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Top tourist attractions in Lisbon

There are three words that can describe the character of Lisbon – peaceful, relaxing and popular. So if you’ve never been there and you need to break your daily routine, then it seems to be a perfect destination to take a rest from everyday stress and pressure. Let yourself immerse in Portugal rich culture, taste […]

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There are three words that can describe the character of Lisbon – peaceful, relaxing and popular. So if you’ve never been there and you need to break your daily routine, then it seems to be a perfect destination to take a rest from everyday stress and pressure. Let yourself immerse in Portugal rich culture, taste a bit of street life and explore this magnificent city.

https://photler.com/web/uploads/b3/2015-11-10-portugal-lissabon-rossio-theater-nachtaufnahme-cc5da.jpg R. Herbst

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that a large number of beautiful spots in Lisbon suits every taste. You can easily feel the energy of this city. Just look at the architecture, its forms, shapes, districts. It may be compared to the big terrace. From Baixa, the lowest district to the imposing San Jorge’s castle at the highest point, you can enjoy the amazing view of the city.

Praca do Comercio, P. Kulczycki

Let’s start the trip from Baixa, the central district. In this part of the city you can see the very famous Praca do Comercio – the main square of the Lisbon with its U letter shape. It is definitely the right place to feel the local vibes. Back in the day, there was a residence of the Portugal kings destroyed in 1755 by a terrible earthquake. There are two columns saved from the past in front of the Tiago that witnessed the ancient times and the glory of the Portuguese empire. Nowadays it is a city center full of the street artists and handcrafted manufacturers no matter when you go there. You can stroll on Rua Augusta street and visit one of the fashion boutiques, shops or local restaurants.

Rua Augusta, D. Campos

The district is crossed by a lot of tram lines and buses. Exactly in the middle of Rua Augusta passes Tram 28 famous for his specific yellow color. This is the form of transport that you must take during your trip! Visit the city without this tram is like going to Rome and haven’t see the Pope.

Tram 28, R. Herbst

After a few minute journey that you can spend admiring the beautiful streets and city corners from a different perspective we arrive on other significant district called Alfama. It may be seen as the most hipster area in the city because of its famous fancy bars, posh restaurants and many locals where you can order a typical meal based of cod and attend the most Portuguese performance – Fado dance, with its psychedelic movements and music.

Don’t miss Miradouro de Santa Luzia and San Jorge’s Castle. Surely you have seen these locations many times on the pictures but the view is really incredible and worth seeing. You can take some photos there and then appreciate the real peace of mind moment.

Mirador Santa Luzia, P. Kulczycki

Visit Barrio Alto for its bustling nightlife, picturesque streets and azulejos – blue ceramic tiles covered with small patterns or historical and traditional pictures.

The last place of our list is the Belem district situated near the Praca do Comercio. It is the historical part of the city where all the ships directed to the new world were departed. It is unique because of the buildings gothic style – sacred and profane both – and that gives an austere and immaculate beauty at all his environs. It is also famous for the mouthwatering sweets pastéis do Belèm. It might be the sweetest thing that you would probably eat there.

Belèm’s tower, K. Hudaszek

If you are just falling in love with Lisbon because of these few words, don’t hesitate to book a flight and accommodation as soon as possible!

Only there, on the streets, squares, tram, restaurant and bar you can find and see the glow of the further east capital in Europe and maybe one of the most genuine, beautiful and cosy city in all the continent.

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Written by Stefano Salero

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6 Amazing Photograph Opportunities in Sin City

6 Amazing Photograph Opportunities in Sin City No Las Vegas shindig is complete without maxing out the memory card of your digital camera. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just randomly snap pictures throughout your vacation. Taking pictures in a city that’s teeming with life and countless photo opportunities 24/7 means that you need […]

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6 Amazing Photograph Opportunities in Sin City

No Las Vegas shindig is complete without maxing out the memory card of your digital camera. However, this doesn’t mean that you should just randomly snap pictures throughout your vacation. Taking pictures in a city that’s teeming with life and countless photo opportunities 24/7 means that you need a plan. Let us help you out with this short list of interesting places/events to shoot.

1. The Neon Museum 

Remember those classic neon signs you used to see in really old photos of Vegas? A bunch of them ended up in The Neon Museum.

Forbes points out that the museum is home to the weird and wonderful signs from the businesses that used to dominate the famed Las Vegas Strip. This includes dry cleaning services, random advertising, defunct casinos, and even “Nevada’s best fried chicken”. Since the museum was founded in 1996, the people behind it have been dedicated to collecting and preserving these signs as vital and educational pieces of Las Vegas history. The outdoor exhibition space aka the Neon Boneyard is a particularly impressive sight to behold.

2. Elvis Impersonators Everywhere

The King’s legacy is still very much alive and well in Las Vegas. Whether you’re in a casino, wedding chapel, or checking out one of Vegas’ many street stages, you’re likely to find the trademark hair, sideburns, sunglasses, and glittering white jumpsuit being donned by at least one Elvis fanatic. Try and take a picture of every one you see, and then later, pick out which ones did the best job of channeling The King.

3. The Bliss Dance Sculpture

As a city that’s known for its entertainment value, you’re also going to find a bunch of art everywhere. One of these is called the Bliss Dance sculpture. Created by artist Marco Cochrane, this impressive 40-foot public sculpture first appeared at the music festival Burning Man. Today, you can visit it Park Avenue – the part of The Park between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York. You literally can’t miss this awesome artwork, which Vital Vegas explains took approximately 10,000 hours to construct.

4. The Stratosphere

Speaking of things that are impossible to miss, the Stratosphere tower is literally the tallest structure in Las Vegas. Standing at 1, 149 feet or 350 meters tall, it’s home to four thrilling rides: The X- Scream, Insanity, SkyJump, and Big Shot. Even if you’re not planning to test your mental and physical limits with these thrill rides, the tower is an awesome vantage point for taking unique photos. Although Las Vegas Review Journal reveals that there’s currently a legal debate over whether or not the Stratosphere is technically located on the famed Vegas Strip, don’t worry about it because it’s really easy to find.

5. The Wynn

Almost all casinos in Vegas boast that they are the most elegant. In the category of looks alone, this ideal elegance is perhaps best exhibited by The Wynn. From the flower-filled lobby to the unparalleled view of the city from its subtly whimsical suites, being in The Wynn almost feels like being in the latest Wes Anderson movie. And the Telegraph agrees as they gave The Wynn a 9 out of 10  score for style & character.

6 . The Bellagio

Every tourist has a shot of The Bellagio and its majestic fountains. It’s up to you to capture an image that’s uniquely yours. On weekdays, the fountains’ water shows run for half-hour intervals from 3PM to 7PM and then 15-minute intervals from 7PM till midnight, while PartyPoker states that the show starts at 12 noon on weekends. So no need worry, as there are plenty of photo opportunities to experiment with.

We understand here at Photler that a little research goes a long way in composing good shots. Remember: as Ansel Adams said, “A good photograph is knowing where to stand”.

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Aeroe – a photogenic fairytale island in Southern Denmark

Copenhagen. The first, and often only, thing mentioned when Denmark is brought up as a travel destination. But like most other countries, Denmark is so much more than its proud capital city. This Nordic country might be smaller than its big brothers further north, but being largely based on islands it means it is “bigger […]

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Copenhagen. The first, and often only, thing mentioned when Denmark is brought up as a travel destination. But like most other countries, Denmark is so much more than its proud capital city. This Nordic country might be smaller than its big brothers further north, but being largely based on islands it means it is “bigger than its body”, offering thousands of kilometres of coastline and beaches. In fact there is said to be about 10.000 islands in Denmark – not including the Faeroe Islands and Greenland, that are both a part of the Danish kingdom.

Some islands are large enough to not really feel like islands at all – but there are so many smaller ones to explore, that most Danes haven’t even been visiting themselves. So where do you start? The answer is Ærø – which withouth Danish letters transforms to the easier pronounced Aeroe. An island in the South Funen Archipelago, not far from the North of Germany, and connected by car-carrying ferries from Svendborg and Faaborg on the larger island of Funen, and from Fynshav in the southern part of Jutland.

Romantic Ærøskøbing

Why exactly Ærø you may ask? And the answer is simple. Because this 88 km2 island is extremely photogenic and picturesque, and acts like an all-you-can shoot buffet for any trigger-hungry photographer. After all it’s one of Denmark’s most romantic islands, and is therefore also a very popular wedding-destination – with its capital Ærøskøbing known as the best kept 17th century town Denmark has to offer.

