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Welcome to SnapShot, the weekly newsletter on
the art of photography from
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IN THIS ISSUE - Tuesday, July 12, 2005
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* SPOTLIGHT: Not Too Late to Sign Up for an Online Course!
* BETTERPHOTO: BetterPhoto Summit: Learn Photo Tips from the Best of the Best
* BETTERPHOTO: Display Up to 300 Images in a Premium BetterPholio™: Upgrade Today!
* BETTERPHOTO: BetterPhoto's Short Courses: Next Session Starts August 3rd
* FEATURED PLACE: Focus on Grand Teton National Park
* PHOTO TRIVIA QUESTION: A Busy Legend / Photoshop's Roots
* THIS WEEK'S TIP: Stock Photography: Finding Models ... by Charlie Borland
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 1: Shutter Synchronization: What Is It?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 2: Jpeg Compressions
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 3: About the Numbers on My SLR Lens
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 4: Film Developing: C41 Vs. E6 Process
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 5: Is Photo Restoration Legal?
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 6: Shooting in Bright Sunlight
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 7: Bride and Groom Coming Down Aisle
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 8: Dirt in My Lens
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 9: Water in Motion - Veiling Effect
* NEW PHOTO Q&A 10: Can You Save Pics Back from Your Camera?
* CONTINUING PHOTO Q&A 1: Images Fine in Viewfinder, Too Dark on Computer


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WHAT'S NEW AT BETTERPHOTO.COM
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Welcome to the 220th issue of SnapShot!

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Our summer online courses are off to a fantastic start! But there's still time to enroll. And to prove just how awesome our courses are, take our new illustrated tour at:
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That's it for now. Have another fun-filled photographic week!
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Meet BetterPhoto's instructors - in person! - and learn photography during one jam-packed weekend! For example, Jim Zuckerman takes the mystery out of earning a full or part time income from your passion. Also, Bryan Peteron will speak on "Digital Exposure" and Ben Willmore discusses "The New Essentials of Photoshop." BetterPhoto founder Jim Miotke will be on hand too, as well as instructors Brenda Tharp, Tony Sweet, Vik Orenstein, George Schaub, Kathleen Carr, and Kerry Drager. This first annual BetterPhoto Summit takes place September 10th and 11th, 2005, near the Seattle airport ... two days of instruction and inspiration for just $297!
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BetterPhoto's Short Courses: Next Session Starts August 3rd
The Summer session of BetterPhoto's online courses has gotten off to a fantastic start. But some classes haven't even begun yet! These are the second sessions of our 4-week Short Courses. Note: These 4-week online courses are NOT "extensions" of the first round - rather, they are repeats of the first sessions and begin August 3rd with the first lesson. The classes include: Summer Camp-Photography for Kids 101; Non-Digital Special Effects; The Four Essential Filters for Film and Digital Cameras; Details and Close-ups; and Mastering Macro Photography. Look for "Short Courses - Late Start" on the following page:
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FEATURED PLACE
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Focus on Grand Teton National Park
The photographic appeal of the Rocky Mountains can be seen in sweeping landscapes, mirrored lake reflections, and beautiful light. The Tetons cliffs rise 7,000 feet above the valley floor, but this Wyoming park offers more intimate scenes too - such as wildlife, wildflowers, and classic barns. Visit the grand work of BetterPhoto members and instructors at:
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PHOTO TRIVIA QUIZ OF THE WEEK
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Last week, we asked:
In recent years, this noted photographer has published books that range from a retrospective of his 50-year career to a collection of his famed '60s photos of the Beatles. Who is he?

The first, best answer - entered by BetterPhoto member Douglas Jameson is:
Harry Benson

Editor's Note: The photographer from Scotland has a newly published book: Harry Benson's America.

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And Now... This Week's Photo Trivia Question - Photoshop's Roots - entered by BetterPhoto member Kerry Drager

What year did Adobe Photoshop 1.0 first reach the marketplace?

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THIS WEEK'S PHOTO TIP
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Stock Photography: Finding Models ... by Charlie Borland
Many times I have encountered people that I think would make great models. I casually introduce myself, tell them what I do, and give them a business card. I mention that I use people in my photo shoots and ask if they would be interested in modeling and suggest look at my website. Asking people to model is difficult to do since in our society, people are automatically suspicious. They think it will cost them money at some point. What works better is running an ad in a local paper “MODELS WANTED FOR PHOTOSHOOTS”. I have done this many times and it has delivered wonderful prospects. However, what attracts them is your mention of money so if you are not prepared to pay, you need another approach. For starting out, I suggest you use friends, take advantage of casual meetings to tell people what you do, but always compensate them some way.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - NEW THIS WEEK
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NEW QUESTION 1: Shutter Synchronization: What Is It?
When talking about an external flash, what does it mean when it says "shutter synchronization"? I have the Sony F707, and when using the flash, it takes a very long time to take the picture. I end up not using the flash. Indoors is fine when I use fill light, but when trying to shoot outdoors and there is a lot of shade ... it just doesn't cut it. I'd like to purchase an external flash, but I'd like it to take the picture immediately like it does when I don't use a flash. Does this make sense? I hope my friends at BetterPhoto can help ... there are just so many knowledgeable people here. Thanks to all!
- Nicole Grimsley

