The City of Arts and Sciences

The breathtaking City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) is the most important tourist sightseeing in Valencia and also the main destination for photographers heading to this lovely Spanish city. The City of Arts and Sciences is a large entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex mostly designed by the worldwide famous locally born architect, Santiago Calatrava.

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Shooting photo check list

As a professional photographer organizing photo workshops in Valencia, I must admit I have seen often participant photographers shooting photos of a given visited place (for example, a building or a cityscape) too quickly without checking view angle or composition first.

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Photographing festivals in Barcelona

Spain is worldwide famous for being a country full of colorful fiestas all year round and clearly Barcelona is no exception. Among the several festivals you can enjoy in the Catalan capital, here are three suggestions for photographing festivals in Barcelona: the Saint George's Day, the Gracia Festival and the Merce Festival.

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Andalusia photo gallery

Memories of my latest journey down to Andalusia still linger in my mind now I’m back home. The pleasant and sweet scent of orange blossoms, the bright green rolling hills landscape, where even a lonely white cottage becomes a monument, those pretty white washed villages perched spectacularly atop a crag or the western atmosphere sheltered in the spectacular badlands-like Tabernas desert, one of the wildest and driest parts of Europe.

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How to photograph markets

Whether you are visiting a vibrant European city or exploring an exotic Asian village, markets must be definitively on your travel bucket list. In the same place, you can find a wide variety of colorful goods, animated stallholders, interesting people and an exciting environment to discover and enjoy with your camera.

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Hospital de Sant Pau

While exploring Barcelona, architecture photography’s lovers will fall in love with the historical Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Located a just 10-minute walk from the iconic Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia basilica, this not to miss historical building complex was built between 1901 and 1930. 

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Framing images

Framing images is one of the fundamental rules of composition in landscape photography along with the rule of thirds and the diagonal lines. This “rule” can be helpful for the fledgling photographers. What framing images means? In photography a frame is an object placed within your image that frames the main subject of your photo like a picture frame.

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Photographing snow

As winter is definitely a magical season for shooting here are a few practical and technical tips about how photographing snow. First of all, in order to get some great photos of snow and mountain landscapes during the cold weather, you have to take great care about your camera and yourself.

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Shooting at Park Guell

Worldwide famous Park Güell was Gaudi’s most ambitious project after the yet unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica church. At the begin of last century, Count Eusebi Güell purchased a tree­-covered hillside of El Carmel and hired Gaudí to create a garden city of the type popular at the time in England. The ambitious project turned up to be a commercial flop and was then abandoned but Gaudí was able to leave his tremendous architectural genius in the project.

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Photographing Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Photographing Sheikh Zayed Mosque is really a pleasure for your eyes. The lavish and bright white Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a perfect place for shooting photos if you visit the United Arab Emirates. Located in Abu Dhabi but easily reachable also from Dubai being just one hour and half drive away, this modern mosque is one of the biggest in the world

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Rome photo gallery

Rome is the most fascinating city in the world. I have no doubt. Its astonishing artistic heritage can not rival with any other place on earth. The Italian capital is an incredible urban result of 3,000 years made up of layers of history and artistic development. Epicenter of the Roman Empire and then home of papacy, Rome is a city awash with priceless and wonderful artistic treasures under your eyes at every street corner.

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Creative workflow in photography: a few tips

Taking a photo should be the final fruit of various technical and creative decisions that bring us to shoot the image we have in mind and not just the classical point and shoot. The creative workflow in photography is made of several important steps related to technical and creative decision every time you want to shoot a new subject with your camera. 

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Stefano Politi Markovina