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Converting baby photos to black and white is best done using more sophisticated techniques, like channel mixing. Since some channels are more noisy or blotchy than others, this method can help produce a smooth, professional picture of baby. (First published Sep 3, 2011)

18.Feb.09Whenever you're photographing skin tones, be wary of red or green light. Red or green tinges to skin are unattractive and will usually ruin a colour portrait.

17.Feb.09Reflections in turbid or wavy water will seem to 'stretch' reflections. The reflection will be discontinuous, but may be many times longer than the original object.

16.Feb.09Camera supports other than tripods can be better in some situations. Photographers can use beanbags, car window mounts, or flexible, clamp-style legs to support their cameras when a tripod won't work.

15.Feb.09The right to photograph from public places usually extends to private land that is open from the public, such as shopping malls. However, if you are asked to stop photography and don't you may be charged with trespassing. (After Bert B. Krages, with help from Adam Stevens)

14.Feb.09Since the human eye sees relatively, not absolutely, real colours of objects can be tricky to guess. For instance, a small light blue or white object next to a large, bluer object can actually appear yellow!

13.Feb.09Wide angle lenses tend to be more densely packed with lens elements. Telephoto lenses usually use large amounts of empty space as a crucial part of lens design.

12.Feb.09If you're using a wide angle lens to create a stereographic image, the results may not be as you'd expect. A focal length shorter than the human eye may produce exaggerated perspectives that don't converge at the image edges.

11.Feb.09Always be ready to make high quality photography. Murphy's Law says that a great photo opportunity will come along when you're least prepared for it.

10.Feb.09Any data in the extreme highlights or shadows of your photo will be lost forever if you save it after digitally increasing the contrast in any way. Always save a separate, unaltered original.

09.Feb.09When saving a photograph in JPEG format, you can choose what quality of file to save. A good quality file will faithfully show image details, but will come out to be larger, and vice versa.

08.Feb.09To cut glare and increase colour intensity, try using a polarizing filter. A polarizer will also darken blue skies. Be careful though – if used improperly, a polarizer can create a hyper-saturated, unreal effect.

07.Feb.09Bellows or super macro lenses are available for many SLR style camera systems. Typically, these setups can magnify their subject by 1 to 6 times.

06.Feb.09Be sure you know how to focus manually. Autofocus systems can work very well, but they can't work in all conditions or focus creatively.

05.Feb.09Some architectural sites restrict tripod use. Check the rules before you go, and make plans to shoot with a fast ISO or some other form of stabilizer if tripods are restricted.

04.Feb.09Some medium and large format cameras don't have internal light meters. When using these cameras, or anytime highly accurate metering is necessary, an external light meter must be used.