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Monday, November 21, 2011
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Are You Shooting Too Quickly?
By Peter K. Burian
Because there's no need to pay for film and processing, we all take far more pictures. That's great when we really "work" a subject, exploring it from various viewpoints and perspectives. But it can also produce a shotgun approach where we simply blast away whenever something vaguely interesting appears.
Shooting too quickly - without taking the time to make a serious creative effort - leads to snapshots without attention to composition and other details. Peter K. Burian

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Welcome to the 552nd issue of SnapShot!

A very happy Thanksgiving to all BetterPhoto members who celebrate this inspirational holiday! ... Meetup Roundup: Thanks to all who helped make our very first Worldwide BetterPhoto Meetup Day a success. If you weren't able to participate, there will definitely be other gatherings in the future. This is just the beginning. And, good news: Next time, you'll have more advance notice to plan! ... Photo Tips: In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss: "Are You Shooting Too Quickly?" and "Wide-Angle Lens for Creative Compositions". ... December school: The next session of 4-week online photography courses has now been posted. Check out the exciting schedule... ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!      Kerry Drager  Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto Here's another "take" on the subject of wide-angle perspective, close-ups and great depth. There are a ton of reasons to take a BetterPhoto online photography course, and we list 10 of them.

Photo Q&A

1: Gallery Wrap, Canvas Wrap, Dry Mount...
So many options... What are the differences between all the varied options in presenting larger scale images (11x17 and larger) in a small shop or venue? Which are more "pleasing" to the general public's eye? "Fad" vs tasteful? "Take home and hang" vs. prints? The customer has to frame?
Gallery wrap, dry mount, canvas wrap, Gator board, laminate, aluminum, foam core behind glass, canvas board, standout mounting, thin mount, floating ... you get the jist.
Thank you once again,
- Elizabeth Swain
I'd say there's no one single answer, given that huge list of presentation options. If you're preparing prints with the hope of selling some of them (i.e., you don't have set customers already expecting to buy something specific from you), then I probably wouldn't risk the more expensive options until you know your customer base.
If you're stocking up prints for a single show, you should perhaps check with the show coordinators for input as well...
If this is to stock up your own supply of "potential sales stock" for use/display at recurring art shows/etc., you should probably familiarize yourself with each of those options - see how they affect your images, which images are suited to which options (i.e., a canvas option might work for an image, but the aluminum print would look terrible). And then perhaps if you wanted to go so far, have a sample of each for display, and offer custom orders as needed.
I don't think (as a member of the public) that I have 1 set choice if I'm looking to buy an art print. Aluminum might be trendy, but some images simply look astonishing on aluminum, and I wouldn't want any other format. A "painterly effect" photo on canvas is almost a given sometimes. Though I suspect many sellers of photography (in shows, etc.) probably do the bulk of their cash-and-carry in paper prints?
- Christopher J. Budny
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1: Portrait lights

A friend gave me a couple of cloth umbrellas with bulb slave lights, which they used for there floral photography. Will I get decent portraits using this light set-up? Thanks.
- Chuck Bruton

Hi Chuck,
I am guessing that they are Britek units, because they are designed like bulbs, and have built-in slaves. You can take portraits with these. Since they aren’t very bright, you’ll need to work at a high ISO. You may have problems with ambient light, or in lighting large spaces or groups. I do not recommend Britek units in my classes. These articles, here at BetterPhoto, may be useful to you: and

- John H. Siskin

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