The people in these remote locations are super friendly and having led this trip on two previous occasions I can assure you this is the photographic trip of a lifetime. 

We will meet in Yangon photographing for the day and then take a small plane to Myiek, where will stay for a few days before making our way back on a people carrier to Yangon stopping at Dawei, Ye and Mawlamyine, each for a couple of days. I will arrange all the internal transport apart from flights. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Yangon Fish market and town
Day 2 Take Internal Flight to Myiek. Walk around Myiek
Day 3 Early morning start photographing life in Myiek
Day 4 Travel to Dawei
Day 5 Visit the beach at Dawei
Day 6 Dawei Market and train station
Day 7 Travel to Ye
Day 8 Photograph around Ye
Day 9 Travel by boat up river Ye
Day 10 Travel to Mawlamyine
Day 11 Maylamyine
Day 12 Travel back to Yangon

Please take a look at last years workshop to get a real flavour of the trip – this is not to be missed!

Why go there?

On the edge of Southeast Asia, Myanmar is a stunning, vast country full of rich tradition and beautiful natural sights. A combination of diverse ethnic groups and unspoilt scenery makes exploring Myanmar feel like a living edition of National Geographic.

Myanmar is a rural nation of traditional values, where you will meet the friendliest of locals including women with the most fascinating painted faces and men who spitting blood red juice

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  • A daily itinerary ensuring we make the most of our time and visit the best locations to take fantastic images
  • The opportunity to ask questions and learn from everyone who is on the course, including me
  • Full access to my workflow, plus hints and tips on shooting
  • Daily critique of your images

I’ll be with you every step of the way and shoot with everyone on an individual basis as often as allows. We will be capturing day-to-day street life, where people are not posing for the camera; learning to be aware of the background, situation/context and environment to create complex and interesting pictures. I cover techniques including; layering and micro-composition and introduce compositional elements that will add depth and detail to take your photography to another level. I’ll point out great shots when we are together and support you to get close to the action, helping you to overcome fears about approaching strangers.

The goal is to finish the course with a strong set of images and a small portfolio that captures the place you have visited. You’ll come away with a great understanding of street photography and the elements that make up a great street picture.

I stay in touch with most course participants and encourage you to take up personal documentary and street projects that are close to you. I also run a public Facebook group called ‘Shoot The Street’, where you are free to upload both your course images and others you may have taken.

My workshops are small, with a maximum of 7 people, to ensure I can make the best use of my time with everyone on the adventure. Every day we split into small groups of two and meet up regularly, this means I can mix up the groups, so that everyone gets a fair share of my time and gets to shoot with each other.

We generally start early morning and stay out as long as participants would like and then review our images each evening in a group session. On the first morning of the course we all meet, and I talk through the week ahead, highlighting both what we will be looking for and where we will be going each day. I also provide a small presentation on street photography and techniques we can use to give ourselves an interesting portfolio. I talk about moments, layering, light and working a situation as well as background selection.

Most of my courses are street and travel photography based, with an encouragement to shoot un-posed images containing people with context that shows the viewer an image to tell a story. I encourage the use of prime lenses and shooting light, although if you feel more comfortable with a zoom that’s cool.  Whilst I do take street portraits, this is not the focus of the workshop, but its fine if kept in context. I personally shoot light with just a single body and a 35mm lens which account for over 90% of my photographs.

Prior to the workshop I create a private Facebook group where you will be able to meet and chat to the other participants. I use and recommend hotels that are near to the main locations to be photographed. Quite often these are more budget hotels that locals use, giving a more immersive experience. You can of course make your own accommodation arrangements, but they should be within a short distance.

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My passion is photography, Im never without a camera! It’s all about capturing people, emotions, moments in time and making memories. Travel allows me to connect with the world, and experience the culture and daily life of the people I visit. My workshops give me the opportunity to share my inspiration for travel photography. Why not join me on an adventure and explore the world with your camera.

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