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The entertainment factor that Mike and Simon contribute to the experience should not be underestimated!

 24th Nov 2019

What are the differences before and after the workshop?

I realised that more time should be invested in pre-visualising shots. I tend to suffer from FOMO [fear of missing out] on location as I want to see what else is around at the time. Being pointed out the most likely scenario helped. - Other photography-focused tours lack the main factor: Mike Browne! In the 2019 Cambodia and Vietnam Workshop there was another such factor: Simon Taplin, who co-leads the Asia workshops with Mike. Double the expertise, double the fun!

Tell us about your achievements & how you feel about them:

I am only drip-feeding my photo harvest to the general public at this stage but the most important aspect is that I am very happy with what I have achieved. Another learning opportunity during a photography workshop is to note what other participants see through their lens when being in the same environment. Only on rare occasions did we have to jostle for space to focus on the one subject, generally there were plenty of angles to explore, or "shots to be had" as Simon puts it.

Would you recommend the Vietnam workshop?

I most definitely recommend any Asia Workshops run by Mike and Simon. I back that up by registering for the October 2020 Myanmar Workshop as soon as it was announced. A workshop on location offers hands-on advice from experienced photographers/educators right there and then. Situations I find myself in cannot be replicated in any tutorial, and we all know that our brain occasionally freezes when we need it... Furthermore, the entire travel experience during the workshop is already organised.

Anything else you'd like to say?

There are two negative experiences from the Cambodia and Vietnam Workshop I attended:

1) It was too short (it was actually the longest workshop on offer, but still too short)

2) I had not been advised just how much time I would need to spend on removing pointy grass seeds from my trousers. [Occupational hazard when using low angles in those nature locations.]

- The entertainment factor that Mike Browne and Simon Taplin contribute to the experience should not be underestimated!

I appreciate the fact that a percentage of the Workshop fee went to a local charitable organisation that helps people in the Mekong Delta region with microfinance and the like.

Observing how people get on with their lives as best as they can in situations beyond their control was a humbling experience.

Irene Carson

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