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Posted 9/18/2005 by bridgetmcpherson in General Photography
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Posted: 9/18/2005 5:20:42 PM
I just had an idea ... As everyone has pointed out lately, a lot of questions get asked over and over on the board. I was wondering if it would be a good idea to set up an FAQ with answers to these questions. Newbies could be pointed to this thread when some of these questions come up.

Some ideas:
1. What lens? (We could have a link to Lisa's wonderful thread.)
2. I know nothing, how do I get started?
3. How do you post to the photo gallery? How do you post more than one pic? (This is addressed in the 2ps FAQ. Maybe we could link to that.)
4. How do I include an image in a post?
5. In-home studio set-ups.
6. Good props/poses for different ages, group sizes.
7. Diff. b/t old drebel and xt.
8. Basic PS/PSE tips (or a general link to escrappers).

I can't think of anything else right now. Does anyone think this is a good idea? Could we cut and paste from old threads or would we need the permission of the original poster? I think it would be best to have the info right in the FAQ thread, rather than links to long threads (unless the whole thread answered the question.)

Any ideas? Would anyone be willing to contribute? Would people point new peas to this thread?

Another idea would be to see if we could add to the Photography FAQ that is on the 2ps FAQ page. But, it might be easier just to do it here.

Thanks.
Bridget.

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Posted: 9/18/2005 10:03:43 PM
Great! I'm glad that this idea has support. How should we do it? Do you want to use this thread to pull all of the ideas together and then post it in an orderly, concise manner like the Pub's FAQ? I really like that all of the info is right at the top in their's and you don't have to weed through all of the posts to find what you are looking for. So, say Tina writes up the answer to some general q's on ps and posts that here. Then when we have all the major questions answered, I can compile them and make a new, fresh thread. Does that make sense? If anyone has a better idea, I'm open.

Bridget.

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Posted: 9/19/2005 12:11:49 AM
OK. Here's what I have so far. It might be a little hard to read b/c I did it in Word and the formatting didn't transfer over. I will make the final version prettier.


Questions about 2peas:

How do I search the message board?
When you are viewing the message board, click on “Search” on the green bar at the top. From the drop-down menu for forum, select “General Photography Board”. Type in your search word(s) where it says, “Thread title contains”. Select the time period in the drop down menu where it says “Threads from last.” Click “Search.” If your search doesn’t return what you were looking for, try a more general term (studio, instead of “setting up an in-home studio”. Also, try to think of other terms or synonyms for what you are looking for.

How do I post images (1 or more) in the gallery?
Fist make sure you are viewing the photography gallery. Then follow these directions:
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/sc_faq.asp?type=question&question_id=31&faq_id=1

How do I insert an image in a post?
[I have seen the instructions for this recently in a couple posts, but can’t find them. If anyone remembers, let me know.]

Questions about photography:

I want to become a better photographer, how do I get started?
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?cmd=display&thread_id=1381767 (Rason)

I’m confused by aperture, shutter speed, etc. What does all of this mean?
[Something about getting BP’s Understanding Exposure book and maybe a basic run-down of ap, ss, shooting in manual etc. I’m too tired to write this tonight.]

What lenses should I get for my SLR?
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?cmd=display&thread_id=1384003 (Lisaloojaxn)

Photography as a business:

I want to become a professional photographer. Where do I start?

How do I set-up an in-home studio on a budget?


Camera questions:

What is the difference between the dRebel and the dRebel XT?
http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/mb.asp?cmd=display&thread_id=1116416#7694735 (Domini)

What about the 20D and 5D?

Basic digital image questions:

What the difference between tiff, psd, and jpg? How should I save my images?

How should I backup and store my images?
[I know I saw a long thread about this a long time ago.]

How do I resize my picture without losing quality?

How should I resize my photo for posting in the photo gallery? [Maybe this should be up in the 2peas section.]

When I order pictures online, sometimes some of my image is cut off in the print. Why does this happen?

What are dpi and ppi and what do they have to do with my image size?

Photoshop questions:

How do I make a border around my picture?

How do I use borders I’ve downloaded from the internet?

How do I do selective coloring on a black and white photo?

How do I make a collage?

How do I use collage templates?

How do I blur the background of my photo?

