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You've likely noticed that most city street lights aren't quite pure white. Some emit a warm, orange colour, while others are cold and green. When you're shooting photos that can be an annoyance if you don't want the colours to distract from your scene, but the types of light used are so common that you can easily compensate for them.

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Dear Lifehacker, My 15 year old son has really started getting into photography - it has quickly become one of his favourite subjects at school. I'd love to get him a decent camera (under $1000) that can grow with him and his skills, for a few years at least. What's the best direction to go in?

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We've been seeing a lot of water-based, beach-y, ocean-y wallpapers lately, and that makes us think you guys must be yearning for warmer weather. This one, from Sebastian, is a gorgeous, stark, black and white desktop with just a little customisation. Here's how it's all set up.

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It can be hard enough getting the family together at Christmas, let alone getting good photos of everyone. Who'd have thought Christmas tree lights could make the ordeal that much trickier? Turns out if you're not careful, you could end up with a bunch of shots with tree lights that look off or super-bright, ruining your images.

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This landscape may look like it's steaming or on fire, but it's just bright, rich colours of the time of day the photo was shot — and it makes for a beautiful wallpaper. Add a little customisation, and Nicolas has a great desktop worth sitting down at every day. Here's how it's all set up.

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There are many ways to take a good photograph: positioning and lighting, compelling subject matter and decent equipment can all play a role. However, it's also possible to boost the quality of your photos via a few simple tricks. With that in mind, here are 21 camera hacks from the Lifehacker archives - from candid photography tips to cheap DIY accessories.

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The lens you use with your camera plays a huge part in determining the quality of photos you get, but a lot of casual photographers don't want to invest in expensive lenses and stick to whatever comes with the camera. Here are a few ways to eke out a little more functionality out of a kit lens.

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Maikasenpai's desktop is a calm sea, a respite from the tumult of the world, and we love it. It's a simple thing, but tweaked just enough to make it personal. Here's how it's all set up.

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It doesn't take much for your camera's battery to fade, even if you started with multiple, all fully charged. If you're running on empty, either because it's been a long day or you just forgot to pack a backup, these tips will help you make the most of the charge you have left without sacrificing your photos.