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How To Up Your Mobile Photography Game In a Few Easy Steps

The beauty of photography lies in capturing a moment. A photograph takes you back to some of your most cherished memories and sometimes allows you to notice things that you…

The beauty of photography lies in capturing a moment.

A photograph takes you back to some of your most cherished memories and sometimes allows you to notice things that you might’ve missed in the moment picture was being taken.

Photographs can transpire moments of intimacy, happiness, sadness to beautiful little details of everyday mundane life.

Whilst traveling I always carry my Nikon camera with me. Although I am accustomed to carrying a bulky camera, sometimes its size and weight can be tiring if I’m going on a long hiking tour, or it can attract unwanted attention. So with all these cellphone cameras upraise, I’ve become interested in just how much I can do with my phone camera.

I used to detest taking photographs with my phone and always swore true to my Nikon but nowadays, you can find phones with really good cameras. It is amazing how much cellphone cameras have progressed in the last couple of years and phones just becoming more lightweight and compact with each newer model.

If you’re not interested in photography enough then maybe, it’s not worthwhile to invest in a good camera. Buying a cellphone with a quality camera can go a long way.

I’m not going to advise which cellphone to pick. Everybody has their favorite. Some people swear by iPhones and some prefer their Androids. I will say that I’ve seen amazing pictures being taken with both cellphones. Samsung S7 edge and iPhone 6 are great phones if you wanna get serious with mobile photography. Of course, you can find a fantastic phone for much lower price and still take great photos.

There are two things I bought that I feel like they upped my whole mobile photography game.

First one was buying camera lenses. I bought Aukey camera lenses. They were on sale on Amazon, and I got them for about 15$. I got 3 types of lenses, a wide angle, fisheye and macro lens. They came in a small case with a mini clip-on to attach to any phone’s camera.

You can have a lot of fun experimenting with all those lenses and make for some creative photos.

For a finishing touch you can add an Instagram filter.

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Second one that I really loved was investing into a Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer. They are a little bit on the pricier side (about 130$) but I really do think it pays off. You can check out the reviews here.

The reason why I didn’t get a polaroid camera is, because every picture that you take with it, is going to print – but with my Polaroid ZIP printer, I can make as many photos I choose with my phone (or a regular camera) and then select the ones I wish to print. One of the other benefits is that I can also edit it in Photoshop on my phone or add an Instagram filter etc. before printing.

You can edit all of your photos and get them developed and as you travel and meet a lot of new people you can also leave them a token of your new friendship. I love that I’m able to give them a physical reminder of some fun moments spent together.

The Polaroid ZIP Mobile printer came with a USB cable that you use for charging purposes, one Zip pack of photo paper (10 per pack) and a “Quick Start Guide”. It’s really easy to use.

I’ve downloaded their app ‘Polaroid ZIP’ and just used Bluetooth to connect my phone with the printer. It takes about a minute for one photo to print out.

The photo paper is not so expensive; I’ve bought 9 packs (so 90 photo paper) for less than 30$ on Amazon (I think that it’s more than obvious that I have an Amazon shopping addiction).

To make your photos less blurry you can also invest in a mobile tripod. You won’t need to worry of keeping your camera steady all the time and this is particularly helpful when taking photos in low light.

And what about the apps? There are hundreds of mobile photography apps nowadays so it might be little bit difficult to make a choice. I use Instagram and VSCO Cam. I’ve heard great comments about Camera+ for iPhone but this is a paid app.

These are just some of the gadgets that I’ve tried out and liked best so far. I’m always on the lookout for new creative add-ons for my mobile photography travelling kit.

Even though I am still going to carry my Nikon everywhere with me, because the quality of photos being taken with an actual camera is still, no doubt about it, way better than any phone’s camera, it’s nice to know that if my battery dies – I have another option.

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The Street Art of Lisbon

This is a guest post by Justin, a blogger behind True Nomads. His blog is dedicated to his adventurous travels (and I mean falsely-accused-and-detained-in-prison-in-Egypt adventurous) and scuba diving of course!…

This is a guest post by Justin, a blogger behind True Nomads. His blog is dedicated to his adventurous travels (and I mean falsely-accused-and-detained-in-prison-in-Egypt adventurous) and scuba diving of course! If you’re interested in discovering how life under the sea looks like around the world (he is on a mission to scuba dive the top 100 sites in the world!), you definitively want to check Justin’s blog. You can also follow him on Facebok and Twitter.


