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Monday, September 26, 2011
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Twilight Time!
By Susan and Neil Silverman
For everyone who wants to do some "nighttime" photography, try photographing just after the sun sets, but before the sky goes really dark. There will be a beautiful colored sky. Really black dark sky is often not as beautiful or successful as that very dark royal-blue sky, post sunset.

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Welcome to the 544th issue of SnapShot!

Big news at BetterPhoto! We have just rolled out our latest Value Course - self-paced and 100% Internet-based. Designed for beginners and hobbyists, Creative Photo Composition consists of instructional videos (33 of them!) by Jim Miotke, a private forum, and a 74-page ebook tutorial. And this week only, get downloadable bonus materials AND save $20!! But you must hurry, since the price goes up after this Friday! Check out the Value Course details here... ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss Rob Sheppard's article ("Monitor Calibration: It Makes a Difference in Your Photos!") and the Photo Tip ("Twilight Time") by Susan and Neil Silverman. ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto Calibrating your monitor makes a big difference in your images, and all monitors generally need some calibration in order to look their best. Check out BetterPhoto instructor Rob Sheppard's thoughts and insights. Imagine taking your vacation photography from just OK to truly outstanding. Check out Denise Miotke's excellent new course! Check out Rob Sheppard's new online photo course at BetterPhoto's digital photography school. This class is fully interactive AND it features video lessons!

Photo Q&A

1: Sand in the Camera?
Hi all,
I was recently at a beach and accidently some sand got on the camera. Mostly it was stuck around the lens base where it is attached to the camera body. I have brushed out the sand as much as I could. Thought I don't see any of it now but I am scared to change the lens. Are there any precautions I should take before removing the lens? It's a Canon 7D and an L lens so you can imagine my concern.
Thanks for your help,

P.S. The camera has been working fine. I have taken the images after the incident and downloaded on my computer.

- Sobia Chishti
A camera and lens are a light-tight fit so it's doubtful that any sand made it to the inside.
There are other concerns that should be considered though. There may have been invisible particles of salt residue within the sand that may cause corrosion. To be sure, I'd take the camera and lens to a local repair shop for a thorough cleaning.
- Bob Cammarata
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