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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.


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!

A Photo Walk Through Hidden Corners of Paris: La Mouzaïa

A Photo Walk Through Hidden Corners of Paris: La Mouzaïa

What image comes to your mind first when you think of Paris? Let me guess... I am quite sure it's the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, the cafés, maybe even the white Sacré Coeur Basilica at the top of Montmartre. Paris, however, is a big city with many different corners and some of them are so untypical that you may easily forget you are in the French capital. While you may of course want to photograph all the iconic sights on your first visit, there is more to this city to explore through your lens. So let's get off the beaten path, get a camera and travel within Paris to discover La Mouzaïa, a charming residential area in the North-East of the city.

AE Lock Button: a Quick and Easy Way to Adjust Exposure

AE Lock Button: a Quick and Easy Way to Adjust Exposure

Getting the correct exposure of a highly contrasted scene can be tricky to handle, especially if you are taking some photos on the go and do not have time to stop and think twice about the camera settings. There are various ways to adjust the exposure, such as using exposure compensation or center weighted metering. In some situations, however, every moment counts, and you may need a quick and easy solution to get your image right. This is where the exposure lock button on your DSLR camera may prove helpful. Let's see how to quickly and easily adjust the exposure on the go without touching any of the camera settings other than the exposure lock.

You in Paris: A Romantic Walk for Carly and Matthew

You in Paris: A Romantic Walk for Carly and Matthew

Carly and Matthew have known each other for many years and have already visited Paris on several occasions. This time, however, this happily married couple decided to have a portrait session around the Eiffel tower to capture the memories of their stay in the French capital. I met them on an early winter morning on the Bir Hakeim bridge, and we had a fun time together walking around, chatting, and of course taking photos!

The Color Run 2015 in Paris: Tips on Photographing a Colorful Running Event

The Color Run 2015 in Paris: Tips on Photographing a Colorful Running Event

With the return of sunny days, each major city explodes with outdoor events, attracting not only thousands of participants, but also photographers, professional and amateur alike. After all, isn't it fun to do some event photography? This year, I decided to add more color to my photos and went to photograph The Color Run in Paris. This experience gave me some valuable insights that I would like to share, and hopefully they will inspire you to photograph The Color Run of your own.

Dressing for Outdoor Portrait Sessions: Feeling Good Means Looking Good!

Dressing for Outdoor Portrait Sessions: Feeling Good Means Looking Good!

Outdoor portrait sessions, whether romantic or family style, are a great opportunity to leave your own camera or smartphone behind, keep beautiful memories of your trip, and to simply enjoy the time with your loved ones and the city around you! Unlike studio portraits, outdoor sessions are subject to various weather conditions. While you may easily pose indoors in a fancy dress or a smart shirt, the same outfit may not be the most suitable one for a windy December day in Paris or a foggy morning in London. The key ingredient for feeling comfortable is therefore dressing according to the temperature, whether it's a hot summer day or a cool autumn afternoon, because feeling good means looking good!

Turning Travel Photography Into Fine Art: Think Abstract!

Turning Travel Photography Into Fine Art: Think Abstract!

While most of travel photography is usually about documenting the people you meet and the things you see along the way, or the events that happen to you and around you, there is a way to cross the line and to turn your documentary travel photographs into fine art. How to do it? Think abstract! Learning to see shapes, patterns and colours through your camera lens is not only good training for your creative eye, but also lots of fun!

Exhibit: Marc Riboud at the Atlas Gallery in London

Exhibit: Marc Riboud at the Atlas Gallery in London

The Atlas Gallery is nestled on the corner of Chiltern and Dorset street next to a delicious looking Nordic baker and opposite one of the oldest pubs in Marylebone, The Barrow Mow. On a summer’s day, a crowd will gather to enjoy a mid day pint in the sun and as a visitor it is certainly a delightful setting to be in. Atlas is a private gallery and from March 27th to May 9th 2015 it is showcasing signed, black and white photographs by the renowned French photographer Marc Riboud. 

You in London: Aaron, Sarah, Nathaniel, Lily and little Caleb

You in London: Aaron, Sarah, Nathaniel, Lily and little Caleb

Aaron, Sarah, Nathaniel, Lily and little Caleb met with our photographer Hermione McCosh this March for a fun family portrait session around Big Ben in London. The resulting photos turned out to be as colourful and joyful as this lovely family of five even in spite of the traditional London fog at this time of year. Good mood and smiles are the key to great memories!

You in Paris: Thom and Sue

You in Paris: Thom and Sue

Thom and Sue met with our photographer Catherine O'Hara earlier this month for a fun and romantic stroll around Paris. That quiet morning, Paris with its little cafés and promenades along the Seine river, belonged only to the two of them. Memories to last a life time!

Friendly Critique #4: Elephant in the Shower

Friendly Critique #4: Elephant in the Shower

For our friendly critique #4 we decided to go for the portrait of an elephant about to enjoy its bath in Miami Zoo, by Nancy Bettencourt. This is a tightly-cropped portrait, where one can see only half of the elephant's head, and a spray of water, motion blurred from a slower shutter speed, against a dark background. The close up portrait allows the viewer to explore the elephant's skin texture with all its dots and wrinkles, as well as anticipate the coming refreshing shower.

Shutter Speed vs. Focal Length Rule for Razor Sharp Photos

Shutter Speed vs. Focal Length Rule for Razor Sharp Photos

Have you ever wondered why some of your images are not as sharp as they should be? Or have you noticed that the more you zoom in with that nice new lens of yours, the trickier it is to get sharp images? If the answer is yes, then you definitely need to master shutter speed vs. focal length rule for those razor sharp photos and no more camera shake! It may sound more complicated than it really is, so let's see how that rule of thumb works...