How and where you position yourself and the lenses you use can make the difference between an ordinary picture and an extraordinary one.

Folk dancers, Bonaire

Look for the least obvious or most unique way to photograph groups of people. This image is right side up regardless of the direction in which you choose to turn it. Everyone seems to have a naturally engaged look because, odds are, they have never posed this way before. A camera with a 20-millimeter lens was placed on the ground with a 15-second timer, allowing just enough time to capture the energy of the group. The camera had a preset focus of five feet to reflect the subjects' height while posing.

Inuit, Canadian Arctic

Don't be afraid to get close. This photograph works because it's filled by a distinctive face and by a fur hood that conveys a sense of the arduous climate, landscape, and culture all at once.