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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
IN THIS ISSUE
Featured Gallery
Welcome Note
This Week's Tip
Updates From BetterPhoto
Q&A 1: Wedding Image Rec...
Q&A 2: Monitor Calibrati...
Q&A 3: Monitor Hoods...
Q&A 4: Digital Photograp...
Q&A 5: Photos of Kayaker...


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THIS WEEK'S TIP
Landscape Lighting ... by Jim Zuckerman
"Very few landscapes can be photographed at mid-day when the sun is harsh and still look good", points out instructor Jim Zuckerman in a recent BetterBlog. "In my courses Mastering Light and Perfect Digital Exposure, I discuss this at length. In scanning some old slides last week, I came across this graphic landscape that I took in Spain in 1989. I was struck by how good it looks in spite of the overhead sunlight. In my entire photographic collection taken over the course of 37 years, I can only think of two other landscape photos that look good with lighting like this. Would this scene have looked better at sunrise or sunset? I’m sure it would have. But in this particular case, the simple, graphic design – and those contrasty shadows are part of that design – works well." Editor's Note: Learn more about Jim Zuckerman and his BP courses...


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Welcome to the 282nd issue of SnapShot!
Hello,

We are really thrilled with our second-annual BetterPhoto Summit this past weekend. What a fantastic time - so inspiring and informative! To all of you who attended: Can't you hardly wait to take a photo trip? Now, onward and forward ... Next up is the fall session of our Better Photography Classes, which kicks off October 4th. With all of the new classes to choose from, this is going to be our best lineup yet. See our Fall school schedule. By the way ... With our Refer-A-Friend program, you can get a $20 discount on your next photography class. Simply sign into your Member Center and then click the Courses tab. There you will see a link to the new Refer-A-Friend form! One last exciting thing ... Check out our new ProCritiques feature. Upload up to 8 photos and get a critique by one of our professional instructors ... and then receive a $20-off coupon to any course with each critique purchase!

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Updates From BetterPhoto

At BetterPhoto, we have an awesome lineup of online classes - all taught by top pros who are well-published with extensive teaching experience. Class begins October 4th! Check out the course schedule... ... BetterPhoto helps you win the contest with our photo contest guidelines. BetterPhoto's Deluxe Web Sites are a great way to showcase your photography. And they just got cheaper... 15% off all renewals!

Photo Q&A

1: Wedding Image Recovery ... Help!
I traveled to Nashville to shoot my niece's wedding. On the way home, TSA dropped my laptop, and the hard drive has crashed. While I was in the hotel, I had processed the images and sent them out in email. They were sized down to 4x2 @ 96 dpi. I have recovered the images from my email, but need to interpolate and remove my watermark. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which interpolation software will yield the best results?
- Shari Morris
ANSWER 1:
You might have much better results trying to recover your pictures from the hard drive or taking it to someone who can. If the laptop was dropped, it's more likely that some other part is broken or knocked loose and the data on the hard drive is still okay. You might try taking out the hard drive and getting a 2.5" USB hard drive case and hooking it up to a different computer. For future trips, if your laptop doesn't have a CD or DVD burner, get an external USB burner and take it along. Burn a backup of your images before the trip home. Play it safe. Good luck.
Chris A. Vedros
www.cavphotos.com
- Chris A. Vedros
ANSWER 2:
Don't you have them on the cards? Didn't you make a quick dvd or cd? You didn't have a backup hd? Well ... don't touch your computer again, and get the hd recovered. the images are still there. 100% positive of it. Oh, and send the bill to TSA.
- Jerry Frazier
ANSWER 3:
Thanks to both of you. No, no dvd, cd or cards. Thought it was safe to just for once, travel without a mini office. Bill to TSA? Yeah, right. That would really be the day! :)
- Shari Morris
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2: Monitor Calibration Kits
I'm going to try out WHCC lab and they recommend Eye One Display or Monoco Optix for monitor calibration. Any opions on these? There are so many out there. I I have the Huey right now and having no luck. Any help would be great.
- Kristi Eckberg
ANSWER 1:
Hi Kristi -
Both the Eye One and Monoco Optix are excellent, cost the same general price, and do about the same job. I personally use the Eye One system for monitor and printer profiling. I think most people find the Monaco software a bit easier to use, but the results will be the same either way.
The Huey is a good basic device, and while it's not as accurate as the others you mention, it should be doing a "good enough" job for you. What kind of problems are you having that it's not working for you?
When sending images to WHCC, it's going to be important to follow their recommended workflow, particularly the color space your images are using. They prefer that you use sRGB, but will accept anything as long as the profile is embedded with the image - in other words, don't use Save for Web in Photoshop with the default options.

