Learn the essential settings and composition, capture the sunrise above the ancient town and get an insight in the local culture. When you know more about the people you can give your photos much more meaning.
The sunrise tour is one of the most popular ones. Get up a bit earlier and be amazed when seeing picturesque Hoi An with beautiful colours in the sky. This time of the day it is still quiet and everything is closed. It is the best time of the day to see the ancient town of Hoi An, before the tourists arrive and every building turns in to a shop or a restaurant.
After that we have breakfast on the riverside and in between sips of delicious coffee we shoot local life along the river. There will be an endless flow of conical hat women going around.
Then we wander through town while the shops are still closed and slip into the beautiful yellow alleys to witness locals starting their day. Tour leader and photographer Pieter Janssen lives in Vietnam since 2005 and has an extensive knowledge on Vietnamese culture. Understanding more about culture means your images will have a lot more to tell. With a camera you can tell stories about them. We also cover portrait photography. You will learn how easy it is to get closer to the people and to get stunning portraits.
Along the way we cover as many topics as you like or need. Composition (what to put into your photo, what not), light (by controlling the light you can really make an outstanding photo), getting ready for the right moment, the different settings you need for various situations. Just a few changes to your camera will make a huge difference. Even if you "only" have a smartphone.
As on all tours you will receive a password which gives you access to the Clients section on the website. There I have written many articles on settings and other things that come in handy.
At the end we sit down in the shade with refreshments. It is hard to beat this start of the day!
In case of heavy rain the tour may be cancelled.If that happens I will send an email/message not later than half an hour before the starting time. Light rain is usually no problem.
Please note that starting times are seasonal. Depending on when the sun rises we start at 4:45, 5:00, 5:15, 5:30 or 5:45. This will be confirmed when you book. In Summer we start early, in Winter later.
Bring your camera, smart phone or anything that can take a photo. For the more experienced, bring a tripod as well for the first 20 minutes or so. If the sunrise is magnificent you may regret not having it with you.
If it may start raining on tour, so be prepared. But if rain starts there are always cheap ponchos to buy.