Instagram as a travel guide?

So, Instagram as a travel guide? No, thank you! I mean, sure, it’s great for finding trendy cafes and scenic spots, but when it comes to really experiencing a place, you can’t beat a good old-fashioned photography workshop. Take it from Christopher, who just got back from a two-week photography extravaganza in Cambodia.

Perfect Instagram pose

The Perfect Instagram pose

“For photography enthusiasts, I’ve just returned from a two-week photography workshop in Cambodia with Asia Travel Photography, and I highly recommend this trip! Beyond improving technique and learning composition, Régis, professional photographer, introduces us to the other side of Cambodia. Temples are, of course, part of the itinerary, but the encounter with the local population (crafts, agriculture, markets, floating villages, pagodas with their nuns and monks, etc.) is exceptional and unique. Régis speaks Khmer, which facilitates exchanges with people, and these relationships are always enriching and friendly.” – Christopher on September 4, 2022.

So, picture this: a group of eager photography enthusiasts, armed with their cameras and a passion for capturing the world around them, descending upon a picturesque location for a photo workshop.

As they gather around, ready to soak in all the technical knowledge and creative inspiration, little do they know that they’re in for a treat. Sure, they’ll learn all about aperture, shutter speed, and composition, but what they don’t realize is that they’re about to embark on a journey of self-discovery and perspective-shifting.

Suddenly, they’re not just taking pictures, they’re seeing the world in a whole new light. And as they mingle with the locals, engaging in heartfelt conversations and learning about their lives, they realize that photography is not just about snapping a pretty picture, it’s about capturing the essence of humanity. It’s about forming connections and telling stories. And before they know it, they’re hooked.

They’re already planning their next trip, eager to refine their skills and see the world through a different lens. And all because they dared to step out of their comfort zone and embrace the “other” in their photographic journey. Who knew photography could be so enlightening and entertaining at the same time?

Greg is a return costumer visiting the same monastery and giving away pictures he took a few month before

Greg, return costumer, is visiting the same monastery again and is giving away pictures he took a few month before!

Immerse yourself!

When we think of traveling, we associate it with cultural exchanges and interactions. But have you ever been on a trip where all you ended up doing was taking photos of paid models, resulting in the same generic pictures as everyone else? Or on the flip side, have you ever snapped photos of people without even exchanging a single glance with them? What kind of experience would that leave you with?

Sure, the main goal of a photo workshop is to capture great shots, but let’s not forget that the travel experience itself is just as important. It’s about meeting new people, engaging with them, and immersing yourself in their culture. These are the memories that will stick with you long after the trip is over. And let’s not forget the unique and original photos you’ll capture when you’re fully involved and engaged in the moment.

The authenticity and closeness you feel during these interactions will shine through in your photos, completely changing the entire experience of your journey. So, next time you travel, make sure to put down the camera every once in a while and truly connect with the people and places around you. It’ll make for a much more memorable and fulfilling trip!

3 clients making memories at Phare the Cambodian Circus

3 clients making memories at Phare the Cambodian Circus

Traveling for whom?

Oh, let me tell you, this isn’t for those Instagram “influencers” who spend hours perfecting their poses rather than actually immersing themselves in the destination. And don’t even get me started on those photographers who peddle the most cliché, staged photos just to amass those likes. Nope, that’s not our vibe. We’re all about embracing the unknown, diving into adventures, and most importantly, traveling for our own enjoyment.

I mean, come on, doctored photos are so last season. You can spot them a mile away on Instagram, and if you doubt me, just type in any tourist spot and witness the same old generic photos flooding your feed. Let’s break free from the mundane, seize those genuine moments, and travel for the sheer thrill of it.

Who’s with us on this? So, we eagerly await to travel, meet, experience, and of course, take photographs together! Let’s make some real memories!