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Just make it happen

By Etienne / April 18, 2014 / 0 Comments

2 days ago, while taking a group of people into a nice village during Hoi An photo tour & Workshop, I was having a long discussion with one of the photographers about the way to approach people.  I did try to explain the same way I do it here. There were plenty of kids playing…

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blacm and white portrait of a Vietnamese fisherman smoking a cigarette

Am I allowed to do that?

By Etienne / March 28, 2014 / 3 Comments

Here is a question I often here in my photo workshops: can I do that? Am I allowed? Do you think I will not let you keep this photo because: – rule of thirds does not apply – your subject is looking into the frame – your subject is not in focus – your subject…

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The power of Black and White

By Etienne / March 27, 2014 / 4 Comments

I don’t know if you have noticed but for the past weeks I have almost only be posting black and white images on my facebook page and Google plus. I don’t know, I guess I am in a black and white mood.   I also understand more and more that Black and white has such…

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Getting out of our "templates"

By Etienne / March 13, 2014 / 5 Comments

I need your advise on this one. I took these photos this morning and I can’t make up my mind on which one to chose. Originally I liked the first one, as it is quite original. I have done myself and have seen many time this kind of photo, and I thought the kid looking…

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black and white photo of Kmu women in Laos

Getting close or staying far from your subject? A discussion

By Etienne / March 11, 2014 / 5 Comments

A while ago, I met Tad during a photo tour in Hoi An. Following this tour we have had an email discussion about 2 different ways of shooting people while traveling: getting close or staying far from your subject? This discussion dates from a while back but I did lost track. Finally I am posting…

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The good things about failure

By Etienne / February 28, 2014 / 4 Comments

I just stumbled upon another (great) article by Erik Kim, about failure in street photography. You should definitely have a look, it is very interesting. Article here.   Of course I do not pretend to say that it is the same with travel photography. What I do as a travel photography working in developing countries…

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Sweet DOF

By Etienne / December 7, 2013 / 0 Comments

The thing with being a photographer based in the countryside is that I am learning all by myself. This is the reason why I aggressively invite any photographer I meet to have coffee and discuss photography in general, so I know what is going on the planet. Also, thanks to Google plus I can stay…

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My view on composition

By Etienne / December 8, 2012 / 11 Comments

There is a speech I have done hundreds of time. Teaching photography taught me to structure the way I talk about composition and trying to make it short and simple. So let’s absolutely not do that in this blog post.   All right, open any photo book, and go to the composition page. What do…

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