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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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"I enjoy Doug Steakley's classes as he is open and sincere with his comments and critiques. ... IMO, he goes above and beyond in answering any questions and providing whatever assistance you may need. ... Thank you for a great class!" -Pam Baumann, student in Landscape Photography


START TAKING BETTER PHOTOS OF PLACES... Denise Miotke's excellent 4-week online class!

...around town or far afield - in Lynne Eodice's new 4-week photo course.

See the new books co-authored by Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager:
- The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography
- The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light

Raining? Don't put your camera away just yet!
By Deborah Sandidge
Rain can create a wonderful opportunity for dramatic photographs. 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 ways to help you capture 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.

NOTE: Don't miss Deb Sandidge's new Long Exposure Creativity course!

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Welcome to the 605th issue of SnapShot!

Treat yourself to an easy gift-buying experience this season, while also giving your favorite photographer something really special! A BetterPhoto Gift Card is the perfect gift for photographers - for any occasion. ... In this issue of SnapShot, be sure to see check out two terrific articles - "How to Get Better Photos of Waterfalls!" by Jim Zuckerman and "Digital Exposure: It's OK to Go Auto!" by Rob Sheppard - plus Deborah Sandidge's This Week's Tip ("Raining? Don't put your camera away just yet"). ... That's it for now. Enjoy the holiday season, and have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager    Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto

The keys to success are a slow shutter speed and soft lighting. Don't miss instructor Jim Zuckerman's excellent BetterPhoto article... "It is very possible to use autoexposure and get excellent results," says instructor Rob Sheppard. "I do it all the time." Read his tips and insights in his BetterPhoto article... BetterPhoto's online classes are a great way to learn! We have a system all set up for you to get expert feedback on your photos, and learn how to make your own stunning images. Plus, you can interact with both your classmates, as well as your pro instructor. Here's more:

- Lesson/assignments are sent out each Wednesday via email, but although there's a certain structure involved, our courses are also very flexible. All course activity takes place in a web-site classroom called Campus Square, so that you can read the Q&A, ask questions, make comments, upload photos, take part in discussions, read critiques of your own photos as well as those of your classmates, etc. ... any time, at your leisure.

- With students from throughout the world, there are no live chats. So, if you leave for a business trip, go on holiday, or, for whatever reason, simply can't get online for a few days, you can easily catch up on what you missed after you return.

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