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You don't come back from a TGL trip unchanged. A lot of our attendees feel a kinship when they travel with us and end up joining again on future adventures.
Taking in 2014 by Joe E. (who also joined us to Peru in 2015).
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Trip Announcement!

We're excited to announce we're heading back to the bustling streets and vibrant atmosphere of Cambodia this December. Our 2014 trip was a sold out success, and we look to make 2016 bigger and better with some new experiences during our time in Siem Reap.

We'll be partnering once again with our friends at Anjali House, working with youth through their established photography club full of talented photographers Paul Pichugin and Peyton Hale are our team leads for this adventure through ancient temples, culinary exploration, and endless photography opportunities.

Apply here: http://bit.ly/29DPojK

Be sure to search #TGLCambodia for images and stories of our previous adventures!
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We need some happiness right now, which is why we're sharing a behind the scenes shot from our team in Nicaragua. TGL alum Shelby shows off her tattoos to the curious kids of Empowerment International. #TGLNicaragua Photo by Bonocore Visual Studios.
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Shelby is a GODDESS. Wow she's beautiful.
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Happy Fourth of July to our American fans, friends and followers! If you're going out to shoot the fireworks, here are some great tips from BH Photo to get those coveted shots! #July4th Photo via Todd Vorenkamp.
Do you want to preserve the memory of that awesome neighborhood fireworks show? Let's discuss the best ways to try to make a memorable photograph commemorating the event.Before we get started, let me say that there are many ways to accomplish fireworks photography and none are usually worse or better than others. The only thing that really matters as you head home after the show is:
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The countdown is on! Our team is heading to Nicaragua for another year and another trip of a lifetime. Follow Bonocore Visual Studios, Brian Matiash and #TGLNicaragua for photos on the go! Photo by TGL alum Michael Bonocore. #TravelGram
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Pro tip - whenever you travel to areas that are home to plentiful wildlife, like Cambodia, bring a telephoto lens so you can photograph them without disturbing their natural habitat. Not to mention you get more detailed shots too, like this one by TGL alum Paula Wallis. #TGLCambodia
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Walking with the children of the Picaflor House through their hometown isn't just a lesson in photography, it's a fleeting moment of rambunctious adventure for all of us as the children lead the way.
Photo from #TGLPeru 2014 by Matt Conti
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An endearing capture of one of our Empowerment International rockstars taking a quick break from photo lessons to play a little football. Can't believe how quickly our week passed with these kids! Photo by TGLA alum Keith F. #TGLNicaragua
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A beautiful moment of a (rare) quiet moment with one of the talented kids of Empowerment International. What makes this photo even more special is the bond between subject and photographer - TGL lead Brian Matiash has been sponsoring him all year - ensuring he has everything he needs to succeed in school and life in Nicaragua. #TGLNicaragua

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Happy Fourth of July to our American fans, friends and followers! If you're going out to shoot the fireworks, here are some great tips from BH Photo to get those coveted shots! #July4th Photo via Todd Vorenkamp.
Do you want to preserve the memory of that awesome neighborhood fireworks show? Let's discuss the best ways to try to make a memorable photograph commemorating the event.Before we get started, let me say that there are many ways to accomplish fireworks photography and none are usually worse or better than others. The only thing that really matters as you head home after the show is:
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We don't just photograph people on our trips - nature is also a major component of our workshops. That's exactly we're truly inspired by these incredible wildlife and landscape photos on Time Magazine. Which one is your favorite?
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I love animals and how inspiring they are my favorite was the owl ❤
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It's a shame we don't have any fun on our trips. We love this trip by Matt Conti of our fearless leader Michael Bonocore. #TGLCuba We can't wait to get back to this incredibly fascinating and humbling country. #PortraitPhotography
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Giving Back Through Photo Education
Introduction
The Giving Lens is an organization that focuses on blending photography education with giving back to local communities. We offer photography workshops in various locations around the globe, where we work alongside local Non-Profit organizations that are doing exceptional work. These workshops are designed and lead by professional photographer and The Giving Lens founder, Colby Brown, who offers a unique and creative learning environment that not only showcases the latest in digital photography techniques but also touches on the importance of lending a helping hand to help make the world a better place for all life on this planet.

We believe that we can make a difference. Photography is a phenomenal art form that not only allows us to capture moments frozen in time, but share our experiences, thoughts and emotions with others. It allows us to connect to other human beings in meaningful ways that might not have been possible otherwise. By participating in a TGL (The Giving Lens) workshop you are allowing yourself the opportunity to explore, document and work hand in hand to help make a difference with the local communities, NGO organizations and countries we will be working in. As you learn photography you might also be working with school children, helping to protect an endangered species or trying to understand the historical conflict that has plagued many parts of the globe for centuries. Those who participate will grow, both as people as well as photographers.

What kind of organizations do we work with? The Giving Lens partners with a single organization per workshop and only offers one workshop per country. We love working with NGO organizations that share our passion for creating a better world. There are many causes around the globe that are in need of support. From species preservation to eco sustainability, child education to those displaced by war, disaster survivors to those living with AIDS, we are happy to help where and when we can.

How did The Giving Lens start? The Giving Lens is the vision of Professional Photographer and Photo Educator, Colby Brown. Colby honed his skills traveling the globe, from the peaks of Nepal to ground-zero of post-earthquake Haiti. Through his experiences he felt compelled to help the amazing people he met along the way. He found himself looking for ways to combine his love for photography, and his deep passion to make a difference. In 2011 The Giving Lens was born in an attempt to blend photo education and helping to make the world a better place by giving back to local communities.