In Focus, Bangkok Images
Thailand's weekly photography column

In Focus, Bangkok Images first appeared on on August 2, 2008.  Photography, and digital photography specifically, has become very popular for even the most casual tourist and most travellers getting off a plane in Bangkok carry a digital camera, be it a common compact, to an advanced DSLR, to even a cell phone with still image capability.

Thailand is a fantastic destination for photographers of all types and skill levels.  Landscapes, portraits, architectural, street photography, and just plain tourist snapshot opportunities are everywhere.  This weekly will strive to bring readers a series of educational articles, up to date discussion of the latest photo gear, a weekly photo outing of the Bangkok or Thailand area, answer questions, and share readers' photographs and experiences with other readers.  I hope you'll find it fun, interesting, and rewarding.

BKKSteve of Bangkok Images is the author of this weekly column and brings with him decades of experience as a photographer.  He runs his own photography business in Bangkok that centers around photo services such as weddings, portraits, and assignments, and he also runs photography workshops to help you improve your skills either as part of a group receiving instruction, or through individual instruction.  Instruction is scheduled for all levels of experience.

Like the Stickman weekly column, In Focus will be published by this time each Saturday.

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All past columns will remain online, permanently archived.

Feedback is very welcome.  If there is any area of instruction you would like to see covered, places of interest you'd like to know more about because you're considering a visit for the purposes of photography, or anything at all related to photography and / or photography in Thailand, please send it in.

Contributions are also welcome.  If you've been to Thailand and have images you'd like to see appear in the column, please send images which are 800 pixels on their largest size, and complete exfil data to include the camera used, exposure mode, camera settings (aperture and shutter speed), and what program you used to process the image.  Also include a short narrative describing the location, time of day, and anything interesting about the shot and how you captured it.

Anyone with questions related to photography are encouraged to send them in and all will be answered.  Questions deemed of use to a wide audience will be published in this weekly.

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In Focus, Bangkok Images archives

