Hone your techniques to capture awe-inspiring images worthy to grace the pages of NatGeo!
Learn how to capture portraits using (mostly) natural lighting and the techniques to make your images pour with emotions while learning a bit about the culture.
Get over the fear of photographing people on the streets to make images tell stories; become confident in your approach.
What to Expect - Photographically
Our love for many photographic genres allow us to offer a wide range of styles. We specialize in landscape, documentary and street photography.
Landscape: It begins with right time, right place. This calls for extended shooting on days where we're in landscape-worthy areas (like rice terraces, open fields and mountain backdrops) where we'll make use of shutter drags, lens filters and tripods to capture particular moods in the scene before us.
Documentary: We become light seekers of natural light while photographing local villagers, some in their traditional ethnic wear. And, where applicable, we augment our lighting with the help of either artificial lighting or reflectors. We'll also discuss how to obtain the evocative Chiaroscuro style and most importantly, how to simply be "in the moment". It's a rewarding experience.
Street: In many parts of the world, making images in the street can be quite risky because of social norms. Asia, for one, is very different and is quite the opposite from the west. We subscribe to the notion that less is more (in equipment) when shooting this genre and will coach you on what to look for, how to carry yourself (when camera is in hand).
If you enjoy landscape, street and environmental portraiture photography, this photo tour covers it all. Where appropriate, we'll wake for early sunrises, run for cover in doors during harsh lighting (light seeking for portraits), then back out for sunset locations and perhaps even a little astrophotography in the wee hours of the night. With the different genres we'll be shooting, your camera batteries will be put to the test!
We will also carve out some time to process and critique images as a group. This is an important step in the learning process and is done in a comfortable and constructive setting built around respect and trust ... check your egos at the door!
Xiapu mudflats: natures wonders in a human world, up close
Xiapu salt flats: unique opportunity to crabbing happens
Xiapu vistas: man's ingenuity working with nature, sunrises & sunsets to die for!
Guilin/Yangshuo vistas: karst mountains before you, can I say epic?!
Li River experience: witness old world fishing of days past, classic photo ops!
Longsheng/Dazhai Rice Terraces: flooded pools ripe for planting, one with nature
Local interaction: fabled Red Yao women are most unique, fun, interactive and educational
Zhaoxing/Chengyang: local Dong culture is in live display, endearing connections.
We could find ourselves transporting by bus, boat, raft, bullet train or bi-ped at a leisurely yet purposeful pace that will have plenty of time to take in the scenery, local culture, experiential & entertainment programs, sample local fare and surely, countless photographic opportunities along the way! As we make our way along our route, you'll be introduced to many ancient chinese cultures that are quickly beginning to disappear as China steam rolls into its adoption of western lifestyles. Experience, interact within and document these ancient cultures before they truly fade into the memories of centuries past.
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