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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)

23.Jun.08Dense, heavily structured patterns will make your photo seem strict and industrial. These patterns are a lot of work to look at, so they tend to accentuate any non similar elements.

22.Jun.08A good stock photography library is well organized and easily searchable by subject. A potential customer should be able to find what they want within minutes of beginning to look.

21.Jun.08A small spirit level can be useful if you need to take a lot of perfectly horizontal photographs. Models are available that fit into the flash mount of most SLR cameras.

20.Jun.08When used in black and white photography, a red filter will lighten any red objects in the photo. A red filter will also dramatically darken blue skies and will make the photo much more contrasty.

19.Jun.08Look for mist whenever a body of water or newly fallen rain might be warmer than the air. With practice, finding mist for photography can become less of a guessing game.

18.Jun.08If you're using a polarizing filter, make sure it's a circular polarizer. A linear polarizer can interfere with some autofocus and light metering systems.

17.Jun.08Keep your camera bag clean. The buildup of dirt in your bag will result in spots on your lenses and sensors and can interfere with operation of delicate equipment.

16.Jun.08Occasionally, try using overexposure to your advantage. In a backlit image, for example, see what happens if you expose for the shadows and let the bright background spill over and soften the subject.

15.Jun.08To brighten the foreground in landscape photos, especially at the ends of the day, try bouncing light from the sky off a reflective surface, like water. This will make your photos less contrasty.

14.Jun.08If you ask another photographer or artist to critique your work, don't resist their advice, even if it's not what you'd like to hear. By considering their advice, you'll be able to make better photos in the future!

13.Jun.08Photographers usually tend to produce either single images or photographs as part of a series. If you mostly work with one, try experimenting with the other to challenge yourself and think outside your conceptual plane.

12.Jun.08No matter how good it may be, some people won't care for your work. That's OK – people have differing tastes, and your style of photography won't appeal to everyone. Some people don't like photography at all!

11.Jun.08Spot metering systems only meter light from a very small area of the frame, usually at the centre. Spot metering is useful whenever you need to meter for a specific small object in your photograph.

10.Jun.08Many sharpening tools in photography software simply increase local contrast by expanding the grey values between adjacent pixels. This gives the illusion of a sharper, more detailed photograph.

09.Jun.08When handholding your camera, brace your elbows tight against your body or on a solid object. This will make it easier to compose your photo, and will make clearer photos at slow shutter speeds.