50 Minutes Inside : Mon passage dans l'émission de TF1 du 11 Juillet 2020

“50' Inside” - Passage dans l’émission de TF1 du 11 Juillet 2020

C’était dur d’y croire, mais ce mail était pourtant bien réel. TF1 m’a contacté pour faire une apparition dans leur programme “50′ Inside – Le mag” du samedi 11 Juillet 2020. Un tournage très fun avec deux journalistes charmants et à l’écoute de notre passion.

Pas peu fier, voici donc la vidéo de la diffusion de cet épisode un peu spécial de ” 50 Minutes Inside ” consacré à l’île de Madère !

It was hard to believe, but that e-mail was real. TF1 contacted me to make an appearance in their program “50′ Inside – Le mag” on Saturday 11th July 2020. A very fun shoot with two charming journalists listening to our passion.

Not a little proud, here is the video of the broadcast of this rather special episode of “50 Minutes Inside” dedicated to the island of Madeira!

Nous avons tourné une journée entière mais malheureusement toutes les images n’ont pu être gardées et / ou diffusées. C’est souvent comme ça avec la TV, il parait. En tout cas l’équipe de TF1 a beaucoup aimé l’île et je pense que d’autre reportage sur madère sont a prévoir.

Je suis ravi pour mon ami Selim et toute l’équipe de the Wanderer qui apparaît également dans la vidéo. Un joli coup de pouce a leur si beau projet.

We shot a whole day but unfortunately not all the footage could be kept and/or broadcast. It’s often like that with TV, it seems. In any case the TF1 team really liked the island and I think that more documentaries on Madeira are to be expected.

I am delighted for my friend Selim and the whole team of the Wanderer who also appears in the video. A nice boost to their beautiful project.


#TOP10 Airbnb's you NEED to book if you are staying in Funchal (Madeira Island)

Visit Madeira and book one (or more) of these amazing Airbnb's in Funchal. Here is my top ten!


You’ll visit Madeira and stay in Funchal? Great choice! In order to help you to find the perfect place, I created this list of top Airbnbs in Funchal. As a photographer, I had the chance to photograph and even stay in most of those places.

That’s why I thought it would be useful to share with you the hidden gems of Funchal. When it comes to finding the perfect house for your romantic getaway, or home from home for your whole family, there’s nothing better than a local eye to help you to choose!

Top 1: Hillside's Red Rooftops with Funchal Panoramic View

From  90€ per Night

An incredible property to book in the heart of Funchal with a unique rooftop, perfect for enjoying an unforgettable Madeiran sunset and cocktails with friends or family. You can sleep up to 4 people in this beautiful establishment which is located in the heart of the historic old town.

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Top 1 AirBnb in Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 1 AirBnb in Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 1 AirBnb in Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com

From 49€ per Night

This apartment is potentially one of the best locations in Funchal. Little but very charming, this place is the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway or a week long retreat.

This is the apartment that you would want to book if you were to come for a particular event like New year’s Eve or Christmas time (don’t forget “Noite do Mercado” if you are here around Christmas!).

Brand new, it has all the comfort that you need in the heart of the old town.

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From 115€ per Night

Ideally placed, this apartment is also tastefully decorated. Susana is an AirBnb Superhost and will make your stay memorable. This AirBnb is in a charming 1930’s house and can accommodate up to 4 guests.

Stupendous house by the sea in old town - Top 3 AirBnb in Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 3 AirBnb in Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 3 AirBnb in Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 3 AirBnb in Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com

From 110€ per Night

Ideally placed, this apartment is also tastefully decorated. Susana is an AirBnb Superhost and will make your stay memorable. This AirBnb is in a charming 1930’s house and can accommodate up to 4 guests.

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From 45€ per Night

Clearly, for this price, having a swimming pool in this zone of Funchal is a must view. The apartment is located in the residential zone of Forum Shopping Center and this place has everything you need nearby: clothing, supermarkets, restaurants and much more. You are very close to Loft Cocktail Restaurant, a very trendy restaurant in Funchal (which has a 5 star rating on Tripadvisor).

It really is a great apartment for a couple and you’re within walking distance of Praia Formosa (Funchal’s main beach)!

Apartment Ocean Vista - Top 5 AirBnb Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 5 AirBnb Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 5 AirBnb Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
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From 108€ per Night

For the people that like to live in style; this loft apartment is just perfect, I love the decor! You can fit 2 couples in this very rare flat in Funchal. This is the ideal place to take great photos whether you are an influencer, blogger or just enjoy capturing the moment.

