Having visited Myanmar (Burma) a number of times since 2004, travel photographer Stephen Studd says it's one of the best places he's photographed in years. In this video he explains why Burma is so photogenic, and shares his travel photography tips below.

Stephen's top tips for travel photography

Owner and tour leader of Digital Photography Holidays and with 24 years of experience in the industry, Stephen spends most of his time taking keen amateur photographers around the world, from Paris to Cambodia, helping them get the best our of their cameras and their trips. Here are his top five tips for capturing the best shots of your trip:

  • Lighting is key: dawn and dusk are what we call the golden hours in photography, they give the perfect light for a stunning photograph.
  • Good equipment is essential: while you can capture beautiful places on an iPhone these days, it can't beat having a good DSLR and a range of lenses. My favourite is a Canon 24-70mm.
  • Make use of a tripod: for landscapes, my camera is almost always on my tripod for steadiness and straightness.
  • Use the rule of thirds: this means that if you place the main point of interest in one of those thirds, the eye will naturally be drawn to it and it makes the picture more visually pleasing.
  • Be culturally sensitive: you have to be aware of local customs and traditions, particularly when you're photographing people – it's important to ask permission before taking a portrait.

Fishermen Inle Lake, Burma, Myanmar, AsiaImages by Stephen Studd

Digital Photography Holidays packages range from one day workshops to 12-day adventures in some of the world's most beautiful countries. Follow them on Twitter @PhotographyHols or on Facebook here. Explore more of Burma with the Rough Guides Snapshot MyanmarBook hostels for your trip, and don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go.