Sukhothai, Thailand

The Gap

These days I often catch myself reflecting on ways that we can get better at our work–be it photography or any other creative endeavor–that go beyond the simple advice you can find in online forums and YouTube videos. Consequently, I am more receptive than ever to learning about the meaning of art, psychology, self-improvement, the life, the universe, and everything! …

Never Criticize Other People’s Work

I was recently on an Internet forum where people usually post their own photos. There, somebody had commented on a photo that somebody else had shared and the entirety of their comment was “Truly horrible.” That’s what they wrote, literally. Reading such comments never fails to upset me and, whenever you tell those people that their comments are out of …

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 …

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 …

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 …