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ANSWER 1:
In general, shutter synchronization means the flash doesn't fire until the front shutter curtain is completely open, and the rear shutter curtain hasn't started to move yet. Usually this means a shutter speed between 1/60 and 1/180 of a second. This should not cause your shots to be delayed. Is it possible that the delay is due to the flash charging?
- Peter M. Wilcox

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NEW QUESTION 2: Jpeg Compressions
I am the owner of a Canon 20D. I know that it is best to use Jpeg High. My question is: If I use Jpeg High normal instead of fine and I wanted to print an 11X14, will I be loosing lots of image quality?
- Stacey Layman

ANSWER 1:
Stacey, with an 8MP camera, just changing it to normal shouldn't really make that much of a difference. When you start printing really big, 16x20 and up, you may start to see some quality loss. But still I really don't think it would be noticeable even then, because when you print that big, people won't be scrutinizing it with a magnifying glass. But I would still recommend leaving it on Fine (that's what I always leave it on), because you never know when you'll get a really great photo and will want to print that big. So if you're wanting to just save space on your card, I would just get one - after all, CF cards are starting to get somewhat cheaper. A 3GB microdrive at Inkleys is about 150$.
- Brendan Knell

ANSWER 2:
Hi, Brendan is right. You never know when you will need a bigger print. So I mostly shoot in RAW mode. You can do white balance and even exposure compensation with RAW files if needed. And Photoshop has come up with a concept of digital negative. RAW files shot by any camera can be converted to the digital negative format. I think in the future we will have lots of options open for RAW files, and it could be treated like film negatives. So if you are comfortable, try to shoot in the RAW mode.
- Swapnali Mathkar

ANSWER 3:
I would also shoot in RAW, but my camera takes about 8 seconds to save a RAW or Tiff file. So I just use RAW or
Tiff for important stuff.
- Brendan Knell

ANSWER 4:
Brendan,
I don't know the details of your camera. But there are 2 factors that decide the writing speed of a file: 1. Camera support; and 2. Card speed.
Each card has specified its read/write speed. The cheaper the card, its read/write speed is low. So you should check your camera's speed and take the card that matches it. If the camera speed is low and the card speed is high, it would be of no use. But if your camera supports high speed and the card is of a low speed, it will affect the writing time badly.
- Swapnali Mathkar

ANSWER 5:
I'm almost positive that it's my camera, but I'll check that out. I would really like to be able to shoot in RAW or Tiff all of the time.
- Brendan Knell

ANSWER 6:
Thanks everyone. I am currently using the Lexar 80X 1GB. I have to say that I do appreciate all the responses. This is such a great site with wonderful people. I have been on other forums, and you guys are very nice and considerate. It is great to get an answer without being attacked. My response to this question on another site would have been something like: "First of all, you need to sell your equipment and give your life new meaning if you are asking such a question."
I Just wanted to let you all know that it is refreshing to be around people with positive attitudes!
- Stacey Layman

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NEW QUESTION 3: About the Numbers on My SLR Lens
My SLR lens has a specification; 50mm 1:1.8. What does 1:1.8 refer to and what does it mean?
- Veerabhadra Rao Nittala

ANSWER 1:
The f/number on your lens reflects its speed - that is, the relative amount of light it passes. The f/ratio is the ratio of the focal length of the lens to the widest diaphragm opening. The SMALLER the f/number, the faster the lens.
As you close down (stop down), you'll lose half the light for each full stop (f/1.8 (f/2.0,) f/2.8, f/4.0, f/5.6, f/11, f/16). Note you're halving the light as the f/numbers increase by multiplying any value by the square root of 2 (1.414). Of course, values are rounded off.
- John Sandstedt

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NEW QUESTION 4: Film Developing: C41 Vs. E6 Process
Can someone please save me by telling me what the difference is between c41 process and E6 when developing films at a lab? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
- Matthew Davis

