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Moments: Caught on Camera, March 2 to March 8

A girl looks out from behind a screen as she waits to perform during celebrations for the upcoming International Women's Day at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSAR


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

Photo tip for March 8: The screen provides a pattern but without the girl in full costume your eye would have nothing to gravitate towards. She provides the reason to stop and look at the photo as she peers out of the screen. All other colours pale in the photo and that really makes her colourful costume stand out.

Photo tip for March 7: The theme this week for our reader call-out is movement. Here staff photographer Fred Lum demonstrates his technique on a cool, rainy evening in March. Using the subject as his focal point he freezes the man just enough to hold your eye while blurring everything around him. Fred handheld his camera using available light since blasting his flash in this case would have produced a very bright subject and black background.

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Photo tip for March 6: This photo captures the subject in a striking pose, bathed in a scene of red colour. The photographer resists the temptation to close-crop the subject, instead giving equal prominence to the background to emphasize the striking colour.

Photo tip for March 5: Using a slow shutter speed and panning with the subject causes the background to blur giving the image a feeling of movement.

Photo tip for March. 2: Sam Chua was at a car show in Abbotsford, British Columbia, when he captured this portrait of model Aadie Lee admiring a vintage car. It was selected as the best submission on the theme of portraits. Why we chose it: This photos tells us a great deal without being too direct about it. We can determine from the vintage car and background elements that the subject is at an auto show. The contrast between a vintage car and a modern-looking woman is visually appealing, while we can glean more information about the subject from a few details in photo.

Each weekday, our photo editors will select one compelling image for prominent play in the newspaper. On Friday, we'll publish in the newspaper our favourite reader photo from a weekly assignment. This week's assignment: Movement

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