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10 Great Tips to Take Better Photos

Blue Hour Photo Workshops is very proud to announce that our first eBook about photograph is out today. It’s a book the author, Otto von Münchow, has been working on over the last year—on and off, of course. Now it’s finally available. For us at Blue Hour Photo Workshops this is a natural extension of our desire to teach and help anyone interested in taking better picture. The eBook (and the next to come) will be an addition to the workshops we teach all over the world as well as our online workshops.

10 Great Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Point-and-Shoot Camera addresses a handful of challenges that most photographers struggle with. Over 45 pages this eBook will give you a handful of great tips (and some more background to better understand the camera) to improve you photos and make your photos connect with the viewers. The intention is to help you make better pictures without getting too technical or talk too much about visual language or composition.

Our intention has also been to make it affordable to most people, which means that for only 5 dollars you get access to download the eBook (as a PDF-document) .

10 Great Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Point-and-Shoot Camera is packed with useful information, tips and great photography. The language is down to earth and not technical at all. It aims for photographers not quite confident with the photographic process yet, but who want to learn more and improve their photography. If you are struggling with getting your photos look good or too often find that your photos don’t quite capture what you had in mind then 10 Great Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Point-and-Shoot Camera is a book for you.

To get this book out is for us very exciting. We have for a long time wanted to publish our own series of photo books. And this is the first one. In other words; in the future more books will come, both for beginners and advanced photographers. More than anything Otto von Münchow wants to put together a book about the creative process, which is something he has already started working on.

So stay in tune for more. However, for now, maybe 10 Great Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Point-and-Shoot Camera is worth looking up. You can get it by clicking the button. It will take you to the web site where you can order the book.

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New Photo Workshop

Do you want to develop your personal expression in photography? In the autumn coming up, I will teach a complete new workshop. It will take place in Bergen, Norway, over an extended weekend.

If you happen to be in Bergen in the last weekend of September or want to make the trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Norway around then, check out the workshop. I promised it will be both fun and educational.

This workshop will be all about visual language, story telling with photos and about the creative process. The focus will be on your personal expression. Over the extended weekend at the end of September, you will work with what may be called your signature as a photographer or your photographic voice. Of course developing this personal expression isn’t something you are done with in a couple of days. However, understanding your photographic tools, yourself and how you want to express yourself through the photographic medium, will help you on the way to finding your unique photographic voice. That is what this workshop is all about.

We will work out of my place in Bergen, so the workshop will be both intimate and personal. For that reason there is only space for a limited number of participants. We start up in the evening of Friday September 29th and finish off in the evening of Sunday October 1st. During daytime we will be out shooting, while the evenings will be for lectures, picture shows and picture critique.

Does this sound like something you want to attend? Check out information about the photo workshop in Bergen.

Develop Your Photographic Voice

Do you want to develop your unique photographic voice? Then Blue Hour Photo Workshop’s online photo workshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» will help you on the way. I, the teacher Otto von Münchow, am starting another round of my acclaimed workshop in May this spring. I promise it will be quite an experience and of course more importantly, an indispensable aid to expand you photographic seeing and how you are able to express your vision through the development of a distinctive voice.

The workshop runs over eight weeks. I know; eight weeks sound like a huge commitment, but remember I always try to be flexible and let participants catch up if they can’t deliver each week. How much work you have to put down for it to be worthwhile, various from one person to another. Some shoot an hour or two each week, while others may spend time photographing each day of the week. Naturally, the more time you spend photographing the more you will benefit from the workshop, but in the end, it’s all up to you.

However the approach is, I think everybody who has participated in the workshop over the years, feel they have grown photographically over the eight weeks’ span. I am so confident that this is a great way to develop you photographic voice, that if you sign up and are not happy I will reimburse the money you spent on it.

During the workshop, you will receive a booklet in which I discuss the week’s theme and give ideas to how to approach a specific photographic challenge in order to develop your photographic voice. And then you will get weekly assignments. The booklets add up to a valuable book. However, the real value of the workshop is the individual feedback you get to every assignment. Every week I will record a video with your submitted pictures and my comments to each of them. This will all add up to around three hours or individual and indispensable feedback.

It’s not the most inexpensive photo workshop in the market, but no other workshop offers this kind of individual feedback, that is really what will help you develop your photographic voice. The regular price is 320 dollars, however, if you sign up and pay before April 30th, you will get it for only 220 dollars.

