Every experience is an opportunity…

Written by: Colby Brown /

…to learn and grow.

I had no expectations as I prepared for Colby’s workshop in Myanmar. What I wanted the most from this trip was the experience of exploring an ancient culture and the opportunity for an amazing adventure, but what I walked away with was so much more.

One of the things I really appreciated the most about working with Colby is the way he pushes you beyond your boundaries in photography. Until this workshop, I spent most of my time photographing in aperture priority mode with auto-focus. This workshop encouraged me to explore and embrace my camera’s manual mode. Now, I’m not new to manual mode–I spend every Milky Way season in manual mode and manual focus–but shooting the night sky in manual isn’t really a challenge. However, when you’re in conditions with fast-changing and dynamic lighting, you really need to think about how each setting affects your image. Colby’s deep technical knowledge and his ability to teach will leave a lasting impression on you as a student… no question is too simple nor too complex.

Thank you Colby (and Erin and Koye!) for an amazing but exhausting trip in Myanmar. This was an experience I will never forget and l’m looking forward to my next adventure with Colby.