A teaching collaboration: Making and Finding light with Kristian Dowling, KL 28 & 30 Sep


I’m pleased to present both my first workshop and first collaboration, in Kuala Lumpur – I know I live here, but I’ve not actually done anything here yet either…

There will be two sessions with noted studio photographer Kristian Dowling from Australia, on the 28th and 30th of September 2012. Each session is limited to 12 participants, and is priced at RM600 per person per session, or RM1,000 for both sessions.

Profoto will be sponsoring lighting equipment for the studio session.

28 September 2012: Studio (Victor Studio, Shriro Building, Lot 22&24 Jalan 225, Petaling Jaya)
The morning session will begin with something simple, yet fundamental: how to evaluate an image, and understand what works and what doesn’t. I’ll then continue with color theory, compositional balance and a bit about the psychology of how viewers react to an image. Kristian will finish off with a session on studio lighting; bring your laptops, lights, tripods and everything you’d normally use on a studio shoot.

30 September 2012: Street (Starts at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and keeps going on foot)
Kristian is a street photographer. In a previous life, I was a photojournalist. We both have different approaches to reportage – this session will be split into two halves; one group will go with myself, the other with Kristian and we’ll swap after lunch. Small groups mean that it’s easy to move around and not attract attention. This session will teach you three important skills:
1. How to anticipate and see a shot; what our thinking process is before raising camera to eye. A lot of composition is done even before looking through the viewfinder.
2. How to be ready and respond quickly
3. How to see the light and get the shot.

Please email either me – mingthein2(at)gmail.com, or Kristian – workshops@kristiandowling.com to book or for more information. MT

Update – sorry, there was a typo in the second email address – if any of you sent an email to Kristian and didn’t get a reply, it’s because it should have read workshops@kristiandowling.com – sorry, but please send it again!


  1. Ming Thien + KL shopping? No reasons to miss this epic event!

    Checking Expedia and AirAsia for affordable flights to KL right now 🙂

  2. Looking forward to it….gonna be a nice challenge for everyone. Only 1 month away now!

  3. Hello, what is the duraction for the 28 September 2012: Studio session? As in what time does it start? What time does it end?

  4. Koushik Radhakrishnan says:

    Haha.. I am from California.. I don’t know how exactly I found your blog..but it might be my interest in mirrorless cameras; plus your blog does a great job of captivating a reader’s interest. Having a workshop here in Northern California (San Francisco) would be great.. I am just contemplating on whether to get a Silver EM5 or a black one… Will order one definitely through your links because I found most of the information useful from your blog. Thank You again.. and you do a great job..

    • Thanks! San Francisco has been on my list of places to visit for some time now. Pairing it with a workshop in apron next year might just work…

  5. Koushik Radhakrishnan says:

    Congratulations Ming.. I found your website about a month ago. I do feel that your reviews, thoughts and pictures to be excellent and I am sure people who attend your workshop would benefit greatly. All the very best…


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