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: "Bumble Bee," by Jeff Gaal, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Jeff writes: "Yes, this is a picture of a live, happy bee. It was sitting very still and it allowed me to take a couple of shots from only about 8 inches away. The narrow depth of field at this close distance allowed me to isolate the bee's face."
Jeff used a Canon 20D with a 60mm macro lens at 1/60 second and no flash.
Hot Pic of the Month: Each month we choose one of our weekly winners to be the Hot Pic of the Month. For June, we chose "Bass Harbor Light," by Neil R. Shapiro from Niskayuna, New York.
Congratulations to Neil and to everyone else who won a Hot Pic of the Week last month. Keep those entries coming!
This story, "Digital Focus: Shooting Photos for Panoramas, Part 1" was originally published by PCWorld.