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If you decide to place ads on your photography website, keep track of user statistics before and after the ad placement. If you notice that users tend to view fewer of your photographs after the ads were placed, consider removing them. (First published Jul 21, 2011)
16.Feb.08When you're evaluating a composition, try rotating or flipping it to get a fresh perspective. This can help you briefly see it again for the 'first time'.
15.Feb.08If you include a person of any size in your photograph, they will usually become the centre of attention. Even at a very small size, people are a very 'heavy' compositional element.
14.Feb.08Many stock photography companies offer different rates depending on the resolution required for a photograph. A photo for a large print ad would cost more than the same photo for a website.
13.Feb.08Experiment with 'imperfect' photos, creating images that include irrelevant or unsightly details. Making a photo more raw or real can actually help connect with your viewer.
12.Feb.08Switching between colour spaces can make your photograph look different, often leading to an increase or decrease in colour saturation. Be sure to balance your photo in the space you intend to use.
11.Feb.08When taking photos of the sky at night, make sure you're not near an airport or a major air route. Airplanes will leave read dashed streaks through your night photographs.
10.Feb.08A reverse graduated neutral density filter is not the same as a regular grad turned upside-down. The two filters are laid out differently, and are used for different purposes.
09.Feb.08Most uncalibrated monitors have a slight bluish colour cast. This means that balancing files on an uncalibrated monitor will produce yellow-tinted prints.
08.Feb.08When you take a picture, don't 'jab' at the shutter button. Squeeze it gently and evenly, eventually getting a feel for exactly when the shutter will trip. This helps reduce camera shake.
07.Feb.08Color temperature doesn't really describe the color of light. It is used to describe, in very fine detail, the warmth or coolness of white light. Strong colour casts aren't usually described this way.
06.Feb.08Think about how your eye travels through your photograph. Many people will view the composition in a similar pattern, noticing some elements and ignoring others.
05.Feb.08Most photography projects are based around the idea of limiting the available options in order to force the photographer to respond in a creative way. Try thinking of your own photo projects!
04.Feb.08Small, light spiral shapes can be playful, fun design elements, adding a sense of gentle disorder to an image. Large, dark spirals lend more of a feeling of madness and chaos.
03.Feb.08Different lenses will sometimes have slightly different real aperture values for a given aperture setting. Try out all your lenses at the same apertures to see if the results are the same.
02.Feb.08If you're going to resell your camera equipment, keep all the boxes, manuals, and packing material the equipment came with. This will assure you of a higher resale price.