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Why I shoot JPG

By Etienne / May 31, 2018 / 9 Comments

The answer is abruptly simple: I shoot Jpeg because I shoot Fuji. Obviously being a Fuji shooter isn’t the only reason, and there are several more that I have listed below. Writing this made me realize that shooting Jpeg is only suitable for a certain type of photographer, so you may have many different other…

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A shipyard near Hue in Vietnam during Pics of Asia advanced photography workshop

May Central Vietnam photography Tour

By Etienne / May 16, 2018 / 7 Comments

This was a photography tour I had been waiting for a long time, a special “advanced photographers only” photography workshop around my adoptive city of Hoi An, Vietnam. For the occasion I had Drew Hopper co-leading the tour with me. The idea is to run workshops focusing on merging Travel and Street photography to create more…

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farmer in a rice field in Vietnam

The last two "quiet" months

By Etienne / August 1, 2017 / 6 Comments

June and July are always a low time for me. It is low season in Hoi An and I run less half day photography tours. This is usually a time I become very lazy and catch up on sleep and think about the months to come. I do feel like I have been working less,…

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little girl in Lang Co lagoon

the beauty of Lang Co lagoon

By Etienne / May 22, 2017 / 3 Comments

Last night was the end of one more 3-day photography tour and workshop in central Vietnam. After a day and a half in and around Hoi An, we drove to the stunning lagoon of Lang Co for yet again an amazing photography session. This may have been the best afternoon I have ever spent in…

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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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North Vietnam photography tour

Trip report: North Vietnam photography tour 2016

By Etienne / October 1, 2016 / 5 Comments

For Pics of Asia’s 5th photography tour in the mountains of North Vietnam, we have been exploring whole new areas. Instead of heading towards Ha Giang I decided last year to run the tour around brand new locations, very far away from the main tourist destinations. The idea behind this change was to photograph locations…

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Sunrise over Cua Dai bridge during Hoi An photo tour and workshop

The photography tour with an epic light

By Etienne / July 6, 2016 / 9 Comments

This morning I have seen one of the best light I have ever seen on my sunrise photo tour, even after 7 years running the tours! Because of the cloud cover and humidity the sunrise colors were splendid, and we had to stop the car on top of te bridge to shoot it! Anyway, no…

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A Pics of Asia photography workshop student gets waist-deep in water for the photo

May – 3 day photography workshop

By Etienne / May 12, 2016 / 1 Comment

Another splendid week end running my monthly 3 day photo workshop. Summer really is the best time to travel around central Vietnam as it is offering us the best colours and light early morning and late afternoon. Bloody hot of course, but we could handle it as we were taking long breaks in the middle…

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Creative travel photo composition featuring a local in Hoi An, Vietnam

A few hours in Hoi An

By Etienne / March 31, 2016 / 6 Comments

I was recently in Hoi An old town quite a lot for some photo workshops and weddings, but as the weather last week was terrible I was more busy trying to deal with a bad light rather than enjoying Hoi An. Today, during a 2 hours private photo workshop with a lovely Kiwi lady, I…

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The sunrise photo tour

By Etienne / February 1, 2016 / 1 Comment

Clearly, if you have done the Hoi An Photo Tour with me before, you probably went on the sunrise tour. Why do I say that? Well because the sunrise tour is the most popular tour, that I run 2 to 5 times per week. Why the most popular? Well I guess people feel like I…

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