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Monday, August 27, 2007
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Featured Gallery
Welcome Note
This Week's Tip
Updates From BetterPhoto
Q&A 1: Photo Software: W...
Q&A 2: Flash Unit - A Br...
Q&A 3: My White Backgrou...
Q&A 4: How to Photograph...
Q&A 1: Digital Rebel X...


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THIS WEEK'S TIP
Photoshop Actions: Compatibility Tip ... by Al Ward
Actions created on some versions of Photoshop may not be compatible or play correctly on different incarnations. For instance, actions created on newer versions of the software generally do not work properly or will not even load in earlier versions of the software. Actions created on older versions of the software will work in newer versions - such as Adobe Photoshop CS2 and 3 - but they may give errors during playback. For this reason, if you plan to distribute your actions to be used by others, you should always keep in mind your target audience and the version of software they are most likely to be using. If you intend to create actions to sell to a production studio, find out beforehand which version of Photoshop they are using and which operating system they are running Photoshop on so that you may do your best to record and test actions compatible with their business requirements.
Editor's Note: Al Ward teaches a terrific online course right here at BetterPhoto: Right-Brain Photoshop - Merging, Melding and Morphing


   
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Welcome to the 331st issue of SnapShot!
Hello,

What a great month August has been. But at BetterPhoto, we are focusing on an even more exciting month - September! This coming month kicks off with another outstanding round of 4-week online courses on photography and Photoshop. And wrapping up September is the photographic event of 2007: the inspiring, informative, and downright enjoyable 3rd Annual BetterPhoto Summit! ... Just a reminder: BetterPhoto.com has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and you can play an active role in the BetterPhotoMentor program by donating your unwanted digital camera. ... Also, if you haven't lately, check out BP's very cool Community page. ... That's it for now. Enjoy your week of photography!

Jim Miotke
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Updates From BetterPhoto

Are you ready to take the next step in your photography or in Photoshop? We have an awesome schedule of online photography courses led by top pros. The 2007 BetterPhoto Summit photography conference is coming up fast - late September. You'll learn new techniques, get inspired, and receive personal one-on-one feedback on your work from a BP pro instructor! Have a few minutes? Check out our BetterBlogs: Instructor Insights, Digital Photo Blog, and the brand-new BetterPhoto Girls Blog!

Photo Q&A

1: Photo Software: What to Buy?
I am trying to determine which software I should buy - Adobe Photoshop CS3 or Adobe Lightroom? I've read and heard different opinions and am relatively new to this field, so I am wondering which would be the best for a nature/wildlife Photographer. Thanks in advance for your opinions.
- Allen Pearson
ANSWER 1:
Allen,
You've gotten some good advice here. I have Photoshop 3 through CS3 and Elements 1 through 5, and I work on them both on Mac and PC. I've been at this for a while and one key thing I hear from you is that you are "new to this field". That would almost certainly point you to getting Photoshop Elements. John makes most of the points. But I disagree about what is missing from Elements ... my books and tool sets for Elements were made to add the functionality that seems to be missing back into Elements ... find out more on my Elements Web site: http://hiddenelements.com.
Elements will allow you to explore what Photoshop can do for you with image editing at a fraction of the cost and the savings is enough that you can do as Brooke said and get other meaningful equipment. You can also use it as a learning tool and introduction to Photoshop and move up when you are ready.
There are other programs that can be helpful and powerful in their own right - such as Todd's suggestion of Paint Shop Pro. But you will find that the popularity of Photoshop and Elements provides its own benefits with lots of user support, forums, Q&A and other help. For example, I only teach courses on Photoshop because of the popularity of that program and branding ... it may be very difficult to find the depth of coverage with any other program - regardless of how good it is.
I hope that helps!
- Richard Lynch

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ANSWER 2:
PSCS3 and Lightroom don't do exactly the same thing... Take a good look at their descriptions. Elements does do a whole lot (and probably more than most photographers would use), but CS3 does have some neat new tricks! I do like Lightroom for managing my file folders and making global changes to a group of pics.
- Diane L. Dupuis-Kallos
ANSWER 3:
What I would not do is get several packages and attempt to learn them all or share editing between. It will waste time and resources, where if you learn to use one properly, you can focus your efforts and keep the learning curve in check by not adding multiple programs to learn.
- Richard Lynch

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2: Flash Unit - A Breakdown?
This past Saturday I shot a wedding with a brand new flash unit - Nikon SB-600. Everything worked great until about half way through the wedding, when all of a sudden the unit only went off about half the time. I changed batteries and still only about half the shots fired. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Oh, by the way, I use a Nikon d-70s.
- Donna  Dunbar
ANSWER 1:
Newer speedlights often have thermal protection circuits to protect the flash tube from heat damage when it is fired too many times in too short a time. I think that's what you ran into. You can try shooting at higher ISO, which requires a lower level of flash output, or a higher capacity unit like the SB-800. But for a wedding with constant flash for an extended period I think you're simply going to have to invest in a 2nd speedlight and regularly alternate between them to keep them from overheating.
- Jon Close
ANSWER 2:
Thanks for your comment, and I think you're right. When the unit cooled down, it went right back to normal. And when the batteries were removed, they could have burned your hands they were so hot. Good thing is, I still got some fantastic images.
- Donna  Dunbar
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3: My White Background Turned Blue!
I took picture of a doll with a white background - inside a room with 2 bulbs. I wonder why the background turned blue? It never happened if I took outdoors with natural light. I use Canon Pro1. macro mode and "P". Any opinion would be appreciated!
- Cindy Wibowo
ANSWER 1:
What was your white balance set to? Normally, tungsten lightbulbs (standard bulbs found in most homes) tend to make a scene look more orange to your camera than normal.
The tungsten White Balance setting (lightbulb icon) adds more blue to the image to balance the colors to look more normal. Some newer lightbulbs, like GE's "Reveal" bulbs, are closer to natural light and don't require as much blue to be added to balance the colors. If your camera was set to the tungsten White Balance (or set to Auto White Balance and it chose Tungsten), it may have added more color correction than was needed for your particular lights.
You should be able to correct these images in your editing program by adjusting the color temperature until the background is white again.
If you take more pictures in that room, you can use a custom white balance to avoid having to correct them afterwards. Check your camera manual for specific info on doing this.
Have fun,
Chris A. Vedros
www.cavphotos.com
- Chris A. Vedros
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4: How to Photograph Large Groups?
I get too much grass and too much sky in my large group shots. What lens should I use with my digital SLR camera, or what is the best way to photograph large groups?
- Stella Crase
ANSWER 1:
If the group is stung out in a single line filling your frame, re-arrange them into 2 or more rows. Otherwise, just get closer.
- Jon Close
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1: Digital Rebel XTi vs. Kiss Digital X vs. 400D?

What's the difference between the Canon 400D and 400D XTi and 400d XTi Kiss??
- Sean Nam-HingSee Sample Photo - 400d xti
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=4468915>

See Sample Photo - 400d
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=4468914>



ANSWER 1:
Canon sells the same camera as Digital Rebel XTi in North America, Kiss Digital X in its home market of Japan, and 400D everywhere else. Message boards are international, and online retailers often give a choice between the home-market product (backed by company warranty) or a "gray market" or "import" version. The names are used interchangeable and often combined. There is no difference between them, except maybe the menu language chosen as the default (but all cameras have all languages loaded and are easily changed).

- Jon Close
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