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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 - Tuesday, February 15, 2005
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* SPOTLIGHT: Spring Online Courses: Education and Inspiration!
* BETTERPHOTO: New Article: Using Your Digital Camera ... Image Playback
* BETTERPHOTO: Digital Photography Unleashed: Jim Miotke's Exciting DVD!
* BETTERPHOTO: BetterPhoto's Deluxe BetterPholios™: Two Great Options
* FEATURED GALLERY: Fences Are No Barrier to Creative Photography
* FEATURED PLACE: Focusing on Seattle's Magnificent Cityscapes
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Cush-lash / Photography to the Rescue!
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Stock Photography: Adventure Sports ... by Charlie Borland
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Monopod or Tripod?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Medium Format with Digital Back
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: More on Copyrights
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Using a Flash Indoors
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Tearsheets: What Are They?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: What is Buzz?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Jewelry Photography Help
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Low-Light Settings for Shooting Child
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Depth of Field: Getting a Blurred Background
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Model Releases: Dogs, Buildings, People!


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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 199th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

Great news this week ... and it actually began last week, when we asked for your suggestions regarding our planned Premium BetterPholio™ makeover. For all of you who shared your thoughts and requests, thanks so much for the input! We have incorporated as many of your ideas as we could and are thrilled to announce the new Premium BetterPholios™ - as well as new, limited free photo galleries for everyone.

In this issue of SnapShot, instructor George Schaub checks in with an article on how to take advantage of one of digital camera's great selling points. Also, in This Week's Photo Tip, instructor Charlie Borland shares his thoughts on shooting adventure sports for stock.

In addition, don't miss the Featured Gallery (fences), the Featured Place (Seattle), the Photo Trivia Quiz, and our usual outstanding collection of questions and answers on a variety of topics.

That's it for now. Enjoy a great week of photography!
Jim Miotke
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New Article: Using Your Digital Camera ... Image Playback
One of the chief advantages of digital photography is that you can see the picture immediately after you press the shutter release. And this, says instructor George Schaub, allows you to reshoot if necessary or delete pictures as you go to save room on the memory card. Some cameras have instant preview, while others require you to press the monitor display to see the image, or to switch to playback mode to review images. In his excellent article, George offers some valuable tips and tricks on this valuable feature of digital cameras:
http://www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=55


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Digital Photography Unleashed: Jim Miotke's Exciting DVD!
Learn the basics of digital photography in Jim Miotke's new DVD, "Digital Photography Unleashed: Capturing Wildly Great Photos." This jam-packed DVD is over 2 hours long, and features these four segments: Learning the Basics (with Andy the Mountain Lion); Day at the Ranch (where we photograph horses, cowboys, branding, and more); Mastering Further Techniques (with a variety of wildlife models); and Exploring Light and Shutter Speed (in Yosemite Valley). Each segment has a variety of tips and techniques sprinkled throughout. For all the DVD details, including a sample trailer to view:
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BetterPhoto's Deluxe BetterPholios™: Two Great Options
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FEATURED GALLERY
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Fences Are No Barrier to Creative Photography
Whether in full color or glorious black and white, a fence can serve as a photo's star attraction - or it can make an important part of a picture's supporting "cast" of elements. Check out our gallery of images by BetterPhoto members or instructors, and you'll see what we mean! Besides a variety of compositional and lighting options, fences also make great year-round subjects - to enhance snow landscapes, spring/summer garden scenes, and fall foliage shots. Besides fences, this BP gallery also includes images of brick walls and gates. See them all at:
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FEATURED PLACE
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Focusing on Seattle's Magnificent Cityscapes
This picturesque city in America's Pacific Northwest offers such an exciting variety of photo opportunities. Consider these examples: marina scenes, downtown views, skyline shots (particularly dramatic and colorful at twilight), and, of course, dynamic images of the towering Space Needle. View this BetterPhoto gallery at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=417

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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
In Jerry Maguire, the football star Cush complains that he has "Cush-lash" after seeing a picture of himself where?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Rajeshkumar Dave is:
On the big advertising TV billboard in Times Square.

Editor's Note: Here's more from BetterPhoto member Michelle Guinn: "He did not see himself anywhere. His brother told him he was on the big TV. Cush was sitting on the couch playing his guitar."

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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Photography to the Rescue! - entered by BetterPhoto member Jim Miotke

In which movie does Sandra Bullock turn to photography to make a little extra dough?

