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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
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IN THIS ISSUE - Tuesday, May 03, 2005
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* SPOTLIGHT: New Feature at BetterPhoto: Photography Web Logs!
* BETTERPHOTO: Book of Month: Tony Sweet's New Fine Art Flower Photography
* BETTERPHOTO: Summer Courses: Enjoy a Season of Learning and Shooting!
* BETTERPHOTO: BetterPhoto's Deluxe BetterPholios™: Two Great Options
* FEATURED GALLERY: Meaning of Roses: Capturing Memorable Mother's Day Photos
* FEATURED PLACE: Focus on Japan Pictures
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: Digital Vs. Film / 20th Century Icon
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Using A Tripod: Working Quickly on Uneven Terrain ... Roy Blinston
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: My First Digital SLR: How to Start?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: How to Shoot Silhouettes Against a Sunset
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: Photographing a Steam Engine
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Outdoor Portraits: How to Eliminate Shadows?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Caption Sheets for Submissions to Publisher
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Photoshop Elements 3.0: Is It Good Enough?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Switching to Digital: Sell Your 35mm SLR?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Night Photography: Painting with Light
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Flash: Shadows and Reflections of Light
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Poses for Youth League Photos


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IN THE SPOTLIGHT - ADVERTISEMENT
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New Feature at BetterPhoto: Photography Web Logs!
BetterPhoto announces the debut of Better Blogs: three great photography Web logs (called "blogs"). Here's a rundown:

- "Instructor Insights" shares our thoughts on photography and the thrilling world of online instruction. Each day, you'll hear from the likes of Jim Zuckerman, Bryan Peterson, Tony Sweet, Brenda Tharp, Jeff Wignall, Peter Burian, and the rest of our excellent instructors.

- "Notes from Team BetterPhoto" relates a behind-the-scenes, "Making Of" view of BetterPhoto.com. You'll enjoy daily postings from many members of Team BetterPhoto!

- In "The BetterPhoto Digital Photography Show," BetterPhoto founder Jim Miotke shares his photographic experiences as well as providing sneak peeks into the world behind BetterPhoto.com.

Look for Better Blogs links at the top of the Home Page, or go to:
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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 210th issue of SnapShot!

Hi

Lots of awesome happenings at BetterPhoto! The biggest news is the launch of Better Blogs. Learn about these three Web logs - Instructor Insights, Notes from Team BetterPhoto, and The BetterPhoto Digital Photography Show - at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/betterblogs.asp

The second session of our 4-week Short Courses begins this Wednesday (May 4th), and spots are still available in "Non-Digital Special Effects"; "Photography for Kids 101"; "The Four Essential Filters for Film and Digital Cameras"; and "Details and Close-ups". To enroll, call toll-free at 1-888-927-9992.

Great news for fans of Tony Sweet's wonderful work! His new book - "Fine Art Flower Photography" - has just been published, and we have made it Book of the Month for May at the BetterPhoto Store. Read all about it at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/product/OurProductDetail.asp?productID=1304

In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss instructor Kerry Drager's new article, "The Meaning of Roses: Capturing Memorable Mother's Day Photos." In another great batch of questions and answers, check out instructor Peter Burian's thoughts on "Switching to Digital: Sell Your 35mm SLR?" And, in This Week's Photo Tip, BP member Roy Blinston offers advice for working with a tripod quickly on uneven ground.

That's it for now. Have another fun-filled photographic week
Jim Miotke
http://www.betterphoto.com/MG.asp?ID=124


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Book of Month: Tony Sweet's New Fine Art Flower Photography
Our online store showcases the fantastic books and DVDs from our staff of BetterPhoto instructors. For May, we put the spotlight on Tony Sweet's awesome new book, "Fine Art Flower Photography." If you buy this fine book before the end of May, you will receive free U.S. shipping. Best yet, it's autographed by Tony! By the way, Tony also teaches three excellent online courses at BetterPhoto: Image Design: Revealing Your Personal Image; Fine Art Flower Photography; and The Four Essential Filters. For book details:
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FEATURED GALLERY
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Meaning of Roses: Capturing Memorable Mother's Day Photos
For many people, photographs of those classic symbolic flowers spark memories of romantic times or family occasions. And there's one notable event when roses take on a special meaning: Mother's Day. Read instructor Kerry Drager's new article, "The Meaning of Roses: Capturing Memorable Mother's Day Photos," at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=72

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FEATURED PLACE
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Focus on Japan Pictures
For color and culture, it's hard to top this BetterPhoto gallery. To see precisely how BP members have put the photographic spotlight on Japan, go to:
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
What was the first year that the number of digital cameras purchased exceeded the number of conventional cameras sold?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Hannah Vandergrift is:
In 2003, more digital cameras were sold.

