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Snowdonia is a beautiful region to visit for a holiday, offering everything from scenic walks in the mountains to exciting, adventure activities like white water rafting, mountain biking, and even surfing! Here you’ll find lush, green forests, and 14 peaks within the rugged, wild countryside of Snowdonia National Park. There’s a wide range of excellent […]
Located in Graubunden, the easternmost and largest of Switzerland’s cantons, the town of Pontresina is a charm. This picturesque resort town with its excellent hotels is one of the most popular summer destinations in Switzerland. Nestled in the green lush valley of Engadine, Pontresina offers quintessential alpine views and hosts a laundry list of leisure […]
Iceland is an incredible destination, unlike any other. Whether you’re making a once-in-a-lifetime trip or you visit every year, you’ll want to make the most of your time on holiday. But in this fascinating country of glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, thermal lagoons, and black sand beaches, narrowing down the best things to do in Iceland can […]
Spending time in Switzerland means that you are exposed to many different languages on a daily basis. I am currently living in the Swiss-German-speaking part of Switzerland. But on a daily basis I am exposed to French, Italian and, well, English. I invest most of my “language” time improving my German. This is now an intermediate Swiss-Germenglish. So to break the mold I have been travelling to both France and the French part of Switzerland to sharpen up my Bonjour. Tack on a good old fashioned kiwi smile and I think you have yourself a pretty nice sentence.
When it comes to finding the best film scanner, your needs aren’t the same as someone else’s needs. It would be nice to find the be-all and end of film scanners, but the truth is that you’ll need to dig deep to figure out which scanner best suits your needs. Epson Perfection V370 Color Photo […]
As part of our travel series, we’ve visited some amazing places on this planet. From the castles in France, Snowdonia National Park and even White Island New Zealand. We try to provide you with some inspiration for your next journey and teach you how to do the same. Lanzarote is a great destination, whether you’re […]
Morocco is a beautiful, vibrant country – one of the most diverse on the planet. During your holiday in Morocco, you can lie sandy beaches, wander old medinas, enjoy stunning mountain vistas, and visit the breathtaking Sahara desert. Whether you’re more into surfing and soaking up the sun or exploring the winding alleyways of an […]
If you’re looking for the best photo editing software and wondering whether Luminar 3 is the right choice for you, this helpful guide should have all the answers for you! We’ve reviewed Luminar for you, so you can see whether it’s the ideal software for your specific needs. Read on to find out more about […]
France is home to some of the most beautiful castles in the world. The beautiful castles, palaces, and château that you can find dotted all over France are a treasure trove of history, and a delight to explore. If you’re not sure which castles in France to visit on your next holiday, then this list […]
For me, shooting film has always been an important release from the time-pressured world of digital photography. These days it seems we have to constantly be on, shooting, downloading, editing, sharing, liking and subscribing. Film photography takes most of that away and leaves you alone with your best film camera to focus on taking photos. […]
Istanbul is a beautiful city. The grand scenic shots can be absolutely breathtaking . When you step in and focus in on the macro details, you reveal a world of textures. A combination of exceptional light, people and history make Istanbul a must visit for any photographer.
The F1 was the first (successful) professional SLR camera from Canon. Released in 1971, it marked the beginning of the F1 series, and fired the first shot in a decades-long rivalry with Nikon. Throughout the early 1970’s, the Japanese juggernaut, Nikon, dominated the professional SLR market. The Nikon F and Nikon F2 cameras were state-of-the-art. […]
Long Exposures are an image that the human eye *cannot* see. These capture the passing of time in one location. Different than the slice of time that photographs typically capture. Some examples of great subjects for long exposures are: flowing water, moving clouds, traffic at night, light painting and fireworks! So get thinking.
You can learn so much from the masters of the art. I began to understand more by learning more from modern photographers and videographers such as Ben Long, Karl Taylor, Jeff Cable, Phillip Bloom and Vincent Laforet. As I started to dissect their images and films I began to realise, the camera doesn’t really matter. There are […]
If you have never spent the holiday season in the Southern hemisphere then you are missing out! While a white Christmas and cold New Years are fantastic, but, there is something magical about swimming in the ocean and exploring offshore islands, especially on New Year’s Eve! On this day we made our way to White […]
Film photography leaves you little to room for editing. The second hand film camera market is in full swing. Think of it as the easiest way to get into full frame photography (or an even larger format) for very little money. But with so many options available where is the best place to start?
Paris was (up until recently) one of my least favourite cities in the world. I had had a layover there a number of years ago. My connecting flight was cancelled so I found myself with an evening to spare at an airport hotel. As I’m a travel photographer, I decided I’d try to see the […]
Let’s face it, travel photography is amazing! You’re constantly moving from place to place, having new experiences, trying new things. But it does mean that you’re away from your loved ones for long periods of time. While I’m travelling, I miss my family back home – but it’s still hard to find time to get […]
I genuinely believe that I have purchased the best price to performance fuji system for street photography available on the market. Should I change my mind in a matter of months, it won’t cost me a cent. This article is a summary of the criteria and research I conducted before purchasing my latest street photography camera. The results from my first street photography shoots are also included with a full review to come.