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Stock Photography: Adventure Sports ... by Charlie Borland
There are two ways to produce good stock photos of adventures:
1) The first would be when you take a trip with a group, such as rafting the Grand Canyon where you document the adventure. The people on the trip are not models who you arranged to be on the trip, but are other paying passengers. To photograph them, you have to seek their permission in advance by letting them know you "want to document this great adventure we are all on." Ask if you can photograph them during the adventure. On trips like this, I always send a booklet of my photos to each participant in exchange for signing a model release. Sure, that costs money, but I make way more money off the released photos. If it is a small or short trip, I will send a print to everybody as a thank you.
2) The second approach to great adventure stock photos are shoots where you do all the pre-production by creating a list of concepts, scout locations, get models, provide the props like tents and bikes, and go out and shoot. Remember, you are not only a photographer, you are creative director, set designer, wardrobe and casting manager, lighting director, and director of the actors.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Monopod or Tripod?
I've never used a monopod and am still learning my new Canon Elan 7E. However, I am considering taking the Elan with me to China, which we'll be touring in April.

Recalling our trip to Prague last spring, there were places where I had to turn my tripod into a monopod, such as in cathedrals. Hence, I'm thinking about purchasing a monopod for this trip.

Which pod you recommend (price as well as sturdiness)? I'm considering taking my Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 70-200mm f/4.0L, 28-135mm zoom wide angle, and my Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Image Stabilizer USM auto focus lenses.

Weight is a factor - both my body weight and the weight of my equipment.

Also, I really enjoyed playing with the Singh-ray GRAD filters on the Prague trip. Http://danube2004.us

Is it difficult to use them with a monopod? I have a lightweight tripod. Thanking you in advance.
~Bunny
- Susan K. Snow

ANSWER 1:
Monopods fill in that void between when you can use a tripod and hand-holding. It does not provide the stability of a tripod, but it does help you stabilize your setup better than hand-holding. I've got a Bogen. It gets very little use, but in those special times, it is invaluable.
Monopods are all pretty much lightweight in nature. None of your mentioned lenses are real heavyweights, so any moderate-sized monopod with a small head would work well.
Just don't expect it to take the place of a tripod. It won't help one bit with really slow shutter speeds.
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net
- Michael H. Cothran

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NEW QUESTION 2: Medium Format with Digital Back
I am considering buying both a medium-format camera, as well as a digital SLR and was wondering if a medium format with a digital back was the best way to get both? Do digital backs produce the same kind of quality images as pro digital SLRs? And, if so, which is better for both film and digital use: Hasselblad or Mamiya? Or should I go with totally separate digital and medium-format cameras?
- Karo Bean

ANSWER 1:
It's much, much cheaper to get a medium format and a digital SLR. A medium digital back may require being connected to a computer or a portable storage while shooting.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
I want to add that I was thinking of the EOS 1Ds Mach II. American Photo magazine says it's competitive with medium backs. You'll get up into the $20,000 area with medium digital backs.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 3:
What kind of work are you going to do?
- Wilson Valentin

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ANSWER 4:
I do mainly family portraits, fine art nudes and dance photography. (Thanks, Gregory, for pointing out the cost of those backs. I never thought it could be so high.)
- Karo Bean

ANSWER 5:
It's hard to beat the quality of a medium-format camera coupled to a 22mp back. But it will really drain your wallet. While a Hasselblad or Contax are not cheap (neither is the Mamiya), they are nothing compared to the cost of the digital back. Unless you can swing about $30,000 for a body, 3-4 lenses, and the back, you'd better just dream on.
Michael H. Cothran
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- Michael H. Cothran

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NEW QUESTION 3: More on Copyrights
OK, this may seem like a really stupid question but ... I am interested in taking some pictures and using them to make some postcards and greeting cards to sell locally as a Heart Disease fund-raiser, and also for personal money-making. I read a lot of the comments and questions about how to get the copyright symbol onto a photo. I assume it goes on the back of the photo? And do any of you have copyright legally, and just put the symbol on yourselves??? Help me out, could ya??
- Suzanne

ANSWER 1:
Once you take the picture, you own the copyright ... it's that simple. Registering it is just making the process formal and taking it one step further.
hth
- Damian Gadal

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NEW QUESTION 4: Using a Flash Indoors
No matter what, whenever I try to shoot indoors with a flash, the picture looks bad. The subject is too bright and the background is too dark, even if I back up and then zoom in. I have a Canon Powershot a95. I used to have a Sony Cybershot, but I still had the same problem, so I'm almost positive it's me doing something wrong. Does anybody have any suggestions?
- Alicia A. Bruce

ANSWER 1:
Built-in flashes on small cameras are like this. Try "night scene" mode, which will expose the background more (especially nice if there are candles or whatever), and reduce the flash power a bit.

