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Dense, heavily structured patterns will make your photo seem strict and industrial. These patterns are a lot of work to look at, so they tend to accentuate any non similar elements. (First published Jun 23, 2008)
03.Dec.07Many cameras have a night mode, where the camera will try to synchronize a flash to light the foreground with a long exposure to expose the background.
02.Dec.07The story behind some photographs can be as important as the photographs themselves. If this is the case with your work, consider including a summary of the history of the photograph along with the work itself.
01.Dec.07Ovals, in their most stable position, can lend a supreme air of calm to a photograph. If composed on their edges, however, the calm feeling gives way to one of pride and place.
30.Nov.07Digital cameras require the same care and attention as film cameras in order to get a clear, useable photo. The only difference between the two is the method of image capture.
29.Nov.07'Warm' colours are colours like red, yellow, or orange. They can add energy and vitality to a photograph, or they can make a scene seem angry, nervous, or hostile.
28.Nov.07Try focusing manually sometimes. This lets you choose the focus point instead of letting your camera do it, allowing a further creative control over your photo.
27.Nov.07Some outdoors stores sell walking sticks that convert to simple monopods. These devices are suitable if you carry a walking stick anyway and don't want to bother with a tripod.
26.Nov.07To connect with your environment, try to see objects without applying labels to them. Seeing an object for its visual structure instead of its name will help you to use it artistically.
25.Nov.07When taking sports photos, it helps to know the sport well. Knowing how the sport works will let you think ahead to get photos that you would otherwise miss.
24.Nov.07Protect film and important prints from moisture, heat, acidic residue, and light as much as possible. All dyes and emulsions fade, but you have control over how fast.
23.Nov.07When you're using a flash, remember that most cameras have a maximum 'synch speed', or a maximum shutter speed at which they can take a photograph with flash, usually around 1/250s.
22.Nov.07The advantage of a manual workflow is the amount of control you'll have over your image. Though you'll be slower, you'll be able to optimize the inevitable compromises for each individual photograph.
21.Nov.07To tell the difference between a linear polarizing filter and a circular one, try looking through the filter backwards. A circular polarizer will only work in the forward position.
20.Nov.07Faking a photo in the field is the same as passing off a digitally manipulated photo as real. It will only make viewers suspect that any future 'straight' photos they see are fake.