HIGHLIGHTS

Wetlands, dry grasslands and woodlands intersperse and overlap to form Bharatpur’s landscape that is nothing short of magical. Changing light conditions over the course of the day add to the mystique while giving you dramatic backdrops for your images.

Subjects are aplenty here, and the landscape is varied. Unlike tiger destinations where you may have to anticipate and wait for your subject to cooperate, Bharatpur gives you the opportunity to apply your learning then and there. With the whole day to yourself (park is open until 6:30 pm), you get plenty of time to interact with and learn from Sudhir. He will offer practical guidance on how to approach your subjects, experiment with backgrounds, optimize your equipment, play with the light conditions and so on.

Why do the Bharatpur 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.
– Each photographer gets a separate cycle rickshaw for maximum flexibility to move around and shoot.
– We choose the best season to maximise the photography opportunities.
– Best resort with awesome stay and food.

Who should attend this tour?
– This is an advanced bird photography workshop for anyone who has cameras which supports focusing features of different AF area modes and want to learn how to use it.
– 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 move to next level in bird photography, as we always plan Bharatpur to make the best use of the opportunities available. Feb is an awesome time to be at Bharatpur.

What can you expect from this tour?
– Practical on-field learning from Sudhir.
– Understand the various challenges of wildlife/bird photography and learn how to arrive at the correct camera setting for a particular situation.
– Understanding the advanced focusing features of different AF area modes, AF cases (in Canon) and learning when to use what.
– 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 field session.
– 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.

Prerequisite for the workshop

Participants are expected to know the basic fundamentals of exposure triangle parameters, metering, focusing and various camera settings. You can watch the “How to be a better photography in 45 mins” video of Sudhir on YouTube to have a good understanding on the basics and then attend this tour.

Your camera needs to have the different AF area modes like:
Nikon – auto-area AF, single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, Grp focusing and 3D-tracking
Canon – Single point AF, AF point expansion, Zone AF, Large Zone AF, Automatic selection
Sony – AF options of wide, zone, centre, flexible spot, expand flexible point.

The Camaraderie – fun, food and friends

Photography is fun, no doubt. And with a bunch of hardcore photographers, it’s bound to be a riot. We always look forward to bonding as a group and forging an association that lasts long after the workshop has ended.

SPOTLIGHTS

Airport/Railhead

New Delhi Airport which is 4.5 hr drive or Jaipur Airport which is 3.5 hr drive. Alternatively Bharatpur railway station.

Ideal Flight Timings

Arrive at Delhi/Jaipur by 9 am (day 1 of workshop) and depart Delhi/Jaipur after 7 pm (last day of workshop).

Last Mile

We will coordinate with you for pickup/drop from/to Delhi or Jaipur. Generally we car pool participants coming in at similar flight timings and the taxi cost is shared between them.

Recommended Equipment

You can get 2 camera bodies, preferable a full frame and a crop sensor. A zoom lens of 70-200 or 100-400 range will be good for wide perspective shots combined with a long tele of 500/600/800. The Sigma or Tamron 150-600 will also be a good choice. Since this is an advanced photography workshop, we recommend to get camera bodies which supports the advanced focusing features of different AF area modes.

Duration/Stay

3 nights and 4 days at Sunbird Hotel, Bharatpur. We will be doing 2 full days in the park.

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: 12 pm (day 1 of workshop) and Check-out: 12 pm (last day of workshop). Depending on the check-out time, you can have lunch and leave for your destination.

Safari / Field Outing

We will have a total of 2 full days of safari / field outing in the park. Day 1 and 4 will be 1/2 day and day 2-3 will be 2 full days from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. One cycle rickshaw per participant.

Temperature

The weather will be warm through out the day. A bit cool early and late evenings.

Key Subjects

The primary subjects will be Sarus Cranes, Pelicans, Black-necked storks and a lot of other winter visitors along with mammals like Rhesus macaques, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Nilgais and Jackals.

Things to Carry

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 classroom sessions:

Sudhir will have interactive classroom photography sessions back at the hotel in the conference room 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 and assignments in the field:

Once you have understood the concepts in the indoor classroom sessions, it’s time to implement them practically in the field. During the full day field outing, 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.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. Lunch break at the centre point is a great time to share, interact and know each other. 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.

Prerequisite for the workshop

Participants are expected to know the basic fundamentals of exposure triangle parameters, metering, focusing and various camera settings. You can watch the “How to be a better photography in 45 mins” video of Sudhir on YouTube to have a good understanding on the basics and then attend this tour.

Your camera needs to have the different AF area modes like:
Nikon – auto-area AF, single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, Grp focusing and 3D-tracking
Canon – Single point AF, AF point expansion, Zone AF, Large Zone AF, Automatic selection
Sony – AF options of wide, zone, centre, flexible spot, expand flexible point.

Thursday - Feb 6, 2020

  • Arrive and check-in.
  • Depending on your time of arrival and energy levels, you may either choose to relax or head to the park for a quick dekko. You need to enter the park before 4pm
  • Later in the evening, meet and greet.
  • Interact with your mentor, as he primes you with the advanced concepts of photography, with a greater emphasis on advanced auto focusing options in the camera. This will set you up for the ensuing days in the park, where you will delve deeper into the core principles, tips, and tricks of photography.
  • Dinner and lights out
  • Fri/Sat - Feb 7/8

  • Start early in the day with a sumptuous breakfast at 6:00 am and enter the park by 6:30 am.
  • With one cycle rickshaw per participant, you get complete flexibility to stop and shoot at will, besides ample space for your equipment.
  • Sudhir will be at hand to constantly guide you with any queries you may have with respect to your bird photography.
  • Hot packed lunch is delivered at the park.
  • Return to resort after park closes at 6:30 pm.
  • Freshen up and convene for interactive sessions and more photography-related discussion.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
  • Sunday - Feb 9, 2020

  • Same as pervious days, early breakfast and head to the park.
  • Morning ride into the park and checkout by noon.
  • Depending on your individual departure times, you may choose to spend some more time in the park.
  • 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.

    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 advanced autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, single or continuous focus, Focusing Sensors, AF cases, Advanced AF settings of camera)
    – Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speed, Aperture)- We will use theory of reciprocity to arrive at the combination.
    – Metering modes (evaluative, matrix, spot metering) – Practically understand when to use what metering.
    – Motion (freezing, blurring and panning) – Creative area of photography
    – Understanding exposure – the 18% concept
    – Composition (framing) – Create story telling images.
    – Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
    – Pre-visualization
    – Completing the story

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

    – Working with RAW files
    – 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 35,500/- per person, double occupancy
    INR 45,500/- per person, single occupancy

    Inclusions:
    – Exclusive cycle rickshaw for each participant.
    – 3 nights / 4 days Accommodation in deluxe A/C Rooms at Hotel Sunbird with all meals.
    (this includes packed hot lunch delivered to the park)
    – National park entry, camera fees, rickshaw charges, mandatory guide fees etc.

    Exclusions:
    – Day 1 afternoon park entry fee + Rickshaw charges. This can be paid directly at the park.
    – Laundry and any other personal expenses not mentioned under inclusions.

    *All costs are ex-Bharatpur. Transportation will be arranged at an added (actual) cost.
    **Any other expenses outside of the above will have to be borne by the participants.

    Hotel Sunbird, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

     

    Hotel Sunbird is ideally located a stone’s throw away from the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. With well appointed and spotlessly clean rooms, delicious food, and efficient staff, this is the ideal place to put up your feet and relax after a busy day of photography learning.

    Terms and Cancellation Policy:
    75% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the event.
    No refund if cancellation is done between 0-45 days of the event.

    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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