Editor's Note: Lots of good guesses, but Hannah's is the first correct answer! By the way, the March/April 2005 issue of American Photo magazine includes the Digital Technology Timeline 1947-2005, by BetterPhoto instructor Jeff Wignall. The timeline comes from his excellent book: The Joy of Digital Photography. Also, check out Jeff's online course right here at BetterPhoto!


To see all answers to this question, visit:
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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - 20th Century Icon - entered by BetterPhoto member Kerry Drager

One of the most influential figures in photography had a long career, including as a fashion photographer in the 1920s and '30s, and later as director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He also was a brother-in-law of poet Carl Sandburg. Who was he?

Submit your own answer to this question by visiting:
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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Using A Tripod: Working Quickly on Uneven Terrain ... Roy Blinston
For years, I have always had my tripod set with "one" of the legs set shorter than the others. Most of my shots are taken in a hurry, often on uneven ground. I attach the camera, do a general positioning of the subject (very quickly), then grab and lift the whole camera and tripod slightly off the ground with one hand and "rotate" the bottom legs until I find the correct level. It's not perfect, but the "levels" can be achieved very quickly (or very near to it in only seconds).

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: My First Digital SLR: How to Start?
I just bought my first digital camera - and first SLR (Canon Digital Rebel). Wow, talk about information overload. Any suggestions how to get to know this camera?
- Sarah

ANSWER 1:
I've had the Digital Rebel about 9 months and am just getting to where I can quickly change settings/modes to what would be best for a given situation. Since digital is "free", shoot/upload/check pics. I started on "auto", shot a bunch, uploaded, read each photo's properties - i.e., what the camera chose for aperture/shutter speed/etc./learned from that/deleted pictures.
Then I moved to "program" and did the same thing ... then to "shutter priority", then to "aperture priority" ... blah blah blah. I also I read the small instruction manual numerous times.
It's like anything else - driving a car or frying an egg ... practice and repetition.
Hope this helps or even made sense.
Bob

- Robert Cournoyer

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ANSWER 2:
Sarah,
LOL I know how you feel. I just made the move from point-and-shoot to SLR. Read your manual again. I have gone through mine several times now. I also picked up a Magic Lantern Guide (model specific). If you're like me and want more creative control, I highly recommend the book, Understanding Exposure by BP instructor Bryan Peterson. It's very informative, as well as easy to read and understand. Hope this helps ... Tony S
- Anthony Soares

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NEW QUESTION 2: How to Shoot Silhouettes Against a Sunset
I want to take a picture of a person all black in the foreground and a colored sunset in the background. Would I need different equipment for that? I have a Nikon SLR 70.
- Amy Grindell

ANSWER 1:
Simply meter off the background to the left or right of the sun (preferably a blue portion of the sky), and shoot at that setting. Everything in the foreground will silhouette.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 3: Photographing a Steam Engine
I am going to try to get some pictures of a steam locomotive and would like to know which filters would capture the steam billowing the best.
- eric brown

ANSWER 1:
Rather than thinking filters, consider the camera angle to best record the billowing stack of a steam engine. The steam will be white, so try to position yourself where the background will be dark. This will show better contrast than if the steam were shot against a clear blue or cloudy sky.
If possible, try to get higher than the train and shoot down. This will help to eliminate any possibility of the sky being a major part of your background.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 4: Outdoor Portraits: How to Eliminate Shadows?
Can someone help me with eliminating shadows on a subject's face when taking a portrait outside? I have been taking some senior shots outside and, for example, if we are doing a "tree" shot, there are shadows of the sun shining through. What is a good way to stop this or at least calm them down a little?
- Christine S. Sines

ANSWER 1:
Time of day is critical. The "soft" golden light of early morning or the hour before dusk can cast the perfect light on your subject. There are several ways to use the available light - sidelighting can create desirable shadow effects, and backlighting (augmented with a little fill flash) can make dramatic effects.
- John R. Rhodes

