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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)

19.Apr.09A small tripod is good for lighter-weight expeditions or traveling. A small tripod can still be useful even if it is much shorter – sometimes less than half the height of a regular tripod.

18.Apr.09When switching to a new style of photography, or to a new medium, give yourself time to adjust. Keep doing things the old way when it's important, but put effort into learning the new techniques when there's room for error.

17.Apr.09The actual diameter of the lens aperture depends on both the focal length of the lens and the aperture setting. The diameter always equals the focal length divided by the f-number.

16.Apr.09Some photographs are best displayed as a part of a series. If you think this describes your work, you'll have to consider how several photographs work together to convey your theme, and in what sequence you'll display them.

15.Apr.09Sometimes a composition element works better out of focus. Objects that are too detailed, too powerful, or otherwise unfitting for your compositional vision can be made to fit by being rendered blurry.

14.Apr.09Make a list of photos you'd like to make, sorted by whatever aspect is most important to you. For instance, you could have a wish list of subjects, moods, locations, or even techniques to try.

13.Apr.09The focus distance at a certain distance setting on your lens will vary slightly with heat. Hot air is denser than cold air – this affects how light travels through the lens.

12.Apr.09If you do your own printing, set up some form of colour management system. Even a simple colour management system will save you a lot of time and effort and will create far more consistent colour.

11.Apr.09Top light is similar to side light, lighting the subject perpendicular to the camera direction. Like side lighting, top lighting enhances contrast, shadow, and detail.

10.Apr.09When making digital giclee or inkjet photographic prints, remember that dye-based inks will fade much faster than pigment-based inks. Be sure to use pigments for any important work.

09.Apr.09Diffuse reflection is a scattered reflection of light falling on an object. Diffuse reflection reflects all or some of the light in an unorganized way. It allows us to see and photograph most objects around us.

08.Apr.09Collaborating on a large art project, like a book or a major gallery showing, can be a great way for two (or more) photographers to explore their differences and to learn from one another.

07.Apr.09Even if you're only taking photos for a short time, make sure to take food and water. Being even a little hungry or dehydrated will make it hard to concentrate on the art you're trying to create.

06.Apr.09When analyzing a digital photo in the field, consult the histogram as well as the LCD screen. The screen can brighten or darken an image, while a histogram will give an unbiased result.

05.Apr.09Try creating silhouettes by setting an object against a much brighter background. Expose as if you were photographing the background alone – this will render your subject completely black.