Chiang Mai Photo Workshops

learn more than just camera settings

Chiang Mai Photo Workshops

Learn more than just camera settings

1 Day Workshops

based in and around Chiang Mai

Multi Day Workshops

based at our Bed and Breakfast

Experience our workshops and create stunning, meaningful photos like a professional.

Kevin Landwer-Johan Teaching Photography
Spend a day, or longer, enjoying Chiang Mai while learning to take photos people will not be able to ignore.

 

Everyone who’s invested in a good camera wants to make the most of it. This means learning the settings and how to use it well.
 
Photography is more than just making camera adjustments and your technical proficiency . Expressing your feeling about what you see and experience will produce your best photos.
 
Combining your technical ability and creative expression is key. This is what we teach during our photography workshops.

Chiang Mai One Day Photography Workshops

Teaching the Technical and the Creative

Experience local life and learn

Local Lifestyle Chiang Mai 1 Day Workshop

Chiang Mai is alive with photography opportunities. On this workshop you will experience cultural richness in diverse locations. Points of interest this workshop incorporates …

  • Authentic bustling markets where you get to feel Chiang Mai’s heartbeat
  • beauty and history at one or two unique temples
  • skilled craftspeople working traditionally
Experience cultures and learn

Hill Tribe Traditions 1 Day Workshop

On this one day workshop we travel a short distance north of the city to the Mae Sa valley to experience a variety of visually stimulating locations. During this workshop we visit:

  • A majestic rural temple
  • Northern hill tribe people in a traditional setting.
  • Stunning orchid flower gardens

Mixing City and Country Lifestyles

Northern Thai Experience 1 Day Workshop

Northern Thailand has diverse cultures and lifestyles, some of which have remained virtually unchanged. From central city fresh markets to traditional tribal villages. During this workshop you will experience these points of interest …

  • Authentic bustling markets where you get to feel Chiang Mai’s heartbeat
  • Northern hill tribe people in a traditional setting.
  • Stunning orchid flower gardens

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Experience local life and learn

Local Lifestyle Chiang Mai 1 Day Workshop

Chiang Mai is alive with photography opportunities. On our Local Lifestyle workshop you will experience cultural richness in diverse locations around the city. Points of interest this workshop incorporates …
  • the authentic flavor of bustling Talat Warorot and Muang Mai markets where you get to feel this city’s heartbeat
  • Traditional local transport
  • Learn essential editing skills or …
  • beauty and history at one or two unique temples
  • skilled craftspeople working traditionally

About This Photography Workshop

Duration: 8:00am until around 3pm

Our day begins at a coffee shop where Kevin shares some foundational teaching to get you ready for the day ahead. Chiang Mai’s biggest and busiest markets are where we start our photography. Here you’ll learn more about light and gain understanding as to why it’s the essential ingredient of photography. We’ll teach you how your camera reads and responds to light, and how to make a good exposure. Understanding this will give you greater scope to be creative in your image making.

You will learn composition technique and how to look more carefully. We’ll demonstrate the impact point of view has when framing your subject. You will gain a new appreciation of what you see when you look through your camera.

At the market we also focus on teaching about photographing people. Northern Thai people generally are not shy of being photographed. In every culture being sensitive and polite is very important. We will address this subject as we photograph the locals in their everyday work environments.

The ‘decisive moment’ – capturing the action and story telling with your photos are two other topics we will talk about throughout the day.

After lunch (except during the hot season**) you will be photographing craftspeople working on pressed metal, three-dimensional pictures at one of Chiang Mai’s most beautifully decorated temples. At this location we experience a challenging situation to bring together much of what we have learned during the day – looking again at lighting, capturing the action, shutter speed and aperture control and isolating your subject. The ordination hall at the temple is a fabulous focus for some teaching on architectural photography to end our day.

** During the hot season (March until June) after lunch we will sit in a cool, relaxed environment, enjoy an iced coffee, soda or fruit drink and look over the images you have made during the morning. We will teach you our tried and true workflow for culling and beginning to edit your images. If you have your own laptop or tablet please bring it along or we can use our laptop to view your images.

What’s Included

  • Pick up drop off at Ta Pae gate (8am~3pm.)
  • Transport to each location during the day in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees into the various places we visit.
  • Lunch
  • Instructional teaching.
  • One month’s free email Q&A after the workshop (if you leave us a review on Trip Advisor.)
  • Free online photography course (so you don’t need to take notes during the workshop)

  What’s Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance
  • Food and drink extra to lunch
  • Tips
Tricycle Taxi during a Chiang Mai Photo Workshop
Market Porter with his Photo at Muang Mai Market during a Chiang Mai Photo Workshop
Buddhist monks during a Chiang Mai Photo Workshop
Experience cultures and learn

Hill Tribe Traditions 1 Day Workshop

On this one day workshop we travel a short distance north of the city to the Mae Sa valley to experience a variety of visually stimulating locations. During this workshop we visit:
  • A majestic rural temple
  • Northern hill tribe people in a traditional setting.
  • Stunning orchid flower gardens or …
  • Learn essential editing skills

About the Workshop

Starting at a serene rural temple we will begin with teaching about light and you’ll gain understanding as to why it’s the essential ingredient of photography. We’ll teach you how your camera reads and responds to light, and how to make a good exposure. Understanding this will give you greater scope to be creative in your image making. Photographing these majestic old structures also requires a good eye for composition.

Next we visit a number of different hill tribe peoples who dress traditionally and enjoy being photographed, either as they go about their daily chores or pose for portraits. Here we focus our teaching on getting strong environmental portraits. The setting is very special and affords a great situation to really enjoy photographing people in their traditional village surroundings.

