I'd like to hear about favorite shooting and other tricks you guys and gals use that you feel help you get better photos. These could be anything from ways to check depth of field before a shot, to pieces of gear that make shooting easier or that are helpful in specific situations, to what your preferred method of carrying gear is for versatile shooting. Anything at all that other people might not have thought of or learned about or that you've just come up with after time spent shooting. I'd like to avoid the subjects of overall lens, body, tripod selection, etc. since those things are covered daily in numerous threads. To start things off I'll mention a couple of things I find helpful myself: Whenever I carry a tripod I have a medium-sized bungee cord that I pack along. Instead of having to carry a heavy bag to hang from the tripod for best technique, I attach the bungee to a suitable spot on the tripod, and step on it. This has exactly the same effect and helps tremendously to steady the tripod - without bungee/with bungee comparison shots show obvious large differences. My tripod is a vibration-prone Bogen 3431, and this along with mirror delay makes all the difference in the world. Next, a recommendation for my favorite lens cleaning fluid. Others I've used have too strong a tendency to dry on the lens surface, especially with coated lenses, making them hard to use. Recently I tried the one recommended by Moose Petersen, called Lens Clens, and found it works much better. The downside it that it is expensive to ship, making it hard to get. I had to order several bottles to make it worthwhile, but for $30 or so I probably have a ten-year supply. Google it to order direct. I'm sure I'd have more if I thought about it, but I'm really looking forward to what other people have to say. Fire away!