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“Amazing Photo Workshop with Eric”
If photography is your interest, you will not go wrong taking a workshop with Eric.
I took the day tour starting with the Angkor Wat sunrise. Throughout the day, Eric challenged me to improve my compositions (no small task!) and taught me a lot more about using the various settings on my camera. He is an amazing instructor and this is one of the best workshops I have taken. He is patient, instructive and does it all with a sense of humor. I doubt I would have any decent images of Angkor without this tour.
I highly recommend him! (Thanks Charlene)

“What a perfect day – phototour with Eric”
I found Eric´s tour and workshop here on TA and I am so glad that I did! Being an amatour/hobby photographer I booked my first phototour ever wanting a great tour around Angkor with a professional photographer who could show and teach me more about photography in the middle of a great wonder – the Angkor complex!

Had a full day tour – Eric picked us up at 5:00am heading for sunrise at Angkor Wat.
During our day we also visited Preah Khan, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Bayon temple and a great photoshoot with monks at Prasat Kleang. Eric knows the complex very well and picked the perfect timing for visiting the different temples. I was very glad that he took us to places less crowded and with few other tourists, making the photo opportunities even better and I could take my time..

Eric was a great teacher – pointing out great objects, creative compositions – thought me to work with the elements, the light and made me thinking in new ways choosing my photo objects. And not to forget – he was very patient with me – thank you Eric, you´re the best! We had a great lunch in the middle of the day and cold water was provided for on a very hot day. We returned to our hotel around 4:00 pm after a great day out!

Looking back on that day and at my photos – going on the photo tour with Eric was dollars very well spent! “Make it darker” has been ringing in my head since this day – AKON Eric! A day I will remember forever! Highly recommended, you will not regret it! (Thanks Grete)

“Fantastic Learning Experience”
Eric is the man! Very easy to get on with, great fun, incredibly knowledgable and a great teacher, even for those very new to the game and easily frustrated. The whole day was incredibly well planned, his driver picked us up at 5am from our hotel and made our way, he took us to good local stops for food and refreshments and got is everywhere avoiding the crowds for some spectacular photos!
He was also kind enough to give us details of everywhere we had been, as well as details of things we talked about during the day. We will definitely use Eric again, best there is, a great guide and a fantastic photographer. (Visited June 2016)

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In May we did two photo tours with Eric d Vries. One countryside tour in Siem Reap and a day in Phnom Penh. These two days made our vacation in Cambodia a really special trip. Of course we were overwhelmed and amazed by the temples of Angkor, but our countryside tour showed us the real live around Siem Reap. Eric took us to small towns, markets, pagoda’s and a floating village (a real one, not the tourist version). And he treated us on a very good lunch. 
In Phnom Penh Eric took us to very special spots. Just do the tour and you will see.
Last but not least. Eric is a great photographer and teacher. Even if you just bought a camera he will be able to help you to get a grip on using your camera and get the best out of it. Also if you are an advanced photographer Eric will help you become a better one. 
We had two very special days. I would recommend Eric to anyone wanting to see a different side of Cambodia, even if photography is not the main goals looking more intensely at the world around you will make you journey extra special.
Very highly recommended! Visited May … (Maarten and Petra)

I have just undertaken a photograph workshop with Eric de Vries in Angkor Archaeological Park and found him to be extremely patient, highly proficient and a thoroughly engaging tutor. He made the technical process easy to understand and was so helpful in explaining light and depth of field which straight away helped me to produce better quality pictures… (Paul and Sheila)

…Eric is a professional photographer that lives in Siem Reap and served as my guide this past Saturday. It was actually a combination tour and photo workshop. He is one of the very best guides I have ever worked with and was an excellent teacher. He actually made photographing temples fun for me, as I usually just photograph people. As you know, the needs of a photographer are very different from the typical touring person, even someone well traveled. Eric looked at my web site, understood my likes and put me in places where there was the potential for interesting images. When he saw I was stuck or missed a good opportunity he would advise me. As a photographer, he understands light and how the light will fall at different times of the day. Though other guides are adequate, having someone like Eric can make your programs something special… (Louis)

