HIGHLIGHTS

Experience Bandhavgarh, which has one of the highest density of Tigers in India and its amazing wildlife together with professional photographer Sudhir Shivaram.

Bandhavgarh is a photographers paradise to capture the magnificent Tigers in their natural habitat. We cover the core zones of Tala and Magdhi as a part of this photography learning tour with Sudhir. During the trip, we will photography everything from Tigers to birds and anything which moves.

Tala and parts of Magadhi zones have mostly sal forests with vast open spaces, giving ample opportunity to experiment interesting compositions and landscape/habitat shots. Certain sections of Magadhi and most of Khitauli zone contain bamboo forests that can be somewhat challenging to shoot. This is where you get to gain from Sudhir’s experience and expertise as he demonstrates shooting and composition techniques to help you make the most of any situation.

Why do the Bandhavgarh photography learning tour with SSP?
– On field guidance from Sudhir during the safaris to help you get the best images.
– On field review of images and feedback.
– Get the best drivers and guides/naturalists trained to position the vehicles from a photographers point of view.
– We choose the best season to maximise the photography opportunities.
– Newly Introduced – Healthy photography competition among participants where you will be the judge. You will learn the parameters used to judge images and will understand what it takes to participate in a real world competition.
– Best resort with awesome stay and food.

Who should attend this tour?
– Quite simply, this tour is for anyone who wants to be an awesome wildlife photographer.
– You can be a rank beginner or have some experience wielding the camera, either way, SSP’s photography learning tour is bound to enhance your skill and knowledge.
– This is the ideal tour if you are looking to capture our National animal in all its glory, as we always plan Bandhavgarh to make the best use of the opportunities available.

What can you expect from this tour?
– Practical on-field learning from Sudhir.
– Understand the various challenges of wildlife photography and learn how to arrive at the correct camera setting for a particular situation.
– Pre-visualising your images in the field and how to arrive at the camera setting for that.
– Discussions back in the camp as well to ensure all doubts are cleared for your next safari.
– At the end of this tour, gain enough practice and confidence to put your camera to optimal use – with respect to basic and certain advanced camera settings.
– Move away from taking images to making images.

While we are extremely serious about our photography, we never play down the importance of some good old-fashioned fun. And great food. Dinnertime is our designated “huddle time” where we share safari stories that continue well past bedtime. Last night of the workshop is official party night where we match steps with the local tribal folk over a celebratory dinner. So, what do we celebrate? Good times, great food, awesome friends. And of course, photography!!

SPOTLIGHTS

Airport/Railhead

Jabalpur is the nearest airport, around 3.5-hr drive. Umaria Rly Stn is 45-min drive and Katni Rly Stn 2-hr drive.

Ideal Flight Timings.

Book any flight which arrives at Jabalpur by / before 3 pm on 17 May and plan to take any flight after 4pm from Jabalpur on 21 May.

Last Mile

We will coordinate with you for your pickup/drop from/to airport/rly station. We generally do car pooling of participants arriving at around same time.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

We recommend to carry 2 camera bodies along with a combination of a zoom lens like the 70-200 or the 100-400. The second body can have a tele lens like the 500mm/600mm/800mm. The 150-600 range is also an excellent lens for a single body.

Duration/Stay

4 nights/5 days @ Pugdundee's Kings Lodge Resort.

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: Anytime on May 17 and Check-out on 21 May after morning safari.

Safari

Total safaris - 7. Morning safari from 5:30am to 10:00am and evening safari from 4pm to 7:00pm.

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 45°C and Min temp: 30°C.

Key Subjects

The key species we can sight during the workshop are Tigers, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Pig, Lesser adjutant stork and other common bird species.

Things to Carry

You can get Camera-lens, binoculars, bird book, warm wear and essential medicines.

Here’s a complete overview of what happens in the SSP Photography learning tours.

1.Photography learning through indoor / outdoor sessions:

Sudhir will have interactive classroom photography sessions followed by hands on outdoor sessions to help the participants have a practical approach to the learning. These sessions help you pick up the basics and advanced concepts of photography and you can start applying them in the field.

2.Photography learning in the field during the safari:

Once you have understood the concepts in the indoor/outdoor classroom sessions, it’s time to implement them practically in the field. During the safari Sudhir will guide you with the camera settings and composition based on the challenges in the field. He will also give you few assignments to help you understand the concept of pre-visualization.

3.Healthy photography competition among participants:

This is a new concept introduced in SSP tours. Each participant submits 2-3 images shot during the tour. You will then be taken through the entire process of judging an image, where you will learn the key parameters(around 6-8 of them) used to evaluate an image. You will then rate each of these parameters between 1-10 for all the images. Once you spend evaluating around 25-30 images for more than an hour, you will automatically become an expert on what it takes to judge an image and set the foundation for you to participate in any competition, where you will know what the judges expect. This has been received very well in the previous tours by the participants.

4.Fun Times:

While we are extremely serious about our photography, we never play down the importance of some good old-fashioned fun and some great food. Breakfast during the safaris is a great time to share, interact and know each other. Last night of the workshop is official party night where we match steps with the local tribal folk over a celebratory dinner. So, what do we celebrate? Good times, great food, awesome friends. And of course, photography!!