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ANSWER 2:
Hello, Christine.
As John previously mentioned, this is a good opportunity to use your flash to fill in the shadows on the faces. If your flash is not powerful enough to reach and illuminate your subjects, you can use reflectors. I use a 48" lastolite white, silver, or gold reflector; however, you can improvise using anything reflective. A sun reflector that you see in automobile front windows is a very good and inexpensive way to redirect sunlight onto faces. This may require an "assistant" to direct the light while you concentrate on focus.
Hope this helps, Christine.
Regards, Gary

- Gary M. Berger

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ANSWER 3:
I think if you have to do it at the times when the sun is high, the best thing would probably be what Gary suggested. Use something reflective to bounce light back into the shadows. Also, move the person around if the face is mostly shadowed with only a few spots of light shining through. Try to keep them all in the shade and bounce light in from the full sun. I bought a large 20x30 piece of foam board from Michael's Arts and Crafts that I use to reflect light, and it works pretty good. Also, you can get something called artist's illustration board from a place like Office Depot to reflect light. Yes, though, you probably will need some kind of assistant.
- Andrew Laverghetta

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NEW QUESTION 5: Caption Sheets for Submissions to Publisher
When a submitting to a publisher, and they ask for a caption sheet with the thumbnails, what are they looking for? Are they looking for naming the photos or more?
- Marni M. Conway

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ANSWER 1:
They want names, locations, what's going on, etc., etc.
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
You can get some idea what they want by examining their books or magazines and reading the captions that accompany published photos. Keep in mind that good writing skills will help to get your submissions noticed.
- Bob Cammarata

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NEW QUESTION 6: Photoshop Elements 3.0: Is It Good Enough?
I'm interested in buying Photoshop Elements 3.0. Does anyone here use it? Is it a good buy, or should I look into something else?
- michelle lea guinn

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ANSWER 1:
PS is as good an editing software as you can get. It is the industry standard. IF you do not need all the bells and whistles of the full version, Elements 3.0 is ideal.
FYI - I believe it still comes bundled with many printers and cameras. If you plan to buy any equipment soon, you could have 3.0 for free.
Michael H. Cothran
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- Michael H. Cothran

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ANSWER 2:
I use it. I don't do a lot of post-processing other than some lighting/color adjustments. But, so far, I've been able to do most of the things you can do with PS with my PSE3. Some of the commands are just in different places. I did "Middle Earth" in my gallery with PSE3 from PS directions ... I'm happy with it.
Bob
- Robert Cournoyer

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NEW QUESTION 7: Switching to Digital: Sell Your 35mm SLR?
This morning, I received a letter from a photo hobbyist who has bought his first D-SLR, and wondered if he should sell his only 35mm camera, an EOS 3. Here is my response in case anyone else is also wondering about this. Any comments?

Thousands of photographers have asked themselves the same question when switching to digital. Most are keeping one 35mm SLR camera, usually the least expensive model that they own. I did that as well. Why? Reasons vary but might include the following:

1. If the D SLR camera needs service, it may be away for weeks. We need a camera to use in the meantime.

2. We still have lots of film in the freezer.

3. We cannot break 100 percent with our past as film shooters. This is not logical perhaps - but, like "comfort food," understandable.

4. Some spectacular new film may be invented in the future, and we might want to try it.

5. Someone might hire us to shoot something and insist on film.

6. We might occasionally need a second SLR as a backup camera.

7. When out in the wilderness for a long time without access to AC power, the 35mm SLR can use alkaline AA's. Those do not need re-charging.

8. The 35mm SLR is smaller and lighter (some models are, anyway); that's useful for the occasional rugged outing, cycling, skiing, etc.

9. Some first-time digital buyers are not sure if they will love digital photography and the entire digital imaging process. If not, they might want to revert to shooting film. (I received a letter exactly like this from a reader last Monday.)

10. Some photographers are convinced that overall image quality is better with certain films than digital image quality. One day, they might want to shoot something that requires film.

I don't know whether any of these points applies to you, but hopefully, they will give you some food for thought in making your own decision.

