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.


BTP Awarded 2014 "Certificate of Excellence" from TripAdvisor

BTP Awarded 2014

It is always a little difficult to toot your own horn, but… We are happy to announce that earlier this year we received the 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, which is the fourth year in a row we have received this honour. This award recognizes the efforts we make to ensure all of our participants have an exceptional photography experiences, whether it is during our photo tours, workshops or portrait sessions in Paris and now in London...

Step-by-step guide to creating great panning images

Step-by-step guide to creating great panning images

Busy cities, whether it’s Paris or London, Bangkok or New Delhi, provide lots of opportunities to create dynamic images. However, how can a photographer show fast motion in a still image? Here is where a photographic technique called panning comes into play. In essence, panning means moving the camera with the main subject while the shutter is open. This creates the sense of movement in the image with a blurred background and a relatively sharp subject. With practice you’ll be able to photograph moving cars, cyclists, running horses or anything moving! Try these six easy steps to create great panning images...

5 creative photography ideas for rainy days

5 creative photography ideas for rainy days

Are you a fair weather photographer only? Many might frown at the idea of taking their camera out when the weather turns wet. In a recent article we offered various solutions for protecting your camera from the rain. Now that you know how to keep your equipment dry, it is a good time to talk about some creative possibilities that the rain offers for your photography. Here are 5 ideas on how to use rainy days to your advantage and produce some great images.

Exhibits at MEP: René Burri, Pascal Maitre, Keiichi Tahara and others

Exhibits at MEP: René Burri, Pascal Maitre, Keiichi Tahara and others

Fall is back in Paris and the city is once again infused with life after long summer vacations. Photographic galleries re-open their doors to welcome visitors and prepare new shows for those hungry for visual treats. La Maison Européenne de la Photographie is no exception: it welcomes you with a display of seven photo exhibitions, including such masters as René Burri, Pascal Maitre or Keiichi Tahara, which makes a visit to this exhibition space more enjoyable than ever...

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.