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Monday, September 15, 2008
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Read the excellent new Instructor Insights blog by Richard Lynch: The Psychology of Color Management and Calibration. Richard, by the way, teaches From Monitor to Print: Photoshop Color Workflow and several other fine courses at BP.

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Are You Ready for a Digital SLR? ... by Kevin Moss
My BetterPhoto students often ask about upgrading from a compact digital camera to a digital SLR.
There is no question that a digital SLR opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities. However, many of today's compact (non-SLR) digital cameras allow you to take great photos, especially if you use good techniques (tripod use, aperture/shutter priority, good composition, etc.).
Nonetheless, digital SLRs have some advantages over compact "all in one" cameras: the ability to upgrade and change lenses, better resolution, less noise in shadow areas, and overall faster operation with no shutter lag time. The drawback? The expense of an SLR is also greater.
Editor's Note: Check out Kevin Moss's excellent online course here at BetterPhoto: Photoshop and Elements for Nature Photographers

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Welcome to the 386th issue of SnapShot!

Would you like to know more about color management and monitor calibration? Are you ready to make the step up to a digital SLR? Learn more about these important topics in this issue of SnapShot! See the "Learn to Manage Color" item by instructor Richard Lynch and This Week's Tip by instructor Kevin Moss. ... At BetterPhoto, September is rolling along just fine, but we are also looking ahead with excitement to next month, with the new session of online photography courses beginning on Oct. 1st and the BetterPhoto Summit photography conference on Oct. 25th in beautiful Monterey, CA. ... That's it for now. Enjoy a fine week of photography!

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Updates From BetterPhoto

Our awesome online photography courses give you personal interaction with top pros - regardless of where you live. The next session gets under way on October 1st. See our school schedule... BetterPhoto instructor and Outdoor Photographer columnist William Neill has announced the publication of Impressions of Light. This ebook sells for $15 (as a download from his Web site) until October 1st; it then goes up to $19.95. Get the details ... Also check out William's Landscape Photography Essentials course.

Photo Q&A

1: Light for Backgrounds
I am looking to buy additional lighting. I currently own two (250 watt each) softboxes. I have upcoming portrait sessions, and I think I need more lights. What can I use to light the background? With beauty dishes, does a light come with them? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks,
- Rachel Larson
Actually, it appears you need a more powerful light as opposed to more lights. 750 Watt Seconds should do you for shooting portraits, then assign the 250 light you have (assuming they're strobes) to lighting the background (with one light) if you still need a background light. You can do a lot with a single light in a softbox.
Beauty dishes? I have no idea what that is other than perhaps a phrase for a soft/brushed aluminum wide reflector for portraits, and no, the ones that may be of real value to you aren't supplied with a light and power source. Monolights, like Bowen, PhotoFlex, Calumet Travelers, are quite good lights and my preference is Bowens. There are tons of manufacturers, but remember, you get what you pay for.
You can read a lot in the
BetterPhoto Forum. Photoflex and Bowens have very useful shooting info on their Web sites, and of course, John Siskin offers lighting courses here: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting and Portrait Photography Lighting on Location and in the Studio.
Take it light.
- Mark Feldstein
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2: Converting Batch of Raw Photos to JPEGs
Is there an easy straight forward way to take a batch of photos in Bridge and convert them from Raw photos to JPEG? I have an industrial shoot that I shot in Raw format. The shots will be used on a Web site so I need to convert all of them (about 100) to JPEG format. There must be an easy automated way to do this from Bridge (I hope).
- Kimber Barber
Hi Kimber,
Select all the Raw images you want to convert and open them at the same time in PS. They will all be loaded into ACR and you can select them all again and save as .tif or .jpg and also the quality you would like them saved as.
- Carlton Ward
What is ACR?
- Kimber Barber
Adobe Camera Raw: It's the Photoshop program that edits Raw images. If you click on a Raw image to open in PS, ACR is what it opens in.
You can open several images at a time from Bridge, hold the command or control key while clicking on the images, and then right click open and they should all open in ACR. There, you can do individual edits if you wish, and if there are any you don't want to include in the batch select the Trash icon and it will omit it. After that, you "select all" (it will leave out any marked as "trash") and then save and it will prompt you for what folder and what type you want to save the image as.
- Carlton Ward
Thank you so much - it worked beautifully!
- Kimber Barber
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3: Ethics in Business
I received a phone call from the mother of some foster children I took photos of requesting copies. Apparently the foster family gave her a couple of photos and she would like more. Do I need to contact the foster family (who paid for the sitting) and ask their permission to sell the mother photos? What is proper here?
- Tara R. Swartzendruber
Assuming these kids are under 18, see who has legal guardianship and get permission from them, Tara. It's actually a privacy issue, and you're certainly right to ask.
Take it light ;>)
- Mark Feldstein
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