Beautiful Thai woman in traditional costume during a Chiang Mai Photography Workshop
Camera: Nikon D800, Lens: 105mm, Settings: f3.2, 1/400 sec, ISO 500

Experience Thailand!
Five Day Photography Workshop

by
Kevin Landwer-Johan
Kevin Landwer-Johan

Typically our workshops range from a few hours to two days, with our one day workshops being the most popular. I find we can fill people’s minds with more than enough fresh information about photography in a day, but we don’t often get to experience what they do with that information. For our first ever 5 Day  Thai Culture Workshop we were super blessed to have three lovely ladies return to Chiang Mai to be immersed in photographing elephants, models, dancing, monks, ethnic minorities and all the while showing us how much they had progressed in their photography since participating in a few of our short workshops a year ago.

Three family members had crossed the globe (from Florida to Chiang Mai) toting a serious amount of Canon DSLR equipment. One of the first things they announced to us, after big hugs greetings, was two of them had only been shooting on Manual mode since taking part in our workshops the previous year. Yeah! More converts! Joyce, however, was still most happy shooting in Program mode as her total focus is producing photos she can then use as a basis for creating her stunning paintings. She was so eager to get new photos to paint from she booked us for two extra days on top of the 5 day workshop (and now thinks it will take more than two years to complete all the paintings.)

Camera: Nikon D800, Lens: 105mm, Settings: f6.3, 1/200 sec, ISO 400

Our Thai Culture Photography Workshop is designed to offer participants unique opportunities to photograph a lot of models. We know of no other travel photography workshops or tours which provide this in the same way. Thai people are generally comfortable being photographed, so when we have beautiful young women dressed in stunning traditional costumes with their hair and makeup looking perfect, great photos are produced with ease. For some variety we had a session with two models together one with an elephant. When we asked our model if she was prepared to climb up and lie on the elephants she replied that she was scared, but that she would do it! I love that commitment!

We also run custom photography workshops with elephants if you can’t make it along to one of our 5 day workshops.

Pansa had organized all the logistics exceptionally well and most all went to plan. We love to have a mix of control and spontaneity during our shooting sessions, as it provides for more variety, and in each session we were able to achieve this. One problem we had, which was well out of our control, was the weather. November is the start of the dry, cool season in the north of Thailand, so we thought we’d be safe. We were wrong. However, there was not much rain and it only really disrupted one of our shoots. Pansa made up for it by quickly organizing another model to attend an extra shoot which resulted in some excellent photos.

Camera: Nikon D800, Lens: 50mm, Settings: f4.5, 1/250 sec, ISO 400

Overall with our workshops, we tend to avoid very touristic events and locations. For this longer workshop, we had included one or two sessions at touristic places and were encouraged by the outcome not to do this again. Dealing with large numbers of people who have no regard for when you are wanting to take a photo is tedious and the dinner and show we’d booked provided little opportunity to shoot as it was very lack luster. For future Thai Culture Photography Workshops we’ve done a little re-shuffling of our itinerary as we are always looking to improve our service.

Working together with these three passionate photographers was a fabulous experience for us. For them to share the excitement and creative energy with us was a real gift. To see how their skills and style is developing serves as a strong motivation to work on building up more of an online community so we can participate in encouraging everyone who takes part in our workshops beyond the time they spend with us here in Chiang Mai.

If you are interested in joining one of our five day Thai Culture Photography Workshops, please take a look at this page.

Woman photographer shows a girl her photo on the comaera montior during a photography workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Camera: Nikon D800, Lens: 105mm, Settings: f3.2, 1/500 sec, ISO 400
Kevin Landwer-Johan photographer
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Equipment I used to make these photos.

Nikon full frame camera body. I use an older model D800. This link will take you to view the Nikon D850 which is the upgrade model.

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G 

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