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. Read the latest posts below or visit The BTP Blog:
Little baby girl Faye traveled all the way from England to Paris with her parents Kayleigh and Adam. She was seriously impressed by the Eiffel tower and the views from the Bir Hakeim bridge! For her first Parisian portrait session, Faye wore a fluffy tutu and sent her prettiest smiles right into the camera, while our photographer Nadia Gric danced around with the camera capturing the best ones. We are already looking forward to seeing Faye, Kayleigh and Adam back in Paris next September!
Another year has passed, and the World Press Photo Foundation presents the new winners of the World Press Photo Awards 2015. Approximately 100 exhibits showcasing the best images taken by photojournalists in 2014 are presented simultaneously in a variety of cities around the world: from Paris to Mexico City, from Montreal to Kyoto, from London to Wellington. Presented as "the most popular traveling photo event in the world", WPPA exhibit is definitely not to be missed!
Sunsets in Paris can be very different: some are flamboyantly bright, while others are soft-hued and delicate, setting the sky on fire only for just a few minutes before night fall. Such was a warm afternoon in late July, when Melissa and David met photographer Elena Usacheva for a romantic stroll around the Eiffel tower, starting at the ornate Bir Hakeim bridge and ending on the Champ de Mars with the Eiffel tower magically twinkling in the background...
August is a very special time in Paris: the summer is in full swing but the city is unusually quiet, green and enjoyable. What can be better than a walk around almost empty courtyards of the Louvre, a morning stroll along the Seine river, or a cup of coffee in a nearby café with your loved one? Soon to be married, Pyae Mon and Phyo Min did exactly that in the company of our photographer Catherine O'Hara. That morning, the City of Light belonged to this lovely couple!
How do you spice up your travel photography, stimulate your creativity and practice various photo techniques at the same time? Start your day with a photographic self assignment! Focusing on one single idea or task at a time will be your guide, will make you more disciplined and will get you to think outside the box. And beside this, you will end up with a great series of photos that you can share with your friends and family, or maybe even enter a photo contest! Here are 5 ideas of self assignments for better travel photos.
Each year at the end of August, several streets in northern Paris explode in one of the biggest, loudest and most colourful festivities: the Ganesha Festival. Streets bursting with colours, traditional Indian music from every corner, the smell of incense and jasmin flowers, smiling people dressed in their best clothes - everything blends together in the atmosphere of celebration! If you are ready for one the most flamboyant sides of the City of Light, grab your camera and join me for an unforgettable walk among the worshipers of Ganesha.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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!"
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.