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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 / 4 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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the old houses and the fort of the ancient city of Keshit in Iran

Discovering the lost city of Keshit

By Etienne / September 4, 2018 / 11 Comments

This is a story that I never saw coming. The best moment I personally experienced last year during my usual trips through Asia. I wasn’t even looking for anything. But there it appeared before me. The lost city of Keshit.   It was my second trip to Iran and this time my goal was to…

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Pics of Asia travel photography tour participant in Vietnam

Pics of Asia Show-reel video

By Etienne / July 11, 2018 / 2 Comments

Finally, it is here: after years of shooting random video footages while running photography tours around Asia, we have managed to find the time to put it together. We wanted to put up a show-reel video that describes Pics of Asia as best as possible: visiting stunning locations, improving your photography why on location, and…

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profile picture of a photographer for a satire article

How to become a famous Travel Photographer

By Etienne / July 2, 2018 / 19 Comments

If you are new to Travel Photography I can understand the challenges you are facing. After all, the market is quite saturated already and you are facing a fierce competition between people who, just like you, would love to spend the rest of their lives travelling and taking pictures. One way for you to make…

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Capturing a fisherman walking in Tam Giang lagoon in Hue during Pics of Asia photography tour in central Vietnam

A photography tour around Hue

By Etienne / June 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

Last week marked the end of my second 5-day photography tour and workshop in Central Vietnam, and this one took us from Hoi An to Hue, exploring the coastal area and the busy villages around. For this tour, the talented Andy Faulk joined us and shared his experience and photography skills when it comes to…

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