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New for 2014: Travel Photography City Break holidays to Paris, Prague, Venice & Marrakech

I have just added new travel photography city break destinations for 2014 on my Digital Photography Holidays website.

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Travel Photography Holidays

The photography city breaks will take us to fantastic iconic photographic locations and the time away will be packed full of photography. The photography city breaks are aimed at all levels of photographer as I tailor the photo shoots to your individual needs.

All the hotels I have hand picked to be in the centre so you won`t have to waste time travelling long distances as there are great photo opportunities as soon as we leave the hotel door. As with all my photography holidays there is no single person supplement and non-photography partners are welcome. The holidays, dates and itineraries can be found at

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I look forward to welcoming you on one of my Digital Photography Holidays “may the light be with you”


International Photography Awards 2013, Burma, Angkor Wat & Iris

The International Photography Awards 2013 have just been announced and I received an Honourable mention in 8 categories, which I am really pleased with as there were over 15,000 entries from around the world.

Some of you might have seen my Myanmar (Burma) photographs when they first appeared on the Manfrotto website.

Travel and Tourism category and Fine Art; Landscapes category “Temples of Bagan”

Having first visited Bagan eight years ago, on my return visit in April of this year I had already pre-visualised a series of black and white images of the temples. There are over 4,000 temples on the plains of Bagan and the whole area has an ethereal, timeless feeling and is one of my favourite places on the planet. For the series I converted my images to black & white, then split toned them in Lightroom. It was important to have the same tone in the series as I wanted them to work together. These 3 photographs were the ones I entered.

Myanmar Burma Bagan temples sunrise black and white

Myanmar (Burma) “Temples of Bagan”

Myanmar Burma Bagan temples sunrise black & white

Myanmar (Burma) Temples of Bagan

Myanmar Burma Bagan temples sunrise black and white

Myanmar (Burma) “Temples of Bagan”

Panoramic category “Temples of Bagan”

For this image I wanted to show a panoramic view from one of my favourite temples, from which you get an idea of what the stupa studded landscape looks like.

Myanmar (Burma) Bagan temples panoramic view

Myanmar (Burma) “Temples of Bagan” Panoramic

Culture Category “Stonemasons Burma”

In Mandalay there is an area of the city where images of Buddha are carved from rock. I spent a morning in this area photographing the many processes that are undergone to make the statues. The air was filled with rock dust and it was quite oppressive in the searing heat of April in Mandalay. The boy to the left has to stand there applying water to where the man is drilling. This photograph was just one from a whole series shot that morning.

Mandalay stonemasons quarter boy and young man carving Buddha statue Burma Myanmar

Stonemasons Burma

Fisherman Inle Lake

Lake Inle in the Shan State of Myanmar covers an area of 45 square miles (116 km2) and is at an altitude of 2900 feet, it is home to the leg rowing fisherman. It was my first visit to the lake and it came as a welcome relief to the heat of Mandalay in April as the air was much cooler. I was really taken by the beauty of the place and chartered a boat to take me out for a few days. On my first dawn outing the boat captain drove past this fisherman who was completely oblivious to us. The sun had just appeared over the hills which made for a great silhouette and some warmth after a chilly start. I often see photographs of the Inle Lake fisherman which are over posed, I liked the natural feeling to this shot.

Myanmar Burma Lake Inle sunrise leg rower rowing fisherman

“Lake Inle fisherman”

Travel & Tourism Category; People of Burma

Myanmar Mandalay U Bein bridge woman watching sunrise

Mandalay U Bein Bridge

Mandalay stonemasons quarter boy and young man carving Buddha statue Burma Myanmar

Mandalay Stonemasons

Burma (Mandalay) Schwezigon Paya pagoda monks

Young Monks Nyaung Shwe

Inle lake, Myanmar (Burma) fisherman with girl on boat

Inle lake, Myanmar (Burma)

Portrait of an old Shan man in Myanmar (Burma) Lake Inle

Trees Category; “Tree Roots; Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia”

This shot is one from an ongoing project photographing nature`s strength over humankind at the temples of Angkor Wat. The trees roots of this tree are slowly pulling the temple apart returning the stone back to the Earth and creating a new form of beauty.

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat, Ta Prohm temple.

Tree Roots; Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

Flowers category; Iris

This image of the Iris was taken with my 180mm macro lens which is my favourite lens for close up photography. The Iris was slightly back lit from the sun which showed off its translucent petals.



I am looking forward to returning to Cambodia and Burma this winter as I host travel photography holidays to my favourite locations

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Finalist; IGPOTY Macro Art; behind the photo “Sarracenia Flava”

Sarracenia Flava all green form pitcher plant

Sarracenia Flava all green form pitcher plant

This image of the carnivorous plant Sarracenia Flava var Maxima, all green form pitcher plant was a finalist in the International Garden photographer of the Year, monochrome art category.

For the shot I wanted to give the plant an air of mystery and a fine art feel. I decided to minimise the depth of field and only focus on the nearest part of the plant to the lens. By doing this it would knock all the rest of the plant out of focus. The lighting was chosen to only have the highlight at the nearest point to the lens leaving the rest of the photo to fade into shadow, which gives the air of mystery.

Finally I converted the image to black and white and then split toned the colour in Lightroom.

The photography was shot with a 180mm Canon macro lens, at f8 with 0.5sec shutter speed and 100 ISO.

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2014 Burma (Myanmar) travel photography holiday – journey through the Golden Land

Myanmar (Burma) is the pot at the end of the rainbow – photographers gold.