A highly charming capital clad in colours and cobbled streets, and packed with exciting details to go hunting with your camera. Not at least on a sunny summer’s day, when the ice cream shops draw long queues across the idylic squares – and visitors enjoy their smoked fish dishes at tables outside. Another unique Ærø speciality is the neatly decorated doors and frames, which are like art individual art pieces, and make for a nice collection of photos on a walk around town.

Colourful beach huts

Not far from the town centre of Ærøskøbing a string of multi-coloured beach huts will attract further attention, and they will beg for you to photograph them, just a stone’s throw from the ocean. So will the beach huts and houses at Erik’s Hale (Erik’s Tail) near the cosy town centre of Marstal. Including the iconic red and green hut with the thatched roof – known to be used on guidebook covers. Marstal is the second most populous town on the island, located on the eastern tip. A favourite with visitors arriving by sail boat, and a place where you can learn more about the island’s maritime history at the local museum.

Travelling to the other end of the island you will come across the 16th century manor Søbygaard, which is another photogenic highlight – reflecting its tiled roof in the moat, while being surrounded by some of the island’s most scenic nature. A nature worth exploring by car or bike, but if you depend on public transport you will be delighted to know that all busses are free on the island.

Photos and text by Brian Schæfer Dreyer / travelooneyblog.com

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3 Best Ways For Editing Your Travel Photos On The Go

3 Best Ways For Editing Your Travel Photos On The Go Learning travel photography has been an unbelievable journey over the last few years. Nevertheless, something actually astonishing happened when I finally learned photo post processing techniques with Adobe Lightroom. During travel, it is very difficult to devote time for photo editing because you are […]

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3 Best Ways For Editing Your Travel Photos On The Go

Learning travel photography has been an unbelievable journey over the last few years. Nevertheless, something actually astonishing happened when I finally learned photo post processing techniques with Adobe Lightroom.

During travel, it is very difficult to devote time for photo editing because you are always on the go, and there is no time to waste on Photoshop. However, there are 3 great ways to save your time on it and share your colorful photographs with your friends on Instagram and Facebook right now, and not after arrival at home.

Method 1 – Using Lightroom photo editing while traveling

The Lightroom presets are the quickest way to edit your travel photos naturally. You need to pre-download several bundles of LR presets, and they’ll make all color corrections and endow your photos with unique styles.

To convey the brightness and juiciness of nature, use free Lightroom landscape presets. Apply them to various travel images where you capture the nature, beautiful sceneries, lands, lakes and rivers. They will correct shadows and play with color palette. Editing the landscape photos is very simple and pleasant. Simply – because you do not need to correct your skin imperfections, reshape your body, but it’s nice because these photos are our emotions and memories of the trip and new acquaintances.

To show the freshness of the morning in the woods or the first rays of the sun’s warmth apply free sunrise Lightroom presets, which will not only improve the quality of your photos but also hide the small light flaws.

When you want to share with friends or relatives a romantic moment during the sunset, but your photos turn out to be darkened, the Lightroom sunset presets free will come to the rescue. After using them, the photos will be ready for publication in social networks to collect a bunch of likes and enthusiastic comments.

Method 2 – Is VSCO filters a new standard in mobile photography?

One of the best photo editing applications VSCO offers a myriad of filters for travelers. They can edit their photos directly on the smartphone, quickly applying plugins to images and experimenting with colors.

The VSCO user-friendly design application can also be used as a gallery for viewing the compatibility of photos before publication and as a photo editor.

The app can be downloaded online for Android and iOS devices. Among them you will definitely find a favorite filter for your travel-photos, which you will use. Spend less time on the phone, but get more impressions and more new photos.

Method 3 – Snapseed adds drama effect.

This is a Google editor, which allows you to make a selective correction, create a film effect or add a Bokeh effect. This application will be easy to use for Photoshop professionals, but also those who have never used pocket photo editors in their life. You will be able to get used to the application, trying to apply the effects of double exposure, noir, coarse grain or selective correction.

The advantage of SnapSeed in front of VSCO is that it independently determines the genre of the image (portrait, landscape, etc.) and prompts the user for possible tools for work.

The tools of this application will help you quickly cope with the editing of photos directly on the smartphone and continue the walk/sightseeing/communication further.

Take time to travel, not to edit photos. Collect impressions and store them in memory or on beautiful photos.

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