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Composition Tip: Exceptions Can Sometimes Be the Rule

Here's a composition tip from the new book by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager - The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography:

You’ll rarely go wrong in choosing a photographic composition that follows the rules. However, for stepping up the creativity at times, don’t get locked into the Rule of Thirds as a hard-and-fast policy. At times, it can be restrictive for those scenes that just don’t fit into a Thirds setting. While the best spot for the subject may be somewhere off-center, for example, it might not necessarily be in one of the power points.

In fact, there are times when a dead-center composition is dead-on. This can be a subject with strong symmetry, such as a wheel, in which the hub is in the middle while the spokes spread out in all directions. Certain flowers, when photographed close up, work, too, as does symmetry in architecture. Likewise, some pictures don’t even have a specific subject; rather, the entire photo is the subject, such as pattern or repetition scenes.

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Welcome to the 555th issue of SnapShot!

Season's greetings from BetterPhoto! For many members, this time of year means the start of snow photography, and here are a couple of excellent articles on the subject: Photographing Snow: Light, Color, and Exposure and Snow Photography: How to Get a Perfect Digital Exposure!. ... Also, signups for our January 8-week online photo courses are well under way, and our Winter schedule is shaping up to be our very best ever. Check out the online photography school schedule... ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss Jim Zuckerman's Featured Article ("How to Shoot Outdoor Portraits"), and also the Photo Tip ("Exceptions Can Sometimes Be the Rule") from the new book that I co-authored with Jim Miotke. ... That's it for now. Have a wonderful holiday season!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor

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Photo Q&A

1: Portrait Photography
Do any of you portrait photographers not offer your images for sell on a CD? Or in this day and age of digital photography, is it expected that the images be available on CD? Could you share your approach?
- Pat Harry
I am not in the portrait business, but when I did a lot of portraits, the customer did not get the negatives. When you give them a CD, what you are doing is giving them the negatives. As a portrait photographer, you should have a contract made up as to how the photograph can be used. If you make a CD, are you going to have all of the so-so shots on it too? I have seen your work and you don't have many so-so photos. :=) Now if the customer wants to purchase "All Rights," they are going to pay dearly for the privilege.

My prints have my initials in a bottom corner and on the back, my signature and date, as well as a "Do not Copy" stamp on it.

If I do make a CD, the photos would be at the lowest resolution, 72ppi, and small so they could only make 4x6 photos. Also my copyright would be on the photos and I would only include what I considered to be decent photos. The customer may "love" all of them, but I wouldn't want someone who knows photography to see my throw-aways on Facebook.

Some photographers do make CDs of all the photos taken for an additional $50-$150. They don't want to be bothered for re-making prints. Different strokes for different folks.

I feel a good contract with different options that give the subject more freedom of use is the best way to handle the situation. I would also have a clause that, as the photographer, I may use the photo in my gallery or portfolio but not to be sold for other purposes.

- Lynn R. Powers
Hi Pat,
I offer prints and provide a CD of JPEGs but do not give them the Raw files or all the throw-away shots. My last senior had a tough time smiling without scrunching her forehead and I didn't include any of these shots on the site or the CD. I had to distract her to get her relaxed :)
- Carlton Ward
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