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Interested in joining one of our tours? Check the FAQ, there might be some answers to what you need to know.
Pics of Asia is creating and running photography tours in South East Asia. We are working on unique itineraries, which is what makes our tours so special, as well as specific photography workshops adapted to the people and situations. We are striving to reach remote locations and get away from the main tourist areas, thus the fact that our hotels are 2 to 3 star and sometimes home stay. We go where the best photo opportunities are, the rest comes later! We aim at providing a strong photography coaching during the whole tour, and give you the keys to allow you to be in control of your photography and keep improving. If you wish to visit the main attractions of a destination and stay in 4 star hotels, our tours are not for you.
Of course this all depends on where you’d like to go, but also on how long you can be away. We are offering week tours (Vietnam, Laos) and longer ones (Myanmar). There are also shorter tours (central Vietnam and Cambodia). Most of our tours are happening in October / November period, due to the fact that this is the best time to travel to these locations: enjoying a good weather but not being there in the highest tourism peak. Keep in mind that we are going to open a new location in South East Asia every year!
Most people coming on the tours are fairly beginner, sometimes advanced photographers. We specialize in teaching photography from A to Y, starting from the fundamental basics of camera settings, and giving you keys to understand composition and create your own creative space. But because we start the tour right into the action and bets locations, you might want to catch up with the photo instructor the day before the tour starts if you feel you are a complete beginner. Then you can go through all camera settings and composition basics, and be ready to shoot the day after. Half a day with the photo instructor before the beginning of the tour will be charged $250 (which can be shared among several people).
We highly recommend that you come with at least 1 SLR camera and few lenses. We are also big preachers for prime lenses so try and get one (like the 50mm f1.8) or more. Even though our tours are focused on people photography we do landscape workshops as the surroundings are stunning, so bring a tripod. Each tour has at least 2 photo critic sessions where we go through everyone’ best photos and discuss composition. It is best for you to have a laptop, but an iPad can do the job too. In October and November thew weather can get a little cool at night, so bring a light jacket. Entering monasteries require us to wear appropriate clothing, so have some long pants and shirts. Think that during our itineraries we often get deep in the countryside and visit remote villages where people do not have much possessions. If you have some school furniture or even some old toys, it is great to take them with you. This makes children delighted.
In all our tours we strive to make things easy so everyone can focus entirely on photography. This is the reason why our rates include everything during the tour: accommodation, transportation, all meals, and even tips to local people. What is not included is your international flight, Visa, travel insurance, alcoholic beverages and souvenir purchase. Basically you can spend the whole tour with me without having to spend a dollar (but you enjoy a few beers at night right?). Also, all bank transfers will be on your charge.
Of course! After each tour we post a review and summary, and most of the participants leave comments. We post them into our BLOG section, feel free to check it out!
Etienne started the renown Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop over 4 years ago, and has been teaching photography to over 4,000 people, with any level of experience: from the complete beginner to the semi-pro photographer. Pics of Asia is now running its third year of existence and constantly improving the itineraries and photography workshops.
Pics of Asia cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss, illness, or other reasons that will lead to a tour cancellation. Thus the booking deposit will not be refunded unless meeting the requirements below:
– if you cancel your participation to the tour at least 2 and a half months before the beginning of the tour
– In case of a tour cancellation within 2 and a half months of the beginning of the tour, your deposit will not be refunded UNLESS we find someone else to book the missing spot. In that case, the total deposit amount will be refunded.
For all bank transfers, the party sending funds will be responsible to pay for bank transfers.
As a travel insurance is compulsory, it should cover the loss of your deposit in case of cancellation.
Pics of Asia reserves the right to cancel any workshop. In that case, 100% of the deposit will be refunded.
Any participant signing up to a tour agrees to the Assumption of risks form. Participating to a workshop from Pics of Asia means accepting the terms of this form.
Assumption of risks:
I understand that the activities, events or services provided, arranged and organized by Pics of Asia involve, amongst others, trekking, walking, using local transportation and reaching remote locations through South East Asia. Consequently the activities may involve unusual risks, dangers and hazards. I therefore understand that taking part in the activities may result in injury or property damage. By attending a tour or workshop with Pics of Asia I accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards (whether foreseen or unforeseen) and the possibility of injury or property damage resulting therefrom.
I understand that the activities involve some physically strenuous activities. I understand that the activities should only be carried out by people who are fit, active and do not have any potentially problematic medical conditions.
We will be very happy to discuss more with you and answer your questions. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!