I have been holding onto this beautiful beach for a while — it’s named ‘Floating in Polignano a Mare’ and so excited to finally share it with you for Mother’s Day.
Good news ladies, no sand here! It is a delirious celebration of summer, happiness and joy and this print is guaranteed to make you want to dive into it each time you glance its way and call the handsome beach boy to bring another Aperol Spritz quick sticks!!!
So dear mums, if you would like to spoil yourself this Mother’s Day, not only on this beautiful image but on all images shop wide, we have a little surprise of 15% discount with code LIFETIMESUPPLY
One of the things I love about dreaming up and teaching workshops is creating the time out for the participants from their daily life to not only concentrate on their photography and improve it, meet some new members of their tribe but to have the time to reflect on life and what they want.
It’s in this ‘bubble’ away from the cooking and the kids, away from work and daily chores that not only do you get time to concentrate on you and nurture your photography but you get the clarity on how you want to move forward or what you would like to shift or bring into your life.
I too have had the exact epiphany attending workshops as a participant and loved the experience of sitting in a room and being inspired, nurtured and everything done for me.
This October we plan on making it our best workshop ever where everything and we mean everything is taken care of.
At the beautiful Masseria Potenti not only are Maria Grazia and Chiara two of the most welcoming hosts but they have created an atmosphere of simplistic beauty that is a wonderful subject and backdrop for our portrait photos and at the same time good for the soul in every sense. We will look after breakfast, lunch and dinner, you will have your own beautiful room and all you need to do is to concentrate on taking the photos you have inside you and have yet dared to take.
The photography lessons, models, trips to local villages to photograph the locals, the critiquing and inspiring you and pushing your photography to new levels will all be taken care of by us. We plan to create a unique atmosphere of joy and trust where you can learn to be a little more courageous in accessing something deeper within you that will allow you to go beyond those portrait moments when it feels like nothing is happening, to provoke your portrait subject to draw out something more than a pretty portrait and for you not to give up when you still don’t have the shot.
If you love people photos and want to improve yours, if you would love to come away with a beautiful portfolio of interiors and people and want to give yourself the gift of getting closer to life, the details and yourself, there are only TWO PLACES LEFT.
I know everyone wants to take better photos and capturing the architecture of a city or place we are travelling to is high on my list.
The architecture of certain places prod me out of bed early in the morning and the town of Martina Franca and surrounding villages left me breathless.
Here is a basic lesson in shooting different types of architecture of a town to tell it’s story.
Every city (almost) has an iconic piece of architecture (or two) that defines it. Sydney has the Opera House, Paris the Tower Eiffel, Venice the Doges Palace and St Marks Church and Florence the incredible Duomo. Martina Franca has this beautiful baroque church of known as the Basilico di San Martino.
Try and include an iconic masterpiece in your travel story, you can bring your own slant to it by shooting it in the light you like, or a particular time of day or something quirky in the foreground.
A well rounded travel story needs many different angles of the city which means showing different areas and architecture. Although Baroque can be majestic in Martina Franca it also can be humble. Every doorway is framed in a baroque masterpiece.
Keep your eyes peeled for architecture that tells a different story to the iconic masterpieces.
Get Up High
In most cities there is an important landmark (such as the cathedral in Milan below) where you can get a different vantage point on the city. Can be fun too if there is a lift!
This was taken from a beautiful balcony where I held my first travel photography workshop in Puglia.
Interiors are another fabulous way to get in the architecture of a city. Getting inside adds depth to your story and tells a more intimate part of the cities life. The pic was taken in Palazzo Ducale in Martina Franca
I am a huge fan of details in all their form from architectural details to simple striped curtains covering a doorway to a house, a carved face on a corner of a street, washing strung in front of a beautiful buildings.. Don’t overlook details, they often tell the best stories!
I hope you enjoyed this little post about telling the story of a town’s architecture.
If you have dreamed about travelling to the heel of the Italian boot whilst improving your photography skills but have never found the right occasion, I have it for you.
One place has become available on my Visionary – Creative Storytelling Workshop in Puglia. Six full days of photography and travel, June 10 – 17th 2017 based in Martina Franca and visiting nearby villages to put all the techniques and concepts taught in the Travel Photography workshop into practice.
There will be in-classroom lessons and plenty of time outside practicing, learning and photographing the local life.
If you are feeling spontaneous and would love to discover this part of Italy with myself and my super team and a group of like-minded souls click HERE for full details or get in touch with as us email@example.com
For those of you who love travel photography I started a Travel Photography series a while back. The series was in four parts and covers food, people, architecture and events and if you missed them the links are at the end of this post.
I have been meaning forever to add a chat about colour palettes as it is important when creating a travel story so I have added a fifth part to this series.
Colour is one of the most powerful tools we have to use in photography. And when you look around life just serves up the most extraordinary colour situations and is often repeated in the strangest of subjects. Love this!
The way we use colour in our images talks about what we want to say, what mood we want to create, what feelings we want to heighten and it can also speak of your style. Just the way painters choose a colour palette when creating a canvas we can do the same thing with photography.
Some photographers will go out of their way to avoid a certain colour or go in search of their favourite colours across a range of subjects.
The language of magazines and the way an art director will put together a story revolves around the way images sit harmoniously together and it all depends on the colour.
Here’s a quick look at some colour palettes:
Nordic photographers are famous for their simple colour palettes based around white and neutral tones of beige and grey which bring a sense of calm, serenity and cleanliness to their images.
Neutral Colours of blue, terracotta and green at Masseria Cimino Copyright Carla Coulson
Neutral colours of white beige and brown repeated in statues in a workshop and the baroque streets of Martina Franca
Shooting a spot colour can be loads of fun, like going on a treasure hunt. You can focus on one particular colour that appears in all sorts of different situations with a neutral background. It could be red repeated in a jumper, a sign, scarf, or a door or in the case below the green doors, curtains and shutters against the white backdrop of Puglia. It adds a pop of energy to your images.
Spot colour on the streets of Ceglie Messapica and Door Martina Franca Copyright Carla Coulson
Neutral colours of white and blue repeated in the streets, shirt and umbrella
with a spot colour of yellow repeated in the tie and doorway
Local boy and a street in Ceglie Messapica Copyright Carla Coulson
Bright, strong saturated colours bring a sensation of energy to a photo if combined harmoniously. When I was shooting the pics below on different days in different locations I was surprised at the repetition of royal blue and orange..
Beach Polignano A Mare and San Vito Polignano A Mare Copyright Carla Coulson
There are loads of other colour palettes you can choose to photograph including beautiful pastels, serene blues, dark colours to add mood or quirky colour combinations.
Depending on your aesthetic as a photographer as to which colour palettes you will find pleasing.
If you would love to hone your travel photography skills and shoot colour palettes to your heart’s content you might like to join me and my ‘Caravan’ and travel to the yet to be discovered part of Puglia in Southern Italy (where my hubby’s from and in the pics above) with like-minded souls. It’s gonna be fun! All details here.
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