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SNAPSHOT - PHOTO NEWS FROM BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
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IN THIS ISSUE - Monday, February 07, 2005
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* SPOTLIGHT: BetterPhoto's Online School: Enjoy a Season of Learning and Shooting!
* BETTERPHOTO: Great News: New Premium BetterPholio™ in the Works!
* BETTERPHOTO: New Article: Portrait Lenses for Wedding Photography
* BETTERPHOTO: DVD of Month: Jim Miotke's Digital Photography Unleashed
* FEATURED GALLERY: Taking Steps to Dynamic Photography
* FEATURED PLACE: Las Vegas: Not Just Gaming and Stage Shows!
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Cost of Photography / Cush-lash
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Photographing Wildlife in Winter ... Bob Cammarata
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Digital File Formats
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Simultaneous Multiple Magazine Submissions
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Model Release for Dog Photos?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Wedding Photography: Tactfully Dealing with Others
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Travel Photography: Destination ... Yellowstone!
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: How to Get Started Selling My Photography
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Digital for Low Light and Action
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Background Lighting for Wedding Shoot
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Copyrighting Photographs
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: Ever Heard of the Lens Baby?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: How to Get the Copyright Logo


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ADVERTISEMENT
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BetterPhoto's Online School: Enjoy a Season of Learning and Shooting!
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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 198th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

Lots of news this week at BetterPhoto! We are all set to debut a new look for the Premium BetterPholios™, but first, we would like your input. See the item below.

In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss our excellent new article: "Portrait Lenses for Wedding Photography". Also, check out the QnA below for two other items that tackle the subject of shooting weddings.

Incidentally, if you've ever been baffled by some of the acronyms you see at BetterPhoto, then here's an FYI for you: Instructor Kerry Drager has come up with answers to FAQ. Read his "ABCs of Photography and Web Acronyms" list at:
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In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the Photo Tip on shooting wildlife in winter, the Featured Gallery (stairways), the Featured Place (Las Vegas), and another awesome question-and-answer collection.

That's it for now. Enjoy a great week of photography!
Jim Miotke
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Great News: New Premium BetterPholio™ in the Works!
We at BetterPhoto are trying to make your galleries look cleaner, more slick, and more personal. Take a look at the following test page and let us know what you think:
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New Article: Portrait Lenses for Wedding Photography
There is no one perfect lens for taking wedding portraits. However, points out a new article at BetterPhoto, two lens lengths stand out as the most popular choices among wedding photographers. Learn more about them at: http://www.betterphoto.com/articles/Portrait-Lenses-for-Wedding-Photography.asp

Also, this issue's QnA features two excellent items on the subject: "Wedding Photography: Tactfully Dealing with Others" and "Background Lighting for Wedding Shoot". See them in the QnA below.



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DVD of Month: Jim Miotke's Digital Photography Unleashed
Our online store showcases the fantastic books and DVDs from our staff of BetterPhoto instructors. For February, we put the spotlight on Jim Miotke's awesome DVD, "Digital Photography Unleashed: Capturing Wildly Great Photos." If you buy this fine DVD before the end of February, you will receive free U.S. shipping. For all the details, including a sample trailer to view:
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FEATURED GALLERY
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Taking Steps to Dynamic Photography
For subjects with great graphic design potential, it's hard to top stairways. View the work of BetterPhoto members and instructors and you'll see what we mean! With a little creative composition, you too can turn flights of stairs into dynamic images of lines, curves, patterns, or repetition. See our Stair Case Pictures gallery at:
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FEATURED PLACE
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Las Vegas: Not Just Gaming and Stage Shows!
Grand casinos, bright lights, and beautiful nearby scenery are some of the photographic draws to Nevada's entertainment capital. Check out the work of BetterPhoto members, and you can see the picture possibilities. And, in this glittering city, you can also get a taste of Paris and New York! View the Las Vegas Pictures gallery at:
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
In David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner, how much does Steve Martin offer Campbell Scott for his camera?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Douglas Jameson is:
$1000 dollars

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

In Jerry Maguire, the football star Cush complains that he has "Cush-lash" after seeing a picture of himself where?

Submit your own answer to this question by visiting:
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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Photographing Wildlife in Winter ... Bob Cammarata
The winter doldrums affect us all. As the weather cools, flowers wither, leaves fall, and some animals hibernate or migrate to warmer climates leaving many frustrated outdoor photographers with fewer photographic opportunities.

