For small groups ranging from 1 to 5 expedition/workshop participants.
We provide personal photo tour services and on location workshops in South East Asia. You let us know what you are looking to do and we will set up the trip for you. We are now based out of Siem Reap, Cambodia and can provide South East Asia photo tours and workshops led by photographer George Mann.
If you wish to visit the Angkor Temples we would like to suggest scheduling a four day (or longer) stay in Siem Reap. The Angkor area is much larger and the temples more spread out than it appears when looking at the maps, ideally you want to spend at least three days exploring and photographing the temples located in the Angkor Archaeological Park.
When contacting us about a Personal Photo Tour please provide the following information.
1. For how many days would you like to hire our services? (minimum three full day for services provided out of Siem Reap.
2. On what date would you like to start your personal photo tour?
3. How many people are in your party and which hotel are you planning to stay at?
Our personal photo tours are designed to accommodate from 1 to 5 persons, photographers need space for their equipment so we try not to fill all the seats. If you have a larger group we will have to negotiate another price as we will have to hire additional vehicles.
4. Do you have a trip itinerary in mind or would you like us to suggest one?
If you have never been to the Angkor Temples site before, it is pretty much a given that you will want to photograph, Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon (main temple in Angkor Thom), Ta Phrom (the Angelinsa Jolie temple with trees growing over and out of temple walls), and Banteay Srei (a small ink sandstone temple with very intricate carvings).
It is also reccomended that you take a boat trip through the Tonle Sap Lake, with its floating village and in the dry season to take a walk through a remote fishing village, where all the houses are on stilts (plenty of close-up people photo opportunities).
Angkor Personal Photo Tours:
With Personal Photo Tour Leader – George Mann
Tour Location & Tour Guide – This agreement applies to any Angkor temple and Tonle Sap locations within one day driving distance (round trip) of Siem Reap – air conditioned van and driver (unless we are on a boat), a government licensed tour guide for the Angkor temples and Tonle Sap Lake can also be provided.
Transportation – The air conditioned tour van will be equipped with plenty of cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks so that we do not go hungry or have to rely on available food in the countryside. Restaurants in the countryside and in most of the temple areas can be pretty basic.
Personal Tour Leader – George Mann will be accompanying you on all personal photo tours and provide a laptop computer for image downloads and reviews (using Adobe Lightroom) while on location in the temples and out in the country side.
Photography – What type of camera equipment you bring is completely up to you. If you are highly skilled photographer or a beginning enthusiast is not of any importance. We will assist you in every way possible to get the images you are after. At the end of the day we will discuss your images with you at your hotel before going out for another day of shooting.
Digital Workflow – George Mann is a recognized expert on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and writes an Inside Lightroom blog for O’Reilly Digital Media, he also produces the DPMac.com website, AngkorRoad.com and NikonDP.com. How much of your Personal Photo Tour is spent on digital workflow questions is up to you. If you would like to maximize your digital workflow experience on this tour, please bring your own laptop computer.
Website Trip Reports – We can help you produce daily web pages of your adventures while you are here, so you can invite your friends and family (by email) to see what you are up to. We can publish your trip reports on this website or your own website.
Fee for South East Asia Personal Photo Tour/Workshop Services – US$ 500 per day (plus travel expenses). This fee includes George Mann’s personal services only. Airline tickets, hotels, tour van and driver, boats and trucks when required, government licensed tour guide, and all other tour related expenses, will be charged separately.
Length of Your Tour in Siem Reap – a minimum of 3 days are recommended to see most of the major Angkor sites and a 4th day for Tonle Sap.
We require a 50% deposit on booking and 100% of the total fee within 30 days of your tour date. (within 30-days of the tour date all fees are non-refundable, as we have to pay our suppliers and sub-contractors)
Personal Photo Tours in other locations:
Follow the instructions above but substitute another location and tell us where you would like to travel. If you are in need of my assistance in Bangkok, I have been traveling to Bangkok for over 30 years and know the city like the back of my hand, I also know the rest of Thailand (and all the border areas) better than almost anyone.
Our base fee for Personal Photo Tours only covers our personal photo tour services in the Siem Reap and Angkor areas. There may be additional charges in other locations.
Our Photo Tour & Workshop Philosophy:
Over the last 30 years I have traveled throughout Asia as a photographer for commercial clients, book and magazine publishers, international aid organizations, and just plain for the enjoyment of it. You could say I am a very lucky man because my work and my play has always been one and the same. Whenever people ask me where I went on my last vacation, I always have to grin and say that I never take a vacation, I do not understand the concept.
The journeys I always enjoyed the most were those I took with a group of fellow photographers, exploring the roads that normal tourists and even most veteran travelers never venture down. A key ingredient being that you have to have control of your method of transport. Another key ingredient being that you have to allow for chance and opportunity to decide your final destination.
In practice this means that we travel by road in a mini-van or SUV as much as possible, so that we can carry all our camera equipment and personal effects with us. It is also very difficult to tell an airplane, train or boat to park it for awhile, so we can take some pictures.
For much the same reason we also specialize in personal tours for individuals and small groups of friends. Our experience says that throwing a group of strangers together almost inevitably leads to disagreements about alternate shooting locations, choice of restaurants and hotels, and time tables, etc.. This also makes it easier for us to cater to clients with different economic realities.
Siem Reap, where the Angkor temples are located is in some ways an outcropping in the middle of the jungle, but it also has a fair number of five star hotels and restaurants. There is also a large selection of low to medium priced hotels, and guest houses ranging from a few dollars a night to luxurious (foreign managed) Bed & Breakfast type establishments.
This wide variety of accomodations and restaurants makes it very difficult to offer a single tour package that will satisfy everyone, so we would rather offer advice and connect you directly to the appropriate hotel properties. If you want us to take care of the entire package we can, but will require some guidelines so that we can make you as comfortable as possible.
Personally I like nothing better than sleeping on a smooth teak floor and scooping a few buckets of cold water over my head in the morning, but it takes some time to get used to that way of life. The last thing we want is a bunch of grumpy photographers on the way to a sunrise shoot location. So please be realistic about the level of comfort you require.
Location Scouting & Base Photo Assignment Fee – US$ 500 (plus travel expenses) per day, anywhere in Asia, images and reports can be transmitted to the client at the end of each day. This service is available for film and video production companies, and corporate clients for annual reports, real estate ventures, acquisitions, mergers, golf tournaments, etc.