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Composition: Don't Stop Now ... Keep Shooting
By Kerry Drager
Whenever I find a photogenic (and stationary) scene that really motivates me, I work it every which way I can within whatever time constraints I have. This means trying different compositions, different focal lengths, or different lighting angles. But this process also might mean the following:
- Try different f/stops ... in order to experiment with the depth of field (the range of sharpness in a scene that has front-to-back depth).
- Try different shutter speeds ... in order to experiment with subject motion - by freezing the action or by showing a soft blur of movement.
Have fun shooting ... and shooting ... and shooting ...

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Welcome to the 510th issue of SnapShot!

Tomorrow's the day! Yes, February 2nd marks the launch of BetterPhoto's next session of online photography courses. In our classes, you'll have fun, learn a lot, and have direct feedback from a top pro - without the expense of an on-location workshop. Plus, these courses fit right into your busy schedule! See our schedule of February online classes... ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss Jim Zuckerman's Featured Blog ("For Great Color Photography, Try Soft Light!") and my Photo Tip ("Composition: Don't Stop Now ... Keep Shooting"). Also, be sure to check out the Update item on BetterPhoto teaming up with Nik Software for a terrific webinar - hosted by pro instructor Deb Sandidge. ... Looking for inspiration? If you've been hitting a creative wall lately, then we have some great ways to get inspired! For example, check out the past contest winners of the BetterPhoto monthly contest. ... 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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"Soft and diffused light is ideal when you want maximum detail in a subject as well as rich colors", writes pro instructor Jim Zuckerman in an excellent blog. BetterPhoto instructor Deborah Sandidge will share her tips and techniques for creating inspirational HDR images in an exciting February 16th webinar.

Photo Q&A

1: Traveling with Camera Gear
I am new to the photo world, and have a Canon t2i. We are going to be traveling to California to go to San Diego, zoo, aquarium all that. But how do I fly with the camera? Do most just take it on board with you? And, any tips when shooting at the zoo and such?
Thanks in advance :)
- nicole shockley
If you want a camera when you get to California, you better take it on board as a personal item. If you check it in baggage, there is a good chance you will never see it again. Better safe than sorry.
- Randy  A. Myers
I agree with Randy: Take it as your personal carry-on. Find out what your airline's carry-on limits are, and, depending on how much camera gear you have, pack a bag just for the gear, as your carry-on allowance.
I found a soft-sided duffel bag that fits within most carry-on dimensions - but being soft, there's some "iggle room: ;) I can get my camera and a few lens (inside a dedicated camera backpack-style bag) and the tripod (head removed) into the duffel, at just a pound under the weight limit for carry-on. I take nothing else onboard as carry-on that won't fit in my pockets - coat pockets come in handy ;) If you're accustomed to traveling with a big purse/bag, you may need to rethink what goes in checked luggage, and what goes in carry-on, as your new camera gear priorities dictate.
- Christopher J. Budny
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2: Saving Final Edited Pictures
I was hoping to get some advice on what size I should save my final edited picture. If I were to want to print at a later date and was not sure of the photo size at the time, is there a certain size that would be recommended without cutting out much of the photo if it had to be recropped? Thanks!
- Jennifer E. Fitzsimmons
A simple answer would be to save your file at the largest possible resolution you can. Then you give yourself as many options down the road, for varying new crops or print sizes. Hopefully, you are saving your camera-original file as untouched, then working in a copy of that for your specific edits; save that as a different name/file, preserving the camera original. If you then resize your edited version down to say, 800 pixels for BP upload, save THAT as a new file - don't overwrite your "big" edited file.
- Christopher J. Budny
If storage space isn't an issue, I would save as a TIFF instead of JPEG.
- Dennis Flanagan
Yes! Save it as a TIFF. If you will modify it again, save, close ... re-open, modify, etc. a TIFF can handle that with minimal loss of quality.

But a JPEG will definitely suffer a loss of quality.

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