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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)

05.Nov.08If you're working in exposed locations, like near cliffs or water of any kind, make sure your camera bag is attached to your body with more than one strap. Don't trust all your expensive equipment to a cheap plastic buckle.

04.Nov.08Photographing a reflection in moving water can help add motion to a static scene. You can choose to freeze or blur the reflection in the same way you can a moving subject on land.

03.Nov.08Where an element is located in the frame will change its compositional 'energy'. Elements in the corners of the photo will attract less attention, but will seem more energetic.

02.Nov.08An abstract photograph is one that allows its viewer, even for just a moment, to see a subject without applying a label to it. This allows the work to communicate without a viewer's preconceptions interfering.

01.Nov.08Physical objects appear different colours because of the varying wavelengths of light that they absorb or reflect. For instance, a red object reflects only red light, absorbing the rest of the visible spectrum.

31.Oct.08When saving a photo in TIFF format, there is no option to choose the quality of the file, as with a JPEG. Thusly, every photo of a certain dimension in TIFF format will be exactly the same size on disk.

30.Oct.08Photography is not just for adults – beginning with a simple camera, children can begin to explore framing and composition and begin to find their artistic voice.

29.Oct.08When shooting in very cold weather, try feeding a cable release or a remote release into a heavy pair of mittens. This will let you release the shutter while still keeping your hands toasty warm!

28.Oct.08Some midrange cameras include a portrait mode, where the camera will try to use an aperture as large as possible to blur the background of a portrait. The result is similar to action mode.

27.Oct.08Many free online social networking sites offer facilities to display your photographs. The image quality may be low, and there will be ads surrounding your work, but displaying your photos will be free and easy.

26.Oct.08If the light on your subject is changing very quickly, you may find it difficult to fine-tune your exposure by looking at results of photographs you just made. Try bracketing many quick exposures instead.

25.Oct.08If you have a digital camera, take advantage of being able to check your photos in the field. Colours can't be properly checked, but you can check framing and exposure.

24.Oct.08Anything plastic can become very brittle in the cold. This means that plastic components, like camera controls and especially tripod locks, can be easily deformed or broken. Be extra careful with your equipment when it's frozen!

23.Oct.08The human eye sees relatively, not absolutely. This means that the qualities of an object are subjective instead of fixed, and very much depend on the context that an object is seen in.

22.Oct.08With many professional quality lenses, a one stop increase in speed can double or triple the weight and price of the lens. If you don't need the speed, the slower option can be a huge advantage.