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Why Auto White Balance Is Not a Good Choice ... by Rob Sheppard
Everyone says that it is so easy to change white balance in RAW, that you can simply set your camera to auto white balance (AWB) when you shoot RAW and set white balance in Lightroom or other program. Yet, though this may be true in concept, I consistently see problems with white balance due to that technique because of the problems with auto white balance or AWB. Read more on AWB here...

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Welcome to the 445th issue of SnapShot!

We have just returned from New York City after a highly successful Summit. What an absolutely terrific experience! It was so awesome to meet BetterPhoto members, and a big "Thank You" to all who attended. Now we look forward to our November session of 4-week courses, which kick off this Wednesday and feature a wide range of photography and Photoshop classes. ... In this issue of SnapShot, be sure to catch Rob Sheppard's very interesting Photo Tip on Auto White Balance, Deborah Sandidge's excellent "Fall Color - With a Little Help from HDR" blog, along with some fine questions and answers. ... That's it for this week. Enjoy your photography!

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Photo Q&A

1: Resizing for prints

When I take photos for people, I am never sure how to size them and give them on a disc. How do I do that so 50 or so shots will fit on a disc and they will be good quality for printing and enlarging?
- Julianna J. Collett

You have to estimate from the file size. Most CDs hold around 700mb, I think. So 14mb per picture. And I believe you can fit more images on a CD if you burn them all at once. Burning groups at different times takes up some space because some info has to be put in so the computer can find the files and put them in alpha-numeric order.
So if you save them on a high-quality setting and keep the original pixel amount, you can leave it up to them to make them whatever size they want. Or you can make them all one size so all they have to do is print.

- gregory la grange

Hi Julianna,
How I resize for printing is as such: I take my processed Raw file saved as a 16-bit .tif (which is usually between 50-60MB) and in Photoshop go to Image>Mode> and change it from 16 bits to 8 bits which will knock the file size in half. I then resize the image to about 3450 x 2300 pixels at 240 dpi and this will make the image between 22-24MB. You can write them to DVD, which holds 4GB of data as opposed to a CD, which as Greg stated, only has a capacity of 700MB. This should do the trick for you.

- Carlton Ward
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2: Using a Tripod and Wireless Release

I used my tripod to take a group photo. The first was a practice shot and it turned out good. The second came out dark with the wireless release, and the third is my "fix" up. Where did I go wrong?
- Julie TakamoriSee Sample Photo - Fix uped>

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The viewfinder eyepiece needs to be covered when shooting with the remote control in any autoexposure mode. Otherwise, light enters through the viewfinder and the meter reads more light than there actually is.
If your group is in deep shade with a bright background, the use of fill flash would help balance the subject and background exposures.

- Jon Close

P.S. While the eyepiece was uncovered when the shutter tripped using the self-timer, the exposure was locked while you were looking through the eyepiece which blocks stray light from entering.

- Jon Close

Hi Julie,
You have some strong backlighting in this shot and the people are in the shadow area. If you meter correctly to get the group exposed properly, you are going to have a really blown-out background.
You want to get more light on the group and a couple of speed-lights with a remote transmitter would work well for this type of shot. I have the 580EX, and a 430EX with stands and umbrellas and an STE2 transmitter. Both flashes can be set up away from the camera and triggered by the STE2 or the 580 will also work as a master flash and you can slave the 430 off the 580 but this way will require the 580 to be attached to the camera. Alien Bees or other strobes would work well for this to,o but these require AC - so the battery-powered Speedlites may be preferred.
Hope this helps!

- Carlton Ward
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3: SLR Film Lens: Can I Use with DSLR?

Hi, I have the Nikon D80 camera but in early years I used a 6006 Nikon SLR. I just realized I can use the SLR lens in the D80, but I need to know if I will lose too much quality with those lens (AF Nikkor 20mm 1:2.8 D; AF Nikkor 50mm 1:1.8, and a AF Zoom 70-210)
Another question is if I also can use the SB-22 Speedlight in the D80?
I want to know because I would like to buy another lens for portrait photography, perhaps a macro. Thanks a lot!
- Lorena Simon

With the lenses listed, yes, they can be used on your D80 with no loss of function or image quality. (See pp. 117-118 of the D80 instruction manual - English ver.) Because the image sensor of the D80 is smaller than the 35mm film frame of the N6006, you will get a narrower view from them on the digital camera. Commonly referred to as a "crop factor" of 1.5x, using the 20mm on the D80 will give a view comparable to what you'd have with a 30mm lens on the N6006.
With the SB-22, that can also be used safely on the D80, but with some limitations. The digital uses a variation of TTL auto flash exposure (called i-TTL) that the SB-22 cannot do. You won't have TTL auto flash exposure. You'll have to set the SB-22 for its non-TTL Auto mode ("A"). (See pp. 119-121 of the D80 manual and the SB-22's manual.)

- Jon Close

Lorena, as far as the all the lens listed, they will work very well. In fact, you will only be using the center portion of the lens and thereby cropping out any lens distortion that is found on the edges of these lenses. You will only be using the sweet spot of the lens. That's a bonus that most folks don't realize. Have fun.

- Randy  A. Myers
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