26th May – 29th May 2016   I  MAP KL, Kuala Lumpur

Travel Photographer Asia strongly believes that  life is a continuous learning process that is why we have arranged Master class with Dr. Shahid ul Alam and workshop with Tewfic El Sawy & Khaula Jamil.

These workshops are open to everyone and it will be great for learning photography tips  as these richly experienced  photographers walk you through their experiences. It is not only for beginners but will be of great value for professional photographers as well.   These workshops will help you polish your skills and under the guidance of these renowned photographers you will be able to learn and add meaning to your work.

Do not miss this great 04 day learning experience with any ONE of our Instructors. Details of what to expect in  each workshop are given below.

Book now as slots are limited.


Master Class by Dr. Shahidul Alam

04 days Master class will cost only RM1288 nett (First 10 seats)

remaining 5 will cost RM1588  (approx USD 400)

Workshop by Khaula Jamil

04 days workshop will cost only RM1288 nett

Workshop by Tewfic el Savy

04 days workshop will cost only RM1288 nett (all 10 seats sold)



Please click the link for payment & for registration.

Choose one of the instructors depending on your interest and apply now to avoid disappointment. Seats will be confirmed upon full payment.  There are only limited seats for each Masterclass/ workshop.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER ASIA  2016 photography workshop Instructors, course outline & fees are:

Storytelling in the Digital Age with Dr. Shahidul Alam


Shahidul Alam portrait by Rahnuma Ahmed hi res 7263

We all love stories. We love the way our grandmother told us of kings and queens and far away lands, of fairies and goblins, of demons and ghosts. Stories are also how the African griot preserved the history of the tribe, how the secrets of healing and the mysteries of nature were handed down generations. We tell stories today, to sell things, to promote ideas, to woo investors and to create a following, and specifically to entertain and inform.

What are the tools of the storyteller today? With tweets and snapchats competing for attention, with audio, video and 3D gifs all saturating our senses, with mobile phones capable of recording, editing and transmitting multimedia content, do the skills of the griot still hold? Do we still need to gather by the fireplace and huddle together to soak in the adventure of a richly told narrative?

This workshop will explore the basic structure of storytelling and with practical examples and simple guidelines, provide the framework for utilizing the remarkable tools at our disposal today to create, deliver and propagate engaging stories. A component on social media, including the recipes for engagement and reach will be described.

Designed by one of the world’s leading photographer and trainer, the three day course will work with a relatively small number of participants to explore the dynamics of storytelling. The workshop will also involve, developing one’s delivery skills and gaining confidence and providing the tools for keeping a diverse group of audiences engaged. The hands on workshop will be of interest to parents, teachers, politicians, historians and people involved in PR, communication and advertising. It will be particularly useful for writers and documentary photographers and people involved in team building.

Participants will learn how to analyse, contextualize and create stories and narratives in current media: from understanding storytelling basics to discussing new online tools and formats. The workshop will also provide insights into the role of tools, interfaces and information architectures in current storytelling.

The workshop will enhance the participants’ ability to distill the essentials of a story and communicate it in a lucid form, without losing essential detail, or oversimplification.

We shall start with an evaluation of the participants. Reviewing work and assessing demand and potential. This will be followed by a session on visual literacy, where we shall go through an exercise of producing a simple visual communication tool for a specific purpose, through which we shall explore what makes a particular image effective.

The major part of the workshop will consist of learning storytelling techniques. Simple tools will be provided and participants will be required to do short assignments which will be assessed. This will form the core module.

This is NOT a photographic workshop, though advanced photographers will benefit from it. It is about storytelling and intended for people who already have a high level of proficiency in photography, OR have access to good photographs, but need to know how best to utilize them. You WILL take photographs and you can do so with whatever is at your disposal, advanced SLRs, small compacts or even smartphones. Your success will not depend on how well you take them, but on how well you understand the concept of storytelling. You may SOURCE photographs for your final presentation. In an ideal situation we would also look into the commercial, legal, technical and aesthetic considerations involved in sourcing images, but that is not within the scope of the current workshop.