 

The street art of Lisbon is one of the best that I’ve seen. I take a lot of guided graffiti tours, from Brazil to Palestine to Perth to Germany, and the one I took in Lisbon was one of the best I’ve been on.

There was so much of it in the 1+ hour car tour of the city, that we only got to see a small percent of it! But what I did get to see was some amazing art work.

My guide in Lisbon knew exactly where to take me for the greatest pieces, including a city wall, a health clinic wall, giant murals covering whole buildings, and many other hidden treasures.

Here are the highlights of one of the best graffiti/street art tours in Europe. Check out my guide for more information on things to do in Lisbon.

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These buildings were completely covered with HUGE pieces. I had to cross the street to get the whole thing in the photo. Apparently the city figured it was cheaper to hire famous graffiti artists from Brazil to cover these old ugly buildings, then it would be to tear them down and build something nicer. So they did, making them less of an eye sore. Now that’s something you don’t hear governments doing very often… paying graffiti artists to do their work on their city.

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This whole underground station was covered almost completely. It was cool to see how local and famous artists coordinate on where they would do their art, and never cover, ruin or touch any one else’s.

My guide explained how artists will get together and decide on where each person got to do their work, and if a section or a piece was really old or really bad, and artist unknown, they would decide if it was okay to cover. Anyways, all these places were done legally, and apparently it’s allowed because the city of Lisbon agrees with me that these graffiti murals make the city’s dull places look awesome!

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If you look closely you’ll see that the head of this one is done with a chipping technique where they chipped away the paint and plaster to make the face. I saw this unique and awesome technique all over the city and loved it. In this one above, the story goes that the artist was chipping away secretly on this piece when the owner arrived. A fight ensued as the owner of the building was rightly angry about the defacing of the building. The artist had the guy step back and look at the piece, and the guy was so shocked and impressed that he let him finish and paid him to do more of his buildings!

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This blue wall above circles is a big mental hospital. Artists got together and gave each other sections of the wall to do projects on, and the hospital painted it all blue to be based on. I have no idea how long it took, but each and every section is unique and a masterpiece. Some are very intriguing and detailed with the help of many a stencil, others masters of free hand and minute detail. It took me a long time to get through all these, and it gave me a really good feeling about Lisbon for sponsoring such big and wonderful projects like these!

So if you wonder what to do in Lisbon, find the nearest graffiti tour and make sure your camera has plenty of battery!

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RAW Berlin

RAW which is the short version of Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk (railway maintenance yards) is a place full of cultural delights which are set in an old industrial complex. I absolutely love alternative…

RAW which is the short version of Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk (railway maintenance yards) is a place full of cultural delights which are set in an old industrial complex. I absolutely love alternative cultural places, so it was great to stumble upon this complex while sightseeing the German capital. The reason for this is that desire of young people to create and build something is always inspiring.

RAW hosts a club, a bar, a theater, artist workshops, climbing playground and more. There are numerous gigs, performances and literary readings so anyone can find something they like. I haven’t partied here but if you are interested in the underground culture of Berlin I genuinely recommend this place.

Location

Revaler Strasse 99

S-Bahn – Warschauer Strasse

Here are some photos of the place

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Belgrade Skyline That You Rarely Get To See

Beogradjanka is a high-rise building located in the downtown area of Belgrade. Construction of this building which is one of the highest in the city (101 m) began in 1969…

Beogradjanka is a high-rise building located in the downtown area of Belgrade. Construction of this building which is one of the highest in the city (101 m) began in 1969 and was completed in 1974. There used to be a restaurant at the top which was closed for safety reasons. This tall building houses department stores, business premises and media offices. One of them is a city-owned TV and radio station called ‘Studio B’. The quality is not the best (dirty windows!) but the view of Belgrade skyline is still great! Take a look;

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Photo Essay: Sightseeing in Ljubljana, Slovenia

These photos were taken during my trip to Ljubljana, which coincided with Easter. Because of this and the bad weather, the city was empty and the streets were mostly filled…

These photos were taken during my trip to Ljubljana, which coincided with Easter. Because of this and the bad weather, the city was empty and the streets were mostly filled with tourists. It was even incredibly difficult to find a hostel which is open.

Anyway since Ljubljana is a small city you can see all the attractions in one day, without having to rush from one place to another.

