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Monday, August 07, 2006
IN THIS ISSUE
Featured Gallery
Welcome Note
This Week's Tip
Updates From BetterPhoto
Q&A 1: New Orleans Photo...
Q&A 2: Filters and Photo...
Q&A 3: Football Games at...
Q&A 4: Raw Files...
Q&A 5: Photographing a M...
Q&A 6: Model Releases...
Q&A 7: Permission to Sho...
Q&A 1: Looking for a B...


TESTIMONIAL OF THE WEEK
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THIS WEEK'S TIP
The Importance of Backups ... by Brenda Tharp
In her recent BetterBlog, master photographer Brenda Tharp shares some valuable advice:
1. Make regular, complete backups of picture files and documents.
2. Make the process simple so you'll stick to the backup regime.
3. Don't think the stuff is safe from one day to the next. Any time you change something important, back it up.
4. The most obvious one - when fooling around with picture files, double check everything you're doing before hitting the delete trash button!
Even if the pictures you are making are only for fun, vacation, or class - they are valuable to you, personally. It's easy to say "oh, I'll back up next week", but that could be too late. A simple, inexpensive hard drive is all you need to transfer the pictures as you download to your system, so you at least two copies.
Learn more about Brenda Tharp and her online courses.



   
Featured Gallery

Welcome to the 276th issue of SnapShot!
Hello,

Exciting times at BetterPhoto with several brand-new features! One is the just-added search function in the upper right of any BP page. Look for the field next to the little magnifying glass and try it out ... now, BP members can find other members. You asked for it, you got it! Tell all your friends that you can now find each other easily at BetterPhoto. Also, we have revamped the course pages, with our dozens of awesome online classes now divided up into categories. Check out the courses page.... Also, to help you find the class that's right for you, see our new Guide to Skill Levels page and Course Calculator. Also, we recently unveiled BetterPhoto's 2Plus 5Plus 10Plus Rewards Program! Here's how it works: Take 2-4 BP courses - receive 20% discount to this year's BetterPhoto Summit (Sept 16-17, near Seattle, WA). Take 5-9 BP courses - receive 50% discount to the Summit. Take 10+ BP courses - receive free admission to the Summit. If you have 2+ courses under your belt, email or call us to get your special Promo Code. Space for this exciting event is limited to only 120 participants. For more Summit information... That's it for now. Enjoy your week of photography!

Jim Miotke
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Updates From BetterPhoto

The BetterPhoto Summit is going to be an exciting weekend of learning photography, demystifying Photoshop, and just plain having fun. Sign up now and start entering the special Summit Contest. Learn more... At BetterPhoto.com, we have an awesome schedule of online courses led by published professionals. Our classes are so much fun and you learn a lot in a very short time. online school schedule... Not sure which class is right for you? Try our Course Calculator. Our online store features the outstanding books and DVDs from our talented team of instructors. And we're giving you free U.S. shipping on every book and DVD! Find out more...

Photo Q&A

1: New Orleans Photographers
The Westbank Camera Club is looking for photographers in the New Orleans Area. If you live in Gretna, Terrytown, Harvey, Marrero, Westwego, Waggaman, Algiers, Belle Chasse, Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, etc., you may be interested in joining our club.
We are open to anyone interested in photography, whether you are an absolute beginner, hobbyist, or a seasoned professional. We meet on the first Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Westwego Public Library.

We have presentations on various photography topics, photo contests, field trips, and fun.
We are a member of the Gulf Coast Camera Clubs Council.

Visit our website at www.wbcameraclub.org for more info.
Thanks,
Chris A. Vedros
www.cavphotos.com

