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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.


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...

You in Paris: Elegant Engagement Session for Fion and Max

You in Paris: Elegant Engagement Session for Fion and Max

Fion and Max, a charismatic couple from Hong Kong, met our photographer Hermione McCosh earlier this year in Paris for an elegant engagement session. From Le Marais, where they stopped for some photos in the garden of Hôtel de Sully and in the arcades of Place des Vosges, they continued along the Seine river, popped in the famous Shakespeare and Co. bookstore, and finally ended their session with the classic Parisian view over the Eiffel tower. Congratulations on your engagement, Fion and Max!

Meet BTP Team: Interview with Photographer Brian Jannsen

Meet BTP Team: Interview with Photographer Brian Jannsen

Our activities at Better Travel Photos are not only about learning photography, getting more comfortable with your camera, and discovering new locations along the way, but also about people guiding the Photo tours. As photography instructors and guides, we do our best to teach you new photography skills and to make sure you enjoy this experience in our company. So if you are curious to know more about those people with cameras welcoming you in Paris and London, please meet one of our team members,  photographer Brian Jannsen!

You in Paris: Romantic Birthday Portraits for Kate and Remy

You in Paris: Romantic Birthday Portraits for Kate and Remy

The world is small for a loving couple when one comes from Canada, the other - from Switzerland...  and the two first meet in Australia! Now happily married, Kate and Remy like to come to Paris every spring to celebrate Kate's birthday. This year they decided to do something special and asked photographer Nadia Gric to capture memories of them in The City of Light. The session started by Notre Dame cathedral...

9 Tips on Photographing Architecture During a Walking Tour

9 Tips on Photographing Architecture During a Walking Tour

Every city has its secrets: hundreds of years of history unfold in front of you as you scout the streets in search of the best images. Knowing the background of a building in front of you may fuel a great deal of inspiration and help you compose a stronger image with a story. One of the ways to get to know the location better is to take a walking tour with an experienced local guide. You may find, however, that during such a guided walking tour there is not enough time for a proper photographic exploration as the group moves quickly from one location to another. Not all is lost though. Here are 9 tips on how to make the most of a guided tour and get some great architecture photos along the way.

You in Paris: Honeymoon Portraits for Kapil and Manali

You in Paris: Honeymoon Portraits for Kapil and Manali

Right after getting married, happy newlyweds Kapil and Manali packed their suitcases and headed to Paris for their honeymoon. They asked our photographer Elena Usacheva to capture memories of this very special trip during a portrait session around the Eiffel tower. Kapil and Manali's love and tenderness for each other shine in every photo!