Bangladesh

Travel Portrait Masterclass

4-8 November 2020

CHF 1,995

S$ 2,760    HK$ 15,790

5 DAYS

4-8 PEOPLE

4* HOTELS

Raise your travel portrait skills to a new level in a country full of fabulously photogenic people, who don't mind being photographed. A land of chaotic intensity, raw beauty, surreal scenes, and faces that tell a thousand stories. A place where you may not see another tourist in 5 days.

Bangladesh will touch you deep inside with extreme emotions and unforgettable moments. It will steal your heart with the warmth and openness of its people. It will leave you speechless.

 

Be prepared for some very crowded places, where we ourselves will be a subject of curiosity and cheerful following.

Locations

Dhaka

We will navigate Dhaka's infamous traffic jams to photograph its vibrant markets and local communities. We will see other-worldly river port where dozens of hand-paddled shallow boats criss-cross chaotically in between bigger ships. We will take one of these boats across the river to a ship-repair yard. We will also take a day trip out of town to a photogenic old-world pottery village.

Chittagong

From extreme crowds to peaceful serenity, Bangladesh's 2nd largest city has a range of terrific places for people photography, where we can play to our heart's content. We will see up close how hard Bangladeshis have to work - often in hazardous conditions - to earn a basic living. And how they still manage to retain dignity, politeness, and smile.

Ship Breaking Yards

What happens to a commercial vessel when it comes to an end of its life? It goes on one last trip to Bangladesh, and is driven full-speed into a beach - where hundreds of workers break it down manually into pieces small enough to be carried by 2-3 people back to the land. You will see 20-30 monster ship carcasses in various stages of decay.

Itinerary

3 Nov

Meet & dinner at the hotel in Dhaka

4 Nov - Chittagong

Flight Dhaka - Chittagong 8:30-9:25

Fishing port; Boat trip to dhow shipyard

5 Nov - Chittagong

Fish market; Fishing port 

Salt processing; Slums

6 Nov - Chittagong

Street photography

Ship breaking yard

Flight Chittagong-Dhaka 20:10-21:05

7 Nov - Dhaka

Dhaka bazars, fish market, train track life

River boat crossing & ship repair yard

Old town

8 Nov - Dhaka

Trip to brass & pottery village

Village life photography on the way back

Evening flight back home

Photographic Coaching

  • Full-time coaching by Pawel Lipski

  • Creative techniques & tips for travel portraits - both candid & posed

  • Camera settings for travel portraits

  • Location-specific briefings & assignments

  • Daily reviews of best photos

  • Written feedback on your 10 best shots after the trip

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Included:

  • Full-time travel portrait coaching

  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels (twin sharing)

  • All meals (with beverages)

  • Return domestic flight Dhaka-Chittagong

  • Ground transportation in private minivan

  • English-speaking local guide

  • Boat fares & entry fees

  • Airport transfers

  • Tips for guides 

Not Included:

  • International flight into Dhaka

  • Visa

  • Travel insurance

  • Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)

Price

PAYMENT

20% (CHF 400) refundable deposit to reserve your place

Balance 3 months before the trip

DISCOUNT

CHF 200 (10%) for returning trip customers

SUPPLEMENTS

Single room occupancy: CHF 200

Based on twin room sharing

CHF 1,995

This Trip Is For...

This trip has been designed primarily for people who have already completed my training "3 Steps To Stunning Portraits", and are already familiar with natural light and composition techniques for people photography.

During this trip, you will learn how to apply these techniques to travel portraits - both candid and posed.

You need a good camera with a telephoto lens up to at least 200mm (full frame) - plus a wider lens when we can get up close to our subjects.

Personally, I will bring 24-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f2.8.

Important To Know

  • Information pack including a packing list and clothing recommendations will be sent 2 months before the trip

  • No vaccinations required

  • Visa: most nationalities get visa on arrival (please bring US$ 55 in cash). Check eligibility: Bangladesh Visa

Recommended Flights

FROM ZURICH

Turkish Airlines via Istanbul

Out 11:00-05:25 (+1), return 06:55-17:15

CHF 820

Singapore Airlines with a day in Singapore each way

Out 10:35-19:55 (+1), return 23:55-07:50 (+2)

CHF 800

FROM SINGAPORE

Singapore Airlines (direct)

Out 20:35-22:40, return 23:55-06:00 (+1)

S$ 510

FROM HONG KONG

Thai via Bangkok

Out 07:50-12:30, return 02:00-11:45

HK$ 4,300

For more flight options, check:

skyscanner.ch

traveloka.com

Pawel Lipski

  • International photography coach, specialising in people photography in natural light - from posed to travel portraits

  • 30+ years of photographic experience

  • An avid independent traveller with a passion for remote, non-touristy places with authentic cultures

  • Polish based in Zurich, Switzerland

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Cancellations

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before trip start

  • 50% refund if canceled 30-89 days before trip start

  • No refund if canceled less than 30 days before trip start