Articles in Category: 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.


Exhibit: Paris Magnum at Hôtel de Ville

Exhibit: Paris Magnum at Hôtel de Ville

Just before Christmas, Paris City Hall opens its doors for yet another magnificent photography exhibition about the city and its dwellers in the turmoil of life and historical events, this time as seen by the world’s greatest photojournalists of Magnum agency throughout the 20th century. This show not only tells the history of Paris and its evolution in time, but also showcases some of the finest examples of photojournalism, including many timeless classics that can be seen printed in large format...

7 Steps to Clean Your DSLR Camera’s Sensor Yourself

7 Steps to Clean Your DSLR Camera’s Sensor Yourself

A dusty DSLR camera sensor is one of the worst photographer’s enemies. If you have ever spent time cloning out those endless ‘dust bunnies’ from a sunset sky on ten photos in a row, then you know what I mean. Dust gets inside the camera every time you switch lenses, or simply use your zoom as particles get sucked in the lens and finally end up on the camera sensor. All photographers face this issue, let alone travel photographers who spend most of the time outdoors. Knowing how to clean your camera’s sensor is something important that deserves special attention...

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Recover Details and Reduce Fringing in a Highly Contrasted Image

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Recover Details and Reduce Fringing in a Highly Contrasted Image

Highly contrasted scenes are not easy to photograph: even though the technology is advancing rapidly, our eyes still see more than we happen to capture on our camera’s sensor. When traveling, you may find yourself in different situations: taking a photo of interesting architecture against a very bright sky, capturing narrow medieval streets with strong shadows or a tropical sunset under the palm trees. While you can always opt for underexposing your image and only leave the silhouettes, for some photos you may prefer to keep the details in both highlights and shadows. In this Lightroom tutorial you will learn how to recover maximum information from a highly contrasted scene with minimal loss of quality.

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Easily Correct Blown Out Highlights

Lightroom Tutorial:  How to Easily Correct Blown Out Highlights

While traveling, we don’t always have the luxury to pick the best time of day for photography or to come back to the location when the light is what we are looking for. We take the photos when we can, the best we can. Then we go home and this is when post-processing comes into play: it may either save an image or enhance it for more impact. In this short tutorial, we'll start with an image that has some blown-out highlight issues and look at ways to correct them in Lightroom 5 with minimal loss of image quality.

Little known places to photograph London from the top

Little known places to photograph London from the top

When I think about photographing London from the top, The Shard and the London Eye come to my mind first. These famous landmarks offer magnificent bird's eye views over the British capital if you don’t mind paying the ticket entrance, patiently wait in line for your turn to have a good look and a chance to take your own photos of the vista. However, there are a few other spots in the city that offer interesting vantage points to photograph London from the top with surprising panoramas. The good news is that they are all quite close to each other and yet offer different views...

Understanding the Histogram to Improve Exposure in Your Photos

Understanding the Histogram to Improve Exposure in Your Photos

While taking photos, have you ever asked yourself or a fellow photographer whether your image is bright enough or dark enough? How can one know if the image is correctly exposed? How not to overdo it in post-processing? The answers to all these questions hide in a little graph called the Histogram, which is a valuable tool for any photographer. If you still feel a little intimidated by it, continue reading and we will shed some light on this mysterious yet easy to use tool for photographers...

Friendly Critique #2: Meditative Landscape

Friendly Critique #2: Meditative Landscape

For our second friendly critique we selected a photo taken by Henrik earlier this Fall. Henrik tells us his idea was to create a meditative image with the beautiful golden morning light and indeed, the combination of soft light, seascape and calm waters make for a very serene image. The image is well exposed to render the various tones correctly; the leading lines of the pier draw the eyes of the viewer towards the horizon and infinity, while the warm sky colours balance the cool tones of the water and pier...

How to “Tame” the White Balance on Your Digital Camera

How to “Tame” the White Balance on Your Digital Camera

White balance is a photography setting that many photographers have heard of but rarely use. Yet it is a simple and helpful tool not only to make your colour images look better, but also to give them an additional creative sparkle. As you might have already guessed, we are talking not about brightness or darkness of your photos, but about colours. We prepared this short guide to help you better understand white balance on your digital camera, and to use it in your photography for stunning results...

The Use of Model Releases in Travel and Street Photography

The Use of Model Releases in Travel and Street Photography

We often receive questions from tour participants about model releases in street or travel photography. Is a model release needed when photographing in the streets? If yes, how should you approach a person to get it signed, especially when you are after a candid shot and do not want to “spoil the moment”? These and other questions are often concerns for photographers. To help you consider your options, here are some throughts on street photography and model releases...

4 Tips for Finding Your Photography Muse in a New City

4 Tips for Finding Your Photography Muse in a New City

The plane has landed and you find yourself in a new place – a new city, a new country or maybe even a new continent. Your camera is charged and ready, lenses are wiped clean and you set off in search of amazing images. How to get inspired and to make the most out of a destination you have never visited before? Here are 4 tips on finding your own photographic Muse in a new city.

Useful Camera Addresses for Photographers Travelling to London

Useful Camera Addresses for Photographers Travelling to London

A major worry for travelling photographers is to have a faulty camera while on the road. While some problems can easily be fixed when on the go, sometimes a look from a serious professional is required to repair a damaged camera. If you happen to be in this unfortunate situation while in London, the city offers a number of good places to help out, whether you are looking for a simple fix to quickly recharge a dead battery, rent a tripod for some good night photography, or need to have a major repair job. We have compiled the following reliable addresses to quickly put you back in the photography saddle.

Friendly Critique #1: Landscape near Lourdes

Friendly Critique #1: Landscape near Lourdes

The image we selected for our first online critique was taken by Lou Alegre at the Museum of Lourdes in the south of France in May 2014. It is a landscape, showing a church bell on the left and another church in the distance, surrounded by greenery with a touch of yellow on the right. The light is even and light clouds add texture to the blue sky. The arch with a bell in the foreground adds depth to the scene, inviting us to explore further the hills and the church, as well as the architectural detail typical to the region...