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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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"Jim Zuckerman's course, as always, is magnificent. ... Jim's course helped me to renew my thinking about making images dramatic. I appreciate his help and his critiques. They are excellent and provide wonderful insight. hit another home run with this course. Well done, and thank you!" -John D. Roach, student in Eight Steps to More Dramatic Photography


Master Natural Light by Exploring the Times of Day

By Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager, co-authors of The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light:

Donít take our word for it when it comes to photographing at the right times of day. Discover the wonderful world of natural light yourself with the following exercise:

Choose a nearby scene or subject. Then shoot it at different times of day. Yes, sunrise, too. Youíll discover firsthand how light changes so drastically throughout the day. And youíll see how the quality of light varies, as well.

This assignment can be performed over a number of days. But if itís overcast, this test wonít work to the same extent as when the sun is out. Find a scene that will get direct light as the sun goes down and when it comes up, too. For example, if tall buildings or trees block the view of a low-on-the-horizon sun, switch to a more open location.

This exercise will help train your eye to determine what a scene will look like in different light. Thatís important when scouting new locations. Youíll learn that paying attention to the light will change your whole photographic life. There arenít many photography techniques that offer guaranteed success, but routinely shooting at dynamic times of day is one of them.

Editor's Note: Also check out BetterPhoto's online photography school and its lineup of courses on light and exposure.

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Welcome to the 582nd issue of SnapShot!

Great news at BetterPhoto's online photography school! We have an awesome new course for an awesome new camera: Learning the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. In this exciting course, the instructor, Ibarionex Perello, takes you beyond the instruction manual to provide a context for when and why you will want to use the camera's many outstanding features. This class kicks off with the July session (which begins on July 11th), but if you enroll now, you can start now with an early lesson. ... In this issue of SnapShot, don't miss the Featured Article ("Get Creative with Reflection Photography!") by pro instructor Deb Sandidge, and the Photo Tip ("Master Natural Light by Exploring the Times of Day") from The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography. ... That's it for now. Have fun with your photography! †† Kerry Drager †† Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto Watery reflections can be a unique way to create an interesting abstract. Check out BetterPhoto instructor Deborah Sandidge's inspiring how-to article - accompanied by many wonderful images. 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... One of the cool benefits of being a Masterpiece or Basic member, a student, or a Deluxe/Pro owner is access to the BetterPhoto Forum. Simply click the "Discussions/Q&A" tab in your Member Center.

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