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Ugo Cei
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Photographer by night, Software engineer by day
Photographer by night, Software engineer by day

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Oman Travelogue, Part 5: from the Jabal Al Akhdar to Muscat, via Sur

This article concludes my 5-part series about my trip of last year to Oman.

Would you like to see this amazing country with me on a future trip? Head over to https://tours.ucphoto.me/tours/discover-oman/
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TTIM 140 – Pia Parolin and Promenade Moments

Born and raised in Italy, Pia Parolin studied biology in Germany and in Brazilian Amazonia. A passionate tropical ecologist with PhD, she always carries her camera with her since the day her father gave her the first Minolta at the age of 9. Living on the French Riviera since 2005, she loves to capture light, colours and movements.

With her “Promenade Moments” series from 2017, captured on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, she wanted to give back some colour and light to the victims of the 2016 terrorist attack by donating metal prints of her pictures to the associations Promenade des Anges, Hospital Lenval, and Habitat & Humanisme and with photography workshops.

Ugo and Ralph talked with Pia about her Promenade Moments series, but also about her recent experience in Borneo, living side by side with the natives in a longhouse.
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Je viens de lancer, en collaboration avec la photographe franco-italienne Pia Parolin, un atelier de photographie de week-end passionnant sur la Côte d'Azur.

Attendez-vous à venir découvrir la photographie de rue et urbaine, mais aussi à vous détendre, discuter et rire ensemble dans un cadre idyllique, car nous passerons une partie de notre temps ensemble dans une villa privée nichée dans les pins sur les collines surplombant la jolie station balnéaire d'Antibes, à mi-chemin entre Nice et Cannes.

L'atelier se concentre sur l'exploration du théâtre qu'est la rue des villes vibrantes de la Cote d`Azur. La photographie de rue est une question d'action et de captation d'un moment important, mais si vous êtes plus contemplatif, vous pourrez prendre votre temps et photographier l'architecture et les paysages urbains.

L'atmosphère est conviviale et l'atelier est ouvert aux photographes de tout niveau. Si vous êtes un pro chevronné, venez pour être poussé hors de votre zone de confort. Si vous êtes un débutant, vos instructeurs seront là pour vous guider et vous aider avec toutes les questions techniques que vous pourriez avoir.

L'atelier se déroule pendant deux jours, le samedi 20 octobre et le dimanche 21 octobre 2018, mais si vous ne pouvez pas passer la nuit dans la région, il est possible d'assister seulement le premier jour à un prix réduit.

Comme c'est ma première collaboration avec Pia, nous voulions rendre cela aussi abordable que possible. Les prix commencent à seulement 150 €. Considérant que vous aurez l'aide de deux photographes et que nous vous accueillerons dans une belle villa, alors que la plupart des ateliers utiliseront une salle de conférence sombre ou un magasin d'appareils photo, et que le dîner est inclus dans le prix, nous croyons que c'est un bon affaire.

Ai-je mentionné que le transport vers et depuis la villa est inclus dans le prix? Allons! Nous devrions probablement payer le double de ce que nous facturons et nous le ferons probablement, si cette édition est réussie et si nous en lançons de futures.

C'est donc votre meilleure chance de vivre une expérience incroyable à un prix incroyablement bas. Cela ne se reproduira plus et, étant donné que les places sont limitées à 12 participants, nous ne prévoyons pas que cette offre durera longtemps.

Alors qu'est-ce que vous attendez? Venez nous rejoindre les 20 et 21 octobre et profitez de la Douce France!
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Jack Of All Trades, Master Of Some

In the latest episode of my podcast, I answer a question from one of my readers about whether it's OK to ride more than one bus during one's artistic career.

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Unitevi a me e alla fotografa franco-italiana Pia Parolin per un weekend di fotografia lungo la splendida Riviera Francese.

Vi invitiamo a venire e imparare sulla fotografia di strada e urbana, ma anche a rilassarvi, discutere e ridere insieme in un ambiente idilliaco, trascorrendo parte del nostro tempo insieme in una villa privata nascosta tra i pini sulle colline che affacciano sulla famosa località costiera di Antibes, a mezza strada tra Nizza e Cannes.

Questo workshop è incentrato sull’esplorazione del teatro che è la strada e dello sfondo ricco e vibrante offerto dalla città. La fotografia di strada è prima di tutto preoccupata di catturare un’azione e un momento significativi, ma se la vostra natura è più contemplativa, avrete agio di prendervi il tempo che volete e fotografare l’architettura e i paesaggi della città.

L’atmosfera sarà conviviale e amichevole e il workshop è aperto a fotografi di ogni livello. Se siete professionisti esperti, venite preparati ad essere spinti al di fuori della vostra abituale area d’azione. Se siete principianti, i vostri istruttori saranno sempre disponibili a offrirvi assistenza e a rispondere a qualunque vostro quesito tecnico.

Se avete un partner che non è un fotografo, ma a cui piace scattare foto con il proprio smartphone, portate anche lui o lei! Gli aiuteremo a vedere le cose con occhio fotografico e a ottenere immagini che faranno sì che i loro amici gli chiedano quando sono diventati professionisti. Ci sarà da divertirsi per tutti!

Il workshop si svolge in due giorni: sabato e domenica, ma se non potete pernottare in zona, è possibile partecipare anche solo il primo giorno a un prezzo ridotto.

