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Putting the TRAVEL back in Travel Photography

By Etienne / October 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

If you join a Pics of Asia photo tour you’re guaranteed to get good photos. Why? Well, because we know the very best locations and we take you there at the very best times. We’re nice like that. 😉 But – and this may surprise you – getting great photos is not actually the main…

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North Vietnam photography tour 2019: field notes.

By Etienne / September 27, 2019 / 6 Comments

One of my favourite trips each year is when I say goodbye to the rivers and lagoons of Central Vietnam and head for respite, into the mountains of North Vietnam. No matter how many times I head north, it still feels like an adventure into the unknown. By the way, you can also check out…

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Shapes of Vietnam is a personal project by Etienne Bossot

Shapes of Vietnam

By Etienne / June 29, 2019 / 4 Comments

Telling stories through silhouettes How it began Shapes of Vietnam came about somewhat by accident. It was a few years ago when I switched to a new camera system. And what started as a bit of experimenting with light and shadow, with my new camera’s settings and capabilities, became the seeds of this idea. Over…

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Two clients from Pics of Asia on a private photography tour in central Vietnam

A private photography tour and workshop in Asia

By Etienne / June 24, 2019 / 2 Comments

Last week was spectacular. Like really, really spectacular. Because Adam and Miguel, two Spanish Leica shooters, hired me to take them around the best spots of Central Vietnam. They wanted to do a short private photography tour and workshop somewhere in Asia. But they weren’t sure quite where. After researching the idea, they came across…

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Photo of the fujifilm xt3 camera for a review on Pics of Asia

Fujifilm Xt3 review

By Etienne / May 30, 2019 / 8 Comments

After a few years being a very happy Xt-2 shooter, I upgraded to the Xt3. I did not really need an improved camera, but I did need a backup mirrorless camera. I was at a point that every time I had to switch back to the DSLR I felt like using a dinosaur… if that…

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A group of fishermen push their boat into the waves as they come back from a night at sea in a fishing village near Hoi An, Vietnam

The best photography intro video you’ve ever seen!

By Etienne / April 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

Hey everyone, we hope you enjoy this very short intro video we have created. We have decided to get more active on our YouTube channel and will publish a video a month, about photography tutorials focusing on people photography in Asia. Because, well, this is what we do!

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What can travel photographers do about model release forms when travelling in Asia?

Model release in Travel Photography

By Etienne / April 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

While most commercial photographers know about copyright laws and the use of a model for their images, it seems the answer isn’t so clear when it comes to Travel Photography. So if you’re travelling the world with your camera, what laws apply – for you and for your subject? You might need to consider what…

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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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An image taken using a technique called exposing for the highlights during a photography workshop with Pics of Asia

We are being featured!

By Etienne / January 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

Ever since we came back from running all our photography tours in Asia, we have been leading a lot of photography workshops in Hoi An, Vietnam. We have already met a lot of exciting students and people willing to work with us, including the awesome bloggers from Wandering Weathleys. Nick and Val joined one of our…

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A huge group of photographers in Mu Cang Chai lining up with their tripods

Open letter to photographers

By Etienne / September 25, 2018 / 21 Comments

After spending the last couple of years talking about the Ethics of Travel photography and trying to spread the word about said ethics, I feel the task is getting more difficult on a daily basis. When travelling around Asia, l have increasingly witnessed actions by some photographers that left me with a bad taste in…

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