Depending upon progress, we shall add on sessions on presentation techniques and online presence. A more detailed breakdown with a time frame will be produced after the initial assessment of the participants.

  • Choosing the right image: An exercise in visual literacy
  • Storytelling:
    1. Classic dramatic structure
    2. Building blocks of a story
    3. Why We Need to Tell Stories
    4. Finding your story
    5. Collecting and Analyzing Stories
    6. Preparing & Capturing Your Story
    7. Telling the Story, Visually
    8. Creating a Storytelling Culture
  • Presentation techniques
  • Having an online presence

 Who is the workshop for?

Photographers, PR people, advertisers, educators, politicians, activists, preachers, policy makers and anyone else who needs to get a message across and influence people.

 How long will it take?

Four long days where you will need to work hard: Part of it will involve active sessions with the group, but part of it will also involve going out and taking photographs (with whatever tools at your disposal). You will work early mornings and late evenings on your own. Come with an idea of a story you want to tell. We may change your story idea within the workshop, but you do need to have a clear urge to tell a story.

Present a short motivation on why you want to do the workshop (less than two hundred words).

 What language will it be in?


 Will I become a great storyteller at the end of the four days?

No. But you will have all the tools necessary for you to become one. The rest will depend upon practice and how much hard work you are prepared to put in. You will however, have the ability to recognize storytelling skills in others, in case you need to build a campaign team.

Do I need to be a good photographer to start with?

Absolutely not. But you do need to come in with an open mind, and a willingness to experiment and you will need to be prepared to work hard and go outside your comfort zone.

 Will it be hard work?


 Will I have fun?


 Will it be useful in my career?

It will be informational (provided you are prepared to put in the work). Previous participants (and I have done workshops all across the globe), have said it has changed their lives. Many have used the skills in different aspects of their lives, at both public and personal levels.

Technical requirements:
DSLRs, digital compact cameras, smartphones,  a laptop that is powerful enough for photo editing purposes, basic user knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and or Lightroom.

About Dr. Shahidul

Dr Shahidul set up among others the award winning Drik Picture Library, The Bangladesh Photographic Institute, Pathshala, The South Asian Media Academy etc.  Dr. Shahidul also member of advisory board of National Geographic Society.

Dr. Shahidul was the first Asian to chair the International Jury of World Press Photo. He is the recipient of numerous international awards and the first Asian to receive the Mother Jones International Award for Documentary Photography.

Dr. Shahidul is only Bangladeshi to adorn the cover page of Time Magazine in 2009 and has the rare privilege of making the portrait of Nelson Mandela his last official portrait.

In 2015, Dr. Shahidul Alam was awarded the Silpakala Padak, the highest civilian award for arts by his country. His works of photography, short films and writings have gained worldwide recognition and acclaim. His book ‘My Journey as a witness’ has been regarded as the ‘most important book ever written by a photographer by John Morris, former editor of Life Magazine.

 The Travel Documentary  with Tewfic El Sawy


Tewfic El-Sawy (The Travel Photographer) will present The Travel Documentary, a 4 day visual storytelling and travel photography workshop in Kuala Lumpur. Participants will photograph in the field, while indoors time will be devoted to weaving the material into still photo stories and travel documentaries.

Participants will learn how to shoot for a documentary story. Travel documentaries usually require many photographic styles, including people photography, street shooting, culture, food, and interiors, etc. Whether the participants choose to work in color or in monochrome for their personal assignments, the workshop will dwell on how to combine the technical, practical, and creative aspects of travel photography in order to create images that go beyond the usual travel clichés. Approaching and photographing people, working in various environments, and constructing personal narratives will be the focus of this workshop.

Apart from Chinatown, Petaling Street, Jalan Alor or Jalan Bukit Bintang, the streets of Kuala Lumpur are rich with colors, aromas, and sounds, and it is these environmental and cultural attributes that will provide the main backdrops for this workshop’s travel documentaries.

 What language will it be in?


Who is this workshop target at?
Basic, intermediate and advanced enthusiasts.

 How long will it take?

