One of my guests this weekend was a professional photographer. She spent the night and yesterday morning, we spent some time working on Photoshop tips. She knows how to manipulate photographs for maximum effect and I know how to do graphics and create collages. So we both picked up lots of tips from each other. Photoshop is expensive to purchase, but there are a lot of online resources that you can work with, including a new fave, Photojojo, and Rasterbator.
One of the photos we talked about for its composition and its content was this one. It looks like a contemporary bowl, but in reality, it is from the 1800's and was used for dairy products. The photograph looks like a 18th century Dutch still life with the contrasts of light and dark, as well as the clear lighting.