Karin van Mierlo

Shoot a Little Less, Think a Little More

Shoot a Little Less, Think a Little More

Photography Quotes to Inspire and Delight, a monthly series on Photography Playground. This month’s quote is by Henri Cartier-Bresson and is a shout out to think before you shoot. “We must avoid, however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.”

Raw vs Jpeg: 9 Irresistible Reasons To Shoot in Raw

Raw vs Jpeg: 9 Irresistible Reasons To Shoot in Raw

In the battle between raw vs JPEG, I’m a firm supporter of shooting in raw. I see absolutely no reason not to shoot in raw. Are you wondering what the difference is between raw and JPEG? You wanna know why shooting in raw is better? Keep reading and you’ll find out! Let’s start by talking about the differences between a raw and a JPEG file.

9 Travel Photography Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Gear and Pixels Safe

9 Travel Photography Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Gear and Pixels Safe

We all love to travel. And we all want to bring our cameras to create lasting memories of the wonders we encounter. But when we’re traveling we’re usually more relaxed and carefree making us an easy target for people with bad intentions. With these travel photography safety tips, you can develop some safety habits and come home with your gear and precious pixels.

Do You Think We See The Same?

Do You Think We See The Same?

Photography Quotes to Inspire and Delight, a monthly series on the Photography Playground. This months photography quote is by the American landscape photographer Ansel Adams. “A Good Photograph is Knowing Where to Stand.” There are many moving parts when you’re making a photograph. And one of them is your point of view, the place where you stand.

Manual Mode: 8 Compelling Reasons to Move Away from Auto Mode

Manual Mode: 8 Compelling Reasons to Move Away from Auto Mode

What if you actually knew how to take your camera out of Auto Mode? Would your pictures become better? Or would you mess them up? The answer is yes, they will get better…eventually! And yes, you’ll probably mess it up from time to time. But there are a lot of reasons to take the plunge and take the first step in learning to shoot in Manual Mode. Let me share 7 of them.

8 Essential Apps for the Best Travel Photos

8 Essential Apps for the Best Travel Photos

For me, photography apps are my friendly little helpers and you can never have enough of those. Whether I’m traveling with my DSLR or I rely on my iPhone for my travel pics travel photography apps will help me to create the best images possible. I’ve put together a list of travel photography apps I’ve come to rely on when I’m traveling to help you do the same.

Shoot What You Love, Love What You Shoot

Shoot What You Love, Love What You Shoot

Photography Quotes to Inspire and Delight, a monthly series on the Photography Playground. This months photography quote is by Burk Uzzle: “Photography is a Love Affair with Life.” There’s no other medium that’s so intricate and detailed in showing us the wonder of being human and alive on this planet. At its best, photography touches and connects us on a deeply human level.

How to Create the Perfect Black and White Photos in Snapseed

How to Create the Perfect Black and White Photos in Snapseed

What is it about Black and White Photography that makes it sort of indestructible? It is as old as photography and although photography has been through many changes and developments Black and White Photography is still here. And it will never go away. By taking away color somehow the underlying qualities emerge. It stirs a feeling of timelessness and emphasizes the things we share over time and place.

The Most Powerful Tool in a Travel Photographers Toolbox

The Most Powerful Tool in a Travel Photographers Toolbox

Photography Quotes to Inspire and Delight, a monthly series on the Photography Playground. I choose the quote for this month because it’s a belief that’s infused in my photographic blood. It’s the basis of everything I share and teach at the Photography Playground. “A camera didn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.” by Peter Adams.

How to Create the Best Travel Photo Album in 8 Easy Steps

How to Create the Best Travel Photo Album in 8 Easy Steps

Why would you go through the trouble of creating a travel photo album when you have all the files safely stowed away on your computer? Well, for one thing, computers crash and phones get stolen. When you do not have a watertight backup system and most people don’t, you might lose your precious memories.
But that’s not the most important reason……….

7 Reasons Why Your Smartphone is the Best Camera for Travel

7 Reasons Why Your Smartphone is the Best Camera for Travel

As a photographer, I welcomed the opportunities a smartphone camera gave me. I can still remember the first time vividly. It was more than ten years ago so it was a crappy camera of course. The images were pixelated and blurry.  For most of the time, I still photographed with my DSLR. But there was something different about the images I took with my phone.

Are You Lost for Words? Photograph!

Are You Lost for Words? Photograph!

Every month I share a photography quote and my thoughts and feelings about the quote. A good quote surfaces an idea in a few well-chosen words. I love the fact that some people are that skilled with words. This month’s photography quote is by landscape photographer Destin Sparks “Photography is the story I fail to put into words.”

7 Wildlife Photography Tips: How to Take the Best Safari Pictures

7 Wildlife Photography Tips: How to Take the Best Safari Pictures

Let me start off by saying that I’m by no means experienced in wildlife photography. I’m a people photographer. Yet, I have to admit that while doing the research my ambitious photography heart wanted to become a wildlife photographer. You know, no matter what field of photography I get into I want to be my best self. I was tempted to spend a fortune on the longest lens available.

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Photography Terms & Definitions

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Photography Terms & Definitions

I remember very well from my own learning process that learning photography can feel a little overwhelming. Especially if it seems like you don’t even speak the language associated with photography! It’s something many professions have in common, the jargon. Photographers throw around words like DOF, histogram, MILC, Prime and you’re like WHAT?!

Snapseed Tutorial: How to Edit WOW Photos on Your Phone

Snapseed Tutorial: How to Edit WOW Photos on Your Phone

Last year I made an amazing journey sailing from Colombia to Portugal on the Nomad Cruise. On the way, we made one stop on Saint Maarten Island in the Caribbean. The island itself is not the most interesting place but I did want to go to the beach where the planes fly over. I’m always trying to take photos of this kind of touristic hotspots a little bit different.

5 Creative Ways to Find the Magic of Color

5 Creative Ways to Find the Magic of Color

Whether I am traveling or living my everyday life in a gray Northern European city, one of the things I try to do is to stay open to the magic of color. True, I do admit that it is easier in the more exotic and colorful parts of the earth. So, when I travel, I completely lose myself in photographing the pale green of a wall, or the copious pink of a bougainvillea.