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.
There are many key locations to visit and photograph in and around Hanoi, including temples and museums, the Old Quarter, the many markets and the designer shops of the French Quarter.
The market places are a focus for organised chaos in the city; narrow roads with stalls spilling out onto the streets, women carrying baskets of fruit, eggs and vegetables, look out for the miniature pineapples which are delicious, mopeds make their way through the crowds and stalls to deliver goods, they are a great place to photograph. Ngocho Kham Thien market includes clothing and textiles, fruit and vegetables, as well as live stock. Cho Dong Xuan 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.
Old Vietnam, and the influence of the war remains evident, alongside the modern western influences of the young generation Vietnamese.
As part of your visit to Hanoi the Trang Tien Ice Cream Shop and Beer Street in the old quarter are a must experience.
Itinerary - Dates: 21-25 October (5 days)
Day 1 21.10.18
Meet, map apps and cameras – we will start with a pre-shoot chat over breakfast, sharing tips for getting the best shots and then travel together to the first meeting point of the day. Working in pairs we will explore the city from the meeting point and come together at set times for a tea break to point each other in the direction of points of interest before swapping pairs and going off again. We will keep going all day (or until we need a shower and beer back at the hotel). In the evening we will meet for dinner and conversation all things photography.
Day 2 22.10.18, Day 3 23.10.18, Day 4 24.10.18
Leaving after breakfast, we will spend each day exploring different parts of the city; including the market places and important local sites to explore w wide range of subjects through our documentary photography. We will continue to work in pairs, swapping throughout the day and I will get to work with everyone over the course. Each evening we will meet to share images, discuss all thing photography and go for dinner.
Day 5 25.10.18
After breakfast we will take our last look at the city, applying all the key documentary skills we have learnt over the week. The afternoon focuses on editing and reviewing everyone’s photography from the course. Final meal together in the evening; a perhaps a Hanoi Beer or two on Beer Street!
• Price includes five days tuition by Nikon Ambassador Mark Seymour
• Flights, hotels, food and drink, any additional costs are paid directly by the attendee
• Full insurance cover is the responsibility of the attendee
• We will stay in the same hotel and details will be sent to attendees following booking the course so they can contact the hotels directly to book a room
• We recommend you land at least a day ahead of the first day of the course and fly out the day after the course ends
• Attendees need to be fit and prepared to walk all day
• British Nationals do not need a visa but must have a valid passport with a minimum of six months and be in ‘good condition’; other passports requires visas so please check online
• Attendees provide their own camera and editing equipment, include a digital camera, recommended 35mm prime lens, laptop, editing software such as Lightroom.
· This is an immersive approach; from where we stay and eat to where we go out and shoot, so every aspect of the workshop is designed to focus on a shared photographic experience.
· Every day consists of shooting around a location with some targeted photographic elements and mini projects to explore, critique and technique, and then editing in the
later part of the day/evening.
· As a team there is an agreement to share and discuss our images together in an open forum.
· The main focus is observational documentary street photography, but with elements of reportage and travel photography.
· Using some of my own images I demonstrate the key technical elements of documentary photography that make great exhibition/publication and competition winning images prior to first days shoot.
· Be prepared to be challenged, you will leave with new confidence and skills to continue with your photography.
· Using wide angle prime lenses you will get up close to the action to photograph, no hiding behind long lenses.
· Small group numbers mean we work in twos and I can spend time with everyone over a day’s photography and can observe you and give immediate feedback as we photograph, and you get to mix with everyone in the growth learning from and inspiring each other.
· My knowledge of the locations, organisation of transport as needed, as well as using areas within walking distance so that so we make the best use of our time
· Keep updated with my newsletters with advanced information about new courses, and be part of a street photography group online to continue sharing images and learning more about documentary street photography.
·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
·Bookyour 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 £500 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
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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