2011 & 2012 Archives 
24 December 2012 Is It All About Planning?/Dana Unplugged, The Interview/Use Your Illusions/Water Proof Camera Bags
1 December 2012 In Contrast/Expectationsd USA Realized/ Paske Located at the Confluence of the Mekong and Se Son Rivers
6 October 2012 Purpose Of A Viewfinder/Bangkok Through Khun Klit's Eyes/Shoot With A Purpose
1 September 2012 The Photographers Eye, What's your Keeper Ratio?/Chai Phraya River From The Klong Toey Port to Bang Krachao/The New Iphone 5 and Goihng Retro
11 August 2012 Visualization to Completion/Applying The Fundamentals of a Workshop/Summer
2 June 2012 Used Cameras, Great Bargains  -  Seoul CIty Parks 1, Gyeongbokgung  The National Palace with the Canon 5d Mark III by BigJoe  -  How to Capture Panoramic Photographs with a DSLR by Charles  -  Portrait Professional Software Review by Tom  -  Silver Efex Pro 2 Review by Tom  -  Thailand Photo Stories, LensCap Stories by Dana
5 May 2012 Welcome To The World Landon/Thailand Trip Report - Rickster/Anatomy Of A Photography Workshop
7 April 2012 Extreme Image Processing, Guangzhou China, Intel 520 Series 240gb SSD Review
3 March 2012 Namsan Tower and Cityscapes/Velodyne Vpulse In-Ear Headphone Review/Camera Categories
4 February 2012 Vintage DSLR Canon 1ds Mark II vs 5d Mark II/China Real Estate/Trip Report Thailand/Thailand Photo Stories by Dana
31 December 2011 Critical Focus Might Be Genetic/An Amateur's Perspective of the Four Seasons of Korea/Magic Jack Plus In-Depth Review
3 December 2011 2011 Floods, Bangkok Thailand/Amazon Kindle Fire Running Review/Japan Disgraces Thailand
5 November 2011 Krabi Thailand, South West Monsoons, Day Trading PC Build
1 October 2011 2011 Bangkok Motor Show/Fuji x100 China Torture Test/Ordering a Amazon Kindle Fire?
27 August 2011 Random Cambodia/ Sony NEX-5 LCD Repair Experiences
20 August 2011 20 August:  Koh Samed/Balancing Color in Photoshop CS5
13 August 2011 Whale Watching With Rod C./Intel 320 Series SSD Review
30 July 2011 Suanpalm Farmnok/Western Digital WD TV LIVE HUB Review
23 July 2011 Palauan Island of Peleliu / TP-Link TL-WR1043ND Ultimate Wirless-N Gigabyte Router
16 April 2011 Column Update
9 April 2011 Column Update
2 April 2011 Column Update
26 March 2011 The Future
19 March 2011 Toning For Fun/Bayon Part 2/lWindows 7 God Mode
12 March 2011 Black & White Toning/Bang Chang/Digital Photo Frame Primer
5 March 2011 Antique Toning/Bayon Cambodia Part 1/Combining Images in CS5 Photoshop
26 February 2011 Sepia Toning/Eric Clapton Bangkok 2011/Lightroom Noise Reduction
19 February 2011 Preah Vihear Temple/Western Digital 2tb Caviar Black Hard Drive, Review
12 February 2011 The Train Market, MaeKlong Station/RAM Explained
5 February 2011 Champasak, Vat Phou South Laos Part 2
29 January 2011 Karen Refugees Stuck In The Middle/Champasak, Vat Phou South Laos Part One/Mini-Tower i7-950 Workstation
22 January 2011 Compositional Balance / Hua Hin, Squid Row / Asus Rampage III Gene, Micro-ATX Motherboard Review
15 January 2011 POW 921, Author Mike Holt, an Interview/Lian-li PC-V354 Micro-ATX Case, a Review
8 January 2011 Viva Cuba!/OCZ RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD Review
1 January 2011 Happy New Year
2010 Archives  
25 December 2010 Merry Christmas
18 December 2010 Samut Songkram Boat Yards III/Canon 5d Mark II and 7d Model Dial Factory Modification/ Long Term Update
11 December 2010 Boat Trip, Chiang Kong-Houei XAI to Luang Prabang/TP-Link TD-W8960n WIreless ADSL2+ Router Modem, A Review
4 December 2010 Safari World Bangkok/Dkink DSL-2542b ADSL+2 Modem/Router, A Review
27 November 2010 Hanzhou China, West Lake/Selective Saturation, A Tutorial
20 November 2010 Hangzhou China/Western Digital, My Passport Essential SE, A Review
13 November 2010 Today's column
