Think Like a Magazine Editor

Magazine editors want to see a story develop through pictures. I think a little example here will serve well to illustrate the concept. You can also take this as an exercise and do it on the next occasion. Imagine you are commissioned to shoot photographs to illustrate a story about a restaurant that has recently become popular or has received …

A Monk's Life: a Day in the Life of Buddhist Monks in Myanmar

A Monk’s Life: a Day in the Life of Buddhist Monks in Myanmar

by Gabriele Rodriquez The typical day of a Buddhist monk, whether young or adult, follows a fixed schedule: wake-up call at 4:30 am (including Saturdays and Sundays); one-hour gathering in the temple to recite mantras; personal hygiene in one of the several fountains scattered around the monastery (there are no showers but they wash themselves with the help of some buckets); …

How To Make The Most Of Photography Conferences

Photography conferences are great occasions to learn something, meet old friends and make new acquaintances, and get to visit new cities. Many photographers, however, often come home from a conference feeling they have missed something and haven’t made the most of their time there. These kinds of events can be expensive, so I think it pays off to prepare oneself …

Two ways to photograph in the rain

by Simon Patterson Capturing the mood of the pouring rain in camera can be difficult. Standard auto or aperture-priority modes often miss the feel of a rainy day, and leave us with unsatisfactory flat looking images. I was recently caught out on the street in a sharp downpour with camera in hand so I decided to try two techniques to …

Ugo Cei. Fabrizia Costa. Talent is overrated. A conversation about talent and self-worth

Talent is Overrated. A Conversation with Fabrizia Costa

Subscribe on iTunes. The subject of today’s podcast is a little pet-peeve of mine, the myth of talent, something about which I already ranted in the past. This topic was brought to my mind again by reading a blog post by my friend Fabrizia Costa. Fabrizia mentions that someone left her a comment saying basically that talent is necessary to …

Stormy coast at Phillip Island, Australia

Photography : A Deadly Undertaking

by Simon Patterson It can be a dangerous world out there for photographers. Whether we’re trying to find that perfect angle or capture the decisive moment, sometimes photography can be deadly. And not only for people who take crazy risks for their images, as we shall see later on. But first, the paparazzi are one type of photographer that many people love …

Bridges across the Vitava River at night. Prague, Czechia.

Embracing the Cliché

Subscribe on iTunes. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a cliché is “A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.” Examples of usage include: ‘that old cliché ‘a woman’s place is in the home’ ‘the usual worn-out clichés about the English’ We can certainly apply this concept to visual arts as well, including photography. …

Introducing the Ugo Cei Photography Podcast

Welcome to my new photography podcast! I can already hear some of you say:  “Hey, wait a minute, don’t you already have a photography podcast?” Well, as a matter of fact I do. It’s called The Travelling Image Makers and I co-host that one with my buddy Ralph Velasco. Every week we publish an interview with a travel photographer and …