State and national parks can be great places to photograph in winter. The crowds are gone, and the resident wildlife are more active during midday than at any other time of year. Try to shoot from inside your vehicle whenever possible. Nature has instilled a fear of mankind in most species, but somehow they have accepted that our machines will do them no harm.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Digital File Formats
When buying a digital camera, what should I look for as far as file formats are concerned? I am a "Digital Dummy" at this point and am trying to understand all the technical language, like RAW, TIFF, JEPG, resolution, megipixals, etc. I want to be able to take images and file them on a Web site and email, but also be able to make prints and enlarge ones I really enjoy. Can I get a good point-and-shoot digital, or should I go for a digital SLR for my first digital camera?
- Robert F. Walker

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ANSWER 1:
Hello Robert - Simple version:

RAW is normally used for images that will be enlarged. You will get the RAW file converter software with a digital camera that is capable of shooting in this mode. It is a very large file and takes up a lot of space on your card (fewer images). Professionals probably use RAW quite often, but I find it unnecessary. I can get good enlargements shooting at high resolution and converting files in a TIFF format ... TIFF is the second largest file size and is recommended for its color print matching capability.

JEPG is the smallest (compressed) and is excellent for email and Web pages. You can get good enlargements with JEPG files also.

If you are new to digital photography but have a good basic knowledge of film SLRs, then you will have no problem adapting. Light is light. However, if you are unfamiliar with photography, then prepare to spend some time learning (books, coursed, friends).

there are many good fixed-lens cameras out there - too many, actually - and that is what makes it difficult to choose. Ask at your local camera store or search for information at this site.
- Gary M. Berger

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NEW QUESTION 2: Simultaneous Multiple Magazine Submissions
Hi all,
I'm new here and have a question about sending digital flower/nature pictures to multiple magazines. I have about seven different magazines I can send them to, which begs the question: Can I send them to all of the magazines at once? The thing I'm trying to avoid is any legal problems if more than one magazine wants to use the same picture. Would they just put the picture in their magazine, or contact me first for permission to do so? Or should I just submit the pictures to one magazine at a time to see if it rejects/accepts them?
Best, John
- John Raus

ANSWER 1:
The acceptance/rejection process takes time ... particularly with the "majors", so waiting can cost you time and money. They will usually outline in their Submission Guidelines whether "simultaneous submissions" are OK.

Even so, you would be wise not to submit an identical photo to two or more rival mags, competing within the same market at the same time.

You can get around this by "bracketing" your compositions on key shots. A slightly different angle or perspective is an entirely different photo and could be submitted to a rival magazine.

As far as your legal issues are concerned, don't accept more than ONE offer for a given photo.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 3: Model Release for Dog Photos?
Can I be sued for selling a dog photo without written permission by the owner?
- Piotr M. Organa

ANSWER 1:
Piotr,
Yes you can. Just like a building that is owned by a company, a dog is considered private property and permission is required.
- Charlie Borland

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ANSWER 2:
I was afraid so. Thank you, Charlie. By the way: Is email considered a legal proof of agreement?
- Piotr M. Organa

ANSWER 3:
Piotr,
If it is a regular model release, I think so, but it's always better to have an original release signed with their ink on it rather than a Xerox-type copy. This might be a question for the lawyers.
- Charlie Borland

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NEW QUESTION 4: Wedding Photography: Tactfully Dealing with Others
I have photographed several weddings, and I always ask the bride to be to make sure no one brings a camera and takes shots during the wedding. I can't think of a solution other than hanging a sign that says no cameras allowed!Another growing problem is that my clients want to buy my negatives. I have found no one who does this and I don't think it is ethical anyway. Any suggestions?
- CJ

ANSWER 1:
For formals posed before or after the ceremony, I think you are entitled to specify a "closed set," or at the very least make a firm request that those with cameras hold their shots until after your lights have fired so as not to throw off your lighting and so you don't record red AF-assist lights on the bride's gown.

I don't think a "no cameras" rule would ever fly at the reception.

Reference the request for the negatives: Emphasize that what you are providing are professionally posed, composed, and processed prints and albums (paper and/or digital). The negatives and digital RAW files are not a finished product - note that it's you, the professional, who has the expertise/time/ability to fix flaws, adjust exposures/color, artistically crop, and print on archival paper. That's what they are buying.



- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
Asking people not to bring a camera to a wedding is like asking Coyote not to chase Roadrunner. You can ask all you want but it ain't gonna happen. Putting up a sign won't help either. It will just look tacky on your part. (I figure you're joking.)
Don't worry about others taking pictures. The bride hired YOU, so your pictures are the ones she wants. Hopefully, yours will be much better than anyone else's anyway. Just ask that they not shoot when you are shooting, as it will only mess up your work and you were hired for the occasion. When you are finished, tell the others to fire away. They're going to, anyway, so you might as well have some control over when.
Selling the negatives is not unethical or unheard of. It is bad business practice, however. It's like asking an author for the copyright when you buy his book. I don't sell my negatives - primarily because I want control over where my work is processed. I send my work to a professional lab, and I don't want someone getting my negatives and sending them to a cheap lab where they might get inferior results. Other people might see the inferior work and, knowing I shot the wedding, assume it is my fault. The brides want the negatives, so they can get them printed for less than they would pay you. Again, it is like asking an author for the copyright on his book so you can make copies and sell them to your friends.
- Kerry L. Walker

ANSWER 3:
Jon, your reply came in while I was typing mine, and it seems we agree.
- Kerry L. Walker

ANSWER 4:
I agree that "No Cameras Allowed" would never fly. If you are having trouble getting your formals, you have every right to politely ask Uncle Fred to hold off until you've gotten what the bride and groom want ... YOUR photos.
For ceremonial shots during the reception - such as the cake cutting - you can solicit help from the M/C or manager of the banquet hall. When he or she announces the cake cutting, you can ask them to announce: "Please leave room for our professional photographer ... Thank you."
Most banquet managers will work with you, as they are committed to insuring that everything runs smoothly and everyone leaves happy.
As far as your candids, and anything on the dance floor, you are pretty much on your own.
- Bob Cammarata

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ANSWER 5:
Uncle Fred's going to another wedding.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 6:
I am not a wedding photographer, but the "no cameras allowed" is not a good idea. I've been to a lot of weddings, and the photographer made an arrangement that he shoots first and then anyone else. And people respected that. Mostly the bride and groom set a time for the photographer to do his thing before the reception, usually at a different location, and when they arrive at the reception they mostly got the intimate photos nobody else will ever take, because it was only them and the photographer. Maybe you could mention this to the couple getting married, if it won't interfere with their plans. Just a thought.
- Christa

ANSWER 7:
Greg - doesn't everyone have an Uncle Fred?
- Diane L. Dupuis-Kallos

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ANSWER 8:
I went to high school with a guy named Fred.
When my son got married last September, I asked the photographer if she minded if I followed her around, bumped up my iso, and took pictures over her shoulder as it were, without using my flash. She didn't mind at all, and a lot of my pics turned out better than hers :-) ... at least according to my son and new daughter-in-law.
- Robert Cournoyer

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NEW QUESTION 5: Travel Photography: Destination ... Yellowstone!
My husband and I are planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park the first week of June. Does anyone out there have any suggestions for the best photography sites for wildlife? Thanks!
- Nancy J. Putman

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ANSWER 1:
Nancy:
My wife and I have been going to Yellowstone almost every year in the summer for 25 years. We have seen many things. The most interesting was the grizzly bear killing an elk in Hayden Valley.
- For photographing wildlife, I like Lamar Valley at sunrise. There you can occasionally catch the wolves and bears.
- I like Hayden Valley at sunset because of the quality of the light.
- I like the Madison River drive heading for the town of West Yellowstone during the day.

The secret to Yellowstone is to be watching the wildlife while everyone else is eating breakfast or dinner.

Also check out Fishing Bridge in the middle of the day for the overhead shots of the big trout.
- Kenneth -. Rush

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NEW QUESTION 6: How to Get Started Selling My Photography
I feel my photos are good enough to be offering services to such places as insurance companies, real estate agencies, and the like. My number 1 question: How do I go about it? My friend said she heard there is a 3-week class you must take. No problem. I am willing to do that while I finish my photography degree. But is this true, and if so how would I go about finding out that info? Otherwise, how do I go about offering my services and getting recognized.

