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Cameras for Asia Myanmar: Recent images by AYDC photographers

Featuring Yangon’s next generation of photographers. These are some of the recent images taken by the AYDC kids during Cameras for Asia classes and excursions of the life they experience in Myanmar’s biggest city. Get a snapshot of their world through these images as many of these photographs feature everyday sights, sounds, places, faces and sensations they encounter.

To read more about the recent workshops in Myanmar see this post : Behind the scenes of Cameras for Asia: Myanmar 2014. Do also note these images are available for purchase and all sales go direct to the centre.


Action at the AYDC football grounds. Image by: Pol lu

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Behind the scenes of Cameras for Asia: Myanmar 2014

The first part of my recent overseas journey holding the Cameras for Asia workshops (see the Facebook page here for recent updates) took me back to Myanmar for my fourth visit to the Andrew’s Youth Development Centre (AYDC) on the outskirts of Yangon, the nation’s former capital and largest city.

I’ve been coming here since 2009 and it’s great to see the kids growing up. AYDC has 102 children that are housed, fed, clothed and educated in two large dormitories in the quiet neighbourhood of Minyingone. It’s very much a family for these kids, some of whom were abandoned, orphaned or their families simply can’t look after them. There’s little institutionalisation here which is great, the kids really are cared for and there are committed staff who have been here for years, and even some of the children grow up to help out at the centre. It’s great for me seeing familiar faces year after year as I feel part of the AYDC family as well.

AYDC group photo March 2014

The AYDC “family” taken in March 2014.

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5 travel photography tips – part 4

VP PHOTO TIP 16: If you’re shooting portraits make sure the sun or light isn’t casting horrible shadows or creating double chins

VP PHOTO TIP 17: Turn your flash off as much as possible to get lovely soft natural light. In some locations, such as churches and museums, you can’t use a flash so get used to shooting without it

VP PHOTO TIP 18: If you’re shooting without a flash learn to create your own tripod: books, lenses, bags, chairs and benches all make good fill in options

VP PHOTO TIP 19: Lookout for reflections! If you’re shooting a building or glass window front make sure you haven’t got horrible reflective light that will spoil the image, or worse still mirror you into the image. Sometimes reflections can be used to your advantage.

VP PHOTO TIP 20: Capture leading lines and angles. Are there natural lines and angles in the image that can lead your eye into it, creating action and drama? Leave them in and utilise them eg. a winding stream or railway track leading into the horizon, a tree branch angled into the shot etc.

For other travel photography tips see:
part 1 | part 2 | part 3

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Famous photographers’ best photos

Received this interesting post today via Twitter. Michael Zang from experimented on Google’s image search by typing in the names of top photographers to see what images came up as their top results.

The idea was to see if the Google search revealed the photographer’s most famous pieces. The list features greats such as Ansel Adams, Robert Capa and Dorothea Lange.

Read Michael’s post here.

Certainly the image of Robert Capa’s I know and would feel was representative of his work, similarly with Dorothea Lange. For Ansel Adams I would probably pick a different image, not entirely sure which one, but he certainly has better images than this. Perhaps something of the Yosemite Valley or the Sierras.


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