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Photographing Venice

Who doesn’t love Venice? And who doesn’t love to photograph Venice? For someone who visits Venice for the first time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the possibilities and risk missing some of the best locations. Over the years, I’ve ended up compiling a list of my favorite locations to which I return again and again to photograph them at different times of day and in different weather conditions.

In this book, I reveal all my secrets about photographing Venice. It contains a collection of articles that originally appeared on my website and that have been revised and reformatted to fit the print medium. Their subject is the city of Venice, one of the most beautiful places in the world and a very much sought-after locations by photographers. I hope this book can give you some hints of its beauty and some suggestions about how to photograph it in the best light.

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Urban Morocco

Urban MoroccoA few years ago, me and my pal Massimiliano traveled to the charming country of Morocco for a vacation that involved quite a lot of photography. We spent a week roaming the streets of Rabat, Fes, Meknès, and Chefchaouen and came home with thousands of pictures to edit and process.

From the beginning I had the idea of collecting the best of those pictures in a book, but it actually took us almost a full year to finally produce it. Believe it or not, the hardest part was not selecting the photos, processing them, and putting them in a meaningful sequence and pleasant layouts, but writing the introductory text to each chapter.

You can download a PDF version of the book here for free, but it it available for purchase on, in hardcover and softcover formats.

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Simple Marketing Strategies For Photographers – Five Things You Are Not Doing To Grow Your Business Today

Simple Marketing Strategies for Photographers, Five things you are not doing today to grow your business, by Ugo CeiWhen I first had the idea of turning my passion for photography into a profession that would initially afford me some extra money and eventually become my career, I was horribly naive about marketing. I had the belief that it was enough to create a blog, do some SEO (search engine optimization) and try to rake in followers on social media. As an engineer by education and a creative by vocation, I also regarded marketing as something vaguely sleazy that I was not cut out for.

It took me years to realize how wrong I was and that effective marketing had to be an essential element of my strategy. Along the way, I also realized that marketing could be challenging, honest, and fun.

As I believe that freely sharing our knowledge is one of the best things we can do to establish our reputation, I decided to collect some of the wisdom I have gained in the competitive landscape of professional photography in a little book and to give it as a gift to anyone who asks for it.

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Photographing the Cinque Terre and the Surrounding Region

Rows of pastel-colored houses, ancient little churches, marinas where only the tiniest of boats can moor, steep cliffs covered with pristine vegetation or converted during the centuries–by the bare hands of generations–to narrow terraces held together by hundreds of kilometers of dry stone walls where grapes grow under a loving sun.

In this booklet, I have collected some recommendations about the best locations for photography in the Cinque Terre, the times of the day to catch the best light, and directions on how to reach them. The book covers Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. In addition, two bonus chapters cover Camogli and the Gulf of Poets, with Portovenere and Tellaro.

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Photographing on Safari – 10 Essential Tips, by Simon Patterson

Photography On Safari, by Simon PattersonAn African safari is a most exhilarating experience. This little book contains 10 tips for amateur photographers who want to make the most of their up-coming safari holiday.

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