This is not what I want to do permanently but would like to start bringing in some kind of income while I finish my degree. I finally figured out I want to do backwoods-type photos. My hubby has 20+ years in guiding and packing, and I feel this is where I am being drawn and then we will both be able to work doing what we love and, better yet, we can do so together :-)

Any tips, thoughts ideas, etc., is greatly appreciated.
- Renee Olsen

ANSWER 1:
Renee,
Learning photography is one thing, but getting people to notice you and buy your services is a whole different ballgame. You can buy mail lists of insurance companies and realtors from a number of places. One of the largest mail-list companies is Infousa. I have no idea the cost. Then you need to print up a slick promotional campaign with great photography. That is what is going to entice them into buying from you. My brother is a realtor, and he takes all his own digital pictures. Quality doesn't seem to matter to many realtors. He also buys pre-designed postcards from a company that specializes in package postcards. These cards already have stock photos on them showing people moving, a nice home, etc. When he orders the cards, he selects a design, and all they do is print his agency info on it for him. I bring this up as I wonder if that is a very profitable market for your services. I'll send you another email with samples of my latest promotional campaign that has been reasonably successful in this depressed photo economy. I send them primarily to advertising and design agencies.
- Charlie Borland

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NEW QUESTION 7: Digital for Low Light and Action
After getting totally confused in reading a lot of reviews on digital cameras (i.e., Syeves, DP, DC, etc.). Can anyone suggest a digital camera? I have looked at the Nikon 8700 and 8800, the Olympus E-300, etc. I am looking for a camera that will allow me to shoot my grandchildren in activities (soccer). low light situations (birthday parties), and when I travel.
Thank you!
- Bob Moyer

ANSWER 1:
Hi:
I see from the cameras that you mention that you have some money to spend in a good camera. For the purpose that you are looking for, I strongly recommend you choose a DSRL and not a fixed-lens camera. Why? Because DSRLs have superior photo capabilities and quality, especially in low-light situations in which you can use higher ISOs with no noise on the picture. They have almost no shutter lag, and the ability to exchange lenses gives you flexibility to use superb optics for any type of situation.

Know which brand to use? I see that you mentioned the Olympus E300. This is a good camera, but if your budget can afford it, check the Nikon D70 or Canon 10D - or, even better, the 20D. If budget is a limit, then the Canon Digital Rebel is your camera. No one can beat the price/quality for this DSRL. You can find it under $700 on the Internet. Use those extra dollars getting some nice lenses.
- Andres Llopart

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NEW QUESTION 8: Background Lighting for Wedding Shoot
I am shooting my first wedding in 3 weeks. The bride has just told me the chapel is all glass! I have now seen pictures of this chapel, and I am very concerned about the outside lighting when shooting pictures. How can I shoot a properly exposed couple in front of an alter with the background being glass? Help! This is not what I wished for for my first job.
- Susan N. Gast

ANSWER 1:
Susan,
Can you call the church and go visit it in advance? If so, take a friend as a test subject. You can also darken the outside light by stopping down your shutter speed, but it depends on your camera's sync speed for flash. Without seeing the place, my biggest concern is the flash reflecting in the glass. Thank goodness for digital LEDs. You may be able to hide the flash reflection in the glass behind the people you are photographing, but this takes testing to position yourself. So test on your friend. If you cannot use flash and the outside available light is brighter than the inside available light, you have a problem as they will be silhouettes.
- Charlie Borland

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ANSWER 2:
I had a similar situation with an outdoor graduation ceremony on a sunny day. The stage was under a canopy dimly lit, and the background was the harsh light of the midday sun. I metered the background and used diffused flash to illuminate the stage and participants. Follow Charlie's advice to "hide" the flash reflections or shoot at an angle.
- Bob Cammarata

