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Two clients from Pics of Asia on a private photography tour in central Vietnam

A private photography tour and workshop in Asia

By Etienne / June 24, 2019 / 2 Comments

Last week was spectacular. Like really, really spectacular. Because Adam and Miguel, two Spanish Leica shooters, hired me to take them around the best spots of Central Vietnam. They wanted to do a short private photography tour and workshop somewhere in Asia. But they weren’t sure quite where. After researching the idea, they came across…

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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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Photo of the fujifilm xt3 camera for a review on Pics of Asia

Fujifilm Xt3 review

By Etienne / May 30, 2019 / 6 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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Copyright Janet Powick.

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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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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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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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 / 66 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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