PMPE 3 – Ho Chi Minh City, 5th to 11th December 2009

PhotoMalaysia PhotoSafari Experience (PMPE) – Session 3



We are pleased to announce that PhotoMalaysia and will be launching a unique program aimed at newbies and not-so-newbies, who want to improve their digital photography skills. The program, labeled as the PhotoMalaysia PhotoSafari Experience, or PMPE for short, will be a Two Stages, 9 days event, to be led by Maxby and Digitalartist. A PhotoMalaysia Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to all participants for each module attended.

Stage 1 will be two days of intensive lectures, demos, discussions, photo-critiques and questions & answers in a cosy classroom setting, using hundreds of sample images to illustrate and make attendees aware of critical photography skills, which under normal circumstances, are usually picked up over a lifetime of learning and experience. The two days program is designed as a fast track way to get you up to speed, and be effectively running, in the science, art, craft, and subtle nuances of Digital Photography.

We will guide you on How to Choose a Digital Camera, Lenses & Accessories, How to Care for your equipment including Sensor cleaning, How to Use, Understand & Master your Camera. How to Compose & Shoot Compelling pictures. How to Post Process digital pictures with Photoshop, and how to Store, Catalog, Organize and quickly process your digital images using the current crop of metadata image processors like Adobe Lightroom.

The two days program will cover a Complete Digital Workflow, arranged to equip attendees with the foundations and all the essential skills needed to see and shoot successful digital images. It is designed to give you a kick start in Digital Photography, to equip you with the necessary foundations upon which to further develop your photography skills, and be better equipped to shoot better pictures.  You will also be encouraged to bring along your own pictures for Critique & Post Processing tutorials and demonstrations. In fact, half of the second day will be dedicated to teaching you a practical post processing workflow designed to get you up and running in digital processing. No theory but simply what to do from the point of downloading your pictures into your computer, to the point of printing the finished image.

Stage 2 will be a 7 days Photo Safari in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, programmed to reinforce the learning points downloaded in Stage 1. There will be guided shooting walkabouts, Question, Answers & Critique sessions, Tips on Street, Village and Market Shooting, Tips on Shooting Strangers. Tips and Demonstrations on how to See and Use Light, Shadows, Patterns and Textures in B&W and colour, how to Shoot Sunrises, mirror reflections, and in fact how to see and make compelling pictures. The 7 days Photo Safari is a practical, on site and hands on learning program, combining photography with the pleasure of exploring Ho Chi Min City and its surrounding areas in South Vietnam  and sampling its culinary and other delights.  This is a learning photography tour, designed by experienced photographers for photographers. Places for Stage 2 is limited to 20 persons, and preference will be given to people who attend Stage 1.

Besides hundreds of beautifully composed pictures from Ho Chi Min City, you take away from the PhotoMalaysia Photosafari Experience practical tips on how to shoot compelling pictures. Participants will be invited to submit their best pictures for inclusion into a joint exhibition, and a shared self financed coffee table book, which can be regarded as a part of their Portfolio.

Locations, Dates and Costs for Stage 1

Two days and 16 hours of lectures, demos, critiques, discussions & question & answer sessions, with lunch & refreshments provided.

  1. Kuala Lumpur Saturday 28th and 29th November 2009 (RM450 per person)

Dates and Costs for Stage 2 (Photo Safari in Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam)

From  Saturday 5th to Friday 11th December 2009,

Special rate of RM2,950 for Parts 1 & 2, or RM 2,700 for Part 2 only

Including meals, accommodation and land transport in Ho Chi Min City

Excluding:  Airfare, Airport Taxes. All participants are encouraged to buy their own travel insurances.

(Book & pay for your own flights to Ho Chi Min City Vietnam – Estimated Air Asia Airfare KL-Ho Chi Min city is RM500.00)


Registration is now open.

Send PM or email to Maxby [email protected] to book a place on any one of the programs. Include your full name, telephone, email and home address to facilitate communications. Further details and how to pay will be given by return email.  Bookings for Stage 1 will close 7 days before commencement of each course. You will need to indicate whether or not you will also take Stage 2, at the time you book your place for Stage 1. This is to allow us to offer your place to others who are not taking the Stage 1 program. Send a PM or Telephone Digitalartist at Zero One Two -2712955 or Maxby at Zero One Two -2181396 if you have any questions.

As we have already received pre announcement bookings, places are limited, and acceptance will be on a First Come, First Served basis.

For the Stage 2, Ho Chi Min City Photo Safari sessions, preference will be given to those attending the Stage One sessions. Confirmation and instructions for payments of deposits will be provided by return mail. If you have questions or need clarifications, you can post in this thread and Maxby and I will try to clarify

Detailed program for PhotoMalaysia’s Photography Experience is as follows (subject to further fine tuning & alterations).

Program for Stage 1


Time Topic Presenter
0830 – 0845 Introduction and brief outline of course Maxby
0845 – 1000 Choosing your camera and lenses Yusuf
1000 – 1015 TEA BREAK
1015 – 1115 Using your camera Maxby & Yusuf
1115 – 1230 Practical composition – part 1 Maxby & Yusuf
1230 – 1330 LUNCH
1330 – 1430 Practical composition – part 2 Maxby & Yusuf
1430 – 1530 Landscape photography Yusuf
1530 – 1545 TEA BREAK
1545 – 1645 Street photography Maxby
1645 – 1730 Panel Q&A, Photo critique Maxby & Yusuf


Time Topic Presenter
0830 – 1000 Black and White photography Maxby
1000 – 1015 TEA BREAK
1015 – 1230 Travel photography Yusuf
1230 – 1330 LUNCH
1330 – 1530 Post processing part -1 Yusuf
1530 – 1545 TEA BREAK
1545 – 1645 Post processing – part 2 Yusuf
1645 – 1730 Panel Q&A, photo critique Maxby & Yusuf

Itinerary for PhotoSafari at Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam

(Itinerary is subject to change}

5th to 11th December 2009

Day 1

  • Kl (LCCT) to HCM, arrive HCM at 1600hrs. Check into Hotel and briefing
  • Chinatown and night cruise on Mekong River
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Bien Hoa
  • Landscape shoot at: Chau Thoi mountain (the pagoda on the mountain with the lake in front of it)
  • Buu Long lake (like a small Halong Bay): it’s 40 km from Ho Chi Minh city(Landscape and people.)
  • Sunset shoot at floating village
  • 1st photo review session

Day 3

  • Long Hai beach and fishing market,
  • Long Son ancient village and temple about 100km far from Ho Chi Minh city (landscape and people)

Days 4 and 5

  • Da Lat and Dai Ninh Lakes: 6 hours transportation from Ho Chi Minh ( one night on bus, one night on hotel at Da Lat, two days for shooting)
  • Landscape of highland city and hills
  • Ethnic village
  • Gong performance: (traditional music and dancing of ethnic people on the top of the mountain)
  • Lake with dead trees on the water, boat, fisherman…
  • La Nga Floating village
  • Back to HCM

Day 6

  • Long Khanh:
  • Rubber tree forest ( in December the leaf change to yellow and red) :
  • Landscape and model, waterfall landscape.
  • 70km from Ho Chi Minh.
  • Final photo review session

Day 7

  • Architechture photos: anncient church and museum
  • Ben Thanh market
  • Shopping


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