Travel Photography with Tom Ang

By Tom Ang
Sat 15 Sept 2018, 3pm to 7pm
Workshop Fee: $90 

In an era saturated with imagery, and with increased ease of and access to travel opportunities, what makes for compelling travel photography? In this short single-session workshop, visiting instructor Tom Ang, a leading authority on photography and winner of the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photography of the Marco Polo Expedition, will cover approaches to travel photography with a focus on street scenes.

With close reference to his extensive experience, Tom will discuss what makes an effective photograph in the context of travel photography. He will share how to identify photo opportunities with the goal of not only capturing a unique image, but also thoughtfully capturing the local flavour of a place and culture. The workshop will also cover technical, ethical and cultural considerations in travel photography.

A guided shoot in the vibrant Little India neighbourhood will allow participants the opportunity to apply these learnings in a hands-on fashion. The workshop will then wrap up back at Objectifs, with a review of images in a group sharing session.



• Introduction to travel photography
• Techniques for effective travel photography
• Technical settings
•  Composition tips
•  Working with available light
•  Portraits vs. other kinds of street scenes
• Challenges and troubleshooting

Guided shoot at Little India 

• How / where to position yourself, situational awareness and cultural sensitivities
• Approaching subjects
• Posed vs. unposed photographs
• Hands-on practice

• Critique & feedback
• Wrap up

Workshop fee: 

Basic photography proficiency will be useful for this workshop. Participants are to bring their own cameras (ideally with full manual function, like a DSLR or a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera) that they are familiar with.

The guided shoot will proceed rain or shine, thus participants may also wish to bring a raincoat, cap and water.


Sat 15 Sept 2018, 3pm to 7pm

Tom Ang is a leading authority on digital photography, a photographer, author, educator, TV broadcaster, and traveller. He won the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photography of the Marco Polo Expedition which pioneered the modern Silk Road crossing from Europe to China. He has worked as a magazine editor, picture editor, technical journalist, has exhibited internationally and was a university senior lecturer in photography for over twelve years.

Amongst his 40 books on photography is the best-selling ‘Digital Photographer’s Handbook’ which has sold over half a million copies and has been translated into twenty languages, and the award-winning ‘Digital Photography Masterclass’. The presenter for two 6-part BBC series on digital photography, Tom also presented an award-winning 8-part photography series for Channel News Asia, Singapore. He has led workshops internationally, including London, Cape Town, Salzburg, Budapest, Dubai, Manila, Singapore and Auckland. He is a founding member of Sony World Photography Award, has been jury member for Czech Press Photo, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Hamdan International Photography Award. A GettyImages contributor and Sony Digital Imaging Ambassador for New Zealand, he was born in Singapore and now lives in New Zealand. Visit his website at