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Get a Painterly Effect with Your Camera! ... by Brenda Tharp
During a workshop in Santa Fe, several of us were standing there panning up, down, up and down, and a variety of other directions to try and abstract the scene for a painterly effect. In the process of demonstrating how to move and how much to move - while using a slow shutter speed - I managed to get three pictures I liked enough to keep.
The "secret" is to start your movement before you press the shutter, and press it while still moving, continuing to move after you hear the shutter close. Like following through in a golf swing or tennis swing, that smooth movement will give you results like the above picture. If you press the shutter and then move the camera up or down, you’ll probably have some detail registered, and then a swoosh of colors, if the shutter is long enough. Otherwise, your picture will be made before you get the chance to move!
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Welcome to the 440th issue of SnapShot!

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Photo Q&A

1: Stock Vs. Editorials Vs. Commercial
I'm trying to categorize my photos for selling. However, sometimes I get confused oh how to differentiate between them! For example, I know editorial relates to events, yet sometimes I think they might sell also as stock or commercial. What is the difference between these three types of photos/ photography? Thanks,
- Asrar Alnajjar
Stock photography isn't necessarily a type, because a stock photo can be used for editorial purposes and commercial purposes. And stock photos can also come from editorial assignments. Once a photo is used for editorial content, that photo or other photos that were taken at the same time can be saved to be used at another time.
Think of old celebrity photos like those of Marilyn Monroe. Practically all photos you see were intended for editorial content when they were originally taken. But anytime there was an article about her, or even today if there's an article about her, a previous photo could be used.
Another example is a photo of a woman's legs. You hire a model with nice legs, or get a friend to pose, you have a photo that could be used for editorial or commercial. If the opportunity came up, you could use your photo for an article on exercises women can do to get shapely legs. Or, you could use the same photo as the package imaging on a woman's razor or body lotion.
Where you'll see a difference is that with editorial, the photos will usually have a generic quality to them so that they can be used for more things than something coming from strictly commercial purposes. Look through some health magazines or fitness magazines. If you see an article on how to get clear skin, or about proper diet, many of the photos probably came from stock images. Be it just a just a nice-looking woman with clear skin, or of a woman eating an apple. Those aren't events, but they are stock photos used for editorial.
Also check out photos in articles on women's skin care products. That'll give you some ideas.
- gregory la grange
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1: Digital Lens on Full-Frame Camera

Can I use a Sigma 17-70mm lens (for digital) on my Canon 5D Mk II? I've not tried it yet - it surely won't do any damage to mirrors, etc., will it? Will I get a really nice wide angle?
- Robyn Gwilt (formerley Ball)

Sigma DC series lenses will fit and not damage full-frame EOS cameras, but are likely to vignette badly at the short end of the zoom range.

- Jon Close
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2: Blurriness on a Group Shot

I have had to take a few group pictures and, to be on the safe sid,e I shoot in Auto. Now, I am not too sure this is the right thing to do because everyone always seems blurry. What am I doing wrong? Auto ... center people ... why is everyone blurry?
- Kellie M. MoatsSee Sample Photo - PHoto is raw>

What settings did the camera select? Your DOF may not have been deep enough. It looks like some of the foreground stuff is sharper than the people, so could have been a case of missed focus. Did they all come out blurry? Looks like you have some exposure issues as well - white shirts on a bright sunny day can be very challenging.

- Anthony L. Mancuso

I can't find a good focus in this shot so it makes me think the issue is camera shake. When you have multiple rows of people like this, you also need a aperture setting that allows for the needed depth of field. f/11 is a good place to start. Another suggestion is make sure your camera's autofocus is set to single shot and not continuous focus. Find your focus point and then compose the photo in your viewfinder and finish the shot.

- Dennis Flanagan

What lens did you use? Was your camera tripod-mounted? If the scenario comes up again, try manually focusing on the faces in the middle of the group. If your lens is a zoom, choose the middle of the zoom range over the two extremes and select an aperture somewhere in the middle (f-8 or f-11). Meter a mid-tone in the same light so your whites won't wash out as much. (...and don't forget the tripod.)

- Bob Cammarata
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