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Any data in the extreme highlights or shadows of your photo will be lost forever if you save it after digitally increasing the contrast in any way. Always save a separate, unaltered original. (First published Feb 10, 2009)

08.Jul.08Low quality films and digital sensors will severely limit your ability to make professional photography. Use the best film or sensor you can reasonably afford.

07.Jul.08When using a tripod to steady your SLR camera, try using 'mirror lock'. Mirror lock locks the reflex mirror up prior to exposing, reducing vibration on exposure and producing a clearer image.

06.Jul.08If you're making a photograph with a depth of field that encompasses the whole photograph, focusing critically becomes less important. Small errors in focus will not appear in the final work.

05.Jul.08The edges of your photograph are a meeting place for your ideas and your viewers imagination. Inside the frame is the photograph as you composed it. Outside, the viewer's imagination takes over.

04.Jul.08The focus distances written on a lens are usually not exact. Don't assume that focusing on infinity will perfectly focus a distant object.

03.Jul.08Try challenging your viewer with an unusual composition. Atypical arrangements of elements in a photograph attract attention and expand your knowledge of compositional structure.

02.Jul.08Try using a tripod whenever the situation allows. Using a tripod will give you more flexibility with your exposures and greater control over your compositions.

01.Jul.08A grid focusing screen can be useful for landscape or architectural photography. A grid screen allows you line up design elements exactly parallel with the edges of the photographic frame.

30.Jun.08In addition to shooting an image normally, try severely underexposing or overexposing it. Some subjects can succeed with very different exposures than normal.

29.Jun.08Some lens caps can jam or fall off the lens while in your camera bag, turning sideways and damaging the surface of the lens. Some photographers use very high quality lens caps, screw-on caps, or simply use old filters instead.

28.Jun.08Be careful that a centered subject does not attract the viewer's attention immediately. They may look nowhere else, causing any other elements will become lost. Such a photo can become overly simple.

27.Jun.08If you're using autofocus to focus on a moving subject, be sure that the system is set to 'servo' or 'follow' mode. Due to a focus-to-capture time lag, using regular autofocus will result in blurry photos.

26.Jun.08Because of the additional time and expense required, large format photographers usually don't make nearly as many exposures as small format photographers, opting instead for higher image quality.

25.Jun.08'Colour temperature', in degrees Kelvin (K) is a term used to describe the colour of light. 5000K light is white. Higher temperatures are cooler (more blue), and lower temperatures are warmer (more yellow).

24.Jun.08Rangefinder cameras use a glass viewfinder to show the photographer approximately what the lens sees. Rangefinder cameras are small and can be hand held easily.