VIDEO TUTORIALS

Online Photography Tutorials (Video Based) from Sudhir Shivaram.

Take the next step towards becoming a better photographer. If you are already learning from the tips & tutorials shared by Sudhir on Facebook & YouTube, you might want to take your learning to the next level by subscribing to his best-selling video tutorial courses. You get to choose from two subscription plans. Scroll down to check out the plans in detail and sign up for the one that best suits your photography learning goals.

#1 Choice for Aspiring photographers

  • Value For Money
  • Suitable For Amateurs & Experts Both
  • Easy To Understand
  • Learn Using Your Existing Equipments
  • Simple & Direct Teaching Style
  • Relevant for All Genres of Photography
  • Learn At Your Own Pace From Any Device
  • Accessible Online From Anywhere
  • Learn From The Best
  • Learn On The Go From Mobile
  • Practical Field Tips
  • Automatic Access To New Modules During Subscription Period


Subscription Plans & Pricing

NEW Individual courses now available for subscription. - Unlimited access for 6 months to any individual course subscribed.
We also have on offer, two subscription plans - Basic Plan includes 8 Courses (161 videos) & Advanced Plan includes 14 Courses (380+ videos).
Details of courses under each plan are listed under the tabs below.

BASIC PLAN

Rs.5999/- Per Year (USD 87.12 Per Year)

8 COURSES
161 VIDEOS

ADVANCED PLAN

Rs.7999/- Per Year (USD 116.16 Per Year)

14 COURSES
380+ VIDEOS

Courses under Basic Plan:

  • Camera and Lens Buying Guide (16 videos)
  • Basics and Advanced Fundamentals of Photography (54 videos)
  • Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop (17 videos)
  • All About Back Button Focusing (10 videos)
  • Post Processing Using Capture NX-D (for Nikon RAW Shooters (18 videos)
  • Ultimate Guide to Nikon D500 (24 videos)
  • Post Processing Using Canon DPP (For Canon RAW Shooters) (12 videos)
  • Beginners Guide to Canon 1200D (13 videos)

Courses under Advanced Plan:

  • Camera and Lens Buying Guide (16 videos)
  • Basics and Advanced Fundamentals of Photography (54 videos)
  • Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop (17 videos)
  • All About Back Button Focusing (10 videos)
  • Post Processing Using Capture NX-D (for Nikon RAW Shooters (18 videos)
  • Ultimate Guide to Nikon D500 (24 videos)
  • Post Processing Using Canon DPP (For Canon RAW Shooters) (12 videos)
  • Beginners Guide to Canon 1200D (13 videos)
  • Complete Guide to Canon 5D Mark IV (26 videos)
  • Complete Guide to Canon 7D Mark II (28 videos)
  • Bird Photography Field Guide (44 videos)
  • Complete Guide to using Nikon D750 (27 videos)
  • Complete Guide to Canon 1DX mark II (26 Videos)
  • Ultimate Field Guide to Wildlife Photography (87 Videos)

Both plans includes:

One year unlimited access from anywhere.

Unlimited playback of all videos in the plan.

Accessible from multiple devices.

Automatic access to new videos added during your subscription period.

Advanced plan has additional advantages like:

Access to SSP forums and community that allows you to:

Get your photography-related queries answered.

Get equipment-related advice and guidance.

Have any queries from your online tutorials clarified.

Share your images on the SSP community for critique and feedback.

Post your images under genre-specific forums for focused, in-depth feedback.

Regular exclusive Facebook LIVE sessions where Sudhir will present topics related to photography and have interactive discussions with you.

Camera And Lens Buying Guide

This is the guide to buy your camera and lens.

Basics and Advanced Fundamentals of Photography

Basics and advanced photography video tutorial is mainly aimed at beginners who want to start making amazing images. This detailed course is all you need to kick start your photography journey.

Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop

Learn to process your images using Adobe Camera RAW for RAW processing and then photoshop.

All About Back Button Focusing

If you are a wildlife, sports or action photographer, then the Back Button Focusing or BBF in short is a technique which you must explore. This course will explain all you need to know about BBF and how to configure it.

Post Processing Using Capture NX-D (for Nikon RAW Shooters)

Capture NX-D is an image management application for Nikon files. It is mainly used to process Nikon's unique RAW (NEF/NRW) formats, letting you get the vivid colours captured by your Nikon cameras in a non destructive way. This means you can reprocess your images with out having to start from scratch.

Ultimate Guide to Nikon D500

Your ultimate guide to using the Nikon D500. Everything about the Nikon D500 explained.

Post Processing Using Canon DPP (For Canon RAW Shooters)

RAW processing using Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP)

Beginners Guide to Canon 1200D

Canon 1200D is the entry level camera. You can get started with this course to get your basics right on photography.