Wir fanden Eric über Lonely Planet; schrieben nur kurz eine E-Mail; Eric antwortete schnell & und schon hatten wir für 2 Tage eine Private Photo Tour (für 2 Personen) gebucht: 1 Tag in den Tempeln, 1 Tag Countryside. Beide Tage waren großartig; wobei die Countryside noch einen Hauch spannender war. Die vielen direkten Kontakte mit Menschen, eine Vielzahl von großartigen Portrait-Aufnahmen waren der Lohn….. An beiden Tagen wurden wir mit dem Tuk Tuk abgeholt (großartiges Fortbewegungsmittel); am Tempeltag gings um 5h los (Sunrise Angkor Wat, was sonst…). Am 2. Tag um 9h, dafür dann bis zum Sonnenuntergang. Eric wählte die spannendsten Tempel aus, kannte die besten Ecken & Motive, gab tolle Tipps (z. B. auch im Schatten gibts tolle Bilder, u. ich weiß nun, dass der M-Mode doch seine Berechtigung hat….). Die Countryside-Tour beinhaltete u.a. einen Schulbesuch, einen lokalen Markt, einen Tempel mit Mönchen u. eine Flussfahrt. Alles sehr spannend & das Beste: Wir haben keine Touristen gesehen. Das Kontrast-Programm zu Angkor. Sowohl ich (mit Canon 5D Mk II) & meine Frau (mit Canon 550 D) haben letztlich unzählige Bilder gemacht (fast 1.500 Stück); also großzügig Speicher & möglichst Ersatz-Akku mitbringen.
Wenn wir wieder kommen; mailen wir auf jeden Fall wieder Eric an….. Definitiv… (Martin)

…Een zeer actieve, leerzame en gezellige dag. Een zeer goede toer en ik heb het idee dat nu een gedeelte van het echte Cambodja heb gezien.

Hi Eric, thank you so for taking us on the countryside adventure. I won’t be able to download my photos until I get back to Doha, but from the shots I’ve viewed on the camera screen, they look great. I appreciate all of the hints and pointers too. Take care, Natalie…

Thanks very much for the tour today and kind guidance in pointing me the right direction. Please do send our thanks to your wife for the excellent lunch… Joel

I left Cambodia with memories of a lifetime. Thank you for your instruction, your professionalism and your patience throughout the photo tour. I’ll definitely contact you next time I’m in town.…I really enjoyed Cambodia…, E.S.

Just wanted to say thanks for last week, I got some really great images. If I’m back in Cambodia next year, I will be sure to let you know, Malcolm

Thanks again for helping to make my trip to Siem Reap all the more memorable!
Kind regards, Linda

Eric, I’ve been swamped since coming back and have had no time to edit all my shots or make the CD I plan to send you. You helped me make some really good shots and your advice has helped in shots I’ve taken since. Thanks for staying in my mind as my teacher…
Greg

I enjoyed the tour immensely and the exercises we practiced are already being implemented. I visited your exhibition at the Victoria, and also went to the countryside today including the lake and floating village. Siem Reap has had a great impact on my photography, and I hope to return soon…
Shaneel

…Hi Eric, Thanks so much for your quick feedback and your encouraging words. All credit to you of course! I think it’s a big improvement over my previous stuff…
Regards. Tommy (Hong Kong)

…je foto van de drummer in Wat Bo is echt goed. Goede beelduitsnede en goed perspectief. Ik was er en ik weet dat je echt een goede foto hebt geschoten. Nogmaals mijn complimenten. Je werk komt voort uit je eigen kracht (gevoel en visie). Ik ben benieuwd naar je laatste werk en of je nog interessante workshops hebt gegeven…
Erny

…Dear Eric, I hope you’re well? Thank you so much for your time a few weeks back when you kindly escorted me around Siem Reap. I really enjoyed our photoshoot…
Very best wishes, Michael (UK)

…Just wanted to say how much Julie and I enjoyed our two days photography with you. We have 2 more days in Bangkok and then we are back to the cold of the UK ! Have started to look at some of the images we took and very pleased. If we wanted to come back in a year or two, would it be best to come in September/October after the rains ? I assume you would be happy to put up with us again for a few days !
Best wishes, Alan

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