Photos from a day of sightseeing in Ljubljana

Sightseeing in Ljubljana - Laško beer and a broken TV

Laško beer and a broken TV

Sightseeing in Ljubljana - Side street in Ljubljana

Sightseeing in Ljubljana - Slovenian cuisine

Sightseeing in Ljubljana - Restaurant Vodnikov hram

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On the way to Ljubljana castle

On the way to the castle

 Inside the Ljubljana castle

Inside the Ljubljana castle

View from the Ljubljana castle

The view from the Ljubljana castle

 Exhibition inside the castle, Ljubljana

Exhibition inside the castle

Franciscan Church Ljubljana

Franciscan Church of the Annunciation

 Ljubljana streets

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The hanging shoes, Ljubljana

The hanging shoes

The hanging shoes Ljubljana

For more info on Ljubljana visit Slovenia Tourist Board’s official website.

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21 Free Things to Do in Belgrade, Serbia

The capital of Serbia is an inexpensive place to visit by European standards and it’s often listed in the top 10 budget friendly European destinations. Public transportation is cheap and…

The capital of Serbia is an inexpensive place to visit by European standards and it’s often listed in the top 10 budget friendly European destinations. Public transportation is cheap and most of the attractions are completely free for visitors. Also, Serbia’s new national carrier,  Air Serbia, offers various new lines to many destinations with affordable prices. The free things to do in Belgrade are divided into two groups: guided tours and individual sightseeing.

Guided tours

Attend a free walking tour of Belgrade

There are two types of tours on offer: the Downtown walking tour and Zemun tour. The first tour is led by Željko, a graduated geographer of the Belgrade University, and lasts about two and a half hours. I recommend it because Željko is really enthusiastic about his job and besides learning some basics about the Serbian culture you will even get an opportunity to taste homemade rakija and other treats. All tours start from the Republic Square.

free Belgrade walking tour

Book a Belgrade greeter

This is a free service provided by the Tourist Organization of Belgrade, which is trying to connect local volunteers with travelers. You can hire your own greeter, who will be glad to welcome you and show areas of your interest.



Do sightseeing by Tram

Another tourist sightseeing free of charge. If you happen to be in Belgrade on Friday or Saturday don’t miss this tour because it’s very interesting and insightful. Note that there is a limited number of spots and you should go to any Tourist Information Center with your ID and apply for the tour.

For more info click here.

If you prefer individual sightseeing…

Hang out with Belgraders

Locals are open to foreigners and are happy to connect with anyone. Book a Belgrade greeter or check CouchSurfing for local events.

Explore the Belgrade Fortress and take a look at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers

Kalemegdan park, Belgrade

Visit the Montmartre of Belgrade

Skadarlija, Belgrade

Get lost in Zemun

Gardos, Zemun

See the Republic Square

Republic square, Belgrade

The epicenter of the city which is impossible to miss. This is a favourite meeting point of Belgraders, a place to say hi and bye.

Stroll down Knez Mihailova street

Knez Mihailova street

Visit the only remaining mosque in Belgrade – Bajrakli mosque

Bajrakli mosque, Belgrade

Hang out in the Academic park on the Students’ square

Academic park, Belgrade

Visit the Belgrade City Museum

Residence of Princess Ljubica

Free entrance every first Saturday in a month. On the photo is the Residence of Princess Ljubica.

Visit the Cathedral church

Cathedral Church Belgrade

And the largest Orthodox church in the world – the Temple of St. Sava

Temple of St. Sava

Have a walk by the rivers

Beograd Beton Hala

Go to Ada Ciganlija

The favourite greenery spot of Belgraders, also known as “Belgrade’s Sea”, has an 8km long gravel beach that offers refreshment in hot summer months. The entry is free for the pedestrians and you can discover the lake in circular path by walk or opt for many recreational activities available here.

Ada Ciganlija, Belgrade

If you’ve got some spare time in Belgrade, go to Avala mountain

Avala mountain Belgrade

Visit one of the markets

Belgrade has about 34 markets and most of them are open green markets. These are good to explore and search for organic food that you can buy directly from the producer. There are also flea markets (New Belgrade one is the most famous), that of course mostly sell useless stuff, and fake or second hand goods, but are interesting for exploring.

Zeleni Venac Market

Attend Belgrade Beer Fest

Belgrade Beer Fest 2013

One of the most popular festivals in Serbia. The festival entrance is free.

See the ruins of buildings left from NATO bombing

ruins of buildings left from NATO bombing

Explore Savamala neighborhood

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If there’s anything else you wish to add feel free to comment below!

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