Friday 7 March 2014

Learn the Art of Photography with Raffles and Bookshop Travel in Cambodia

Every day around the world, civilizations that took thousands of years to build are being snapped in a 
572131digital frenzy and relegated to the memory of millions of smart-phones, possibly never to be looked at again.

Bookshop Travel has created a bespoke Cambodian package from 25th to 31st August 2014 for travellers interested in learning the art of photography from one of Australia’s leading professionals, Tony Amos, while immersing themselves in the country’s fascinating Khmer culture and staying at iconic heritage hotels, Raffles Hotel Grand D’Angkor Siem Reap and Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh.
With a 25-year career spanning work published in prestigious titles such as Travel & Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, US and UK House & Garden, Elle Decoration, Vogue and Gourmet Traveller, Tony will offer hands-on tuition covering many aspects of travel photography, from maintenance of equipment when travelling, understanding the basic elements of photography which are interdependent - resolution, shutter speed and depth of field (or focus), and most importantly the consideration of composition and light quality.
He will advise on etiquette and how to photograph people naturally in the myriad of situations confronting travellers, along with the sheer physicality of shooting ‘on the go’ to avoid blurry or out-of-focus pictures, and how to avoid missing what is actually going on around you all the time.  Throughout the itinerary, Tony will provide personal mentoring on an individual basis, discussing specific enquiries on shooting at all times.
Most recently a judge of Fairfax Traveller’s ‘Big Picture’ competition, Tony has also collaborated on Cambodian features in current issues ofVOGUE Living and SBS Feast with the trip’s tour leader, award-winning food and travel writer Carli Ratcliff, who will offer an optional writing workshop to complement the itinerary.
Aspiring photographers and writers will have no shortage of subjects and experiences, with opportunities to capture the temples of Bayon, Ta Prohm, Angkor Wat and Bantey Srei, ride motorbikes to Phnom Kulen, tour floating villages of Oudong up close by private boat and visits to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Takhmao Khmer Arts Centre.
Khmer cuisine will be explored through local restaurants ranging from NGO supported ventures and the popular Sugarpalm to upscale French-influenced Malis, with an optional early morning foray to Phnom Penh’s vibrant Central Market to prepare for Raffle’s legendary cooking classes. By sunset, the photographers might even share their snaps over Femme Fatales at the fabled Raffles Elephant Bar, the cocktail created to honour celebrated guest, Jacqueline Onassis.   As Tony says:
“Cambodia is a country rich in hope, mystery and colour and its fair share of visual wonders. My goal is that each and everyone on this trip returns home with well-crafted pictures that convey a real sense of what each of us witnessed on our journey in Cambodia, a place so unlike where we live.” 
From $7572 per person, twin share, this eight-day package includes transfers, meals and activities as stated in full itinerary, accommodation at Raffles Grand D’angkor Siem Reap and Raffles Le Royal Phnom Penh and internal flights between these. It excludes international flights and visa costs.

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