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Raining? Nighttime? Don't put your camera away just yet...

By Deborah Sandidge

Rain can create a wonderful opportunity for dramatic photographs. I love the look of reflections cast on rain soaked streets at nighttime. It creates a more expressive image than a photo taken during the day. Paired with a long exposure to record taillights from passing cars, a scene can become quite magical!

Here are couple of tips to help you with capturing a captivating night scene...

You'll need a sturdy tripod, remote shutter release (or use the camera's self-timer feature). An inexpensive three axis bubble level helps guide you to keeping things straight, especially in the dark. If you are using a lens with vibration reduction or image stabilization, turn it off while on the tripod.

If you wish to photograph streaks from the taillights of passing cars, you may need to stop down so that your exposure is several seconds or longer. Use a low ISO to prevent noisy images. Bring an umbrella, a hotel shower cap (it works great to protect the camera), and bring a flashlight too.

Have fun shooting!

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Welcome to the 511th issue of SnapShot!

Great news! Top pro and BetterPhoto instructor Lewis Kemper has totally updated his 8-week online Photoshop course - with video! But although the lessons are video-based, this course operates just like any other interactive BetterPhoto class. You'll be able to ask questions, post photos and get valuable critiques from Lewis. Learn more about Lewis's course: The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop: Exposure and Color ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss instructor Deborah Sandidge's excellent Photo Tip ("Raining? Nighttime? Don't put your camera away just yet... "). ... 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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Photo Q&A

1: Tear Sheets
For several years, I had photos published in a magazine on a freelance basis. I've not had anything published in the last two years, but would like to get in with some other publications. One of the requests is to submit "tear sheets." I have extra copies of the magazines in which I was published. Do I remove these from the magazine or make copies of the pages on which my photographs appear showing my credit?
- Ellen Devenny
Scan them.
- Gregory LaGrange
I'd also tear out a few of your best sample pages and have them reproduced somewhere on a good copy machine. Some publications still want hard copies, and you'll have plenty right at hand. The cost is minimal.
- Monnie Ryan
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1: Shooting Home Interiors

I've been asked to shoot a small bathroom remodel. I'm looking for tips to avoid lighting reflections in the glass shower doors.
- Gale Stoner

Hi Gale,
Bathrooms are tough. Some days, it seems like every surface is reflective. For a small bathroom, I will use a single 30-inch shoot-through umbrella and a 200 watt-second, or more, strobe. This is easy to hide, and if the bath is painted a neutral color, the bounce fill will help a lot. If I am going to have to have a reflection, I will put it into the outside window. Then, if I shoot on a tripod, I can take two shots from the same place, one with strobe and one without. I can use the window from the shot without strobe to fix the window with the reflection. If the bath is larger, I can use a couple of lights, just look for good angles. This article might help:
Also you might want to look at this blog entry as it is a chapter from my next book about shooting interiors:

- John H. Siskin

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