improving your everyday photos​

David, great shot and exposures have wonderful depth in the spray. I think the green spots are sun flares. When you point a camera directly into the sun the lens elelments often make a series of flare markings that run from the sun outwards in diminishing sizes. This is a bit unusual in that the lines of the two green dots don't line up directly with the sun so all I can figure is the water acted as some sort of prism . If you look right under the spray the wall is reddish and a bit brighter, even though it was in the shade. The water must have created some light anomaly. I will dig in and get back to you. Thanks.

Hi Ross -- Love the show, thanks for taking my question. One of my favorite pictures I've taken recently is of a sunny day with a big ocean swell. There is a large wave splashing against a retaining wall and a guy standing under the splash with the sun shining through from straight on. There is some kind of green artifact in the picture however, near where the sun is shining through the splash. Is that a technical error? How can I avoid it in the future? Thanks, David New York

The Galleries you find here are not photographs that are great examples of people's work. There are a million photo galleries of great shots on the web, and I recommend visiting as many as possible. This Gallery is a little different. I solicit flawed photos along with questions  on how to improve them. A learning site, not a show off site.  Here you will find questions and submitted photos with a question and an answer immediately following .

We are working on some form of index, so please bear with us. Questions , like the example below, are listed on the Tips page.   For now you need to scroll the list to find your question. If questions are covered by other submissions your picture may not appear, but we hope to respond to your email with the appropriate posted answer. In Archives we have shots from each show and invite comments or questions at

Why is the white on the label not white? Hale

Proper color is harder for a camera than your eye. We know to see white as white under sun, incandescent or fluorescent  light. The camera sensor responds differently with different type light sources. Most will get close with the Auto setting, but if you can select type of light as setting on your camera your color will be more accurate. Remember to reset to auto when you change scenes or the colors can get bizarre, which is OK if that is what you are aiming for. Try outside shots with camera set to incandescent  and watch for a blue overcast. You can also try different settings to just learn what they do in different light conditions. You will not hurt your camera. Most smartphones stay on auto, but let you adjust colors after the shot.

All is not lost if your color cast is off. Most colors  can be fixed in the computer. With one quick white balance correction identifying the white area as white, the image was fixed as shown on the right.