6 November 2010 Chinese Village, Pai/Garmin 3790t GPS, A Review
30 October 2010 Readers Submissions, What Why and How
23 October 2010 Mae Hong Son Landscapes, and a Mid-Range Zoom/Logitech K800 Illuminated Cordless Keyboard
16 October 2010 Lisou Village, Mae Hong Son/Gamuts, Color Profiling, and the Internet
9 October 2010 Pai, About And Around Town/Monitor Basics
2 October 2010 The Road To Pai, And a Surprise/Samsung BX2450 24" LED-Backlit LCD Monitor, First Look
25 September 2010 Interview, Kees Sprenger/Dorothy Cullioty, Food From Northen Laos/Lightroom 3.2, Processing A Landscape
18 September 2010 Food From Northern Laos, A Book Review/Lightroom 3.2, Processing a Glamor Portrait
11 September 2010 Phra Chulachomaklao Fortress, Naval Museum/Android 2.2 Froyo Is Here!
4 September 2010 Sanctuary of Truth, A Primer/Three Way Keyboard Shoot Out!
28 August 2010 Mothers & Daughters/ A Shipment Forwarding Service
21 August 2010 Ayothaya Floating Market/Pantip, Where I Shop
14 August 2010 Bus 11, Behind the Scenes/Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid, A Review
7 August 2010 Ayutthaya Wat Ratchaburana/Hoya Pro1 Digital Filter Series, A Review
31 July 2010 A Night in Pattaya With The Sony NEX-5/ATI 5450 Silence Video Card, Review
24 July 2010 Alaska Cruise/Xrite Color Checker Passport, Hands On/100th Edition!
17 July 2010 Through Matthew's Eyes/HTC Desire Smartphone, a Hands-On
10 July 2010 Clouds 101/Sony NEX-5 User Report Part I
3 July 2010 Earning Your Composition, The Reality/Infraview, a Review
26 June 2010 Intel X25-V 40gig Value SSD Review/Building a Composition Step by Step
19 June 2010 Dual Review Special Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Version 3.0 Review/ Review
5 June 2010 Angkor Vat II / WD HD Live
29 May 2010 Lessons From the Rubble/A Review, Lenovo x201s Thinkpad
22 May 2010 Bangkok Images Grand Site Opening!
15 May 2010 Special Beijing Welcomes You Part 2
8 May 2010 Special Beijing Welcomes You Part 1
1 May 2010 Yunnan China/A Review, Samung PN50B860 50" Plasma HDTV
24 April 2010 Biker Bart Special
17 April 2010 A Tiger Story/Review, Garmin Nuvi 885T GPS and ERSI Thailand Map Set
10 April 2010 Bear Fight/Review, Mountainsmith Tour Lumbar Pack
3 April 2010 Samut Songkran, Boat Yards III/FastPictureViewer, a Review by Tom Tweedel
27 March 2010 Rural Ang Thong / Crucial C300 256gb SSD, Asus U3S6 SATA III/USB 3.0 Interface, A Review
13 March 2010 Safari World Landscapes / Processing A Portrait
6 March 2010 Trounced By My Assistant / A Modeling Experience
27 February 2010 Photographing Primates / Watermarking Images In Lightroom
20 February 2010 A Friday Night in Auckland, Stick Reports / Review Logitech Performance Mouse MX
13 February 2010 Vietnam Through An Expat's Eyes / Video Cards For Modern Photogaphers
6 February 2010 The Yellow River China, A Visit/Anticipating The Wildlife Capture
30 January 2010 Safari World II, A Second Take Review / Logitech Mx100 Cordless Laser Mouse
23 January 2010 Placeshifting / Slingbox Pro HD Review
16 January 2010 Morning Light at the Damnoen Saduak Market / Equipment Care in SE Asia
9 January 2010 Hot Air Balloon Festival / Why Windows 7
2009 Archives  
26 December 2009 Merry Christmas
19 December 2009 The Traditional African Safari For Photographers Part 2
12 December 2009 The Traditional African Safari For Photographers
5 December 2009 Chatuchak (J.J.) Market/Review: Istar HDD Docking Bay, S.M.A.R.T. Testing HDDs
28 November 2009 Revisited, Safe Haven Orphanage / Professional Lighting Example
21 November 2009 Mae La Revisited / Review Intel Core i7-920 Workstation Build
14 November 2009 Loy Kratong On The Onnut Klong / Review Toshiba A505 Laptop
7 November 2009 Interview, Stick Gets Grilled!!!/Review, Imagenomics Portraiture
