China- Yunnan Five Day Group Workshop

I am running a five day group photography workshop in Yunnan, China, in October then November please Contact Us if you wish to attend letting me know your available dates. The itinerary includes Kunming to visit the Bird and Flower market and also the fabulous lake area, with people player music dancing etc in the evenings.

Then we move on to Dali, still in Yunnan but a short flight away from Kunming. In and around Dali the workshop will include all the things on my school’s normal tour there ( photographing Fisherman using birds to fish on Dali Lake, visiting farming communities, heading into the mountains for a Home-Stay night in a Yi village ) but I will be along for the ride too adding teaching input plus hosting the critique sessions.

The workshop will last five days, be between 3 and 6 people in size. The fee will be around $1200 USD and $1500 per person depending on the numbers I get. So cheaper than the private tour that runs all year, plus I will attend and teach personally also. The fee includes  all transportation while in China, flights, four wheel drive etc. A translator and another Chinese photographer assistance and accommodation.

The workshop is open to all levels of photographer, there will be plenty of time to be taught either by myself or our talented Chinese photographer Lao Hei.

Contact Us for further details.

Jonathan Taylor

Yunnan Four Day Discovery Tour

After doing all the research necessary and getting the correct people together Photography School Asia can now offer an amazing opportunity to visit and tour Yunnan Province,China – including the picturesque Dali Town and a Home-Stay visit to a Yi Village. The Yi are an ethnic minority who have lived in the region for centuries, they have their own unique fascinating culture and lifestyle. In Dali you get to stay in a really funky guest house run by a photographer, for photographers. Please visit here for more details- Yunnan Discovery Tour.

Rural China Photography Tours. Photo Jonathan Taylor.

Rural China Photography Tours. Photo Jonathan Taylor.

Photography lessons & Tours In China

Photography School Asia is finalising the last details to our private One-To-One Photography classes, tours and lessons in Yunnan, China’s ‘Most Beautiful Province’. It will again be centred around making you a better photographer. Use local guides and photography teachers to train you into better photographers not only of the beautiful Yunnan Landscapes but also of its diverse and fascinating people. This is not a five star photography tour, you will be offered ‘Home Stay residence, experience the people and their culture. Be a welcome guest in their homes and share their lives. We are truly excited about being able to offer you this experience. Please Contact Us For details.

Yunnan, China

Yunnan, China

Yunnan- China Photography Courses Soon Avaialble

After a month’s long extensive look into one of China’s most beautiful provinces Photography School Asia is proud to very soon be offering photography trips to YUNNAN.  Again everything we offer is well off any beaten tourist track and totally designed for your individual needs as a photographer and traveler. The details of these tours will soon be posted on the website but if you want further information now please do CONTACT US. 

Cave Dwellers, South West China- Jonathan Taylor

Cave Dwellers, South West China- Jonathan Taylor

Kunming City

Kunming is very much a city for young people but that doesn’t mean the elderly are left out of the society here. Each morning you see people in their retired age doing exercises in the park. In the evening playing by the beautiful Green Lake. I am currently setting up some tour options throughout Yunnan, a province I once spent over a year in and love. Here an elderly lady is coming down the stairs to a subway road crossing, I noticed the green light the plastic roof gave her and new I had to take the image, composed the shot and then waited for her to reach the exact area I had focused in, with her step gaited as it is.

Kunming, Yunnan, China- Jonathan taylor

Kunming, Yunnan, China- Jonathan Taylor


Photography School Asia- Venturing Into China Too

A mother and her child selling goods on the streets of Kunming, Yunnan, China. Tours throughout western China are being arranged as Photography School Asia expands while still remaining Asia’s premier photography school taught by master photographers and experienced travel guides. Each tour is also a course and individually created to suit your exact needs educationally and as a traveller too.

A Mother & Child Selling Their Goods On The Streets Of Kunming-China. Tours also available here too.

Street Vendors Yunnan- by Jonathan Taylor

Northern Thailand Adventure & Tour


Northern Thailand Photo-Tour & Adventure- Picture Pauli Djurholm

Northern Thailand Photo-Tour & Adventure- Picture Pauli Djurholm


Pauli Djurholm is now running tours for the school from Chiang Mai. He passion has been to scout out and photograph the region for the past three years and is the perfect man for the job. Thanks Pauli for joining us. Your Home Stay Tour is totally unique and fits in perfectly with what I have always tried to achieve with the school. To offer great photography lessons and advise but also an experience of the region and its people too.

Siem Reap- Near Tonle Sap

I am now teaching out of Cambodia while my partner takes over our Bangkok operations. Lots of work to be done on this website etc.

Jonathan Taylor Personally is now  teaching out of Cambodia while my partner takes over our Bangkok operations. Lots of work to be done on this website etc.

Group Workshop Schedule June 2014

Here is what we have planned at the school for June 2014

The next available workshop is an INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY LESSON
The 12th of January 2013- 12.00pm until 16.00pm

Places will be limited to five persons only, this is a basic level class

An in-depth, step by step class that teaches you how to use all the essential functions on your camera fully and to best effect. We will teach you to finally master Manual mode for full creative control. Explain Depth Of Field, Shutter Control, JPEG versus RAW. A full Workflow from the camera, through on to a computer and post production. A must do class for beginners who finally want to move forward with their photography.

ONLY 1000 Thai Baht Per Student 


19th of January- 12.00pm until 16.00pm- & the 23rd of January- 19.30pm until 2100pm

This is for intermediate to advance students, who wish to learn how to put picture stories together. Students will be encouraged to produce personal photographic projects that will be critique during the evening class.

ONLY 1500 Thai Baht Per Student 

For more details please visit GROUP WORKSHOPS


Tiger Temple

When I covered the Tiger Temple at Kanchanaburi, Thailand, it was little known. Me and the journalist could only find one related small article on the place in The Bangkok Post. We pitched the story as a picture led feature to The South China Morning Post and got the green light. On arriving at the temple we were impressed at the amount of space it offered the tigers, who apparently were given a free run of the place every evening. We were met by a couple of young novice monks who took us to see the abbot. No fees were involved then, no lines of tourist waiting in the wings.

The abbot told us a long story on how his temple acquired their first three tigers cubs. It went something like this- ” A group of hunters had killed the parents of the cubs ( the tigers bits and pieces were to be sold to the Chinese black market, and made into medicine products ). The hunters took the cubs to a taxidermist, who then went about his job, injecting them with formaldehyde. The hunters then had a sudden fit of regret and halted the process rescuing the cubs from being stuffed. Now this story didn’t ring true with either me or the journalist, it raised far to many questions than answers but the abbot wouldn’t elaborate further.

We was now left with some great pictures, really monks walking tigers, me being allowed to lay with the tigers, ten surrounding me. So close I could smell their breath, great stuff. Remember this was before the place was known. But what to do the copy (text). What we eventually did was scale down the abbots account and concentrate on the tigers, we quoted him but in a way that could be read as neutral. Good writing on the part of the journalist and it meant we still had a story to the newspaper. It was a lifestyle piece so any investigative journalism could be done later.

My lasting image of the place was when the tigers noticed some grazing buffalo, they took off after the animals, scattering them in panic. It was like something out of a wildlife documentary programme, only that running after the tigers were some frantic monks.

The temple is now, of course, a huge tourist attraction. I feel there are still some unanswered questions about the place but what the answers to the questions are, I still don’t know.

Tiger Temple, Kanchanaburi, Thailand