Unpacking Tokyo's Districts: West

Unpacking Tokyo's Districts: West

With over 38 million people living in the most extensive urban sprawl in the world, Tokyo can be a tricky city to navigate at first. Adding to the difficulty is that there is no single central downtown core, but rather a string of city centres dotted across the capital, each with their own feel and flair. So we wanted to help you unpack the different neighbourhoods that make up this megatropolis. Part One - West: Shinjuku, Harajuku and Omotesando, Shibuya, Ebisu, and Roppongi.

Read More

Le Road Trip, version française

Le Road Trip, version française

Most people do not associate France with the classic road trip. Often a staple of any American adventure, it is rarely associated with the European continent, but this is a mistake. There is no better way to discover what the French countryside has to offer than in the front seat of a car, and some cheese in the back.

Read More

Paris Under the Snow is a Winter Wonderland

Paris Under the Snow is a Winter Wonderland

Growing up in Australia, snow is a big deal for me. It always has been. Before I race out the door, throwing myself down the stairs to try and be the first to catch a snowflake on my tongue, there are a few precautions I undertake. Follow my tips for shooting in the snow in Paris and join me on an adventure through a winter wonderland.

Read More

Five Reasons to Visit Tuscany this Spring

Five Reasons to Visit Tuscany this Spring

Tuscany is one of Italy's most visited regions, welcoming Italian and foreign tourists alike, but even Tuscany has some off the beaten path gems that can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. I can honestly say that there is not a single spot that I do not enjoy in Tuscany. I have collected some favourites I want to share with you. I am not including food and wine in these five reasons to visit Tuscany, because you already know about it.

Read More

When the Mist Rolls into Venice

When the Mist Rolls into Venice

I love going for a stroll in the early hours of the morning when the city is misty. The white blanket illuminating the Grand Canal in a soft hazy light, it makes it feel as if you are in a real-life fairytale, adding an otherworldly charm to an already stunning city. The gondola oarsmen push slowly down the canals until the mist engulfs them and they disappear. Winter is romantic in Venice.

Read More

Camera Filters - A practical application

Camera Filters - A practical application

For most trips when I travel, I will carry at least three filters with me that I consider essential in photography and produce effects that are near impossible to re-create in post-editing or post-processing. They are a six-stop neutral density (ND), ten-stop ND and a polarising filter.

Read More

Tips For Snow Photography

Tips For Snow Photography

Winter is descending upon us, and there is opportunity abound to capture snow-covered landscapes. Before freezing in the cold, I want to make sure I am well prepared, so I spoke with the Sony Alpha award-winning photographer Andy Yee, to get a couple of tips on how to take the best photos in a winter wonderland.

Read More

Vendors of the Paris-Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Vendors of the Paris-Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Considered the largest flea market in the world, the Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen-Paris is an institution of the French capital. Just outside the border of Paris proper, the market, which dates back to the mid-1800s, is older than many of the antiques sold within it. I discovered the market with my camera, and got up close and personal with the people who make it tick.

Read More

8 Reasons to go to Central Japan Right Now

8 Reasons to go to Central Japan Right Now

Kansai is not just Central Japan, it is the heart of Japanese culture, tradition and history. Nowhere else in the country can you find such a magnificent and diverse array of sights that will tantalise your senses. From the cultural and former capital of Kyoto to the bustling metropolis of Japan's second largest city, Osaka, and the countryside and seascapes that surround them, Kansai is genuinely the Japan of your imagination.

Read More

A walk along Regent's Canal

A walk along Regent's Canal

The Regent Canal towpath has all sorts of walking, running, cycling and sitting to be had along it. Families out for a walk, tourists who have wandered off from the Camden Markets, friends having a picnic, houseboat owners coming home with shopping from the market. The Regents Canal is a wonderful green space in the heart of London.

Read More

20 Images That Will Inspire You to Travel to Japan

20 Images That Will Inspire You to Travel to Japan

The Japanese are proud of their rich cultural heritage, and it shows everywhere you go. It is displayed in all aspects of life: architecture, landscaping, fashion, down to the presentation of restaurant menus. Let us dive in and explore Japan through our lens.

Read More

How to use a Polarising Filter

How to use a Polarising Filter

Reflections are often unwanted, and glare will wash out an image. Polarising filters counter the reflective measures and will deepen blues and add contrast to skies, reduce or remove reflections from water and windows and increase contrast and saturation. Let us go through the steps to get the best out of shooting with a Polarising Filter.

Read More

The Thousand Words: Andy Yee

The Thousand Words: Andy Yee

A picture tells a thousand words... and we are here to tell you a few more in our ongoing series A Thousand Words where we dig through the vault of talented photographers at Aperture Tours and get them to open up a little about some of their favourite images. This week we look at our Japan Workshop photographer Andy Yee and his image "The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest".

Read More

Singapore’s Vibrant Colours

Singapore’s Vibrant Colours

The Tamil community in Singapore is particularly active in Singapore, and it is mostly their culture and influences you will get to see around Little India - in everything from food to clothes. Little India is commonly known as Tekka in the Singaporean Indian community. Along Serangoon Road, you can find Tekka Centre which is a multi-use building complex comprising a wet market, food centre and shops. 

Read More

The Thousand Words: Clara Abi Nader

The Thousand Words: Clara Abi Nader

A picture tells a thousand words... and we are here to tell you a few more in our ongoing series A Thousand Words where we dig through the vault of talented photographers at Aperture Tours and get them to open up a little about some of their favourite images. This week we look at our Paris photographer Clara Abi Nader and her image "In the Oven".

Read More

We’ve updated our photography e-booklet

We’ve updated our photography e-booklet

We've updated our e-booklet again. Our comprehensive 124 page guide to everything photography related covers technical aspects, composition, portraiture and night photography. We've added new photos for better comprehension and added sections dedicated to aperture. Download it free from Aperture Tours.

Read More

The Thousand Words: Giovanni Piliarvu

The Thousand Words: Giovanni Piliarvu

A picture tells a thousand words... and we are here to tell you a few more in our ongoing series A Thousand Words where we dig through the vault of talented photographers at Aperture Tours and get them to open up a little about some of their favourite images. This issue, Giovanni Piliarvu.

Read More