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!
It's been two years since we last wrote about one of the most bodacious photographic events in Paris, Photoquai. In 2015, the fifth biennial of the images of the world is back on the embankment of the Seine river, under the direction of the very same Frank Kalero, who did such a great job in 2013, when the event attracted more than half a million visitors. This time Photoquai 2015 unites photographic series of 40 contemporary photographers from various corners of the world under the theme "We Are Family".
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.
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...
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!
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...