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Raining? Don't put your camera away just yet...
By Deborah Sandidge

Rain can create a wonderful opportunity for dramatic photographs. In the evening, I love the look of reflections cast on rain-soaked streets. It creates a more expressive image than a photo taken during the day. Paired with a long exposure to record taillights from passing cars, a scene can become quite magical!

Here are some tips to help you with capturing a captivating night scene...

- You'll need a sturdy tripod, remote shutter release (or use the camera self-timer feature). An inexpensive three axis bubble level helps guide you to keeping things straight, especially in the dark. If you are using a lens with vibration reduction or image stabilization, turn it off while on the tripod.

- If you wish to photograph streaks from the taillights of passing cars, you may need to stop down so that your exposure is several seconds or longer. Use a low ISO to prevent noisy images. Bring an umbrella, a hotel shower cap (it works great to protect the camera), and bring a flashlight too.

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Welcome to the 560th issue of SnapShot!

Exciting times at BetterPhoto! We've just rolled out our new Master Photographer Training Program, and it's off to a fantastic start. If you've ever dreamed of mastering the craft of photography, starting your own photo business, or even becoming an instructor, this is the program for you. Check out the Master Training Program details here... ... Also new at BetterPhoto: Doug Steakley's terrific course - Landscape Photography. This 8-week course debuts in March. ... In this issue of SnapShot, be sure to catch the Photo Tip ("Raining? Don't put your camera away just yet...") and the Featured Blog ("Patience Can Be a Virtue"). ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager   Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto Many shooters work far too quickly. But by slowing down and really working your subject, you'll start taking your photography to the next level. Check out Kerry Drager's BetterPhoto Instructor Insights blog... Don't miss Denise Miotke's awesome 4-week online photography course: Travel and Landscape Photography Take a look at our very beautiful and motivating ebooks: Inspirations, Seascapes, and Cute Babies.

Photo Q&A

1: Hanging Photos in a Gallery
I have been taken on by a new gallery. My photos are being displayed on a wall diagonally to a large picture window. True, the natural light may be good, and I use archival printing materials, always, but I am concerned about the location. Should I be? I really need some good opinions about this in a fairly quick period of time. I am hoping this will work. Thanks,
- Frances C. Saunders
If the photos are on a south wall, there will not be a problem since it isn't in direct sunlight. Find out if the gallery has a high UV glass windows or if they have a heavy tint. Both will reduce the lack of hazard to your photos. I do have one photo on the west wall since there is an overhang on the roof that prevents the morning light from directly hitting the photo. As long as direct sunlight does not strike them, your photos should be fine.
- Lynn R. Powers
Thank you Lynn. That helps a good deal. There is no UV or tint. The wall is at a 50-degree angle to the window and there is ceiling tile above. I'll have to look outside and see if there is any overhang back there. I think the window itself faces SW. Okay, lots to think about. Thanks!
- Frances C. Saunders
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