambient light (more room lights, longer shutter speed). Use additional slaved speedlights to the side and behind the subject. Use several studio-style umbrella and soft-box lights.
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 6: How to I Get Clients Without a Studio?
People call about having their pictures taken, but when I tell them I don't have a studio, that's the end of the call. I have backdrops and lights, in order to take the pictures at their location of choice. What can I say to entice these people into having their photographs taken outdoors or letting me set up in their location?
- Barbara Hoblitzell

ANSWER 1:
Have a way to show them some of your on-location shots - whether outdoors or set up. If you can give potential clients an idea of how their photos will turn out, then you can take it from there. But if the pictures are good, yet they still don't want their place used as the location, then you either have to turn a room in your home into a studio, find some office space to start your own studio, or pay somebody who has a studio to use theirs.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
Barbara, try some of the local art studios or galleries. I found one and rent space inexpensively from them to store my equipment and use for studio sittings. They also allow me to participate in their showings at a reduced cost. Hope this helps.
- Elizabeth DAntonio

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NEW QUESTION 7: Printing in Black and White with Digital Camera
I am having trouble printing black and white photos from a digital camera. The pictures are consistently blue toned, and I can't get the deep rich blacks I am seeking. I am using the Canon Digital Rebel camera and the Canon S820 printer. Also, I have been using color photos and converting them in PhotoShop using the greyscale command. Any hints?
- Susan

ANSWER 1:
Have you tried desaturating the photos? I've had better luck doing that rather than going to greyscale.
- John Wright

ANSWER 2:
There's a box to click for greyscale printing when you look under the printer properties - the page set-up stuff when you're about to print, not the "my computer" icon stuff.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 3:
I tried desaturating after I received your answer, and it didn't really improve the printed picture. I have already been clicking the greyscale printing option under printer properties. Neither have given me the results I want. Things look fine on my screen but bluish on the printed paper. Any other ideas to try?
- Susan

ANSWER 4:
I have an i850 that will print the first copy with off color if I haven't used it in a while. Printing the first try on draft will take care of it. So if several tries are always blue, if you go to greyscale, then go back to RGB, the photo will still be black and white, but you can adjust the color. Maybe you can take some blue out with curves, levels, or color balance and get what you want. Hopefully, it won't go to brown, though. But I didn't have problems with going to greyscale and clicking the greyscale box on print properties.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 5:
I'm wondering if Susan is using Canon ink and/or paper. I've seen prints from Canon printers (as well as others - mainly HP) that tend to have a blue cast to them when printing black and white and not using the manufacturer's ink and paper. Canon usually does very well at printing black and white, but it wouldn't surprise me to see a blue cast.
- John Wright

ANSWER 6:
Thanks for all your advice! I am using Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy and Canon ink in the printer. What's next?
- Susan

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NEW QUESTION 8: How to Protect Gear While Kayaking or Boating
I am going to North Carolina in the summer and will have an opportunity to go kayaking. Most of the kayaking will take place on the sound, which is about 4 feet deep or less in most places. There are lots of photo ops and I would like to take my SLR camera but I worry about the kayak tipping over or otherwise getting water on my expensive camera. In the past, I have taken my cheaper point and shoot on these trips but it doesn't have the flexibility of my SLR. Anyway, I was wondering what others did to protect their expensive SLR cameras when taking shots while canoeing, boating or kayaking. Thanks for any suggestions you can give.
- Janice Forrest

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ANSWER 1:
Here is one way to protect your camera: Use an underwater housing for your SLR. Take a look at this Web site: www.ewa-marine.de ... hope this helps.
- Andy Szeto

ANSWER 2:
Janice, I frequently take my equipment with me while canoeing and boating. I use a combination of things. I have a Pelican case that's just large enough to hold a camera body and two lenses. These cases come in many sizes, and they are rigid cases with foam padding inside that you can configure any way you like. While paddling, I keep everything in there and secure ... right in front of me. The case is watertight and floats. Should we tip, no harm done. When I need to shoot, I can open the case and have quick access. When I'm done, I just place the camera right back in and snap it shut. I also keep a clean washcloth, so I can dry my hands before handling things. This is also useful for wiping off any sunscreen or insect repellent I may have on my hands. For other equipment that I don't need to access quickly, I use a heavy-duty rubber "dry bag" that's made specifically for keeping stuff dry while boating. You can get these in a variety of sizes from many outdoor stores.
- Laurie Meehan-Elmer

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NEW QUESTION 9: A Snag With Flatten Image Option
Anyone know what would cause the Flatten Image option to be grayed out when trying to flatten a bunch of layers.
- Damian Gadal

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ANSWER 1:
Two possibilities, although I'm sure there may be others:

- One or more of your layers is in high bit mode. Try taking them all down to 8-bit in Image/Image Mode.

