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Lines can seem to continue on forever even if they don't pass through the edges of the photograph. Lines that pass behind an object or fade into fog or smoke will seem to be almost infinitely long. (First published Sep 20, 2008)
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.
01.Feb.08Abstracting your subject does not necessarily mean rendering it unrecognizable. Abstraction is the art of distilling the important aspects of your subject, and displaying how you feel about it through composition.
31.Jan.08Try creating abstract, creative images by photographing your subject through a translucent, distorting material, like a sheet of ice or patterned glass.
30.Jan.08Elements that overlap will seem to form a single whole, possibly combining their simple shapes into a more complex one. Try creating new shapes with existing elements in your photography.
29.Jan.08If you're stuck and need a powerful magnifier (to view slides or fine detail in prints) try using a normal-length camera lens. Just take the lens off the camera and look through the rear element.
28.Jan.08Winter days are usually better suited for traditional style landscape photography. In the summer, the air can be hazy, blocking the view and making distant objects blurry and indistinct.
27.Jan.08Increasing colour saturation is one of the first things photographers learn to do in photography software. Be careful! Too much saturation can lead to a clipped, cartoonish looking photograph.
26.Jan.08Even if you want to correct and print your own digital photos, consider using a lab for the actual printing. You'll still have full control over your work, but with access to higher quality equipment.