Why Paris Is a Great Place for an Amateur Photographer

If you are looking for a good spot to take pictures, Paris is the perfect place. It does not matter if you are just an amateur photographer. The great views of the city will surely make your photos stand out. The place is already magnificent by itself. Imagine how greater it would be to capture it in the film.

Surely, you have heard of the Eiffel Tower. Who hasn’t? It is one of the most famous landmarks in the world. It is also one of the most beautiful spots to take pictures in. When you first arrive in France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the places that you need to visit. You can take photos outside or inside of the tower. The views are great from any angle.

The Notre Dame Cathedral is another great spot to go to. You should try amateur-photographershooting from down of the Seine’s riverbank. You can also go to the top of the bell towers to get a breathtaking view of the city. You can also join the tour inside if you have time on your hands.

Of course, the Louvre is a must-see, especially if you are a fan of museums and art. You can take photos both from the inside and from the courtyard. The architecture of museums is usually amazing. What’s more, the things you will find inside are beautiful and extraordinary. Do not forget to take photos of the glass pyramid and the fountain before you leave.

The Musee d’Orsay is another pretty sight. The museum is an old train station that has been converted to house paintings. Although you cannot take photos of the items inside, you can take photos from the outside. The museum has a magnificent architecture.

If you like stained glass, you would surely love the Sainte Chapelle, which is quite near Notre Dame. You enter Sainte Chapelle through the lower section. You can find the stained glass at the upper section. The entire place is awesome and great for pictures. The upper section is especially breathtaking, so you would really capture amazing shots.

After you visit the Sainte Chapelle, you can check out Le Conciergerie. It is where the famous Marie Antoinette was imprisoned. The architecture is lovely, and the history of the place would make your photos even more memorable.

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The gigantic Arc de Triomphe is another place you need to visit when in Paris. It is found at the end of Champs Elysees, with towers surrounding it. Do not complicate things and risk your life by attempting to cross. You can get there through the underground passage. You may also shoot from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

If you like to shake things up a little bit, you should add variety to your collection and just remember too keeping your private secure and safe are paramount that’s why you need a vpn for it. What is vpn and how does it works you make ask well it does and rather well for photography . Rather than shoot from tourist attractions alone, you can also take photos in train stations. It may seem odd to take photos in a crowded place like the Metro, but the Cite is a really good place to shoot.

 

 

French Holiday? What an Amateur Photographer Should Pack for the Trip

It’s finally happening. You’re going to France to capture the magic. What equipment do you need to take, to make sure the beauty shows up to advantage? Whether you’ve got your heart set on capturing the elegance of Paris at night, the romance of the Loire Valley, the beaches of St-Tropez, or the vineyards of Bordeaux and Burgundy, or, well, all of it, you’re going to have to pack carefully. You can’t take everything with you, but the wonders of France are worth a little luggage space, right?

Your basic kit Amateur Photographer Pack

Start with your favorite Digital SLR to give you as many options as possible. You’ll want to take a tripod, especially for night shots, and you’ll need a way to view and edit your photos without adding bulk to your luggage. My recommendation would take an iPad for quick, easy, and compact access, plus you can use it to catch up on Netflix while on your journey. From there, look at your itinerary and tailor your kit to cover it all.

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To get the clearest, most amazing photos of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Renaissance buildings, medieval churches, and Belle Époque Mansions of Burgundy and Nice, take one super-versatile lens, like an 18-200 mm. That can get you most of the shots you’ll want. However, adding an ultra-wide lens, maybe a 10-22 mm or a 12-24 mm, will let you get amazing interior shots. An extra lens won’t take up that much room.

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Here, of course, is where your tripod comes in. A monopod might be easier to pack, but won’t give you the shots you need, plus, there are some pretty amazing products out there these days, easy to pack and remarkably versatile.

Also, bring along a faster lens. Something along the lines of a 24mm f/2.8 with a fixed focal length would do just fine. If your fast lens is zoom rather than fixed, be sure that it doesn’t slow down in telephoto, or you won’t get the shots you want.

