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Photography

is far more than

knowing

how to

use your

camera

Photography Lifestyle Experience

Insights into the art of photography and Northern Thai Life

 

I won’t tell you stuff like what’s the best lens for lifestyle photography or get took geeky and technical. I will encourage you to live a life being mindful of photography.
 
In any of my writing or videos you often find me prompting you to make photography a good habit. Learning to use your camera instinctively will free you to express yourself and convey your life experience, where ever you are. To be this contident with photography you must use your camera often.
 
To share my photography experience I not only make photographs. Teaching, writing and producing videos about making photography a lifestyle is my passion. Here I share a mixture of blog posts, articles, and videos about photography. The articles I write for ExpertPhotography.com and the Digital Photography School website.
 
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What I Do With My Camera

Photography Articles

I write photography articles regularly for Expert Photography and Digital Photography School. My articles differ from my blog posts as they are focused on teaching photography.

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Life With A Camera

Photography Blog

My blog posts are more reflectional on my photography lifestyle in north Thailand. Photography and life are more than the technical details and method.

Trusting Kayan girl exposes her neck, without the rings, for a photograph

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Life On Camera

Our Videos

Take a look behind the scenes, at us building our home, teaching photography lessons and even a funny elephant dance. Here’s a selection from our Youtube Channel.

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Two Thai models in traditional clothing qualities of a good photograph

Proven Qualities of a Good Photograph Explained Easily

What are the Qualities of a Good Photograph? The qualities of a good photograph will be evident when the following elements are well executed in the picture: Light/Exposure Composition Color/Tone Timing Relationship You might choose to photograph…

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

How to Be Better Prepared to Take Great Photos

How to Be Better Prepared to Take Great Photos How can you always be prepared to take your next best ever photograph? The short answer is “You can’t be!” Not always, not for every situation. No matter how organized you. No matter…

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

Be Patient and Anticipate

Learn the Value of Patience and Anticipation in Travel Photography 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…

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tricycle taxi rider, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tuktuks, Temple, Monks and Markets

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’.…

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market proter at Muang Mai Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand © Kevin Landwer-Johan

How to Improve Your Photography Skills and Take Better Photos

How to Improve Your Photography Skills and Take Better Photos Every photographer wants to take better photos. I know you want to improve your photography skills. Do you find yourself trying to work on up skilling too many techniques at once? Take a…

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Experience Thailand! Five Day Photography Workshop

Experience Thailand! Five Day Photography Workshop 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…

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Kayan girl having her makeup applied in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Meeting Malu – A Story About How Relationship Affects Your Photography

Meeting Malu – A Story About How Relationship Affects Your Photography   My experience of meeting a little girl, from a very different culture to my own, is a marvelous example of how relationship with your subject will affect your…

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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…

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What I Do With My Camera – Articles

market proter at Muang Mai Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand © Kevin Landwer-Johan

4 Helpful Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Photographing People

So many photographers find is challenging to photograph people. Here’s four tips to help you overcome your difficulty in this.

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Camera Diopter Adjustment dial

Viewfinder Image Blurry? Here’s How To Correct It

Does your camera monitor display a sharp image and yet your viewfinder is blurry? You may need to adjust your camera’s diopter. Here’s how

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Hmong Cart Racer © Kevin Landwer-Johan

Look. Think. Click. Don’t Rush Into Taking Those Action Photos

Great action photos are not often created on the spur of the moment. They take careful planning and anticipation. Learn techniques which will make you more successful.

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Pretty Dancer in Chiang Mai Street Parade

How to Avoid Distracting Backgrounds in Street Photography

Distracting backgrounds can ruin an otherwise wonderful moment you have captured. Here’s some tips on how to avoid this happening

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8 Tips to Help Find the Subject for Your Composition

8 Tips to Help Find the Subject for Your Composition

Having a clear main subject in your photo often helps create a strong composition. Here’s an article teaching you some ways to achieve this.

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35mm f1.4 Nikon Lens

My 35mm f1.4 Lens

Here’s why I love my 35mm f1.4 lens. This is my favorite lens since I started using a camera. I switched back to using all prime lenses after using zooms for a number of years. I am happier with my prime glass.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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Hmong man riding an unpowered kart

5 Key Elements of Quality 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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