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A 'low key' photograph (a term used often in black and white photography) is one that makes use of mostly dark or black tones, sometimes contrasting them with a paler subject. (First published Nov 20, 2008)

24.May.11Phase detection autofocus systems are more common on reflex mirror camera systems, since the system often uses the reflex mirror to 'split' a light beam. Some of the light coming through the lens will serve the AF system; the rest will go through the viewfinder.

23.May.11Pinhole photography on live-view or mirrorless cameras systems can (in bright light) allow you to compose a photograph normally. Depending on the quality of the sensor, an image can be displayed on the camera's screen just like with any other lens!

22.May.11When arranging photography for viewing in a physical gallery, one can expect viewers to be more patient and tolerant to challenging work. The setting is usually more formal than in other arenas, and the viewer should be allowed time to think and connect with the work.

21.May.11Your subconscious mind can only be as educated about photography as your conscious mind has been. Before you trust your 'gut' with important decisions, make sure it knows the basics of making a photograph!

20.May.11If you choose to buy one, expect to pay a lot less for a pinhole lens than for an optical glass lens. Pinhole lenses, though still precisely manufactured, don't have the expensive glass elements and focusing mechanics of more sophisticated lenses.

19.May.11During times when you're feeling uninspired or tired, get the day's more tedious tasks over with. This way, you'll have time for photography when you're feeling creative and productive.

18.May.11Low contrast subjects or lighting conditions can often make a photograph seem soft, even with great equipment and techniques. Revisit the scene in different light, or work to make the soft appearance part of the image's theme.

17.May.11Diopter adjustors in viewfinders are usually only equipped to make small adjustments. If your vision is quite bad, you'll still have to wear glasses or contact lenses to use your camera.

16.May.11Contrast-detect autofocus systems may struggle more than phase detect autofocus systems to track motion continuously. If focusing on continuous motion is critical to your work, test a potential system before your buy it.

15.May.11Depth of field can sometimes be so shallow that there may seem to be no proper focus point. If not even a tiny object is fully in focus, the photograph can seem, at a glance, to be completely blurry.

14.May.11The pinhole camera is probably the earliest type of camera. In the beginning, a 'camera obscura' was a large darkened chamber with a small hole in one wall. The inverted image could be admired by visitors, or even traced to obtain a highly accurate representation of the scene outside.

13.May.11Which eye you use to look through the viewfinder may influence the 'feel' of your work. Each eye communicates more heavily with one side of the brain; this may result in more creative or analytical work depending on which you use.

12.May.11Your camera may not produce RAW files with .raw file extensions. Most camera manufacturers have proprietary RAW formats with their own unique extensions.

11.May.11If you use a website as a portfolio, make sure that it is simple, professional, and focuses on your photography. Websites that are too flashy or difficult to navigate can be acceptable for public use, but will be ignored by curators and editors.

10.May.11When presenting a portfolio, always follow the guidelines (if any) that are provided. Not following instructions is unprofessional, and will almost always cause your portfolio to be dismissed.