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Capturing summer in your neighbourhood

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© Andrea Schaffer. Taken on a Canon EOS 450D using f/5.0, 1/100 sec and ISO 200

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© Cristian Bortes. Taken on a Canon EOS 550D using f/5.0, 1/800 sec and ISO 100

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© Christian Bortes. Taken on a Canon EOS 500D using f/5.0, 1/250 sec and ISO 100

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© mjk23. Taken on a Canon EOS 1000D using f/8.0, 1/125 sec and ISO 100

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© Dan. Taken on a Canon EOS 60D using f/10.0, 1/250 sec and ISO 200

My neighbourhood in summer

What really sums up your neighbourhood in the summer? We've put together some top tips to help you get the best shots of the area around you this summer.

Wait for the right light

A little light cloud cover is great for street photography - dispersing light evenly and helping to avoid harsh shadows. But if that's not the effect you're after, the great thing about the light in summer is that it can change pretty quickly. Wait a couple of minutes and it's more than likely that you'll get the image you want.

The 'magic hour' is a great time to shoot too. This is just after sunrise or just before sunset. The low angle of the sun not only creates longer, more interesting shadows, but it disperses a lot of blue light from the colour spectrum so your shots appear much warmer.

Observe the observers

When you're in busy or built up areas, it's often frustrating when you can't get a clean shot of the action because there are so many people in the way. So why not make them part of your picture? You may well find that having them included in your image helps to capture the atmosphere of an event.

Be open-minded

It's always great to have an idea of what you want to capture before you go out, but some of the best shots can't be pre-planned. Just make sure you have your camera with you so you don't miss out.

Alter your viewpoint

If you want people to take notice of your photos, give them a view they wouldn't normally see. Get up high - even standing on a low wall will make a difference to the feeling of your shots. Alternatively, get down low. An ankle-level shot will give a whole new perspective on your neighbourhood.

Have fun - and remember to share your images with us on the Gallery or on our Facebook page.