All the best,
Peter K. Burian, Contributor, Shutterbug magazine
and Digital Photography Instructor, www.betterphoto.com

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ANSWER 1:
11. (or 7a.) Cold-weather use. Digitals are generally rated to just 0C/32F. They are 100-percent battery dependent (even more so than electronic film SLRs), and the large LCD review screens slow/freeze at lower temps. A film camera, especially manual models, will still be perfectly functional at temperatures where a DSLR has given up the ghost.
- Jon Close

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12. There are qualitative differences between film and digital that will still exist even when digital has matched or even passed film on all quantitative measures. Therefore, there will be artistic reasons to choose film over digital for particular shots. For instance, I have yet to see anyone come close to duplicating the effect of a double exposure on film in a digital image. You can certainly layer one shot over another with digital images, but where I have seen it done, the effect is never quite the same as a true double exposure on film.
- Matthew Slyfield

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NEW QUESTION 8: Night Photography: Painting with Light
I am shooting a night scene of a building using the Canon 420 EX speedlight and 400 speed film for photo class. I need to use bulb setting on the camera, but I can't get my flash to do multiple burst. HELP!!!!!!!!
- Tiffani Eisenhut

ANSWER 1:
Doesn't the speedlight have a test button on it?
- Gregory La Grange

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ANSWER 2:
That would work. Tripod the camera - and, while hand holding the flash, just point it where you want the light and hit the test button. Then point it wherever else and hit the test button again ...
- Robert Cournoyer

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NEW QUESTION 9: Flash: Shadows and Reflections of Light
I am a beginner photographer. I am shooting some school pictures for a few kids that I know. I have taken a lot of sample shots, and in every picture, there is a shadow outlining the person. I am taking the picture vertically with a 35mm Minolta. I've tried all sorts of different lighting in the samples, but each one seems to have this outline. If I don't use my flash, will there still be a shadow?
- Amber D. Jones

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Without the flash, there won't be a shadow. (The flash is causing the shadows.) With the flash on a flip bracket (flipped when you go vertical), there will be a shadow but it will be behind the subject and not visible - just like a horizontal shot.
- Kerry L. Walker

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Poses for Youth League Photos
I am shooting the girls youth league - individual shots and - need ideas about how to pose them. Thanks.
- Scott Zimmerman

ANSWER 1:
I saw a friend's senior pic who played softball. She was turned at a 45-degree angle to the left with her left hand (with the glove on) under her right elbow propping her arm up, holding a softball up around shoulder height. Does that make sense? Basically, it's one of those "arms folded" poses but instead, one hand is propped up holding the softball. I probably wouldn't do this unless they asked for it, but you could add a flame on top of the ball like it's on fire for a slightly different touch, assuming you're using digital and are familiar with the digital darkroom.
- Andrew Laverghetta

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ANSWER 2:
Hi Scott,
I find that shooting individual shots is more than just photography. It's more like cattle herding. Finding the next kid on the list is sometimes very time-consuming. They have a tendency to wander off or even go home without telling the coaches. For these reasons, I arrive early, check the sun direction and try to pose the subjects so I get maximum effect from my circular polarizer. Parents are not interested in seeing their child's shoes, ankles, knees, waist ... they want to see the smiling face. Advertisers, however, do like to see the jersey so I shoot from the waist up, focusing on the eyes. I have them hold a bat in batting position, and I have a ball sitting on a homemade spike I stick in the ground where I like them to look. Before I shoot, I tell them to look at the ball as if it was coming toward them with bases loaded and the score tied. It seems to work well.
Hope this helps.
Regards
Gary

- Gary M. Berger

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ANSWER 3:
Make sure you know how the memory mate folder is set up. Is the individual picture on the right or left of the group? You want them facing towards the group. I hope you're using a lab that specializes in sports photos. They usually have packages at a very affordable price. Also know if the lab has the newest folders. Many labs aren't stocking the folders and you must get your own.
- Gregg

ANSWER 4:
It really depends on the location and child. I photograph on the average of about 125-250 children a week doing sports portraits. Smaller children, I try to have them stand or kneel on both knees due to the fact most do not have the coordination to do one knee properly. With older kids and high school age, I kneel with the bat on one knee, kneeling to "catch" a field ball, batting with the bat resting on the ball of the shoulder with the body at a 35 to 45 degree angle. Be careful about where the bat rests so they don't have a "bat" growing out of their head. I always put the sun at their back as much as possible depending on background. It creates a nice hair light, and I use a Norman to create fill light. There are a lot of great poses for all sports. Look around on-line at sports shoots to get a good idea of what is selling. Gook luck!
- Gena A. Tussey

ANSWER 5:
Scott,
Some helpful tidbits ... Make sure you shoot all individuals vertical and all groups horizontal. I take two shots of each child and two of each team. There are so many different types of poses for each sport. Let me know which sports you will be shooting and I can send you some samples. I would strongly recommend hiring an assistant who can collect money and keep a log of negative or frame numbers as you shoot. This will allow you to stay focused on shooting great portraits. I could go on and on. Let me know if you need anymore info.
- Katie Lorenz

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