We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and our experience resulted in some fantastic photographs. Etienne's relationship with the local people enables you to get close to them and learn more about their homes, workplaces and lives in Hoi An. However, there are a few things I feel need to be mentioned to give Etienne some constructive feedback for future classes:
I understand that there are people of many different levels and abilities taking part on this tour but I did feel quite sorry for the attendees with little or no knowledge of the basic functions of their cameras. I just about know the basics regarding my DSLR camera and even I struggled to keep up the the 15 minute briefing at the beginning of the day. I feel there was too much information given in such a short space of time. Maybe this could have been explained in smaller bursts of information and recommended aperture sizes, ISO settings etc. to be advised as the morning went on.
I feel it would have been more beneficial if Etienne was more pro active in giving advice on our photographs taken during the trip (improvements on composition, lighting etc) rather than wandering around taking photos with his own camera and neglecting to check how we were getting on.
I felt disappointed when Etienne made comments such as 'The light would have been much better if we had been here half an hour ago' (referring to the daylight 1 hour into the trip). We were working to his schedule so it should have been planned better if this was the case.
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