Digital Focus: Use the Histogram to Avoid Exposure Issues

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Hot Pics

Get published, get famous! Each week, we select our favorite reader-submitted photo based on creativity, originality, and technique. Every month, the best of the weekly winners gets a prize valued at between $15 and $50.

Here's how to enter: Send us your photograph in JPEG format, at a resolution no higher than 640 by 480 pixels. Entries at higher resolutions will be immediately disqualified. If necessary, use an image editing program to reduce the file size of your image before e-mailing it to us. Include the title of your photo along with a short description and how you photographed it. Don't forget to send your name, e-mail address, and postal address. Before entering, please read the full description of the contest rules and regulations.

This Week's Hot Pic: "Sibling Rivalry," by Jordan Swartz, Santa Monica, California

About this week's winning photo, Jordan writes: "This photo made me smile because it reminded me of three siblings, all vying for attention, but one rising above the others to capture the spotlight. While the other two flowers will have their day in the sun some other time, today it was the middle flower's time to shine. I think anyone who has siblings can relate.

"I discovered these flowers in an island in the middle of a street. I took the shot using my Canon Digital Rebel's macro mode. It just goes to show that you never know where you'll encounter your next subject!"

Hot Pic of the Month: Each month we choose one of our weekly winners to be the Hot Pic of the Month. By an odd coincidence, virtually all of April's weekly winners were abstract photos. From those, we chose "Spilled Mercury," by Matt Wilson from Millville, New Jersey for the monthly prize.

Congratulations to Matt and to everyone else who won a Hot Pic of the Week last month. Keep those entries coming!

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