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Monday, September 29, 2008
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The Beauty of Soft Outdoor Lighting ... by Jim Zuckerman
"You can never go wrong with diffused ambient light for outdoor portraits of both animals and people", wrote Jim Zuckerman in a recent BetterPhoto Instructor Insights blog. While reporting on photographing a giraffe in Kenya, Jim pointed out:
"This was taken about 1:30pm, and I was very lucky the sky was overcast. Mid-day sunlight would have been a disaster. The contrast would have been too harsh and shadows under the giraffe would have been black. It would have been a picture that I would never show because it would be so disappointing. With an overcast day, I can shoot from morning to early evening.
"When the sky is clear, sunrise and sunset offer the most beautiful lighting, and the middle of the day is used for resting, downloading and organizing images, or simply enjoying the ambience of Africa."
Editor's Note: Jim Zuckerman teaches many online courses, including Wildlife Photography and Techniques of Natural Light Photography.

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Welcome to the 388th issue of SnapShot!

Proven results! That's a good way to describe our popular online photo courses, which offer personal interaction with top professionals - regardless of where you live. School begins Wednesday (10/1), but act quickly, since some courses are already closed and others are filling up fast! See our October school schedule ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss instructor Jim Zuckerman's "The Beauty of Soft Outdoor Lighting" Photo Tip, and also instructor Sean Arbabi's "Catching Unplanned Shots at Sunrise" blog. ... That's it for now. Have a fine week of photography!

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"Chance favors the prepared mind", as Ansel Adams used to say. And top pro instructor Sean Arbabi recently put that to practice in Seattle, where - with extra time on his hands - he headed out at sunrise for some wide-angle architecture photography. Read his photo blog... Sean, by the way, teaches the excellent Better Exposure course here at BetterPhoto. "Paul Gero is an excellent combination of instructor, supportor and motivator! He is very available for help and support and gives excellent critiques. Paul ... I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to get involved in wedding photography or for anyone just interested in becoming a better photographer! -Tanya M . Kaselj on Digital Wedding Photography

Photo Q&A

1: JPEGs: When Does Loss of Quality Occur?
Can anyone tell me if there is loss involved with copy and paste in Windows XP when moving JPEG images from an SD card to a hard drive? Also, is there any loss involved when JPEGs are moved from one directory to another on the same drive? Thanks
- Larry D. White
No loss involved in the copy-paste operation. This is true regardless of operating system - regardless of location ... i.e. one director to another of one drive to another or SD to another SD or SD to hard drive.
- Alan N. Marcus
Just to expand on Alan's correct response:
Saving is when JPEG files have loss. In the process of encoding the file is evaluated, and that is when the loss occurs. In other words, you can copy the files and even view them without saving and you will not harm the image content.
- Richard Lynch

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2: Photoshop Printing Warning
Every time I use Photoshop and make some adjustments to one of my photos, I get a warning/message when I try to print the photo. When the printer is done printing the photo, the results are awful. Colors are all out of whack. I'm using Photoshop CS (Mac version) and my printer is an new EPSON Stylus model.
Best Regards,
- Aldo TristanSee Sample Photo - Photoshop Warning

You are most probably set up wrong and making the wrong choices in both color management and when you go to print. Printing can be tricky between installing and selecting the right drivers, calibrating your monitor, and making color management choices that make sense.
It is a big issue, which is why I teach a 4 week course in color here at better photo. I've also blogged about it recently:
The Psychology of Color Management and Calibration
I think you need to start by having the right drivers installed for printing, as if you are choosing the right one, it will know the printer is not postscript. That will not solve the color management problems which will have to be addressed separately.
Does that help?
- Richard Lynch

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1: How to Get the Effect of a Waterfall

Hey Guys,

How would I go about trying to shoot a waterfall, so I get thespray water effect if that makes any sense at all.
Also, I am asking you all to have a look at my gallery and see what you think. comments would be appreciated. my best pictures so to speak are not uploaded because im still using film until a few weeks when I am going to buy a canon rebel xt!

- Jessica Rae Hardy

Hi Jessica,
Good question, and I'm happy to help :-) If you are referring to the soft-and-silky flowing motion look of moving water (water fall, stream, fountain, ocean surf, etc.), here's what you need: a verrrrry slow shutter speed. :-) Now, for the best way to get that slow speed, you'll need:

- Low light: Total shade (no "hot" spots) or total overcast (i.e., white or gray sky). These conditions not only provide the potential for a slow shutter speed but are also so much more pleasing than bright sunlight, which can make moving-water scenes appear very harsh-looking (extreme highlights vs. deep shadows). (Note: Deep-tinted neutral-density filters can reduce the amount of light entering the camera - resulting in a slower speed - but won't affect lighting contrast.)

- Low ISO number.

- Small aperture (high f/number), which could be an added bonus if Depth of Field is desired (i.e., maximum sharpness from front to back with the smaller aperture).

- Often a polarizing filter works great, in order to reduce glare (which can occur even in overcast) and boost colors, while also further slowing down the exposure (since the polarizer is deep tinted). However, be sure to rotate the polarizer to see if it gives you the effect you want.

- With long exposures, you'll need a tripod.

Have fun photographing water, Jessica, and a congrats in advance on getting a Canon Digital Rebel!!


- Kerry Drager

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