Ultimate Field Guide to Wildlife Photography

If you are a beginner in photography and want to get started with wildlife photography and not sure where to start from, this is the perfect tutorial for you

Complete Guide to Canon 1DX Mark II

As a part of this course we will explain the various views of the camera and explain each of the buttons / settings on the camera and help you understand what they do. We will also take you through all the menu options of the camera and provide our recommended settings for various genre of photography.

Complete Guide to Canon 5D Mark IV

As a part of this course we will explain the various views of the camera and explain each of the buttons / settings on the camera and help you understand what they do. We will also take you through all the menu options of the camera and provide our recommended settings for various genre of photography.

Complete Guide to Canon 7D Mark II

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera is designed to meet the demands of photographers and videographers who want a camera that can provide a wide range of artistic opportunities. With a winning combination of cutting-edge operations and a robust, ergonomic design, it is optimized to make even the most challenging photography simple and easy.

Camera And Lens Buying Guide

This is the guide to buy your camera and lens.

Basics and Advanced Fundamentals of Photography

Basics and advanced photography video tutorial is mainly aimed at beginners who want to start making amazing images. This detailed course is all you need to kick start your photography journey.

Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop

Learn to process your images using Adobe Camera RAW for RAW processing and then photoshop.

Bird Photography Practical Field Guide – Lens, Camera Settings & More

If you are a beginner in bird photography then this is a must tutorial where all practical aspects of bird photography are explained.

All About Back Button Focusing

If you are a wildlife, sports or action photographer, then the Back Button Focusing or BBF in short is a technique which you must explore. This course will explain all you need to know about BBF and how to configure it.

Complete Guide to using Nikon D750

If you are a Nikon users, then this is a must course for you. It does not matter if you do not have a Nikon D750, this course covers  every single aspect of the camera including the various buttons, the menu options and the recommended settings of all the various menu options depending on the genre of photography you are into. This is a hands on session, so you better have your camera with you to watch this course.

Post Processing Using Capture NX-D (for Nikon RAW Shooters)

Capture NX-D is an image management application for Nikon files. It is mainly used to process Nikon's unique RAW (NEF/NRW) formats, letting you get the vivid colours captured by your Nikon cameras in a non destructive way. This means you can reprocess your images with out having to start from scratch.

Ultimate Guide to Nikon D500

Your ultimate guide to using the Nikon D500. Everything about the Nikon D500 explained.

Post Processing Using Canon DPP (For Canon RAW Shooters)

RAW processing using Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP)

Beginners Guide to Canon 1200D

Canon 1200D is the entry level camera. You can get started with this course to get your basics right on photography.

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About Sudhir Shivaram


Sudhir Shivaram is much loved, recognized, and respected in wildlife photography circles not only in India but the world over. Engineer by education, photographer by passion, teacher by intuition, Sudhir is an inspiration to scores of people that aspire to break away from the mundane and chase their dreams.

Sudhir Shivaram is one of India’s most respected and renowned wildlife photographers. A long and lucrative career in the IT industry did not diminish Sudhir’s passion for photography but on the contrary, ensured that he never lost touch with his wild side. So much so that he bid adieu to the corporate jungle to spend more time in the real one.

Sudhir’s pictures are noteworthy for their technically sophisticated and evocative character. This green evangelist campaigns for wildlife protection around the world and gives freely of his time and images to raise awareness about nature and wildlife.

Sudhir was one of the brand ambassadors for Canon India and a Canon contract photographer. He recieved the Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 award.

Award and Achievement

2017

Speaker @ Adobe MAKE IT Australia

Sudhir was invited as one of the guest speakers at Adobe MAKE IT, an annual global event held at Sydney, Australia. His session was about how technology aids in Wildlife photography. The overall event was attended by more than 2000 people and had an online viewership of more than 50,000 people from the Asia Pacific region.

2017

Asian Photography Awards

In January 2017, Asian Photography unveiled their awards for the year 2016, placing Sudhir as the third most influential person in the Indian photography industry. Third place, third consecutive award, a very proud moment indeed! Especially considering, the CEO/MD of Canon and CEO/MD of Nikon were placed first and second respectively. Making Sudhir the most influential individual in the Indian photography industry.
Click here to see the entire list of awardees – the veritable movers and shakers of the industry. Learn more.

2017

Asian Photography Cover Shot

What better way to announce Sudhir’s third Asian Photography award than carrying his image as cover shot for the Feb 2017 issue.
To elaborate a bit more on the Asian Photography awards – it is the most coveted award in the Indian photography industry, where the most influential people including CEOs, managers and business heads of top companies (such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, HP, and the like); photography institutes; and individual photographers are nominated. To ensure that the whole process remains impartial and unbiased, jury members are picked from outside of the industry. The members evaluate the nominees and their contributions based on a wide range of parameters and score them accordingly.

