Oman is lightyears away from neighbouring Dubai - more traditional, calm and relaxed. A country where growing affluence and modernity in the capital Muscat contrasts with markets outside Muscat, which can feel like going back in time to the 19th century.
Oman is full of photogenic faces and striking dresses - which we will see in full glory at the Muscat Festival and two provincial weekly markets.
This is the easiest and most comfortable of my travel portrait trips, as we will be ferried around in a minivan, with minimal amount of walking and a fairly relaxed pace. You just need to be prepared for a couple of early morning starts to make it to the markets by 7am.
A 4-week event organised for the locals, with very few foreigners - Muscat Festival brings people from all corners of the country to showcase traditional dresses, activities and dances. People who don't mind being photographed, as long as you like. The only catch is that it gets going from 4pm, giving less than 2 hours of daylight - so we will go there 3 times.
The Friday market in Nizwa brings the old-world charm of the Middle East, where you can test your candid portrait skills in a challenging environment of constantly moving crowds. The whole thing - including a food market, goat market and carpet market - starts at 7am and is over by 11am. Afterwards, we will take a detour to an atmospheric village of Hamra.
A 3-hour drive from Muscat, Ibra is an empty, dusty little place, with literally nothing to do and see. That is, until the weekly Wednesday market springs to life. That is a place were you will feel literally teleported back to 19th century - with old men selling rifles and traditional Omani knives. Like in Nizwa, the market ends by 11am, after which Ibra descends back to its sleepy emptiness.
Mon 17 Jan
Tue 18 Jan - Muscat
Photoshoot with a local model
Drive to Ibra (3h)
Wed 19 Jan - Ibra & Muscat
Drive to Muscat (3h)
Thu 20 Jan - Muscat
Grand Mosque - combining people & architecture
Drive to Nizwa (2h)
Fri 21 Jan - Nizwa & Muscat
Drive to Muscat (2h)
Sat 22 Jan - Relax day
Swimming in Wadi Shab natural pools (1.5h drive)
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) & 2-star hotel in Ibra
All meals (with beverages)
Ground transportation in private minivan
International flight into Muscat
Personal expenses (e.g. room service, porters, laundry)
20% (CHF 500) refundable deposit to reserve your place
Balance 2 months before the trip (by 15 November)
CHF 250 (10%) for returning trip customers
Single room occupancy: CHF 250
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
Oman Air (direct)
Out 21:35-07:05, return 14:45-19:05
Swiss (stopover in Dubai)
Out 12:20-23:10, return 00:10-6:25
Sri Lankan (via Colombo)
Out 15:00-22:10, return 23:25-13:55 (+1)
Oman Air (via Kuala Lumpur)
Out 17:25-00.15 (+1), return 21:15-10:20 (+1)
FROM HONG KONG
Cathay + Oman Air via Bangkok
Out 16:05-23:25, return 02:35-17:00
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International photography coach, specialising in people photography in natural light - from posed to travel portraits
30+ years of photographic experience
An avid independent traveller with a passion for remote, non-touristy places with authentic cultures
Polish based in Zurich, Switzerland
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