HIGHLIGHTS

The stomping ground – the habitat
Ranthambhore’s habitat is an interesting mix of terrain ranging from hill slopes and valleys to plains and plateaus interspersing with water bodies – all contributing to the thriving tiger numbers. Relics and ruins dating to its royal past dot the landscape at regular intervals. 

The camera – shooting opportunities
Ranthambhore is a good place to polish your portrait photography skills. The animals here are rather unfazed by human presence. Poignant close-up portraits of mammals are a real possibility here. The most common subjects shine through with utmost beauty, frame after evocative frame.  

The camaraderie – fun, food and friends
Nothing gets in the way of our photography learning/teaching. Until it’s time for lunch, that is. And dinner. And breakfast. During which time, nothing comes between us and the food. As for the fun part, when we do what we love, fun just happens. Just as polite hellos turn to boisterous fist bumps; quiet handshakes turn to backslapping bear hugs; acquaintances become friends for life… 

SPOTLIGHTS

Airport/Railhead

> Jaipur Intl. Airport
3.5-hr drive
> N. Delhi Intl. Airport
7.5-hr drive
> Sawai Madhopur Stn
20-min drive

Ideal
Flight Timings

Arrive to reach Jaipur by 9 am
(workshop day 1)

Depart Jaipur after
5 pm (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
@ Ranthambhore Regency Hotel

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: For lunch on day 1 of workshop

Check-out: Last day of workshop
after breakfast

Safari

Total safaris - 8

AM: 6:00 to 9:30
PM: 3:00 to 6:30

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 40°C
Min temp: 28°C

Key Subjects

Tigers
Spotted deer
Sambar deer
Wild boar
Common bird species

Things to Carry

Camera-lens
Binoculars
Bird book
Hat/sunscreen
Essential medicines

Sun 22 April, 2018

Arrive and check in to Ranthambhore Regency.

  • Meet and greet over lunch
  • Interact with your mentor, as he shares some tips and tricks for the upcoming safari
  • In-depth learning to continue during safaris
  • Post-safari at the resort, Sudhir leads an interactive session on the tips and tricks of wildlife photography to reinforce core concepts
  • Dinner, lights out
  • Mon/Tue/Wed 23/24/25 April

    Morning safari with hands-on learning

  • Return to resort to a hearty breakfast
  • Relax and meet to review images and exchange safari notes
  • Sumptuous lunch and possibly a quick power nap in preparation for afternoon safari
  • Following evening safari, back to the resort. Continued learning sessions including post processing
  • Dinner, lights out
  • Thu 26 April, 2018

    A morning ride into the park and return for breakfast

  • 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. 55,000/- (plus 5% GST)

    *Price is per person on double occupancy basis for Indian nationals.
    * Price is USD 1300 for foreign nationals.
    * Additional Rs 13,000 for single occupancy

     

    Inclusions:

    – All costs are ex-Ranthambhore Regency Hotel, Sawai Madhopur. However, at an added cost, we can arrange for transportation.
    – Accommodation and all meals for 4 Nights / 5 Days stay at Ranthambhore Regency Hotel.
    – 8 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.

    Ranthambhore Regency, Sawai Madhopur

    Located at a very short driving distance from the national park, is just one of the great things about the Ranthambhore Regency. The amazing ambiance, great food, super comfortable rooms and a host of other amenities add up make your stay pleasant and memorable.

     

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


    Refund policy:

    • 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.


    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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