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THROW BACK PHOTO GUIDE TO SANTORINI (PART1)

You know that Greek little village with the white washed buildings sitting in the caldera? If you’ve seen any of those photos, they were very likely of Oía, Santorini. The place of magical sunsets. But also a place of mass tourism. Heaven and hell at the same time.


HOW TO FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Itchy feet? Long bucket list, but short on budget? Looking for inspiration? Wondering where to go next? Wonder no more. Here are five tips for finding inspiration and your next destination. 


WHY I’M SUCH AN INSTAFAILURE – EVERYONE’S A TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER ON INSTAGRAM

Instagram has become the number one platform for achieving a stronger online presence. Whether you promote a brand, a product, your blog, or your cat having massive following on Instagram will bring you more engagement than other social media channels. It’s no wonder that we all want to up our instagame. As it turns out, travel photography is very popular and women are more successful instagrammers. If this is true, how can I be such a terrible instafail?


BASS ROCK – PICTURE PERFECT LOCATION

I’m in love. In love with the Scottish coast, the rough nature, the lively winds. If you don’t mind a bit of wind, walking along a golf field, or trespassing for a photo, you should definitely get a shot of the Bass Rock. You’ll fall in love with it too. Promise.


BLOWN AWAY BY LIGHT ON CALTON HILL

Visited Edinburgh and was blown away. Literally. The city is magnificent – history, architecture, seven hills and stunning views. And quite a bit of rain. Don’t forget the wind either. Perhaps not the best preconditions for being outdoors with a camera. But the hopeful traveller doesn’t dive up that easily.


WHY WOMEN ARE SO BAD AT LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY?

Women are awful at landscape photography. Capturing, editing, and showcasing astounding landscape photos, making YouTube tutorials about shooting and post-processing is a man’s craft. Or is it?


BAD WEATHER: IT’S NEVER OVER TILL IT’S OVER

What a dreadful rainy overcast day. Autumn is here. Bad weather’s here. Although the season brings a cascade of warm gold colours to landscapes, it often sucks out the light of them (pun totally intended). What I mean is that there’s more often than not a thick cloud cover blocking the light. Everything seems so grey. And on top of that it’s even windy. Dreadful weather. This can’t be good for photography. Or can it?


GLOWING GALWAY – WHY I LOVE RAIN

After the rain is before the rain. That surely is true for Ireland, even more so for the West coast of the island. Drenched more than once, you wish your camera was weather proof. Which it obviously isn’t. The times I had to swipe raindrops from my lenses, each time hoping not to completely smear the glass. And the times I was trying to dry the camera from the water, each time hoping it didn’t actually enter the body. But the rain brings something wonderful, too. Dramatic skies and vivid colourful sunsets and sunrises.


WHEN YOU SHOT IN JPEG – DREI ZINNEN / TRE CIME

I’ve made a terrible mistake. I finally had the opportunity to hike up to the magnificent Drei Zinnen, the crown jewel of the Dolomites. I was fortunate enough to experience a sunset and sunrise there. The light was fantastic, clouds wrapped around the peaks. Magic. A dream come true. I took so many images. The horror came in the morning; I realized I shot all of them in basic JPEG.


PIER INTO THE SUNSET – BRIGHTON

Bright, brighter, Brighton. A small beach town in England, only an hour away from London, but worlds apart from the bustling city. Brighton is an idyllic seaside paradise with pebble beaches, a pier topped with an amusement park, and old historic pier (my personal favourite), the i360 and, to much of the displeasure of the locals and tourists alike, without a Ferris wheel (more on this maybe some other time). But still with lots of greasy fish and chips. Yummyumm. Mostly. Depends. Have rather mixed feelings about eating fish.