There was a real generosity of time and energy; a rarity these days – and so valuable.

Cathryn, UK/Hong Kong (via Tripadvisor)

Improve Your Travel Photography

A “workshop”-style photography tour of Bagan that includes hands-on learning opportunities to improve your travel photography.

Skills you will learn

  • Use their camera comfortably and confidently
  • Shoot in bright light, low light and shade
  • Capture motion
  • Avoid blurry images
  • Make subjects stand out
  • Learn and practice fundamentals of composition

Street, Portrait, and Landscape Photography

The streets and people of old colonial Nyaung-U, the economic center of Bagan, is a playground for street photographers. The diverse ethnicities, architecture, colors, and spontaneous energy provide a brilliant range of subjects for developing your technical and composition skills.

The monasteries, temple complexes, farms, and rural villages offer a serene contrast to the village tea shops. The “golden hour” light in Bagan is truly magical. Together we will visit the best, least-crowded spots for capturing these amazing moments with your camera.

What you’ll do

  • Review basics of exposure and camera settings
  • Review basics of framing and composition
  • Enjoy a guided street photography walk around downtown Nyaung-U, rural farming villages, the Irrawaddy riverside and/or the temples and monasteries of the Bagan monument zone
  • Discover essential social techniques to become an effective photographer
  • Build confidence and conquer fear of shooting strangers
  • Develop your observational and storytelling skills
  • Learn to see and observe to develop your creative personal style and perspective

What to bring

  • digital or analog camera or smartphone
  • sunblock
  • hat
  • umbrella


  • Bottled water, cold drinks, snacks
  • Guide


  • Bagan Archeological Zone entry fees

Optional add-ons:

  • Riverside barbeque lunch
  • Wine, branded spirits on boat or at riverside (by advance request, extra charges apply)
  • European apéro (fresh bread, cheese, olives)
  • Guest photo shoots for print and social media
  • Photographer’s permits and assistants
  • Nikon DSLR camera rental
  • Manfrotto carbon tripod

Photo gallery