Thailand trip and newbie nerves on travel photography

posted on 16th of january, 2010

I am travelling to Thailand and will be in and around Bangkok. As I have never experienced the culture of this beautiful city, can anyone provide me with a few suggestions?
One question is about locations: I understand that some areas are open to photography while others are not open to anyone taking photographs. So how about the climate of the people. Is it customary to tip or pay Thai people for allowing me to photograph them? Overall I am hoping to do my best not to offend anyone while I am there but do not want to miss any photographic opporotunities either!

I am hoping to cross into more of a documentary style as far as the faces and places of Thailand and it's amazing people.. In doing this, I am having to adjust from my style of photographing models. ...

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Posted by Cpaz1010 on January 19, 2010
I haven't been to Thailand, but I'm currently planning a trip to Vietnam and was planning on stopping in Bangkok on my way back (before decided that I don't have enough time for it). Anyway, I've done a lot of research into this, because I have similar concerns for Vietnam. I know in Vietnam you have to be most careful with photography with hill tribes. Some, not all, believe that having their picture taken captures their soul. I don't believe you will have to deal with this at all though since you will just be around Bangkok. As far as paying for photographs, I know that this is frowned upon by some but you're more than welcome to do it. The thought process is that if you pay for a photograph you are contributing to a culture of begging and teaching the young that this is an acceptable way to earn of living. But again, it's your call. If you do decide to pay for a photograph keep in mind that $1 is 33 Thai Baht and don't overpay. Feel free to snap away if you are at a distance. If you want...(More)
Posted by Hlehnerer on January 18, 2010
I have never been to Thailand, but I always wanted to go. You will have a lot of fun! Good luck!
Posted by Frantab01 on January 18, 2010
sounds like great fun - what a fantastic adventure - never been to thailand but i'm sure if you google some tips then you might come up with some great advice - good luck and looking forward to seeing you pics once you're back :)

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incorrect white balance values assigned??

posted on 20th of january, 2010

I have an image that was rejected because of " incorrect white balance value assigned", what does this mean and how can I make sure 1. that I have the correct white balance assigned, and 2. how can I prevent this from happening in the future? I have seven days to resubmit the image with this correction made, not sure at all how to do it to get it right. can anyone help?

Thanks in advance for your kindness, knowledge and support!

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Posted by Tan510jomast on January 21, 2010
white balance is in relation to the color temperature of light.
this can be problematic if there are different lighting in your shooting location . the colour temperature of flash, sunrise, sunset, tungsten light, cloudy day,etc.. all have varying light temperature. your camera will have an option to customize and manually set this so you won't be getting this inccorect WB problem.
some cases are totally unavoidable, like if you are shooting in say a shopping centre where there is a skylight and a strong illumination of fluorescent and other artificial light. this may pose a problem when most times, in such a situation you need to shoot at a slow shutter speed.
thus, you get the wrong WB.
in your example above, one is cool and the other is warm,
which is due to situation like a cloudy day and the other during sunset or near some artificial illumination lke our house lamps which are dreadfully yellow.
the spectrum strength from cool end of the light which is blue...(More)
Posted by Javashots on January 21, 2010
Thanks so much for all your comments! I am going for the corection now and then resubmit. You guys are awesome, thanks again!
Posted by Frantab01 on January 21, 2010
when i have a prob i try and do it in photoshop - adjustments - match color - then tick neutral box (doesn't always work)
or else i try what mani said below
or go to levels and press the grey dropper and find a grey spot and keep clicking on grey spots till the white balance is what you'd like it to be (isn't always easy)

good luck :)

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