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Vietnamese photographers taking photos of models in the rice fields of Mu Cang Chai

To stage or not to stage in Travel Photography

By Etienne / March 22, 2019 / 23 Comments

With the recent polemics surrounding a certain image that won a photography competition this week, I feel like we need to talk about travel photography. About people photography, in our case. And to set up boundaries as to what’s acceptable in both cases. Honestly, in my opinion, it’s a matter of common sense – but…

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a group of photographers on a photography tour taking photos of a staged scene, used to illustrate an article about ethics in travel photography for Pics of Asia

Are you doing it for photography or for fame?

By Etienne / March 18, 2019 / 66 Comments

Once again photography competitions are proving us their complete lack of ethics and simple photography knowledge. This week in Vietnam this image has been going around. Another classic photo of a photography tour group gathered around one subject, shooting the same image from almost the same angle. The woman seems to pose for them, probably…

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Young student from an international school on a photography workshop in Vietnam with Pics of Asia

Photography workshops for International schools in Asia

By Etienne / March 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

Here at Pics of Asia, we’re photographers, yes – but first and foremost, we’re teachers. So for us to lead school students seemed like a perfect fit! Over the past few years, we’ve welcomed several international schools into our photography tours and workshops, based around Hoi An in central Vietnam. Each tour has been a…

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Landscape image of the desert of Kalout in South Iran during Pics of Asia photography tour

Pics of Asia Photography Tours and Workshops: the best of 2018 video

By Etienne / February 25, 2019 / 4 Comments

There it finally is! Our best of 2018 video! We have been capturing videos during our photography tours and workshops in 2018 through Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and Iran! If you’d like to know more about all we’ve done in 2018 we already wrote a piece, following our travels through the year. You can…

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Buyrmese novice lighting candles

Is it still safe to travel to Myanmar?

By Etienne / February 11, 2019 / 7 Comments

Myanmar has been on the headlines for some years now. First, it was about the surprising opening of this very closed country, and the influx of tourists that followed. Then, it was the election and Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party being elected, bring real positive energy in the whole country. For the last couple…

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10 reasons why Bangladesh is THE best place on Earth for people photography

By Etienne / February 7, 2017 / 7 Comments

10 reasons why Bangladesh is the best country in the world to improve your people photography skills   After my second visit to Bangladesh, I love it even more than before! I recently ran my first photography tour there and, watching the participants enjoy themselves so much and dramatically develop their people photography skills at…

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