Travel Workshops & Tours

Equipment list

Must have :

  • Tripod
  • DSLR camera or a very high spec hybrid camera.
  • Wide angle to normal zoom lens,  at least 24/70 mm on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped (1.5x) sensors are 17 or 18-55mm.  Long tele zoom lens - 70/200mm (or longer) the equivalent on cropped sensors are 55-200mm.  Zooms like 28-300 (18-200/300 for 1.5x or 18-105/135 for 1.5x) will be fine for general photography.
  • Sufficient memory cards.  Each card should be at least 16 GB.
  • USB keys with large storage space to transfer or store your images to free up space on the memory cards.
  • Extra Camera batteries, charger and socket adaptors.
  • Photography backpacks and should have a 'All Weather' protection option.  It is a sheet that is intergrated into the camera bag that easily slips off to cover the bag.  Looks like this.  This protects the equipment if it rains and especially dust which we will encounter quite alot in Indonesia.
  • Polarizer filter.  Looks like this.  Make sure you get one that fits your lens.
  • Zip lock bags to protect your equipment from dust, moisture and condensation.
  • Flashlights with a preference for those that can be mounted over your head, leaving your hands free to handle equipment and walk freely in the dark.


Nice and good to have.

  • Laptop with the latest Lightroom and photoshop installed for editing and viewing.
  • Fixed 50mm.
  • A square graduated ND filter.  Looks like this. (size should be larger than your camera lens).  There are workaround ways if you prefer not to invest in one.
  • A few extra lens and body caps incase you lose them along the way.
  • While it is generally dry season, consider other alternatives to weather-proof and dust protection for your equipment
  • An external flash unit.
  • A basic camera cleaning kit.



Myanmar is generally dry and warm during the period of December-January. Usual casual holiday wear is acceptable.  At lake Inle, mornings will be quite cold as we head out.  The Myanmar culture  culture is conservative, Come prepared with some conservative clothing not showing bare shoulders and ankles as they may offend the locals, some temples and locations may refuse entry.  While a pair of sandals will be useful (no footwear allowed in all temples or Buddhist structures), be prepared to walk bare feet  and have them dirtied at the same time.


Must haves :

  • A waterproof outer jacket in case we encounter rain.
  • Scarfs are useful to cover your face and respiratory system from dust as well as cold air-condition systems on the buses.
  • A good pair of comfortable trekking shoes and flip flops.
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Some conservative clothing.
  • And that's it!


Good to know

  • Myanmar accommodations are affordable and reasonable value.
  • Yangon accommodation rates are much higher and tend to be smaller rooms.
  • At Lake Inle, we will be using bicycles and boats.
  • At Bagan, electric bikes (included in tour) will be assigned to each participant.  This is the best and most independent way to move around in Bagan.  You may use the bikes outside of the tour program to do your own exploration.  Other limited transport options are available with an additional supplement.
  • At Mandalay, each participant will be assigned a personal motorbike 'driver' where you will be a pillon rider.  If you absolutely do not feel comfortable being on a motor bike, please let me know in advance.  A car can be arranged with a small supplement  Be assured, your personal motorbike driver is experienced and a safe driver.
  • We will be making a short stop at Mount Popa on the way to Bagan.  To get to the top is 777 steps, bare footed and fun keeping monkeys away from your stuff!  You can choose to opt out of this and view Mount Popa from another angle while having lunch.
  • Mosquito repellents and sunscreen if you are sensitive.
  • Myanmar is generally dry, warm and humid during the period of December - January.  Usual casual holiday wear is acceptable.  During the bus journeys, it is advisable to have something warm as the locals tend to turn up the air-conditioning.
  • Be prepared to walk barefoot at all temples.


Key skills you will take away.

  • Deve[op core photography competence.
  • Understand landscape, people and street photography.
  • Effective composition tips.
  • Shoot great travel photographs.
  • Manage challenging light situations and using available light..
  • Create panoramic images.
  • Other image editing & processing techniques of with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
  • People interaction skills in spontaneous situations & street photography.


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