Strangely enough the best time to visit Cambodia is during the “OFF PEAK” (late Aug to Oct) – the tail end of the rainy season when Cambodia is most beautiful, Rain has washed the country clean and although a tropical downpour (which is fun in itself) may hold up proceedings for a few minutes this is more than outweighed by iconic images. Fluorescent, water laden rice paddies reflecting barmy rain baring clouds, silhouetted palm trees set against burning orange skies. The air is fresh and temples at their “Indiana Jones” best with shady areas covered in moss (watch your step). And guess what? – by definition “off peak” means less people – more choices, better service and better prices.
Histograms are very useful to us in determining a balanced tonal distribution of exposure, particularly outdoors in bright daylight as we cannot trust our eyes to see if the picture is correctly exposed form our display as our pupils dilate in bright sunlight. Simply by having the Histogram information displayed next to the picture is a quick and easy way to determine if our exposure is balanced.
New to photography, you will learn about not “clipping highlights”, and spike to the extreme right on the histogram and students often get distressed when they see a spike to the right telling them that their exposure is not within printable range.
So don’t get het up and hot under the collar while histograms are useful and good practice there are certain situations where clipping is totally “acceptable” and you should let the histogram overshadow your primary objective, “taking pictures”.
Acceptable clipping situations are specular highlights, setting sun, Indoor portraiture where you may be using the natural light and want to let the outside detail to “blow out” the background information window light.
This is a real photo adventure to a wonderful area untouched by tourism. Photograph stunning views of rice terraces in the mountains, friendly villagers, farmers, Fantastic and sunsets.
In collaboration with photography Mentor Mike Browne http://photographycourses.biz, we begin in Hanoi and drive north to Lao Cai and the mountains on the boarder with China. Tourists don’t come here so it’s completely un-spoilt and the people welcoming and friendly. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they are happy to be photographed going about their lives.
We visit and shoot in H’mong villages, Black Dzao and Nung tribes where you’ll get stunning images of daily life and an insight into this rarely visited region.
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Now has never been a better time to visit Myanmar on a photographic Journey of adventure and discovery. Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has won a landslide victory in Myanmar after general elections on 8 November. It was the country’s first national vote since a nominally civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule.
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