Hanoi is one of the top places in the world to photograph people as they go about their daily lives. Send 5 immersive days with National geographic photographer and Nikon Ambassador Mark Seymour in Hanoi visiting local markets, Hoaem Lake and other of the beaten track locations to capture some amazing photographs.
30th October - 3rd November 2019
Street and Travel Photography workshops with Nikon School UK trainer and National Geographic Photographer, Mark Seymour Hanoi is located in the north on the right bank of the Red River, and is the second largest city and capital of Vietnam. International flights land at Noi Bai airport and a taxi takes forty-five minutes to drive to the city of Hanoi.
When it comes to best cities in Asia for street photography, Hanoi is definitely up in the top five. There are many key locations that we visit and photography in and around Hanoi, including temples and museums, the Old Quarter, and some of the many local markets. Hoan Kiem Lake is a real favourite with, at any time of the day people are walking, exercising, having their wedding photos, and many street sellers, all of which give great opportunities for the travel/street photographer.
The market places are a focus for organised chaos in the city and great for candid street photography; narrow roads with stalls spilling out onto the streets, women carrying baskets of fruit, eggs and vegetables (I recommend trying the miniature pineapples, delicious), watch out for mopeds weaving their way through the crowds and stalls to deliver goods. We visit Ngocho Kham Thien market which sells clothing and textiles, fruit and vegetables, as well as live stock and Cho Dong Xuan which is the largest market and is good for fabrics and souvenirs.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex is an important place of pilgrimage for many Vietnamese. Consisting of a traffic-free area of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas, it is crowded by groups of Vietnamese who come from far and wide to pay their respects.
Vietnam is an extremely friendly place to go and as good as India and Myanmar for peoples reactions to being photographed as they go about their daily life. The food is great and reasonably priced and we will enjoy a night out on Beer Street a favourite with the local trendy young people.
We stay in a local hotel a short walk from the old town. Hotel and food is payable by each attendee locally.
All the locations have been visited before, please take a look at https://www.shootthestreet.co.uk/documentary-photo... for a real flavour of the trip
Street photography is about capturing candid images, with some elements of posed environmental portraits, that document everyday real-life on the streets around the world, photographs that engage the audience in the story of the subjects’ life.
What will you learn? Predominantly we will be capturing day to day street life, learning to be aware of the background and environment to create complex and interesting images. I cover techniques including; layering, micro-composition and the introduction of compositional elements that will add depth and detail to take your photography to another level.
What does a workshop look like? I will be with you every day from breakfast until evening dinner, shooting in small groups of 2/3 people maximum and swapping around so we all have opportunities to learn and mix with each other. All the adventures are extremely small groups with an ideal number being 4-6 people on each trip. We download and edit each day and I critique on a daily basis talking through your images and discussing both the strengths and the ways you can improve for the following day.
Want to know more? If you’re inspired to develop your street photography and you want to explore places off the beaten track, then give me a call or book to join one of our photography adventures.
·Digital camera that you are familiar with using, a 35mm prime lens is recommended
·Have an understanding of what is documentary/street photography
·Laptop for downloading images and editing
·Software for editing – recommend Photo Mechanic, Lightroom and Silver-Effex
·Smart phone with apps Google maps and What’s app
·An interest in all things photography and desire to improve your skills; this is a shared experience and we tend to eat and socialise together and it’s a great opportunity to discuss our passion and inspiration in photography and photographers
·Ready to step out of you comfort zone with support and encouragement
·Hotels, food and transport are locally sourced and provide an authentic experience, clean and comfortable, but simple accommodation, no luxury hotel chains!
·Comfortable walking shoes and be fit, active, energetic and healthy, every day will involve a lot of intense walking, and can be hot and uncomfortable
·Comprehensive health and travel insurance – Mark and Nikon School UK are not responsible for personal accidents and health related issues during the workshop, although if such occur we will do our best to help out
·https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/ and contact your GP for a travel clinic appointment in plenty of time before travelling
·Book your own flights to and from international workshops; recommend to arrive at least a day before and leave the day after the course ends
·Check your passport is valid and has at least six months, for some courses you will need a visa – check online for more travel requirements and information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
· Local currency, food, drink and accommodation payable locally usually require cash payments
· Access to social media to join exclusive photography group online sharing information, both prior to and after the workshop
· Copy of Shoot the Street; travel guide for photographers will give you lots of tips to help you get prepared
· Sense of humour and patience, you are sharing an experience as part of a team on this workshop, and be flexible sometimes we have to make changes or things just don’t go as expected
Payment and cancellations:
·You can either pay in full directly through the website or you can call Nikon School on 03301230934 to make a non-refundable £400 deposit.
· If you decide to pay a deposit first, full payment is needed 4 month prior to the start date of the course.
· Please note that for any international courses there will no refund available 4 months prior to course date.
· If the workshop is cancelled individual travel arrangements will not be refunded, you should claim from your travel insurance
· Prices are payable in UK pounds
For further information please contact Nikon School on [email protected] or Mark Seymour on:
· 07786 377 197 / 01628 668283
· Email: https://www.shootthestreet.co.uk/contact/
Average customer rating for this course:
"I've never travelled this far east before, so was excited at the prospect seeing and photographing the street life of Hanoi, having ordered the cab from the airport through the hotel, which worked perfectly, I soon realised this was a nuts place to explore! Arriving the day before was the right thing to do, not only to get ones bearings, but to meet the other guys. Next thing you realise your through the week, and thanks to Mark we all had an amazing set of images, beyond are expectations!"
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