- Did you by any chance change the image to LAB color in order to do your sharpening on the Lightness Channel? (Works, BTW.) Be sure everything is in RGB.

What else might it be, folks?
- Doug Nelson

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NEW QUESTION 10: What's Best: Raw or JPEG Capture Mode?
I understand the differences between RAW and JPEG image format and how an increasingly higher compressed JPEG has a smaller footprint at the expense of increased permanent loss of image quality. That said, I'm new to digital photography and I like dealing with the smaller file-size JPEG's (more storage capacity and faster loading/rendering on computer) and am inclined to keep the highest res JPEG setting on my Canon Digital Rebel and not capture in RAW format at all. Here's the question: Will I eventually regret that I did not capture all my photos in pure RAW format? I mean I'd hate to find out down the road that I messed up. Also, what do the pros do?
- Scott Johnson

ANSWER 1:
Depends. You later on want to make an old photo into a huge poster, then you'll say, Wish I woulda shot it RAW. If you keep everything 8x10 or 11x14, if it's a large JPEG, then you won't have to worry. What pros do depends on which pro you're talking about. There's a guy who had a show of his pictures he takes of the reflections in windows. He actually works for Newsweek or Time, and he stops over in New York and shoots windows reflecting the street scenes. He gets them blown up to around 4-feet wide, and they're good enough that people think he's done some manipulations to them ... but he shoots them all RAW with a D60 or D10. It's in a magazine right now but I don't remember which one. If you mean pros for a newspaper or news magazine, they shoot everything JPEG, unless it's some kind of special fashion thing.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
Great, that answers my question. I think I'll stay in the high-quality JPEG mode, and if I ever feel like I might want to do some larger scale/poster-sized printing I'll switch to RAW. Thank you!
- Scott Johnson

ANSWER 3:
Make a correction to what I said. It may have been the Canon 1Ds that he used to make the pictures of window reflections. Point is, though, he did use RAW for them.
- Gregory La Grange

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NEW QUESTION 11: Difference Between Diffusion and Reflection?
I have a beginner continuous lighting set with umbrellas. I understand that putting the umbrellas in front of the light source is diffusion and bouncing it off the umbrella is reflection. When is the ideal case to use reflection and diffusion? They both seem to reduce shadows, but other than that I can't tell.
- Eddie

ANSWER 1:
There isn't really an ideal case. Even reflecting with an umbrella causes diffusion because diffusion is just changing the angle of light as it passes through something, or bounces off of something. A white smooth surface reflects more and diffuses less than a white rough surface. Diffusion is affected by the material the light passes through. And they both are affected by how big the umbrella is and how close. But if the light needs to be put very close to the subject, shooting through may be more desirable because of any shadow that may come from the lamp head.
- Gregory La Grange

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: How Many Photos Per Contest Category?
Can somebody tell me how many photos may I submit in a given category? Only one per category or more? I know that it's one photo per day.
- Takács Zsolt

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ANSWER 1:
I believe it is one per day total.
- Chris L. Hurtt

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ANSWER 2:
Chris, you are correct, it is one entry per day in the Photo Contest, not per category per day. Thanks,
- BetterPhoto Support

ANSWER 3:
OK, that's right, but may I submit more than one photo in a given category? For example, may I submit 3 animal shots in the Animal category? But not one day for all of them.
- Takács Zsolt

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ANSWER 4:
Takacs, yes, you can submit more than one image to any of the categories throughout the month, just as long as you only submit one image per day into the Photo Contest.
- Heather

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CONTINUING QUESTION 2: I Have a Wedding Assignment: What Now?
OK, I just got my first job as a wedding photographer, WHAT DO I DO NOW?!? I do not what to ruin this special day, I want to make a good impression and make their day a very special one. It's going to be an outdoor event, and it will be a small family gathering only. Any ideas? Since it's going to be small, I was thinking on a very intimate style. Again, any ideas or tips will be greatly appreciated.
- Benjamin Baron

ANSWER 1:
Pay attention to the subject ... Think ahead to what's going to happen next, and adjust accordingly.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
Just relax, and all will go fine. Sometimes at the small weddings, though, you kind of have to act as the wedding planner and move everyone in the direction they need to go to get the pictures. Everyone in the wedding party is nervous and can't think of what goes next. Make yourself a list of the standard poses - bride and groom, families, etc. You will be surprised at how you get there and forget what poses you will need. Also, talk with the bride, before the wedding date, since she will need to let you know if she has anything in particular that she would like to see. Another biggie: If you are not close friends with this family, you will need to get someone to point out the important family members to you as they arrive at the wedding. You would hate to miss a photo of great aunt Suzie, just because you didn't know which one she was. Have fun!
- Rhonda L. Tolar