- Chris A. Vedros
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2: Filters and Photoshop
If filters are just a color lens in front of the camera lens, then can this be created in Photoshop? For example, can a new layer color - say, orange - change the transparancy so it equals a warm-up filter? Is this possible, and if so, what are the colour settings? Thanks.
- Simon 
ANSWER 1:
Absolutely! Determining the correct color settings is the challenge. But the nice thing about Adjustment Layers is that you can test and change settings till the cows come home. Sooner or later, you'll find a setting you like. Then, the "strength" of the setting can be further controlled with the Opacity slide bar.
- Michael H. Cothran
ANSWER 2:
Simon, if you have PS CS in Image>Adjustments, there is a Photo Filter you can use much the same as a filter on your camera.
- Sharon D
ANSWER 3:
When doing "colour" photography, many filter effects can be added in most versions of Photoshop (as you said). However, colour filters have a totally different effect (and use) when using B&W photography (eg: skies can be captured more intensely; shades can be manipulated more) without going near Photoshop. Though "some" of these effects can still be "edited" in Photoshop, nothing short of doing multiple layer pics and combining will allow you to control a dark or burnt-out sky. Filters are still necessary. Hope this makes sense.
- Roy Blinston
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3: Football Games at Dusk
Hi All!!
I will be shooting teen football games at dusk with a D200 and 80-200 f2.8. As the day turns to evening, I find myself needing another light source. Should I invest in a stronger flash than on camera? Most shots will be taken fairly close to the sidelines, so flash will be helpful. Stadium lighting is fair. Any suggestions, or can I make do with in-camera tweaking??
Linda
- Linda M. Weisz
ANSWER 1:
Greetings Linda: Trying to illuminate a football field with an on-camera flash is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. Use a faster ISO, forget the flash unless you're really really close to the gridiron. You might also find your 200 isn't enough lens. Consider renting a lens with larger focal length, like 300-500, or getting down on the sidelines. Talk to the coach to make arrangements to do that.
Take it light.
Mark
- Mark Feldstein
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4: Raw Files
I use my 20D on the Raw + Large file, but when I download it to the computer the file is in Jpeg format. How do I get at the Raw file to change the white balance?
- Lyndon G. Osmond
ANSWER 1:
The editing program does not recognize the latest Canon RAW format. See if there is an update for your software, or use the Canon software that came with the camera.
- Jon Close
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5: Photographing a Moving Subject
Hi there, I have recently joined the Digital age with my Nikon D70s. I love taking Photos of Warbirds. I have been using the auto setting to get used to the camera but when taking shots of the older piston-engined planes, I always stop the propellors dead in their tracks. Not good. Can anyone help me with this problem?
- John R. Hall
ANSWER 1:
You need to set a longer shutter speed to show the rotation of the propellers. Use shutter priority.
- Jon Close
ANSWER 2:
I agree with Jon. Any speed slower than 1/60 sec will create a pleasing blur of those props. 1/30 down to 1/8 sec should produce the best results. (Depending, of course, on how fast the blades are actually turning.) On really long speeds, they will disappear completely.
- Bob Cammarata
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6: Model Releases
I am an amateur and am not quite certain about when to use a model release. I took this photograph with the little blond-haired boy during a drum and bugle competition and would like to submit it for competition. However, as one can see, there are many people in the photograph. I am not clear on when to get a model release and how to do so with such a large crowd. Also, I have second and third photos of a woman taken at the same event. Would I need a release for her and her friend sitting next to her? Thank you.
- Susan M. Rosin
ANSWER 1:
Greetings Susan: Signed model releases from subjects over the age of 18 years or from parents/legal guardians of kids under 18, are always a good idea to have as your first line of defense in the event you're sued for invasion of privacy, misappropriation of a person's image or defamation.
The rule of thumb is that if you publish an image (either electronically on the net, in print, or display it in public) depicting recognizable people, the image should be released. When you solicit publication of your work to a magazine, these days, it's presumed the photographer got a release and your contract requires you to indemnify the publication against loss for publishing an unreleased photo.
Crowds, buildings, skyline shots, are all situational. The news media exception to the release law is being eroded by state court decisions requiring photographers and editors to err on the side of privacy unless the photo just cries out for the public need to see it (need to know).
There are a number of books out, including one by another lawyer named Bernard Krages. I recommend if you start submitting your work for publication you get well versed in the subject AND in copyright law and registration to protect yourself further.
Take it light.
Mark
- Mark Feldstein
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7: Permission to Shoot in Local Parks - and Insurance
I'm a newbie with lots of questions. Shooting portrait pictures in a local park - do I need permission from anyone? Compensate anyone? Location release? I've been taking photos there of my own children with no issues - but not charging $ either. I would rather not have any issues if I invite families to meet there for a paid session. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
- Emily Geddes
ANSWER 1:
Generally, for commercial purposes - i.e., work for pay, to shoot in a public park or on public land - you usually need a permit from the agency or city that operates the park. To get a shooting permit, especially in large metro areas like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, etc., (usually) requires that you post a bond, usually around a million bucks worth of bond or insurance that indemnifies them against loss in case someone on your shoot gets injured or worse. (Yes, it happens more than you might think.) Bonds usually run about thirty bucks a day, depending on who you use. Of course, if you're doing work professionally for any pay whatsoever, you've got insurance, right?? Of course you do. So, just talk to your insurance guy and see if he can get you the bond you might require or can recommend someone who will.
Not charging takes you out of the commercial/professional realm, but if you look as though you're doing a pro shoot and the park cops happen to spot you, you just might have some explaining tooooo dooo. ;>)
Take it light.
Mark
- Mark Feldstein
ANSWER 2:
Thanks so much! I haven't even started asking for money yet - practicing on family and friends. The two parks I am thinking of are teeny tiny - do I just call the borough and ask about their photography policy? Just trying to get all my ducks in a row. I have to admit, I read "million dollars" and just about faint. Then I kept reading $30/day and started breathing again. ha ha! I've been reading and learning a lot from your replies to other questions on BP. Thanks for helping us all out.
- Emily Geddes
ANSWER 3:
Yep. Thirty bucks buys a lot of tranquility. Things can get legally ugly if you're out on a shoot and someone trips over an equipment stand, gets themselves wrapped in the muslin reflector panel hanging on it, can't see and ends up stumbling over a cliff. We see these things from time-to-time.
BTW, membership in a professional organization like ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) can be beneficial toward getting things like location bonds and discounted, but valuable, insurance policies. These groups can get you hooked up with the right folks for getting such things and helping you run your biz more profitably. (Take a look at the publications list at ASMP.org.)
Sooooooooooooo yes, just call the city or borough and ask. Get the name of the person you talk to and write it down somewhere. Chances are, for what you describe here, they'll tell you to go ahead and enjoy your photographic outing. But as I said, just keep their name handy.
And...my pleasure Emily. You're quite welcome. ;>)
Mark
- Mark Feldstein
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1: Looking for a BP Member? It's Now Easy to Do!

Hi Everyone,
Here's something that many of you asked for - OK, pleaded for :-) ... quick way to find a fellow BetterPhoto member. We now have it! Look for the brand-new, greatly enhanced search function (the search box at the upper right of any BP page). After inputting the member's name, a page will appear that includes pics and info.
Note: The subject of your search must have activated his/her free gallery or Premium Gallery.
Have fun searching for fellow photographers!
- Kerry Drager

See Kerry Drager's Premium Gallery:
http://www.betterphoto.com/mg.asp?id=20858

Take an Online Photo Course with Kerry Drager:
4-Week Short Course: Intro to Macro: Details & Close-ups - August
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