When you’re setting off on a trip, you need to decide which camera gear to take with you. I always recommend travelling light, so you’ll need a great travel lens. But how to find the best lens for travel photography? Here’s my guide to the best lenses for travel, which factors are the most important […]
Have you ever thought of hitting the road and heading off on a solo road trip? Going on an adventure by yourself is a liberating and exciting experience. I’ve done it myself in Iceland, Morocco, New Zealand, America and many more. There’s nothing like having the freedom to travel wherever you like, whenever you like. […]
The Best Travel Hacks Do you love the idea of travelling, but get discouraged by all the planning involved? Do you hate packing or always end up forgetting something? Maybe it’s the opposite, and you always pack too much. I was like that when I started travelling, but over the years I picked up some […]
The dream of about 50% of Instagram users is to make money with photography, paid to wander the globe taking photos. By that logic, there’s around 400 million of you looking to take amazing travel images. But your smartphone camera, however mind-blowing it is, just isn’t going to cut it to compete with the best. […]
When you’re travelling around Europe, you need a sturdy bag to carry your life with you. But as I soon discovered after living in both Switzerland and London, the picturesque cobbled streets do not go well with wheeled suitcases. Backpacks are a much better and more practical idea. If you’re looking for the best travel backpack for […]
So you’re wondering how to go about visiting Chernobyl today? or what does Chernobyl look like now? Well, you’re in the right place. This guide was painstakingly put together by myself after our visit over Christmas. If you like the article and are considering visiting please consider sharing it by using the buttons below. We […]
Introduction In camera double exposure photography involves combining two or more images into a single frame. This allows you to work with your shots and add textures to create surreal scenes. Words don’t really do them justice so here are some of my examples: How do they work? There are two types […]
In a world where your smartphone can crank out perfectly lit photos at 12 megapixels in cascades of HDR bursts, shooting film might make you feel like a caveman (or cave lady). I totally get it! I’m not one to throw out a good iPhone shot #Instaiphone #instaapple #iOs. Before we roll if you are […]
Out-of-the-loop is fast becoming one of our favourite websites here at Cultured Kiwi. At Out-of-the-Loop they list a growing number of amazing walks that are easily accessible by train from the centre of London. You take the train to one location, then walk to another train station. The distance varies – greatly! Almost every weekend, we’re […]
Instagram is becoming more and more of an artist’s platform than a daily life sharing platform. When you search through Instagram, the quality of photos they are improving all the time. If you aren’t up with the game you will be left behind. This of course excludes celebrities who can pretty much do whatever they like and get rewarded for it.
Chances are that if you’ve landed here you are trying to decide if you want to buy a Fuji XF 90mm f2 lens. If you don’t want to read any further and just want to know what I think, just buy it. If you are trying to decide between the 56mm f1.2 and this lens, […]
Developing film is easy. In this article, I will show you how you can develop film at home. Specifically, we will develop Kodak Tri-X 400 film using Ilford Ilfosol 3 developer. You should be able to get started with a basic kit for around £70. Enough preamble, here is the process. We have a lot […]
This article is a list of my favourite movies about photography and the places you can watch them. Use these movies/documentaries as photographic inspiration to help you take better photos!
Grindelwald, Switzerland holds a very special place in my heart. In this article, we run through our experience over 48 hours in this magical village before recommending the best things to do in Grindelwald. We have comprehensive travel itineraries from all over the world at our travel page and some great photography tips here. If […]
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as one of the best days walks in New Zealand if not the world. It is a must do if you are in the North Island of New Zealand. The 19.4 Km hike passes over the volcanic terrain of an active volcano (Mount Tongariro). It was less than 24 […]
Before we get started, we have other guides on Switzerland and Chernobyl that you might find helpful. If you’re thinking of heading to Europe then those are must-see destinations! We have amazing high quality content here. Now, on with the show with Things to do in Nazare, Portugal. Video from Nazare One of the most popular seaside […]
Road trip time. Adrian, Janis and Myself organised a weekend away fishing in the North-West of Wales. What is best described as an Instagrammers paradise! We explored: fields, forests, rivers, lakes and abandoned buildings. A weekend to remember. Here are a few of the snaps from my big camera the video will follow closely behind.
A photo essay from the time I was given a harness and access to a rooftop overlooking Buckingham Palace and all of London. Hang in until the end to download the Lightroom preset.
What are the best travel photography locations? Here I publish my travel list for the 2017/2018 photography “season”. Let me know what your list looks like in the comments below.
One of my favorite bars and live music venues: The Shacklewell Arms put on an all day party. Running from 4 pm till 10 pm with Kagoule, MOHIT, Husky Loops, Venture Lows and more putting on stellar performances it was well worth the visit. Add to this it was full of some of the nicest people I’ve ever met!
