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“Amazing 18 Day Photography Adventure”

Angkor Travel Photography - Day Tours
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Owner description: Angkor Travel Photography offers tailor-made photography tours and workshops ranging from half-day excursions to tours lasting up to 2 weeks in Cambodia. We are professional photographers and our tours, lessons and workshops cater for all levels: from beginners keen to learn about the technical aspects of photography and composition through to professionals that want to tap into local knowledge to ensure they are in the right place at the right moment.
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We are just back from an absolutely amazing trip to Vietnam (10 days) and Cambodia (8 days).  Alessandro Vannucci was our guide, mentor and instructor. Although I am a landscape photographer at heart, Ale' challenged me to incorporate the human element in landscapes and cityscapes. I was also pushed out of my comfort zone to learn and grow in street and reportage photography. Ale' has an amazing eye for seeing the light in unusual places, and is exceptional at capturing the light on people and their environment to tell a story.
 
Ale' personality and style was a perfect match for our trip. The pace was excellent and in each location he always had a surprise - something to share that delighted us as photographers.  It may have been a hidden statue in a tree trunk, a breath taking view, a special market stand or millions of bats flooding the sky at sunset. 
 
As a photographer instructor and mentor, Ale' worked with us as we needed -- whether it be with suggesting camera settings, compositional ideas or post processing techniques.  He was always available for questions and assistance.
 
 As a tour guide, everything went like clockwork. Details were taken care of behind the scenes and never interfered with our itinerary and shooting.
 
Overall, Angkor Travel Photography put together (incorporating our preferences and inputs) a terrific itinerary for our visits to Vietnam and Cambodia.
 
I highly recommend AngKor Travel Photography for any photography type workshop or private tour, and I especially, recommend  Alessandro Vannucci as a photography guide and instructor.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

This is my second time hiring Angkor Travel Photography. The first time was for a single day which resulted in wonderful photos. This time we scheduled an 18-day Vietnam and Cambodia trip with them. The pricing was very fair. And, the itinerary was excellent.

We met up with Alessandro in Hanoi to begin the trip. This is where we started to learn street photography. Being primarily a landscape photographer, this stretched me a bit. Alessandro was a great teacher and guide. He brought us to some very interesting places in old Hanoi where we took photos that are good enough for my wall.

We then did an overnight cruise on Halong Bay. This was beautiful and easy for me to photograph as it was mostly landscapes. After Halong Bay we traveled to Sapa. The town of Sapa was overcrowded with no reasonable roads to speak of. But we were there for the day hike though the rice fields. This was one of the highlights of our entire trip.

After Sapa we went to Bac Ha for the Sunday morning market. It is really the only reason to go there. Here we got to practice more street photography getting hints and guidance all the way through. This market is a photographer's paradise.

After a quick overnight back in Hanoi (a lot more street photos!) we visited Hot An for a few days. This UNESCO site was well worth the stop. With its early morning markets and evening excitement, it has everything you could want in a visit. Our photo tour was expanded to panning to produce movement and action to our photos.

After 10 days in Vietnam it was time to travel to Cambodia. All the transfers, airline reservations were taken care of. No hassles at all. Once in Siem Reap we were in Alessandro's wheelhouse. We traveled around effortlessly from temple to temple, capturing each temple's uniqueness. Check out some of the attached photos to see what I mean.

In the middle of our stay we visited Baattanbang for a couple of days where we photographed a family-run rice paper business, a family-run brick business, a bat cave, and wrapped up with a ride on the bamboo train (exhilarating). The photo opportunities were endless. At each spot Alessandro was able to give us hints and pointers to enable us to capture some fine photos.

We wrapped up our tour with a visit to a floating village. We were lucky that it was the rainy season which provided us the ability to boat in and around the area. Again, wonderful photos.

At each step of the way we were taken care of, never having to worry about a thing. And somehow he was able to tolerate us the entire time. I heartily recommend Angkor Travel Photography. They are professional with a personality. And, they are great photographers.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Jeff D
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Reviewed 27 September 2017

It was one of the best experience in Cambordia.
I applied for Unseen Cambodia and went around with Chris to Tonlé Sap lake.
He was very kind and taught me many techniques of the camera.
It was lucky to see the local life. the town was very colorful and very interesting places to shoot.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

Without a doubt, the Hidden Angkor tour with Angkor Travel Photography is one of the best tours that I've ever taken. Regis was my guide for the full day tour, and his extensive knowledge of photography and the temples allowed me to see and photograph things that I am absolutely certain I would not have caught or appreciated without his guidance. Regis also demonstrated a near magical ability to avoid crowds and find hidden details in every location that we visited, which was invaluable at popular locations like Ta Prohm.

In addition to being a great guide, Regis is also an excellent photographer and teacher. I am an amateur with reasonable technical knowledge, and Regis tailored his guidance to my level, helping me to work on my composition and offering suggestions as we reviewed my shots throughout the day. He never rushed me, and we never tried to "force" a shot to work - if I wasn't feeling it, we moved on and focused on something else.

By the end of the day, I'd learned a lot, taken some of the best shots from my trip, and totally enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. If I ever make it back to Siem Reap, another tour with Angkor Travel Photography will probably be the first thing that I do (and possibly the second since the Beyond Angkor tour looks awesome).

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

As I left my other half sleeping, I made my way to the hotel reception for my 4.40am pick up amidst the sounds of a thunder storm and seriously questioned my sanity. But that was quickly overtaken by Regis' optimism and we tried for the sunrise shot. And what a sun rise. As we struggled a bit with gear and umbrellas we were spoiled with a most spectacular sky as the early morning rays of sun reflected off the receding storm clouds in a riot of swiftly changing colours. A rainbow appeared so we made a dash for a spot Regis had in mind, but not so lucky this time. Still, happily basking in some very rare shots, there was a short break for breakfast before heading to Ta Prohm.
I was really excited to come back to this temple having been very frustrated with the pictures I took previously. I just couldn't capture the magical hidden spirit of the place, not helped by a sea of other tourists. We were the first ones through the gate at 7.30 and had the place virtually to ourselves for a while - I couldn't tell you how Long as the 2.5 hours we spent there went by in a flash.
Safe to say, I got a totally different perspective. Regis carefully explained how to get the most from my camera and various ways to think about composing a picture, given lighting, contrast etc. The soft light after the storm was a gift, bringing out all the greens of the moss and lichen. I barely noticed tourists as they came and went - my expert guide knew all the best spots.
I can't recommend this tour enough. I've done one photography tour before but this was outstanding - especially being fully private with one of the 4 pros who work together here in Siem Reap - they clearly have a passion for their work and the local area.

Date of experience: September 2017
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