Grand Canyon, Arizona
By Kelli Bricker
My photography tip: Proper framing can do amazing things for a photo. This shot makes it look like my friend Tommy is doing a rather idiotic handstand on the lip of the Grand Canyon—but there is a ledge right below him that, if visible, would have made this photo lose its edge.
San Juan Island, Washington
By Dina Skrumbis
My photography tip: I always try to shoot special subjects or landscapes at dusk. The lighting is always perfect and colors that you didn't even notice seem to materialize in the photo. Placing the focal point (like this lighthouse) off-center also forces the eye to move around the photo and take in all of the details.
By Michelle Hong
My photography tip: Think about composition, and what it can say about your subject. Norwegians embrace the sea and the sky, even when they are unforgivingly harsh. In this shot of Trondheim's colorful wharf, I decided to align the buildings in the center of the frame to show how the elements define—but do not dominate—the Norwegian spirit.
By Kathy Owens
My photography tip: No one can duplicate the genius of Ansel Adams, but he understood the drama of the black-and-white shot. After shooting in color with your digital camera, choose one to manipulate to black and white (or even sepia) on your home computer.
San Francisco, California
By Lanet Duncan
My photography tip: You don't always have to include the whole subject to get the best shot. In San Francisco last November I took a lot of pictures of the bridge—and as I was leaving, I turned around for one last shot close-up shot while the sun was setting. It wound up being the best.
Jupiter Island, Florida
By Robert C. Thomas
My photography tip: I find that creating eye-catching photos comes in the editing process. Digital photography makes this easy. I like to take a color photo, convert it to black-and-white, and then convert it back to color; this allows you to add colored accents to a largely black-and-white photo.
By Tom Pratt
My photography tip: Be aware of the lighting, which can vary hugely depending on the time of day. On the autumn morning when I snapped this photo of boat traffic along Venice's Grand Canal, the early light reflected beautifully off the water and onto the buildings.