The Better Travel Photos Blog

Our blog is a source of photography advice and news about events. We focus of course on Paris and London, but much of our advice can be practiced anywhere.


Don't let the rain stop you! 5 options to protect your camera and keep shooting

Don't let the rain stop you! 5 options to protect your camera and keep shooting

Rainy days may look grey at a first glance, but that doesn’t mean they are not suitable for taking some great photos! The light is usually even and the rain saturates colours. Shooting in the rain can be lots of fun and you definitely create images you would otherwise completely miss. The trick is to keep your gear well protected so here’s are some solutions to keep your camera dry even when the weather is wet.

Useful Camera Service Addresses in Paris

Useful Camera Service Addresses in Paris

Taking good care of your camera is as important as taking care of your health, especially while traveling. The trouble is that when you are away from home, you might not be sure where to go for reliable camera stores and services. Our Photo Tour participants often ask us about servicing their gear, where to have their camera sensor cleaned or where to buy a fully charged battery. If you find yourself looking for such services, here are some useful addresses in Paris.

7 Steps to Storytelling Through Photographs

7 Steps to Storytelling Through Photographs

Photography is a great means of storytelling. Just as a writer speaks using words, a photographer speaks through his images. A photographic story can be anything from a complex social narrative to a simple emotion. It does not need to be complicated, but has to send a message and invite curiosity. As Steve McCurry puts it, a powerful image is the confluence of several key elements, such as composition, design and emotion, in a pristine moment that reveals a deeper truth. Here are 7 steps to help you transform your images into good photographic stories...

5 Ways To Use Natural Filters In Your Images

5 Ways To Use Natural Filters In Your Images

Once you get comfortable with aperture, shutter speed and ISO and basic composition rules, you may want to venture into more experimenting, for example by using filters in your photography. There is a big choice of photographic filters for sale: neutral density filters, polarizing and gradual filters, cooling and warming filters, among many others. However, there is no need to rush to the store right away, as there are plenty of natural filters around us that can be creatively used to enhance your photos...

Mystery and fame in documentary “Finding Vivian Maier”

Mystery and fame in documentary “Finding Vivian Maier”

In the age of digital photography and the Internet, where taking thousands of pictures and sharing them online with the whole world does not surprise anyone, it is hard to imagine a talented photographer, who took over 100,000 images throughout her life, never showing any or her work to anyone. This is why the discovery of an immense photographic archive of stunning images by American nanny and street photographer Vivian Maier has become a sensation far outside the photographic world...

Emmet Gowin at HCB Foundation

Emmet Gowin at HCB Foundation

Once again, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson invites photography lovers to discover yet another universe, this time that of a prolific American photographer Emmet Gowin. Entitled simply “Emmet Gowin”, the exhibit presents a collection of photographs covering all the main themes of his life that he continued exploring for decades: his beloved wife, the intimacy of their everyday life, as well as aerial and landscape photographs.

Chasing Lightning: Tips for Photographing Storms

Chasing Lightning: Tips for Photographing Storms

If thunderstorms visit your area every once in a while, as a photographer, you might want to capture this magnificent lightning show. Although it might sound challenging, anyone armed with a good tripod and a camera can produce some stunning results. Recently, we were lucky to observe a magnificent thunderstorm in Paris. Inspired by this storm, we decided to put together some tips on how to photograph lightning that you can try at home or while traveling...

8 ways to include people in your photos

8 ways to include people in your photos

One thing I hear all the time when we start a photography workshop is "I want to learn how to add people in my photos". It is not unusual to be uncomfortable taking photos of total strangers, whether it is a simple case of shyness or not knowing how to approach someone you want to photograph because of language barrier. With some patience and practice, it becomes easier to photograph people in the streets or wherever you happen to be. Here are 8 tips to get you inspire you and help you get started... 

Exhibit: World Press Photo Awards 2014

World Press Photo of the Year, Contemporary Issues, 1st prize single © John Stanmeyer

Visiting World Press Photo Awards 2014 exhibit is like witnessing the most important news of the past year. News that can be exciting or overwhelming, shocking or sad, they represent the events that have happened in the world throughout the year.  As World Press Photo Foundation states, “We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.” And we, the viewers, come to admire the talent and courage of those who captured these events with such striking clarity, telling a story of life through their powerful images.

"Learn” serendipity for compelling photos

(c) Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Paris is not only the City of Light, but also the city of discoveries. Its busy streets are full of life day and night, which makes it a perfect place for street photography. However, in order to get some really compelling photos, spiced up with a bit of magic, one needs some luck and that is where serendipity can help. Known as one of the most difficult English words to translate, serendipity means the accident of finding something good without looking for it. As one might guess, it is essential for urban photography...