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When's the Best Time to Delete Your Images?
By Susan and Neil Silverman
Try and NOT delete images from you camera with the trash can or delete button on the camera. First of all, an image may look poor on the back of the LCD screen, but on the computer it may be just fine. So it is best to analyze the images on the computer screen. Secondly and equally as important, the card manufacturers suggest NOT deleting in camera, inasmuch as once in a while it can cause a corruption in the card. We also want to remind everyone that the way to "clean" a card is to reformat it in the camera - after you are certain that the images are safely backed up on your computer or your hard drive and you do not need to access them anymore.
Another tip: Try NOT to use up the card completely. Instead, leave a tiny bit of space. For example, if your card will hold 500 images, perhaps only shoot to 495 - just as a safety precaution.
There is no more sickening feeling than getting a message that the card is corrupt!!!
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Welcome to the 515th issue of SnapShot!

Get pro feedback on your photos! Our next online school session kicks off this Wednesday with an inspiring lineup of both 4-week courses and 8-week classes. ... Also this week, we are launching two awesome new courses: Lewis Kemper's The Photographer’s Toolbox for Photoshop: Exposure and Color and Doug Steakley's The Creative Use of Shutter Speed. ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the excellent article by Peter Burian ("Is HDR Mode better than Dynamic Range Expansion?") and the terrific Photo Tip by BetterPhoto's instructor team of Susan and Neil Silverman ("When's the Best Time to Delete Your Images?"). ... 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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Many digital SLRs have a dynamic range expansion function, but some also offer a High Dynamic Range mode. What exactly is this mode? In his excellent BetterPhoto article, instructor Peter Burian offers his expert answer. Learn photography in a convenient, inspiring online class. Get feedback, answers, and genuine back-and-forth with famous pro photographers. Jim Zuckerman, a top pro instructor at BetterPhoto's online digital photography school, will share his tips on creating stunning travel images using various Nik filters. This webinar takes place March 30th.

Photo Q&A

1: White Balance with Expo Disc

I use a Nikon D300. Most of the time when I use the Expo Disc in a big hall, I get different results. I do not know what I am doing wrong, but the quality does not come out as it should. You obviously see that the color is different from what it actually is. What is the best way to use the Expo Disc?
- Charles K. Tufuor

You may not be doing anything wrong. You may be in a place that has mixed lighting. And not meaning different types, as in some fluorescent and some incandescent - I mean mixed color temperatures. Even if all the lights are the same type, all fluoros, the color temp will not be the same for each light - maybe so much that it's really evident in your pictures. I'm sure since it's a big hall with a large number of lights that some of the lights can be brand new, while others are a few days from burning out.

- Gregory LaGrange

Hi Gregory,
Thanks for your response. This hall is a school auditorium and my church worships there on Sundays between 10:00 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. If I don't use white balance, the pictures sometimes turn out better than in an instance of using the Expo Disc. The question, therefore, is: What do I do to improve the pictures using the white balance Expo Disc?

- Charles K. Tufuor

I might be wrong, but from what I thought, you put the expo disc over the lens, aim up at the light source, and use that picture to set the custom white balance. If that's what you're doing, your problem is probably like I said. You balance off a too-specific light source in a room that has maybe 5 or 6 rows of lights with each one not being the exact same color temp.
If you're set on using the Expo Disc, how long is the lens you're using it on? If you try a wider angle, thus using more sources to balance on, maybe you'll get a balance that's a good average.
If you're willing to use something else, I've used a small piece of white ink jet paper to take white balance off of.

- Gregory LaGrange
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