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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
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Welcome Note
Updates From BetterPhoto


TESTIMONIAL OF THE WEEK
'Deborah Sandidge is truly a skilled photographer and instructor. This is one of the best courses in all of the selections. It is an advanced or moderately advanced course. Highly recommended!' -Mark Calibo, student in Photoshop: Enhancing Images and Creating Works of Art



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Featured Gallery
Awaiting a red leaf sunrise
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Welcome to the 609th issue of SnapShot!
Hello,

We hope you are having an awesome holiday season and are looking ahead to 2013 with an artistic spirit and a positive energy. Here at BetterPhoto, we sure are! ... First off, the next school session begins Jan. 9th, 2013. These online photo courses help hone your photographic skills ... you'll love the direct interaction with master photographers, the personal feedback, and the flexible method of instruction. These classes are designed to get you up and running with your new (or old!) digital SLR camera. Enroll now and receive an early lesson! ... Secondly, the new year brings a brand-new length of online course! Two-week classes allow us to offer specialized subjects while still featuring all the interactivity that has made our regular classes so popular - weekly assignments, pro critiques, class discussions, etc. Kicking off the 2-week schedule is Jim Zuckerman's excellent Snow Photography, which promises to be a fast, fun, and exciting online adventure! ... Lastly, this issue of SnapShot includes some fine pro advice: 'Get Creative with Artificial Light!', 'Light and Color: White Balance Made Easy', and 'Contest Tip from BetterPhoto's Judges'. ... That's it for now. Enjoy the rest of the holidays, and best wishes for a wonderful new year!!    Kerry Drager    Newsletter Editor

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Updates From BetterPhoto

By John Siskin
When I have a camera with me I also have a strobe (you may call these things a flash, but I prefer to call them strobes). A strobe will enable me to isolate the subject and change the way action is recorded. The strobe is only making light for about 1/1000th of a second, so if I use it with a long exposure I can mix blur and stop action in the same image. Also a strobe will put more light on the part of a picture that is close to you, so it will isolate the subject from the background. You can enhance this effect by using a filter over the strobe to add color to whatever the strobe lights. Strobes allow me many more ways to create interesting pictures.
Editor notes: John Siskin teaches three excellent online photo courses at BetterPhoto. See his instructor bio and list of classes here... The topic of White Balance comes up regularly at BetterPhoto, and for good reason. It's an important concept that can affect the look, feel and color of your photographs! When submitting images to BetterPhoto's monthly photo contest, make sure you upload your image at a standard size. If the photo is too small, the judges may not be able to see it well enough to accurately judge it. The best size should be at least 800 pixels on the long side.

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