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Photo: Boy at the Fushimi Inari Taisha with a green umbrella

It was a rainy day at the Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto, and almost everyone had an umbrella, but nobody looked as awesome as this young chinese boy with his green umbrella contrasting with the red torii.

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Video: The work of Sebastiao Salgado

Among the photographers I appreciate the most, there is Sebastiao Salgado, and I’d like to share with you this beautiful video slideshow featuring his work.

One of the rules a beginner photographer has to learn is to never shoot towards the light. Always have it on your side or your back. But…

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Photo: The Falling Horse

This horse was a little nervous before going crazy, prancing and falling on his back. As far as I know, the horse is safe now.

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Photo manipulation according to National Geographic

National Geographic doesn’t like photographic filters, and this totally makes sense to me. In a message from the Director of Photography of National Geographic, it is clearly stated about digital filters: “please stop”.

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Travel Planning: What to put in your camera bag

Deciding what to put in your travel camera bag can be a daunting task. In this field, there’s a law that always apply: the Murphy’s law. What we can do is choosing the gear to bring with a little planning, just to minimize the Murphy’s law effect. We can’t just avoid it!

During our travel planning series, we have crafted a well thought travel shot list. With this shot list in mind, we can start to think what gear will be necessary to our purpose.

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Photo editing is what I love, and I hate who's against it

It always happens. I always find someone who thinks photo editing is a toy for kids, and serious photographers stick with what the camera produces. This is the first rant of my blog, and I’ll write exactly what I think of them. They’re ignorant.

Why do I think they’re ignorant? Because they ignore photography history, ignore what photo editing actually is, and ignore what photography itself is. I hate when someone looks at me from above and says, with a presumption of superiority: “Ah… so you do image editing…”, implying my photography can’t be that good.

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Travel Planning: Craft a photo shot list for your Travel Photography

Crafting a photo shot list is the next step after you have studied your Travel Photography destination using guidebooks, you have tuned your expectations, and you have hired a fixer. By now you should know I’m fond of planning when it comes to Travel Photography. I want to know almost exactly what I’m going to shoot, but this doesn’t mean my photo shot list is carved in stone, in fact, I always try to be adaptable to the situation.

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The Smithsonian Photo Contest finalists announced

If you like photo contests, you may want to take a look at the finalists of the 9th Smithsonian Photo Contest. These are the ten finalists in the travel category. You can click on the images to go to the Smithsonian Magazine website and vote for your favorites. Don’t forget to take a look at the images in the other categories: Altered Images, Americana, The Natural World and People.

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Travel Planning: Get a fixer for your Travel Photography

Taxi Driver by Davide Petilli

When you have an idea of what you intend to do in the country you’re going to shoot, it’s time to hire a fixer or find a travel companion. Depending on the area you’re going, you can easily feel overwhelmed, and the help of a local can be invaluable for your Travel Photography.

A fixer is a person who helps you get around safely. She speaks the local language, and she can serve as a translator. If you can’t speak the a language, a translator becomes crucial in boosting your Travel Photography productivity.

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Travel Planning: Tune your travel destination expectations

In the first part of the travel planning series, we discussed how guidebooks are the first step in the preparation process. By now you should have a draft of your trip schedule. The next step is forming an idea of what we should expect to find when we arrive at our travel destination. The best way to develop this idea is to look at what other photographers have already done.