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Our Guides and Drivers
Everything you want to know about our Guides and Drivers
Guides and Drivers Certification
Guides receive a Certificate of Achievement as a "Cultural and Photo Fixer" after a minimum of three tours with Robin as their teacher and advisor.
The guides and drivers are:
Licensed and trained guides with the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Designated as a Photography Guide and are trained for the following work:
Professional Social Skills
Excellent ability to discover and seek out Buddhist pujas and ceremonies that present good photo ops.
Advises client of proper protocol and etiquette for photographing religious events and people.
Excellent at explaining cultural and religious standards to his clients.
Ability to courteously and respectfully gain permission and access special events and rarely photographed treasures.
Ability to redirect a subject’s focus with personable conversation to avoid a direct camera gaze, and “turn-to-stone” facial expression. Uses an engaging manner to elicit laughter and gestures, making the scene serendipitous instead of posed. Certified guides also encourage their client in the cultural exchange.
Technical Photography Skills
Trained and experienced to quickly learn client’s photo gear-how
to set up tripods, aim reflectors, and properly handles sensitive
Trained and experienced in clearing scenes of non-photogenic
clutter, such as plastics or Westernized objects,
repositions client to avoid distracting backgrounds/foregrounds, cars, electric poles, etc.
Understands the "magic light" concept and utilizes a personal reflector in low light situations or to create side and back lighting.
Knowledgeable in the principals of "environmental portraits." Directs the photographer to angles showing the subject’s natural
surroundings, inner character and personality-telling the subject’s
life story. Adeptly directs shots with unique backgrounds that speak solely of Bhutan and the Himalayas to frame the central subject..
Advises client of proper protocol and etiquette for photographing
religious events and people.
Understands the concept of changing perspective, getting lower or higher or closer to subjects. Thinks ahead to assist the photographer in a variety of situations ranging from a piece of
cardboard under the shoulder for a
ground shot of a spinning festival
dancer, finding the ladder into the
attic for overhead shots or to
just finding the door key
keeper of a mask storage room
and then obtaining photographic permission.