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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 / 67 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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Celebrating my 10th photography workshop in Asia

By Etienne / November 9, 2015 / 6 Comments

Yesterday I ended my 10th photography tour and workshop in South East Asia with the 6 day tour into Laos.   I started running Hoi An photo tour and workshop over 6 years ago, and I had a vague idea about teaching photography into different locations. I can’t believe today how things have been developing…

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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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Sweet DOF

By Etienne / December 7, 2013 / 0 Comments

The thing with being a photographer based in the countryside is that I am learning all by myself. This is the reason why I aggressively invite any photographer I meet to have coffee and discuss photography in general, so I know what is going on the planet. Also, thanks to Google plus I can stay…

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