Over the time we have been visiting this village we have built up some lovely friendships with the people, so these relationships truly help our customers get more intimate photographs. We will also give you some tips and techniques on how to engage with your portrait subjects.

We then stop for lunch at one of our favorite Thai restaurants in an idyllic garden setting.

After lunch (except during the hot season**) we visit some restful locations and change pace to allow you to experiment more with your camera’s settings. Low light photography and more about composition can also feature in the afternoon’s workshop. You will learn how using a wide aperture can isolate your subject even against a cluttered background. We can also teach about flash photography.

At our last stop for the day, you will be photographing craftspeople working on pressed metal, three-dimensional pictures at one of Chiang Mai’s most beautifully decorated temples. At this location we experience a challenging situation to bring together much of what we have learned during the day – looking again at lighting, capturing the action, shutter speed and aperture control and isolating your subject. The ordination hall at the temple is a fabulous focus for some teaching on architectural photography to end our day.

** During the hot season (March until June) after lunch we will sit in a cool, relaxed environment, enjoy an iced coffee, soda or fruit drink and look over the images you have made during the morning. We will teach you our tried and true workflow for culling and beginning to edit your images. If you have your own laptop or tablet please bring it along or we can use our laptop to view your images.

What’s Included

  • Pick up drop off at Ta Pae gate (8am~3pm.)
  • Transport to each location during the day in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees into the various places we visit.
  • Lunch
  • Instructional teaching.
  • One month’s free email Q&A after the workshop (if you leave us a review on Trip Advisor.)
  • Free online photography course (so you don’t need to take notes during the workshop)

  What’s Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance
  • Food and drink extra to lunch
  • Tips
Thai woman with hill tribe chidlren during a Chiang Mai Photo Workshop
Temple reflection from Hill Tribes Traditionas Chiang Mai Photo Workshop
Mixing City and Country Lifestyles

Northern Thai Experience 1 Day Workshop

Northern Thailand has diverse cultures and lifestyles, some of which have remained virtually unchanged. From central city fresh markets to traditional tribal villages. During this workshop you will experience these points of interest …
  • the authentic flavor of bustling markets where you get to feel Chiang Mai’s heartbeat
  • Northern hill tribe people in a traditional setting.
  • Stunning orchid flower gardens

About This Photography Workshop

Duration: 8:00am until around 3pm

Our day begins at a coffee shop where Kevin shares some foundational teaching to get you ready for the day ahead. Chiang Mai’s biggest and busiest fresh market is where we start our photography. Here you’ll learn more about light and gain understanding as to why it’s the essential ingredient of photography. We’ll teach you how your camera reads and responds to light, and how to make a good exposure. Understanding this will give you greater scope to be creative in your image making.

You will learn composition technique and how to look more carefully. We’ll demonstrate the impact point of view has when framing your subject. You will gain a new appreciation of what you see when you look through your camera.

At the market we also focus on teaching about photographing people. Northern Thai people generally are not shy of being photographed. In every culture being sensitive and polite is very important. We will address this subject as we photograph the locals in their everyday work environments.

The ‘decisive moment’ – capturing the action and story telling with your photos are two other topics we will talk about throughout the day.

Next we stop at a stunning orchid garden we will teach about getting in close and framing your subject carefully. This is where Pansa really loves to be and loves to teach about getting the best macro shots of the flowers. We’ll also study in more detail about how your point of view affects composition and how to avoid distracting objects in the background. Depth of field control will be another topic covered along with more on how to better understand light.

After lunch we visit one of our favorite places where you can learn to photograph a number of different hill tribe peoples who dress traditionally and enjoy being photographed, either as they go about their daily chores or pose for portraits. Here we focus our teaching on getting strong environmental portraits. The setting is very special and affords a great situation to really enjoy photographing people in their traditional village surroundings.

Over the time we have been visiting this village we have built up some lovely friendships with the people, so these relationships truly help our customers get more intimate photographs. We will also give you some tips and techniques on how to engage with your portrait subjects.

What’s Included

  • Pick up drop off at Ta Pae gate (8am~3pm.)
  • Transport to each location during the day in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Entrance fees into the various places we visit.
  • Lunch
  • Instructional teaching.
  • One month’s free email Q&A after the workshop (if you leave us a review on Trip Advisor.)
  • Free online photography course (so you don’t need to take notes during the workshop)

  What’s Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance
  • Food and drink extra to lunch
  • Tips
Chiang Mai Photo Workhsops Busy Muang Mai Market
Chiang Mai Photo Workshops Young Kayaw Girl Weaving
Chiang Mai Photo Workshops White Orchids

Testimonials

I cannot say enough good about Kevin. There are a lot of amazing photographers in this world, but not many are truly exceptional teachers. Kevin truly know how to put the art of photography and the technical aspects of the camera into the right light for each one of his students. He certainly did so for me. I’ve been traveling for 9 years now and have been a self taught mature photographer for a good majority of that time. I was looking to step my craft up a few notches but just couldn’t seem to get past a certain level… I knew I was grasping all that my camera could do, and the frustration of not being able to capture a shot just the way I wanted it was beginning to kill my creativity. Then, along came Kevin. He was the key to unlocking the magic! Answered so many questions and inspired so many more, then gave me the answers with hands on experience. I’m inspired all over again. Thank you Kevin!!!
Kevin and Pansa introduced me to the local life in Chiang Mai, which allowed me to feel more comfortable in approaching people in the markets and later with the hill tribes. Along the way I was learning from a well respected professional photographer, who showed excitement for my photography as well as any photo opportunity that came our way. I look forward to my next journey with Kevin and Pansa, where we can create an even more special adventure over a few days. I don’t normally write reviews so this was special for me and I am sure it will be just as special for you.

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