Capturing the Atmosphere in Night Photos

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One of the changes coming with my «new» blog this year will be a complete new layout. This is still work in progress. However in addition, throughout the year, I will add new features to my blog, and today I introduce one of them.

Every so often, I will publish practical tips about how to get better photos. This blog, though, is mostly about creativity and although it’s based on my approach to photography I hope it have relevance to other creative disciplines as well. Thus, very concrete tips on shooting don’t really belong here. Instead, I will post them on the educational blog for Blue Hour Photo Workshops and only make a reference with a link here on In Flow.

This is the first tip I will present this way:

When you want to capture photos in the night, there is in particular one thing you should be aware of. Obviously everything is going to be darker and thus you would most likely need to use a tripod or at least amp up the ISO-setting significantly. Otherwise, the captured photo will be very blurry—which of course can be used creatively if that’s your intention.

However, what I really have in mind is quite something different. Look up this super advise for better night photos.

On a different note: As announced a couple of times I will draw a winner who will be able to participate in my online photo workshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» later in May. The deadline is now passed and the drawing will take place later this week. The winner will be announced in my blog post on Monday.

Last Week’s Instagram

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Once a week—or every so often—I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last week. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. Except for the technical details beneath the pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have.

Facts about the photo: This photo was captured with a Canon Eos 5D with a 24-105 mm lens set at 105 mm, 1/125 second and f/16. The photo was transfered to my cell phone and processed in Snapseed with the filter Drama.

The Streets of Prague

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This weekend I have been teaching a photo workshop in Prague. Prague is maybe one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and a dream for most photographers, whether professionals or just enthusiasts. That fact is even a challenge in itself when visiting Prague, because everywhere you go there are plenty of other photographers or tourists with cameras exploring every corner of the city core.

It’s hard to capture the authentic life in of people living in Prague, at least if you don’t venture out of the old town, away from the famous bridge or the equally famous castle. On the other hand, photographing tourists can be another way of capturing Prague as the attractive city it is. Still, as the participants of my workshop has experienced, you don’t have to venture far out from the tourist drag to find where the locals gather. Prague is renowned for its café life, and every local has a preferred café or pub.

For me it’s been really inspiring to see how the participants of the workshop have been working hard and found they own way of capture the Czech capital where they are making photos that are telling the stories of locals or photos telling stories about the massive tourist invasion.

When teaching a workshop I don’t have much time to shoot on my own, but nevertheless, here are a few impressions of my own during this visit of Prague.

Come to Prague!

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Some time ago, I launched a complete new workshop. In the end of September I will teach a photo workshop in Prague. I have been to this vibrant capital of the Czech Republic many a time, but this is the first time I make an attempt to teach a workshop there.

I really look forward to be able to show the participants this amazing city—and of course to let them photograph its charm and radiance. The Czech capital has an interesting historical downtown, is famous for its cafes, the beautiful bridges over the river Vltava and not the least Hradčany Castle. Most of all, though, it’s a city full of life and vibrancy, which I think will be the biggest attraction for participants in a photo workshop. For any photographer who loves street photography Prague is a dream come true.

«Street photography in Prague» takes place over an extended weekend. Maybe it’s something for you to consider attending? Of course, if you live in a different continent it doesn’t make much sense to go to Prague for only half a week. However, for anyone situated in Europe Prague is easily accessible and often remarkably inexpensive to reach. And if you are not in Europe maybe attending the workshop could be combined with an extended visit to Europe. Prague is worth a visit of its own. Even if you don’t attend my workshop, I would recommend the Czech capital, any old day.

My workshop is inexpensive and will be an inspiration for anyone who either loves to photograph street life or are interested in getting into street photography. It will take place from Friday to Monday the last weekend of September. I promise you an extraordinary experience. For more information about the workshop, have a look at the web site of Blue Hour Photo Workshops.