Interview - Maung Maung
I met Burmese photographer Maung Maung (pronounced 'Mau-Mau') in the entrance to a temple in Bagan whilst leading our Burma Travel Photography workshop with Simon Taplin. Maung Maung has a stand there where he sells his stunning images to tourists and after only a few moments conversation, I knew I had to introduce you to this inspiring, humble and superb photographer.
Maung Maung has awards from Canon, Unesco, Ritz Group, Japan, USA and too many more to list. His knowledge and wisdom span many years and his depth of knowledge is fascinating.
One of the things I though was most interesting was hearing him say something I've been saying to my students for years. Photography isn't about snapping away like crazy and hoping there'll be a good one in there somewhere. Photography is about taking time and care.
Doing your research to find the best time of day for the appropriate light of the place you want to photograph, then thinking your way through the shot, which is what my 7 Building Blocks of Photography course is about.
Maung Maung explains how for one shot he lit a fire simply to make smoke. As the smoke drifted up it caught rays of sunshine which would otherwise have been invisible. It's this kind of thinking not the camera kit, which makes for stunning photography and international awards from the great and god.
I hope you enjoy meeting this superb photographer as much as I did.
I have completed another in person beginners course prior to Masterclass in Photography, I have to say that Masterclass in Photography knocked the spots off my other experience. One example is that previously my approach was driven by individual exposure settings producing an often disappoint outcome ... now I start with the desired image driven by composition and light before I even get to the camera.
- Ian Watkins -