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How to Get Sharper Pictures
By Jim Zuckerman
Here are a few more ways to make sure your photos are as sharp as you want them to be:
- Don't trust the autofocus mechanism in low-light situations. Don't be so dependent on automation that you can't take good pictures without it. Switch to manual focus when necessary. Autofocus works on the basis of color and contrast. If there isn't enough contrast in a scene, it can't work well.
- When there is more than one plane of focus in front of your subject (i.e., in scenes with depth - foreground, middle ground and background), the autofocus mechanism can't know which plane should be sharp. Therefore, use manual focus. You have no choice in certain situations.

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Welcome to the 531st issue of SnapShot!

BetterPhoto's course sale is on - $20 off your next class!! But you have to hurry, since the sale ends this week! Select a course from our online photography class list. Then simply enter Summer11 into the "Gift Card Code" field on the Checkout Page. ... In this issue of SnapShot, be sure to read three great articles: Peter Burian's "Polarizing Filter: Tips for Buying and Using" article, Jim Miotke's "How to Get More 'Wow' Impact in Your Photos!", and Jim Zuckerman's Photo Tip ("How to Get Sharper Pictures"). ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto

So what are the differences between an inexpensive circular polarizer and a "top of the line" one? And what's the effect on White Balance and exposure compensation? In an excellent BetterPhoto instructor Insights blog, Peter K. Burian answers these questions... Playing with point of view is a sure-fire way to add more of a "wow" impact to your pictures. Read Jim Miotke's BetterPhotoJim photo blog here... Check out our very beautiful and motivating ebooks: Inspirations, Seascapes, and Cute Babies.

Photo Q&A

1: Dark Photos with Speedlight
I have a Nikon D200. Is there any reason my photos would come out dark if my camera is set at an ISO of 1000 and f3.8 and I was using the Nikon speedlight 800? It was in a chapel with not too bad of lighting. Could something be wrong with my camera or the lens? FYI, I am NOT a professional.
- Michelle Montgomery
Hi Michelle,
There is a learning curve to using a speedlight, and there are courses here. But if you are set up for TTL and metering on the subject - you should get better results. Also note that when you increase your ISO, you are also increasing the power of the flash.
I took a wedding course at BetterPhoto a few years ago and the speedlight was part of the lessons such as using diffusers, bouncing the light off of ceilings & walls and much more critical information.
Hope this helps,
- Carlton Ward
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