Also experiment with using reflective foil or something to bounce the flash off a wall/ceiling instead of direct ... but with a low-powered flash this may only work in a small room.

Also try just switching off the flash altogether and holding the camera very steady! Digital cameras generally do quite well in low light, and you can improve the picture later on the computer.

But if you need good flash photos, you really have to bounce the flash. This means you need a camera with a "shoe" to add a flash gun, and a flash gun that has a tiltable bounce head.

A used Canon G2 would probably cost less than $200 and take awesome pictures at 4 megapixels, and you can attach a flash.
- Justin Keery

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NEW QUESTION 5: Tearsheets: What Are They?
I've been looking through the 2005 Photographers Market, and I've seen that a lot of companies want a tearsheet along with a resume and all number of other things. I would like to know what exactly is a tearsheet?
- Kathryn Pagano

ANSWER 1:
Tearsheets are proof of publication - a page out of a magazine, or if you're real fortunate, a cover. It goes along with your resume to prove to a potential buyer that you have been published. Most publishers will provide them to add to your portfolio.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 6: What is Buzz?
I keep seeing the word "buzz" in the critiques. What does that mean?
- Kathleen Turner

ANSWER 1:
BuZZ is a type of plug-in filter for photo editors, such as PSP 9.0 or PS 7.0 It is made by Fo2pix.
- Mellanie White

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ANSWER 2:
This link will clarify what the buzz is all about:
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- Bob Cammarata

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ANSWER 3:
You can get a free 30-day trial and Fo2pix. It also works in Photoshop Elements.
- Diane L. Dupuis-Kallos

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ANSWER 4:
Actually - it's not a 30-day trial - its a 30-use trial. I got the program for free with the Digital Photography Made Easy magazine last November.
- Diane L. Dupuis-Kallos

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NEW QUESTION 7: Jewelry Photography Help
Hello!
We sell jewelry. We recently purchased a Nikon D70 with a micro lens and ring light. We have tried a photo tent, sheets, moving the ring light around, blue lights, etc., to get the pictures perfect. We need to get the background of the pictures very white, but not have the rings/jewelry washed out. When we get the ring to look perfect, the background is blue or grey ... HELP!!!
Blessings!
Barbara
- Barbara J. Johnson

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ANSWER 1:
Have you tried a copy-stand type setup? With two incandescent light sources hitting the ring at 45-degree angles (as close to the subject as you can get without them being in the frame), the ring and background would be illuminated equally. As long as your background is white, and your white balance setting is correct, it should look like the photo you are trying to emulate.
- Bob Cammarata

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ANSWER 2:
How would we duplicate sunlight for our pictures? We can get great pictures when we take them out in the sunlight, but we can't depend on a sunny day every time we get a new piece in. We need to be able to achieve the same lighting indoors as well.

What about those "domes"...they seem to be very pricey and I would feel more comfortable if we had someone tell us that it was worth the money to get one.
- Barbara J. Johnson

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ANSWER 3:
I know this sounds quite cheesy and cheap, but you can make your own dome with a plastic gallon milk jug. Cut out the bottom and then cut a hole in the top big enough to fit your lens. The semi-opaque plastic works quite well to diffuse and soften your light and your jewelry should easily fit underneath. It's a cheap trick and it's easily disposable/replaceable.
- Raquel Stanton

ANSWER 4:
Raquel ... you're a genius! We will surely try that out! THANK YOU for your idea!
Blessings!
Barbara
- Barbara J. Johnson

ANSWER 5:
Try using the Exposure Compensation setting, add a stop, take a picture, remove the EC, take another picture and merge them. The picture with the extra stop will give you the nice white background, and the second one (without the EC) will give you a correctly exposed ring.
coop
- Charles Cooper

ANSWER 6:
Check out this site for jewelry photography. http://www.mkdigitaldirect.com/main.html
The following image was taken using "The Box."
- Wilson Valentin

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NEW QUESTION 8: Low-Light Settings for Shooting Child
I am trying to take pictures of my 1-year-old with my Nikon D70. I am trying to use window lighting with no flash, but the shutter speed is too slow and she is so quick that all my pictures are blurry. Thanks for any suggestions.
- Allison Lewis

