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Once you have got all the equipment you are going to need (please see my other post - Bird photography - What you need and how to use it) it is time to get out there and and get some photos. Below are a few techniques and tips to help you obtain better bird photos and to produce more 'keepers'. Composing a photo involves you setting parameters in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing photo and whilst this may seem impossible in the field there are some things you can do before you press the shutter button and some you can do afterwards . Please do not take these tips to be set in stone, they should be used as a general rule only, and in some cases you may find that going against the norm produces the best photo.
 
Finding the right place to take your photos can take a bit of research. Timing is also very important as a sunrise or sunset can have a dramatic effect on the composition. So, here are a few locations that I've found offer great views of New York, London, Hong Kong and Florence.
 
In this article I will cover a couple of techniques on how to take photos at night. This includes: How to take photos in low light, how to take photos with both the subject and the background brightly illuminated, how to take photos of moving objects (traffic lights at night) and how to take photos of lights (the bokeh effect). In this post I have used the following equipment: Cannon 1000D DLSR, Canon 18-55mm Kit lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Joby Gorilla Tripod, Simpex 1200 standard tripod. Please note that the aperture has been opened up completely for all the photos, mostly f/5.6.
 
Frogs can make some of the best photographic subjects. They're excellent at sitting still when asked nicely, and generally aren't too agitated by having a rather cumbersome macro lens thrust in their face. They come in all shapes and colours (even a few transparent ones!), and often adorn rather remarkable patterns and camouflage.
 
I stumbled across a tutorial recently on how to produce those excellent reflections through water drops. Yuval Vaknin takes you through the process of macro photography using glycerin drops. I guess glycerin is better than water as it keeps it's shape better. It's quite a drawn out process, but as you can see from the tutorial, the results are very impressive.
 
Under the price alerts tab, you can now find auctions that are soon to end where the current price is flagged as cheap compared to what the normal cost of the camera or lens would be.
 

The Telegraph newspaper in the UK holds a weekly photography competition where it encourages people to submit their favourite snaps to win a £300 Nikon digital camera.

This seems to be a long standing competition considering they're currently on week 242, that's a lot of cameras which have been won!


 
Below is October's cool pics of the day. An eclectic mix ranging from outer space to under the ocean. I hope you enjoy them, don't forget to check out the author's websites for more great photos!