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.


"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...

Chronicles of Parisian life in Paris, by Photographer Martin Parr

Chronicles of Parisian life in Paris, by Photographer Martin Parr

Since 1982, Maison Européenne de la Photographie has a tradition of giving carte blanche to the most renowned photographers, asking them to deliver their vision of Paris. This year it’s time for English photographer Martin Parr to get out in the streets in search of Parisian life, and so he does, armed with his unique mix of irony and humour...

Keukenhof garden is a festival of colours for photographers

Keukenhof garden is a festival of colours for photographers

Spring is a time of renewal. Days are getting longer and warmer, nature wakes up and colours come back. If you are in need of a real colour boost, renewed creativity and lots of photography, the Keukenhof garden in the Netherlands might be just the place for you. The garden is spetacular and the photo opportunities are extraordinary.

5 Tips for Better Travel Photos

5 Tips for Better Travel Photos

You booked the trip, took the time off work, travelled to your destination. Now the camera is out to capture the sites and scenes you’ll take back home. How do you go beyond easy snapshots and create images you will be proud to share with friends and family? Here are five easy-to-follow tips to make you a better travel photographer...

Hello "Better Travel Photos", Welcome to London!

Hello

It is hard to believe that almost 6 years have gone by since I first set out on this adventure known as Better Paris Photos! I still remember writing the first registration in my agenda at the time and the thrill I felt in meeting new people and helping them have incredible photography experiences in Paris! Very quickly, I got extremely busy providing photo tours and portrait sessions. As word spread, I soon needed help. It was time to team up with other photographers, and Hermione McCosh was the first one to join me. We worked hard together, shared ideas and had loads of fun...

Henri Cartier-Bresson in Centre Pompidou: the remarkable retrospective

Henri Cartier-Bresson in Centre Pompidou: the remarkable retrospective

This spring, the Centre Pompidou in Paris presents a large retrospective of one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Henri Cartier-Bresson. This may sound somewhat official, but even if you have seen many of his works before (and I know you have!), this is an exceptional exhibit as it uncovers a much more complete and often surprising image of this renowned photographer and his remarkable career. Over 500 photographs, drawings, paintings, films and documents are presented in chronological order, retracing Cartier-Bresson’s work throughout his lifetime...

Exhibit: Anders Petersen "Photographs" at the BNP

Exhibit: Anders Petersen

It's no secret that Paris is full of photographic treasures. There are at least a few exhibitions by world famous photographers at any given moment of time. And if you ever get cold after wandering the streets of the City of Light in wintertime, come and have a look at the exhibit of Swedish photographer Anders Petersen in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The show, "Photographs", represents a collection of all the important series of Petersen's career, starting with the famous Café Lehmitz that he shot back in the 1970s...

The 3 R's of dealing with an old camera

The 3 R's of dealing with an old camera

With the Holiday Season coming up, you might be hoping for a brand new camera under the tree. I hope you are on Santa's list and that he is generous with you! Now, have you considered what to do with your 'old' camera? Maybe you are a collector and you'll want to keep your good old buddy that accompanied you everywhere and made you happy when you caught 'The Moment'. Even if you are not sentimental, it is still easy to end up with a collection of disused and dusty digital boxes that don't get to see the light of day any longer. If some camera models and well known brands retain some of their value, most digital cameras quickly lose their worth in this ever changing world and quest for new technology. Here are some ideas about what to do with your 'old' camera after Christmas...

Exhibit: Sergio Larrain's Vagabondages at HCB Foundation

 Exhibit: Sergio Larrain's Vagabondages at HCB Foundation

Visiting an exhibit by the famous Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain in Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson may easily turn into another sublime adventure in the city of Paris. Not only will you see a collection of stark black-and-white images of Santiago, Paris, London and the author's beloved Valparaiso, but you'll also visit one of the art deco edifices of Paris, the elegant 'Maison des Artistes'... Sergio Larrain's first complete photographic project on the life of homeless children of Santiago made him visible in the photographic world and helped him receive a grant from the British Council to work in London in 1958...

Exhibit: Brassaï and his time machine in "For the love of Paris"

Exhibit: Brassaï and his time machine in

La Mairie de Paris has prepared a special treat for classic black & white photography lovers: an exhibit of one of the most famous Parisian photographers of the 20th Century, Brassaï. Hosted in Hôtel de Ville, the City Hall of Paris, the show presents a panorama of works of this Hungarian-born photographer who spent most of his life in Paris and became known for his love for this city. The vast majority of images are original silver prints of the era, some of them signed by Brassaï himself. The show covers all the important aspects of Brassaï's career...