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ANSWER 3:
Dear Susan:
Charlie and Bob offer sound advice. Any chance you have to visit the chapel in advance will help. Having a friend tag along to pose, so that you can practice positioning him/her and your camera to "hide" the flash reflection will put your mind more at ease.
Are you allowed to use flash during the ceremony? Sometimes this is permitted, and Bob's suggestion would apply. If you must shoot with available light only, would the officiant allow you to shoot during the ceremony from a position somewhat behind the altar? As you can imagine, you'd then be using all that window light to illuminate your subjects, and, depending on your position, you might have the guests serving as a background to the couple. (If you can describe to the officiant the difficulty posed by the window lighting, he or she may allow you to stand behind the altar during the ceremony. If so, he or she often ask that you do not walk around or make distracting movements during the vows or other vital moments. It seems worth asking about...
Like Bob, I had a situation similar to yours. The church was modern, had large glass panels behind the altar, which overlooked a sunlit clearing in the woods, and I used off camera flash, on a light stand, to illuminate the groups for the formal altar poses. As the groups changed in size, I made minor adjustments to the position of my camera and/or the off-camera flash, so that one of the persons in the photo always prevented the flash from being visible as a reflection in the glass behind the group. In other words, that person was blocking or "hiding" the flash reflection. Make sense?
- Maynard McKillen

ANSWER 4:
You are all GREAT! I will be going to the church this week to do practise shots and play with angles, etc. I appreciate all of the advice, and, believe me, when someone tries to talk me into shooting a wedding again ... the answer is no! I am not a professional ... everyone just likes my photos so I was talked into this! I am feeling more confident now and appreciate all the advice. Thanks to all.
- Susan N. Gast

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NEW QUESTION 9: Copyrighting Photographs
How can I copyright my pictures?
- Velia Stroud

ANSWER 1:
In the USA:
You own the copyright to the photograph the moment you snap the shutter. However, the image may contain competing copyrighted images (photo of someone else's artwork, image, architecture, etc.), so you may be limited in how you can utilize it.

While it is not legally necessary, it makes it much easier to enforce your copyright and collect license fees/judgments if you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. See http://www.copyright.gov/ for more information.
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 10: Ever Heard of the Lens Baby?
I was thinking the Lens Baby could be something worth trying out ... but wanted to know if anyone's ever used this lens before.
- Carrie Mai

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ANSWER 1:
Hi Carrie,
I picked up a Lens Baby ... I figured it was worth a try at the price. I bought at the Show at the Javitz Center for around $100. It's pretty cool, but you need to play around with it for a while before you get the hang of it. The focus is controlled by pushing or pulling the lens towards or away from the body, and the area of focus can also be put anywhere on your image since the lens is mounted on a flexible hose.
I think the Lens Baby is worth the buck. I will upload an image that I shot with it. You can see for yourself.
- Lynn Manzione

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ANSWER 2:
OK, thank you. It really does look like something worth playing with - and isn't that the idea of photography anyway ... to capture something with a different eye? Thanks : )
- Carrie Mai

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: How to Get the Copyright Logo
This is perhaps really dumb but I make/sell photos/cards and haven't figured out how to get the little copyright logo (c inside circle) onto my cards/photos. I hand-write it, but wish to incorporate it into the other identifying info I place on the cards/prints. Thank you!
- Robin Lynne

ANSWER 1:
If you're already adding printed text, hold down your Alt key, and on the number pad (with number lock on) type in 0169 and you'll get
hth
- Damian Gadal

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ANSWER 2:
I am running MAC OS X and the is alt,capslock,and G all at the same time
- George G. Nino

ANSWER 3:
Thanks, Damian! I was wondering about this myself.
Bob :)
- Bob Cammarata

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ANSWER 4:
You can also access other symbols and type by using the character map located in your accessories/system tools.
- Kip T. Berger

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ANSWER 5:
Actually, in the Mac OS, the symbol has always been OPTION G (or alt G). No other key combinations are necessary.
- Mark O'Brien

ANSWER 6:
I stand corrected. Thanks for the info. It is only alt(opt)/g with no other keys.
- George G. Nino

ANSWER 7:
In Mac or Windows, you can also put (c) - you must put these 3 symbols side by side with no spaces for it to work - and it will convert to . I have only done this on word documents so don't know if it works in other programs.
- George G. Nino

ANSWER 8:
Thanks George. I have Windows, and I like your way better.
Bob
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ANSWER 9:
To all of you,
If you are adding text to a Photoshop CS image and desire to add (c) to the text, how do you do it in Photoshop? Also, I can not get the alt, num lock 0169 to work. (c) will work in word. What am I doing wrong? I have a PC - Windows XP. Thanks.
- Amy Mancini

ANSWER 10:
Hi Amy,
I have just tried the Alt+ 0169, and it works OK in Photoshop. Make sure your Numbers Lock is on ... as I forgot to put it on the first time!
Regards,
Del
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