Directions: Office near Bach Khoa, but best to contact through www.vietnaminfocus.comPhone: 0121 515 0522
I went on the Long Bien sunrise tour on Sunday morning and it was excellent - certainly worth getting up at 4am on a Sunday morning for. As a novice who's scared of taking photos of people (been shouted at too often) I wanted help to get familiar with the settings on my camera and to get more confident taking photos of people. The tour helped with both and I also have some good (if not yet great!) photos to show for it. Plus I got to explore Long Bien market, which I've been wanting to do for ages. Highly recommended for expats, locals and visitors.
I'd like to lend my voice to the chorus of praise going out to the guys at Vietnam in Focus. As crazy as it might sound to meet anywhere (sober) at 4:30am, the Long Bien market photo excursion was well worth it. This isn't just someone walking you through an ostensibly public space and giving vague directions, Colm is a great teacher and puts a lot of effort into giving constructive and specific feedback. Camera settings, framing, lighting...all is covered. I've had my camera for years, and I've been to night markets before on my own, and this was a learning experience anyway. A quick tea break in the middle, with coffee and breakfast at the end of the tour? Bravo!
I wrote a blog post about it (with some of the pictures from the morning) so please take this as part of my review (and not self-advertising). His nudging is the reason the photos turned out so well.
I did the Long Bien market photography tour with these guys on Sunday morning, and I agree that it's definitely worth getting up at 4am for.
The market itself is a real eye-opener. It was awesome to witness it come to life from 4.30am - seeing the sun rise, the hustle and bustle, produce, colours and life in the place was just amazing.
The tour was great and suitable for anyone who has an interest in photography - no expertise or fancy camera required! It was a small group of only 4 people which allowed us plenty of one-on-one time with our guide, Colm.
I'm a complete novice, so the best part of the tour for me was getting help to navigate the settings on my camera and learning how to take better photos of big scenes, people and small details in different light settings.
If you're not inclined to get up before sunrise, the guys run another tour around the streets of Hanoi at the more civilised time of 8am and are planning a tour to Lao Cai soon as well.
If you want to see the city in a new light or get the most out of your camera and travel snaps, then I'd recommend doing a tour. It was the best Sunday morning I've had in Hanoi.
We had a great time with Colm on our Sunday morning Long Bien Market tour. We learned so much about our own photography equipment and how to use it well in different types of lighting.
Colm is dedicated and professional (and extraordinarily energetic at 4:30 AM!)and had a mission to see us take the best photos possible, as well as learn skills we could continue to use in the future.
Thanks Colm and Vietnam in Focus. We had a great time!
These guys are very good and friendly. The 4:30am Long Bien Market/Bridge walking photo tour is something that everyone should do at least once. Any of their tours will leave you with a better understanding of the local culture, your camera and you'll have great photos. thanks.
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