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There's no magic moment when you arrive and suddenly all your photos are perfect. It doesn't work that way because photography is a journey. Read this to see why you can't take short cuts, and it's better to travel the long road.

You've previously learned about shadows, light, and how to review images. In this image collection you can put all your new skills to work, and enjoy some fabulous photography.

In this article you will learn 6 important things that will help you understand how your camera focuses, and all the settings and options that affect focus, so that you can take sharper photos.

This photography challenge is about why using your tripod can make you a better photographer. You may find it harder than you think, but if you push through you should be rewarded by seeing your photography improve.

This month’s photography challenge is about honing your powers of observation and learning to see - not only light but moments. You might even get to try out your patience. Find out how to participate and be eligible to win the prize by clicking through to the article.

This challenge is about shooting in monochrome. In the golden days of film, black and white was very popular with many photographers. Shooting in monochrome strips the image down to the real basics - light, tone and form. It forces you to look at your subject differently and really see what the light is doing. Part of your challenge this month is to use this tool to learn to see light.

15 Photography Mistakes and How to Correct or Avoid Them - video of a live class from photographer Jeff Cable sponsored by B&H Photo in NYC. See if you are guilty of any of these and learn how to adjust so you can take better photos.

This monthly photography challenge may push your limits a little bit and that's exactly the point. Read about the benefits of limiting yourself to only using one lens for a whole month.

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