10-Day Cambodia Photography Workshop
Join us for a 10-day adventure in Siem Reap and the surrounding areas.
Our 10-day photography expedition takes in the very best of Siem Reap Province, from the most supreme of the Angkor temples to her best-kept secrets; lose yourself in a sea of smiles in the city’s sprawling local markets and the remote villages on the Tonle Sap lake; bask in the luxuriant green of the rice paddies in planting season; marvel at towering jungle waterfalls; and gain privileged access to modern Khmer performing artists from daredevil acrobats to mystical apsara dancers – all of this in the best light.
Feb 12-21, 2018
Aug 6-15, 2018
Dec 11-20, 2018
USD $2,300 (single supplement $650).
Small group: 4-12 Participants
10-Day Cambodia Workshop Itinerary
Day 1 & 2
On day one you’ll arrive in Siem Reap; we’ll get to know each other a little better and set the scene for the rest of the trip over a delicious welcome dinner in the evening. Day two will be spent exploring the wonders of Angkor, including Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom with the Bayon and her 200+ smiling faces. We’ll also have the unique chance to observe orange-robed monks and their unique buddhist rituals at one of the least-known pagodas within Angkor.
Day 3 & 4
Day three will be spent among the pre-Angkorian findings at Mount Kulen; here we’ll marvel at the towering waterfall, the ancient reclining Buddha at the pagoda at the mountain top, and enjoy a picnic by the river of 1,000 linga. Day four starts with what is arguably the most iconic site in Cambodia: the sun rising over the silhouetted towers of Angkor Wat. We’ll spend the remainder of the morning exploring the lush green of the countryside where we’ll see the local people busy with rice-planting season before a long, relaxing lunch. The afternoon will be spent among some of the lesser-visited temples of Angkor, and the evening among the myriad of vendors selling street food at a local night market.
Day 5 & 6
Day five begins in a more leisurely fashion with an image review and post-processing session at the hotel. Spend the afternoon with privileged access to one of Cambodia’s most exciting modern performances, Phare, The Cambodian Circus; we’ll shoot the rehearsal and make-up, and afterwards have reserved VIP seating from which to photograph the show. Day six starts at one of the town’s most vibrant local markets before calling in at Siem Reap’s oldest buddhist monastery where we can witness the lives of the resident monks. We round off our photo adventure with the amazing stilted city of Kampong Phluk where we’ll take in an entirely different way of life on the lake and finish with the sunset before we say our goodbyes at our farewell dinner.
Day 7 & 8
Day seven begins with a lesser-known but no-less beautiful sunrise, witnessing the local fisherman casting nets into a centuries-old reservoir. We’ll spend the rest of the morning exploring some of the most unique photographic opportunities Siem Reap has to offer, including a trip to an incredible brick factory and to see the spider hunters of northern Siem Reap province. We’ll spend the afternoon in the vibrant green of the Cambodian countryside. The morning of day eight sees us chancing our luck at some of the more remote pagodas in the area, where we’ll have a chance to more intimately experience the lives of the monks who live there. The afternoon will be spent exploring Mey Chrey, a remote part of the countryside that will be flooded this time of year, making for a beautiful vista of palm trees reflected in the paddy. We’ll remain here for a sunset free from other tourists.
Day 9 & 10
Day nine begins with one of Siem Reap town’s most incredible markets, the sprawling Phsar Leu, home to a host of colourful characters and produce unimaginable. Once you’ve had your fill of photographing (or maybe haggling with) the wide-smiled local sellers, we’ll head into the countryside to witness a Cambodian family preparing traditional foods. We’ll even be able to stay for lunch before heading back to Siem Reap to unwind with a massage before we review our images for the week and say farewell at a delicious evening dinner. Depart day ten.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Accommodation (4-star boutique resort/spa)
Transport during photography excursions
Breakfast, Arrival and Farewell Dinners, and other meals as specified.
Guiding/Tuition from a Western professional photographer; second photographer guide where there are 6 participants or more.
All tickets and entrance fees.
Round-trip airport pick-up and drop-off
Airfare to and from Cambodia
Meals, Drinks and Snacks beyond those specified.
Alcoholic beverages beyond one with specified meals
Tips for Guides/Drivers etc.
Medical & Travel Insurance
Who Our Tours are Designed For
Our adventures are perfect for anyone who loves travel and photography, whatever your level of experience with a camera – the most important thing is enthusiasm. Our tours are specifically designed for photographers and aim to unlock opportunities that wouldn’t be open to the casual visitor, all while ensuring that we shoot in the best light, away from the crowds.
Refine your Vision
Mastering photography is a wonderful lifelong journey; the objective of our tours is to help you become a better photographer, day by day, so that you not only capture wonderful images of Cambodia, but that you take away a wealth of new skills that will serve you well for all of your photographic endeavours yet to come. With our expert guidance, you’ll quickly become more familiar with your equipment and refine your vision for incredible imagery without feeling swamped by technical details. You’ll learn how to read light, how to frame a scene, and how to inject the element of story into your captures.
The best camera is the one that’s with you! Don’t get me wrong, we like a new toy as much as the next photographer, but you really can make incredible images with any setup – an entry-level DSLR/mirrorless and mid-range zoom is really all you need to make the most of Cambodia’s best photographic opportunities. Of course you’re welcome to bring more, a wide-angle zoom and your favourite prime are always handy, but they aren’t a requirement for attendance. Compact cameras and smartphones are welcome, too. If you can, bring along your laptop so we can critique your photos and also show you a few tips for using Lightroom.
Meaningful Interactions with Local People
You’ll get to meet local people and make meaningful connections, all the while capturing a beautifully intimate portrait of their way of life. Feel free to capture the people we encounter candidly, or we can show you how to break the ice so as to make your camera an asset that creates interesting opportunities like never before.
Expect the Unexpected
Our itineraries are fun and flexible, and flow naturally – each of our photography adventures is unique as spontaneous encounters and varying light conditions will mean different opportunities at every turn. One moment you’ll be marvelling at the sun rising over the iconic towers of Angkor Wat; the next you’ll be sat appreciating the harmony of a monk praying by candle light; or perhaps find yourself in a stilted home above the Tonle Sap, or bumping down a dusty track straddled by farmers in oxcarts pulled by water buffalo.
Small Group Experience
The largest tours we run are for groups of twelve. With two experienced professional photographers as tour leaders, this ensures that each of our participants will get plenty of individual, hands-on time with the instructors. It also means that we can travel in a less conspicuous manner, blending into our environment and not overwhelming local people during spontaneous encounters.
HOW DO I RESERVE A PLACE?
Simply fill out the form on this page to let us know your dates and preferences. We’ll need a USD $300 deposit via Paypal to reserve your dates.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
We understand that plans change, but please consider your deposit a firm commitment. A non-refundable deposit of USD $300 is payable to reserve your spot, with the remaining balance to be paid on or before 45-days prior to the commencement of the tour. Please check with us before making travel arrangements.