Myanmar (Burma) Lake Inle fisherman

Myanmar (Burma) Lake Inle fisherman

After spending 28 days in the country I can honestly say that I haven`t had such an awe inspiring photo shoot in quite some time, there is such a wealth of subject matter to photograph, from street photography through to luscious landscapes.Myanmar (Burma)Yangon woman selling water melon at street side

Myanmar (Burma) Bagan temples

Myanmar (Burma) Bagan temples

There is an abundance of fresh tasty street food. Myanmar Nyaung Shwe town market street food vegetable samosas frying

and many modes of transportHorse and carriage, Myanmar (Burma)

Myanmar (Burma) people on tractor

Join me for a journey through the golden land on a Digital Photography Holiday.    Dates, itinerary and pricing for this holiday can be found on my website

Myanmar (Burma) Mandalay U Bein bridge woman watching sunrise

Myanmar, Mandalay, U Bein bridge woman watching sunrise

I have teamed up with my friends from Manfrotto tripods and every Tuesday in May they will be publishing a travelogue on their website following my journey around Burma starting on May 7th.

I also host Digital Photography Holidays to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Venice, Marrakech, Prague & Paris, plus photography workshops: Join me for the trip of a lifetime.


Burma (Myanmar) photography holiday tour dates announced 2014 & 2015

Photography holidays to Myanmar (burma) Angkor Wat, cambodia and Bangkok Thailand in 2013 2014

I have just confirmed the dates for the photography holiday to Burma (Myanmar) for 2014 & 2015.

Digital photography holidays holiday vacations tour tours workshop workshops to Myanmar Burma Cambodia Angkor Wat Venice marrakech Paris Morocco Prague hosted by Stephen Studd 2014

Inle lake, Myanmar (Burma)

On this travel photography tour to Burma we start in Yangon home to Schwedagon Paya. We then fly to the temple studded plains of Bagan.

From Bagan we travel by train to Mandalay.

We have secured permits to travel overland in to the Shan State to go to Lake Inle and from there we go back to Yangon.

More details can be found here;

I look forward to meeting you on of my Digital Photography Holidays.

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Round the World Part 1

I set off in October for a round the world trip. The main intentions of this were to re-visit Cambodia to make final arrangements for my Digital Photography Holidays to Angkor Wat this year and also to see the solar eclipse in Australia. A round the world ticket seemed the best option as we wanted to visit friends in New Zealand and visit Mexico.

The idea was to keep blogging on the journey, however our first port of call Cambodia pretty much stopped that. Most of our time now is spent on computers and travelling to me is about the experience and the journey. Writing about it whilst there started to get in the way of the experience so I decided to only send a few Tweets and get on with travelling and write a short blog on my return.

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat

Angkor Wat is one of my favourite locations in Asia to photograph and after re-visiting over the years since 1999 it still hasn`t lost its sense of awe. It really shows the power of nature as trees grow on top of temples and their roots slowly envelope and pull the temples apart returning the stone to the earth.

 temple tree roots

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat, Apsara

Asia, Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor wat, Apsara

Next base was camping in Palm Cove, Australia in readiness for the solar eclipse of 14th November 2012. We had wanted to see the eclipse over the ocean but after getting up each day at dawn, over a seven day period it was looking like this was not going to be possible as low horizon cloud obscured the sun until after the time the eclipse would happen (06.40am). Palm Cove was an idyllic beach if it had not been for;



The threat of “feeling of impending doom” if stung by the Irukandji jellyfish amongst many others made swimming not very pleasant even though there were stinger nets to swim between. I had forgotten how Australia is full of warning signs everywhere.

Mount Elephant was our chosen place to view the eclipse from. Each time we had been up there to check the weather conditions it had been crystal clear baking skies. The day before the eclipse it had clouded over completely! With faith it would clear by the morning we went down a small dusty track for about 2 miles off the main Mulligan Highway road.


By evening the sky cleared and at night we were treated to an amazing starry night with countless shooting stars and no light pollution. At dawn the sky was still clear and this is where we viewed the eclipse from. The viewpoint we found had a full 360 degree view around us.

Mount Elephant

Again the experience of an eclipse far outweighs for me getting all technical and photographing it, I leave that to our friends at NASA and other astronomers, there are plenty of amazing shots of the actual eclipse on the web.


It was one of the best eclipses I have seen, everything seemed to go slow motion and time stood still for those brief few minutes and I even got to see and remember the shadow sweeping in. It is hard to describe an eclipse, though an elder called Justice from a tribe in South Africa once told us it was “natural magic” which sums it up beautifully.

After the eclipse we headed up to Cape Tribulation with friends to go camping for a few days in search of the legendary Cassowary and to swim in safe stinger free waters (though there were sting rays). and immerse ourselves in nature. We were treated to crystal clear waters, turtles, stretches of beach with no one on and clear black moon starry skies with no light pollution and phosphoresence in the sea, swimming holes in rivers but alas no sighting of a Cassowary.

Cassowary sign Cape Tribulation

Part 2 coming soon; New Zealand and Mexico

For anyone interested in taking their photography further I am hosting Digital Photography Holidays to Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Bangkok and later in 2013 to Myanmar. All locations I have a vast knowledge of photographing them and dates are chosen in the dry season.

Details can be found at

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Travel Photography Holiday to Myanmar (Burma) in 2013

I am getting very excited about the latest addition to Digital Photography Holidays.

In 2013 I will be running a digital photography holiday to Myanmar. I first visited in March 2004 to shoot a front cover image for the German edition of National Geographic.National Geographic front cover from Myanmar (Burma) shot by Stephen Studd photography

This was shot at Schwedagon Paya in Yangon, perhaps the most moving temple I have ever visited. Also on this trip I was fortunate to have photographed at Bagan, which is a truly breathtaking place with over 2,000 temples.

Myanmar Bagan dawn

UPDATE: 2014, the Burma photography tour now has full itinerary, dates and cost on the website: