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Cambodia Photography Workshop

Land of Sunsets. 25th - 30th September 2018


Aperture Asia logoLand of Sunsets - Cambodia adventure travel photography 25th - 30th September 2018 - 6 Days / 5 Nights
In association with Aperture Asia

Join award winning photographer and mentor Mike Browne and world class; lifestyle photographer Simon Taplin on a photographic journey in the land of temples, monasteries, monks and golden sunsets.

Who's it for?

The Cambodia workshop is suitable for all levels of photographer wanting to have a photographic adventure in one of the world's most exciting and historical locations. There are opportunities to develop your images and get regular feedback so you can track your progress. Tuition and advice will also be given on location so you'll learn loads, dedicate time to photography with like minded people and come home with hundreds of exciting images.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat SunsetObviously, everyone wants to capture images of Angkor Wat. However it is something of a misnoma because Angkor Wat means Big Temple, so Angkor Wat is the big temple of a truly massive complex of temples which are spread out over a large area.

We will of course be visiting this astonishing World Heritage site, but we'll also be visiting other temples which make up this astonishing ancient city.  The famous images of trees growing out of tumble down stonework are from these smaller, more isolated temples that are further off the beaten track.

The dates for this workshop have been chosen to coincide with the gap between tourist breaks because Angkor is completely packed at these times.

Where are we based?

We are staying in Siem Reap and will be returning to the same hotel each day. Excursions will be via different forms of transport according to the location we're visiting. This could be tuktuk one day and air conditioned minibus on longer trips. Full details are in the itinerary.

Locations Include (but are not limited to...)
More photos in gallery below

angkor thom 290Angkor Thom: Once the worlds largest city in the 12th century, Angkor Thom which in itself includes many temple complexes. We'll be setting a photo challenge at Angkor Thom to find this photo of the four faces of Buddha. There is only one spot it can be photographed from, so study it well...


Lolei Monks reflection 290Lolei Monastery: This is a working monastery where you'll have the opportunity to photograph the monks at their daily work, novices in the schoolhouse and other activities of a working monastery.

There may be an opportunity to ask the monks to pose for portraits and actions as we did here to capture their reflections in a rice paddy.


farmlands 290Farmlands in the country: A short distance outside Siem Reap are the rural areas where the farmers grow rice, herders and children bring the cattle home in the evening and rice paddys reflect the sunset. Tiny villages, isolated trees await you. We usually travel by TukTuk though for the more adventurous of you it may be possible to use Quad Bikes to explore this rarely visited area that's only 20 minutes from the hotel.

war remnant 290War Remnant Museum: Situated minutes from Angkor Wat and the Spirit gate, the War Remnant museum is not only a photo opportunity in itself, it's a chance to learn something of Cambodia's history from one of the most inspirational men I have ever met. Soun.



Angkor Monk 290Angkor Wat: Angkor is a world of constantly changing views, monks, incense smoke and prettily detailed pools of light. It is a place where it is often best to find a location and wait a few moments for something to happen in it. This monk against the black masonry is a classic case in point...



West Baray 290Wat Svay Romeat Pagoda / West Baray: Cambodia has an ingenious system of lakes called Barays. The water can be raised, lowered and moved around the country to areas where it's needed. West Baray is one of them and with the Pagoda on its banks it's one of my favourite sunset locations. 


What will I learn?

We will be coaching you on all aspects of travel photography from street life to portraits, landscapes to reflections and food.

Cambodia presents unique opportunities for all kinds of photography. It's not a case of looking for photos so much as choosing what to photograph. The people are completely OK about being photographed so if you've been nervous about street photography, we will coach you in that.

Sunsets are dramatic and colourful and we'll work with you to get the best from them by knowing how to compose the shot to include the location so it's more than just a 'pretty sky'.

Angkor fishermen 290We'll be working with light in the landscape and planning locations for the time when light is most appropriate for the scene. We'll be using negative space to give a feeling of space and size. Even in the rain there is plenty to photograph, like these fishermen returning home at the end of the day on the Baray at Angkor Wats main gate.

Planning and learning the thought process of photography is vital for any genre. I call these the 7 Building Blocks of Photography and they are common to all cameras and photographic situations. You may have heard of this course and we'll be using techniques and process from it throughout the workshop.

What's it like?

to give you a sense of what it's like to experience a photo adventure with Simon and I, we made a video or live broadcast each day from one of our locations ... 

Spirit Gate

Kampong Phluk Village

Your Guides and Tutors

Mike simon 290Simon Taplin (right) began his career in London, where he worked with some of the finest commercial photographers from whom he gained holistic knowledge and skills across extensive areas of photography.

Moving to Asia in 2002, he worked for Shooting Gallery Asia, one of Southeast Asia’s premier photography studios where his skills were sought by the world’s leading advertising agencies including JWT, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBDO and Corbis.

His client list includes Unilever, P&G, Nokia, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, MasterCard and Heineken. Simon works with Corbis images and as a global assignment photographer for Getty images.

He has a quick witted sense of humour and is an expert on Asian gastronomy so he knows what's good to eat too.

Mike Browne (left) is a TV and Youtube Photography guru with @15 million views. Ranked by Petapixel in their top ten best photography educators, Mike’s approach focuses on training the photographer to pre-visualise the image they want, then think through the steps needed to achieve it in camera.

Mike runs photo workshops and training around the world and his photography / consultancy clients range from private individuals to companies such as Jet Aviation in Switzerland who design and build luxury private jets. He has awards Kodak, Fuji and Master Photographers Association; made promotional films for Pentax, Samsung, Olympus and Tamron and written for several of the UKs leading photography magazines.

He is addicted to motorcycles and may try to convince you to try eating deep fried spiders... ;-)

Getting to Cambodia

Siem Reap airport has many international routes within Asia and is only 2 hours connecting flight from Singapore and Kuala Lumpa for those travelling from the west.


Accommodation for the duration of the workshop is included in the price. If you wish to stay a few nights before or after, please make your own arrangements as these are not included in the tour price.


What's Included?

Please download an itinerary for full information.



How Much?

USD $3900 (£2958 approx) inc single supplement
USD $3700 (£2809 approx) twin share

Bring a non photographer partner
We know many photographers would like to bring their non photographer partners to share the experience, so we have 3 non participant places available at a discount from the full twin share cost. Partners are invited to accompany us on all location tours at no additional cost, explore on their own or relax at the hotel.

Non photographer partners: USD$3145 (£2387 approx)

Classroom tutorial sessions are for full participants only.

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Cambodia WS-200USD $3900 (Single)
USD $3700 (Twin Share)
USD $3145 (Non-participant)

25th - 30th September 2018

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We require either payment in full or a 50% deposit. Deposits will be refunded in full if we don't have 8 participants min by 1st July 2018.


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