How do I extract my subject to put on a different background?

Can a really dark photo be saved in Photoshop?

My photos came out really grainy. Is there anything I can do about that?

What settings should I use for unsharp mask?

How do I convert my photo to black and white? [Do we want to attack this one here?]

How do you install and use actions?

Can you use actions with PSE?




So who wants to fill in which blanks? Also, add any other questions you can think of. My brain is fried right now and I can't think of any others.

Thanks everyone who is willing to help!! I think this could be great.
Bridget.

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Posted: 9/19/2005 12:12:50 AM
There is an mysterious winking smiley above in my post. Please ignore it.


Thanks.

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Posted: 9/19/2005 6:13:40 PM
Great questions, Sarah. I wasn't sure about places to order prints online b/c of 2peas pics. What do you think? For the same reason, I hadn't planned on addressing other photo sites. But, maybe ...

Where can I take online photo courses?

As that doesn't compete w/ 2peas.

Is anyone willing to write answers to some of these questions? I will do what I can, but don't have all the answers.

Thanks.
Bridget.

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Posted: 9/19/2005 7:12:17 PM
collage tutorial

Curves tutorial

Photoshop faq

Midnight sepia for PSE

Color tinting

How to remove redeye

Reflections

How to extract an Image

(All links above are to Escrappers.com)

The only boarders I have purchased off line were Jennifer Morris Boarders, and the best way I found to use these is to open the boarder file you wish to use along with the photo- select the boarder and hit ctrl+a, then ctrl+c, then over one the photo, hit ctrl+v then once it is on the photo go ahead and close the boarder file, and back on the photo make it full screen and hit Ctrl+t, this lets you move the boarder around! To get out of the tranform mode I just go to the tool bar and hit the move button and it will ask if you want to apply the transformation, select apply, then flatten the layer and you are done!
This is the way that I have done this, the instructions send with the boarders were a little tricky for my photos and I had a hard time with them!

To add a basic boarder around you image, go to IMAGE> Canvas size and a box will pop open> this is where you choose the size and color of your boarder! say I wanted a black boarder, I would just add say 2 inches to the height, and width - then select the color there is a little box at the bottom (canvas extension color) just hit that box and select the color you want for the boarder!

As far as usm settings- I use the 20/50/0 that is to defog! as far as sharpening, I'm not sure what the basic setting is!

For a dark photo try duplicating the layer and in the layers pallet, select screen layer - from there you can play with the opacity - if it's still not light enough you can try this another time! Dont forget to flatten the layer when you are done!

Bluring the background
The way I blur a background is to add a duplicate layer, then on the top layer I will take the lasso tool and go around what I want to blur, then feather around 10 (if you click your right mouse button a menu will pop up and this is where you can choose feather) - the I will go to FLITER> BLUR> Guassian blur, and set that to a blur that is visualy pleasing- from there I will play with the opacity to tone down the blur a tad, flatten and you are done!

INSTALLING AN ACTION...
To install an action you need to find where your computer keeps the Adobe files - for mine I go to My computer> local disk> Program files> Adobe> Photoshop CS (or whatever version you are using)>
presets> Photoshop actions

F:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop\CS\Presets\
Photoshop Actions

I will usually download and unzip (if needed) to my desktop - once you have your action unziped (if it needs to be unziped) right click the mouse and copy the action, and paste it into the location of your actions! I also have a folder on my desktop for actions, fonts and what not - just incase something happend to Photoshop!
Once you have your action in place, open Photoshop and in your actions pallett, select load action! Once the action is loaded you will see it in your actions pallett as a little folder, click on it and there should be a little arrow next to it, click the arrow so it is pointing down, then under that action- there should be a second name of the action, if you click on that all you have to do is hit play(the little arrow pointing to the right) down at the bottom of the layers pallett! Some actions require you to flatten the layer when you are finished and some do not - make sure if needed to flatten the image before saving!

GRAINY PHOTOS- The only thing I can suggest here is to try Neat Image (it is a free program) and to remember the higher the ISO, the more grain your photos will produce, so try to keep your ISO set to a lower number!

