Posterization can ruin digital images. Here’s how to deal with it.
There's nothing less attractive in a photograph than unintentional posterization. Posterization is when smooth gradients appear jagged and stepped; a very distracting and artificial look in any image, most often evident in gradient backgrounds like blue skies and sunsets.
Where to place a light to increase texture, show shape, hide flaws or add drama
In almost every photographic situation the difference between frontal lighting, sidelighting and backlighting is dramatic. Here's an exploration of the effects of different light positions for a variety of popular subjects and purposes.
Digital image files are sharp, but those image files can—and should—be made to appear even sharper. RAW shooters have to apply sharpness adjustments to make their RAW images look their best, while JPEG captures have some level of in-camera sharpening automatically applied.
Tips for submitting a picture worthy of a grand prize
Whether you're motivated by the great prizes, exposing your images to a big audience of fellow photo enthusiasts or the possibility of being published, entering a competition can be a rewarding part of being a photographer.