How do we develop a personal vision? With the advent of mobile and digital photography, everyone has become a "photographer" yet there are few who really see and create images that are compelling and dynamic. There are two separate but interrelated processes: the first is being both conscious of what we choose to include in our viewfinder and of course, what we choose to exclude. Secondly, once we have captured an image that speaks to us, what enhancements can we make using the tools of digital photography to either augment or transform the image so it coincides with the intention we had when we chose to click the shutter? Vietnam and Cambodia are two of the most visually dynamic destinations in the world. During our Vietnam and Cambodia photo trips, work with premier local professional photographers to help develop and capture your unique vision, culminating in a collection of images that will be visual gifts to all.
There are two separate but interrelated processes: the first is being both conscious of what we choose to include in our viewfinder and of course, what we choose to exclude. Secondly, once we have captured an image that speaks to us, what enhancements can we make using the tools of digital photography to either augment or transform the image so it coincides with the intention we had when we chose to click the shutter? Destinations in Vietnam and Cambodia have been chosen to provide maximum visual possibilities. The main focus of our trip are personal encounters, which we facilitate throughout your trip allowing for candid photographs like the ones below from past trips. Let us guide you to our favorite places, away from the crowds - even in popular Angkor, for the perfect shots.
Destinations within Vietnam and Cambodia (right), including Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, and the Mekong Delta, have been chosen to provide maximum visual possibilities in the region. Those with time for longer trips may want to add the historic cities Hue and Hoi An, on Vietnam's central coast. We have also organized photography in Prek Toal, an important bird sanctuary located within the Tonlé Sap Biosphere Reserve, a massive flooded forest at the north-west corner of the Tonlé Sap featuring over 150 recorded species, including black-headed ibis, Spot-billed pelican, milky and painted storks, and Oriental darter (learn more about Prek Toal). We have also organized commercial photography trips for Vietnamese fashion, sports, and cuisine.
What sets us apart? Before your arrival and after arrival in orientation meeting with your guide, we will review your work, give feedback, and optionally, have each person write a short paragraph or two on what they like about photography, what is their purpose in making images, what are the themes that they want to express in their work, along with specific goals for the trip to better maximize your time with us. After your trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, your guide will review the images created, asking you to pick a dozen or more of your favorite images to be discussed in a friendly exchange. We may then work together remotely interpreting selected images through Photoshop, creating treasured works from your Vietnam journey.
This trip was designed and has been led Mark Tuschman (a selection of images below from the trips), a Bay Area-based professional photographer with nearly 35 years of experience (Mark has also consulted on and led our Myanmar photography trip). His primary commercial work has been in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry and he is known nationally as an premier photographer of people in their environments. His personal work involves projects with non-profit organizations in the field of women's rights, both in reproductive healthcare and in microfinance. His book, Faces of Courage, was voted one of the Best Photography Books of the Year in 2015. His current project, Immigrants are US, came about "from my sense of the dire need to increase understanding of and empathy towards immigrants and to move us, as a country, towards a more humane, compassionate, and integrated society." He also enjoys doing landscape photography. For a full range of his work and books for purchase, please visit Tuschman Photography.