Okay, I think I narrowed the PS questions down, the only ones I didn't get or supply a like to, where How to use a collage template, setting for usm (unsure of a correct setting for sharpening- but did suggest one for defogging) and using actions in Elements oh and the black and white one - there is a
SHORT CUT TO DESATURATE A PHOTO shift+ctrl+U I am sure there are so many more better ways, but think that is the fastest!

I did add a few others...and If I think of any more I will add them!

shew, hope this helps!!
Tina


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Mark Twain

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Posted: 9/19/2005 7:36:39 PM
Awesome, Tina! Thanks! That is so helpful of you. I'll just copy those into the main document.

voltagain -- I figured it had something to do w/ that, but was too tired to go back and edit it. But, thanks for the info.

Bridget.


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Posted: 9/19/2005 9:44:13 PM
Dont know if this would be a FAQ or not but when I'm on this board, every couple of posts I check I will get tranferred to a page that says Permanently Moved then when I click the back button and try to reopen it, it will work. Anyone familiar with this? It doesnt happen on any other boards I go to.
Karen


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Posted: 9/19/2005 9:47:06 PM
Dont know if this would be a FAQ or not but when I'm on this board, every couple of posts I check I will get tranferred to a page that says Permanently Moved then when I click the back button and try to reopen it, it will work. Anyone familiar with this? It doesnt happen on any other boards I go to.
Karen


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Posted: 9/19/2005 11:11:11 PM
I have posted this a couple times here and Bridget thought it should be added here so here goes....

Here are some basic photography tips that will help you improve your pictures.

Get down. Most people tend to take pictures of children form the level of 5-6 feet (while they are standing up). However, if you take the photograph from a lower (or sometimes higher) angle you can transform the pictures from ordinary to outstanding. So get low, on the child’s level and see what happens.

Get Close. If you look at some of your older pictures you have taken, most likely they are taken from a bit of a distance from your subject. By getting closer to your subject really focuses the attention on what you intend the subject to be. Fill the viewfinder with only the most important visual information before taking the picture. Also, by getting closer you can eliminate some other visual distractions like trees, power lines, poles, etc. You may need to use a zoom lens or a telephoto lens if you can’t get physically closer.

Rule of Thirds. You can also use the rule of thirds to add impact to your photographs. Don’t center your subject in the picture. Draw imaginary lines in your picture two horizontally and two vertically (almost like an elongated tic-tac-toe grid). Place the area you want to focus on in the top third, lower third, or left/right third. You can also place the child’s face at one of the intersecting lines. The eye is more drawn to asymmetrical images than they are symmetrical.

Take lots of pictures. The more you shoot the better chance you have of getting a good one. That tip is pretty much straight forward.

Lighting is key. The best time to photograph outdoors is the first hour or so after sunrise and the last hour before sunset. These times of day are usually called the Golden Hours because of the beautiful warm, soft, golden light created by the sun. Skin tones look amazing in this time. Although the times are not the most convenient sometimes the wait is truly worth it by the outcome of the pictures. The one exception to this rule is overcast days. They tend to create a soft, indirect light that is excellent for photographs. Like the light during the golden hours, overcast light doesn’t produce harsh shadows. If you are unable to shoot outdoors you can shoot inside by a large window or in your garage. There is a wonderful article here on 2peas on garage shoots you should check out. If these options don’t work for you then you will need to use a flash. Flash has many drawbacks. It can cause red eye and undesirable background shadows. Work with what you have. Sometimes a direct flash is all you have and you can still produce some wonderful photographs with it.

Background. Look through the viewfinder and ask yourself, “Is there anything in the background that will distract this picture”. Look for trees that would stick out of your subject’s head. Try to remove distracting elements by moving it or moving yourself or your subject a little so it’s not in the way.

I hope this helps! Happy shooting!



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Posted: 9/20/2005 8:31:41 AM
I am a newbie and this is a great idea. I don't know if I can add to any of the answers right now but I have been dying to know what dodging eyes is. I looked on escrappers but they didn't have anything on that.

TIA
Shannon

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Posted: 9/20/2005 11:37:33 AM
Thanks, everyone! Rason, I wasn't sure if you saw my other post where you had that info, so I was planning on emailing you. But, I definitely want to use it. I think it's great and a perfect jumping off point for aspiring photogs.


