Everything you need to know about doing a Hoi An Photo Tour. From Old Town Hoi An to the photo tours and workshops exploring the countryside and meeting the people, you can find it here!
- What is the best Hoi An Photo Tour?
- I only have a cell phone. Can I still do a Hoi An Photo Tour?
- What is the Sunrise Photo Tour in Old Town Hoi An?
- Are there more opportunities than just a girl with an ao dai?
- I’ve done Hoi An Food Tours and I’m looking for something different.
- When is the best time to take pictures in Hoi An?
- Are there any Photo Tours that focus on People Photography?
- What is the Countryside Photo Tour?
- Is there a Sunrise Photo Tour?
- I have no experience in photography, can I still do a Photo Tour?
- What about Private Photo Tours & Workshops?
- What is the main language for the Photo Tours?
- Where are the best places for Instagram in Hoi An Old Town?
- What makes Hoi An 360 different from the other Hoi An Photo Tours?
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What is the best Hoi An Photo Tour?
This depends a bit on what specifically you are looking for. If you want to see Old Town Hoi An without all of the people then the Old Town Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop is the best for you. Hoi An 360 is the only company offering a photo tour in the Old Town at sunrise & with someone to take pictures of. Trinh, a Vietnamese girl in traditional clothing will be there on every photo tour to help complete your compositions around the Old Town while you learn photography techniques, both technical and artistic.
The other option for a Hoi An Photo tour, for those that want to get out and connect with the people, is the Countryside and culture photo tour. You will get to see and meet the farmers and other tradespeople and truly connect with them in a way that no other Hoi An Tour will give you. The tours are kept small (4 people maximum) and you will always be accompanied by Trinh and Alden. Trinh is your link to the Vietnamese people and culture, while Alden will teach you the photography skills to capture these wonderful people.
I only have a cell phone. Can I still do a Hoi An Photo Tour?
The answer is a resounding “YES”! Any of the photo tours with Hoi An 360 welcomes cameras of all types. You will even get specific instruction on cell phone photography if this is what you are shooting with.
What is the Sunrise Photo Tour in Old Town Hoi An?
The focus for this photo tour & workshop is on capturing beautiful shots around historic Hoi An Old Town. With a subject in traditional Vietnamese clothing (ao dai and non la) you have a wonderful opportunity to capture stunning shots of quintessential Vietnam, something unique to Hoi An 360. The white ao dai contrasts and compliments the vibrant yellow walls of the city.
Having a subject to shoot, there will also be more time to discuss camera settings and composition without the stress of chasing fleeting moments.
Are there more opportunities than just a girl with an ao dai?
There definitely are! Many more in fact. We start with this for two reasons. First, having a subject to photograph makes it easier to learn as there isn’t any stress on capturing a fleeting moment. Second, she is the perfect subject to shoot against yellow walls and blue shutters, affording you many opportunities to get great shots in the early morning light without all the tourists and while most of the shops are still closed. And third (I know I said two but this a huge bonus) Trinh is Vietnamese and can connect with the locals in a way no foreigner can.
As we walk around Hoi An there will be opportunities to take pictures of the locals. Local residents like Que and My and of course Lu, the one receiving all the attention in this picture.
I’ve done Hoi An Food Tours and I’m looking for something different.
Think about what draws you to Hoi An. Is it the Old Town? If so, why not do a Photo Tour IN Old Town?! Capture your own beautiful images of the picturesque town that you will be proud to show your friends back home! Food Tours are great but why not try something different?
When is the best time to take pictures in Hoi An?
I believe the early morning is the best time; from just before sunrise to about an hour and a half after. During this time the shops are all closed and the locals go about their business, most of which are on their way to the market. There are also far fewer tourist at this time and the light can be magical.
My second favorite time is in the evening, just before during and just after sunset. During this time the lanterns in Old Town are illuminated and the sun is casting its last rays of golden light over the yellow-walled buildings. Meanwhile, the boats fill up the Thu Buon River, also illuminated by lanterns, and tourists place floating paper lotuses with candles in the water. The only downside to this time is that there are usually a LOT of people. So just be prepared.
Are there any Photo Tours that focus on People Photography?
Yes! Hoi An 360 has a photo workshop that is all about taking pictures of people. Topics covered included approaching people to take their pictures, technical settings, taking advantage of natural light to produce beautiful portraits, using elements in your scene to help tell your story and much more! This workshop focuses on dramatically improving your portrait photography and is tailored to the people participating in the workshop. It is limited to 5 people to ensure that you get one-on-one attention.
Here are a few portraits from our Portrait Photography Workshop.
The other option is the Countryside and Culture Photo Tour exploring the less-known villages and rice fields around Hoi An. For this photo tour, you will also have many opportunities to do portrait photography.
Hoi An 360 is the only tour available in Hoi An where you will have a professional photographer and a local Vietnamese guide and subject to photograph. Trust me, having a local Vietnamese to connect with the locals makes a world of difference. Trinh can connect with the local people in a way foreigners.can’t.
What is the Countryside Photo Tour?
This is the Hoi An Photo Tour we are most passionate about. We will take you to the countryside around Hoi An and get up close and personal with the locals. This isn’t a watered down “local village tour” or ” see the local farmers with 17 people” tour. We take a maximum of 4 people and vary who we see and where we go in order to keep our impact to a minimum. This might just be the most genuine tour in all of Hoi An.
With our hearts for Vietnamese culture in addition to photography, we combine the two, to bring you a deeper understanding of the culture, life, and people in the countryside of Vietnam. It is not just about traveling and taking pictures, but it is also about exploring, experiencing and learning about Vietnam and the people who make this country what it is. The hardworking farmers and craftsmen that embody the spirit and charm of Vietnam.
Is there a Sunrise Photo Tour?
Currently, Hoi An 360 offers a sunrise photo tour in the Old Town. We believe that the best time to see Hoi An Old Town is just before and for about an hour after sunrise. We will also be offering a sunrise tour in the countryside to provide additional options for photographers.
I have no experience in photography, can I still do a Photo Tour?
Yes. We accept people of all skills levels. Cell phone shooters to pros with a 3‑foot lens.
What about Private Photo Tours & Workshops?
Hoi An 360 offers private photography tours, completely customized to your needs and skill level and can bring you to the places we don’t usually visit on our regular tours. This is perfect for people who want both private instruction and access to the places and people not available on any other tour in Hoi An.
What is the main language for the Photo Tours?
English is the main language but Trinh will always be there to speak Vietnamese with the locals.
Where are the best places for Instagram in Hoi An Old Town?
Hoi An Old Town has many beautiful places to take pictures and is perfect for Instagram. Yellow walls, blue doors, lanterns, and conical hats, it’s great! Check out the detailed article here on where to shoot for Instagram in Hoi An.
What makes Hoi An 360 different from the other Hoi An Photo Tours?
I could list many more things I feel that makes Hoi An 360 the best Hoi An Photo Tour company but honestly, it probably just comes down to what you want to shoot, the images that you want to capture. Do you like our style? Do you want to learn or be given the opportunity to capture images like the ones you see here? Do you also want the opportunity to learn something about the people you photograph, connect with them and know that we are giving back to these people? Well, then we look forward to meeting you on our next tour or workshop.