ANSWER 1:
Film for color prints is made for C-41 processing. It results in negatives for printing. It's also used for chromogenic black & white films.
E-6 is the most common process for color reversal (i.e., slide) films. The most common are Fujichrome and Ektachrome.
Slide film can be "cross-processed" in C-41 (and vice versa), which results in unpredictable and "arty" color and contrast shifts. But this is not generally recommended (I think some labs may refuse, as it may contaminate the chemicals for normal processing).
- Jon Close

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NEW QUESTION 5: Is Photo Restoration Legal?
Can I do photo restoration copies without crossing the line of copyright infringement? I do a lot of work in PS and am frequently called upon to do photo restorations. I either have to scan or photograph the existing photo and then do the repairs and print a corrected version. I have read that photos either 50 or 75 years old do not need a copyright release to be copied, so I'm assuming those are safe, but what about ones that are more recent and have been damaged? So many people have tried to contact the original photographer for permission and find that they are no longer in business or just can't be found. My intent is not to copy someone else's work, only to repair a damaged family keepsake. I don't want to break any rules, so I figure this would be a good place to find an answer. Anyone have input on this one?
- Liza M. Franco

ANSWER 1:
Hi, Liza. I work for a photo lab here in Ohio and our digital lab does a lot of photo restorations. We usually tell the customers that the photograph needs to be the 75 years old as a general rule. But, if an attempt has been made to contact the photographer and the photograph is fairly old, we let the customer sign a copyright release, which lets them take the responsibility of any copyright violations that may occur. You may be able to do the same. Hope this helps ...
- Nicole Kessel

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NEW QUESTION 6: Shooting in Bright Sunlight
Hi everyone! I was wondering if anyone would be able to give me some advice on shooting in really bright sunlight. Would I close the aperture a bit, or is there a filter that helps? Thanks so much!
kris
- Kris M. Hartley

ANSWER 1:
- Close the aperture ... yes
- Filter that helps ... yes, neutral density (also a polarizer can be effective)
- Can also use slower film, lower ISO setting on digital, and set faster shutter speed.
- Another problem with bright sunlight is stray light causing reflections/flare/ghosting on the lens. Using a lens hood is recommended.
- Jon Close

ANSWER 2:
You can also use your flash, which will sometimes help eliminate shadows and brighten faces ...
- Michelle Ross

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NEW QUESTION 7: Bride and Groom Coming Down Aisle
I have shot about five weddings and the one shot I seem not to be able to do is to shoot the bride and groom walking down the aisle. They always come out blurred or over-flashed (I set the flash to TTL and a manual exposure of F5.6 at 60 ... I have also tried f8 at 200... etc., etc!). I use Minolta Dynax 7 with the Metz 54MZ4 with a Tamron 28-105 F2.8 lense and NPH400 film. Can anyone tell me what I can do to get a decent image!
- Jenny M. Singleton

ANSWER 1:
First, let's handle your blur problem. Autofocus cameras have a tough time focusing quickly on things with little contrast - like a white bridal gown. Switch to manual focus, and focus on a spot about 4 pews away from you. Then, shoot when the bride gets there.
Second, use a small aperture - f/11 if you are not using a softbox (or other type diffuser) or f/8 if you are. Your flash is plenty powerful enough to go with a smaller aperture. Have you tried shooting in AP mode with TTL flash? Are you sure it is too much flash and not just a bad print job by the lab you use? I don't know which lab you use, but sometimes mini labs can do a terrible job with professional-grade film, simply because they are not accustomed to it.
- Kerry L. Walker

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NEW QUESTION 8: Dirt in My Lens
I recently discovered what looks like dirt (dust) spots in my 70-300 lens. I cleaned the lens but discovered that the dirt is inside the lens itself. How does it get there (preventative maintenance?), and how and where do I get it cleaned? What is the average price should I look for having this done? Thanks.
- Fred S. MacKenzie

ANSWER 1:
Not uncommon. Dust when it's made, dust works its way inside the barrel when zoomed in and out. Who knows. It's not worth getting it cleaned because you pay so much for having the lens taken apart, and it doesn't affect the picture.
- Gregory La Grange

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NEW QUESTION 9: Water in Motion - Veiling Effect
When shooting a stream or flowing water, how do you get that veiling effect?
- Mary J. Coker

ANSWER 1:
I would start shooting at 1/30 and go shower from there, down to maybe 1/4. The slower you go, the greater the effect.
- Kerry L. Walker

ANSWER 2:
Just recently, someone here sent me email asking how to shoot falls and streams. I learned a lot from my friend Darren and a couple of others who shoot most beautiful water falls and streams ... Anyhow, my answer to her was this:
I used a special kind of film called Fuji Velvia. ISO ratings of this film are 50 and 100. I used ISO 50; the film was a gift from a good friend of mine who also posts at BP. Fuji colors are superb in obtaining rich green forest colors, blue sky and water, etc. ... We normally like to have less lighting (overcast days, or very early morning hours, or 30 minutes before or after sunset hours) when shooting streams and waterfalls ... so that slow shutter speeds can be used. The reason for this is to capture the water in a continuous flow, instead of freezing (stop-action) them. The type of images that you saw on my gallery and Darren's gallery are taken using the technique I just explained.
- Nobi N

