Nuremberg, Dealing With an Uncomfortable Past

by Pia Parolin Nuremberg and Nice have been twin cities for 65 years, even though the majority of citizens of either city probably ignore this fact. I have been living near Nice for 15 years now, and those to whom I spoke about my upcoming trip were rather surprised: “Really? Nuremberg? That’s the city where Hitler…” and that’s where their …

Scotland With the Fujifilm GFX 50S

I recently returned from my third trip to Scotland, leading a group of enthusiastic photographers, and I have to say that the more I visit that beautiful country, the more I want to return. For this tour I had decided to revisit some of the locations I had touched during my previous foray, hoping to get better weather and better …

Manarola, Cinque Terre, italy

When To Use Manual Mode

I have to tell you a secret: on my cameras I use aperture priority about 90% of the time. I sometimes use manual mode and very rarely shutter priority. If I feel a photo might be over- or under-exposed, I use exposure compensation (I love the fact that my Fuji cameras have a dedicated exposure compensation dial). There’s a piece …

The Little Shop of Glass Wonders in Venice

Every time I lead a photo tour in Venice, I always try to offer my students some new and unique experiences. These typically involve visits to workshops and factories where ancient and obscure crafts are still practiced by artists and craftsmen using the tools and techniques of yore. In the past, we visited a workshop where an artist makes beautiful …

Ithaca, a Mediterranean Getaway

by Massimiliano Cremascoli Ithaki or Ithaca, as it’s known for most of us in Italy, is Odysseus’ mythical homeland, a Greek island rooted in history which, so far, has not succumbed to the worst of mass tourism. There’s a special kind of presence in this land, in this light; it seems that the ancient world is still there, at your …

Photographing the Wild Horses of Cappadocia

by Nuri Çorbacıoğlu Cappadocia, a region in the center of Turkey, has a stunning spiritual beauty that is due to its unique nature and history: tufa hills, deep ravines, fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches, underground cities, hot-air balloons dotting the sky in the early morning hours. You won’t find the atmosphere of Cappadocia in any other place in the world. Many …

Trainee monks at Punakha school

Bhutan East to West

by Peter Sheppard Bhutan is a country secluded in the Himalayas north of India. The small population is deeply traditional, and it keeps its distinct identity based on Buddhism and a popular constitutional monarchy. The society is notable for its sense of values, such as the concept of gross national happiness. And most people live in rural self-sufficiency with a …

Photographing Fireworks in Japan

by Magdalene Teo Yong I have been wanting to visit Japan for a long time but never got around to doing it until about 2 years ago, starting with a brief visit to Tokyo. It was love at first sight for me in Japan, although it was burning a hole through my pocket with every visit. A lot of the …

The Dolomites in Winter

There’s no doubt the Dolomites are the most photogenic mountains in Europe, if not in the whole world. Feel free to disagree, but that won’t change my opinion ;). They become even more photogenic in winter, thanks to the contrast between the whiteness of the snow and the varying colors of the rocks, under different light conditions during the day. …