Lonely Planet Writer

A camera company is offering workshops in India and Myanmar for aspiring photographers

World-famous camera company Leica has announced a series of new international destination workshops that will offer photography enthusiasts the chance to travel to India and Myanmar to get unique hands-on experience in the subject of shooting.

Leica Workshop
Bagan, in Myanmar photographer by one of the course tutors. Image by Seth Butler
Leica International Trips
A photograph taken in Myanmar. Image by Jamie Rose

The courses are part of the 2017 Leica Akademie programme, a range of workshop experiences that provide courses for every skill and interest level. As well as that, this year sees the launch of the inaugural international destination photography trips to India and Myanmar, designed to be completely exclusive and customised for photographers. The workshops will feature instruction from master photographers, comfortable accommodation and meticulously planned itineraries.

Leica Workshop
A photograph of a young man and an elephant in Goa, India. Image by Craig Semetko
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Myanmar. Image by Seth Butler

The India trip will take place in October, led by street photographer Craig Semetko who returns to the country that became the subject of his photo book, India Unposed. The photographer will lead an intimate group of attendees to three cities during the workshop,where they will photograph the explosive and colourful celebrations of Diwali. The Myanmar course sees photojournalist Seth Butler leading a tour through his favourite cities, bringing guests off the beaten track to temples, markets and other hidden treasures.

A photograph of India taken by course tutor Craig Semetko.
The workshops offer enthusiasts the chance to gain hands-on experience. Image by Craig Semetko.
A photograph taken in Bagan, Myanmar.
A photograph taken in Bagan, Myanmar.

Created in association with Momenta Workshops, the destination trips are open to all photographers. Participants will stay in comfortable four star hotels during the trips, and enjoy delicious local and international food. In-country travel will be done in SUVs and minivans to encourage small group discussions while travelling. The Destination India trips are happening from 9-20 October, with Destination Myanmar happening from 6-17 November. The international courses cost $6995 per person. There is also a range of shorter courses happening in US cities throughout the year. More information on the workshops is available on the Leica Akademie website.
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