100th blog: A Look Back at the Best

100th blog: A Look Back at the Best

Over the past 99 blogs posts, we've covered in-depth technical discussions, featured exciting hidden locations, and gotten 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 articles we've written and shared them with you to celebrate this milestone.

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Eat, Drink, See: Marais, Paris

Eat, Drink, See: Marais, Paris

The fashionable and hip Marais district is a melting pot in Paris. Once the city's principal Jewish Quarter, the temples and kosher restaurants are now side by side with hipster fashion boutiques and LGBT bars. It is a great place to stroll and get lost amongst the rich heritage so I went looking for a bar, a restaurant and a sight for my series, Eat, Drink, See.

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Eat, Drink, See: Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

Eat, Drink, See: Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

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.

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Discover Venice's Other Islands - North Lagoon

Discover Venice's Other Islands - North Lagoon

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.

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Eat, Drink, See: Kreuzberg, Berlin

Eat, Drink, See: Kreuzberg, Berlin

Welcome to Eat, Drink, See. A new blog series I have devised to pretend that eating good food, drinking choice beverages and seeing extraordinary places across the globe is somehow more ultraistic than self-indulgent and get you excited about a few of my favourite places starting with Kreuzberg in Berlin, the experimental alternative lifestyles capital of Europe that encourages art and artists from every walk of life.

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Camera Stores in Paris

Camera Stores in Paris

We've all been there before. You pack your camera and your tripod, and it isn't until you get to your destination that you realise you forgot your battery or your tripod plate and you find yourself scrambling for a camera store in a foreign country battling a language in which you can barely order a coffee. We have you covered with our comprehensive guide to Paris Camera Stores.

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Hidden Courtyards of Bastille

Hidden Courtyards of Bastille

The road leading from Bastille to Nation, the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, is one of the oldest streets in Paris, and when I find myself on it, the history of this working-class neighbourhood is tangible. One of the delightful quirks of the area is the labyrinth of little streets, passages and public courtyards that sprout from the Faubourg.

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Six intriguing facts about Mont-Saint-Michel

Six intriguing facts about Mont-Saint-Michel

As you travel across the far reaches of the Normandy countryside, where France meets the English Channel, the island that punctuates the skyline is one of the most instantly recognisable silhouettes in all of France. As you soak in the beauty of Mont-Saint-michel before your eyes, you continually wonder if you walked onto a film set or into a time vortex; it is so picture perfect that it is hard to believe it is real.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Journey to the Land of the Bohemian Crown

Journey to the Land of the Bohemian Crown

After finishing the Japan Winter Workshop, I've been keeping my eyes open for the next adventure. Speaking with resident Aperture Tours photographer Martin Bisof, he has widened my eyes and whetted my lips to the centre of the Land of the Bohemian Crown and all the glories the Czech Republic has on offer.

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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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Sea Swimming Without the Sand: the Best Sea Baths

Sea Swimming Without the Sand: the Best Sea Baths

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.

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The Thousand Words: Alexander J.E. Bradley

The Thousand Words: Alexander J.E. Bradley

A picture tells a thousand words... and we are here to tell you a few more in our ongoing series A Thousand Words. In this instalment, we talk with Paris photographer Alexander J.E. Bradley about his interesting image Never Read Alone.

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