5 Day Food Photography Course

When the chef Rachael Nimenko first approached me about a 5 Day Studio Photography Course, at my Siem Reap Studio, concentrating on Food Photography for her upcoming book she didn’t even own a camera. I gave her my recommendations of the camera and lighting equipment she needed and where buy them. She wanted to use the least equipment needed to still be able to produce beautiful images. We used one speed-light and reflectors, plus natural light.

The lesson went like this:

Day 01, lesson 1 – actually how to take the lens cap off, change lenses and onwards.

Until Day 05 I hardly gave instruction but acted as her assistant, with the odd extra tip. Please see the attached images as I am very proud of her progress and wish her all the very best with her upcoming book, which I know will now look great!

Congratulations Rachael, it was a delight teaching you.

Noodles, natural light and reflectors.

Noodles, natural light and reflectors.

Speed Light at the back plus reflectors.

Speed Light at the back plus reflectors.

Speed Light - plus reflectors.

Speed Light – plus reflectors.


Phsa Lua Market Siem Reap

From 6am this classic Cambodian wet market really starts to get going. Live snakes can be brought, fascinating Cambodia faces to portrait around ever nook and cranny. A really great place to take student’s who want to learn People, Street, Portrait Photography. Come see the place with me for a one-to-one Intensive Photography lesson – details here CAMBODIA

Phsa Lua Market Siem Reap

Phsa Lua Market Siem Reap

Photography School Asia – Siem Reap

Jonathan Taylor runs the Siem Reap branch of our Photography School and is now using the beautiful 1961 Co-Working Art Space as it’s base. They have small classrooms for one-to-one sessions Photography Lessons, larger rooms for workshops. A great Art Gallery and you will meet some like minded people their whose passion for the arts matches ours.

1961 Co-Working Space For Photographers, Artist & Designers. Copyright 1961 all rights reserved.

1961 Co-Working Space For Photographers, Artist & Designers.
Copyright 1961 all rights reserved.

Check out their website for further details 1961

Our Bangkok Photography Studio Has Moved To Somewhere Amazing

Our new Bangkok, Thailand Photographic Studio is an 80 sq. m. space with a white cyclorama walls.  All the equipment from the previous studio is available, including 5 Bowens strobes and a large selection of modifiers and all other necessary equipment. We are still based near the river and very central but the extra space and high ceilings make it a perfect venue.

Please CONTACT US for directions and further details.

Photography School Asia School & Studio

Photography School Asia School & Studio

Yunnan Group Workshop 15th to the 20th of February 2015

Yunnan Group Workshop

This is a small group workshop, run by me personally. The numbers are limited to five people only. The fee is $1500 USD per personal, including accommodation and transport, while in China. This includes minivans and two internal flights. A fixer and translator plus my personal tuition and critique. 

Day 01 & 02 Explore Kunming, it famous traditional Chinese Streets. The amazing Flower & Bird Market. The street entertainment around The Green Lake each evening. 

Day 03
You will be taken around Dali Old Town, then head of to the hills to visit farming villages, Gong and Lao Hei are well known in the area and you will be shown different farmers homes, their land and be welcome to photograph the locals as they work. For lunch you eat in a farmhouse restaurant, they will spread out a whole option of traditional food on the table for you to choose from. Most farmers around Dali Town are from the ethnic group known as Pai. Many still wear their traditional costumes as they work. The village centres normally have a thriving mid-day market to photograph. The village elders sit together and have fascinating faces and are totally open to being photographed. In the evening you head back to the guest house in Dali Old Town for photography critique.

Day 04
Today you head for a fishing community on the Dali Lake, here the local fisher-people use Cormorant Birds to fish with. The birds are tied to fishing boats, they then fly off to catch fish and bring their catches back to the boat for collection. You will ride in a boat following the events, great for photography and an amazing experience. For lunch you again eat with the locals, of course fresh fish is very popular in many of the dishes. Critique again takes place in the evening back at the guesthouse.

Day 05
Today you take a four wheel drive to visit a Yi Tribe Village, far up into the mountains in the centre of Yunnan Province. The journey takes around four hours but is well worth the time spent. The landscapes you drive through are simple stunning. Rice Paddy dotted mountains, ethnic hill-tribe people and villages dotted along the way. Your destination is the beautiful Yi Village called Wanopu set in the Nanjian mountain range. You will have plenty of time for photography. At night you get to stay with the locals in a Home-Stay environment. All your comfort arranged and again great company to chat too before heading off to sleep. You can chat with the locals with Gong acting as translator. A real insight into a world so very far apart from your own.

Day 06
In the morning you will be taken to watch the Yi at work in the fields, their farming methods little changed for centuries. Fantastic photography opportunities await, farmers using oxen as plough pullers. Hand harvesting methods, where the locals start at dawn and work to dusk. Mid afternoon you return to the guesthouse in Dali for a Tour Photography critique.

Day 07
Return to Kunming for a final critique and look round this most beautiful of cities.

Rural China Photography Tours. Photo Jonathan Taylor.

Rural China Photography Tours. Photo Jonathan Taylor.

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.