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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)

11.Oct.10When sharpening a photograph, be sure to view it at 100% or more on your screen. Since sharpening happens at the pixel level, viewing the photo at much less than 100% will give the impression that the sharpening algorithm is making no difference to the photograph.

10.Oct.10RAW processing software includes many of the same adjustments available in regular image editing software. However, some tools are missing: even though you should make most changes in the RAW environment, small tweaks may be required later on.

09.Oct.10Don't pass up opportunities to make great photographs wherever you are. Even the blandest of environments can yield interesting photographs on close inspection. Take your camera everywhere, and use it as much as you can!

08.Oct.10If your lens has a very small maximum aperture, the autofocus system may 'search' for focus or fail to find focus at all. In some cameras, fewer autofocus points will be available with 'slow' lenses.

07.Oct.10A lens's 'diffraction limit' is the f-stop at which stopping down the aperture will produce a slightly blurrier image. Diffraction limits depend on many properties of a camera system and lens combination.

06.Oct.10Glare can sometimes limit the effectiveness of live-view LCDs when working in very bright environments. Though some information can usually be seen with effort, it may be easier to use a viewfinder.

05.Oct.10When traveling, bring your peripheral gear in a smaller camera case. If arranged properly, you can have one case for a full camera setup and another case for a body and one small lens – perfect for casual snapshots and street photography when you don't want to bring absolutely everything along.

04.Oct.10It is useful to know how to explain yourself in the language of the country you're taking pictures in. If you can, learn some photography terms in addition to the 'getting by' language necessary for traveling.

03.Oct.10In some developing countries, attitudes towards the environment can be less conservative than in Western nations. Even in fairly remote areas, you may have to contend with garbage, clearcuts or other eyesores while trying to make nature photos.

02.Oct.10Most modern camera shutters actually consist of two or more actual shutter curtains: this allows for faster shutter speeds than would be possible with only one curtain.

01.Oct.10To limit focus 'searching' to save time and battery life, set the focus limiter on your lens. Some lenses do not have this feature, but long telephotos and macros will let you stop the lens from focusing extra-close.

30.Sep.10Optical glass ports on underwater housings are as delicate, and often as expensive, as camera lenses. Carry, clean and handle the glass ports as though they were lenses themselves.

29.Sep.10Predictive auto-focusing can have trouble with subjects that move erratically. The system tracks subject movement, then makes a best guess for where it will in the future: this means an erratic subject may be rendered out-of-focus.

28.Sep.10If you work often in a moist climate, consider putting silica gel packets in your camera bag. These packets will absorb moisture and keep condensation and the resulting mould and rust from damaging your equipment.

27.Sep.10Remember what freedoms shooting in RAW doesn't give you. Even if you record in RAW, you can't go back and change the shutter speed, aperture, or effective ISO. These are all physical setting that are fixed at exposure time.