2017

TOP 100 Photographers On Web

The 2017 rankings by xxlpix once again place Sudhir at #12 (Points: 152,19 WPI*) in the list of the top 100 best known photographers worldwide. Here is the full list.

As per the xxlpix website, the Web Popularity Index (WPI) takes into consideration the three key factors of the social web: reach, interaction with users, and external references. Thousands of social media and web indicators for popular photographers of the present day were collected during the survey period and evaluated for the creation of the index.
We analysed: fans, followers and subscribers on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, Tumblr, 500px and other social networks, ratios for interaction with subscribers, fans and followers, as well as references for the photographers’ publications.

2017

Speaker @ Karnataka Bird Festival Hampi

As one of the main speakers at the third Karnataka Bird Festival (KBF) at Hampi-Daroji, Sudhir spoke at length about the “Techniques in Bird Photography.” The KBF is one of the prominent events related to wildlife and nature conservation and is attended by leading experts and enthusiasts from India and worldwide. Sudhir has been a guest speaker at both the previous editions of this program. Learn more.

2016

Top 14 Bird Photographers In The World

Top 14 Bird Photographers in the World, their Achievements, and their Goals!
Widely followed blog, Nature Photography Simplified featured Sudhir as one of the top 14 bird photographers in the world, alongside other stalwarts including Alan Murphy, Andy Rouse, et al.

You can read the blog with Sudhir’s snappy interview here.

2016

Top 10 Most Influential People In Photography Industry

January 2016 was déjà vu time for Sudhir. He made it to the list of Top 10 Influential People in Photography (in India, for the year 2015) again! This time at the 2nd spot. This was a validation of his calibre and his standing in the industry.

2016

No.1 In Top 20 Wildlife Photographers Of The World On Web

The prominent photography products/services online marketplace, xxlpix, routinely analyzes web data and publishes the list of TOP100 web photographers biannually. In 2016, Sudhir made it to this list both times. First time at the #11 spot and then at #12. Both times he was ranked #1 in the Nature/Wildlife subcategory.

2016

Speaker @ Karnataka Bird Festical Dandeli

The Karnataka Bird Festival serves as a platform for birders, conservationists, and wildlife enthusiasts in general to congregate and celebrate their shared love for birds, nature, and wildlife. The second festival was held at Kulgi Nature Camp, in the Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve. Sudhir was invited as one of the key speakers for this event.

2015

Asian Photography Awards Most Influential People In Photography Industry

January 9, 2015 was a momentous day for Sudhir as he went on to be acknowledged as the 5th most influential person in the Indian photography industry for the year 2014, at the Asian Photography Awards. Sudhir was the only individual to figure in the list that featured corporate bigwigs. Some of the top names included the country head of HP India, senior director of Canon India, country manager of Sandisk India, among others.

2015

Article Published in Asian Photography Feb issue

“Life is not about what you couldn't do so far, it’s about WHAT YOU STILL CAN. Life isn't about finding yourself, Life is about CREATING yourself.” Words that have influenced and shaped Sudhir.
These little nuggets of wisdom and lots of practical advice on how to turn your passion into your profession – Sudhir talks about it all in the February 2015 issue of the Asian Photography magazine.

2015

Speaker @ Karnataka Bird Festival Ranganthitoo

The Karnataka Bird Festival (KBF) was envisaged as an annual event to showcase the wealth of bird life in the state. An initiative of the Karnataka Ecotourism Board and the Karnataka Forest Department, the KBF is South India’s biggest bird festival. At its first edition held at Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary, Sudhir spoke eloquently on Advanced Bird Photography. The participants gained immensely from Sudhir’s in-depth subject matter knowledge as also his vast experience in this genre of photography.

2015

Speaker @ Adobe CREATE NOW MUMBAI

Sudhir was one of the speakers at Adobe’s Create NOW event where they unveiled the latest version of their Creative Cloud.

2015

The Great Migration MASAI MARA Facebook LIVE

Sudhir took social media engagement to the next level with his broadcast of the Masai Mara great migration live on Facebook in September 2015. Jaw-dropping scenes streamed live as scores of fans worldwide lapped up all the action as it happened. He is the first person in the world to broadcast The Great Migration LIVE on Facebook.

2014

National Geographic Yellow Border Award 2014

The Yellow Border Award is given to the best cover across 14 language editions of the National Geographic Traveller magazine worldwide. NatGeo Traveller India's September 2013 issue won the award for that year. The image of a pair of great Indian pelicans was shot by Sudhir at Bharatpur, one of India’s top birding destinations. Dreamlike and ethereal, it’s no surprise that this image was chosen as the best among the best.

2014

Speaker @ The Adobe Photography Symposium 2014

US software major Adobe invited Sudhir to be on their panel of speakers at the Adobe Photography Symposium. Speaking on his “Path Towards Professional Photography,” Sudhir enthralled the audience, mostly comprising serious hobbyists and aspiring professional photographers, sharing his personal trials, tribulations, and triumphs along his career path.