You’ll be up in the hills of Funchal, so it’s a good idea to rent a car, and there’s plenty of outdoor space for you to unwind on during the evenings. The owner (Ana) is a Superhost.

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Top 5 AirBnb Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com
Top 6 AirBnb Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com

From 110€ per Night

A bright, beautifully located apartment in Funchal with a large sun-lit terrace, that is ideal for a couple with children. You will be offered a warm welcome by this Airbnb Superhost.

Terrace Garden Apartment - Top 7 AirBnb Funchal - Photo credit: airbnb.com

From 100€ per Night

Centrally located in Funchal this spacious flat accommodates up to 5 guests. Comfortable and newly refurbished, it has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony with great views. Shops, supermarkets and restaurants are all nearby and Marta is also a Superhost.


From 54€ per Night

This apartment has a kitchenette, a private balcony and a private bathroom and all the comforts that you might need for a long stay in Funchal. Room size is 25 m². You’ll appreciate the clean and modern decoration.

By the way, Paraiso is a Superhost!


From 56€ per Night

From Madeira to Mars is a stunning apartment that uses bright colors and bold patterns to give each room an inviting ambiance. Spend time sunbathing in the beautiful flower garden and notice the chic artwork & books found throughout. Ideally located, you’ll have all the services you need in and around this apartment.


5 Ways To Increase Your Instagram Growth - By Benjamin BEGIN - Post Cover by Claudio Schwarz

5 Ways To Increase Your Instagram Growth Today

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When it comes to Instagram growth, these are some of the most effective ways of drastically stepping up your game
Regardless of the stage or “niche” your page is in:

1- Refine your profile

Tip 1 - Refine your page profile

Your page’s profile is the first thing that everyone will see.

If it’s confusing or unattractive, the likelihood of your page visitors turning into new followers is dramatically lower than if you have a good looking logo. A bio that is succinct and that fully resonates with your niche.  It needs to clearly define what your audience can expect if they follow you.

2- Engage and interact with your community / audience

If you don’t engage with your audience on a daily basis, you’re missing out on that extra engagement that will play a major role towards your page’s growth, by replying to their comments and dm’s, which also enhances your page’s health score.

Tip 2 - Engage and connect with your audience

By engaging with your audience, you will also deepen your connection on a mutual level, which helps you form a sense of community around your page, being an essential part of Instagram growth.

3 - Use Instagram’s features in your favor

If you’re not using Instagram’s features every day, you’re missing out on that extra reach and engagement that will have a massive effect on your page’s performance in the mid to long run.

Tip 3 - Use Instagram’s features in your favor

You’re also wasting the opportunity of enhancing your page’s health score, as Instagram benefits pages that use their features to the max. Make sure you use your stories, IGTV, and post the right way.

4- Incite your audience to turn on post notifications

You can rather do this by adding a CTA in that sense on your posts or on your stories.

By doing so, your current followers will be able to get a notification every time you post. It will consequently increase your reach and engagement from “Home”, leading to higher initial engagement levels.

That is a absolute fundamental if you want that your post’s ranking on hashtags and features on the explore page.

Tip 4 - Incite your audience to turn on post notifications

5 - Deepen your connection with your community through Instagram stories

Count your audience in – let them engage and interact with your stories.

Not only will they appreciate the fact that you’re making room for them to interact with your page, but you’ll also increase your engagement levels.  It will also result in a drastic improvement of your page’s overall performance.

Be creative and try to use different types of polls, Quizzes, ask me a question, etc.

Tip 5 - Deepen your connection with your audience through Instagram stories

Also, use your stories as the background of your page. Your feed should be the place in which you should showcase highlights, as the “face” of your page. Your stories should serve as the “behind the scenes”. Maybe a bit less perfected content that doesn’t have a place on your main wall.

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Madeira Island: 10 highly photogenic spots you cannot miss for incredible pictures

Planning a trip to Madeira?
My top 10 favourite spots to take amazing photos in the island.

Top 1: Pico do Arieiro


Pico do Arieiro is the highest point in Madeira Island (1817m). It offers great possibilities in terms of photography, especially at sunset and sunrise. If you are an active person, it’s the starting point to one of the nicest walks on the whole island (Pico Arieiro – Pico Ruivo).

#BenTips | From a local

For you to catch amazing photos here, you need to make sure that the clouds are lower than the mountain itself. To do this, you just need to check the live webcam on the web.

By doing this you don’t spend useless energy going there on a cloudy day and seeing… nothing.