Sweeping landscapes

Loire River ValleyTo catch the beauty of the Loire River Valley or the vineyards of Bordeaux and Burgundy, you’re going to want a mid-range lens. If full, sweeping landscapes are one of your top priorities, you’re going to want to that zoom lens with an ultra-wide angle.

For most, a wide angle lens, something like a 17-40 mm, would give you plenty of versatility. You can, however, get away with a 24-70 mm as your go-to lens. A good telephoto lens could make you some amazing shots, especially if you’re trying to catch the beauty of the Chateau D’Usse or the solemnity of the beaches of Normandy.

Also, take a good general polarizing filter to make those colors pop and minimize glares and reflections from metal or water. If you have one, take a reverse graduated neutral density filter. It’s meant for sunrises and sunsets; which you know you’ll want to catch.

Let’s recap: your best DSLR, a packable tripod, one super-versatile zoom lens, an ultra-wide lens, a fast lens, and a couple of filters. Pack it and go!

4 Top Documentaries every aspiring Photographer Needs to Watch

There are dozens of great documentaries out there about photography, but a few films stand out as must-sees for anyone serious about photography. They range from stories about photographers themselves to a visually stunning barrage of images from around the world.

Whether you’re shooting with your iPhone camera or a fancy DSLR, watching these films can give you a new mindset and a new viewpoint as you document the world around you.

Check out the pros The Photographers (1998)

First and foremost, look at the National Geographic documentary film The Photographers (1998). This engaging film documents the lives of National Geographic’s amazing photographers, including Jodi Cobb, Jim Stanfield, and Michael “Nick” Nichols, from how they live their lives to how they get the incredible shots that fill the magazine.

Coming in at just under an hour, this film explores the techniques behind some of National Geographic’s most memorable images, as well as the sacrifices the photographers made to get those shots.

Documenting the horrors The HBO documentary Underfire

There are many films that explore the way individuals process conflict by documenting the horrors around them. The HBO documentary Underfire: The Untold Story of PFC Tony Vaccaro (2016) retraces the fashion/magazine photographer’s World War II experiences.

Though he was assigned as an infantryman with the 83rd Infantry Division in Europe, Vaccaro took more than 8,000 photos in less than a year. His work presented a view of war that was unprecedented at the time. Sickened by the terrible events he chronicled, Vaccaro resolved to never photograph war and conflict. Follow along as Vaccaro discusses the nature of conflict photography from how he got his shots to the moral dilemma of being both a soldier and a reporter.

Check out these other films about conflict photography: McCullin (2012), War Photographer (2002), Five Broken Cameras (2011).

Everyday photographers Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Other photographers focus on the people and places of the daily lives. Not for the fame and fortune of it, but simply because they feel compelled to do so. Finding Vivian Maier (2013) uncovers the mystery of an avid and talented street photographer who never really intended for her work to be shared.

The film recounts John Maloof’s quest to identify and research the fantastic street photographer he discovered when he purchased a lot of negatives at an auction. View the work of a nanny/caretaker whose street photography has been compared to some of the 20th century’s most critically-acclaimed photographers.

No story, just art Baraka

This last film is very different. It’s a visual record and nothing more, but it’s an utterly amazing visual record. Baraka (1992) follows none of the narratives of the other films, yet the lessons it can teach a photographer and observer are many watch this on Netflix.

From sweeping vistas to engaging portraiture, capturing stillness and motion, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson take viewers on a tour of the world. They captured landscapes, people, wildlife, and more in 25 countries. After you watch the movie, take a look at the book of still photography put together by Magidson.

Sorry Australian Netflix but American Netflix Has You Beat!

Netflix is accessed all over the world. In Australia, it has over a thousand titles. While this may seem a lot, it is actually much less than what the United States has.