Hope this helps!
Jon

- Jon Canfield

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ANSWER 2:
It's the direct lighting that is the key here - you don't want a light that is shining right on the monitor and causing glare. If you have Adobe Gamma installed still, it will cancel out the Huey profile. Click on Start > Program Files > Startup, and delete Adobe Gamma from the list of programs, then reboot your computer.
As for which lighting to calibrate under, use the lighting you normally work with. The Huey can update at regular intervals and will adjust the brightness to keep it relative to the room light.
As for photo printing, you should only use perceptual or relative colorimetric. Absolute and saturation are not designed for photo printing.
Jon
- Jon Canfield

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ANSWER 3:
Jon - thanks for clarifying what I said about Adobe Gamma and glare on the monitor. One more thing to consider - the age and condition of your monitor. If it's old, even a year old, and you've done hours and hours of work on it, it could be dying.
- Sipho Eish
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3: Monitor Hoods
Has anyone ever made a homemade monitor hood? If so, is there a certain material to use that would not reflect any colors or glare onto the monitor? Or any recommendations for a good hood for photo editing that doesn't cost a bunch?
- Kristi Eckberg
ANSWER 1:
Kristi -
You can make a good one from simple cardboard. Just spray paint the inside a flat black or medium gray that doesn't reflect color - using the cardboard by itself will give your images a warm look.
Jon
- Jon Canfield

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Macro Photography: An In-Depth Look at Close-up Subjects
4-Week Short Course: Better Color for Great-Looking Prints
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4-Week Short Course: Camera Raw Processing
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4: Digital Photography: Raw
I just started experimenting with Raw. I use a Canon 350D, with studio lighting. From what I understand there is no in camera processing, yet when I change my saturation, colour tone, etc. parameters on my camera, I notice a big difference. Also if I compare Adobe RGB with sRGB. I'm converting from Raw to Tiff using Digital Photo Professional that came with my camera, it looks different there too, according to the processing parameters that I'm using. Am I confused or does the set parameters influence the use of RAW?
- Betsy Labuschagne
ANSWER 1:
Betsy,
You are correct on both statements. Changing the image parameters will change the look of the finished product, even though no processing occurs in-camera. Raw files work by combining the Raw information from the camera's sensor with a set of processing instructions, sometimes called the instruction set. By changing the parameters on the camera, you are changing the instruction set that Digital Photo Professional uses when it processes your Raw file.
With raw processing software like Digital Photo Pro, you are able to change the instruction set to refine white balance, adjust contrast and so forth. It's all a part of the power of using Raw.
Happy shooting.
Jay
- Jay Kinghorn

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5: Photos of Kayakers: Model Release?
Hello, everyone! I need some advice. I took digital images of various people (I didn't know any of them) at a whitewater kayaking event. A man came up to me and asked if he could get the images of his girlfriend that I shot. Should I ask him to get her to email me permission to release the images to him? Or would it be OK if I just sent them to him? I don't know her or the man, and they live in a nearby state. I'm not charging for the photos. Any comments or directions welcome.
Thanks, Ken
- Ken Barrett
ANSWER 1:
You've got two issues as I see them in your question: First, you need to determine whether, in fact, the gal you photographed is related in some way to this guy asking for the pix. Maybe they're not. Maybe he's a whitewater stalker? How do you know?
Second, in a technical sense, you should have gotten a release from the girl before you distribute her image(s) to anyone. That release from her would probably serve as a valid defense if you got sued for invasion of privacy.
Know what, Ken? Without more info, I'd walk away from the whole deal and just tell the guy they didn't turn out the way you wanted.
Take it light.
Mark
- Mark Feldstein
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