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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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Bishops atend a mass celebrated by Pope Bemedict XVI marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Why we picked it: The pattern of colours here grabs your eye. Patterns can always make for an interesting photograph.

Andrew Medichini/AP

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An artist paints idols of Hindu warrior goddess Durga, who destroys demons to prevail over evil, in New Delhi, India. The festival of Durga will be celebrated from Oct. 20-24, 2012. Why we picked it: Blurring the background and focusing on the artist’s hand painting the statue makes for an interesting image. Sometimes when you include less information in a photo, there’s a better result.

Saurabh Das/AP

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A women arranges books on a shelf at the Frankfurt Book Fair that will be opened later in the day in Frankfurt, Germany. Why we picked it: Taking a high angle makes for a more dramatic photo, along with a wide-angle lens to maximize the number of books in the frame. Always survey the scene you want to photograph, then decide what angle and lens may improve it.

Michael Probst/AP

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A woman makes her way with a dog to enjoy a sunny autumn day near Seebruck, southern Germany. Why we picked it: Composed in shades of green, naturally divided into a rough rule of thirds, plus the compression of a telephoto lens turn an everyday scene from a field into a work of art.

Matthias Schrader/AP

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Chloe Duncan shot this image of her dog Gypsie playing with a stick as the afternoon sun casts long shadows at Alpha Lake Park in Whistler. Why we picked it: The long shadows are main element of this image as they play off the out of focus foreground perfectly.

Chloe Duncan

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