Revisit and refresh your photography in 2016

February can be a dreary time. It may be the shortest month, but the weather is still wintery and the delights of frosty mornings and seasonal snow give way to drizzle and rain. The days drag on and summer feels a very long way off.

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Becca Peterson – Smile
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What better reason to use your photography to cheer yourself up. Capturing beautiful and evocative images can be a great way to brighten up dull days and bring a little excitement to your daily routine. Use your photography to mark each day with something meaningful and memorable. And why not challenge yourself to take more photos this month too - you’ll be a better photographer for it.

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Mikael Miettinen – #519 Orange
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Think more creatively

It’s easy to feel creative when you’re on holiday or at a special occasion because these times are filled with energy and the promise of new experiences and possibilities. But your everyday routine can also offer wonderful opportunities as a photographer. There’s so much going on around you that you can draw inspiration from – your morning breakfast or a walk to work can become interesting if you use your imagination. Observe the light and shade and you can elevate some empty bowls and dishes into a beautiful still life picture. Look for patterns and textures outside and suddenly a brick wall will reveal its beauty.

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Andrés Nieto Porras – 284/365: Experimentos
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David – March of the Bricks
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Look at your world differently

One great way to take an original shot is to change your perspective. This can really make a difference to your images and help you create some striking compositions. When you’re out for a walk, look up at the trees and buildings around you. You could even try lying flat on your back to take a photo. Or use mirrored surfaces – car wing mirrors or garden decorations – these will capture reflection and create a point of interest.

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Suzanne Nilsson – Looking up
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David – My Own Little World
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Keep pushing the boundaries

Your photography will improve the more you challenge yourself. When you start to see special things on an ordinary day imagine what you can do on an extraordinary one. Always try to bring some excitement to your photography with unusual angles and different technical approaches. Observe small, yet intriguing details about the everyday world around you. All of this will help you create some striking images.

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Daniel Lee – Washing Time
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Harsh Patel – Perspective
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Yiannis Theologus Michellis – Tied Down
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Sarah Joy – Cat with mouse
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Our Canon fans have captured many extraordinary shots and this month we’re focusing on the daily commute. Be inspired by our Canon Explorer who spends her time observing the daily lives of people from very different cultures. And lastly, make sure you check out our tutorials. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced photographer you’ll find plenty of ideas and inspiration to help you capture the beauty in every day. Now upload your images.