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Bangladesh

Travel Portrait Masterclass

2-6 March 2022

CHF 1,995

All-inclusive except international flight

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5 DAYS

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3-8 PEOPLE

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

1 Mar
Meet & dinner at the hotel in Dhaka

2 Mar - Chittagong
Flight Dhaka - Chittagong 8:30-9:25
Fishing port; Boat trip to dhow shipyard

3 Mar - Chittagong
Fish market; Fishing port 
Salt processing; Slums

4 Mar - Chittagong
Street photography
Ship breaking yard
Flight Chittagong-Dhaka 20:10-21:05

5 Mar - Dhaka
Dhaka bazars, fish market, train track life
River boat crossing & ship repair yard
Old town

6 Mar - Dhaka
Trip to brass & pottery village
Village life photography on the way back
Evening flight back home

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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

Chittagong
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Chittagong. Photo: Paulina Mirkowska
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Dhaka
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Chittagong. Photo: Paulina Mirkowska
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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 1 month before the trip (by 31 January)

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 / MUNICH

Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, CHF 800

Emirates via DubaiCHF 900

FROM SINGAPORE

Singapore Airlines (direct), S$ 500

FROM HONG KONG

Thai via Bangkok, HK$ 4,300

For more flight options, check:

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Cancellations

  • 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