These photography tips are a record of new entries to the Daily Photo Tips RSS feed since November 2007. There are currently 1567 tips in the database! Contact Me to comment or add tips.
Keep your camera gear reasonably safe, but don't worry about breaking it while you're using it. Worrying about your gear is just a distraction from creating quality photography. (First published Jan 8, 2008)
26.Nov.07To connect with your environment, try to see objects without applying labels to them. Seeing an object for its visual structure instead of its name will help you to use it artistically.
25.Nov.07When taking sports photos, it helps to know the sport well. Knowing how the sport works will let you think ahead to get photos that you would otherwise miss.
24.Nov.07Protect film and important prints from moisture, heat, acidic residue, and light as much as possible. All dyes and emulsions fade, but you have control over how fast.
23.Nov.07When you're using a flash, remember that most cameras have a maximum 'synch speed', or a maximum shutter speed at which they can take a photograph with flash, usually around 1/250s.
22.Nov.07The advantage of a manual workflow is the amount of control you'll have over your image. Though you'll be slower, you'll be able to optimize the inevitable compromises for each individual photograph.
21.Nov.07To tell the difference between a linear polarizing filter and a circular one, try looking through the filter backwards. A circular polarizer will only work in the forward position.
20.Nov.07Faking a photo in the field is the same as passing off a digitally manipulated photo as real. It will only make viewers suspect that any future 'straight' photos they see are fake.