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Canon this month announced the launch of their latest batch of digital SLR cameras, namely the Canon 100D and Canon 700D (or if you're in the states, the Canon SL1 and Canon T5i) The Canon 100D hails to be the 'world's smallest digital SLR camera' with an 18 megapixel sensor, 3 inch touch screen and 1080p video recording capability. The Canon 700D is the successorto the Canon 650D.
 
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.
 

The San Francisco International Photography Exhibition is still accepting submissions up until May 8th 2013, and it's open to anyone and everyone

There's some pretty great monetary prizes if you win, namely, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for first, second and third place respectively. This sounds like a great opportunity to sift through your photography portfolio and dig out some of your best!


 
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.
 
Following on in our series of HDR photography articles, (don't forget to read Davide's how-to guide for creating your own HDR images), we've put together a collection of some great examples of HDR photography. HDR techniques are often used to dramatically change the appearance of an image, turning it more into a painting or picture rather than a photo sometimes. However, the best results are often found when using HDR more sparingly. Enjoy looking through the photos below and don't forget to click through to the photographer's websites to see more excellent pics.