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Shooting from High Viewpoints ... by Jim Zuckerman
When you travel to Europe, many of the best vantage points can be gained from climbing medieval clock towers. Many of the old towns have them, and this is one of the things I seek out every time I travel to any of the European countries. I like to go as early or late as possible to take advantage of low angled sunlight.
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Welcome to the 437th issue of SnapShot!

With September's school session off to an outstanding start, we are now turning our attention to a very exciting October. Kicking off the month (Oct. 7th) will be the return of our popular 8-week courses, along with an awesome lineup of 4-week classes. Best yet, you don't have to wait for class to begin. Enroll in any online course, and you can get started today with an early lesson! ... Next up (Oct. 31st) is the BetterPhoto NYC Summit, where you can learn to capture images with the WOW factor. And that's not all: There's also an Optional 1-Day Summit Workshop on Nov. 1st. Check out the Summit details... ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss Jim Zuckerman's Photo Tip, Sean Arbabi's discussion of one of his inspiring photos, and a fine collection of questions and answers. ... That's it for this week. Have fun with your photography!

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... at a motivating day of presentations at the next Summit in New York City, Oct. 31st! Learn to make storytelling photos, creatively capture nature photography, learn landscape photography, confidently photograph people, compose with excellence, work with any light. Space is limited on our exciting Optional 1-Day Workshop (Nov. 1st) . These Summits are designed for photographers of any skill level who are active learners and want to know HOW TO GIVE THEIR IMAGES THE WOW FACTOR! Learn more... ... in his Instructor Insights blog at He shares the interesting story of his twilight capture of twisting Lombard Street in S.F., as well as the stunning image. See his photo blog... ... Sean, by the way, teaches Better Exposure: How to Meter Light here at BP.

Photo Q&A

1: Overexposed Images with Flash
I have been trying to use my flash in shaded areas to reduce shadows and brighten the eyes. I tried using the -1 and -2 exposure compensation but the image was way too light(overexposed) I decreased the flash as much as I could so I am not sure what else I could do to prevent this from happening. I was using the flash on my camera at the time but I also have a Canon speedlight flash but I am not sure if that would work better.
- Michelle E. Martin
Samples and camera (and flash) model and settings? My guess is that the camera/flash combo are limited to a shutter speed of 1/250 or less (i.e., the traditional x-sync). Unless the lens aperture is stopped down to f/16 or f/22 at ISO 100 or 400, then it's the daylight rather than the flash that is overexposing the shot.
- Jon Close
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2: Wedding Photography: The Best Lens?
What is a good lens for shooting weddings? I have a Canon 40D.
- Kathy Gossage
The answer depends on your budget and how you're working (guest or paid pro, and traditional poses or photojournalist style). Generally...
(a) Fast primes are good (eg. EF 35 f/1.4L USM, EF 50 f/1.4 USM or f/1.2L USM, EF 85 f/1.8 USM or f/1.2L USM, etc.)
(b) Any f/2.8 zoom (eg. EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM, EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM, or similar from Sigma, Tamron, Tokina)
(c) On s slim budget, many consumer zooms are plenty sharp (even the kit EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS), but they just don't have big apertures for low indoor light (or shallow depth of field), so a flash or high ISO setting is going to be necessary.
- Jon Close
I second what Jon said. I use my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L and my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS for 90 percent of my wedding shoots. I was using a Canon 50mm f/1.4 prime for low light until it lost its focusing ability (both AF and Manual focusing quit working). I never dropped or mishandled the 50mm - it just stopped working! I am looking at the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 to replace the Canon 1.4.
I also have the 40D and the Canon 1Ds.
- Carlton Ward
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1: Displaying Contest Photos

Each time I enter a photo in the contest, I check the "display" button. Mostly that's because I want it to show up in the pages of recent entries, but I also am afraid that if I don't, the judges won't see them either. But for several months when I've looked at the Finalist winners, I see a number of photos I swear I've never seen before. Of course, with so many entries I'm bound to miss a few, but I'll ask the question anyway: Is it necessary to display photos you enter into the contest in order for them to be judged?
- Monnie S. Ryan

Monnie, the "display" button only means that the photo will or will not display in your gallery. As long as you enter it in the contest, it will show up in the recent entries!

- Jessica Jenney

If you want it to show up in the newly received contest shots, don't upload from your Member Center, but a new upload from scratch. Then once it's in the contest, if you want it to show up in your gallery, then go to your Member Center (Better Photos tab > Edit Your Photos link) and check display.
Many people enter from their galleries and they end up back in the contest pages since they are displayed in the contest by upload date not by contest-submission date ... but, in any case, the judges DO see them. I entered one that was already in my gallery last month, and it didn't have an EFP the last time, but got one last month, so they do see them.

- Carolyn Fletcher
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