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How to Use Automatic Digital Camera Modes Creatively

How to Use Automatic Digital Camera Modes Creatively

Most digital cameras are equipped with various automatic modes (or presets) that help beginner photographers get more control over the resulting images without venturing too far into camera settings. If you don't feel quite ready for semi-manual or manual modes, you may start discovering your camera from these presets, letting the camera help you according to the situation. By understanding how the automatic presets work, you will learn how to use them creatively and to adapt them to various cases.

You in Paris: Festive Lights for Izabella and Family

You in Paris: Festive Lights for Izabella and Family

For their second portrait session in Paris with Better Travel Photos, Izabella chose the time right before Christmas. This time, our photographer Catherine O'Hara took Izabella and her family on a stroll around the Notre Dame cathedral, along the Seine river, to the famous Place des Vosges in the Marais and finally to Place Vendôme for some festive lights. Of course, this portrait session would not have been the same without their cute little dog in its tiny red scarf, that easily made everyone smile!

How to Hold a Camera Safely and Steadily for Great Travel Images

How to Hold a Camera Safely and Steadily for Great Travel Images

Holding a camera safely and steadily is one of the key moments for getting great quality images. By combining it with Shutter Speed vs. Focal Length Rule you will get the sharpest travel photographs possible. Whether you have recently bought your first DLSR camera or it's been with you for a while, check out these 8 easy steps and make sure you hold your camera correctly for the maximum steadiness and the best results.

You in Paris: A Babymoon for Stevie and Jack

You in Paris: A Babymoon for Stevie and Jack

Stevie and Jack came to Paris in November, when the trees were still dressed in their golden outfits, looking for a photographer to capture their "babymoon" in the City of Light. They met our photographer Elena Usacheva for a stroll around the Eiffel tower, in the courtyard of the Louvre and along the Seine river. What a perfect day, a perfect setting and a wonderful couple, embarking upon one of life’s most precious miracles!

Exhibit at Galerie Argentic: The Humanists

Exhibit at Galerie Argentic: The Humanists

After winter celebrations are over, the presents are unwrapped and street decorations are taken down, January often seems oh so quiet. If you happen to be in Paris, you may enjoy this peaceful time, and while wondering around Quartier Latin, take some time to pop into Galerie Argentic, located only a few steps away from the famous rue Mouffetard. This month the gallery features a collection of original black-and-white prints by the most famous French humanist photographers, such as Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Edouard Boubat, and Izis among others.

5 Creative Ideas To Capture the Festive Mood of The Winter Season

5 Creative Ideas To Capture the Festive Mood of The Winter Season

Shorter days and longer nights, festive decorations and lights, presents and cards for family and friends, Christmas and New Year celebrations, smell of cinnamon, cloves and oranges, time spent with our loved ones - it all makes the winter Holiday Season a very special time of year. It's also the time to get the cameras out and head in search of more magic photos! Here are some 5 ideas on how to capture festive moods during holiday season to get your started.

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Correct Perspective

Lightroom Tutorial: How to Correct Perspective

In a great photo, everything is important: the subject, the composition, the colours, the light, the perspective. Speaking of the latter, if the horizon or vertical lines in the photo are slightly off, this will affect the overall impact of the image. Luckily, Lightroom has some great tools for easy removal of distortions caused by the lens and correction of perspective distortion in the photo. In this tutorial we will show how to easily correct any distortions in your photos and make them shine.

Exhibits at MEP: 1st Biennial of Contemporary Arab World Photographers

Exhibits at MEP: 1st Biennial of Contemporary Arab World Photographers

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris has prepared some great photographic surprises for its visitors at the end of year 2015. Six exhibitions dedicated to travel photography are presented on four floors of the Hôtel Hénault de Cantobre, a classic example of 18th century Parisian architecture. From a retrospective of Magnum's Bruno Barbey to the portraits of Moroccans to young photographers exploring the world, this time it's a real feast for a travel photographer's eye!

You in Paris: Family Portrait Session for Pang, Justin and daughters

You in Paris: Family Portrait Session for Pang, Justin and daughters

It all seems so special when you are 3 years old and your parents take you and your younger sister to Paris for the first time! You can look at the Eiffel tower, run along the Bir Hakeim bridge, jump in Daddy's hands, pick up the biggest tree leaf you can find, have a lollipop and give lots of smiles to photographer Elena Usacheva following you around this beautiful city with a camera! Pang, Justin and their two little girls met our photographer Elena while visiting Paris in October, and here is the result...

You in Paris: A Wedding Day Full of Love for Natasha and Jules

You in Paris: A Wedding Day Full of Love for Natasha and Jules

A romantic portrait session in Paris becomes even more special when turned into a wedding day! Natasha and Jules first met in New York several years ago and then decided to get married in the very heart of the City of Light. This October, they met our photographer Nadia Gric for a stroll in Luxembourg Gardens right before exchanging their vows in the presence of their close family and friends in the Townhall of the 6th arrondissement. On that sunny day, they were the happiest couple ever! Our sincere congratulations to Natasha and Jules!

Same But Different: How To Improve Your Photography By Coming Back to the Same Locations

Same But Different: How To Improve Your Photography By Coming Back to the Same Locations

As travel photographers, we are always in search of new and exciting places to go to and to photograph, whereas the area where we live often does not seem as inspiring. Have you ever said to yourself: "I've been to that place so many times, I know it by heart, so what else can I photograph there?" If yes, then it's time to go there again and look at it with new eyes. Let's look at how to make the most out of familiar places and how to improve your photography by going back to the same spots over and over again.

Exhibit: Who is Afraid of Women Photographers?

Exhibit: Who is Afraid of Women Photographers?

November is best known as the "month of photography" in Paris: from its biggest and most famous photography fair Paris Photo in the Grand Palais to hundreds of various photo shows in the galleries and art spaces all over the city. This year, Musée d'Orsay together with Musée de l'Orangerie present a two part magnificent photo exhibition "Who Is Afraid Of Women Photographers?" - a tribute to women's role in the history of photography.