Ideal spot for couples photography, family, engagement and wedding photography.

 

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Top 2: Fanal Forest


Fanal is, for me, an iconic place in Madeira. The forest of Fanal is protected by the UNESCO program because some of the trees here are more than 200 years old. If you want to feel all the magnetism of the island, this is the place you want to be. With clouds or sun, in summer or winter, this place is always worth it. The mood here is somewhat unique. If you are a nature lover, just go.

#BenTips | From a local

It’s good to spend a little time in Fanal. The road to find it is so beautiful that you’ll definitely stop a few times. You can enjoy the nature up there by walking for hours in the valley of Fanal. The feeling is amazing and the view up there is something else, the trees are very special!

 

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Top 3: Ponta de São Lourenço


Ponta de São Lourenço offers some great landscapes. It’s a place I like to go when it comes to couples photography. Be careful as it is often very windy but often worth it.

#BenTips | From a local

  • It’s oriented East, perfect for sunrise photography!
  • Go in the mornings! It’s less cloudy and there’s fewer people around. If you have time, do one of the best walks in Madeira; Levada de Ponta Sao Lorenzo.
  • Ideal spot to shoot the moon and milky way. With “Ponta de são Lourenço” you have the best scenery for these kinds of photos.
  • Ideal scenery for drone photos!

Top 4: Seixal Beach


Seixal is one of the largest black sand beaches that you can find in Madeira. It offers great possibilities for romantic couple photography. It’s for sure a spot to put on your list for amazing photography around the island!

#BenTips | From a local

  • Include Seixal into a north coast tour. All the north coast is amazing and full of scenic spots to take amazing pictures.

 

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Top 5:  Encumeada


Encumeada roads offer superb landscapes over the north and south coasts of the island and the valleys of Ribeira Brava and São Vicente. They offer many places to stop the car and take very scenic photographs. The best way to drive through Encumeada is to go to Ribeira brava, take the road to Sao Vicente and turn left where it’s written; Encumeada.

#BenTips - Advice from a local

Go when the clouds are LOW in Funchal. It means that you’ll easily pass over them and get even more of this “WOW” factor. Also, as always, sunrise and sunsets in Encumeada are something else and will take your photos to the next level.

 

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Top 6: Tropical Garden


From all of the garden’s in Madeira, the Tropical Garden is for me, one of the most photogenic places on the island. If you buy the cable car ticket from Funchal, the entrance to the Tropical Garden is included. You can also get there easily from Funchal by bus. The entrance to the garden is 10€.

#BenTips | From a local

There is another little garden that you can walk through, completely for free. To find it, you just need to pass the big bridge in Monte and go down, don’t hesitate to walk around and explore. Lose yourself in the green vegetation under the bridge. This little garden is so beautiful.

 

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Top 7:  Faja dos Padres


In my opinion, Faja dos Padres is one of the most underrated treasures of Madeira. Close to Funchal, you’ll find a small piece of heaven, a unique place that only Madeira can offer. Here you’ll find some organic farms and a lovely restaurant with direct access to the beach. The only way to access this place is by cable car which makes the experience even more enjoyable as you enjoy the view on your way down.

#BenTips | From a local

  • Faja is amazing at sunset time
  • It’s good to spend half a day there.
  • You can rent some of the rustic houses there which are lovely. Visit site here.

 

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Top 8: Craneview Point


Very famous on instagram, the crane view point is a bit hidden on the north coast. It’s a very scenic place that will give you amazing photo possibilities.

#BenTips - Advice from a local

  • It’s oriented East, perfect for Sunrise photography!
  • Go in mornings! It’s less cloudy, and it has fewer person around. And you have then all the time to the one of the best levada in Madeira: Levada de Ponta Sao Lorenzo.
  • Ideal spot to shoot moon and milky way. With “ponta sao lorenzo” you have here the top scenery for this kind of photos.

 

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Top 9:  The door on the sea


You’ll find this door in Faial, close to the ruins of Sao Jorge. A unique place where you can take some awesome photographs like this one. The ambiance here is very special. I would definitely recommend passing here while doing a North Coast Tour.

#BenTips - Advice from a local

  • To get a photo like this you need to come at the end of summer so the sun is nice and low, that’s how I got this photo.

 

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Top 10: Funchal


Funchal has many spots where you can take lots of cool photographs. Whether it’s fashion or couple shots, you’ll find lots of hidden spots all over Funchal. Your creativity can be limitless with all of the colours and scenery that you’ll find downtown.

