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.
This trip is only for fully-vaccinated participants.
Bangladesh requires a PCR test to enter the country (taken within 72 hours before arrival).
After a big Covid wave in August, Bangladesh currently has very low level of Covid (less than 10 new daily infections per million, compared to around 1,000 in most of Europe).
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.
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.
Meet & dinner at the hotel in Dhaka
2 Nov - Chittagong
Flight Dhaka - Chittagong 8:30-9:25
Fishing port; Boat trip to dhow shipyard
3 Nov - Chittagong
Fish market; Fishing port
Salt processing; Slums
4 Nov - Chittagong
Ship breaking yard
Flight Chittagong-Dhaka 20:10-21:05
5 Nov - Dhaka
Dhaka bazars, fish market, train track life
River boat crossing & ship repair yard
6 Nov - Dhaka
Trip to brass & pottery village
Village life photography on the way back
Evening flight back home
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
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
Tips for guides
International flight into Dhaka
Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)
20% (CHF 400) refundable deposit to reserve your place
Balance 1 month before the trip (by 30 September)
10% (CHF 200) for returning trip customers
Single room occupancy: CHF 200
Based on twin room sharing
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
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before trip start
50% refund if canceled 15-29 days before trip start
No refund if canceled less than 15 days before trip start
If the event is canceled within the last 30 days due to Covid restrictions, we will reschedule to a later date. If you cannot make the new date, you will receive a 100% refund
If you test positive for Covid in the last 30 days, or in case of any other medical emergency, you can switch to the next year's trip, or receive 80% refund.