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Landscape Photography: Looking for Abstract Patterns in Nature

Landscape photography often involves looking for big views – sweeping vistas with lots of depth. It’s about having interesting elements in the foreground, mid-ground, and distance. We don’t usually associate landscape photography with abstract patterns. However, these can be great fun to do, and when […]

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4 Photography Tips for Stunning Winter Landscapes

Winter is well and truly here, which may seem a bit depressing, but it actually yields some great landscape photography opportunities. Some lateral thinking may be required, though, which is actually a good thing – it’s very easy for your landscape images to end up […]

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How To Photograph Late Season Gardens

The visual richness of the late season garden with photographer Philip Smith I have recently led an International Garden Photographer of the Year workshop at the Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester. The workshop was timed to coincide with the opening of an IGPOTY exhibition in […]

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5 Tips For Better Landscape Images

There is a lot to think about when taking good landscape shots, so here is a quick reminder of what you need to do beforehand to ensure you make the most of fleeting light and other great photographic opportunities… 1) Get your gear ready the […]

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Five Tips For Fantastic Sunsets

This time of year is great for sunsets, especially in the Western hemisphere, where the sunset can be a gloriously prolonged affair that goes until 9pm or 10pm (or even later in Scandinavia). Sunsets are a perennially popular topic for photographers, but getting them right […]

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Get More From Your Wide-Angle Lens

Along with a decent telephoto zoom and a 50mm or 85mm portrait lens, a good wide-angle lens is an essential part of the serious photographer’s arsenal. Wide-angle lenses are quite specialised pieces of equipment, so you can’t just ‘gun and run’ – you need to […]

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How To Photograph Great Frosty Scenes

Now we are getting into winter, here’s a quick reminder of some of the skills you need to get great shots on crisp, frosty mornings. 1) Get up early enough While you don’t need to be up in the middle of the night, you do […]

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What Are The 3 Best Landscape Filters?

If you have ever wondered how pros get such dramatic-looking landscape images, particularly when it comes to brooding skies or long exposure water, the answer is often that they use special lens filters. While this can seem a scary or expensive proposition, in reality, filters […]

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How to look beyond the obvious to find great Photographs

There will be some times when a photograph will leap out and hit you between the eyes in all its glory – but at other times you sense there is a possibility of a picture in a location, but have to search a little harder […]

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A Creative Guide To Panning

Panning can be a great technique to try when you want to do something just a bit different! A panned photo is one where the camera is moved in a straight line while the shutter is open. This means you’ll need a fairly long shutter […]

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Seizing the photographic moment!

It’s very easy to put off going out to take photos. So often there’s something else that needs doing or seems more urgent – admin to catch up on, emails to reply to, the million and one little things that fill up our days. The […]

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Tips on How to Win Photo Competitions

Actually, the name of this blog is a misnomer – we can’t GUARANTEE you will win, but there are a few practical tips we can share to raise your chance of success. Photographic competitions have become big business these days, and more and more people […]

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HOW TO THINK LIKE A PRO

mproving your composition is one of the biggest challenges in photography, and sadly there isn’t a convenient button on your camera you can press to fix poor framing (although you can often turn on grids to help you adhere to the rule of thirds, etc). […]

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PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE: THE IMPORTANCE OF PATIENCE

Why the P word is the most important one in photography. By the P word, I don’t mean Program mode, or portraiture or plants – I mean patience. I’d argue that this one of the most important qualities for any photographer, in any genre. So […]

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5 TIPS ON HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH REFLECTIONS

Reflections are a great element to include in your photography. They can range from conventional reflections of mountains or trees in water, or more mysterious portraits of people’s faces reflected in glass. It takes a bit of time and thought to shoot reflections properly, though, […]

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Be a More Mindful Photographer

How can you be a more ‘Zen’ photographer? One of the big buzzwords at the moment is mindful, or contemplative photography, and there are more similarities than you’d think between Buddhism, the martial arts and photography. Before we go any further, though, don’t worry – […]

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How To: Use Fog and Mist to Your Advantage in Landscape Photography

Fog, mist, smoke and haze can all act as an excellent natural filter. Landscape photographers who respond to saturated color and sharpness will often pack up and leave if fog, mist, smoke, or haze moves in. Whoops! They miss a lot. Atmospheric conditions in which […]

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Tips From a Pro: Creating a Powerful Low-Light Landscape

Light may be the stuff of which photography is made, but that doesn’t always mean more light is better, especially when photographing nature. While rewarding, working with limited light presents many challenges, especially for digital photographers. Low-angled directional light can easily fool camera meters, and […]

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