My Luminous Vietnam Journey was far and away the best photo tour I have ever been on. It was more than a photo tour; it was an investment in myself as a keen photographer, and gave me the opportunity to engage with ordinary Vietnamese people and some extraordinary professional photographers in David and Phuoc. – Lindsay Earle, Zimbabwe
This photo tour workshop is led by National Geographic contributor and multi-major award winning photographer David Lazar, along with Vietnam’s premier all around shooter, the irrepressible Nguyen Vu Phuoc! Teamed with our logistics master Diep, David and Phuoc are constantly working to have you in the right location with the best light for any particular photo shoot.
There’s always a mix of free & street shooting, portraits & people, landscapes & landmarks, and providential surprises! There are also a number of arranged shoots in stunning settings, both with professional and impromptu local models. You’ll get the chance to photograph in places both on & off the beaten path, with unparalleled inside access and an extraordinary number of impact image making opportunities.
The itinerary is has been carefully selected and purposely scheduled to run in mid to late June, offering the best photographic conditions of north and central Vietnam within a two week period. The country has many micro-climates, and there is no “perfect” time. June is hot and there might be occasional and welcome tropical showers. They are brief and often provide dramatic light and color to the skies. Moreover, June provides the best visibility of the year for Ha Long Bay, and is also rice planting season. By the time we arrive many mountain rice terraces will be carpeted in ethereal green, while others will have farmers and their buffalo working them. (Please don’t go on an April or May photo tour; you’ll be disappointed).
“We feel very privileged to have participated in “Luminous Vietnam”, and would highly recommend it to anyone who is a keen photographer, especially those wanting to take some distinctly different images to give an edge to their portfolio. Our photographers and the itinerary provided so many opportunities for fantastic and unique photos which would be impossible to get on our own. – Lyn Vernon, Australia
The atmosphere of the tour reflects the nature of its leaders – fun and relaxed, yet keenly focused when it counts most. For those new to the photo tour concept, it should be noted that instruction is informal, voluntary, and takes place largely in the field. Luminous Vietnam has been designed with every skill level in mind, novice to advanced. Novices will never feel left behind, and advanced shooters will never be held back. For those interested, Photoshop and Lightroom tips and tricks, as well as image review, normally take place at the hotel as time allows.
We would be remiss not to point out that David Lazar and Nguyen Vu Phuoc are more than just outstanding photographers. They are also outstanding gentleman who sincerely care that you become a better photographer. Rest assured that they honor the First Commandment of Photo Tour Leadership – Thou shalt not put thine own photography ahead of esteemed guests’! There is no “leader hogging” here, as is all too common on other tours. No sir.
The combination of David’s relaxed approach and attention to detail, along with the sheer zest and playful genius of Phuoc, makes for a very special Vietnam photo tour adventure indeed. *Note that Photography Life magazine just recently published an outstanding interview and series of Vietnam images from Phuoc available here. Enjoy!
Dates – June 14 – 28, 2020
Photographers – David Lazar & Nguyen Vu Phuoc
Tour Price – $6750 USD (only $450 per day!)
Single Supplement – $980 USD
Minimum Deposit – $1500 USD
Locations – Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Khanh Hoa, Phan Rang, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Bac Ha
Hotels – 4 star, best available in remote locations
Tour Type – Small group photo tour workshop, 5 person minimum, 10 person maximum
Physical Difficulty – Light to Moderate. There are no long treks, and we provide unlimited bottled water
Transportation – 3 internal flights, air conditioned vans and mini-buses w/ plenty of space, 4-star luxury cruise boat
David Lazar is a renowned travel photographer & contributor to myriad publications, including National Geographic. Practical Photography has called David “…one of the world’s foremost travel photographers”, while Photo Review Australia said his “…travel photography is among the best we’ve ever seen.” See David’s Gallery.
Nguyen Vu Phuoc is regarded by many to be Vietnam’s top all around photographer. From documentary to photojouranlism & simply stunning travel work, the irrepressible Phuoc is a true joy and inspiration to travel & shoot with. The amount of inside access he avails all LJ participants is astonishing. For select images, click on Phuoc’s Gallery.