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Monday, February 02, 2009
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"This is the best BetterPhoto class I have taken. I can't imagine getting more information out of a four-week course!" - Allen Howard, student in Portrait Lighting on Location and in the Studio with John Siskin

Learn from the pros, and meet fellow members, at the next BetterPhoto Summit! Join us in San Diego, CA. This grand event takes place February 28th ... but sign up now to increase your odds of winning the Summit Contest. Learn the Summit details...

In order to ensure constructive feedback and a greater sense of community, we have moved the public Forum into the membership benefits. If you're a Masterpiece or Basic member, a student, or a Deluxe/Pro owner, click the "Discussions/Q&A" tab in your Member Center.

The contest continues to be an important part of everyday BP life! In addition to seeing winning photos and current entries via the public Contest page, members, students, and BetterPholio website owners may also access the contest and upload photos via their Member Center.

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Landscape, Foregrounds & Wide-Angles ... by Sean Arbabi
When you walk upon a grand scene in nature - regardless of how talented you are as a photographer - it is extremely tough to capture the true feeling of being there. But if you use a wide-angle focal length, you often can capture a nice landscape by including the foreground as well as the background. This gives the viewer an idea of where you were and what you saw, as well as panoramic feel of the scene you witnessed.
Editor's Note: Sean Arbabi is the author of the beautiful new book The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure (just published by Amphoto) and is also the instructor of an awesome course here at BP: Better Exposure: How to Meter Light.

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Los Angeles skyline a la zoom.
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Welcome to the 406th issue of SnapShot!

What a way to kick off February: two awesome events! First, our two-day 2-for-1 Super Sale starts today (Tuesday, Feb. 3rd)! Get two years for the price of one on a Deluxe or Pro BetterPholio. This offer is good for both new sign-ups and renewals. See all the details below. ... Second, our next 4-week online school begins this Wednesday (Feb. 4th) with a terrific selection of photography and Photoshop courses. Learn more about our courses... ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the Weekly Photo Tip, plus other news, notes, and Q&A. ... Have a little spare time? Then check out our Instructor Insights blogs! ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!

Jim Miotke
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Updates From BetterPhoto

For two days only, you can get two years for the price of one! Whether you have been considering a new Deluxe website or need to renew, get two years for only $199. In addition, our Pro website or renewal is also on sale ... two years for only $349. The awesome 2-for-1 BetterPholio Super Sale begins today (Tuesday, Feb. 3rd) and runs through Wednesday until 11:59 pm Eastern time. This offer applies only to those orders paid in full, and this sale cannot be used in combination with any other discount. More information... Would you like to learn more about exposure, composition, digital photography, Photoshop, or the business of photography? Then join us for an inspiring 4-week online PhotoCourse! Some courses have already filled - or will fill soon - so enroll today. Learn more... Being a BP student means that you have access to all things BetterPhoto, including the contest and Forum! As a student, you can also access your Campus Square for a full three months from the start date or your course.

Photo Q&A

1: Which Wacom Tablet Should I Buy?
Which Wacom tablet do you recommend?
- Sherri McGee
Hello Sherri,
I have the Intuos3 6 x 8 inch Wacom tablet. I had a 4 x 5 Graphire that I was not impressed with. The Intous3 is much much better. As far as size, that's something you need to figure out. I like the 6 x 8, and it fits nicely with my 24" IMAC work area. One of my instructors, Jim Zuckerman (who teaches a 4 week Corel Painter course) prefers the 4 x 6 as he feels it is big enough.
Hope this helps, Carlton
- Carlton Ward
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