In early September I happened to stop for a few days in Nice, on the Mediterranean coast, with an important photographic mission, which I will soon tell you in a future post. September is truly the best time to visit Côte d'Azur: the crowds are gone, while the weather is still warm and pleasant, with the sea water temperature being close to air temperature, making the entire seaside experience even more enjoyable. Having only half a day to discover the city, I grabbed my camera and headed out in search of photo opportunities...
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Contrast is a powerful photographic tool that helps to draw viewer's attention to the subject. In black-and-white photography, tonal contrast refers to the different in tones of the image: from white to grey to black. In colour photography, contrasting colours are used to make the subject stand out. And in the larger sense, contrast is any striking difference that gives added emphasis to the subject. Let's have a look at some examples of how contrast can be effectively used in photography in a variety of ways.
After a romantic portrait session in Paris last year, Paolo and Melissa decided to do it again, this time in London. They met our photographer Hermione McCosh for a classic walk around Big Ben with traditional English symbols in the background, and then continued towards Notting Hill with its charming flea markets and red brick walls. Now they have great memories from both cities to bring back to their native Peru!
Paris in June is a perfect idea not only for watching Rolland-Garros tennis tournament, but also for spending a romantic honeymoon. Paola and Joe, both avid tennis fans, decided to do both during their stay. They met our photographer Nadia Gric on Bir Hakeim bridge for a stroll in the area around the Eiffel tower and later continued their portrait session at the elegant Palais Royal and its gardens, full of blooming roses, perfectly matching Paola's lovely dress. Such a gorgeous and happy couple!
This summer, Prague comes to Paris, as seen through the eyes of the most important Czech photographer of the XX century, Josef Sudek. This is the first exhibition of Sudek in France. It is composed of a selection of a personal donation of some 3,000 original prints, previously unseen by public, and is exhibited in Jeu de Paume gallery in Jardin des Tuileries. "The Intimate World of Josef Sudek" is a chronicle of Sudek's life-long commitment to photography, of his incredible sensitivity to light and shadow, to everyday objects and to poetry of daily life, and a tribute to his work as an exceptional printmaker.
Sunny day in London? Time for a family portrait session in the charming little streets of Notting Hill! Denise and Brian and their three children Lillian, Catherine and Harris met our photographer Hermione McCosh for a lovely stroll exploring the famous Portobello market and nearby streets, full of colourful shops and typical English brick walls. Good mood is all it takes to create great memories!
What happens when two Italian friends go to Paris on vacation? They have lots of fun! Valeria and Barbara did everything possible to make their portrait session in Montmartre unforgettable: dressed in lovely 50's dresses, they posed and giggled, bought fresh baguettes from the bakery and tasted eclairs, sipped coffee in a café and exchanged jokes with painters on Place de Tertre, and finally ended up spinning on the carousel! They are already planning a new session with our photographer Nadia Gric for their new trip to Paris!
For their first wedding anniversary, Jody decided to surprise his wife Sharon with a romantic portrait session during their visit to the City of Light. Our photographer Elena Usacheva met them both at sunrise and took them for a stroll around the Notre Dame Cathedral and later to the area around the Eiffel tower. Jody and Sharon had enough courage to start their session as early as 7 a.m. and enjoyed not only the softest possible light on a sunny day, but also the city that belonged only to them!
Getting great photos straight out of the camera without any editing is every photographer's aspiration. In practice, while the choice of settings and composition are of course to be done in camera, images taken in certain light and weather conditions may need an extra kick. Besides, if you shoot in RAW format (which we absolutely recommend), basic post-processing is inevitable to make the files usable for prints or sharing online. We have therefore put together six Lightroom tips and tricks for making your images pop in only a few minutes!
There is one sure way to start smiling: to revisit the photos we took of our wonderful couples during the past year in Paris. Each session brings back plenty of fantastic memories of that day, the moments of affinity and joy, of jokes and laughter, sweet surprises and unexpected catches. We thank our participants again for sharing these moments with us!
Karen and Mario traveled all the way from Indonesia to Paris for a romantic couple portrait session around the iconic landmarks of the City of Light. They met our photographer Catherine O'Hara around the Louvre, walked along the Seine river and swans, stopped by the ornate Alexandre III bridge, and continued to the Eiffel tower. This elegant portrait session ended with Edmond getting on his knee and offering his heart and a ring to his beautiful fiancée right by the Eiffel tower. Our congratulations to this lovely couple!
Two years after his memorable exhibit "Cronicles of Parisian life" in Paris, the acclaimed Magnum photographer and British photojournalist Martin Parr turns his camera towards his fellow Londoners. In his new exhibit "Unseen City", presented in the Guildhall Art Gallery in the very heart of London, Parr explores both ancient and modern traditions kept by The City, a corporation with a thousand year history, as a part of his long-term project to study British establishment. Given an unprecedented access to some of the most intimate ceremonies held in The City, Parr unveils this unique world to the viewer with his usual mix of humour, irony, and of course humanism.