You Need a Neutral Density Filter

As those that have gone on my tours know, I consider a neutral density filter (ND filter for short) mandatory equipment.  In fact, besides the camera, lens, and tripod, it is the only piece of mandatory equipment I have.  I am always preaching about using ND filters when there is

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Organizing Your Photos

New photographers often struggle with creating a system for organizing their photos.  This is all about folder structure.  Most people innately recognize some utility in organizing by date, but doing so tells you nothing about what’s actually in the folders.  Many people want to organize their photos by subject matter

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Getting Some Sleep on Your Flight to Europe

Being able to sleep on your flight to Europe adds an extra day to your trip.  Assuming your trip is for a week, then you just added 17% to your trip for $0.   Your Trip: With and Without Sleeping on the Plane Flights from North America to Europe are almost

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How to Save Your Photos While Traveling

Protecting Your Photos Simply and Cheaply You will be taking a lot of photos on your travels.  Many of these photos will be really nice and some of them are likely to be spectacular.  Losing your data would be a damn shame at best, and catastrophic at worst.  Let’s talk

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Photography Gear for Your Ireland Trip

Let’s get you set up with the right photography gear for your trip to the Wild Atlantic Way.  Before we talk about that though, let me caution you against rushing out and buying a bunch of new gear for your trip.  I wouldn’t do that.  It is very likely that

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Rainfall in Ireland: What to Expect

Here is a question you probably have about the weather in Ireland:  “Is it going to rain all the time?” Everyone asks that.  And, to be sure, Ireland is known for being rainy.  It couldn’t be the Emerald Isle without a healthy amount of rain.  But no, it isn’t going

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Spotlight on Kylemore Abbey

  In the remote western side of Ireland, in a wild region called Connemara, sits an abbey called Kylemore. There is a photogenic castle, and it is an easy place to get a great picture. Today I want to tell you a little bit about it so when we visit

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Spotlight on Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael is a small island, often referred to as a sea crag, off the coast of the Iveragh peninsula in southwestern Ireland.  You reach it by boat – usually from Portmagee – at the tip of the Ring of Kerry.  It is famous for its remoteness, its scenery, and

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Iconic Photos on Ireland’s West Coast

  It is said that you can capture a great photo anywhere.  While that may be true, there are certain places in Ireland that sure make it a lot easier to do.  In this post, I want to share with you a few of the places to do that along

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Things to Do in Dublin

Your Trip to Ireland Likely Starts and Ends in Dublin, So Make it Worthwhile Most Ireland trips begin and end in Dublin, if for no other reason than it is where Ireland’s main airport is.  Dublin also happens to be the capital of the Republic of Ireland and its largest

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Visiting the Louvre

Done incorrectly, visiting the Louvre can be a serious drag.  You will have to endure insanely long lines and hassles only to see a few famous pieces of art you’ve seen a thousand pictures of, just to check a box on your itinerary.  Your day will be long, frustrating, and

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How the Louvre Became the Louvre

If you are like me, once you get to the Louvre you will be as interested in the building itself as what’s in it.  The building is so impressive that even if there were no artifacts or artwork in the building, visiting it would still be an amazing experience.  As

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The Best Views of the Eiffel Tower

No matter who you are, when you go to Paris you want pictures of the Eiffel Tower.  It might be pictures of you with the Eiffel Tower in the background, or it might be just pictures of the Eiffel Tower.  While you can see the Eiffel Tower from all over

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Getting Around Paris

What is the best way to get around Paris? There is no best way.  It just depends where you are going. But here we will go through your options.  We will use all of them on our tour, partially because we will always strive for the best use of our

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Enjoying the French Cafe

With the right attitude and expectations, the French café is one of the best experiences you can ever have.  I’d go so far as to say a trip to Paris without spending a considerable amount of time in a café is not a good trip to Paris.  But without an

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Photography Equipment for Your Trip to France

Perhaps the most important thing to understand about photographing Paris is that you will be the same photographer in Paris as you are at home.  That is to say, if you are a wide-angle landscape photographer at home, you are probably going to end up taking wide-angle shots of scenes

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Photo Stories

A Walk on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

A Drive in the Pyrenees

Life in the Sacred Valley