2014

Cover Shot Asian Photography Feb 2014 Issue

Sudhir’s cover image of the Greater Flamingo set the tone for nine full pages of articles, interviews, tips-tricks, and more images in the February 2014 edition of the Asian Photography magazine. In this issue, Sudhir talks at length about his journey from being a hobby photographer to becoming one of the most recognised names in the Indian photography industry.

2013

National Geographic Traveller India Cover Shot

The surrealistic frame of a pair of pelicans in water with a darter pair forming the backdrop captures the essence of Bharatpur's brilliant landscape. NatGeo Traveller (India) were impressed enough to make it their cover shot.

2012

Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

India’s most prestigious wildlife/photography award – Sanctuary’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year – was conferred on Sudhir in 2012. His iconic image of the slumberous leopard on the tree received the top honour. The award recognized Sudhir’s artistic eye as much as it did his technical skill. The hugely popular picture, along with the story behind it, remains one of Sudhir’s personal favourites.
More about it on Sanctuary Asia website.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

The advanced plan includes everything in the basic plan and more:

Benefits include,

  • Access to 5 extra advanced video courses.
  • Getting your photography-related queries answered.
  • Getting equipment-related advice and guidance.
  • Having any queries from your online tutorials clarified.
  • Getting critique on your images by sharing it with the community.

Great question. The courses we’ve created here for our students are structured keeping in mind the journey of a photography student. With 25+ years of photography experience, I’ve specially designed it to help students discover their inherent photography skills and fine-tune it with the help of our learner’s group and experts. The course material is much more in-depth than the usual tips and tricks you find on the internet. Besides, free courses only teach you the theoretical aspects of photography, but here at SSP, we lay a special emphasis on task evaluation, feedback sharing and group learning.

At this time, all our courses are available only in the English language.

To purchase individual courses, hop on this link and that’ll take you to Amazon website where you can buy the courses individually.

Good question. The short answer is No, we don’t. The reason – we believe that learning is a continuous process and that your practical skills matter more than any certification.

I’m glad you asked. The point is, you can learn to develop most of your foundational photography skills with the camera you already have right now. For advanced students, we do provide specific training for specific cameras. But if you have a different camera, the foundational techniques are still covered in the other lessons and a different camera wouldn’t stop you from building your skills.

I’m glad you’re interested in building your skills further. The way we’ve structured the program is that you can start learning to take “magazine-worthy” photographs right now with the equipment you already have.

Both of our plans cover fundamental modules which include lessons on:

– Camera & Lens buying guide

– Basics & Advanced Fundamentals of Photography

– Post Processing Using Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop

– Back button focusing

– Post processing using Capture NX-D

– Post Processing using Canon DPP

– Bird Photography

Lessons from these modules apply to any DSLR or modern point and shoot digital cameras. Still unsure or have a specific concern that’s holding you back? Drop us a line here.

Absolutely. I conduct frequent photography tours and workshops with students and enthusiasts. To know further visit our Workshops Page and drop us a line.

Since this is an online course, you can learn at your own pace with what you already have right now. For any specific query drop us a line on our support section.

The concepts you’ll be learning in the course will benefit you no matter what genre you wish to pursue in the future. However, we do cover an extensive range of genres, like landscape, nature, portrait, sports, wildlife, street and macro photography.

At this time we don’t support the EMI option. You’ll have to pay the full course fee up-front.

Once you join us, you’ll get access to our extensive library of 300+ photography training videos to learn from, at your own pace. Apart from that, you’ll also be invited into our exclusive FB community to enjoy membership benefits which include:

  1.  Supportive feedback/critiques on your images from fellow photographers and me
  2. Opportunity to participate in group discussions with ambitious and like-minded photographers
  3. Have your photography related questions answered by me or others in the community
  4. Participate in monthly theme-based photography assignments and if your photo is shortlisted it’ll be displayed in the EDITOR’s album
  5. Exclusive LIVE FB webinars from me only for this group where I will interact with you and discuss topics related to photography, answer your queries in real time and review pics to provide feedback.
  6. Use this group to Post your buy/sell requirements.
  7. Form groups with folks from your city and go for weekend shoots.

The course fee and any other payments are non-refundable. I understand that this is a valid concern for many of you. From the past, I’ve realised that there are mainly two reasons most folks have this concern – Either you don’t trust me or you don’t trust yourself to grow. In either case, I recommend going through the testimonials of previous students here and taking a decision based on that. No matter what, I’d love to support you in your journey as a photographer.

Ah! That sucks. We’re really sorry about that. Please visit our support page and drop in your query and we’ll get it resolved asap.

Not at all. The course material can be accessed on any device (PC/Mac) or smartphone or tablet and using any browser.