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Welcome to the 534th issue of SnapShot!

Thanks to popular demand, BetterPhoto has brought back the 2-for-1 Gallery Sale! You get 2 years of a Basic Gallery for the price of 1 year, and the sale applies to new sites or renewals. What you get: A very sleek online photo gallery in which you can display up to 1000 images; access to BetterPhoto's monthly photo contest; access to BetterPhoto's photography forum. But you must hurry, since the sale ends this Friday night, July 22nd! Here are the photo gallery details... One more cool thing: Even if your Basic gallery is not up for renewal in the next few months, you can take advantage of this offer now, and get two years added to your current expiration date! ... The next online photography school session kicks off on August 10th, but you can get started now! Simply enroll in the course of your choice and you'll receive an early lesson! ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the Featured Article ("Black and White for a Timeless Look") and Photo Tip ("Vacation Photography Tip: First Things First"). ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto

In a new Team BetterPhoto blog, instructor Deborah Sandidge shares her thoughts and tips on black and white photography! Treat yourself to an easy gift-buying experience, while also giving your favorite photographer something really special. A BetterPhoto Gift Card is the perfect gift for photographers - for any occasion! If you've been hitting a wall lately, then we have some great ways to get inspired! For example, for BetterPhoto's daily dose of visual inspiration, check out our free Photo of the Day newsletter at the subscription page. In addition, view the past contest winners of our monthly contest.

Photo Q&A

1: Studio Photography Lighting Issue
I have a Canon Rebel and two Alien Bee's. I've been shooting portrait photography for a few years now and have never had this issue. My lights are new, I changed locations numerous times, and I changed the lighting set-up and even the flash. My camera works perfectly fine without the flash. I can't figure our why the left side of the photo is black. The lights are firing fine, even when I turn one light on and the other off the left and bottom of the photo is always black. Has anyone ever seen this before?
- Rosie FoderaSee Sample Photo - Test 2

See Sample Photo - Test 3

You accidentally changed the shutter speed to something faster than the camera's sync speed. Check it and move back to 125th of a second - or a 60th of a second. But I think the Rebel's sync speed is 125.
That's the most likely cause. It could be possible that your shutter is sticking. That can produce the same result, but it's not noticeable with just ambient light.
- Gregory LaGrange
You're right! The shutter speed was set for 400 from my other shoot. Can't thank you enough! I was paying attention to everything else but that...
- Rosie Fodera
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2: Print Sizes
How do I ensure that when a customer orders say a 5X7 of an image that it will not be cropped. I want to be able to give them what they are seeing on the screen. Thanks!
- Cindy A. Brown
If your camera has a 3/2 sensor, you are going to have to show the customer what a photo cropped to 5X7 looks like. If you are using Elements, Photoshop, or most of the other programs, it is relatively easy to do. After you have made the crop, this is the image you show the customer. You save the image with a label that indicates the crop size. Yesterday I changed a photo from the 3/2 format to a 16/9. But I did keep the original uncropped image also.
What it boils down to is you cannot make a 5x7 photo from a 3/2 sensor without cropping. With film, it was done in the lab that it was sent to be processed. At home with 35mm film, we used the cropping easels to check out the crop and did some raising and lowering of the enlarger's head too.
If we wanted an 8X12, we had to pay for a photo that was 11x14, which is the same size paper we had to use in the home darkroom. Some people swear that the cropped photos of 8x10, 5x7, etc., consisted of all the negative. They were and are wrong.
- Lynn R. Powers
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