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Eric D Vries Photography Tours and Workshops ‑ CLOSED

Siem Reap, Cambodia
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About Eric D Vries Photography Tours and Workshops
Welcome to Eric D Vries Photography Tours and Workshops-20 years of photographing the temples of Angkor- We believe that a photography tour and workshop should be about learning, creativity, exploring and becoming part of the landscape and surroundings you are photographing. We are dedicated to providing professional, hands-on training and instruction in the field. Our instructor ratio helps you archieve the best results possible. Our mission is to create workshop experiences that will keep you coming back for more. Whether you are an advanced photographer, or just started, our workshops and photo tours are designed to help you archieve your goals. These photo tours and workshops are more than bringing back incredible images of Cambodia, they are about bringing home a memorable adventure. Our high quality private photo tours and workshops are for every photographer from beginner to advanced. Improve your photography skills...
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Leslie G wrote a review Oct 2019
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I did the half day temple tour, starting at 5am for the sunrise at Angkor Wat. I’d consider myself an “enthusiastic amateur” with some experience on analogue (film) and printing gained in college, but I haven’t used anything more complicated than an iPhone or point and shoot for the past decade. I was a bit nervous that I’d get swamped by all the digital bits and bobs on a DSLR but I needn’t have worried. I borrowed Eric’s Nikon D3300 for the session (he has one available for clients to use free of charge) and after a quick tutorial on how to use the various settings and determine the exposure levels, within 10 minutes I was confidently snapping away at the sunrise over Angkor Wat. As well as teaching you how to use the camera, Eric has loads of useful tips on composition, and how to get the best shots even when there are loads of tourists in the way (anyone who’s watched the sunrise at Angkor Wat or been to Ta Prohm in the afternoon will know what I mean). He will also point out some excellent spots off the usual temple circuit and recommend the best time of day to catch the best light. Eric is a great teacher, even for impatient people like me who want to get everything perfect on the first attempt. My boyfriend, who came along for the ride but only had his Pixel 3 phone to snap with, also learned a lot about composition; despite the fact that my boyfriend thinks he can’t take a decent photograph, even his phone snaps are now vastly improved. As for myself, at the risk of sounding immodest, I’m actually very impressed with a good number of the shots I’ve taken, and I definitely wouldn’t have pulled them off without the knowledge gained in the workshop. My only regret after taking this workshop is that I didn’t get a 7-day pass to return to the temples at multiple times of day. That being said, when we return to Cambodia (and we will!), we’ll definitely sign up for one of Eric’s workshops again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Henry S wrote a review May 2019
Rensselaer, New York9 contributions
Eric is a true fine art photographer. I chose to book a tour with him because I liked his photographs. He brought me to exactly the kind of location I had hoped to visit, and it was not one I had known about. Koh Ker was amazing, we had the site to ourselves, the light was excellent, and I got some of the best photographs of my Cambodia visit there. He helped us avoid the crowds in Beng Mealea, and gave me plenty of time to take all the photos I wanted. We spent a long day together and he was patient and flexible. Eric also got me out of my comfort zone, which was good. I brought with me a manual focus wide angle lens which previously I had only used for astro photography. I was never good at focusing manual focus lenses by eye, and he convinced me to use the distance indicators on the lens to focus. I was afraid that the photos would not be that sharp using only the distance indicators but when I got home I found the photos were just as sharp as when I used auto focus on my other lenses. Now I feel empowered with that lens to do more. He challenged me to think about why I was taking a photograph, and whether the approach I was using was true to my goal. He challenged me to try to take fewer photographs and make them count. He made me think more about composition. He gave me pointers about taking other kinds of photographs I wanted while in Cambodia outside of the topic area of our tour. He was good company throughout the day and we had interesting conversations about artistic photography, street photography, life in Cambodia and other topics. Thank you very much, Eric!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Judi B wrote a review Feb 2019
Henderson, Nevada307 contributions38 helpful votes
I’ve had my eye on Eric for several years, and my tour finally happened. None of us use a camera any longer, iPhones are quick and portable for the type of travel we do. So, Eric was a bit hesitant to use only iPhones, but lucky for us was willing to give it a try. We had a wonderful day in the countryside and are very pleased with our vastly improved our photos. A great time was had by all!
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Date of experience: February 2019
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AndHow wrote a review Feb 2019
Sydney55 contributions24 helpful votes
I have enjoyed photography for decades but never really mastered the art so succumbed to the temptation of Eric's course for a recent holiday in Cambodia to see if I could get any closer. Within an hour he changed the way I think about using the camera; settings, subject isolation, composition, available light, exposure... I had a marvellous two days in his company and took by far the best shots of my life, ones with real atmosphere. His advice for sunrise at Angkor Wat was perfect (including how to negotiate the disorder of the crowds) and means I got great photos as the new dawn faded. After Siem Reap I spent 4 days in Phnom Penh and his teachings transferred to solo situations, so I immediately benefitted from his advice. The only regret is not spending at least twenty-four hours with him earlier. Over and above the teaching, Eric is a really nice guy and a pleasure to spend time with. He also has excellent taste in music. Hope to see you at a later date, Eric!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Rich J wrote a review Jan 2019
Santa Monica, California123 contributions76 helpful votes
The difference for me and my wife between a good trip to SE Asia and a GREAT trip is Eric D'vries. We have now attended photo tours with him to Siem Reap, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Hanoi. As a teacher myself, I can say that some can teach, and others while good at their area of expertise, simply can't . Eric can teach. He serves as our photography mentor, part-time tour guide, and upbeat attitude coach. We have now spent about a dozen days with Eric, and every one has been a blast. On top of his being a superb photographer and mentor, I find his fees very fair. My favorite vacation days are consistently the ones I spend with Eric.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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