Shooting HDR handheld

07/18/2015 | Categories:
When shooting landscapes, you often find that current (2015) DSLR cameras lack (at least) one stop of dynamic range. Combining several exposures with HDR is one solution to this weakness, but it generally means bringing a tripod along with you. Here is a method to minimize misalignment issues and still shoot handheld.

Managing an image gallery with Lightroom and Zenphoto

06/21/2015 | Categories:
Managing an online gallery with lots of albums and pictures is not always easy. This article describes the workflow I have developed over the years to make things more efficient and automated, using Lightroom and Zenphoto. The process can certainly be replicated with other software/scripts.

Geotagging photos with Endomondo and Lightroom

11/09/2014 | Categories:
Geotagging your photos can prove very useful if you plan to upload them to web apps that display maps or locate pictures such as FlickR, Picasa, Panoramio, or if you have a Zenphoto gallery. Today very few cameras have an internal GPS, but there are solutions to geotag your photos using the Endomondo sports tracking app on iPhone or Android.

Scanning with a Nikon Coolscan

10/11/2014 | Categories:
We have just bought a Nikon Cooslcan IV in perfect condition to scan our stock of slides from the late 1990s and early 2000s. 

Planning a trip to the D Day beaches

08/24/2012 | Categories:
The D Day beaches of Normandy are a great opportunity to be immersed in World War II for both veterans and the younger generation. The whole area has a number of museums, monuments and war cemeteries to visit.

Paris in Summer photo series

08/20/2012 | Categories: | Tags:
Paris is really different in Summer. The city is gradually emptying from parisians. Its remaining inhabitants are more relaxed than any other time in the year. And tourists flood some areas where you can barely hear anyone speak french. I am currently publishing a series of photos showing this special atmosphere.

Portable photo storage devices

07/05/2012 | Categories:
As every digital travel photographer, I am comfronted to the problem of storing a large number of images on a long trip. The cost per Mb of Compact Flash cards is getting lower and lower, but the files are also getting larger every time a new SLR is out. Sometimes you can take your laptop with you and have ample storage size, but if you want to travel light, another solution is portable photo storage devices.

The ND grad filter

07/04/2012 | Categories: | Tags:
ND (Neutral Density) grad filters are an essential addition to your photographic toolset if you plan to make serious landscape photography.

Polarizer tricks... and links

07/04/2012 | Categories: | Tags:
There are some caveats in using the polarizer. It can be really useful at times but I would not advise to keep it on your main lens at all times. The main reason for this is that it will make the use of a tripod compulsory with slow film or low light conditions. There are specific cases when you should not use a polarizer.

Independant hotels in Paris

07/04/2012 | Categories: | Tags:

There are affordable family-run hotels in Paris, but do not expect the same comfort as in a three star one: full breakfasts, private bathrooms, elevators and phone are rare if you wish to pay less than 50 € a night. 
Also avoid hotels located in the least secure neighbourhoods or Paris (Barbes, Belleville, Pigalle, rue Saint Denis).

Here are some examples of family-run hotels in the central arrondissements of Paris.

Hotel Henri 4

25 place Dauphine
75001 (...)