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Tip #3

Use the props the city provides for you.

Look for reflections

  • Incorporate reflections from car and motorcycle side mirrors and windshields

Reflections in motorcycle mirrors

  • Play with the reflections in shop windows (boulangeries and bookstores usually have photogenic windows—try roaming around the Marais or the pedestrian streets of Montorgueil)
  • Look for reflections in puddles during and after rain (try the Champs de Mars under the Eiffel Tower after a rain shower).
  • Look for reflections in fountains (the pools in the Jardin de Luxembourg and the Jardin des Tuileries are a good one for this)


Reflections in a shop window

Frame your photos

  • Use doorways and windows to frame your shots
  • Tree branches or rows of flowers can also serve as good frames for a part of the scene
  • Capture some color in the foreground, but be careful not to compose a photo that is too busy, or with vibrant colors that pull the viewer’s eye away from the main focus of the shot.

Using gates and arches to frame the shot

If memorializing your favorite meals, do not be afraid to rearrange the table setting to create a composition that draws the eyes to the focus of the shot.  And be sure to get a shot of your favorite wine bottle—if not to print for framing, to remember which wines you liked the most!

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