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Explore Your Subject, Then Trust Your Eye!
By Kerry Drager
Amid the excitement of shooting, it's not always easy to keep all of the compositional strategies in mind. Here's the key: Whenever you're shooting non-candid stationary subjects, slow down and examine your scene in-depth. Try different camera positions, place your main subject in different parts of the frame, switch from horizontal to vertical, zoom in and zoom out, etc.
So how will you know when you've come up with the "perfect" photo? If, after thoroughly investigating your subject, you have a picture that "looks great," then you most likely have your shot! But what if the view through your viewfinder still "doesn't quite feel right"? Well, you may be shooting the subject in the "wrong" light, you might not have the "right" lens (i.e., a super-tele to properly frame your picture), etc. Then it may be time to practice the "fine art of giving up": move on and find a more cooperative subject.
In short: When shooting static scenes, look, analyze, experiment ... and then go with own visual instincts!

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Welcome to the 539th issue of SnapShot!

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Updates From BetterPhoto Want to step up your photography? A great way to keep things fresh and interesting is to experiment, and instructor Deborah Sandidge shares her thoughts and tips in a great article. There are a ton of reasons to take a BetterPhoto online photography course, and here are 10 of them. If not, you should be! BetterPhoto's free POTD newsletter offers a daily dose of photographic inspiration.

Photo Q&A

1: Resizing Images

I've noticed a considerable loss of image quality when resizing large file images to smaller sizes (i.e., 3600 pixels to 750 pixels) using Photoshop Elements. Even though the original is sharp and not grainy when resized, the sharp detail is lost. Does anyone have a solution or this problem? Would appreciate any feedback! Thank you,
- Lynnmarie Daley

If you're looking at the re-sized image with Photoshop, then it will look worse if you zoom in on the screen image. You are getting rid of lots of pixels, after all.
It's meant to be viewed through your web browser. Just open the file without Photoshop, and it should look better.

- Gregory LaGrange

If the reason for resizing is to post to the web or to send as an attachment, you are downsizing the image by using a smaller resolution (print res of 300 down to about 75 pixels per inch, for example) AND reducing the image dimensions (750 pixels across is pretty small). We reduce the file size to make the image manageable. As Greg says, it's only for screen viewing, anyway. Loss of quality is the price we pay for convenience.
Any image you do this to needs sharpening. For a jpg this size, try about 78 as your amount, .6 as your radius and 1 as your threshold. Maybe your PS Elements has a "smart sharpening" feature. Other users can advise you.

- Doug Nelson
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