HIGHLIGHTS

Home to the iconic Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Kaziranga is considered to be one of the most beautiful forests in India. Its landscape is a mosaic of moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests interspersed with grasslands. Tall and short grasses, open jungles and swamps, and numerous water bodies offer an environment that supports substantial breeding populations of close to 35 mammalian species including large herbivores, small herbivores, and large cats such as tigers, panthers, and leopards. A great number of avian species add to make this striking habitat the ideal place for photography learning.

SPOTLIGHTS

AIRPORT/RAILHEAD

> Guwahati Airport
4-hr drive

> Guwahati Rly Stn
3.5-hr drive

Ideal
Flight Timings

Arrive to reach Guwahati by 9 am
on day 1 of workshop

Book a flight that departs Guwahati after 6 pm on last day
of workshop

Last Mile

We will coordinate
with you for
pickup/drop from/to
airport/rly stn

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

2 camera bodies
70-200 lens
100-400 range
any wide angle lens
Long tele of 500mm or 600mm

Duration/Stay

4 nights/5 days
@ IORA - The Retreat

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: Anytime on day 1

Check-out: After breakfast on last day

Safari

Total safaris - 7

AM: 7:30 to 11:00
PM: 2:00 to 4:00

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 30°C
Min temp: 14°C

Key Subjects

Rhino
Tiger
Elephant
Water buffalo
Swamp deer

Things to Carry

Camera-lens
Binoculars
Bird book
Warm wear
Essential medicines

Tue 13 Mar 2018

A 5-hour drive from Guwahati will take you to IORA-The Retreat.

  • Catch up with your mentor, Sudhir, and your fellow participants.
  • Having refreshed over some tea and snacks, get started with an interactive session as Sudhir shares tips, tricks, and techniques of shooting in this habitat.
  • Dinner, lights out.
  • Wed/Thu/Fri 14/15/16 Mar

    Morning safari. Hone your photography skills as you enjoy an exhilarating ride into the forest.

  • Packed breakfast at the park on all days
  • Return to resort and meet to review images and interact.
  • Sumptuous lunch and possibly a quick power nap in preparation for afternoon safari.
  • Following safari, back to the resort. Continued learning sessions including post processing over piping hot tea.
  • Dinner, lights out.
  • Sat 17 Mar 2018

    A morning ride into the park.

  • Return to resort 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.

    *For a detailed list of the topics covered, please scroll down.

    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.

    – Manual and autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, single or continuous focus)
    – Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speeds, f/ stops and the light meter)
    – 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, Manual exposure and other program modes
    – In-depth coverage of Spot Metering, Evaluative / Matrix Metering, Partial Metering and Centre-Weighted Average
    – Understanding exposure – the 18% concept
    – White balance (pre-set and custom)
    – Different kind of outdoor lighting and how to study / make use of it.
    – Composition (framing)
    – Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
    – Lenses and perspective (the right choice of focal length)
    – Pre-visualization
    – Completing the story

    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
    – Image sharpening, cloning, dodge and burn
    – Noise reduction
    – Advance concepts of targeted adjustments using masking and layers technique
    – Saving for web/ printing

    Rs. 39,750/- per person on double occupancy

     

    Inclusions:
    – Accommodation and all meals for 5 days and 4 nights stay in IORA – The Retreat
    – All safaris – 4 persons per vehicle
    – All park entry and guide fees

     

    Exclusions:
    – Any other services or meals which are not mentioned in the above “Inclusions” section
    – Any expense of personal nature such as mineral water, tips, laundry, telephones, beverages etc.

     

     

    IORA – The Retreat, Kaziranga

    Nestled amidst the rolling hills of lush green tea gardens and conveniently located just off National Highway 37, IORA is a luxury resort at Kaziranga, a perfect blend of the tranquility of Assam and the comforts of a modern Luxury resort. IORA offers a serene, rejuvenating experience with liberal doses of warm Assamese hospitality and supported by the best in state-of-the-art amenities.

    Rs 25,000 is non refundable once the Safari Permit is done for the participants. The refund policy below is applicable to remaining amount.<br>

    Refund policy:<br>

    • 80% 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.

    <br>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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