Thinking Outside The Box

Photography Blog and Articles by Kevin Landwer-Johan

Thai Rice Farmer taken during a photography workshop at Suan Sook Homestay

Thinking Outside The Box

Photography blog of Kevin Landwer-Johan focusing not only on the ‘box’ we use as our means of capturing images but also on the art of photography.

Taking pictures involves engaging both our intellectual and technical skills in using our cameras. It’s also necessary to express our creative and artistic intuitions so our images convey meaning.

Through this blog, my online courses, and in-person workshops my aim is to share information about photography and my continually growing passion for it.

I’m open to feedback, so please remember to leave comments and ask questions.

My Mother Holding Her Box Brownie
My mother holding her first camera, the classic Kodak Box Brownie,
which she has owned for 65 years.

Popular Posts

Hmong Kart Racing taken during a Chiang Mai Custom Photography Workshop

Essential Qualities Which Make Photographs Good

Let's take a look at the qualities that make up good photographs, regardless of your subject or the gear you use to make the photos. Understanding these principles and how to put them into practice will make you a better photographer.

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Kayan long neck and Kayaw girls laughing together

What You Need to Know About Hill Tribe Tourism​

Bad news is easy news to write because people love to read it. Many articles have been written about perceived negative aspects of what’s known as ‘Hill Tribe Tourism'. Because of my experience and relationship I take a different perspective.

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Asian woman taking a photo with a camera.

How To Choose the
Best Travel Photography Workshop

Travel time is precious. Most of us don't get enough of it and we all want to make sure we have great photos of our journeys. Let me help you choose the best travel photography workshop experience so you can make the most of your time away.

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Chaing Mai Photo Workshops Poi Sang Long Festival

How to Adjust Your Camera Settings For the Best Photos

Manual mode can challenge people as to which exposure settings to adjust for the best photos. I am often asked by people taking our workshops in Thailand, “Kevin, which setting should I change first?”

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Traditional Dress Phone Call 25 Valuable Tips For The Best Travel Photography Portraits

25 Valuable Tips For The Best Travel Photography Portraits

Travel always involves meeting people. Learning to make great travel portraits will enrich your experience. It will also help preserve your wonderful memories. Here are 25 tips to help you make the best travel photography portraits.

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Buddha Statue Face with a dark background

Best Tested Tips for Travel Photography Etiquette in Thailand

Many people travel to Thailand with their camera and want to know they are following proper etiquette. Thai people are generally very polite. I've found if you are also polite you will most often get better photographs.

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Published Photography Articles

This is a selection of articles I’ve written for various web sites. Here you will find a broad variety of photography topics covered but without so much of a personal touch as I write with for my own blog.

Beautiful Thai woman in traditional costume during a Chiang Mai Photography Workshop
Two Kayan Long Neck Girls photographed during a Chiang Mai Photo Workshop

Why You Should Have
Photography Heroes

We are inundated daily with visual imagery. It's easy to become dulled by it. Here's an article encouraging you to be inspired by the masters of photography.

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Hmong Blacksmith Stitched taken during a Chiang Mai Photo Workshop

How to Use the Brenizer
Stitching Method

Have you ever heard of the Brenizer method? It's a very cool way to create amazing seamless stitched images with a very shallow depth of field.

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Adjusting the diopter on a Nikon DSLR camera

Viewfinder Image Blurry?
Here’s How To Correct It

Does your camera monitor display a sharp image and yet your viewfinder is blurry? You may need to adjust your camera’s diopter.

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Pros and Cons of Upgrading from a Phone to a Real Camera

Enjoying taking photos with your phone, but want to take your image making to the next level? Check out this popular article to learn how you can.

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Hmong Kart Racing taken during a Chiang Mai Custom Photography Workshop

Look. Think. Click. Don’t Rush Into Taking Those Action Photos

Great action photos are not often created on the spur of the moment. They take careful planning and anticipation. Learn techniques which will make you more successful.

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Karen Assistant Holding a Reflector

How to Use a Reflector to Improve Your Natural Light Portraits

Reflectors are one accessory that can easily make a huge improvement to your outdoor portraiture. Read this article and learn how to use one.

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