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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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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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North Vietnam photography tour 2019: field notes.

By Etienne / September 27, 2019 / 6 Comments

One of my favourite trips each year is when I say goodbye to the rivers and lagoons of Central Vietnam and head for respite, into the mountains of North Vietnam. No matter how many times I head north, it still feels like an adventure into the unknown. By the way, you can also check out…

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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 day taking photos in Central Vietnam with Fujifilm GFX 50s

By Etienne / August 27, 2019 / 1 Comment

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to get my hands on a Fuji GFX camera. And last month, during a presentation of the GFX 100 (in a workshop organized by Fuji in Anh Duc Digital), I got the chance to actually take this camera in hand, and to snap a few images.  Now,…

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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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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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Landscape image of the desert of Kalout in South Iran during Pics of Asia photography tour

Pics of Asia Photography Tours and Workshops: the best of 2018 video

By Etienne / February 25, 2019 / 4 Comments

There it finally is! Our best of 2018 video! We have been capturing videos during our photography tours and workshops in 2018 through Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India and Iran! If you’d like to know more about all we’ve done in 2018 we already wrote a piece, following our travels through the year. You can…

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Illustrating the golden rule with Pics of Asia

Free Webinar: how to take better travel photos

By Etienne / February 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

Next week I will be running a free webinar along with my friend Pete De Marco about travel photography in Vietnam. We will be discussing composition tips, great locations in central Vietnam for photography and the art of approaching people to take thier photo. Pete and I will be running a 5-day photography tour and…

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