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.


Capturing Time Travel: Provins Medieval Festival

Capturing Time Travel: Provins Medieval Festival

The Medieval Festival in Provins is one of the most colourful and entertaining outdoor events to be visited in France in mid-June. Located only and hour and a half drive from Paris, the medieval city of Provins with its fortifications and well-preserved city walls is recognised as a UNESCO world heritage site and makes a perfect setting for a large costumed two-day festival. This year, the theme of the 33rd festival edition was "Travel and discovery", and, as you may guess, this was a journey both in space and in time, an event that no travel photographer can miss!

You in Paris: Half a Century of Love for Dee and Al

You in Paris: Half a Century of Love for Dee and Al

A romantic date in the Marais area of Paris, full of charming mansions dating back to the 17th century, hidden gardens, picturesque cafés. Warm hugs, gentle kisses, a glass of wine on the terrace, and of course lots of giggles! Photographer Catherine O'Hara, who recently met Diane and Al for a portrait session, summed it up in just one phrase: "Fourty-seven years of marriage and still crazy about each other!"

Storytelling Through Photography: Historic Flood in Paris

Storytelling Through Photography: Historic Flood in Paris

You may have heard of historic floods that happened in Paris and over the bigger part of Europe in late May and early June this year. After several days of torrential rains, the Seine and Loire rivers brought their swollen waters towards the French capital, causing much surprise and trouble to the city dwellers, boat owners and museum keepers. While city services were continuously working on minimising the havoc the flooding caused, some Parisians headed out towards the embankments and the bridges, camera in hand, to capture the exceptional views it produced.

Reflections in Photography: A World to Explore

Reflections in Photography: A World to Explore

In photography, one of the most interesting and fun things to capture and to experiment with are reflections. Whether in the city or out in nature, reflective surfaces are all around us. So why not use them for an extra level of interest in your travel photos? Let's see when and how to use reflections in photography and what may come out of it...

You in Paris: Romantic Sunrise Walk in Paris for Jody and Sharon

You in Paris: Romantic Sunrise Walk in Paris for Jody and Sharon

For their first wedding anniversary, Jody decided to surprise his wife Sharon with a romantic portrait session during their visit to the City of Light. Our photographer Elena Usacheva met them both at sunrise and took them for a stroll around the Notre Dame Cathedral and later to the area around the Eiffel tower. Jody and Sharon had enough courage to start their session as early as 7 a.m. and enjoyed not only the softest possible light on a sunny day, but also the city that belonged only to them!

Lightroom Tutorial: 6 Quick Steps to Make Your Photos Pop

Lightroom Tutorial: 6 Quick Steps to Make Your Photos Pop

Getting great photos straight out of the camera without any editing is every photographer's aspiration. In practice, while the choice of settings and composition are of course to be done in camera, images taken in certain light and weather conditions may need an extra kick. Besides, if you shoot in RAW format (which we absolutely recommend), basic post-processing is inevitable to make the files usable for prints or sharing online. We have therefore put together six Lightroom tips and tricks for making your images pop in only a few minutes!

Paris Behind Closed Doors: a Visit to the Hôtel de Ville

Paris Behind Closed Doors: a Visit to the Hôtel de Ville

When in Paris, have you ever wondered what is hiding behind the closed doors of its numerous magnificent buildings? While museums and churches are open to the public, certain edifices first of all serve their direct purpose and can only be visited during Heritage Days in September. One of such venues is the Hôtel de Ville de Paris, the Town Hall of the City of Paris. Besides Heritage Days, when the building gets very crowded, the Hôtel de Ville organises guided group visits several times a year, balancing them with the busy schedule of local administration. This year, I had the chance to be a part of such a visit, camera in hand and I can't wait to share my discoveries with you!

You in Paris: Best Couple Moments of 2015

You in Paris: Best Couple Moments of 2015

There is one sure way to start smiling: to revisit the photos we took of our wonderful couples during the past year in Paris. Each session brings back plenty of fantastic memories of that day, the moments of affinity and joy, of jokes and laughter, sweet surprises and unexpected catches. We thank our participants again for sharing these moments with us!

You in Paris: Elegant Engagement Portrait Session for Karen and Mario

You in Paris: Elegant Engagement Portrait Session for Karen and Mario

Karen and Mario traveled all the way from Indonesia to Paris for a romantic couple portrait session around the iconic landmarks of the City of Light. They met our photographer Catherine O'Hara around the Louvre, walked along the Seine river and swans, stopped by the ornate Alexandre III bridge, and continued to the Eiffel tower. This elegant portrait session ended with Edmond getting on his knee and offering his heart and a ring to his beautiful fiancée right by the Eiffel tower. Our congratulations to this lovely couple!

Mysteries of Watermarking the Photographs: to Be or Not to Be?

Mysteries of Watermarking the Photographs: to Be or Not to Be?

To watermark or not to watermark your photos? That is the question! Watermarking is one of those endless photographers' debates of the digital era. Some say a work should be signed before publishing it online, whereas others argue that a watermark distracts from the image and does not prevent it from being copied. And as it often happens in such discussions, there is no absolute right answer. Every photographer is free to decide whether to watermark his or her images, and if so, how to do it. Let's have a look at the pros and cons, as well as at the key moments of proper watermarking.