#BenTips - Advice from a local

  • Go to Sé Boutique Rooftop! A unique hotel rooftop in the heart of Funchal.
  • Try to visit the Forte sao Tiago, you’ll have some great views there.
  • Walk and explore the little streets of Funchal, they are the best for fashion photography
  • Check my Funchal Top 10 Photography Spot Article.

 

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10 perfis de Instagram portugueses que repostam fotos!

10 perfis de Instagram portugueses
que repostam as tuas fotos!

Ter um Instagram com muitos seguidores, comentários e curtidas não é fácil. Sabemos o quanto é decepcionante passar horas planejando tirar uma boa foto, o esforço para se chegar ao lugar pretendido e sem falar na edição, para depois postar no seu perfil do Instagram e não receber nem 100 curtidas… Pensando nisso, fiz uma lista com perfis de Instagram incríveis que compartilham fotos, uma ótima ideia de conseguir mais seguidores e interação de forma gratuita! 

São 10 perfis que possuem fotos de natureza, pessoas, animais, arquitetura, gastronomia, dicas do que fazer durante a sua viagem por Portugal e muito mais! Além disso, é uma ótima maneira de apoiar seus conterrâneos curtindo, comentando e ajudando no engajamento de suas fotos! Confira agora os 10 perfis de Instagram portugueses que repostam fotos de maneira gratuita: 

1: Instagram Shooters Portugal


Um Instagram lindo que posta de tudo um pouco: pessoas, animais, paisagens, arquitetura…

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #shooters_pt.

2: Instagram Portugal a gramas


Esse perfil foca mais em paisagens, natureza e cores incríveis! Imagens com por-do-sol são um grande forte desse Insta!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar as hashtags #Portugal_a_Gramas #PortugalaGramas

3: Instagram Portugal Passion


Imagens bem coloridas, representando a essência de Lisboa e Porto com suas casinhas típicas!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Marcar o perfil na foto e usar a hashtag #portugalpassion

4: Instagram Portugal on the top


Esse Insta posta uma mistura de tudo, então você pode tentar sem medo! Selecione suas melhores fotos e mãos à obra!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #portugalonthetop

5: Instagram Raw Portugal


Se você tem fotos moody, preto e branco e com muita personalidade, este é o perfil que você tem que tentar! 

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #raw_portugal 

6: Instagram Portugal de sonho


Paisagens, nascer-do-sol, arquitetura, natureza… esse Insta é o paraíso de fotos que tiram o fôlego!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #portugal_de_sonho

7:  Instagram Portugal em filtros


Fotos incríveis de trovões, drones, tempestades… Se você possui fotos impactantes não deixe de colocar a hashtag para tentar sua chance!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #portugalemfiltros

8: Instagram Portugal Gems


Mais um perfil que mistura um pouco de tudo, mas dê uma atenção especial para fotos em praia, mar, etc, pois há publicações memoráveis nesse Insta!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #portugalgems e adicionar a localização nas fotos.

9: Instagram Top Portugal Photo


Esse tipo de perfil é famoso no mundo todo, pois quase todas as cidades possuem uma ‘’franquia’’, então é um pouco mais difícil de ter sua foto compartilhada, por isso escolha a sua melhor e tente várias vezes até ser repostado!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #topportugalphoto

10: we share portugal


Por fim, um Instagram que compartilha fotos e além disso dá ótimas dicas do que fazer no país! Restaurantes, pontos turísticos, serviços propostos, ensaios fotográficos… Vale a pena conferir esse perfil!

O que fazer para ter sua foto incrível compartilhada?

Usar a hashtag #weshareportugal

Sobre a autora:

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Holidays in Madeira ? A little tip that might change your vacation

Are you on holidays in Madeira ? Lucky you ! But, even if you plan everything before to come, weather in Madeira is unpredictable.

In order to realise all the activities you expected, here is my little tip to get the best of Madeira, every time. When i’m programming my photo tours with clients (Click here to know more) i always check Madeira’s webcams and adapt my trip and make sure i get the best photos.

In Madeira Island there are webcams scattered throughout the various geographical points. This way you can watch what is the weather on the island live! Since it always have sun somewhere in Madeira, you can adapt your program depending the place you wanted to visit.

For exemple, if you plan to go Pico do Arieiro, you better check before and make sure the webcam show a clear sky. You can see on this website how’s the weather look like (LIVE), check also the last 24H time lapse, and many other options. Fantastic isn’t it?