Myanmar Photo Workshop 2016

Adventure in Myanmar 2017

Come join me & Paul Pichugin for an incredible adventure through the mystical Buddhist country of Myanmar in South East Asia. During our time in this gorgeous country, you will witness sunrise over the thousands of Buddhist temples found in the bucket list location of Bagan,  float along the smooth waters of the famous Inle Lake, where fisherman will undoubtedly strike a smile at you as they bring in their catch of the day and photograph an epic sunset over the U Bein teakwood bridge as monks return from their day of studies at the local temple. This is but a small glimpse of the amazing experiences you will get to photograph throughout this adventure.

Trip Dates

Nov 10th – 18th, 2017

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For years, Myanmar was run by an oppressive dictatorship that strictly regulated travel throughout the country. The good news is that things have started to change and Myanmar recently held is first free democratic elections. This has opened the doors of the once closed-off nation, allowing you to experience a part of Asia that was not possible just a few years ago.

Our Adventure in Myanmar starts in Yangon on November 10th where we will meet as a group (Flights arrive daily from Bangkok, Thailand). Here we will spend an evening photographing the gorgeous Shwedagon Pagoda (Golden Pagoda). From there we will fly to Bagan, our first major stop of the trip. Here you will have 3 days to explore and photograph the thousands of Buddhist temples while also getting the chance to capture unique images of local Buddhist monks throughout the countryside. From there we will fly to Inle Lake, where we will spend a few days exploring the calm waters, local villages and photographing the famous Myanmar fisherman. The workshop will wrap up our time with a quick stayover in Mandalay, giving us an opportunity to capture the natural lives of those crossing the U Bein wooden bridge as well as the life of local Buddhist monks in a nearby Monastery​.

Inle Lake Sunset in Myanmar with two Fisherman

What is Included?


  • All Ground Transportation

    From the moment you land in Myanmar to the moment the trip ends, you will be covered.

  • All Hotel Accomodations

    Once you land in Myanmar, all of your hotels are paid for, based on double occupancy. Add $550 for the single occupancy option.

  • All Domestic Flights

    All three of your flights within Myanmar are included as part of your tuition

  • Local Guides & Permits

    All local guides and any necessary permits are taken care of as part of your tuition.

  • All Photo Instruction

    All group and individual photo instruction and education is covered with your tuition.

What is Not Included?


  • International Flights

    You are responsible for purchasing all International flights for this workshop.

  • Meals/Snacks

    While most breakfasts will be covered, you are responsible for your paying for your own lunches and dinners

  • Visas

    You are responsible for securing your Myanmar entry visa before the workshop begins. They now accept online Visa applications.

Space is limited and filling up quickly on a first come first serve basis. With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.


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* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section of this website to learn more about cancellation policies or if you have any other questions.

Areas to Explore

  • Yangon
  • Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Bagan
  • Inle Lake
  • Mandalay
  • U Bein Bridge
  • and much more…

The Beauty of Myanmar

Meet Your Instructors & Guides

Colby Brown Bio Photo

Colby Brown

Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Boulder, Colorado. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.

Paul Pichugin

Paul Pichugin is a Landscape, Travel and Commercial Photographer based in Western Australia’s amazing South West. Paul loves to travel, experiencing other cultures, connecting with people and exploring new places. He has travelled extensively through out Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia. His photography has been featured in publications internationally, been used in national and international tourism campaigns and also across several major TV networks.Paul enjoys volunteering and working with Non-Profit Organisations to help raise awareness for their causes and funds for their projects. He supports Ros Worthington’s Love Angel Foundation as well as Awareness Cambodia, a charity for children orphaned by HIV.

Past Workshop Testimonials

We had an excellent trip

We had an excellent trip with Colby Brown, Jay Patel, and Varina Patel. The trip was well put together and we saw much of the big island. We felt we learned more about landscape photography and photography in general than in any other workshop we have attended. Many techniques were new to us and have improved our approach to photography.

John & Jennifer G.

A Truly Tailored Experience

I’m a full time working photographer who is always looking to further my skills. After chatting with Colby I decided that his Iceland photography workshop would be a great fit for me and I was right. Colby pays special attention to individual needs and will keep handing out the knowledge for as long as you keep asking for it. I would recommend a Colby Brown workshop for anyone from a pure beginner photographer to a working professional.

Lauren B

Iceland Workshop June 2017

I loved this workshop, here is why; Colby Brown, and his co-leader, assistant Peyton Hale are amazing human beings, dependable, efficient, prompt, kind, funny, hopeful, and adept planners and problem solvers and did I say amazing photographers and teachers.Colby from the first second I emailed him was immediately responsive, available and a helpful guide and continued all the way through.He was indefatigable in finding us beautiful light and places to photograph. He taught me to pitch a tent in under 5 minutes and was available on all sites for an immediate consultation on composition, technique, art. He and Peyton , …

Rena G

Cancelation & Refund Policy

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time...but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies...

All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge. In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $150 service charge). However if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies:

  • 90 days or more: full refund minus $150 fee
  • 60 days or more: 50% refund
  • Less than 60 days: no refund