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Claire

Celebrate National Meadows Day 2017

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National Meadows Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year, this year that falls on Saturday 1 July. It is a day when the nation celebrates wildflower grasslands, with many landowners showcasing the amazing wildflowers and species within their meadows. Find out about these stunning landscapes and events happening today from across the UK…
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Help Unearth the 2017 Tree of the Year

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Do you have a favourite tree, either local to you or on one of your much-loved walks? Does it have a tale to tell, playing an important for locals and wildlife or having a fascinating history? If so, the Woodland Trust would love to hear from you as part of their quest to find the 2017 Tree of the Year…
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Expand Your Horizons with the 2017 Cloud Atlas

Expand Your Horizons with the 2017 Cloud Atlas
One of the things I love about walking (although, to be fair, there are thousands of things I love about walking!) is the way it allows you to get closer to the cycles and forces of nature. I’m always keen to learn more about the natural world around me, but one area where I have to admit my knowledge is a bit thin on the ground is cloud formations. Well help is at hand, with the publication of the 2017 Cloud Atlas, in a digital format for the very first time. Here we present a few of the basics; use them to create your own cloud hunt or simply to impress your fellow walkers…
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Get the Right Software, Create the Right Image…

Get the Right Software, Create the Right Image…

In this series of blog posts we have taken a look at how microstock may be an attractive place for you to sell your pictures, how copyright and quality come before all else and how you can streamline your upload process to multiple microstock sites. In this instalment, I wanted to let you know a little about the software that I use to process my images for microstock sites and for use on iFootpath, with a hope that this will help you produce great images from your walks.

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More Walking and Less IT - Submit Your Images to Multiple Microstock Sites

More Walking and Less IT - Submit Your Images to Multiple Microstock Sites

This is the third of a series of blog posts about microstock photography. In this post I will be giving you a few insights into the workflow I use to get my pictures successfully uploaded to microstock sites.

There are essentially three stages to the process and my objective is to balance ease and speed with results. After all, no one wants to spend hours preparing and submitting images to each microstock site and then adding keywords and a caption – better to spend your time out walking and capturing some great pictures along the way.

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Claire

How walking can help the NHS

How walking can help the NHS
More than 20 million UK adults are classified as physically inactive, increasing their risk of heart disease and costing the UK health service as much as £1.2billion each year according to a new report from the British Heart Foundation. This fascinating new report reveals variations on how active people are based on region and gender plus the impact this has on our health and the public purse…
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International Day of Happiness: The Perfect Excuse for a Walk

International Day of Happiness: The Perfect Excuse for a Walk

Those of us who have already fallen in love with walking, don’t really need a reason to don our boots and hit the countryside trails. But just in case you are looking for an excuse, look no further than the UN’s International Day of Happiness. Action for Happiness has published 10 Keys to Happier Living, and walking will help you with many of them…

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How can you tell when Spring has Sprung?

How can you tell when Spring has Sprung?
March is such an exciting month. Every rural walk tells its own story of the early signs of spring, and we love seeing all your photos as you catch glimpses of these tell-tale signs. In late February, we had plenty of photos of snowdrops, catkins and even frog spawn. So how can we tell when spring has sprung and are times changing? Our friends at the Woodland Trust have some interesting insight…
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When it Comes to Microstock put Copyright and Quality Before Composition

When it Comes to Microstock put Copyright and Quality Before Composition

In my last blog post ‘Are your walking photos good enough to sell?’ I provided an introduction to microstock and how it is possible to earn a small income from pictures that you take whilst out walking. In this blog post I want to continue with giving some information about the type of pictures that microstock sites are looking for and, perhaps more importantly, the pictures they won’t accept.

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Man’s Best Friend and Best Personal Trainer

Man’s Best Friend and Best Personal Trainer
I’m not embarrassed to admit that our dog is very important to me. She isn’t simply a pet, she is a member of the family that influences much of our family’s lifestyle and activities. I guess you could call me a crazy dog lady! But I know I’m not alone, dogs are part of everyday life in the UK. For dog owners, everyday life involves plenty of walking. Whatever the weather, whatever else is going on and however busy you are, dedicated dog owners find time for a dog walk every day. Have you ever considered then that your dog might be your best personal trainer? The facts behind this are fascinating…
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