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How to Shoot Sunset Pictures by Deborah Sandidge
Here are a few considerations for sunset photography... Scout out locations and arrive well before sunset. Keep the composition simple to focus attention on your beautiful sky. Incorporate an interesting foreground element - a silhouette works beautifully to complement an image. Bring a tripod, and cable release, as you may find the richest colors in the low light long after sunset. Shooting sunrise? Same rules apply, but arrive very early! Have fun shooting...
Editor's Note: Deborah Sandidge teaches an excellent online photo course: Digital Infrared Photography. Her work, including this sunset tip, also appears in the frequently updated BetterPhoto Instructor Insights blog.

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Welcome to the 442nd issue of SnapShot!

Our October online photography school is off to a fantastic start! But there's still time to enroll in an 8-week course, since the first assignment isn't even due until October 18th. ... Meantime, at BetterPhoto, we are turning our attention to the next New York City Summit, which takes place October 31st in one of the world's most exciting cities. It's going to be an awesome event! ... In this issue of SnapShot, be sure to check out instructor Deborah Sandidge's Photo Tip on shooting sunsets, plus some excellent questions and answers. ... That's it for now. Follow me on Twitter - BetterPhotoJim - and enjoy a fine week of photography.

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Updates From BetterPhoto

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Photo Q&A

1: Lightroom: How to Find Missing Pictures
How can I find all the missing photos in Lightroom which say offline or missing, and when I find them say file is associated with another photo. I will be taking the BetterPhoto Lightroom course in November and feel I will be at a loss. I have about 1200 photos in Lightroom, do not understand the program, do not have them in catalogs and have about 300 missing or offline photos. Appreciate any help in easy to understand language. Thank you.
- Betty Sartori
Please be careful not to delete any photos and consider backing up your hard drive before doing anything, including following this advice:
If the photos are "offline", there isn't really a problem. Photos on external hard-drives will be accessible (again) when the external drive is connected to the computer.
Missing photos is a more difficult matter. One common way photos become missing is to move or rename them with something other than in Lightroom - e.g., if you use the file manager in your PC/Mac to move images, LR will lose track of them and report them missing.Same thing applies to renaming the images and to renaming the folders containing images.
If you're going to use LR to manage your photo collection, you should always use LR to move or rename images and folders.
You can fix this by moving them back to where LR thinks they are.
If the images are scattered or you have been managing them with something other than LR for a while, you can also remove the references to the photos from LR and then reimport them back into LR.
If you go this route, I cannot stress enough that you should pay attention to the warning dialogs. LR will tell you if you are deleting images or only deleting the catalog reference.
- R.K Stephenson
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2: Lenses for Full-Frame Nikon D3?
I understand that the Nikon D3's sensor is a full-frame sensor and that the use of DX lenses end up using a smaller portion of the sensor's potential? It also appears (from my research) that the portion that it uses is only around a 5 megapixel portion. So what type of lens do I need to put on the camera to get full use of the 12.1 MP sensor? Is there an FX lens? Am I missing something? Please help.
- Denny H. Grizzle
You can turn Auto DX Crop to OFF. But even so, DX lenses project a smaller diameter image circle onto the sensor. They will not fill the frame of the entire D3 sensor. (See pp. 60-64 and 382 of the D3 manual.) All Nikon lenses without the "DX" or "IX" label are FX and will fill the image sensor.

P.S. With respect to third party lenses:
Sigma DC, Tamron Di II, and Tokina DX are similar to Nikon's DX line in that they have the smaller image circle. I don't know if they communicate that to the D3 and it's Auto DX Crop "feature."
Sigma DG and Tamron Di are FX or "full frame" lenses.

- Jon Close
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1: Displaying Pictures for Sale

I would like to sell my work at my parents' jewelry shop. I would like to know how best to display my images. I could frame them and hang them on the wall with my father's paintings. Someone also suggested I sell them unframed. So what do you suggest?
- Dylan Straub

I'm also considering the size of my pictures and would like to know what everyone thinks. I shoot in the highest quality setting (fine ultra fine, etc.) and think most of my images would stand up to at least 8x10 or 10x10. Should I go bigger?

- Dylan Straub

Bigger is better - unless it puts your price point above your buyers. (A good way to figure price is three times what you spent on materials.)
Many times if you hit "print with preview" the printer will extrapolate up to a bigger size without much loss of clarity. And there are programs to "size-up."
In PS, if you took a pic and made it twice as big, it would look terrible, but if you increase it only ten percent at a time, it will look fine. And only do this to duplicates, never your original.

- Fax Sinclair

Since you're going into a jewelry shop, I would think that bigger is better, too, for a hopefully upscale client base. Don't undersell yourself or price yourself out of the market. Remember that you need to become famous first and theoretically the money will follow. I'm dealing with pricing issues right now for the art and craft shows I've been doing and am looking at tailoring the work on display towards the type of crowd expected. Art shows would include higher end larger images whereas craft shows would include smaller images and some of the knick-knack kind of things that sell at those events. The big thing is to find a way to move the merchandise at a reasonable profit.

- Jeffrey R. Whitmoyer
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