The teaching and learning will not stop after the workshop. In fact this is just the starting point. You will be part of the SSP community of the SSP website where your learning and interactions with fellow photographers continues.

Fri 17 May, 2019

  • Arrive and check in to Kings Lodges.
  • In the evening, meet and greet.
  • Interact with your mentor, as he primes you with some basic concepts of photography. This will set you up for the ensuing safaris, where you will delve deeper into the core principles, tips, and tricks of photography.

  • Sat/Sun/Mon May 18/19/20

  • Morning and afternoon safaris – up, close, and personal with the tiger.
  • Hands-on learning during the safaris.
  • Continued learning sessions after each safari, covering all topics listed in the "Structure" tab.
  • Tue 21 May, 2019

  • Morning safari and check out after breakfast.
  • Before the Workshop
    We will ask you for:
    – some basic information about your equipment
    – your photos/portfolio
    – your expectations from the workshop

    Based on this, Sudhir will chart out best practices for your set of equipment. He will review the images and judge the areas that need working on.

    Communicating your expectations beforehand will ensure that Sudhir addresses them during individual interactions with you.

    During the Workshop
    – Sudhir will demonstrate the best way to approach and shoot the subjects and give deeper insights on their behavioural aspects.
    – He will introduce the advanced custom function settings of your camera. A firm understanding of these settings will be your first step toward shooting like a pro.
    – In the park, he will continually guide you based on the field conditions and subjects.
    – Knowledge sharing and image review will continue through the evenings as Sudhir interacts with you with focused inputs to reinforce the day’s learning.
    – You will have assignments to complete, giving you ample scope to assimilate and apply all that you have learnt.
    – We will have a healthy competition among the participants where they will be the judge and select the winning image. This helps them understand the expectations of the judges in any competition.

    After the Workshop
    Your pursuit of photography knowledge doesn’t end with the workshop. The SSP Community is your gateway to continued learning and interaction, apart from being the ideal platform to showcase your best images. In addition to image review and critique by Sudhir and his team, you also gain the perfect peer group interaction to grow as a photographer. Theme-based assignments, healthy discussions, candid feedback, equipment reviews and resale are the other great perks of being part of this community.

    *The below topics will be covered and the participants will learn how to apply these concepts in wildlife photography.

    Fundamental and Advanced Concepts of Photography:
    – Manual and autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, single or continuous focus, Focusing Sensors, AF cases, Advanced AF settings of camera)
    – Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speed, Aperture)
    – Metering modes (evaluative, matrix, spot metering)
    – Depth of field (shallow, deep, hyper focal distance)
    – Motion (freezing, blurring and panning)
    – Picture styles / picture control (colour, black and white, sepia etc…)
    – Aperture priority, shutter speed priority and program modes
    – Understanding exposure – the 18% concept
    – White balance (pre-set and custom)
    – The temperature of light (natural and artificial colour cast)
    – Composition (framing)
    – Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
    – Lenses and perspective (the right choice of focal length)
    – Pre-visualization
    – Completing the story
    – Camera settings related to Wildlife Photography.
    – Understanding Subject Behavioral aspects.
    – Understanding your camera and shooting techniques.

    Post-Processing:
    During the course of the workshop, you will be taken through the fundamentals of image processing and the following topics will be covered:

    – Colour management policies (colour settings, working space, ICC profiles etc.)
    – Working with RAW files
    – Cropping and image editing
    – Levels, curves, contrast, saturation adjustments (All through layers and masking)
    – Image sharpening, cloning, dodge and burn
    – Noise reduction.
    – Saving for web/ printing

    During the Field Outing:
    During the field outing, your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you make memorable images. Inputs provided on the field will enable you make the most of the opportunity.

    The teaching and learning will not stop after the workshop. In fact this is just the starting point. You will be part of the SSP community of the SSP website where your learning and interactions with fellow photographers continues.

    Workshop Cost:
    INR 53,750/- (plus 5% GST)
    *Price is per person on double occupancy basis.
    * Additional Rs 15,000 for single occupancy

    Inclusions:
    – All costs are ex-Kings Lodge Resort at Bandhavgarh. However, at an added cost, we can arrange for transportation.
    – Accommodation and all meals for 4 Nights / 5 Days stay at Kings Lodge Resort.
    – 7 safaris (4 participants per vehicle), forest entry fee/camera fee/guide charges.

    *Any other expenses outside of the above will have to be borne by the participants.

    Kings Lodge Bandhavgarh

    The lodge is set in a forested estate of 32 acres over looking sal forested hills on both sides. Bandhavgarh was established in 1968 as a National Park, and is spread over an area of 448 sq. kms. This national park was declared as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger in the year 1993. It is predominantly covered with vegetation like SAL, SALI, DHOBIN and has vast stretches of grasslands spread over 32 hills, the region though smaller than other wildlife parks has one of the highest density of tigers in the world.

    Terms and Cancellation Policy:

    INR 35,000 is non refundable once the payment is done.
    75% of the remaining amount will be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the workshop start dates.
    No refund if cancellation is done between 0-45 days of the event.

    Payment Terms:
    Full amount to be paid 60 days prior to the workshop starting date.

    Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

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