American Netflix has over eight thousand titles. Even if there are titles that are unique to Australian Netflix, they still do not compare to those of American Netflix.

The number of TV shows and movies in the Australian Netflix is not even near that of the United States.

According to a recent research, Australian Netflix has 443 titles of TV shows and 1585 titles of movies at present. This gives them 38.29% of the United States TV Library and 34.51% of the United States Movie Library.

This year, however, it has been found that the catalog of TV shows and movies on American Netflix has shrunk. In fact, it has gotten smaller by 1/3 since 2014. In March 2014, the American Netflix library had about 1,600 TV shows and 6,500 movies.

In March 2016, there were only 1,200 TV shows and 4,330 movies. The statistics show that American Netflix TV shows have decreased by 26% while movies decreased by 33%.

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Nevertheless, American Netflix is still number one all over the world. It still has more titles than UK or Canada. Netflix launched in Australia in March 2015; and by the end of the year, more than 2.7 million Australians has gained access to Netflix.

It had over one million subscribers, but it was found out that Australians tend to quit using Netflix after their free trials.

This is not surprising because Australian Netflix is indeed inferior to its American counterpart. Australians are offered free Netflix for a month. After this limited period, they can continue the plan for about $10 Australian dollars (AUD) or $7.99 United States dollars (USD) per month.

If you are in Australia and you want to catch up on your favorite shows, you should consider using a VPN especially if you want to know how to get US Netflix in Australia.

netflixA lot of American TV shows and movies are not available in other countries for streaming mainly due to copyright issues. Even if the show can be seen in that particular country, it may still not be available on Netflix if the rights have already been reserved to another broadcaster.

With a VPN, you can still watch your favorite shows and movies just like you used to back in the United States.

The VPN will trick your browser into thinking that you are still in the United States instead of abroad. Instead of the IP address that you have in Australia, you will be provided with a different IP address that you and other Netflix users can share to bypass the restrictions of Australian Netflix.

More than two hundred thousand Australians also use VPNs to hide their real IP addresses and access the American Netflix.

Then again, you may not need to use a VPN if all you are after are popular series such as How I Met Your Mother, Lost, and Orange is the New Black. These shows are available in the Australian Netflix.

 

Writing In My Second Language (English)

writerFor many people, French is a very romantic language. France, after all, is a very romantic place, with its beautiful sceneries. It is typical for American students to be taught French in school. However, this does not mean that English is left behind. In fact, a lot of people prefer English to French or any other languages.

English is a practical language. It is widely used all over the world. Hence, it is not surprising for a French writer to now prefer to write in English, especially since she lives in the United States. It just makes more sense to write in English when you are in an English-speaking country and you want to reach out to a wider demographic.

As a French woman, English is not my first language. I had to learn it in school and practice using it by communicating with people who speak English. I am fascinated by this language because it is easy to learn, ubiquitous, and simply wonderful. Writing in English has a smooth flow. It is not complicated. Even the alphabet is easy to write.

writing-in-englishEnglish is also the chosen language of people who wish to get ahead in life. After all, it is a universally accepted lingua franca. Wherever you go in the world, there is always someone who speaks English. In addition, it is the language used in finance and business. It is also predominantly used in music and film. English has certainly gained global popularity.

Another interesting fact about English is that it is impossible to tell if it has more or fewer words than other languages. Unlike other languages, it does not have a regulator. It does not have a central body. So, there is nobody to fix spelling patterns and do other modifications. Nobody is also there to prevent the language from evolving.

If you go to another country, you may be surprised to hear that their English is different. They may have a different spelling or pronunciation for certain things that essentially mean the same. The words ‘color’ and ‘color’, for example, are both correct. They are both in English and they are both used to refer to the same thing.

With all these being said, it is not surprising for a French female writer to fall in love with the English language. Just like her native French, it can also be romantic. It can also be used to write beautiful stories, letters, and poems. It can be used to captivate the audience or readers. English is just as beautiful as French, maybe even more.