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ANSWER 3:
... btw, a tripod is a must, and a polarizer is desired.
- Nobi N

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ANSWER 4:
All of the advice given was good. A long shutter speed, tripod, slow film, diffused light or shade. When metering, do it manually. Meter the frothiest rapids (is that really a word?), and over-expose them by no more than 1/2 stop. I've found that rapids cannot withstand anything over +1/2 stop without blowing out. Also, try not to include any sky in your composition for the same reason.
- Bob Cammarata

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ANSWER 5:
Use a cable release or remote release by all means if your camera is equipped with one.
- Nobi N

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NEW QUESTION 10: Can You Save Pics Back from Your Camera?
I have a Nikon D70 and was wondering if after you do some work to them in a digital enhancement program on the computer, can you save them back to the camera's compact flash card? I do not have a good enough computer to print off the copies. I would like to save my work back to the camera & take the card into the printers and have them print them off for me? I don't have any way to burn a CD on my computer either ... is this even possible to do? Thank you very much for your help with this. My son is working on some projects for county fair, and we need to get them printed soon.
- Angela K. Wittmer

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ANSWER 1:
If you have a card reader that plugs into a USB port on your computer, then this can be done easily. You can just copy the fixed image to the card in Windows Explorer or My Computer. If you are just using the camera and a cable to connect to the computer, then it may be harder or impossible. I don't have the Nikon, so I don't know how it sets up.
When you plug the camera into the computer, does My Computer show the camera as a drive letter? If so, then you can just copy the file to the card as I stated above.
If the camera does not show up as a drive letter, then you need to look closely at the software that you use to transfer the images from the camera, and see if it has the capability of transferring images back to the camera.
- Chris A. Vedros

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PHOTOGRAPHY Q&A - CONTINUING FROM PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER
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CONTINUING QUESTION 1: Images Fine in Viewfinder, Too Dark on Computer
Any idea why the shots I take with my Sony Mavica MVC-CD 1000 look so good when I review them in the camera, but so dark and muddy when I pull them up in Photoshop? Thanks for the help,
C
- Coral Dalton

ANSWER 1:
How about when you print them up?
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ANSWER 2:
You might have the brightness of the camera LCD set high compared to your PC's monitor. This is a common problem with some digitals, including the Canon Digital Rebel - the default brightness setting for the LCD is very bright.
- Chris A. Vedros

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ANSWER 3:
Thanks for the response, Sara. I'm a sculptor - not a photographer - and I'm using the images on my Web site, so I don't need to print them, they just have to look good on my monitor.
Chris, Good idea. I'll tone down the camera LCD some and see if that helps. Thanks.
- Coral Dalton

ANSWER 4:
Then you should probably bracket to get different ranges of lighting and 1 out of 7 should be what you want. If you have manual mode, make sure that your in-camera light meter is perfect and what what happens in different parts of the scene.
- Im a big idiot.com

ANSWER 5:
Coral,
Here is an easy way to calibrate your camera LCD to your monitor. Take a typical picture with some dark areas and light areas in it. Transfer the picture to your computer, but leave it on your camera also. Hold the camera near the monitor, and view the same photo on both at the same time. Adjust brightness on the camera (or both) until they look the same.
- Chris A. Vedros

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ANSWER 6:
I have a Sony like yours. Try a different program setting(moon or moon plus). It will make the file picture brighter.
- eric brown

ANSWER 7:
I also had the same problem a while ago, and it was because my monitor was old, and even on the brightest setting was still very dark when looking at my pictures. I had to get a new monitor, and I could not believe the difference. This may not be your problem, but just an idea.
- Jessica L. Brown

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ANSWER 8:
Thanks a lot for the ideas about this problem. It could be the monitor. I think I've tried every setting on the camera to try to get good shots. Since I'm shooting very light porcelain, I discovered that by pointing my light meter at a grey card instead of at the piece or the background, it clears things up a lot. Have to keep using this technique to see if it holds up. Haven't taken any shots for a while. Thanks again,
Coral
- Coral Dalton

ANSWER 9:
You really need to calibrate your monitor, or you might end up with the photos looking good on your monitor and looking different to the website visitors in general. Go to start/control panel and run Adobe Gamma ... that will give you a good idea how the photos will look to your Web site visitors.
Vince
- Vince Broesch

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