Discover your own unique visual language and expand your capacity to create strong reportage work with your lens. Join this 6 days photography course with one of the renowned Indonesian documentary photographers – Rio Helmi. 


About the course: 

This intensive 6-day workshop will take place in Bali on August 18-24, 2022. The programme is designed for intermediate students who have good basic photography skills and wish to enhance their abilities. The focus of our course is to master the process of documentary photography. Throughout the course, you will be mentored by Rio Helmi who will guide you through the various steps involved – beginning with research and preparation down to final selection and editing. This will be a practical, hands-on course with individual assignments, shooting, group discussions and editing sessions.


Upgrade your level of photography.



  • The lexicon of documentary photography: becoming familiar with the work of masters of the genre.
  • Deepen your knowledge: creating a documentary photographic essay from A to Z
  • Identifying stories to develop and key images 
  • Refine your storytelling and composition: image analysis, editing and writing captions 
  • Learn ground rules for Interactions with subjects
  • Discover your own visual language, as well as practical and conceptual, 
  • Dealing with real situations in reportage
  • Receive individual feedback and guidance on your work  and get inspired for the next project 


What is included : 

  • 6 days of learning documentary photography with Rio Helmi
  • 5 live lectures on various topics (see below)
  • Private guidance and feedback session on your project
  • One personal photo-documentary project
  • Access to the inspirational library of photography books for searching for inspiration
  • Vegetarian lunch and non-alcoholic drinks (*during days of study)

Classes and content:

  • Aims of documentary photography & reportage
  • Storytelling approaches: conceptual or spontaneous?
  • Style: how it affects the message 
  • Pitching an idea – formulating the idea – what does it take?
  • The 5 Ws – who what where when why
  • Fundamentals of editing


Need to know before you go : 

  • Candidates are expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment and ready to photograph.
  •  Participants should bring their own laptops, and everything needed for digital editing.
  •  Each participant will be awarded a certificate of completion of the course.


Investment: 750 USD 

Early bird 20% Off for bookings made by July 18th. 

For payment options please register with the link below and you will receive all the details. 

Dates: August 18-23, 2022


Location : 

The workshop will be held in Rio Helmi’s spacious and unique home in Pejeng, 15 min drive east of Ubud. The fee includes vegetarian Indonesian-style lunch.


Other notes: 

The course will be held in English. The location of the place will be revealed after the booking and due to the limited availability, it is highly recommended to book well in advance. The fee does not include transport, accommodation or on-the-ground expenses.


What our students say: 

“It was an incredible experience to learn from such a master of his craft.
Rio’s approach to photography and teaching is very similar and when I first saw this program was available I didn’t hesitate to join.

I learned so much about the nuances of capturing the moment, gaining access and what it really means to document something visually.

To just sit and learn from a man who has so much experience in life was a tremendous honour and I would recommend any chance you get to learn from Rio to take that opportunity” – Oliver

“This workshop totally opened a new perspective and provided a previously inaccessible depth of understanding of docum4entary photography. It also lit up the passion to tell visual stories in a mindful, emphatic and authentic way.” – Mark O.

“The main thing I realized in this workshop is that without showing a story, pretty photos don’t mean much. While ideation and conceptualizing is a difficult task, it is the key to creating meaningful and impactful photographs.” – Gabriel Z.