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Hoi An old town during corona virus lock down

Weekly photo assignment #2

By Etienne / April 15, 2020 / 2 Comments

Now, I’d like to focus the assignment on our latest photography tutorial about balance in composition. The idea is for you to look at some of your older images, or create new work, and analyze them thinking in terms of balance and visual weight. Does this image work thanks to its overall balance? Or do…

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Participant of Pics of Asia photography tours and workshops in central Vietnam

March 2020 Central Vietnam Photo Tour

By Etienne / March 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

The first photography tour and workshop in Central Vietnam started the new year with a bang! I was lucky enough to be joined by Chris Cusick from Angkor Travel Photography to co-lead this tour with me – a tour which focused on people photography.  Nine participants of completely different levels could have been a challenge,…

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Field Notes: Bangladesh 2019

By Etienne / December 30, 2019 / 2 Comments

For this year’s edition of my annual Bangladesh photograph tour, I was joined by four willing participants. Each member of this quartet had signed up for one clear reason: to improve their photography skills. Which they did. A lot.  As a photography instructor, my favourite students are the ones who absorb all the information I…

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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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Composing great images in Sylhet vegetable market with Pics of Asia

Shooting Sylhet vegetable market

By Etienne / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

For the past 4 years we have been bringing our students to the Sylhet vegetable market in North Bangladesh. To this day, this remains one of our favourite locations to photograph in Asia. Here we explain why. Extremely friendly people The vegetables there come straight from the farms, and the people bringing them there have…

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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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blacm and white portrait of a Vietnamese fisherman smoking a cigarette

Am I allowed to do that?

By Etienne / March 28, 2014 / 3 Comments

Here is a question I often here in my photo workshops: can I do that? Am I allowed? Do you think I will not let you keep this photo because: – rule of thirds does not apply – your subject is looking into the frame – your subject is not in focus – your subject…

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Getting out of our "templates"

By Etienne / March 13, 2014 / 5 Comments

I need your advise on this one. I took these photos this morning and I can’t make up my mind on which one to chose. Originally I liked the first one, as it is quite original. I have done myself and have seen many time this kind of photo, and I thought the kid looking…

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black and white photo of Kmu women in Laos

Getting close or staying far from your subject? A discussion

By Etienne / March 11, 2014 / 5 Comments

A while ago, I met Tad during a photo tour in Hoi An. Following this tour we have had an email discussion about 2 different ways of shooting people while traveling: getting close or staying far from your subject? This discussion dates from a while back but I did lost track. Finally I am posting…

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The good things about failure

By Etienne / February 28, 2014 / 4 Comments

I just stumbled upon another (great) article by Erik Kim, about failure in street photography. You should definitely have a look, it is very interesting. Article here.   Of course I do not pretend to say that it is the same with travel photography. What I do as a travel photography working in developing countries…

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