Better Living Through Photography
There are thousands of books and millions of hours of online videos available that teach photography.
The problem is that most of those only deal with the technical issues, but never venture beyond that.
I believe there is a better way. Are you ready to explore it with me?
Welcome to the website of Ugo Cei, fine art, travel, and landscape photographer. If you were to ask me what do I do, I would say that I am an educator who helps photography enthusiasts sharpen their skills, so that they can take amazing pictures. Feel free to browse the sections below. There’s a lot in here!
OUT OF CHICAGO LIVE!
An Online Global Photography Conference
April 24-26, 2020
Immerse yourself in photography inspiration and learning without leaving home. Join an all-new online learning experience with 3 days of live streaming presentations on a wide range of photography genres including landscape, nature, travel, street, architecture, post-processing and more.
I want to travel and photograph the world
If you are the adventurous type and love exploring new places with your camera in hand, you can get some inspiration by reading the numerous articles I have in the Travel Stories section of the website.
If some of those stories have whetted your appetite for travel and you're ready to pack your bags, why not join me on one of my upcoming tours to destinations like Venice, the Cinque Terre, Tuscany, the Scottish Highlands, Oman, Tanzania, and more? My company, Ugo Cei Photography Tours, organizes upscale photography vacations with me and my partners as instructors.
I want to take better photos
Are you struggling with camera settings? Do you find it hard to take good pictures in low light? You are not satisfied with the sharpness of your photos? Composition sounds like magic? Photoshop is your enemy?
Don't worry, I'm here to help! Start by browsing my Learning Resources section or Contact Me if your questions are not answered. I am always willing to send an email reply, but I am also available for 1-on-1 consultations and portfolio reviews.
You can also download some of my eBooks about travel and photography. They are FREE!
I want to make money with my photography
When 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.
With this short book, I want to share with you some of the knowledge I have gained in the competitive landscape of professional photography, also known as the school of hard knocks.
I want to hear what other photographers think
My latest foray into podcasting is called Closing The_Gap.
Every Wednesday, me and my friend Fabrizia Costa will discuss topics like what it means to have talent, or a lack of it; finding and developing a personal style; daring to produce something out of the ordinary; evoking emotions and connecting to people through photographs; dealing with criticism; achieving recognition and commercial success.
I am also the co-host of The Traveling Image Makers Podcast.
Every week we interview a photographer or host a roundtable discussion on all aspects of travel photography: from planning to scouting locations, from security and the economics of traveling, to how we can travel responsibly and sustainably, with tips about the best equipment, how to interact with people and how to pack light and efficiently.
If you were to ask me what do I do, I would say that I am an educator who helps photography enthusiasts sharpen their skills, so that they can take amazing pictures.
I love to travel myself and show the beauty of the world and its inhabitants to everybody. This is really an amazing planet we live on and every place and every culture possesses beauty that deserves to be shown.