Category Archive for: ‘Barcelona Pictures’

Matsuri Japanese Festival, Barcelona

Documentary photography is generally best done with a shorter focal length lens. This gives your viewers a greater sense of intimacy and connection with the people and events portrayed. Longer lenses may be more comfortable to use, but the effect can look voyeuristic. That said, all rules are made to be broken, and here we’ve used a Nikon 180mm f2.8 prime lens to isolate moments from the scene. The photographs were converted to black and white with the help of the VSCO Tri-X film presets as a base, and adjusted manually to taste. Keep trying to simplify your photographs down to their purest expression of composition and timing.

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Holi Colour Festival Barcelona 2015 Photos

Holi Color Festival Barcelona 2015

Holi Color Festival Barcelona 2015

The Holi colour festival in Barcelona – ‘The Crazy Holy Color Party’ in other parlance – is an annual event in Barcelona that we photographers love! The Holi Festival originates from India, and has spread around the world. Worshippers and revellers alike cover each other in brightly coloured powders, so the crowd transforms from glowing white to a myriad of hues in impressive rainbow explosions. There are countdowns for this, so the photographers are standing by for these beautifully photogenic moments.

Sitare from the Holi Festival has an excellent open approach for the photographers – anyone can get access to the steps for an elevated position above the festival for free if they apply; you needn’t be an accredited professional photographer. This is excellent; we know from teaching photography in Barcelona, London and around the world that often keen, talented amateurs are just as talented as full-time pro photographers, especially with continual training to keep up to date with the latest photography techniques. The Holi colour festival proves this time and again as photographers of all levels of experience come to take photos of the colours in Carmel.

One major question they have is how to protect the camera from the coloured powder. The best solution is to use a waterproof camera or a waterproof housing so you can wash the camera afterwards. Some models, and Pentax stands out for this, make their cameras tougher and with more weather sealing than others, so they are great for taking photos of Holi colour festivals. The most popular technique is to use plastic bags and duct tape, together with a UV protective filter, to shield the camera. This can work pretty well, though it does make it trickier to compose the pictures. Many photographers simply opt for the ‘dangerous wildlife’ approach to photography; using long voyeuristic telephoto lenses to take photos of the people at the Holi colour festival from a safe distance. Other more dedicated photographers get into the midst of the fray and are necessarily rewarded with more engaging pictures.

Having done done both approaches in previous years, and with my professional flash equipment lent to one of our alumni, I brought along a white background, a large silver reflector and most importantly, a Bluetooth speaker loaded up with Clandestino by Manu Chao, and set up a mini walk-in studio. I was fortunate enough to find an assistant, Daniel Lopez ( who did a great job photographing the groups – you can see his pictures on his Facebook page. The idea with the white background was to get a clean, high key feel a la Avedon. The event itself was messy and, in the middle of the action, a blur of colour, so I used a slower shutter speed to give a sense of Impressionistic movement. The hard sunlight was used for standard butterfly lighting, with the silver reflector used for fill to brighten up the images and add an interesting catchlight to the ubiquitous sunglasses. Amusingly, a toddler with a water pistol adopted the reflector at one point as a huge frisbee, and many colourful festival-goers thought it was a shiny circular mat.

The other photographs were taken more candidly around the Holi Colour festival in Barcelona. At the sight of the camera, most groups would ask for photos and double in size as nearby party-goers joined the picture. The crowd itself, and particularly the people, aloft like Catalan castellers, who stood out above it, were photogenic and became more symbols than individuals. Certainly a great many photographers were there, so it’s with pleasure that I look at the same scenes photographed from multiple different angles as the pictures of the Holi Colour Festival appear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Here are some of the photos from the Holi festival; you can share them with friends legally as long as the watermark stays intact. High resolution ‘fotos’ without watermarks are available too on request.

Barcelona Architectural Photography

In August, we explored Poble Nou, 22@ and the Torre Agbar at Glories for some architectural photography with our Barcelona PhotoWalk. We were joined by several architects and an architectural photographer too.  Ben Evans, from taught several techniques for better photos of architecture.

Barcelona Wedding Photography

Barcelona is a great city for destination weddings because it’s beautiful and romantic. As English-speaking photographers in Barcelona, it’s always a pleasure to photograph weddings here instead of rainy London!

Of course, you may be visiting Barcelona from abroad, and we are happy to help you sort out things ‘on the ground’, finding musicians, wedding planners, registrars/priests and wedding videographers for example. We know Barcelona very well and are always happy to suggest interesting locations and churches to get married in, as well as recommending lovely places for proposals, engagement vacations and honeymoons across Catalunya, Spain and even Europe. Barcelona is the center of it all though – in fact, the best restaurant in the world, Celler Can Roca, isn’t too far North of here!

Video by our friend Carolina de Santis


English photographer Ben enjoys photographing people all over the world. Barcelona, Spain is a particular favourite and this fairytale wedding in Venice was a dream assignment!


By The Bridge of Sighs, Venice

Are you thinking about getting married in Spain? Barcelona is an amazing city for your wedding – get in touch at to let us help you make the best possible memories while you’re here.

Barcelona Fashion Photography – Fresh Faces World Final 2013

Barcelona is a world fashion centre. It has a beautiful mix of traditional Catalan elegance and avant garde individualism. Model Management, the world’s fastest growing modelling community in the world, hosted the world finals of their famous Fresh Faces 2013 modelling competition at the W Hotel. Many of the world’s greatest agencies and industry professionals were there for the event.

Andreas Von Estorff Production Paradise


Andreas von Estorff – CEO, Production Paradise

Barcelona Portrait Photographer


Fresh Faces 2013 Winner Fan – ESEE Models, China

Fresh Faces 2013 – Barcelona Fashion Photography

Video created by our friends at Yunico

Our chief coach Ben photographed the event, the models, the personalities…

Find out more in Ben’s featured interview here;

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You can learn exactly how to make photographs like these on our courses; we share completely everything with you, and give you both the theory and practical techniques. Discover our most popular Holistic Photography Essentials Course now.

Ben Evans – Your Photography Coach

Holi Festival Barcelona

Barcelona Holi Colour Festival 2013

Sunday 14th saw the Holi Colour Festival in Rambla de Carmel, Barcelona. Indian-inspired and international, the idea was to cover others with brightly coloured powders. We went up there to teach, and make lots of pictures. It seemed like every photographer in Barcelona saw the event as a ‘must-see’ – so it was very busy, and there were lots of cameras!

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All photos of the Holi Colour Festival in Barcelona taken with the Nikon D3 and Nikkor 50mm f1.8, 85mm f1.4 and 180mm f2.8 prime lenses and polished with Color (sic!) Efex Pro 2 or Silver Efex Pro by Nik Software/Google.

Thanks to for organising the festival!

Gaudi girl in Barcelona Pictures Casa Mila

2013 Website Redesign

Gaudi girl in Barcelona Pictures Casa Mila

Fresh for 2013, Barcelona Photography Courses has been redesigned. We’ve got more pictures of Barcelona, a greater focus on what we teach, Holistic Photography, instead of where we teach it, and a blog to share what we’ve been up to. We’d be interested to hear what you think!

Oh, and if you can find a mistake, we’ll give you a photography eBook as thanks!