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Monday, April 23, 2007
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Featured Gallery
Welcome Note
This Week's Tip
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Q&A 1: Viewfinder Does N...
Q&A 2: Selling Prints: B...
Q&A 3: May Contest Theme...
Q&A 4: Shooting Rabbits ...
Q&A 1: Difference Betw...


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THIS WEEK'S TIP
Lighting Tip: Strobe Check-up ... by John Siskin
Take good care of your strobes and they’ll take good care of you. Always charge up the batteries when you get back and get any repairs done right away. You should check all of your strobe gear a couple of times a year. Better to find a problem when your looking for it than on a shoot.
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As the SUN goes DOWN
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Welcome to the 313th issue of SnapShot!
Hello,

What a fine month April has shaped up to be! First off, we just posted an exciting new BetterPhoto Community page - via the Community link at the top of any BP page or through this direct Community link. ... Also, we recently began offering a free sample class so that you can preview our famed online photography courses firsthand. ... With our interactive classes, you can learn from the pros - online, anytime! Check out our school today... Need help deciding? Try our CourseFinder... Along with courses, we offer lots of great ways for photo sharing. Review four great choices for displaying your photography ... Looking Ahead: 2007 BetterPhoto Conference (September 29th and 30th in Chicago) - a jam-packed weekend of information, inspiration, and just plain fun. ... That's it for now. Enjoy a fine week of photography!

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Updates From BetterPhoto

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Photo Q&A

1: Viewfinder Does Not Equal Image
I have a Canon Rebel XTi. When I look through the viewfinder using the Av mode and a high Fstop (35), the viewfinder shows foreground items very focused and background completely unfocused, even when holding the trigger halfway. Then I take the pic, and the resulting image has both foreground and background in focus! Why is this? Shouldn't what I see in the viewfinder and the resulting image be equal?
- Kristin E. Lang
ANSWER 1:
What's happening is that the lens has to open up in order for there to be enough light for you to see anything. Then when the picture is taken it closes down to the aperature you set. If it kept such a high f-stop number (small aperture) while you were looking through the viewfinder, it would be too dark for you to compose the picture. Use the Depth of Field preview (look in your manual) to see how sharp everything will be in the final image.
- Stephanie M. Stevens
ANSWER 2:
Right. Normally the lens aperture is wide open for viewing/focusing/metering. You want as much light as possible through the lens for those purposes. You can close the aperture down to the desired setting and see the effect through the viewfinder. Just press the Depth of Field Preview button (p. 70 of the manual).
- Jon Close
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2: Selling Prints: Business and/or Ethics
BetterPhotoists,
I'm not sure I have a business concern or an ethical concern. I've started selling my photos in several local coffee shops. When a particular image sells, is it acceptable to replace it with the same image in order to sell it again? Also, is it acceptable to have the same images for sale in different shops in the same city / town / burg?
Thanks,
Noel
- Noel Baebler
ANSWER 1:
Noel,
It is certainly an acceptable practice to replace a sold image with the same image. Also, it is OK to offer the same images at different locations.
However, you might consider tailoring the selection of images in a particular coffee shop to the theme, if any, in that shop. Also, if you offer limited editions, it is very important to track those editions with a spreadsheet or similar tracking device. I present certain images in the larger sizes as limited editions (I limit these to 25 of each image). If you offer the same image at several locations, you likely may sell 3 of 25, for instance, before you sell 1 of 25 or 2 of 25. Things can get complicated. I have images in a variety of locations, but try to limit to one place per zip code.
John
- John R. Rhodes
ANSWER 2:
This isn't really an ethical issue unless you've promised the shop owners original one-of-a-kind works that won't be displayed or sold anywhere else. If you did that, I'd kind of wonder why.
There's certainly nothing wrong with replacing one shot with the same one. For example, where I live in Carmel, California, Ansel Adams reprint work sells in a multitude of gift shops and prints in at least one gallery. I'm sure when one poster sells, they order another of the same.
The larger problem is that if it's a really small town and your work appears in multiple places, people will recognize it and say, "oh, I've seen that one before" and sales will likely spiral downward, accordingly. To market successfully, you have to replenish your work constantly with new fresh work unless you've got one or two big sellers. Replenish the others and keep pushing those in different places.
Take it light.
Mark
- Mark Feldstein
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3: May Contest Theme Now Posted ... and it's Gold!
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Yes, indeed, the theme for the upcoming May contest is Gold!
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4: Shooting Rabbits (With a Camera)
Has anyone been able to get a shot of a wild rabbit (jack, cottontail or whatever) in which the animal looks like it doesn't have a care in the world? If someone has, could you tell me how you did it?
Thanks!
- Leanna Fehr
ANSWER 1:
Get a car-window mount and drive to where you have a good chance for a close encounter. A telephoto lens of at least 300mm will give you a nice-sized image in the frame. ... And when you see one, don't try to get out of the car to get closer. As soon as you open your car door, Ol' Buggs will surely scoot to the nearest thicket.
- Bob Cammarata
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1: Difference Between Computer Monitors

I have noticed that when I look at my digital pictures on my computer screen they look great. But when I look at the same pictures on other screens/computers they don't look as good - the coloring is sometimes different. I know my equipment is not the latest and greatest, but short of buying a new screen, any suggestions as how to avoid this?
- Naomi Weiser

ANSWER 1:
Naomi,
Trying to view your images on other monitors can be very frustrating since you have no control over someone else's equipment. What you can, and should, do is to make sure your monitor is correctly calibrated. There are several good hardware/software programs available to help you keep your monitor in calibration: I use Colorvision's Spyder 2. Do a google search on monitor calibration or search the Q&A here on BP for the same term for more info.
John

- John R. Rhodes

ANSWER 2:
Wow, thanks so much, a quick search shows me that I am not alone in my problem and there are solutions. I was just not searching for the right thing. Gotta love BP - every day I learn that there is always new things to learn :)

- Naomi Weiser

ANSWER 3:
I learned the hard way and did all my photo editing on a "non-calibrated" monitor. I wanted the "cheap" way out and never found the funds to get a Spyder or Huey. I ended up getting one and am now slowly but surely re-editing ALL (yes, all) of my "keepers" to make them even better. Then I got to take them to the lab, again, and re-print them for my portfolio.

- Michael A. Bielat
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