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Indecent Exposure 32: Inaccessible exactitude?

Getting good photos of family 'round the tree, solving the glasses-and-diopter conundrum, what makes a creepy pic.

Getting good photos of family 'round the tree, solving the glasses-and-diopter conundrum, and your creepiest child pictures.

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Episode 32

Today's links:
Pro dSLR bashing on the Web: Nikon D3x rant on YouTube, Fake Chuck Westfall

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Don't lose the lights

Love the podcast. Looking for some advice on a Christmas photo problem.
I like to take a night time picture of my family near the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. The problem is getting the people properly lit with out washing out the tree and obliterating the tree lights with the flash. Is there any technique you can recommend or am I doomed to take two shots and Photoshop them together?
Thanks, J. White, Phoenix, Ariz.


I have a rather interesting question on manual focusing using a dSLR viewfinder. I have a Nikon D80 that I took to the zoo one day and was trying to get shots through a chain link fence. I found it exceedingly hard in this and other circumstances to get the focus just right and often my pictures would come out blurry, even though I took time to do the focusing and it looked focused to me. I do wear glasses and shoot with my glasses on since I have never been able to get the diopter settings right for my eyesight.
Any help, either in how to set up the diopter correctly, or how to focus when the picture is so small and is hard to see.
Love the show.
Chris, Lexington Park, Md.