Rule of thirdsThe rule of thirds applies to the process of composing photographs and helps you to shoot visually appealing and balanced images. How? Simply by dividing the image you’re going to shoot into thirds, horizontally and vertically, in order you get nine equal parts. By doing so you will have a grid. The points where horizontal and vertical lines intersect are called also points of interest or anchor points.

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desert photographyThe most significant rule in desert photography is: deserts need to be photographed in the early morning or late afternoon light. This because much of their detail and texture is subtle and can be lost if you take pictures when the sun is higher in the sky and consequently light is much stronger. The gentle light at sunrise and sunset may cause the desert to glow beautifully orange or red, and the low angle means that even a ripple in the sand will cast a small shadow, giving contrast and definition to your picture.

If you don’t have other choice than taking pictures in the heat of the day, then consider to shoot with the longest lens you have and try to photograph something a long way off that is distorted by heat haze. You may be able to photograph a shimmering mirage, where the heat haze resembles water. A powerful telephoto lens will exaggerate and magnify both of these phenomena.

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Ramadan for travel photographersIn 2020, Ramadan will start on Thursday, April 23 and end on Saturday, May 23.

If you plan to visit a Muslim country here are a few tips and explanations about Ramadan for travel photographers. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world. The word Ramadan comes directly from the Arabic root ramiḍa which means dryness. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed. Being the Islamic calendar a lunar calendar, months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 10 to 11 days shorter than the solar year and contains no intercalation, Ramadan varies every year. During this period, observant Muslims tend to abstain from food (sawm), drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk and also restrain from all activities or behaviors that are not compatible with Islamic values.

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best apps for photographers

This is a short but useful list of best apps that help me significantly during my job as professional photographer by making things much easier. Nothing to do with editing apps, weather apps or must have photography apps like Instagram or Lightroom but tools, I’m sure, many photographers around would benefit from during their work. Some are free, others not, some work for Android only others also with Apple iOS. Certainly, there are more useful apps for professional photographers around and I would be really pleased if you would take your time to let me know. In the meanwhile, these are the best apps for professional photographers I have installed in my smartphone.

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Think Tank Airport CommuterLast week, I purchased a new camera backpack for my travels: the Think Tank Photo Airport Commuter. For the first time, my buying decision, in terms of camera bags, wasn’t for a LowePro‘s one. In the last four years, I have been using a LowePro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II, a robust and performing camera bag, quite similar for size to the Think Tank Photo Commuter Airport. The main reason because I changed backpack was due, unfortunately, to the not that high quality of materials used for my LowePro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II. I missed two cord zipper pulls as they broke somewhere during my trips and also the thick external mesh padding suddenly started to unpick at certain point. It looked like the camera backpack I owned for several years was not made to last for long time yet. So, I opted for the Think Tank Photo Commuter Airport, a camera backpack I’ve heard such good things about from other photographers. 

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