31 October 2009 Autumn Visions/Which Computer Platform?
24 October 2009 Wat Pa Yiah, Chiang Rai/Distortion Correction
17 October 2009 Interview, Craig Lamson, Successful Advertising Photographer/Self-publish How-To!
10 October 2009 Interview, Rob Martin to the Right
3 October 2009 Katoey Show/The Mighty 85mm, A Portrait Lens
26 September 2009 Kruger Trip Report Part II/Review, Focus Magic
19 September 2009 Kruger Trip Report Part I/5 Years Old and ISO 3200
12 September 2009 Suphanburi Part 2/Review, BreezeBrowser Pro
5 September 2009 Suphanburi Part I/Review, Helicon Filter
29 August 2009 Mae La Refugee Camp/Resize Magic Review
22 August 2009 Mae Sot, Thai Burma Friendship Bridge/Charging Your Devices While Traveling
15 August 2009 Samut Songkram Boat Yards II /Balancing Light
8 August 2009 No Place To Call Home
1 August 2009 One Year Anniversary!
25 July 2009 Ton Lamyai Flower Market, Chiang Mai/Glove Box Cameras
18 July 2009 A Monk's View / Helicon Focus Review
11 July 2009 Wat Rong Khun / HDR III
4 July 2009 Chiang Mai, 3 Choirs/Mid-Range Zooms
27 June 2009 Rural Chiang Rai/Capture Tips
20 June 2009 Safari World, Critically Sharp!/Auto Focus Modes
13 June 2009 East African Photography Tour, Part II/Flash Card Memory Basics
6 June 2009 East African Photography Tour, Part I/Epson 600 Workforce AIO Printer/Fax/Scanner/Copy/Photo
30 May 2009 Philippines, an Evolution
23 May 2009 Philippines Special
16 May 2009 Death Railway Museum/Bracing The Camera
9 May 2009 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery/HDR II
2 May 2009 Chungkai War Cemetery/Photo Critique Sites
25 April 2009 Bridge, River Khwae Yai / Colour Profiling Your Monitor
18 April 2009 Sticky Songkran/Point and Shoot Possibilities
11 April 2009 Review Fuji F200EXR/Point and Shoot Street Photography in Chinatown
4 April 2009 Singapore and a P&S/Thai Weddings!
28 March 2009 Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha)/Photographing Temples WIDE
21 March 2009 Beung Boraphet/Portraits, Lighting Head Shots
14 March 2009 Antarctica/Portraits, Soft Natural Light
7 March 2009 Khao Yai National Forest/Portraits and Photoshop Filters
28 February 2009 Special Edition, Critical Focus
21 February 2009 Chokchai Steak House/Full Frame Advantage
14 February 2009 Portrait Head Shots/Dave The Rave Photographs Bangkok
7 February 2009 Panoramics II, Siracha Tiger Zoo II
31 January 2009 Panoramics, Sanctuary of Truth II
24 January 2009 Night Shots, Samut Songkram Boat Yards
17 January 2009 Electronic Killers / A River Hotel
10 January 2009 Tone Splitting/Qianmen Street China
2008 Archives  
27 December 2008 Merry Christmas
20 December 2008 Megapixel Hoax!/5d Mark II In-Depth User Report
13 December 2008 Airliner Window Photography, Angkor Vat
6 December 2008 Timing is Everything, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
29 November 2008 5D Mark II User Report, Ayuthaya
22 November 2008 Using flash in Near Darkness, Loy Krathong
15 November 2008 Introduction to RAW, DPRK Part 2
8 November 2008 LR2.1 Localized Editing, DPRK
1 November 2008 HDR, A Wedding
25 October 2008 Composite, Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens
18 October 2008 DOF for fun, Doi Suthep
11 October 2008 DOF Landscapes, Ang Thong
4 October 2008 DOF Portraits, Northern Road Trip
27 September 2008 Depth Of Field, Wild Life Safari, Bangkok
20 September 2008 Focal Distance, The Great Wall
13 September 2008 Focal Length, Southern Thailand
6 September 2008 Shutter speed, Khao Kheow Open Zoo
30August 2008 Aperture, Siracha Tiger Zoo
23 August 2008 Resizing Images, Kantoke Theater Chiang Mai
16 August 2008 ISO Explained, Grand Palace
9 August 2008 Exposure Compensation, Bang Chang
2 August 2008 Histograms, Sanctuary of Truth


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