Vietnam in Focus
Explorer Vietnam through photography: PASSIONATE, ART, EXPERIENCED, UNIQUE & FABULOUS. We give you practical skills, unique experiences and fantastic shots to prove it.
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Discover one of northern Vietnam’s most spectacular and secluded regions on this weekend workshop in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We set up base at the charming Kho Muong minority village for two days, with a workshop on landscape photography and portraiture. This area brings you overlooking a stunning valley of rice paddies and misty mountains, and we’ll be enjoying short treks to visit Ban Hieu minority village and waterfall nearby. Learn the art of great travel photography while exploring this beautiful region.
Join us for one of northern Vietnam's most colourful and exciting festivals. The Bac Ha Horse Races draw thousands of ethnic minority spectators to this scenic mountain town, making for a carnival of colour and festivity. Jockeys come from H'mong, Nung and Dzao villages all over the province, and riding bareback, compete in both team and indi- vidual races. Our trip means a chance to explore and pho- tograph this unique event, while learning how to create, pace and picture a photojournalistic story. We base ourselves at the homestay of our Tay minority friends on the banks of the River Chay, and the weekend also includes a journey by long- boat and landscape workshop in the stunning nearby valleys.
Join us for a fantastic photographic adventure to one of northern Vietnam’s most authentic and exciting ethnic minority festivals. Khau Vai Love Market attracts thousands of people from the H’mong, Thai and Nung minorities as they search for marriage partners or old flames, bringing a carnival of colour and festivity to this scenic mountain town. We travel through Ha Giang’s spectacular Dong Van Rocky Plateau and over the immense Ma Pi Leng Pass to reach Khau Vai, a journey taking in some of Vietnam’s most spectacularlandscapes.Developyourphotographyskillswith a professional while enjoying this unique cultural experience.
Discover classic lowland northern Vietnam on this one day photo adventure to Ninh Binh province. Our trip includes a two-hour boat journey at Tam Coc Nature Reserve, or ‘Ha Long Bay on land’, a photographic exploration of the ruins at Vietnam’s ancient capital of Hoa Lu, and a sunset wander through the stunning paddies and river valleys of this beautiful region. Learn the art of great travel photography while exploring one of northern Vietnam’s most scenic and culturally-rich provinces.
Explore one of the north’s best-preserved traditional handicraft villages on this unique half-day photo adventure. We head out to Tho Ha, a riverside village renowned for its charming architecture and production of rice paper pancakes. Tho Ha retains the mud-brick houses and winding, narrow alleyways typical of the old Red River Delta, among which residents spread out their rice paper to dry. On our way back to Hanoi we’ll stop by Bo Da pagoda, one of the region’s most sacred ancient sites. Learn the art of travel photography while discovering the true traditional life of the Red River Delta.
Explore Hanoi’s iconic spots and hidden backstreets while learning how to take great pictures with your iPhone. We start at St Joseph’s Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake, then wander through the bustling streets of the Old Quarter, focusing on three main kinds of iPhone photo – landscape, relationship and detail. Over coffee, we have a brief tutorial on editing in Instagram, and finish with a look at how to take the perfect selfie!
This fantastic photographic adventure takes us to the historic hill station of Sapa in far northern Vietnam, followed by an unforgettable journey through the stunning remote provinces of Lai Chau and Mu Cang Chai. Our trip coincides with Vietnam’s Liberation Day celebrations, giving us a chance to join in with the locals as they eat, drink and make merry. During the course of the adventure you will develop a 7 picture photographic story about the unique lives and landscapes of Northwest Vietnam.
Vietnam’s final frontier, blessed with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and a profusion of colourful ethnic minorities, a trip to Ha Giang makes for the ultimate photography adventure. Travelling here you will enjoy the hospitality of Red Dzao families, mingle with the crowds at ethnic minority markets and explore the hidden corners and back roads of this incredible province. The pictures and memories you take home will stay with you forever. The tour is schedule from September 1st to 5th 2017.
On this unique half-day photo tour, we explore renowned landmarks and hidden corners of Vietnam’s capital on foot while learning how to take great photos. Following the classic structure of the three picture story, we discover the fundamentals of travel photography and gain a unique insight into the real Hanoi as well as fantastic pictures to share with friends. The tour is suitable for both beginner photographers and serious amateurs. Tour Leader Colm Pierce’s work has featured in numerous publications worldwide, including The Guardian (UK), LA Times (USA) and Le Figaro (France). A long-term resident of Hanoi and fluent speaker of English, French and Vietnamese, he has been leading acclaimed tours for Vietnam in Focus since 2012.
For a unique Hanoi adventure, join us before dawn at bustling Long Bien Market, as thousands of deliveries from the provinces and farther-flung regions of Vietnam provide the traders with stock. King crab and tuna from the East Sea mingle with juicy apples and pumpkins from Dalat, and longans and lychees from the market gardens surrounding Hanoi. The early morning conditions allow us to focus on shooting in different lights, from night-time to sunrise, to after daybreak. The situation also gives us a chance to work on portraiture in environments of hectic activity – a vital skill for travel photographers.
Explore the intriguing stretch of railway running between Hanoi and Long Bien Stations – and directly across the city – on this unique tour. We capture the astonishing variety of life on the tracks, from railway workers and trains to the houses and markets all the way along the line, while focusing on key points of photographic composition.