PRIVATE BANGKOK PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS & WORKSHOPS

I do private street photography tours of Bangkok for photographers of all ability levels, from beginners to pros! I’ll take you away from the tourist areas and into streets you might never discover by yourself, where you’ll meet friendly, curious locals who are happy to have their picture taken, as well as giving you pointers about composition, camera settings, light, and how to approach subjects. You’ll get to experience Bangkok as it is lived by its inhabitants, learn a bit about the city’s history, meet market traders, monks and craftsmen, try the local food, and of course get some great images.

All tours last for 3-4 hours depending on pace and include bottled water, coffee/snack break, entrance fees where applicable, and any additional transportation costs (such as taxis or tuk-tuks). All tours are customisable to your specific needs. I’ll even throw in post-tour critique of your images if you like!

I also do Adobe Lightroom workshops for beginners, so if you’re struggling to get to grips with processing your RAW files, I can help.

I only do a handful of tours/workshops per month so please book early to avoid disappointment. Details of my two standard tours can be seen below. If you want something else, email me and I’ll try to arrange it for you.

HUALAMPHONG & CHINATOWN

This tour kicks off at Bangkok’s stunning 100-year old Hualamphong Station, a mecca for street photographers thanks to its architecture, masses of people coming & going, and its extraordinary light which changes from hour to hour. From there we wander up to Chinatown via Wat Traimit, where we’ll spend a couple of hours visiting hidden-away temples, back street markets, food stalls and much, much more.

LIFE IN KHLONG TOEY

Khlong Toey is Bangkok’s dockside district, a rough & ready working class neighbourhood in the heart of the city, whose friendly residents belie its tough reputation. Our tour begins at Khlong Toey market, the biggest food market in Bangkok and the place where most of the city’s restaurants buy their produce. We then move onto the Khlong Toey “slum”, a warren of narrow alleyways and tiny houses that are a street photographer’s dream.

PRICING

1 Person:    4500THB

2 People:    2500THB

3 People:    2300THB

4 People:    2000THB

All prices are per person. Payable at start of tour in cash – Thai baht only accepted.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

3-4 hours of my time, guidance and advice!

Bottled water

Coffee/snack stop

Any additional transportation costs during the trip (you are responsible for transport costs to the meeting point)

Post-tour photo critique (done by email, max 4 images per person)

TIM RUSSELL PHOTOGRAPHY + EXPIQUE PRESENT:

BEGINNERS’ STREET PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

I’ve teamed up with Bangkok tour operator Expique to present this one-day workshop for beginner photographers who’d like to get started with street photography!

For full details and pricing, click the button to find out more and register.

WORKSHOP – INTRODUCTION TO LIGHTROOM

The biggest single step forward I made in photography was starting to shoot RAW and develop my images in Adobe Lightroom, and now I can’t imagine processing my images any other way. Lightroom is a superb solution but it takes some getting used to, especially for beginners.

My half-day Lightroom workshop is designed to take you from complete LR beginner to feeling confident developing your RAW images from scratch, and getting your pictures looking exactly the way you want them to. All we need is a laptop/PC with Lightroom installed so we can do the workshop at my home office, at your home, or at a coffeeshop – wherever you prefer.

The workshop includes:

  • Adding and organising your photos in Lightroom
  • Basic photo editing – exposure, white balance, contrast, tones, colours, cropping & straightening
  • Black & white processing
  • Colour grading
  • Exporting images

…and more

The cost is 2000THB per person for half a day (max 4 people).

BOOK A TOUR/WORKSHOP

To book one of my tours, please complete the form below and I’ll get back to you ASAP!

Testimonials

Don’t just take my word for it – read what some of my previous guests have to say about their experience!

I can not recommend this tour high enough. You really see a gritty part of BKK. Tim is an awesome guide who also checks your preference on shooting with you. He is also able to break the ice with the local, as he speaks Thai and also quite well known from people in the area. I would rebook this tour in an instant. (Marco, Germany)

We liked the photo safari to the local market with Tim very much. He know great places to visit and take photos. One of the best things we did during our Bangkok visit! (Franklin, Holland)

Tim took us on a fantastic morning walk around Khlong Toei. We experienced the daily life of locals in a way we wouldn’t have been able to on our own. Tim knew a lot of the people we met; they openly invited us to photograph them and we captured some incredible images. Tim was really knowledgable of the area and was patient when we wanted to spend more time in certain spots. There wasn’t a tourist in sight, which made this extra special. (Angela, Germany)

A great way to see some of the sights of Bangkok that you probably would not know about or do on your own. Tim was the perfect host, patient and caring. Great to stop and take some drinks along the way, meet some locals and get some interesting photographs. Well worth doing. Thanks Tim! (Richard, UK)