A list of the best photography blogs to draw inspiration from. These recommended photography websites help you get ideas to push your photography forward.
In this episode, I head to Chiemsee in Bavaria – Germany. I teach you how photography filters work, what are the essential photography filters and how to use them. As an added bonus it turned out to be the best sunrise of my life. Sometimes getting up early really is worth it!
I take you on a guided street photography trip during one of the largest post BREXIT protest in London UK. Over 50,000 people attended the protest. See the POV photography as I move through the crowd interacting with people. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed making it.
Minerve France is an amazing town built high atop the cliffs. It only has one point of access from the rear and recently, a spectacular bridge. Rich with history it’s most famous tale comes in 1210 where 140 Cathars refused to give up their faith and were burned alive! Come and check it out!
The plan for the trip includes a visit to the Mediterranean sea, the cities of Narbonne and Toulouse and at least 2 castles. The first day below comprises of the trip from London to Canet (outside Narbonne). From here the adventures are on! Check it out.
So I resisted for long enough. It was time to spice up these travel photography vlogs with some other angles. I would like to welcome “buzZy” to the family. In this video we are taking buzZy for is first flight in the city. In all seriousness there are a lot of rules regarding what you can and can’t do when flying in the centre of London.
I managed to get a portfolio shot while in San Francisco. Seeing the Golden Gate bridge has always been a dream of mine since I was young. This day of photography centred around the bridge and I couldn’t be happier that I was able to walk away with a fantastic photo. Check out the video!
After a frozen start to the morning I headed for some landscape photography in and around the outskirts of Yosemite national park. Early mornings are sometimes difficult but you soon forget the lack of sleep and only remember the highlights. Check out the video here!
There are basically two ways in which to manually focus your your camera. It largely depends on what you are taking photos of as to what method you use. Learning how to manually focus a lens will make you a better photographer. It’s as simple as that. It forces you to think about your subject, frame it and then build your image around it. Also, when you are unable to use autofocus you will be able to default to your manual skills!
I would like to take a few minutes today to welcome a new addition to the family. Her name is Nikky. She is my first Nikon camera. It took a lot of research and time watching ebay auctions till I found the right one for me. But when she arrived yesterday (from Japan) we realised it was worth the wait.
To get technical she is a Nikon FM2n. A fully manual interchangeable lens 35mm SLR camera. Born somewhere between 1984 and 1989, we are about the same age. She has an inbuilt meter that is highly accurate. This is the only electronic component that I look for in a film camera.
The following is a photo essay and short film from my time at Fasnacht in Liestal, Switzerland. It is an amazing event that every street photographer should visit!
Come along and visit one of the largest private camera collections in the world with me. With over 4500 cameras in his collection Colin is spoiled for choice when heading out to take photos. So here are some of the shots I took of his collection and if you like cameras you will love this tour.
In this video I was the first glimpse of sun for 2016 anywhere on the planet. While working around the reef taking photos of the island I shared my thought process. I hope you can use these tips at sunrise / sunset to improve the quality of your photography.
In this video you will see (part two of two) the work that goes into processing the images. I show you how to easily composite the long exposure images. This is where all the preparation in the field pays off.
In this video you will see (part one of two) the thought process behind shooting the images. I show you what to look for and work through the process of capturing as much data as possible. The more data the more post-production options we have.
Capturing moments with the people of London is one of my passions. For the first 6 months I spent every Sunday at the Brick Lane market, photographing people. I mounted my small vlogging camera on top of my primary camera. Here is my Journey. Don’t forget to subscribe for more of my videos.
As part of my day job I was tasked with taking surveying photos of one of our buildings. This involves shooting from the ground, then (the best part) shooting from the roof. The building is located near Canary Wharf and provided a unique view of the city.
We have all seen our fair share of blurry smartphone photos that vaguely look like fireworks. Smartphone cameras are getting better, but they are *still* no match for an actual camera and a bit of knowledge. The aim of this article is to help you take technically better and more interesting photos of fireworks.
Ticino is the southernmost canton of Switzerland. The borders consist of Italy to the south and to the north, the Swiss Alps. It is reached from northern Switzerland: either through the Alps via the Gottard Tunnel or over via the famous Gottard Pass. Ticino is the only canton that speaks solely Italian and thus, has the feeling, even the look of Italy, but it retains the Swiss efficiency. Swiss forces captured this pocket of land from Italy in the 15th century in their final campaign, south of the alps. As a result of its location, Ticino is the warmest part of Switzerland and is also prone to intense summer storms. The highest number of lightning strikes occur here per year across the entire continent of Europe.
With the weather of late taking a turn for the worse I have had to abandon the search for grand vistas and stay close to the tram tracks in case of a downpour. Here are just a few images from around the city and surroundings over the past week.
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