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Local Lifestyle Chiang Mai Workshop

Chiang Mai is alive with photography opportunities. On our Local Lifestyle workshop you will experience cultural richness in diverse locations around the city. This workshop incorporates …

  • the authentic flavor of bustling 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 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 there are two options except during the hot season when only Option A is available.

Option A

Afternoons in Chiang Mai can be pretty hot, especially from March until June so 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.

Option B

After lunch 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.

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
  • Lunch
  • Instructional teaching
  • One month’s free email Q&A after the workshop (if you leave us a review on Trip Advisor)

 What’s Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Insurance
  • Food and drink extra to lunch
  • Tips

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Local Lifestyle Chiang Mai Photography Workshop Prices

1 person – 6,500 Thai Baht

2 people – 6000bt each **

3 people – 5500bt each **

4 people – 5000bt each **


** Discounted prices for 2 or more people only apply when booking is made together as a group.

If you wish to take this workshop privately please enquire about the price.

All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

We are flexible to offer our workshops 7 days a week. Please Contact Us to inquire regarding availability.

Everyone booking a one day workshop who gives us a review on Trip Advisor will receive one month of free email questions and answers relating to any topic covered during the workshop.

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