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Seek Inspiration

Are you stuck in a rut? Have you lost your photo mojo? Feeling uninspired and considering selling your camera on ebay? If your creative juices have all dried up, this guide offers some simple steps to get you motivated & enjoying photography again.

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Keep it Sharp

Even the most perfectly composed image will be ruined if it isn’t pin-sharp and there are some key techniques to getting super-sharp images every time. So, if your images are always looking a bit soft, then get ready to make them so sharp, they’ll need handling  with care!

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Blue Sky Thinking

Landscapes often look their best during the so called ‘Golden Hours’, but you can still get great shots during the middle of the day too. Blue skies don’t have to mean dull, boring images and this guide offers loads of tips for making the most of the whole day.

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Create a Mood

Adding mood to your images is a sure fire way to stir the emotions of the viewer and leave them amazed by your work. There are many ways to achieve this and this guide shows you how to inject bags of mood to make your pictures stand out from the crowd.

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Simplicity & Negative Space

You don’t always have to fill the frame to make an effective picture and you can often use space as a positive, rather than a distraction. Keeping things simple is a key point in photography and this guide shows how to use a minimalist approach for impact.

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iPhone Photography

Often the best camera, is the one you have with you. Most of the time this may well be your cameraphone. This megapixel wonder in your pocket, is capable of taking high quality pictures. So Capture, Edit, & Share like a pro with the great tips in this guide.

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Museums & Art Galleries

Have you ever escaped the rain whilst shooting a city, by heading into the local museum or art gallery? Have you considered taking pictures whilst in there drying out? There’s actually a lot more than just the exhibits to point your camera at, as this guide reveals.

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Tilt & Shift Lenses

Tilt & shift lenses are an essential purchase for the landscape or architectural photographer. They are also expensive however and often seen as complicated to use. This guide explores this myth and considers if they are worth the expense.

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Beyond Foreground

Foreground is overrated, unnecessary and should be excluded from all landscape images! Not your usual composition advice, but is there some sense behind this statement and can your pictures still have impact without a foreground element?

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It’s all in a Quote

Some of the most  famous photographers have made some inspirational quotes about their work  or photography as a medium. This guide looks at some of these words, breaks down their meaning and how they can inspire your photography.

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How Low Can You Go

For a new and unique perspective on life, you need to get down low. Getting a worm’s eye view of the world, adds impact and drama to your images and this guide looks at all the techniques, settings and top tips required to get great images.

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Hip to be Square

Just because your camera shoots in a rectangular format, doesn’t mean that this is always the best way of presenting the image. Some subjects benefit from a more balanced format. This guide looks at the square format and what it can do for your images.

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Lomography

Photography can be affordable and the Lomo experience is here to prove that. In fact, you would never think that something so cheap, could transform your photography so much. Forget digital, as we step back into an analogue world full of fun.

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Blots on the Landscape

Although a necessity, power stations, electricity pylons and wind turbines are a blight on our beautiful countryside. However, are they in fact a thing of beauty and should we in fact celebrate their addition to the landscape? This guide explores this opposing view.

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Urban landscapes

Before escaping to the countryside on a sunny day to take pictures, have you considered the landscape that is on your doorstep instead. Our towns & cities are ideal hunting grounds for great images, and this guide shows you how to make the most of your nearest urban jungle.

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Parklife

Your local park is a rich source of photographic opportunities that you may not have considered before. Most towns have at least one park that will be ideal for some creative images. So, if you are taking the dog for a walk, take your camera along too and head for the park.

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Aim High, Shoot Low

Have you ever considered that your normal standing height is not the most creative for the subject you are shooting? Perhaps a lower or higher viewpoint would work better. Get a new perspective and see what highs and lows you can achieve with this guide.

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Live View Advantage

One of the most useful features on a modern digital camera, is the Live View function. It has so many uses, but are you using them all? This guide looks at the feature, reveals just how valuable it is and how to get the best from it. You may never use the viewfinder again!

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Polarisers

PolarisersProbably the most useful and diverse filter you can buy is the polariser. You may know it for boosting colours and enriching blue skies, but it has a lot more uses under its belt than that, many that you can’t achieve in Photoshop, as this guide reveals...

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Urban Abstracts

Our towns and cities are made up of an assortment of colours, lines, patterns and shapes. All together they make the environment we live in, but broken down they become fascinating and creative subjects for our cameras. This guide reveals the details to look out for

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Mirrorless Advantage

Mirrorless AdvantageIt’s clear that the new range of mirrorless cameras or CSC’s have made quite an impact, offering high image quality and portability, thus making them a viable alternative to the traditional SLR.  This guide looks at their advantages (and disadvantages).

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Salford Quays

This Location eGuide looks at the wonderful mix of modern architecture in this rejuvenated area of Manchester. Home to the BBC and the Lowry, it offers urban landscapes, abstracts and reflections to shoot during day or at night for great images.

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A Buyers Guide to Tripods

A photographer’s best friend is his or her tripod. Providing support, as well as a composition aid, no landscaper should leave home without one! But which one to buy? This guide looks at buying a tripod and the do’s and don’ts of using them in the field.

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Teenage Kicks

As kids reach their teenage years, they become more reluctant to pose for photos. However, with a different approach, you can still capture perfect portraits that you (and they) will be happy with. Create images with an edge that capture the personality of your teenager.

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Alternative Cameras for Landscape

The digital SLR is a versatile tool, especially for landscapes, but it isn’t the only tool for the job. From CSC’s to smartphones, from 2nd hand medium format to basic pinhole cameras, they all can provide an ideal alternative. This guide looks at what’s available.

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Leap into Spring

With the winter hibernation finally over, nature resurfaces and brings a fresh colour to the landscape. Spring therefore, is an ideal time to bring your camera out of hibernation to capture the vibrancy of this season. This guide shows you how to make the most of it.

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Derwent Water

As one of the most popular lakes in the Lake District, Derwent Water has views from all sides, both from elevated viewpoints and the water’s edge . This Location eGuide  highlights the best viewpoints and how to shoot them.

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Take the Stairs

If you take the easy option and use the lift to reach the upper floor of a building, you may be missing a photographic opportunity. Staircases are often a thing of beauty and their design is as important as the building itself. This guide shows how to do them justice.

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