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Photography Panning for Sports and Action by Doug Steakley
Panning is a powerful technique for sports such as race cars, motorcycles, running or bicycling and it works equally well with wildlife. In his terrific BetterPhoto Instructor Insights blog, Doug shares his tips and techniques on panning...

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Welcome to the 459th issue of SnapShot!

Best wishes for an awesome Valentine's Day this coming Sunday! If you'd like to give the photographer in your life something really special, then we have the perfect gift option for you - a BetterPhoto Gift Card. It can be used for an online photo course or a BetterPholio website. ... In this issue of SnapShot, see the outstanding work of two BP instructors: the Photo Tip ("Photography Panning for Sports and Action") by Doug Steakley and the Update item by Jim Zuckerman ("Photographing Wildlife: Patience Pays Off"). ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor    Where is Jim Miotke? Follow BetterPhoto's founder and president on Twitter: BetterPhotoJim

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Then try a 4-week or 8-week online photography adventure! Our courses are affordable and fit right into your busy schedule. Learn more... If you love photographing animals, says top stock pro and BP instructor Jim Zuckerman, "then you must learn to invest the time required to wait for those peak moments that will be so rewarding." Read more of Jim's "Patience Pays Off thoughts and tips in his excellent article!

Photo Q&A

1: Portrait Photography
I was brainstorming about an idea I had for a portrait mini-session and came up with a package and price. When I ran my idea by a friend, they said the price wasn't bad, but they could "get the same thing at JC Penney for $3.99".
A similar thing happened a while back when a client showed a wedding book that I had done for them to a friend of theirs. The friend made the comment that "you could get books made at Walmart for $25".
How do you respond to comments like that? What reason would you give to someone for why they should go to a "pro" studio rather than just go to a department store that's cheaper?
- Bobby R. Strange
"You get what you pay for." ;-)
The specials at the department stores are to get customers into the posing seat, then up-sell more expensive print packages. And "get books made at xxx for $25" ignores the work and skill involved in creating a set of photos, creative and technical. You have to sell your expertise in creating better images than someone can do themselves with their compact P&S.
- Jon Close
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2: Raw Photos - Update Your Adobe Software
When they buy new cameras, many people find that Photoshop or Elements do not support the new camera's RAW file format.

But, Photoshop CS4 .... and Elements 6, 7 and 8 can be easily updated. Then, they do support nearly all cameras' RAW formats. (**Older versions of the Adobe software cannot be updated.**)

Here's where you can get the update for Adobe Camera Raw.

For Windows

For Mac

To find the Instructions for installing it into your computer, scroll down on the page to this item:

.....Refer to the following ReadMe file for other updates in this version:Camera Raw 5.6 ReadMe ....

That provides useful installation instructions.


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1: Lens Advice Needed!

I am thinking strongly of purchasing a Nikon D700 and need some lens recommendations. Here's what I do...
-Studio photography: The room is 17x12' so I need a wide-angle to get multiple people in the frame or take full-length shots, but I also zoom quite a bit and would rather not change lenses in the studio.
-Outdoor photography: kids, families, etc. Again, I need wide-angle for shots of families but need to zoom in quickly as well.
-Large family: Sometimes I must take shots of families with 20-30 people. Would not really need a zoom feature.
-Personal: volleyball and soccer games of my kids. Action/low light/zoom.
I know there are prime and zoom lenses, and I know that not all zoom lenses are as sharp as prime, but I need versatility and sharpness. Do I need 1, 2 or 3 different lenses in these scenarios? I want to get the best deal for my money, of course, but I want to "buy right" the first time, if possible.
Oh, I currently have a Nikon D80 with a 18-135 lens. It works pretty well for these situations but in my opinion, it is not very sharp, especially in group situations.
Thank you!!
- Tara R. Swartzendruber

Use your D80 and the 18-135 zoom, and note the focal lengths most often used in your studio setting. Then multiply those focal lengths by 1.5x and that'll give you the focal lengths of the lens(es) to get for the D700.
Example: For multiple people and full-length shots, if you use the D80 and 18-135 at about the 24mm zoom setting, then you'd want a 35mm prime for that purpose on the D700.

- Jon Close

I own a D700. This camera employs a full-frame sensor. So, while you CAN use it with the 18-135mm DX zoom, the camera will crop the image. Hence, the images will be only 5 megapixels in size and not 12 megapixels, because it only uses the middle of the sensor. With any DX lens. It's silly to use DX lenses on the D700; even the D40 has more resolution (6MP) with DX lenses than either the D700 or D3.

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P.S. Yes, you will certainly need more than one lens for all those different scenarios, Tara.
>Except for some old Tamron 28-300mm lenses, you cannot find an all-purpose lens for a digital SLR with the huge full-frame sensor that's used by the D700.
For telephoto, I own the AF-S 70-300mm G VR lens. Amazingly good in spite of the moderate price.
For a shorter lens, I own the 24-85mm f/2.8-4. Very good, too, although autofocus is not super fast; it's fine.
That lens provides an adequately wide angle of view on the D700, for me.
If I needed an ultra-wide lens for the D700, I would consider the Nikon 12-24mm (superb) OR if on a tight budget, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG Asherical HSM

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