ANSWER 1:
Allson,
My first suggestion would be to bump up your ISO to about 800 and possibly set the camera on a monopod. It would move around with her as she moves MUCH better than a tri-pod and can be easily adjusted very low to the floor so that you can sit down. On the D70, you can also move your setting to the low-light setting on the top, which looks like a building with a moonlight shining over it. That setting works nicely too. Try those things and see if that doesn't help.
- kathy

ANSWER 2:
I'd avoid increasing the ISO too much, as all you're doing is adding noise and image degradation. Try moving your child as close to the window as possible, where your light level will obviously be brighter. Then maybe find a bigger window also.
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net
- Michael H. Cothran

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NEW QUESTION 9: Depth of Field: Getting a Blurred Background
My husband bought be a Nikon D70 for Christmas, and I'm wanting to start doing portraits. I've shot a few, and I want my background to be a little out of focus but can't seem to make it happen. I've tried to adjust my F/stop but still can't get it slightly out of focus. I've got a 18-70mm lens and 28-80 but can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. Any advice would be great. Thank you.
- Kelly R. Theobald

ANSWER 1:
The depth of field decreases as the size of the aperture increases. Also, the closer you are to the subject and the further away from the background the subject is, the more the background will be blurred.
- Kerry L. Walker

ANSWER 2:
1. Use as wide an aperture as you can.
2. Keep your subject as close to the camera, and as far from the background, as you can.
3. The shorter the focal length, the more difficult it is to blur your background. The long end of your two zooms is the shortest you would probably ever want to use. Using a lens in the 100-200mm range at a large aperture, and standing back further would do the most to increase your background blur.
Michael H. Cothran
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- Michael H. Cothran

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ANSWER 3:
Thank you for the advice. I'll try what you have recommended. I do have a 70-300 lens that I'll try to use instead and see what happens. Thanks again.
- Kelly R. Theobald

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Model Releases: Dogs, Buildings, People!
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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ANSWER 4:
Going back to the privately owned building thing ... I thought the law read that any building 200 feet or less from a public road and clearly visible was fair game as a subject without permission. And as for the dog, if it could be "any dog" of that breed - in other words, if the dog wasn't clearly recognizable as a specific dog - I thought that was permissable too. Example: I shot a dog show and was sorting the photos. Many of the owners couldn't tell their dogs from others like them - two labs that looked just alike, the basset hounds (which were related), and two boxers.
- Donna Davia

ANSWER 5:
Donna,
You make some good points, and I do not know about the 200' rule of off the road. I have been involved in stock photography for 25 years, and three times I have taken a year and traveled the back roads of America in an RV, shooting everything. I would get these fantastic shots of farms with red barns and red silos and a cornfield in the foreground. My stock photo agencies wouldn't touch them with a 10-foot pole, because I got no releases. The Transamerica Building in San Francisco has sued many times for unauthorized use of photos of their building.

There is a war memorial in Washington DC, and I cannot remember the name, but it is a sculpture of fallen soldiers, I believe. This sculpture sits out there near other monuments in the area, and it was commissioned and paid for by the U.S. government - meaning yours and my tax dollars. The sculptor has sued every photographer who has taken a photo and published it in postcards and calendars, etc.

As far as the dogs are concerned: They do have to be released, and it doesn't matter whether they can be recognized or not. In our society today, if you are accused, you are presumed guilty and must prove your innocence. It only takes one dog owner to claim that your photo is their dog and they did not give you permission to publish the photo. You will spend time fighting back and may eventually spend lots of money to continue the fight. If you have a release, you can at least say, "Look, here's the release". I knew someone years ago who did shows also, and they took pictures, located the owner, got a release, and took a snapshot of the owner and dog together, then placed the pic and release together in their files. As an agency owner, I have seen - over and over - photographers be falsely accused of taking someone's picture without permission. I have four friends who are longtime photographers and have paid out thousands of dollars to accusers because they didn't get a release when they were shooting these people. They all were shoots done with the people and the people were willing participants, but each of them saw their image years later and knew they had not signed a release.

Five years ago, I was accused by a "well-known actor" in N.Y. (who was really nobody) of taking his picture without permission. The photo was of a hand that was holding a phone, and the model was talking into it - a close-up showing mouth, hand, and phone. I have never been to N.Y., so it couldn't be him. It cost me substantial time to fight this "extortionist" off, but eventually I proved it wasn't him by having a release and another photo showing the full face of the model I had hired. In photography, it is better to assume that you need a release for anything owned by someone else.
- Charlie Borland

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