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One captivating image a day, the reason it was chosen and how you can shoot similar pictures

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A girl plays with water fountains in a public square in Vienna. The shallow depth of field keeps the attention on the girl and doesn't let the water drops get in the way. When shooting through moving things like water, leaves or confetti try using a shallow depth of field to keep the focus on your main subject.

Lisi Niesner/REUTERS

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A rainbow arches over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. The rainbow stands out against the high contrast of the city. Try exposing for the highlights in high contrast situations.

Bobby Yip/REUTERS

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Backdropped by the Alps, youths jump into Lac Leman from a platform in Lutry, near Lausanne, Switzerland. By including some of the background the reader easily gets a feeling for where the picture was taken. Try going wide to include some of the surroundings in your photograph.

Laurent Gillieron/AP Photo/Keystone

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A man walks on a pedestrian crossing at Barcelona's airport in Spain. The man walking across the black and white lines of the crosswalk break up the pattern giving the viewer a point of interest. Add another element to a scene with a pattern to give the reader something to focus on.

Albert Gea/REUTERS

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Theme: Abandoned. Reason: The use of the natural window light makes it feel like no one has turned a light on for a long time in this abandoned home. The reader has to look closely at the image to find the subtle clues of abandonment: peeled paint, misplaced cushion, aging wallpaper. It's a subtle but strong image.

Dan Cronin

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