Looking down at a Hmong woman making batik in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Experience Photography

Insights into the art of photography and Northern Thai culture

Photography is far more than knowing how to use your camera. Learning to use your camera instinctively will free you to truly experess yourself and convey your life experience, where ever you are.

This is a mixture of blog posts and also articles I write for the Digital Photography School website. If you would like to receive updates when I publish new material please subscribe to our mailing list. You will also receive our free online course “Ten Top Tips – Be More Creative With Your Camera” and a selection of royalty free photos to download.

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Monk teaching school students at Wat Umong, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Be Prepared

Being prepared means knowing your camera and how to adjust the settings quickly whenever you need to. This does come mostly through practice, but initially it comes with some study of your camera. If you have a new camera get the manual out and read it while you have your camera in your hands.…

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man on a motorcycle with a side car full of trays of eggs

Be Patient and Anticipate

It's very easy to be a snap shooter, especially when you are traveling. Being out and about away from your normal walk in life, you see more things that are different and interesting. It's very easy just to grab a quick snapshot and move on. However, if you take your time to look at your subject,…

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tricycle taxi rider, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tuktuks, Temple, Monks and Markets

Tuktuks, temples, monks and markets are all great to photograph when you come to Chiang Mai, but there are other fabulous photo opportunities to discover in Thailand’s ‘Rose of the North’. Frequently I encourage people not to be travel snap shooters. Don’t rely on your…

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woman's hand turning a wheel. Abstract shallow depth of field

Why Volunteering is a Great Way to Grow as a Photographer

Sometimes it’s fruitful to give away what you are gifted at doing. You never know how much you can truly bless someone or what may come your way as a result of your generosity. Read More

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Thai woman and small child with a DSLR camera

Why it’s Important to Have a Good Relationship With Your Camera

Let me encourage you to save some money. Don’t upgrade your camera. Not yet. Not until you really know you have got the most out of it and it really is time to upgrade. Read More

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Chiand Mai street scene

Why it’s a Good Idea to Take Lots of Photos

If you are not taking a lot of photos and making a lot of mistakes, you are denying yourself so many opportunities to learn. I’m not meaning to encourage you to go out and blaze away taking photos without thinking. Let me explain … Read More

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Two men takling about photography holding DSLR cameras

6 Reasons You Should Hang Out With Other Photographers

I bought my first camera second hand from a friend. Three of us used to go out and take photos together, initially this is how I learned a lot about photography. In this article I share six good reasons it’s beneficial to hang out with other photographers. Read More

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Market portrait of a young woman and sausages

How to Use a Small Softbox With Your Flash to Transform Your Portraits

I do not write much about equipment, but now and then I do like to share some about an accessory I love to use. This article is about how to use a small softbox and flash to enhance your portraits. Read More

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couple with a small camera

7 Questions That Will Help You Decide Which Camera To Buy

I’m often asked for advice by people wanting to buy a new camera. I think many of them expect me to tell them to buy a Nikon, because that’s what I use. But I don’t tell them that. First I ask a series of questions. Then help them make the choice. If you’re looking to…

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food vendor in Istanbul

How to be Better Prepared for Your Next Photo Shoot

Kevin is a contributing writer for Digital Photography School website. This article is published there. Being well prepared for a photography project can make the biggest difference to the number of good quality images you return home with. Whether you’re interested in street, event, travel…

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Hmong man riding an unpowered kart

5 Key Elements that Directly Impact the Quality of Your Photography

Kevin is a contributing writer for Digital Photography School website. This article is published there. So much is written and so many videos are made about making great photos and how you can improve your craft, but what is a good photo? What makes some pictures better than others? I’ve…

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How to Use a Reflector to Improve Your Natural Light Portraits

Kevin is a contributing writer for Digital Photography School website. This article is published there. Through teaching our photography workshops here in northern Thailand I have learned there’s four mistakes people commonly make that hinder their photographic development. As you learn to…

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fishermen on Inle Lake, Myanmar, at sunrise

How To Avoid 4 Photography Mistakes That Will Hinder Your Development

Kevin is a contributing writer for Digital Photography School website. This article is published there. Through teaching our photography workshops here in northern Thailand I have learned there’s four mistakes people commonly make that hinder their photographic development. As you learn to…

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old Karen woman smoking her pipe

Three Good Reasons To Learn More About Photography

Kevin is a contributing writer for Digital Photography School website. This article is published there. The popularity of photography has increased dramatically in recent years, esperciallywith the inlcusion of cameras on smart phones capable of impressive results. More and more photos are being…

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7 Tips for Learning How to See What Your Camera Sees

Depth and a fresh dynamic can be easily added to your natural light portraits by using reflected light. This can sometimes occur naturally, but more often than not, it’s easier and more effective to use a fold-out reflector for this purpose as you have control over the amount of light you are…

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market proter at Muang Mai Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Grow Your Photography Skills

Sometimes I find myself stuck in a bit of a rut, unable to flow creatively and producing images that are uninspired. I find I must challenge myself frequently to produce more imaginative images. Images that draw the viewer’s attention and hold it. Images that inspire. Teaching our workshops here in…

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Experience Thailand!

Typically our workshops range from a few hours to two days, with our one day workshops being the most popular. I find we can fill people’s minds with more than enough fresh information about photography in a day, but we don’t often get to experience what they do with that information.…

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Kayan girl having her makeup applied in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Meeting Malu

Malu was by her mother’s side the first time we met her. We often saw her there. Malu lives with her parents and her little sister in Baan Thong Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her older brother attends a school in Mae Hong Song, up in the north near the Myanmar border. During our first visit…

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Kayan woman having neck rings put on as her daughter watches

Learn How To Create Effective Photo Essays

New Rings It was a special experience to arrive at Baan Thong Luang and see Malu having her neck rings put back on. So when we arrived again a few weeks later taking another workshop there we were amazed to see Malu’s mother having her rings wound around her neck. Masu had just returned the…

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Tourist boat on Inle Lake, Myanmar

How To Make The Most Of Bright Light In The Middle Of The Day

Mid Day Madness Many photographers avoid going out to make photographs in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky, the light is harsh and the shadows are strong. It certainly can be more challenging to make good pictures in these conditions,…

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