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Monday, May 05, 2008
IN THIS ISSUE
Featured Gallery
Welcome Note
This Week's Tip
Updates From BetterPhoto
Q&A 1: Shooting Raw ... ...
Q&A 2: Noise Reduction...
Q&A 3: Indoor Pictures o...
Q&A 4: Photo of the Day...
Q&A 5: Capturing Motion ...


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THIS WEEK'S TIP
Improving on a Rainbow! ... by Brenda Tharp
Did you know that polarizers, although designed to cut through glare and take the shine or sheen off shiny or wet objects, can make rainbows spectacular? It can also make them disappear, but you can see all of this through the viewfinder when the filter is turned. The next time you find yourself photographing rainbows, pull out that polarizer - you'll be really glad you did!
Editor's Note: Brenda Tharp teaches many excellent courses here at BetterPhoto, including Travel Photography: Capturing a Sense of Place


   
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A Mother's Love
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Welcome to the 367th issue of SnapShot!
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Photo Q&A

1: Shooting Raw ... By Mistake!
I am a Photoshop CS3 novice, and I accidentally left my camera on the Raw setting while shooting a function. Not sure how but I had fired 60 images before I noticed. Nevertheless, I have CS3 and Lightroom. How can I convert my Raw images to JPEG? Please help.
- ANDRAY STROUD
ANSWER 1:
Andray,
Just do the following after downloading the images to your computer:
1. Open Photoshop.
2. Choose File>Open from the program menus.
3. Locate one of the files via the Open dialog, and click the Open button.
4. The image will open in the Camera RAW dialog. Click Open Image.
5. Convert the image to 8-bit by choosing 8-bit from the Image menu (Image>Mode>8-bit)
6. Choose Save As from the File menu.
7. Choose JPEG from the Format drop list.
8. Change the file name and location where you want it saved, then click Save.
9. When the JPEG options dialog appears, move the quality slider all the way right.
10. Click OK.
This will save the highest quality JPEG. Others may chime in to tell you to make adjustments in RAW - but that is a whole additional can of worms.
- Richard Lynch

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ANSWER 2:
Richard, why do you do step 5 - convert to 8-bit?
- Pat Harry
ANSWER 3:
Pat, you can save 16 bit as TIFF but not as jpeg so you must convert to 8 bit first.
- Carlton Ward
ANSWER 4:
Carlton's got it. The other possibility would have been using Save For Web, but then there is a whole additional dialog to deal with.
- Richard Lynch

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2: Noise Reduction
I have been using Noiseware for removing noise, but have run into a problem when using it on ocean scenes. It is great for the sky, but I am finding it removes too much of the ripples in the water and makes it look like its smudged when it is printed. I've playing with the settings, but can not seem to hit on the right combinations. Can anyone help me with this?? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated and attempted.
- Eloise Gregory
ANSWER 1:
Eloise,
Noise reduction is really 'detail reduction'. Blur is how the plugins work - some have better or worse masking.
The best way to reduce noise is likely manually. I know people hate to hear that because it is so convenient to depend on a plugin to think for you, but really these things are just calculations and can't see the image. Only you know what you want.
My suggestion: skip the plugins and learn to use Photoshop (or Elements) to its capacity. Enhance your understanding of masking and layers.
If you insist on using plugins, try applying the plugin to a masked layer and paint in the noise reduction.
I hope that helps!
- Richard Lynch

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3: Indoor Pictures of Dark Clothing
Hi! I take pictures of clothing on a live model. I currently do this outside on a white paper background, but this really limits what I can do to cloudy days. How can I soot pictures of clothing inside? My current problem is that dark items, such as a dress, loses the details if I use flash, which I have to if I am inside. I take pictures next to a window and use a flash but the dark details get lost. I use a Sony Cybershot DSCN1 8.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and white seamless paper. Any help would sincerely be appreciated! Thank you!
- Maryana Zagorodny
ANSWER 1:
Sounds like you're trying your flash straight on. You'll need to find a way to light at an angle if you want to show texture. A cloudy day will look different than direct sunlight, but it will still give more detail in the clothes than a straight-on flash. Or with your current set-up, lessen the power of your flash so that the main exposure is coming from the window.
- gregory la grange
ANSWER 2:
Reflector panels can be foamcore boards from Home Depot, or, better, D-I-Y reflectors: some spray-glue, aluminium household foil, any panel, and an iron is all you need. Have fun!
- W. Smith VIII
ANSWER 3:
Hi Maryana,
You might want to check out this article about using one light: www.betterphoto.com/article.asp?id=129. Lighting, really controlling light, is one of the most important skills a photographer can have. BetterPhoto has some good lighting classes!
Thanks.
- John H. Siskin

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ANSWER 4:
On those D-I-Y reflector panels: Don't forget to crumple up the aluminium foil good, then stretch it out carefully, so as not to tear it, before you apply it, shiny side up, to the spray-glued panel. Then iron it flat without heat.
- W. Smith VIII
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4: Photo of the Day
I just got POTD and I did not even know until all the sweet folks here left comments on my photo! You guys are awesome. I appreciate it so much!
- M. S. White
ANSWER 1:
COngratulations!! If you aren't receiving the free POTD newsletter you can subscribe here:

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- Jessica Jenney
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5: Capturing Motion in Studio
Why do I still "miss shots" (such as a kid turning their head) with studio strobes? I have two photogenic 1250's synced with my Nikon D80.
- Tara R. Swartzendruber
ANSWER 1:
Hi Tara,
Your strobes may fire once or twice at 7 fps, but no more. The key is to learn to think just a little ahead. When your camera takes a picture, the mirror flips up, the aperture stops down, then the shutter opens, THEN the strobe goes off. All this takes time, which is a problem with a moving child. Keep in mind that pushing the button harder will not make the camera take the picture faster. Your strobes will stop action, but they can't turn back time. What shutter speed are you using?
Thanks, John Siskin
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ANSWER 2:
John,
I generally keep my shutter speed at 125 with the studio strobes and change my aperature as needed to keep my subjects properly exposed. Thanks for the explanation about what all is happening. This is pretty much what I was assuming was "the deal," but I really hate to miss out on something I should be doing differently as I'm still somewhat new to this.
- Tara R. Swartzendruber
ANSWER 3:
Hi All,
I have had a couple of commercial clients that regularly required shots of children from newborn to teen. The key is to be prepared, and to have extra children. So you want to have the lights et-up and tested, product if any, ready to go. I assume for any child less than ten years old I will get less than 45 minutes of shooting time. Don’t waste it! I used to keep toys around for the very small, not for them to use but for them to keep. This not only impressed the kids it helped with the parents. Finally you have to keep the people in the studio to a minimum, if your client is there, someone from an ad agency and a parent you are going to have a tough time getting the kids attention.
Thanks, John Siskin
- John H. Siskin

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