TIP: Colour above, and something going on below. Location: Nice (well, of course it’s a nice location. I mean the city, Nice.)
I’ve turned the camera vertically to take shots of narrow French alleyways so often during the past couple of weeks I’ve almost become an expert.
When the subject matter is so inherently appealing it’s hard to screw up, though, like most amateurs, I usually manage to do just that. Too dark, too bright, too much contrast, moving people blurring the shot, being too slow to catch the hilarious peeing dog…I made all those mistakes, often.
Every now and then I got a photo I liked.
TIP: There’s nothing like a bit of washing drying in the sun to add appeal. Location: Marseilles.
TIP: Winding stone steps help. Shoot them from below, rather than from above. Location: Saint Paul de Vence.
TIP: Be patient. Wait for people in interesting dress to come past. Location: Marseilles.
TIP: Where possible include a colourful local character and a bike. Location: Nice.
TIP: When the people hit the only sunny spot in a shady street, press the button fast! Location: Villefranche-sur-Mer.
TIP: When editing the shot, beef up the temperature to the warm side. Location: Nice.
TIP: A low angle emphasises the charming, age-old cobblestones, even if they’ve been laid recently. Location: Saint-Paul-de-Vence.
TIP: Signs mentioning ‘Art’ or ‘Atelier’ show you’re in the right place. Location: Nice.
Stay tuned for the RT’s LOTR Alleyways of Provence calendar – reasonably priced, vertical format, perfect for hanging behind the door of the narrowest room in the house.
(That was meant as a joke, but maybe it’s actually a good idea…hmmm?)