The Thousand Words : Martin Smith

The Thousand Words : Martin Smith

A picture tells a thousand words... and we are here to tell you a few more in our ongoing series 'The Thousand Words' where we dig through the vault of talented photographers at Aperture Tours and get them to open up a little about some of their favourite images. This time we’re looking at “Everyday High Street” by Martin Smith from Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The Beirut Sun Tanners - C'est Beyrouth

The Beirut Sun Tanners - C'est Beyrouth

In Paris? Head to L'Institut des Cultures d'Islam to absorb the culture in a fantastic photography exhibition entitled "C'est Beyrouth", it will help you understand the complexity of what makes Beirut today, overlooking a decade that knows neither war nor peace. I got the chance to explore the exhibition and a peculiar series called “The Beirut Sun Tanners” shot by our very own Vianney Le Caer.

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The Thousand Words : Ronnie Yeoh

The Thousand Words : Ronnie Yeoh

A picture tells a thousand words... and we are here to tell you a few more in our ongoing series 'The Thousand Words' where we dig through the vault of talented photographers at Aperture Tours and get them to open up a little about some of their favourite images. This time we’re looking at “Ophelia - Drown Scene” by Ronnie Yeoh from Hong Kong.

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An Ode to Notre-Dame de Paris

An Ode to Notre-Dame de Paris

It was with great sadness that we all watched Notre Dame. The near destruction of 100’s of years of world culture and a blow to the heart of Paris, a tragedy which struck at the literal and figurative heart of the city. It is hard to explain the importance of Notre Dame to the city. It is a beacon of the best of Paris. In a window of just a couple hours, that history nearly went up in smoke.

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Camera Stores in Paris

Camera Stores in Paris

We've all been there before. You pack your camera and your tripod, and it isn't until you get to your destination that you realise you forgot your battery or your tripod plate and you find yourself scrambling for a camera store in a foreign country battling a language in which you can barely order a coffee. We have you covered with our comprehensive guide to Paris Camera Stores.

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Top 5 Most Beautiful Bridges of Amsterdam

Top 5 Most Beautiful Bridges of Amsterdam

As you exit the central station in Amsterdam and step into this magical city, it will take you less than 100 meters to cross your first bridge. Known for its labyrinthine system of canals, equally important are the bridges that cross them. Trying to pick the most beautiful bridges in Amsterdam is a fools' errand, but it does not mean we should not try. What follows is my list of the top 5 most photographic bridges in Amsterdam.

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Hidden Courtyards of Bastille

Hidden Courtyards of Bastille

The road leading from Bastille to Nation, the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, is one of the oldest streets in Paris, and when I find myself on it, the history of this working-class neighbourhood is tangible. One of the delightful quirks of the area is the labyrinth of little streets, passages and public courtyards that sprout from the Faubourg.

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The Thousand Words: Alexander J.E. Bradley

The Thousand Words: Alexander J.E. Bradley

A picture tells a thousand words... and we are here to tell you a few more in our ongoing series A Thousand Words where we dig through the vault of talented photographers at Aperture Tours and get them to open up a little about some of their favourite images. This week we look at Aperture Tours founder Alexander J.E. Bradley and his image "The Bedouin Camel Herder".

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Six intriguing facts about Mont-Saint-Michel

Six intriguing facts about Mont-Saint-Michel

As you travel across the far reaches of the Normandy countryside, where France meets the English Channel, the island that punctuates the skyline is one of the most instantly recognisable silhouettes in all of France. As you soak in the beauty of Mont-Saint-michel before your eyes, you continually wonder if you walked onto a film set or into a time vortex; it is so picture perfect that it is hard to believe it is real.

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Unpacking Tokyo's Districts: West

Unpacking Tokyo's Districts: West

With over 38 million people living in the most extensive urban sprawl in the world, Tokyo can be a tricky city to navigate at first. Adding to the difficulty is that there is no single central downtown core, but rather a string of city centres dotted across the capital, each with their own feel and flair. So we wanted to help you unpack the different neighbourhoods that make up this megatropolis. Part One - West: Shinjuku, Harajuku and Omotesando, Shibuya, Ebisu, and Roppongi.

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Le Road Trip, version française

Le Road Trip, version française

Most people do not associate France with the classic road trip. Often a staple of any American adventure, it is rarely associated with the European continent, but this is a mistake. There is no better way to discover what the French countryside has to offer than in the front seat of a car, and some cheese in the back.

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Paris Under the Snow is a Winter Wonderland

Paris Under the Snow is a Winter Wonderland

Growing up in Australia, snow is a big deal for me. It always has been. Before I race out the door, throwing myself down the stairs to try and be the first to catch a snowflake on my tongue, there are a few precautions I undertake. Follow my tips for shooting in the snow in Paris and join me on an adventure through a winter wonderland.

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Five Reasons to Visit Tuscany this Spring

Five Reasons to Visit Tuscany this Spring

Tuscany is one of Italy's most visited regions, welcoming Italian and foreign tourists alike, but even Tuscany has some off the beaten path gems that can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. I can honestly say that there is not a single spot that I do not enjoy in Tuscany. I have collected some favourites I want to share with you. I am not including food and wine in these five reasons to visit Tuscany, because you already know about it.

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When the Mist Rolls into Venice

When the Mist Rolls into Venice

I love going for a stroll in the early hours of the morning when the city is misty. The white blanket illuminating the Grand Canal in a soft hazy light, it makes it feel as if you are in a real-life fairytale, adding an otherworldly charm to an already stunning city. The gondola oarsmen push slowly down the canals until the mist engulfs them and they disappear. Winter is romantic in Venice.

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Camera Filters - A practical application

Camera Filters - A practical application

For most trips when I travel, I will carry at least three filters with me that I consider essential in photography and produce effects that are near impossible to re-create in post-editing or post-processing. They are a six-stop neutral density (ND), ten-stop ND and a polarising filter.

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Tips For Snow Photography

Tips For Snow Photography

Winter is descending upon us, and there is opportunity abound to capture snow-covered landscapes. Before freezing in the cold, I want to make sure I am well prepared, so I spoke with the Sony Alpha award-winning photographer Andy Yee, to get a couple of tips on how to take the best photos in a winter wonderland.

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Vendors of the Paris-Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Vendors of the Paris-Saint-Ouen Flea Market

Considered the largest flea market in the world, the Marché Aux Puces de Saint-Ouen-Paris is an institution of the French capital. Just outside the border of Paris proper, the market, which dates back to the mid-1800s, is older than many of the antiques sold within it. I discovered the market with my camera, and got up close and personal with the people who make it tick.

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8 Reasons to go to Central Japan Right Now

8 Reasons to go to Central Japan Right Now

Kansai is not just Central Japan, it is the heart of Japanese culture, tradition and history. Nowhere else in the country can you find such a magnificent and diverse array of sights that will tantalise your senses. From the cultural and former capital of Kyoto to the bustling metropolis of Japan's second largest city, Osaka, and the countryside and seascapes that surround them, Kansai is genuinely the Japan of your imagination.

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A walk along Regent's Canal

A walk along Regent's Canal

The Regent Canal towpath has all sorts of walking, running, cycling and sitting to be had along it. Families out for a walk, tourists who have wandered off from the Camden Markets, friends having a picnic, houseboat owners coming home with shopping from the market. The Regents Canal is a wonderful green space in the heart of London.

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