Four long days where you will need to work hard: Part of it will involve active sessions with the group, but part of it will also involve going out and taking photographs (with whatever tools at your disposal).

Do I need to be a good photographer to start with?

Absolutely not. But you do need to come in with an open mind, and a willingness to experiment and you will need to be prepared to work hard and go outside your comfort zone.

 Will it be hard work?


 Will I have fun?


Technical requirements:
DSLRs, digital compact cameras, smartphones,  a laptop that is powerful enough for photo editing purposes, basic user knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and or Lightroom.  We will have two technical assistants as well to help you during the workshop.

 About Tewfic

 Based in New York City, Tewfic El-Sawy is a freelance photographer who specializes in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. His images, articles and photo features were published in various magazines, and his travel photographs were featured by some of the largest adventure travel companies in the United States and Great Britain, as well as in multinational corporations’ art collections. Known as The Travel Photographer, he plans, organizes and leads photo expeditions-workshops for other photographers, with emphasis on travel photography, multimedia storytelling and documentary photography…a hybrid style akin to “a photojournalist photographing travel.” He is also the founder of The Travel Photographer blog, and a faculty member in the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. Interested in traditional and non-traditional religious manifestations, he is currently working on a long term personal photographic project titled “The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam”.



Basics of Photojournalism with Khaula Jamil




Khaula Jamil will present Basics of Photojournalism, a 4 day visual storytelling and photojournalism workshop in Kuala Lumpur. The class will involve both theory and practical sessions. Lectures and highly interactive discussions on various genres of photojournalism/key practitioners/ ethics/ social issues /examples and presentations will be conducted. This course deals with understanding and appreciating the basics of photojournalism and storytelling as well as creating compelling narratives through photography. It is essential for students who opt for this course to have the drive to tell a story.


What language will it be in?


Who is this workshop target at?

Anyone interested or thinking about getting into Photojournalism/Storytelling.

How long will it take?

4 days.

Do I need to be a good photographer to start with?

Absolutely not. You should simply have the passion to tell a story visually and be committed to learning how.

Will it be hard work?


Will I have fun?


Technical Requirements:
Whilst no skill pre-requisites are assumed for this course, the student must have access to the following items and must be able to bring them to class:

  • Any digital Camera
  • A Laptop with Photoshop or Lightroom installed (no advanced skills required)
  • A brand new journal/notebook
  • A positive attitude!

By the end of the 4-days, each student will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of photojournalism.
  • Learn through theory and practice what makes a strong photograph.
  • Create and edit photo essays.
  • Write effective captions/statements about their work.
  • Appreciate and practice the ethics involved in the world of photojournalism.

About Khaula

Originally trained as a Graphic Designer at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Khaula moved to New York to pursue an MFA in Photography at Parsons School of Design in 2009 on a Fulbright Scholarship and returned to Pakistan in 2012.

Immediately upon her return, she joined Academy & Emmy winner, Sharmeen Obaid’s non-profit, The Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP). After one year, she decided to pursue a full time career as an Independent Freelance Photographer.

Khaula wrote and designed a coffee table book; “Raw Life” in 2009 published by Still Waters Publishing and has been featured in another by the same publisher under Markings Publishing called “Kam Sukhan”.

In 2013, Khaula founded “K for Karachi”, a collection of hand made silver jewelry featuring her photography from Pakistan (particularly Karachi). She gained considerable popularity due to her on-going photo project “Humans of Karachi” (inspired by Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton).

Along with teaching part-time at the Indus Valley School, Khaula is also one of 12 photojournalists and the Pakistani ringer for the viral Instagram handle @everydayasia that aims to document everyday lives of people in Asia. She is also a member of Majority World, a photo agency started by Shahid-ul-Alam.

Most of Khaula’s work is commissioned by national and international development organizations that take her in to the heart of Pakistan to document community life in extremely rural locations. Khaula has also worked for Academy award winner, David Guggenheim, on his latest documentary film, “He Named Me Malala” (a biopic of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousufzai) as the Still Photographer in the Pakistan unit.