gear matters
21st April 2022

You read it right, gear matters. I’m no stranger to controversial topics here, and I felt this video needed to be made. But the more you watch it, the less controversial it will appear. And in the end, I hope that you will see how this is my way to empower you so that you can take your best photos ever. Almost on a daily basis, I get asked which settings I...

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tips to photograph strangers | street photography Istanbul
14th April 2022

If you follow my Stories on Instagram, you know that I just returned from my trip to Istanbul… And I immediately felt the need to publish these tips to photograph strangers! This trip was a game-changer for my Street Photography, and here I’m sharing all I did to capture street portraits. In these past days in Istanbul, my Street Photography was pulled to a completely different place. This beautiful city has had...

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How To Photograph The Supermoon
24th June 2021

Tonight we will witness the last Supermoon of the year, so what is it and how to photograph the Supermoon? This was the topic of a conversation on Clubhouse last Monday as part of our Astrophotography Club. I was asked to talk about my experience and give some tips on getting these photos right as, coincidentally, I am running a moon series on my Instagram @fabienb. Plenty of moon shots there, and...

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How to clean the X-T4 sensor
9th December 2020

How to clean the X-T4 sensor, or indeed any camera sensor, is a question we photographers eventually have to ask ourselves. Even if you swap lenses in what looks like the most dust-free environment, one day, it will happen: you’ll see a dust spot in your images. Myself, I believe I am the fastest lens-swapper in the universe 😂 but I still see these spots every now and then. Of course, it...

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Luminosity Masks in Photoshop
24th September 2020

I wrote about Luminosity Masks in Photoshop already on this blog. It’s a very powerful technique I use in my landscape and cityscape photography. I find it a lot more efficacious than letting my camera or software randomly decide what a good HDR photo is. Yes, it may take a bit longer. But the results a far more satisfactory. When I first heard about Luminosity Masks, it seemed quite a complex concept...

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Dodge and Burn in Photoshop
10th September 2020

Dodge and Burn are tools often used by photographers of all kinds to enhance their images. To highlight details, improve contrast, make an element stand out more, brighten up eyes in a portrait… There are plenty of applications. These tools have been available in Photoshop for quite a long time now. But using Dodge and Burn “as is” is not recommended as it would be a “destructive” edit (meaning you cannot undo...

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London sunrise photography
5th September 2020

I often say that it’s my duty to shoot sunset or even sunrise photography! I love landscapes and cityscapes, so I must take these pictures when the conditions are right! Of the two, sunrise photography can be more rewarding because it requires more effort. First of all, from Spring to Autumn the time is not favourable. You need to wake up quite early to catch the sunrise. Better in Winter when you...

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How to Edit the Milky Way in Adobe Lightroom
24th July 2020

Do you want to learn how to edit the Milly Way in your photos, so it really pops? Good! Because this is exactly the content of the video I just published on YouTube! I went with my friend Robert to Stonehenge, UK, for a night out, hoping to get some good shots of Comet Neowise again. And also the Milky Way and all we could squeeze in one night. My photo of...

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Smartphone photography tips
20th July 2020

My friend Dot Lung asked me to go live with her and talk about smartphone photography tips and how to take better photos with your phone. We both use iPhones, but all we talked about applies to Android as well. We did not talk about specific apps only available for one platform but actually discussed real examples of taking photos with a phone. Dot Lung is a fantastic Digital Media Strategist who...

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Photoshop Liquify tool
22nd June 2020

After updating to Photoshop 2020, I had the need to use the Liquify tool. Just for a quick retouch for an Instagram story. So I launched Photoshop and opened the Liquify tool… And couldn’t use it. Moving the mouse, I could see the cursor jumping from one place on the screen to the other every 3-4 seconds. The lag between my hand movement and the response was so bad that it took...

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Wordpress Problem Solved
28th May 2020

I love WordPress. I have used it since it was called B2/Cafelog, probably around 2002. Then I used its public .com version for my successful food-blog and the self-hosted one for many of my clients, including big names like JP Morgan or Bank Of New York Mellon. According to the latest stats, in 2020 WordPress powers 35% of the entire Internet. It means it’s installed on just shy of 500 million websites....

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Rule of Thirds - cover image
7th May 2020

When you’ve been a photographer for many years, you give some knowledge for granted, and the Rule of Thirds is certainly among those. But as of today, this is still the most searched photography-related topic on Google. So maybe I should write about it. If there’s enough interest, I might cover more Photography basics. Let me know in the comments if it’s something you would like to see here. What is the...

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Lightroom Classic 2020, worms edition
28th April 2020

Sharpening Fujifilm Raw files in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. It's a topic that has filled articles for a very long time... Here's my optimal solution.

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Waxing gibbous moon
9th April 2020

Right, the pink supermoon… Or, how things don’t always go to plan.

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Lightroom presets
28th January 2020

This may be old news, but I often hear this question about Lightroom presets. The Problem Over a year ago, Adobe decided to refine (= overhaul) how presets work in Lightroom. All of a sudden, some of my own presets were not showing in the Develop panel anymore. And the same happened to others. In some cases, all the presets were showing, but some had their names in italics or greyed out....

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Photo critique
1st November 2019

As of this month, I started offering free photo critiques through my Instagram account @fabienb. The concept is really simple. I always try to find ways to give back and help the community and this is one more way for me to do so. I ask my followers to send me their pictures to review and critique. It’s the same kind of work an editor of a magazine could do, for example....

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