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A mosaic of example of staged photos from Inle lake fishermen

The library of fake travel photos in Asia

By Etienne / March 24, 2020 / 59 Comments

Finally, it’s arrived! A tool to help the world’s photography competition judges work out if the “travel” images they are judging are real or not! Yep, this is the first library of fake travel photos focusing on people photography in Asia. You’re welcome! What is a fake travel image? Well, it’s an image which doesn’t…

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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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Field Notes: Counting Sheep in Khorasan

By Etienne / December 20, 2019 / 2 Comments

Last month while exploring the Khorasan region of North East Iran, I embarked on what should’ve been a quick two-hour drive between Neyshabur and Kashmar, and what turned out to be an entire day of photography.  The road was simply that stunning. First Sheep of the Day My friend and I left another friend’s house…

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Street Photography in Colombo

By Etienne / December 12, 2019 / 4 Comments

As you might already know, when I run a photography tour in a country, I like to arrive some days before and to leave some days after. This allows me to visit new locations, adjust the tour itineraries, meet local photographers and work on my street photography skills. Because these few days are basically the…

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Sri Lanka 2019: Field notes

By Etienne / November 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

After a great first outing last year, Pics of Asia returned for its second photography tour of Sri Lanka. And once again, the teardrop-shaped island did not disappoint.  What’s great about Sri Lanka is that you can balance luxury accommodation with very non-luxurious locations for photography, such as smelly fish markets and muddy tea fields.…

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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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A elder woman with a big smile in Sri Lanka - Pics Of Asia Phototours And Workshops

Review of the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 FX

By Etienne / September 11, 2019 / 12 Comments

September 2019 updates: After now over two years of shooting with this lens, I do have a few things to add. I still ove this lens very much, and I mostly use it for portraits, or when the light is very flat. Shooting with a really wide aperture helps to bring back depth in the…

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A elder woman with a big smile in Sri Lanka - Pics Of Asia Phototours And Workshops

Sri Lanka Photography: People and Places

By Etienne / June 12, 2019 / 2 Comments

Photography in Sri Lanka – What’s the big deal? Sri Lanka is fast becoming my favourite place for travel photography that focuses on people. It’s a very beautiful country, with plenty of action and bustle… but not as much as, say, India or Bangladesh. People are very approachable and not as curious about us Westerners…

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Intentional Camera Movement: A case study

By Etienne / May 21, 2019 / 2 Comments

A few weeks ago, while running our 5-day central Vietnam photography tour, we had the pleasure to welcome again Janet Powick. This year was Janet’s fourth participation in our photography workshops in Vietnam, a few times in central Vietnam as well as a trip to the mountains of North Vietnam. I believe Janet keeps coming…

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