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A 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. (First published Feb 10, 2008)

26.Dec.07If you're making photos that include another artist's work, such as paintings, buildings, or stained glass, be sure to credit that artist when you show the photographs.

25.Dec.07When digitally dusting a photograph, be sure that what you're erasing isn't part of the image! Working too quickly could result in loss of valuable image details.

24.Dec.07Try 'stitching' photographs together in your photo software to form a corrected mosaic. The finished photograph can have a much greater field of view and resolution than the originals.

23.Dec.07When taking photos of people in public, attach the physically smallest lens that works for the purpose. Long lenses make it obvious that you're taking photos, and people will shy away or pose for the camera.

22.Dec.07Using only a camera-mounted flash as your lighting source can produce slight but very harsh shadows on your subject. Explore ways to use a flash other than directly on top of the camera.

21.Dec.07Most camera companies produce two distinct classes of lenses – one for professionals, and another for amateurs. The professional lenses are always more expensive and are usually better quality.

20.Dec.07When purchasing any equipment, make sure it will be compatible with any present or future equipment you may own. Running two brands or formats of equipment is clumsy and expensive.

19.Dec.07If the photograph you set up in the studio could be mistaken for a 'found' exposure, be sure to note that it was taken in a studio. How the photograph was made can affect how people feel about the work.

18.Dec.07Be careful of over saturating colourful images, either in the field or in your photo software. An over saturated image can look cartoonish and garish.

17.Dec.07When converting a colour image to black and white in photo software, adjusting the hue while desaturating the image will give some control over grey levels, and is easy for most users.

16.Dec.07Not every photographer wants to categorize their work by subject or location. Sort your photos by whatever's important to you, be it theme, mood, technique, colour, shape, or date taken.

15.Dec.07When looking for inspiration for your photos, don't just turn to photographs. Many other types of art, like painting, sculpture, graffiti, and cinema can give you new and interesting design ideas.

14.Dec.07For greater tonal control of your photograph, use spot metering whenever you have extra time. Spot metering lets you analyze the scene thoroughly and make an informed decision about your exposure.

13.Dec.07Try combining colours that interact strongly with one another, like yellow and blue. Colours that clash can add energy and rhythm to your photograph.

12.Dec.07When leaving your camera for a long night exposure, the surface of the lens can cool and attract moisture. Try to protect the lens with an umbrella to prevent dew from forming.