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TTIM 139 – Scott Kelby and the World Wide Photo Walks

This week we have a very special guest on the show that doesn’t really need a lot of introduction, because pretty much everybody knows +Scott Kelby.

Both +Ralph Velasco and me were speakers at the recent 2018 Out of Chicago Photography Conference, where Scott was the very entertaining keynote speaker, and it was there that we met and that we asked Scott to be a guest on the podcast. He graciously accepted and here is the recording of that interview.

His keynote was titled The Stuff They Don’t Tell You. While we can’t hope to fit all of the things the don’t tell you in the space of one hour, we nevertheless asked Scott to talk about a few of them. We talked about developing a personal style, finding interesting subjects, post-processing and more.

We also spent some time discussing the upcoming World Wide Photo Walk event that Scott started and that is now in its 11th year. If you’ve never attended a photo walk, we recommend you check out the WWPW website and join one in your neighborhood. It’s a lot of fun, you make new friends, and you can also contribute to a worthwhile cause.
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A Weekend On The French Riviera

Nice and Antibes, France – October 20-21, 2018

Join me and French-Italian photographer Pia Parolin for a weekend of photography along the beautiful Côte d’Azur.

Expect to come and learn about street and urban photography, but also to relax, discuss, and laugh together in an idyllic setting, as we will spend part of our time together in a private villa nestled in the pines on the hills overlooking the famed sea-side resort of Antibes, about halfway between Nice and Cannes.

The workshop is focusing on exploring the theatre that is the street and the rich and vibrant backdrop offered by the city. Street photography is all about the action and capturing a significant moment, but if you are more of a contemplative nature, you will be able to take your time and shoot architecture and cityscapes as well.

The atmosphere is meant to be convivial and friendly and the workshop is open to photographers of any skill level. If you are a seasoned pro, come prepared to be pushed out of your comfort zone. If you are a beginner, your instructors will be there to give you guidance and assist you with any technical questions you might have.

The workshop takes place during two days, Saturday and Sunday, but if you can’t overnight in the area, it is possible to attend only the first day for a reduced price.

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WHAT IF I TOLD YOU...

...that I'm planning, together with a friend, a mini workshop in Southern France, focused on urban exploration and street photography?

We would have access to a villa nestled in the pines near Antibes. On a Saturday morning we would meet there, do a bit of classroom, have a light lunch, then head to the streets of Nice or Cannes for an afternoon of shooting, then back to the villa for review and critique and an apéritif.

Of course, there would be French wine and food.

Optionally, we could extend this to Sunday.

Dates would be October 20-21, 2018.

Would you be interested in such a program?

Would you prefer one or two days?

If you would be willing to participate, how much would you like to pay for this program (not including accommodation)? Please indicate it in the comments, if you wish.
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TTIM 138 – Real Photography in the Age of Photoshop, Part 2

This week’s episode is a special one. During the latest +Out of Chicago Photography Summer Conference, I was the moderator of a panel discussion involving two very well-known travel and nature photographers, +Scott Bourne and +Deborah Sandidge, in addition to the founder and president of +PHLEARN +Aaron Nace, who is also a passionate photographer.

Deborah is known for employing creative techniques, both during capture and at the computer, to give her photos a unique look, using long exposures and various tools for expressing her artistic sensitivity; Scott also sits on the advisory board of +Skylum Software, a company that produces powerful photo processing applications like Luminar and AuroraHDR and PHLEARN’s catalog includes many courses about post-processing.

Thanks to the availability of very affordable tools and education for post-processing, it is not surprising that people are sometimes pushing the boundaries of an art form that was for a time (and it still is in the mind of large numbers of people) very much tied to the concept of a faithful, or at least plausible, representation of reality.

We asked the panelists for their take on this often debated topic and what ensued was a lively and stimulating discussion that also touched other topics, like the role of education and tools in shaping the current trends in photography. As the panel went on for about 90 minutes, we split the recording in two parts. This is the second part.

In this segment, topics like market trends in photography, the evolution of personal style, and finding inspiration were also discussed. You’ll also learn what EDFAT means and why it’s so important.
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TTIM 137 – Real Photography in the Age of Photoshop, Part 1

This week’s episode is a special one. During the latest Out Of Chicago Summer Conference, Ugo was the moderator of a panel discussion involving two very well-known travel and nature photographers, +Scott Bourne and +Deborah Sandidge, in addition to the founder and president of +PHLEARN, +Aaron Nace, who is also a passionate photographer.

Deborah is known for employing creative techniques, both during capture and at the computer, to give her photos a unique look, using long exposures and various tools for expressing her artistic sensitivity; Scott also sits on the advisory board of +Skylum Software, a company that produces powerful photo processing applications like Luminar and AuroraHDR and PHLEARN’s catalog includes many courses about post-processing.

Thanks to the availability of very affordable tools and education for post-processing, it is not surprising that people are sometimes pushing the boundaries of an art form that was for a time (and it still is in the mind of large numbers of people) very much tied to the concept of a faithful, or at least plausible, representation of reality.

We asked the panelists for their take on this often debated topic and what ensued was a lively and stimulating discussion that also touched other topics, like the role of education and tools in shaping the current trends in photography. As the panel went on for about 90 minutes, we split the recording in two parts. This is the first part; the second one will be published next week.

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