Dont know if this would be a FAQ or not but when I'm on this board, every couple of posts I check I will get tranferred to a page that says Permanently Moved then when I click the back button and try to reopen it, it will work. Anyone familiar with this? It doesnt happen on any other boards I go to.



Karen, I've never had that happen. Do you think it has something to do w/ your browser? I really have no idea. Maybe someone else can help out more.

For the FAQ .... I was thinking about format last night in bed. I think instead of all question and answer, we could have a "notable threads" section, "other links", and then the Q&A for questions that people are writing out the answers for. Any questions that just have a link to a thread or other site, could just be replaced w/ the link. I liked the format of the pub's FAQ. Any thoughts? I want it to be very user-friendly. Thanks for all the help!

Bridget.

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Posted: 10/26/2005 10:02:28 AM
This is crazy, Sarah. I was just lying in bed this morning thinking about the FAQ. I think this could be really helpful. I will do my best to compile what I am given along with what has already been written. Thanks Sarah, Lisa, Tina, and Vicki for contributing. Anyone else willing to answer any of the above questions or any others they see asked a lot?

Thanks. I will work on compiling this.

Bridget.

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Posted: 10/26/2005 10:54:44 PM
that's how and why I started my digital scrapbooking website....
answered questions... then created a word doc with FAQs, then a webpage..... and a whole site.


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Posted: 11/4/2005 8:21:27 PM
Some XT info:

Photoworkshop Canon site; learning to use a dSLR & your XT

Tricks & tips

Better than the manual:
Short Courses user guide

Magic Lantern XT guide

Which card to buy? Tests with the XT

Bob Atkins REview

What lens should you buy?

Should I buy the kit lens?

Not for the faint hearted or wallet sensitive: removing the IR filter for IR photography

How about that battery?

Updating your firmware (latest version 1.0.3)

But how does it work?

Any other books that are useful?

Comprehensive FAQ

More lens reviews

DPreview Review

Should I buy the XT? 300? D70? D70s? D50? D200? 5D? ...only you can answer that one. The best thing to do is a search here and on other sites & read what everyone has to say. Then forget it all, go to a store, pick up a camera & decide which feels best in your hands.

There is always a learning curve.



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Posted: 11/6/2005 8:29:29 PM
Adding back button focus link

more info probably required.



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Posted: 11/6/2005 8:47:38 PM
Better Photo Camera Comparison-Buying Guide

Just added this to another post. You enter your criteria & it recommends several different cameras that can fit your needs.

Better Photo is also recommended for courses. Several peas have taken courses there & all seem to be recommended. A popular course is Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson of the "must buy" book.



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Posted: 11/6/2005 9:21:44 PM
OMG PEAS....YOU ALL ROCK!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! When am I going to READ ALL of this. I am so excited. Well, I better just start at the top, print as I go, punch as it comes out and add it all to my photography binder!!!!! Then I will need to take about 2 weeks off and STUDY STUDY STUDY!!! The links look AWESOME!!! Thanks again....from a newbie!!!

Jodi



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Posted: 11/9/2005 11:26:27 AM
From Tammy's post on why 8mp does not equal 8mb:

There is a difference between megapixels and megabytes. Megapixels are needed for picture resolution and megabytes are for picture (in this case) storage. Your pictures taken in large mode will use 8 megapixels but thankfully not 8 megabytes to store them! They will take 3 to 3.5 megabytes.

(Would apply to all cameras, all resolutions. )

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WHY DOES PS SAY MY PPI IS 72? I THOUGHT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE 300?

explanation



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Posted: 11/17/2005 11:52:28 AM
from Graciecat (and several other posters since the beginning of time.

Is this a good deal?
Is this a good place to buy a camera?

To get the goods (reviews) on the seller, check out
www.resellerratings.com
bizrate.com




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Posted: 11/21/2005 9:13:16 AM
If you see an interesting article, thread, hint, please post it here.



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Posted: 11/22/2005 8:29:13 PM
How to color correct using a gray card when shooting RAW

Same thread -- How to use a gray card to set exposure and white balance.

Thanks, Teppotama and Sheila!

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Posted: 11/22/2005 8:48:00 PM

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Posted: 11/26/2005 11:55:53 AM



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Lisa's amazing LENS THREAD:

LENS INFORMATION

Sorry if it was already here, I didn't see it.


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Posted: 11/29/2005 11:11:35 AM
btt


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Posted: 11/29/2005 11:36:18 AM

I have been dying to know what dodging eyes is


Oh my goodness-no one answered this one.

Dodging eyes: a way to pop the eyes. You do this by selecting the dodge tool (looks like a magnifying glass). You set it at around 14% and to midtones and lightly go over it to bring out the colour.

If the eyes are really dark, you can also set it to highlights & bring out the catchlights. Be careful not to go overboard.

You can also do this on a separate layer, then reduce opacity. You only go over the iris, not the white part of the eye, because if the white is too white, it looks very fake.

This really helps to give pop to the eyes. Some people also like to give a little extra sharpening to the eyes only--but be careful. Oversharpening is a sign of digital.



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Posted: 12/16/2005 10:29:53 AM
Adding an image to a post...like this type of post?

You have to have an account at a place like photobucket. You then click on "image" below, and add the url that is associated with the picture on the photo sharing site.

HTH.



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Posted: 12/17/2005 12:04:45 PM
Sarah's recipe for resizing/sharpening for 2peas:

Go to image size.
Readjust to 7inches on the longest side. (Let PS choose the length for the other side)
(alternative, made the pixel size on the longest size 500)
USM 500, 0.2, 0.
Save as jpg 8.



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Posted: 1/2/2006 8:41:11 AM



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Posted: 1/2/2006 1:27:19 PM
This is all awesome info. I think I am going to be busy for a while. I wanna have all this info together. Thanks for starting this.

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Posted: 1/2/2006 5:09:20 PM
I emailed Tara to see if this violated any 2peas policies.

She said as long as we are not linking to another internet store everything should be fine.




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Posted: 1/2/2006 5:34:47 PM
Thank you Sarah and Bridget.
You are both doing an amazing job.





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Posted: 1/2/2006 11:58:10 PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh this is all GOOD STUFF! I almost missed this thread..thank you for all the hints, suggestions and leads!

Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!


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Posted: 1/3/2006 10:36:09 PM
Here's the directions on how to create fake DOF by blurring the background without using the lasso tool!

Here

*--Debb

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Posted: 1/5/2006 10:33:07 PM
this is an oldie, but a goodie.

The “Back * Button”—getting sharper photos by Domini.


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Posted: 1/7/2006 4:47:28 PM



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Posted: 1/9/2006 10:51:58 PM
I just learned something new today and I got very giddy! I'm not sure if I can explain it correctly, but here goes....
When composing collages or storyboards in PS, or just when working with layers, I always would forget to click on the correct layer when editing/changing part of the picture. It was slow-going for me. But.... using the 'move tool', and holding down the Ctrl button on the keyboard allows you to move any individual layer quickly and easily!! Whoo-hoo, this is so exciting!
Hope this helps somebody else too!
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teya
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Posted: 1/10/2006 6:41:17 AM
How to use an iframe to nest a simpleviewer album within your page.

You will need someone w/full Photoshop to help you if you have PSE (Photoshop Elements), but how to use tif files to get consistent curves, channel mixes, etc. w/PS or PSE. **This is a link to the thread that gives a free downloadable "pop curve."
you can use this method with all versions of PSE including PSE 4 even if you can't get Hidden Elements to work.

Hope those help!
--Teya



teya
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Pfaff
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Posted: 1/15/2006 9:56:19 PM
The thread that helped me with the adding images problems - thankyou Kimlizzy.

Ckeck post by Kimlizzy.
Thread about adding images



RockSand
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Posted: 2/2/2006 4:55:32 PM
BTT


~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you can't stand behind our troops stand in front of them.

"That is why I propose, that as of today, you do not keep anything for special occasion, because every day you live is a special occasion." Unknown

TeyaK
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Posted: 2/15/2006 2:40:37 PM
Bump


Blog: teyamia

preemiemomxtwo
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Posted: 2/16/2006 7:33:44 PM
BUMPOLA!






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Posted: 2/23/2006 7:03:21 PM



Pfaff
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HL260
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Posted: 3/4/2006 4:07:51 PM
btt



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Posted: 3/6/2006 8:55:51 AM

Melissa Reid
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Posted: 3/7/2006 9:59:42 AM
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