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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)

05.Mar.09If given a choice, choose a helicopter over a plane for aerial photography. Though pricey, Helicopters are much more versatile, and can stay where you want them to for longer.

04.Mar.09Because photography and other 'flat' arts often represent objects with depth, some viewers can mistakenly apply an assumption of depth to a piece that is in fact meant to have none.

03.Mar.09Many stock photography libraries have rates that vary with the intended use of the photo. Using a photo in a large ad campaign is much more expensive than using it in a small one.

02.Mar.09When handholding your camera at slow shutter speeds, take in a deep breath, then let half of it out. Count your heartbeats, and try to time the moment of exposure between beats.

01.Mar.09The amount of reflection from a transparent surface depends on the ratio of the light intensities on either side. If the light on your side is stronger, you will see a more opaque reflection.

28.Feb.09To give yourself a better chance of correcting an image properly, do all major corrections right away, and save the finer details for later. This will help avoid over-correcting the image as your eye adjusts to old work.

27.Feb.09'Geometric' image quality refers to the level of distortion, or bending, in an image. The higher the geometric quality, the more free the final image is from barrel, pincushion, and de-centering distortions.

26.Feb.09A future-friendly hard drive is still the most archival way of storing digital picture files. Keep important photos backed up on at least two separate hard drives, and store them in different locations.

25.Feb.09Try using a ball style tripod head. A ball head allows for maximum movement of the head with only one adjustment lever, keeping tripod photography quick and simple.

24.Feb.09Many photo software packages have the capability to remove the red eye effect from portraits. Otherwise decent portraits can be saved even if you didn't take care to eliminate this effect earlier.

23.Feb.09Be careful of reducing contrast when shooting into a bright light. The lens can 'flare', causing a brighter, less contrasty photo. Shade the lens to prevent this from happening.

22.Feb.09Try to recognize great photo designs even when you don't have your camera handy. Think about how you would photograph the scene, and, if appropriate, imagine the best moment for the exposure.

21.Feb.09Occasionally, electronic cameras will output mysterious errors on their screens or displays. Usually the only way of finding out what's wrong is to consult the manual – many times the problem requires only a simple fix.

20.Feb.09Hard, or harsh light, is a term used to describe direct light from a point source. It produces strong shadows and lights subjects unevenly. Direct sunlight is an example of very harsh light.

19.Feb.09Be sure to always use the shape of the frame to compliment your subject. Orient your frame in a way that compliments your theme, and try echoing parallel lines with the edges of the frame.