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Wednesday, January 23, 2013
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'This course has helped me not only post-process in a more fluid way, but has explained why certain adjustments work and why they don't. ... I appreciate Rob Sheppard's reviews of each student's work which are lessons in themselves with pointed, specific critiques and instructions with just enough repetition to make things stick. ... I feel this Lightroom instruction is a 'must do' and I wish I had taken it years sooner. Thank you, Rob!' -Denise Aulie, student in A Darkroom Called Lightroom


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Macro Photography and Tripods
By Jim Zuckerman, BetterPhoto Instructor
Whether you have plenty of bright ambient light or if you are shooting in a low light environment, macro photography requires a tripod. As you make the lens aperture smaller for increased depth of field, you lose light. That means that your shutter speed has to be longer to compensate for that loss. Longer shutter speeds mean that you will not be able to hand hold the camera to get sharp pictures.
This is especially true when the subject is magnified with a macro lens because even the slightest bit of camera movement translates into an unsharp picture at shutter speeds slower than 1/125th of a second. Small apertures like f/22 or f/32 will force your shutter speed to be much slower than this unless you raise the ISO to a high number, and that’s not what you want to do in macro work. As long as your subject isn’t moving, it doesn’t matter how long the shutter is open as long as you are using a tripod.
NOTE: Check out Jim Zuckerman's inspiring online courses here at BetterPhoto!

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Welcome to the 612th issue of SnapShot!

One of BetterPhoto's excellent membership benefits is the monthly photo contest. Now, on our home page, we've brought back an inspiring feature - a display of winning contest photos. Every time you visit the home page, you're now greeted by a new image! ... In this issue of SnapShot, be sure to check out the work of two pro instructors - 'Long Exposure Creativity: Variable Neutral Density Filter' by Deborah Sandidge, and 'Macro Photography and Tripods' by Jim Zuckerman - plus a Contest Tip from the judges. ... Great gift for photographers: Treat yourself to an easy gift-buying experience, while also giving your favorite photographer something really special. A BetterPhoto Gift Card is the perfect gift - for any occasion! That's it for now. Have fun with your photography!    Kerry Drager    Newsletter Editor

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Where Is Jim?

Updates From BetterPhoto Check out Deborah Sandidge's excellent article at BetterPhoto Instructor Insights! In Jim Zuckerman's brand-new online seasonal course, you'll learn how to take eye-catching photos in snow country - and how to get perfect exposures. Although 2 weeks in length, this course has all the interactivity of our regular classes. Be ready for a fast, fun, and exciting adventure! Being a Masterpiece or Basic member, a student, or a Deluxe/Pro owner gives you access to the BetterPhoto Forum. Simply click the 'Discussions/Q&A' tab in your Member Center.

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