What is rephotography?

Rephotography is the act of taking a new version of an existing photograph to create a "then and now" view of a location. The two images can then be compared, highlighting what has changed and what has remained the same.

The better your new photograph matches the original, the easier they will be to compare, so here are a few tips on how to capture the best images.

Landscape photography tips from Landward

Join landscape photographer Colin Prior, on location for Landward, at Queen's View for some practical tips on capturing your own rephotography images.

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Colin Prior on rephotography

Colin Prior explains how to capture fantastic landscape photographs. Award-winning photographer Colin Prior reveals some simple tips to help capture great photographs in the outdoors. Landscape photographer Colin Prior provides some of the helpful tips and tools you need to capture great photographs.

How to take great rephotographs

Print a copy of the original photograph to take with you. Use the location co-ordinates above the archive image to help you find the position from which it was taken.

Look for key permanent features, such as hills, buildings or the line of a street. Try and match how they appear in the original image by moving camera position and/or changing the zoom.

Try not to feature people. Where this is unavoidable, such as in a busy town centre, time your photo so that no-one is prominent or looking into the camera.

Once you are happy, take the picture and upload it to the site.

Taking safe rephotographs

Please consider your own health and safety before taking any pictures.

Bear in mind that the locations may have changed since the originals were taken. Ground or workings may have become treacherous, roads may have become busier, an area could have become more isolated.

Always let someone know where you are going and don't put yourself in danger for the sake of a photograph.

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