Brunei Darussalam


The  folks at Brunei Forever Forum have taken over as organiser of the Louis Pang Workshop. Please check with them for details. — Jan Shim 19 Feb 2009

Hi Jan, I am keen to organize our workshop “Shoot Like a Pro” in Brunei next year. It is a one-day workshop of portraiture and lighting. I will make a trip to Brunei to finalize the logistics. Thank you very much for your offer to help. It means a lot coming from a photographer of your stature. — Louis Pang

It’s 4.30-ish am here and this post is somewhat overdue. Louis and I “met” in what I consider an uncanny circumstance and it was this Manchester United post that connected us. Since then, we have been keeping in touch over IM for a while and during this time, he’s invited me to shoot with him  either in KL or KK on a number of occasions and not once have I been able to, yet. So when Louis wrote to me recently  (I did say ‘somewhat overdue’) to explore a possibility of running a workshop in Brunei I thought, “Why not!”  there’s no better time than right now as the demand for cameras sees a surge and besides, not only have DSLRs become a lot more affordable, revolutionary features have also made them very exciting to own!

I also know for a fact that there are many who love his work and there’s nothing more rewarding to Louis and I than seeing participants walk away with skills and inspiration to work the magic with your equipment. I’m scouting for possible venues with an eye on the following:

1. Workshop venue to hold about 50 ppl, air-conditioned, LCD projector + sound system
2. Ideally the venue is strategically located amongst places we can shoot within walking distance

I’ve noticed that majority of workshops have traditionally been held in classrooms. Four walls and a small exit door doesn’t inspire creativity or learning as far as I’m concerned. Personally, I would love to have an outdoor workshop but how feasible this is remains to be seen. But you get the idea.

To get an idea of the what the workshop entails, check out Louis’ blog:

Feel free to post your thoughts about this workshop including any ideas or suggestions you may have. You’re welcome to leave Louis a message too. If you’re interested, you may want to bookmark this post for pricing and other updates. Make this workshop one of your 2009 resolutions!This short trip to Singapore, the laptop stays home and access to the web will either be very limited or none at all.

Psst, I am back on Facebook. Check out the JAN SHIM PHOTOGRAPHY page.


  1. I am so thrilled to hear that Louis will be conducting a workshop in Brunei. Fantastic opportunity to learn from the “master” himself.

    Big fan of Zemotion’s works. She is indeed a very talented young “star”! and how sweet is it to get an autographed copy of her book (so jealous! :))


  2. Outdoor workshop is probably not so feasible as voice traveling in open spaces = suffering participants.

    A room with easy access to outdoors will do fine. I can only think of hotels which will have such ease.


  3. WOW! Thanks for the support. I love teaching & inspiring other photographers as much as I love photography.

    One small correction…my one-day “Shoot Like a Pro” workshop is designed for 25-30 people. It is very hands-on.

    David: Can you recommend some venues (preferably a hotel) for this?


  4. Sure thing guys (and gal). Right now there are more questions than answers so please be patient while Louis and I work out the venue before we can even begin to work on the fees and timing.


  5. Hi Jan,
    I think I’ve managed to rope in a number of interested parties for a workshop in Brunei… including a girlfriend from KL who would love to do it out at the Empire! or anywhere else in Brunei.

    I definitely will invest in upgrading my hubby’s skills, if not for any other selfish reason, but to get better shots of myself & kids!

    So do let us know soon as u hv yr chat with Louis in KK! Can’t wait! Will be fun! Besides, will prob get us more gal photog into serious photography.

    Looking forward to news…Cheers & Happy New Year!


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