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When switching to a new style of photography, or to a new medium, give yourself time to adjust. Keep doing things the old way when it's important, but put effort into learning the new techniques when there's room for error. (First published Apr 18, 2009)

23.Jun.11The point of restrictive rules for photography portfolio submissions is to level the playing field for all applicants. By forcing portfolios to conform to the same formats, curators hope to judge the work for only its own merits.

22.Jun.11Find out what the most productive time of the day is for you, and do photography then, if you can. When you're feeling productive, you're probably also more creative, and both will benefit your work.

21.Jun.11Autofocus systems can be divided into 'passive' and 'active' systems. Active systems, while rare, send a signal to measure the distance to the subject. Passive systems simply analyze existing incoming light.

20.Jun.11Contrast and phase detection autofocus systems are both considered 'passive' systems – that is, they don't send a signal, such as an infrared beam, to measure the distance to the subject. Only a sufficient amount of incoming light is required.

19.Jun.11Most RAW conversion software automatically produces a sidecar adjustments record file for each image it opens. Aside from remembering to move the file together with the RAW file, you won't have to handle this file manually.

18.Jun.11When adapting legacy lenses for use with your camera, keep in mind that some sensors require specific angles of incident light and may not match well with older lenses. This is especially true when using wide angle lenses with camera systems that did not evolve from film bodies.

17.Jun.11Pinhole photography on a digital camera body is significantly easier and more convenient than on homemade or film camera bodies. A digital camera is capable of instant playback, so you can adjust exposure time and composition without needing to wait to develop film.

16.Jun.11Phase detect autofocus systems are usually better at focusing on low contrast subjects than phase detect systems. Since adjacent pixels in low-contrast scenes may never surpass a critical threshold, contrast-detect systems may 'hunt' for focus.

15.Jun.11Film that sits for a long time in camera can develop a fold between frames. This can cause the following frame to render slightly out-of-focus, especially with very sensitive scenes.

14.Jun.11Most live-view cameras allow you to preview the shutter speed or aperture effects before you make a photograph. Use the features to fine-tune your photograph, or to learn more about how camera settings change your photograph.

13.Jun.11The subconscious mind can be a powerful artist. Great photographers often learn to make use of their subconscious mind by trusting their 'gut' instinct.

12.Jun.11Try making your own pinhole lens, particularly if you've got a spare body cap or two. Pinhole lenses, especially when home-made, can be a fun way to spur your imagination and get out of a creative rut.

11.Jun.11Monochromatic subjects can seem softer than colourful ones. When colour contrast is minimal, any apparent sharpness must come from tonal contrast.

10.Jun.11Some face recognition software only classifies objects as faces or non-faces. If it detects a face, it will attempt to focus the lens on the region of the frame containing the face.

09.Jun.11Pinhole lenses are prone to vignetting when the material is thicker than the hole is wide. This is because the material thickness limits the angle at which light may pass through the pinhole.