When I started running photography tours for visitors to Paris, I didn't expect it would be so popular. It was something I did because I am passionate about photography, love travelling myself, and love my city, so I enjoyed the company and showing people how to get better photos of the City of Light. Some six years later, and we now have 36 amazing photographers working in 17 cities across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. We host week-long workshops in exotic destinations like Oman and Japan, and we host over 1,000 photographers each year, discovering how to get the best from their camera while being led by a local professional photographer.
My job has changed quite a lot in the last six years, from just taking tourists around Paris between other photographer gigs, to becoming the full-time head of this fantastic group of photographers that surround me. One of the great joys has been helping to promote the work and talent of our photographers.
I try not to stay behind my computer all the time, and still, get out there and shoot as often as I can. These blogs and photo essays have been the most creative and expressive way I have been able to do that, and this will be out 100th blog we are throwing onto the site. We've covered in-depth technical discussions, featured exciting hidden locations, and got to look at the work of our photographers in depth. So for our 100th blog, I wanted to take a look back at some of the most popular blogs we've written and shared them with you to celebrate this milestone.
The western districts of Hong Kong have been up and coming since the MRT was extended to the far reaches of the island in 2014, the workshops are moving out, and the kids are moving in. I wanted to check out what has popped up, so I jumped onto one of the historic trams and headed westward to find a bar, a restaurant and a sight for my series, Eat, Drink, See.
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 Tokyo photographer Lee Chapman and his image "Past in the Present".
If you want to skip the crowds of San Marco and experience beaches and farms, Universities and Luxury Hotels, and islands overflowing with the brightest most colourful houses you have ever seen, then island hopping in the Venice Lagoon is a journey you will adore. Discover the North Venice lagoon in the first of two parts about Venice’s Other Islands.
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.
It is challenging to think of Paris and not have the Eiffel Tower conger in your mind's eye. The structure is synonymous with Paris, but it is far from the only impressive site in the City of Light. Join me along the River Seine, and past the monument lined boulevards on a journey to what we think are the top 50 places that are not the Eiffel Tower.
Even though the Sakura, Japanese Cherry Blossom, is in flower for a little over a week each year, it is a highly anticipated event. Walking along a river path, or catching the view from the metro window, they explode with colour, vibrant shades of pink drip from every tree, and you appreciate their brief but symbolic power.
A visit to the market at the Chinatown Complex will show you the other side of Singapore - vibrant, busting with chaotic energy. The Complex doesn’t look like much on the outside, but step inside and transport yourself to a hive of activity filled from the hawker centre to the most extensive wet market in Singapore.
I love the beach, and I love swimming, but on the other hand, I hate sand. I am not much of a fan of chlorine, so to keep alive saltwater swimming I seek refuge inside the many sea baths that dot the Australian coast. I relish the idea that I can climb on the rocks and swim laps in a saltwater pool, protected from the sharks, rip tides, and the sand.
There could not be a more iconic image of Lisbon than the little yellow trams rattling through the steep hills of the Portuguese capital, all but bowling down little old ladies as it roars through the tiny streets. Join me as I ride one of these historic trams and explore my favourite places along route №28 of Lisbon's Trams.
It does not host the Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower, and it is not as flashy as Saint-Germain-des-Pres. There are no grand Haussmannian boulevards or any major Parisian monument, and it is exactly this reason that makes the Quartier Quinze-Vingts quintessentially Parisian.
Throughout my childhood, my scrapbooks were filled with the black and white strip photos from a chemical photo booth. In Berlin, the chemical photo booth has made a resurgence, with over two dozen booths across the city. Their charm reinstated into the social fabric of the energetic youth of Berlin; a fixture of a night out linked inexplicable with friends and fun times.
I use my camera everyday for 6 years, that's a lot of clicks, 148,558 to be exact. So I am in the market for a new camera. My dilemma: full frame, or cropped frame? So I took both on a test drive around Paris to see the real world differences.
The largest city in continental Europe can become busy at times, lucky there is salvation. For around every corner lies a treasure trove of quirky facades, quaint streets and the cutest small parks and gardens... if you know where to look for them. Discover our ten favourite secret parks of Paris.
Depth of field can be an easy concept to understand, but practicing it isn’t always straightforward. Which aperture you choose, which lens you use, what camera you are shooting with and even how close something is to your lens all play a large part of controlling Depth of Field. Throughout this post, the guys from Aperture Photo Tours in Paris, London, and Venice will be exploring all the elements that make up Depth of Field and how to take control of your camera.
You might be forgiven for thinking that I’ve watched a little too much Game of Thrones, recanting stories of Dragons in London as if I were Saint George and his sword. But I kid you not, I have seen countless dragons this past week, right in the very heart of London. Silver dragons with bright red tongues and a grimacing look in their eyes. I would be frightened... If they weren't made out of cast iron.
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Author: Alexander J.E. Bradley
Alexander is the founder of Aperture Tours which run photography tours in the most photogenic cities across the globe. A professional photographer for over a decade, Alexander enjoys shooting the surreal by mixing dreamlike qualities into his conceptual images.