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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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How to photograph Sakura - the Japanese Cherry Blossom

How to photograph Sakura - the Japanese Cherry Blossom

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. 

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Up your Instagram game in Paris

Up your Instagram game in Paris

Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower are staples of any trip to Paris, but if you want to up your Instagram game, then you are going to need more than just a snap of the Iron Lady to make it stand out. I went through the back catalogue of the Aperture Tours' resident Paris photographers to find what was trending in their feeds.

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The Best Places to Explore in 2018

The Best Places to Explore in 2018

2018 is upon us at last, and with it, it brings new opportunities, new experiences and the chance to explore new cities around the globe. In the previous year we have been worked hard to dive into the underbelly of the most photogenic cities in the world; find the best places to shoot, hide, eat and drink, so you will have no excuses when you go travelling in 2018 as to what to do when you touch down

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Photography 101: Framing

Photography 101: Framing

If you put a box around something, people will want to look inside; It is one of the fundamental rules of photography, although, rules are meant to be broken. You do not need to consciously think about the law of gravity each time you go for a walk, although knowing it exists explains why your feet stay on the ground. 

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Five intriguing facts about Versailles

Five intriguing facts about Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is simply the most opulent building ever built anywhere in the world. It is the palace that other palaces were based on. With a complex and rich history, it is hard to scratch the surface, but I have a few hand-crafted stories to tell that may be a little off-beat from what you might already know about the Château de Versailles.

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How to Shoot Fireworks

How to Shoot Fireworks

I have had a few people ask me to spill some of my secrets about shooting fireworks after seeing my Bastille Day images, so I thought I would divulge what I know to help you get the best from your fireworks wherever in the world you might be celebrating them. It is not an exact science, as every display is different, and even within the same show things will change, but I will set down the foundations from where you can start to play.

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A promenade through Quinze-Vingts

A promenade through Quinze-Vingts

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.

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Processing Images and RAW power

Processing Images and RAW power

Taking a good photo is only one part of the photography process. An excellent image is often worked on in a digital darkroom to get the most out of the original image. Darkroom is not a new procedure, although the technique is different with computers, the principals are the same as a chemical darkroom. We have a little introduction to the power of RAW images. 

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Composition Is Your Friend

Composition Is Your Friend

For some of us, the artistic side can feel much more daunting, expressing yourself creatively may not come naturally, but much like the technical, knowing the rules and applying them is what takes our photography to the next level.

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Best place to photograph Notre-Dame de Paris

Best place to photograph Notre-Dame de Paris

Long before the Eiffel Tower dominated the Paris skyline, there was another building synonymous with the City of Love, Notre-Dame de Paris. The Medieval Catholic Cathedral is the city's most celebrated and photographed church buildings. But where is the best place to photograph of Notre-Dame? We've scouted the area to give you the best views from every angle so you are sure to get the best image of Notre-Dame.

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How to make a time-lapse video

How to make a time-lapse video

What would happen if we took one photo every minute, and then played them back at 25 frames per second? The result would be a magnificent hyper-realistic compression of time. We call this a time-lapse, and I've created a video that will explain all the steps you need to know so you can make your very own. 

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Best place to photograph the Louvre

Best place to photograph the Louvre

From its beginnings as a medieval fortress protecting the Franks from the Vikings to being the residence of the King before becoming the largest museum in the world, the Louvre has had a fanciful history with many ups and down. With such an iconic building in front of you, it can be a daunting task to photograph. So, where does one start?

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Monet’s Garden in Giverny

Monet’s Garden in Giverny

Visiting the gardens is not only a springtime event. The gardens are open from March until November and continuously change throughout the year. Monet dedicated himself to documenting the French countryside and would continually paint the same scenes at various points of the year, focusing on the shifting light and the passing of the seasons.

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