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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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"This was a great class, I highly recommend it. I really enjoyed taking it and William Neill's critiques and comments were very informative and insightful. I learned a great deal, and I believe that my photography has moved forward thanks to this class!" -Stacey Williams, student in Inspiring Nature Photography: The Essentials

Why Your Photos Are Not Sharp
By Jim Zuckerman
Why aren't your pictures as sharp as you want and expect? While there are many factors that at times are beyond our control to fix - like photographing a kid on a skateboard in a park at night with no flash - there are many situations that can be remedied. Here are a couple of them:
- Don't raise the center column of your tripod too high. This is a relatively unstable situation. In essence, you will be shooting from a monopod. Instead, extend the legs fully and, if that's not tall enough for you, get another tripod - a model that when the legs are extended, the camera is at eye level.
- Don't hand-hold your pictures when shooting at twilight or night, and don't raise the ISO so high that the increase in digital noise degrades the picture quality. Use a tripod.

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Welcome to the 568th issue of SnapShot!

It's March "madness" at! Our March online photography school session is off to a rousing start, but we are also looking ahead to next month. The April schedule of four-week courses has been posted: Check out the courses here... ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss instructor Deb Sandidge's Featured Article ("How to Photograph the Night Sky"), and instructor Jim Zuckerman's Featured Blog ("White Backgrounds for Outdoor Portraits"). And if you aren't already a subscriber to our Photo of the Day newsletter, you should be! See the details below. ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager    Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto White backgrounds can be distracting, but not always! Read instructor Jim Zuckerman's thoughts. Many photographers pack up their gear right after sunset. However, the most magical time to make pictures can be twilight or night! Check out instructor Deborah Sandidge's excellent article. If you've been hitting a wall lately, then we have a great way to get inspired! For example, for BetterPhoto's daily dose of visual inspiration, check out our free Photo of the Day newsletter. Sign up now at our subscription page...

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