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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 / 22 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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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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Why I love Pindaya so much

By Etienne / February 20, 2019 / 2 Comments

For the last 4 years, we have been visiting Pindaya every year on our photography tour and workshop to Myanmar. I first discovered the area a little by accident, when, my tour guide at the time suggested that we do a quick stop there, on our way between Kalaw and Inle Lake. On that day…

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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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Buyrmese novice lighting candles

Is it still safe to travel to Myanmar?

By Etienne / February 11, 2019 / 7 Comments

Myanmar has been on the headlines for some years now. First, it was about the surprising opening of this very closed country, and the influx of tourists that followed. Then, it was the election and Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party being elected, bring real positive energy in the whole country. For the last couple…

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