Do you want to develop your photographic voice? Why don’t you sign up for the next workshop starting as of May 22nd? You will find more information here.

This is some of the feedback from participants that took «Finding Your Photographic Voice» last year:
Lee Cleland: «I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the course and the way it was laid out. The critiques were most valuable to me and often pointed out things I would never have picked myself.»

Vigdis Askjem: «I think it’s great that you are thorough in your photo critique. The course has really pushed me and given me new ideas and understanding in relation to photography and subject. I note that I am currently hungry for creative work.»

Pat Callahan: «I thought the best aspect of the workshop was the quality of the feedback every week. It was obviously thoughtfully prepared and professionally delivered. It was well balanced, covering both what I did well and what I could improve.

I have been fortunate to have attended workshops with a few renowned photographers, and the feedback was less carefully prepared and less insightful (and much more expensive). I also liked the pace of the course, the two month remote delivery was very manageable. I would highly recommend your workshop!»

Phil J. Vaughn: «I appreciate your hard work in teaching the workshop. I consider it to have been a valid and valuable learning experience. When I am out on a photo trek, I find myself silently repeating: “Watch your framing. Open up the view. Work the scene.” I enjoyed the opportunity to hone skills a bit more.

Working toward a “finished” project as a goal is helpful and directive. It is likely that most photographers don’t have the kind of goal and are just taking photos as they appear. It’s good to think in a new direction.»

New eWorkshop

Blue Hour Photo Workshops is happy to announce another eWorkshop that can help you develop your photographic vision. Would you like to improve you photographic skills – become better at capturing pictures which show and tell what you saw for your inner eye when pushing the shutter button? Would your like to develop you personal photographic voice, the distinctive way of conveying how you see the world around you?

And would you like an affordable option to the more expensive workshops we teach around the world? Then Blue Hour Photo Workshops has the deal for you. Take an eWorkshop. We are launching the popular eWorkshop once again, taking place over eight weeks. Each week you will receive new assignments and get feedback from the teacher Otto von Münchow following each assignment. The eWorkshop starts up August 11th. Sounds interesting?

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Finding Your Photographic Voice

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Would you like to improve you photographic skills – become better at capturing pictures which show and tell what you saw for your inner eye when pushing the shutter button? Would your like to develop you personal photographic voice, the distinctive way of conveying how you see the world around you?

And would like an affordable option to the more expensive workshops we teach around the world? Then Blue Hour Photo Workshops has the deal for you. Take an eWorkshop. We are launching a complete new eWorkshop taking place over eight weeks where you will receive new assignments every week and get feedback from the teacher Otto von Münchow following each assignment. Sounds interesting?

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Workshop in Spain

En eldre mann på tur i gamlebyen i Villajoyosa som er en fargerik Kardemommeby

Do you want to come along with Otto von Münchow – one of the founders of Blue Hour Photo Workshops – to the picturesque town of Villajoyosa this spring? We are launching a complete new photo workshop in this lovely little town on the coast of Costa Blanca in Spain. This town is such a lovely, little pearl. After having spent some time there; we thought it would be a perfect place to teach a photo workshop. Alas, here it is. In May Blue Hour Photo Workshops will offer a five days workshop in Villajoyosa at the most pleasant time of the year – before it is too hot and while this coastal landscape is both lush and inviting. As always the focus will be on the creative process and how you can develop your personal style and photographic vision. Sounds interesting? You may find more information about the photo workshop «Street Photography in Villajoyosa» here.

During the one week the workshop takes place, there will be ample opportunities to shoot both in Villajoyosa and the magnificent landscape surrounding the fishing village if you rather prefer that. We live centrally, within 10 minutes walk from the old town and just as short of the lovely beach that follows the waterfront along the entire Villajoyosa.

«Street Photography in Villajoyousa» takes place from May 4th to May 10th 2014.

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Gamlebyen i Villajoyosa er en fargerik Kardemommeby

In the Heat of Flow

Flow is a place where your creativity takes off. Everything seems easy, you feel inspired and new ideas come flying in. For a photographer – and any artist – when you reach this state your work take a whole new direction. Being in that state of flow in many ways resembles a trancelike state of mind. You feel challenged, stimulated, definitely not bored. When in flow, you’re often certain you’re tapping into some creative part of yourself – or of the universe – that you don’t have easy access to when you’re not in this altered state».

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