ANSWER 3:
Gregory and Rhonda have both given very good advice. As a wedding photographer, I would like to add that you need to be at the affair (or at the home of the bride) several hours before the wedding to get those special "getting ready" photos. Try to follow your pose list as you shoot the formals before and after the ceremony, and by all means be relaxed. The bride and groom are anxious enough without you adding to their anxiety. At the reception, continue your pose list shooting and get several photo journalistic shots that you feel the bride and groom would like to have of the affair. Remember, this is their wedding - so, shoot it with that in mind. And don't forget to take several shots of each pose! Blinkers are everywhere! Have fun and let us know how it turns out.
- Timothy W. Malone

ANSWER 4:
I agree with all that has been said by the above photographers. I use a pose list that I have given to the bride and groom ahead of time to ensure I get the shots that they want taken. Then, I take additional shots of everything going on at the wedding. Sometimes the bride and groom are unaware of some of the other guests that are attending and then wonder afterwards who was there. Take several shots of the same pose. I use a Canon D10, so it allows me to take more pictures than they have agreed on in their package. Sometimes even the most candid shot will be a terrific shot. DO RELAX. If you get nervous, you can mess up your shot.
- Barbara Hoblitzell

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ANSWER 5:
I have only done 2 weddings, but the results were satisfactory to the families. The most helpful things for me were a guide by Steve Sint that I checked out from the local library and the wedding photography guide at www.koskiphotography.com/amateur.html .
Both of these had sample lists of shots and lots of good advice and practical information.
- Melinda W.

ANSWER 6:
Make sure you know the exact sequence of events and be prepared in advance. You don't want to miss the exchange of rings just because you were exchanging lenses instead.
- Aneta Hukisz

ANSWER 7:
One thing I forgot to add, make sure the pastor is okay with you taking pictures during the ceremony. With it being an outside event, you should be able to. But I have done a couple of weddings in the church, and they did not allow any photography during the ceremony. And with you being a male, you may want to take along a female assistant to go into the dressing area of the bride to get the before pictures. You want to get the mom or the maid of honor helping the daughter put on her dress, or if that is not possible, just get them helping her to put on her jewelry.
- Rhonda L. Tolar

ANSWER 8:
Don't churches get paid for using them to have the ceremony? How's a pastor going to tell somebody they can't have flashes in their own wedding?
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 9:
Gregory, I don't believe that you pay for the church, I think you just pay the preacher for his services.
But I had done a wedding where the pastor prohibited any flashes during the ceremony. I just reacreated the exchange of rings and the kiss after the ceremony was over. Actually, it turned out pretty good, I was for sure then that I was gonna get those shots, because I was able to set them up and take more than one frame of each.
And sometimes when I am able to take pictures during the ceremony, I wonder if my wandering around is distracting. I try to be really quiet, but I do like to go all over the church and get different angles. It is hard to get pictures of the unity candle and the giving away of the bride everything else that goes on in a wedding by just parking in one spot.
- Rhonda L. Tolar

ANSWER 10:
Go to John Lind's site: http://johnlind.tripod.com/wedding he offers information for people who, like you, have been asked to take wedding photos and may be new to the task. It's truly a survival guide. I've done several weddings and I still go back to his site to refresh my memory. He's great and you'll love the information.
Good Luck

- RoxAnne Franklin

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ANSWER 11:
Weddings aren't hard. But if anybody's going to decide on using a flash, it's the people having the wedding. Especially the bride. But if a pastor tries to make that decision then he needs to chip in for the ceremony.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 12:
Ask the bride and groom to introduce you to a close friend or family member who is familiar with their guests to assist you. They don't have to hang out with you the whole time, but they would be a reference point. The last wedding I did, I had a list of people the bride wanted photographed. I asked this person to point them out if I didn't know who they were.
- Suzanne

ANSWER 13:
Your first wedding. How exciting. I would say, be prepared for everything. If shooting out on the lawn, I love to shoot with the bride and groom nestled together on the ground and I also shoot at their level. However, to prevent them from getting dirty, I take old, clean sheets and I lay a sheet out on the ground first, then I position them on top of it in the positions I want. Then I tuck. Its amazing how you can hide everything. Also, really pay attention to your surroundings and the things that might be there that would provide something unique to the shot. Thirdly, relax and have fun. A photographer that is light hearted makes the subjects feel much more relaxed and you will get a much better shot.
- Sharon Piller

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Hello Jonathan. Bob is correct: If you have a Premium BetterPholio™ or a Deluxe BetterPholio™ with BetterPhoto, you can edit your description, etc., via your Admin Center. Thanks,
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