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Welcome to the 465th issue of SnapShot!
At BetterPhoto, we are continuing our celebration of 14 years on the Web! President/Founder Jim Miotke was inspired to explore Web publishing in March 1996, when a friend shared her experiences creating an online college thesis. However, Jim did not want to simply create another personal home page. He listened to the wisdom, "Write about what you love", and then published a brief article. His Top Ten Photography Tips launched the best educational Web site on photography! ... Speaking of education :) we have a terrific new 4-week online course: Simon Stafford's The Nikon D5000 Camera. We also have many other 4-week camera classes that cover the DSLR models of Canon, Nikon and Olympus. ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the contributions of two top BP instructors: Deborah Sandidge ("Infrared Digital Photography for a Unique Look!") and Ibarionex Perello ("Street Photography: Work on Your Creative Vision"). ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!
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1: Indoor Photos Too Dark
I have a Canon 30D with a 17-85 EFS Lens only. All photos I take inside church or indoor sports come out too dark and blurry even at ISO 1600. Are there any settings that would capture the inside church/sports images without me having to purchse a new lens? If not, which lens would you recommend and why?
- Beth E. De Simon
It is possible that the camera is including bright areas (e.g., windows) in its exposure calculation. You can try excluding those areas from what the viewfinder sees when you meter the shot, then recompose. Also, the exposure setting in the camera (i.e., spot, evaluative, center weighted) can effect the overall exposure. Evaluative, for example, tends to underexpose an image if there is a bright source somewhere in the composition. If none of this helps, you can upload an example for further comment.
- R.K Stephenson
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1: Backing Up My Computer
So I am overwhelmed with my computer right now. I am not a techy at all so I don't understand how to do many things around backup. My computer local disk is maxed out, my 500GB external HD is maxed out and now my 1TB external HD is saying that it is maxed out. I have no idea how all of these are maxed out, unless there are crazy duplicates. I don't know where I should go from here especially since I know I need to wipe out my computer. I am scared I will lose some pictures. Any suggestions?- Erica T. MacDonald
You should go get another 1 TB hard drive and make sure you have all your photos either backed up to a 2nd drive or have backup DVDs burned of all your photos. Be careful not to do anything to try and clear space until you know that you have your images duplicated on another drive or on disks.
As long as you have all your images on 2 drives or 1 drive with CD/DVD backups, you may start looking at re-organizing your folders to create space or defrag the computer & drives.
You need to keep some open space on every drive (recommended to keep 10% of capacity open) so that the drive doesn't get choked up or become slow as it needs a little overhead space to operate efficiently. I dont think you really need to keep 100GB free for a 1TB hard drive but you should still try not to go too much over the 900MB mark if possible.
I keep 2 hard drives that both have the same folders/photos on them in case 1 drive fails, I am covered. I currently have (2) 1TB drives that are approaching 800GB level so I am about to order 2 more drives. I am a MAC user and like the Iomega 1TB mini-max Firewire hard drives as that are stackable and also provide additional firewire & USB ports on the back of them.
Its really kinda hard to know whats going on without actually sitting in front of your computer but if you have a firm grasp of how all your photos are organized, you should be able to tell if you have "crazy duplicates" or if you have just used that much space.
I just bought a Canon 5D Mark II and the file sizes are huge, so I am eating more disk space that ever before. Luckily, Hard drives are pretty inexpensive (the Iomega 1TB I use are about $100 each). I either go through all my files and start deleting a bunch of throw-away images or add another HD.
My 21MB raw files change into 120MB when I save them as uncompressed .tif flies. If I save 3 or 4 different edits of an image, I will eat a lot of space very quickly. I am having to delete more images now to keep from using so much drive space.
Let me know if this helps or reply back with more specifics so we know what you are having troubles with.
- Carlton Ward
Are you using a windows PC or a Mac? Depending on which you're using, I may be able to point you to some possibilities that are eating up your space beyond just files that you stored yourself.
- Frank E. Trinkle
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