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Welcome to the 474th issue of SnapShot!

This month's excitement at BetterPhoto continues with our absolutely awesome Super Sale. If you've been thinking of getting a new Deluxe or Pro BetterPholio, or renewing your existing one, don't miss this great sale - 2 years for the price of 1 year! But you must hurry, since it ends this Wednesday night. Here are the Super Sale details... ... Earlier this month, we unveiled the BetterPhoto certification program, in which you can be rewarded for your photography efforts in a grand way. Get credit and credentials from the Web's top photo school! ... At the same time, we look forward to our next session of 4-week courses, which are fun, fast, to the point, and kicking off on June 9th. ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the contributions of three BetterPhoto instructors: Brenda Tharp (Bad Weather Can Be Good!), Deborah Sandidge (How to Photograph a Sunrise), and Richard Lynch (Copyright in Photoshop). ... By the way, are you subscribing to BetterPhoto's free Photo of the Day newsletter? If not, you should be. See the POTD details here... ... 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 - and in his blog:

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Updates From BetterPhoto

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- Richard Lynch's 4-week Awesome Digital Projects takes on panorama, HDR, B&W, and toning techniques.

- George Schaub's 8-week Exposure & Processing covers in-camera and lightroom workflow.

Top pro Deborah Sandidge offers tips, techniques and lots of inspiration in her BetterPhoto Instructor Insights photography blog. Read it here...

Photo Q&A

1: High Resolution
I need to know what high resolution is and how I can make sure a photo is HR or how I can make a photo HR. Any suggestions?
- Carol A. Roux
Resolution is relative to the intended use of the image. A digital image that is 72 pixels per square inch and 750 pixels across the long dimension. This is fine for posting on the web (like at betterphoto) or as an email attachment, but way inadequate for printing. A rule of thumb for print is 240-300 pixels per inch multiplied by the inches in the long dimension times the inches of the shorter dimension.
Most digicams these days are capable of "high resolution" if set to the best image quality, or maybe intermediate.
A 5 megapixel image is overkill for web posting, but fine for a 5 x 7 or maybe an 8 x 10 print. If you want a 16 x 20 print, then a 5MP image is a low resolution image.
- Doug Nelson
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1: Copyright in Photoshop

What is the best way to put copyright information on your pictures? I see many photos where the copyright is small print at the bottom, right of the image, usually in a gray, shadowed or raised font. I really like that.
I know of two ways to try, 1. using a layer. 2. using a function of one of the items on the left menu.

Suggestions, thoughts?
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- Jim Adams

You're not really limited to watermarking, so there's not really a best way. To make a raised look, all you have to do is make your copyright with the type tool and emboss filter that layer. And if you change that layer from normal to hard light, it will make it look transparent raised.
For typing the copyright, you can start out with your background and foreground colors as black and white, and see how like the end results, and then play around with different colors.
You can also change the opacity of the layer with just plain type to anything else, change how faded it looks.

- Gregory La Grange

Hello J. G.
I agree with Greg and do likewise by using the type tool and I usually pick a color that compliments the image and turn down the opacity a bit so that it isn't too obvious or distracting from the image.
Many create an action and assign it to an F key and when they are ready to place their © info on the image, they hit the action and it is done. The thing about this is that you either need to leave part of the action open for additional adjustments or live with the same template.
I have been attempted to use actions but since I value most of my images as individual works of art, I treat them as such with my copyright type as well.
I actually enjoy the artistic aspect of using the type adjustments and trying to make them unique & blend...
my .02

- Carlton Ward

You might also look into Digimarc. They offer a plug-in to Photoshop that's really nice.

- Ken Smith

I think using a multi-prong approach is best for applying copyright and attempting to protect your images...

* Place a visible copyright on the image in text so you lay obvious claim to your rights as a photographer.

* Place copyright information in the image metadata using the File Info (or features in Bridge/Organizer).

* Keep your online images large enough so the detail can be seen, but small enough so that 'borrowing' for anything more than a small print is unlikely (BP's defaults are right on target for this. An image displayed at 10 inches @ 72 ppi really translates to a good print @ 3.5 inches or so...).

* Hidden © like Digimark, or other clever means of hiding copyright info directly in an image (steganogaphy) can help keep copyright info in an image even when all of the visible info is wiped clean.

There is no absolute way of protecting your images, as any of these measures can be countered, erased and removed. But using several, or all of these (and making an action that makes the steps easy to apply), will be your best bet for maintaining your rights.

- Richard Lynch

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