Combining the Best of the Both Worlds

Man in a coffee break The jury nominating Sami Rievinen as the best portrait photographer of 2014 in Finland said that professionals do not take photos, they create those. This can be seen from the best studio portaits. On the other hand there is another trend of photography evolving around the street photography idea of seizing the perfect moment and timing without manipulating or staging the photo. Both approaches are worth of mastering, but it is also worth understanding how to combine these, i.e. how to seize the sudden opportunity to stage a good photo?

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London Eye – Tips for Travel Photography

There are lot's of travel photo tutorials, which tell you the basics: 1. Seize the golden moment = wake up ridiculously early 2. Be earlier than fellow photographers to get the best spot for tripod on a crowded photosight = wake up even earlier 3. Seize the blue hour = miss all the night activities or good night's sleep 4. Take your time = miss all the other atractions 5. Use tripod 6. Travel light = leave your tripod home

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Portait of Singer Susanna Huppunen

First rule for everything: There has to be plan B. Some time ago I went to take a portait of singer Susanna Huppunen. Plan A was to use window light like explained in my blog post about shooting portraits at home. The background was supposed to be an interior wall in a big farm house. Unfortunately it was so dark and rainy day that the window light was not enough, and the wall color was boring and variegated in a wrong way, so that it would not make any justice to portraits. The client was waiting so I had to study the environment quickly and make calculations about the light and judgements about the possible backgrounds... nothing good enough seemed to be available. So, the plan B...

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Paris Quickie

I recently had a non-photography related business trip to a Paris suburb. On one evening I had a change to do a quick in-and-out visit into downtown. Here are some photos that I took during walk from Notre Dame to Eiffel Tower via Louvre.

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