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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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"Doug Johnson is excellent in terms of the content of the lessons, as well as the critiques of photos submitted. This is my 4th class with BetterPhoto, and I certainly enjoyed it!" -Glenn Marcus, student in Creating Depth in Landscape Photography

Good Shooting Strategy: First Things First!
The reason photographers often feel stress on a trip is the self-imposed pressure to capture the definitive images. Celebrated tourist spots, world-class cities, and popular national parks all feature justifiably famous views that have been photographed over and over again. But at the same time, there’s also the desire to come up with innovative photographs. This "shoot the classics vs. strive for originality" disparity is always a challenge.
The best advice: Attack the top spots as soon as possible. That way, you get them out of your system. After recording these definitive images, you’ll be surprised how that reduces the anxiety, lifts the spirit, and makes you mentally prepared to be imaginative.

NOTE: This tip is from the new book co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography

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Welcome to the 578th issue of SnapShot!

It's been an action-packed season at BetterPhoto! Our upcoming Summer school session is shaping up to be an exciting one. We have two terrific new courses - see the "Learn Basics of Photoshop & Lightroom" update item below. Check out the listings of June 4-week classes and July 8-week courses. ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the excellent Featured Article("How to Get Better Sports and Action Photos" by instructor Peter Burian. ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager    Newsletter Editor

Jim Miotke
Where Is Jim?

Updates From BetterPhoto While professional photographers use huge telephoto lenses, says instructor Peter Burian, you can make some great sports and action photos with a lightweight, affordable 70-300mm lens, or a camera with a 15x or longer built-in zoom. Peter's excellent BetterPhoto Instructor Insights article! Two new online courses (fully interactive with video lessons):
- Master the Basics of Photoshop - for the new CS6 and also earlier CS versions.
- Discover the Power of Lightroom - updated for the new LR4, but also covers LR3. Check out our very beautiful and motivating ebooks: Inspirations, Seascapes, and Cute Babies.

Photo Q&A

1: How to add watermark and border
How do all you guys add those wonderful little watermarked names or logos to each photo? And how do I do a nice frame or border for them? I use Photoshop Elements. Anyone knowledgeable, please help!!!
- Wendy  M. Hansen
Hi Wendy... You can add a watermark right here on BetterPhoto. It's one of the choices you make during the uploading process.
Frames and borders: Take a peek at a software company called OnOne. They have a wonderful software package that can be added right to your PS program that has thousands of frames, edges, borders, backgrounds and even texture overlays. You can buy just the "PhotoFrame" professional edition version 4.6
You can view brief classes on their website that demonstrate how to use the software and be all sorts of creative. Web address is
- Thomas W. Schoeller
Many of the signature/copyright logos you see at BetterPhoto - that are more decorative/unique than the plain white text version BetterPhoto can create for you - are made and saved as Brush Presets. You first design the logo/graphic, then save it as a brush preset, allowing you to "stamp" it onto any image. (I believe Elements supports brush presets.) Then whenever you finalize your image edits, just create a new empty layer and stamp on the signature brush... then you can move it around, play with Blending Modes, opacity, etc., to get the look (faded/semi-transparent, outlined, shadowed, etc) that you like.
- Christopher J. Budny
I like to make my signature match the tone/color of the photo. Using the eye dropper tool, I sample a dominant color in the photo. Then I use that color for my pre-saved typeset action.
- Irene  Colling
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