Balinesian Mask Maker. © Jens Lennartsson/The Zen Photographer

The Scared-Shitless Test

I recently read that whenever Pablo Picasso learned how to do something, he never did it again. He left it behind and continued on to learn something else. Not evolving is a creative’s worst enemy. A school photographer is not an artist. He is doing the same thing over and over without too much creativity. […]

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Yoga and wellness workshop in Ubud, Bali. © Jens Lennartsson

11 traits of extremely passionate travelers

There are tourists and there are travelers. And then there are travelers and travelers. When you’re on the road, you detach from your ordinary life – may it be temporary or indefinite. And there is a few qualities that all of my traveling friends possess. These qualities are what makes them utterly harmonic travelers.   […]

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A Zen Photographer’s Manifesto

For a long while – actually until I started to write on this blog and realized there were thousands likeminded – I thought that I was pretty much by myself. In a world of “better” and “better” cameras, no-one seemed to care about the essence of photography anymore. But then I realized that you DO exist, […]

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Dog waiting at road in Sri Lanka

6 things that SHOULD take photographers time to accomplish

I am not really sure when, but sometime during the last decade, we lost all sense of patience. We look at everyone else, at their happy, successful, wealthy lives and want the same. Now. But when you feel like that, you are forgetting one thing. If they really ARE happy with their successful lives (sometimes […]

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Quick tip: Tell a Story

I went to the island of Capri just past Italy’s Amalfi coast right before the full force of summer struck. The island was still pretty calm, at least when you got out of the center of Capri Town. My job was to capture all the elements of the island, but still make it feel like […]

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Quick tips: The Outskirts of the Town

Outside Pushkar, India, there are two small mountains. If you get to the top before sunrise you’ll have a beautiful view over the city as it awakens. One early morning, I joined two new-found friends from my guesthouse and climbed to the top. For hours we watched the colors change over the city’s skyline. I […]

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Quick Tips: Into the Shadows

In a rum bar somewhere in southern Barbados, the owner was mixing drinks for us to try. He was standing behind the bar under the shade of the roof, but a large opening in front of him softly lit one side of his face with daylight. On a cloudless afternoon the sunlight is often too […]

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Quick tips: Embrace what you hate

Dubrovnik. Whew! I arrived with the ferry early in the morning. It was just after 7 am when I passed through the city walls and sat down with an espresso to get a feeling for the place. The cobblestoned main street was almost empty. Just a few locals who were on their way to work. […]

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Williams&Humber bodega

Emotions vs. descriptions – How to create a balance in you pictures

At the moment, i’m writing the last chapters of a e-book that will teach you every part that you need to deliver for a travel magazine article! It is gonna be awesome, just writing it is a trip itself :) But i can’t wait to share at least parts of it with you already! Here’s […]

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How a tiny €100 gadget will change your travelling forever.

Woohaaa?! The Zen Photographer is writing about materialistic things? I do believe in travelling as light as possible, as it allows you more freedom to move from place to place without too much packing and sh*t. Therefore, I always think twice (or more) before buying anything new for my camera bag. After all, I’ve managed […]

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