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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.


Meet BTP Team: Interview with Photographer Elena Usacheva

Meet BTP Team: Interview with Photographer Elena Usacheva

We continue the series of interviews with photographers at Better Travel Photos who share their knowledge and passion for photography with our participants in both Paris and London. This time we are excited to introduce you to our photographer Elena Usacheva!

As a journalist and photographer, Elena traveled all the way from Yakutsk in Siberia, Russia, to pursue her dream and continue her studies in the City of Light. Her sunny and easy-going personality shines through the photos she takes: a portrait session with Elena is always romantic and fun. When guiding Photo Tours, she combines both her creative vision and technical instruction in the most inspiring way. Let's ask Elena a few questions, as she has many stories to tell...

You in Paris: Romantic Time Around The Louvre for Sergei and Nina

You in Paris: Romantic Time Around The Louvre for Sergei and Nina

Just married, Sergei and Nina came to Paris to celebrate the beginning of their new life together as a husband and wife. They met photographer Elena Usacheva on a July morning for some romantic photos around the Louvre, Tuileries gardens and the Seine river. Soft morning light complimented well the tenderness and love Sergei and Nina expressed for each other. Our congratulations to this lovely couple!

Lightroom Tutorial: Get Rid of Dust Spots in 4 Easy Steps

Lightroom Tutorial: Get Rid of Dust Spots in 4 Easy Steps

Dust spots and blobs are often an inevitable part of our travel images. They will inevitably appear even after the most thorough sensor cleaning as we change lenses or simply zoom in and out (check our previous article on how to clean your camera's sensor at home). Luckily, Lightroom 5 provides a great tool for getting rid of those "dust bunnies" from your best travel and landscape shots. In this tutorial we will guide you through 4 easy steps to make your images impeccably clean with the help of Lightroom's Spot Removal tool.

Exhibit at the MEP: Lartigue, Life in Colour

Exhibit at the MEP: Lartigue, Life in Colour

Cultural life never stops in Paris, even in August, when almost all Parisians pack their suitcase, grab a hat and a camera and head towards the seaside. For those who come to visit the French capital in August, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie prepared a very special treat: photography exhibit "Lartigue, la vie en couleur" ("Lartigue, life in colour") by the famous French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue. Presented as a "genuine discovery for the general public", the show features about a hundred previously unseen colour photographs taken over the course of the XX century.

You in Paris: Memories to cherish for Diane, Brian, Ava, and Beck

You in Paris: Memories to cherish for Diane, Brian, Ava, and Beck

On a sunny morning in June, Diane, Brian, and their two children Ava and Beck met our photographer Nadia Gric on Bir Hakeim bridge for a stroll around the Eiffel tower and some family portraits. After receiving the photos a few days later, Diane wrote to us: "I'm so thrilled to have these memories to cherish forever. The light and locations were perfect and the photos truly capture the essence of our trip to Paris for my husband and me!"

On the Importance of Photographing Simple Things

On the Importance of Photographing Simple Things

We all love photographing famous landmarks, stunning landscapes and vibrant sunsets. We try to find a different angle, a new take on the well-known view, we wait for the right moment. As a result we get a great photo that looks nothing less than a quality postcard. It is a relatively easy and pleasant task to photograph something that looks good - a nice photo is almost guaranteed. But can we do the same thing in our everyday surroundings? With the mundane little things that we see every day? Will we come up with interesting photos by taking the unexplored path during our travels? Sounds challenging, right? And yet, this is where photography becomes more interesting. Here are 5 reasons why pointing your camera at ordinary things will help you become a better photographer.

Stages of Sunset and Twilight in Porto: from "Golden Hour" to "Nautical Twilight"

Stages of Sunset and Twilight in Porto: from

Sunsets are among some of the favourite photographers' subjects. When the sky turns red and orange and everything around seems magic, even the most worldly-wise photographer finds it hard to resist taking a photo or two. For truly captivating photos of sunset some preparation is needed: this is where the notions of "golden hour", "blue hour", "civil twilight" and "nautical twilight" come into play. I recently had a chance to witness a spectacular sunset from the top of the Dom Luis I bridge in Porto, Portugal, and here is what came out of it...

6 Types of Natural Light for Powerful Travel Photos

6 Types of Natural Light for Powerful Travel Photos

Light is the essential element and instrument in photography. For a travel photographer, light stalking is one of the main occupations on the road to powerful image. Learning to see, distinguishing and using different types of light is therefore crucial for a photographer. One can have full control over the light by setting it up in the studio. Travel photographers, however, use natural outdoor light. Let's look at examples of different types of natural light and some suggestions on how to deal with each one.

You in London: Fun Family Portrait Session for Rebecca, David, Sara Kate, Elizabeth and Caroline

You in London: Fun Family Portrait Session for Rebecca, David, Sara Kate, Elizabeth and Caroline

What can be prettier than three little girls in blue-and-white dresses in the charming Notting Hill in London? Three little girls with their happy parents, of course! Rebecca, David, Sara Kate, Elizabeth, and little Caroline met with our photographer Hermione McCosh on a sunny July morning for a fun family portrait session in the typical English neighbourhood. After receiving the photos a few days later, Rebecca and the whole family were thrilled with result!

Oostduinkerke Festival: Photographing Shrimp Fishing on Horseback

Oostduinkerke Festival: Photographing Shrimp Fishing on Horseback

Almost every little European town has its own secret. So does Oostduinkerke in Belgium, where I was recently to see and photograph a unique Shrimp festival that included a demonstration of traditional shrimp fishing on horseback, a shrimp parade, a fishing contest, a folklore market and of course the tasting of local dishes made of shrimps. While traveling towards the seaside with the festival program in hand, I could not even imagine what fishing on horseback might look like... And eventually the whole day on the beach of Oostduinkerke among horses, fishermen, seagulls and of course shrimps turned out into a wonderful photographic surprise!

You in Paris: Dazzling Sunset Wedding Portraits for Betsy and Jeffrey

You in Paris: Dazzling Sunset Wedding Portraits for Betsy and Jeffrey

It's always great to see our participants come back to Paris with more great news! Last year, photographer Elena Usacheva captured the beautiful moments of Betsy's and Jeffrey's engagement in Paris. This year, we heard back from this lovely couple and planned for an elegant wedding session at sunset around the Louvre and the Eiffel tower. We send Betsy and Jeffrey our sincere congratulations and cannot wait to capture more special events in Paris or London for them!

4 Good Reasons to Start Your Portrait Session Early in the Morning

4 Good Reasons to Start Your Portrait Session Early in the Morning

Light is undoubtedly instrumental in photography. As photographers, we love to put our participants in the best light during our portrait sessions, and the best time for that happens to be... that's right, early in the morning! While waking up early after a long flight towards your well-planned vacation may not sound very exciting at first, we have to say it is absolutely worth the effort. Here are 4 reasons why you should start your portrait session soon after sunrise...