As a beginner amateur photographer, street photography is a blank page for me. Tim taught me how to observe my surroundings and be able to capture interesting things on camera. I had a hard time but with his guidance I somehow found that with more practice, I will be able to it. Tim was very knowledgeable and he did not hesitate to teach me what to do. Walking in the streets in Bangkok while taking pictures was really fun. Thank you Tim, you proved fun and learning can really rolled into one. (Carmen, Philippines)

Tim took us through some incredible areas of Bangkok for some amazing photo opportunities. Even if you’re not a photographer, seeing these areas where people live their lives is a humbling, eye opening experience. Thank you Tim! (Jenn, Canada)

Tim was such a knowledgeable, patient and totally helpful guide. Far away from the normal tourist areas of Bangkok, it was a really eye opener. The people we met in the slums were so warm and welcoming with enormous Thai smiles. We were given drinks by the residents and offered food – a humbling experience. If you want a superb people photo opportunity in Bangkok, then this is the trip for you. Again, Tim was amazing, I never felt rushed and all questions were answered with a first class local knowledge. Would I do the same trip again if I visited Bangkok? Defiantly yes. Tim was a superb guide. THANK YOU TIM! (John, UK)

Tim is a super friendly guide. Generous with his time spent with you. He really knows the places he will make you visit. This will save you a lot of time and allow you to concentrate on your photo trip. I recommend Tim without hesitation. (Jerome, Belgium)

An excellent experience and a street photographer’s dream. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have no hesitation in recommending this tour in the capable hands of Tim.
Many Thanks Tim great time with you. (John, UK)

Loved the walking tour with Tim. He took me to places I would never venture alone and was full of awesome photography tips. Lovely guy. Great tour! (Lauren, Australia)

Nice guy, informative, knowledgeable and great photographer…what more can I say, well worth the money! (Thomas, Germany)

This was one of the best tours I have done. Tim knows the hot spots to take good photos in places away from the normal tourist tracks. Highly recommended! (Michael, Germany)

One word…….awesome!!! The walk was brilliant, I saw sights and people that I never thought possible. Tim’s knowledge and approach is excellent…..plus he is a good laugh so I really enjoyed his company. (James, UK)

I was in Bangkok for four days and Tim’s photo walk was the highlight! Tim knows the area well and I managed to get some fantastic photos! (Sam, Vietnam)

Tim’s walking photography tour of Klong Toei was one of the highlights of our entire trip. My husband is a budding photographer and he had an amazing time shooting with Tim. He knows this community well and they trust him. This is key for street photographer and we discovered why he is so good at it! We’ve seen all the major sights in Bangkok, but visiting this market and community is very special. It was very hot the day of our tour but he prepped in advance so we were prepared! The people are so happy to have their photo taken, and we got some beautiful of shots in no time. This is the best way to see a more REAL side of Bangkok – through the lens of Tim on this really unique walking tour! (Jesca, USA)

By far one of the BEST tours I did while visiting the city. The photography is very personal and you are allowed to get up close. Taking us to places I feel many people have yet to venture. Amazing experience and I would recommend to anyone! (Amber, Australia)

It was an awesome experience. Tim was very nice in the sense that we came here with no good cameras, we were so amateurs, but he did not mind at all. He gave us tips on how to focus on certain views or people we want to photograph. He brought us to places where I was afraid to go to, but he was like a local, friendly and we felt safe walking around with him. He knows the area so well. (Jennifer, USA)

Tìm seems to know all the right places. He is very patient and a great guy to be with. Perfect tour, Tim took all the time needed. (Gerben, Netherlands)

I booked two photo walks with Tim and I cannot praise him enough. We started on Saturday in Chinatown and that is maybe a more touristy experience. But Tim pointed me to some details I would have missed without him. And on Sunday Tim took me to a local market and Khlong Thoey. That was my favourite part. Markets can be very difficult to take pictures of, but Tim was great in advising on composition and objects that would make a good point of interest. With Tim’s help I managed to take some great portraits. Through the whole process, starting with reservation Tim was very professional, responsive and very thorough. Made me feel I was in good hands. And he is absolutely great to talk to with many interesting stories to tell. I would really recommend him and these both tours (but if you have to choose-do the Khlong Thoey -it will show you a very different Bangkok!). If I ever again in Bangkok I will most definitely try to book a walk with Tim again. (Olga, Netherlands)

Tim was relaxed, friendly and knowledgeable guide who got us to where we wanted to go: places that we could never have found ourselves. The market was certainly photo-worthy and the little neighborhood he took us to enlightening and full of interesting characters. Have only started to go through the shots that I took during the course of the walk, but I can already see that I have some real winners. Highly recommended. (David, UK)

I booked the Khlongthoey tour with Tim for my dad when we were in Bangkok and he absolutely loved it! Tim took him places we would never have gone as tourists, he got some great photos and was really moved by the experience and being able to see that part of Bangkok. He couldn’t stop talking about it all day! Throughout the booking process and completion of the tour, Tim was responsive, patient and thorough. Highly recommend! (Alexandra, USA)