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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.

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Try photographing motion in as many ways as you can - motion can add a sense of depth and timelessness to a photograph, and can help lead a viewer's eye around the composition. (First published Aug 27, 2009)

10.Nov.10Northern latitudes can be very good for outdoor photography in the early fall. Not only is the weather constantly changing, but the foliage begins to colour and sunrise and sunset last an exceptionally long time every day.

09.Nov.10Menu-driven cameras are often slower to use than cameras with dedicated buttons for many operations. The camera looks simpler from the outside, but changing settings usually requires more fiddling than on hardware-driven cameras.

08.Nov.10Always learn from others, even their knowledge is less complete than your own. If you're teaching others about photography, keep your mind open to your student's ideas: inexperienced photographers often make photographs in a much less structured, more creative way.

07.Nov.10Some photographers sharpen images three times: once at capture to compensate for blurring from the input device, once during processing to portray the creative intent of the image, and once at output to compensate for blurring caused by any resize algorithms.

06.Nov.10For multi-frame time-lapse photography, finding a common exposure between photographs can be a challenge. Choose an exposure or metering format that will properly accommodate any changing lighting conditions throughout the length of your project.

05.Nov.10If you're mixing natural and ambient artificial light, you may have to wait until a certain time of day for the contrast to be obvious. During the day, natural light will often overpower artificial light sources. Make photographs of your scene as the day brightens or fades, then choose the contrast you like best.

04.Nov.10If you own a newer version digital camera, keep in mind that you also own a fairly advanced video camera. Though the optics will be better than the audio quality, most new digital bodies can be used in a pinch to create film.

03.Nov.10The context in which your work is viewed has a profound impact on how it is perceived. If your photographs are viewed in a place which is not commonly associated with art, otherwise interested and appreciative people may dismiss them entirely.

02.Nov.10If you find yourself without the appropriate cables to connect your camera to a computer for downloading photographs, you can usually do it another way. Some computers are capable of reading memory cards directly, and some cameras can transfer data via wireless connections.

01.Nov.10When sharpening a photograph for on-screen viewing, a very small radius and large amount values will often work well. In addition to regular sharpening problems, watch for moire and artifacting when resizing for screen viewing.

31.Oct.10Don't abuse friendships to promote your art, in spite of the temptation a captive audience presents. Still only show a limited number of your best photographs to friends, and only if they seem genuinely interested in what you're doing.

30.Oct.10Try to make as many corrections as possible in RAW software. Since RAW software archives the original image and saves your changes in a sidecar file, image editing done this way is non-destructive. You can also go back later and see how the file was processed!

29.Oct.10Never brace your camera or hand on an aircraft when doing aerial photography. The vibrations from the rotor or propeller are extremely rapid and will blur a photograph even with a fast shutter speed. Handhold the camera instead.

28.Oct.10If you want to process a RAW file similarly to another one, just copy and rename the sidecar file associated with the first RAW file and rename it to match the second. The adjustments will be applied when you open the second file.

27.Oct.10No method of photographic recording can allow physical camera settings to be changed in post-processing. Under-exposed (or over-exposed) photographs cannot be fixed later on without lowering the photograph's bit depth. (With help from Bill and Buzz)