HIGHLIGHTS

The Stomping Ground – the habitat
Tadoba’s landscape is a potpourri of densely forested hills, meadows, patches of bamboos, ravines and riverbeds offering the perfect living spaces for a melange of life forms.

The Camera – shooting opportunities
The soft winter light adds to the ambience to help create vivid frames.  The tigers here are quite the posers and have learnt to take human presence and activity in their stride. However, often their blink-and-you-miss appearances can present a real challenge. Sudhir’s inputs on the basics of camera settings in any light condition or situation will come in handy during such times. These lessons continue throughout the workshop – be it at the resort or in the field.

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

Nagpur Airport
3-hour drive

Chandrapur Rly Stn
1-hour drive

Ideal
Flight Timings

Plan to reach Nagpur before 8:30 am on day 1 of workshop

Book any flight after 5:00 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
@Irai Safari Retreat

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: 12 pm (day 1 of workshop)

Check-out: 12 pm (last day of workshop)

Safari

Total safaris - 8

AM: 6:30 to 11:00
PM: 2:00 to 6:00

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 29°C
Min temp: 13°C

Key Subjects

Tiger
Leopard
Sloth bear
Nilgai
Spotted deer
Common bird species

Things to Carry

Camera/lens
Binoculars
Laptop
Warm wear
Essential medicines

Thu 7 Dec 2017

Arrive at Tadoba and check in to Irai Safari Retreat by noon. We can help you with transport coordination on actual costing.

  • A brief introductory session along with tips for the afternoon safari by your mentor, Sudhir Shivaram.
  • Afternoon safari into the Tadoba targeting the majestic tigers and some key bird/mammals species.
  • Post-safari, hangout at the resort where Sudhir leads an interactive session on the tips and tricks of Wildlife/Bird photography to reinforce core concepts.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
  • Fri/Sat/Sun 8/9/10 Dec, 2017

    Wake-up call at 5am

  • Morning safari followed by a hearty breakfast.
  • Relax and meet to review images and interact.
  • Sumptuous lunch and possibly a quick power nap in preparation for afternoon/evening safari.
  • Following evening safari, back to the resort. Continued learning sessions including post processing over piping hot tea.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
  • Mon 11 Dec, 2017

    A morning ride into the park and return for breakfast.

  • Relax awhile after breakfast and check out.
  • 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

    TRIP COST

    Rs. 50,000/- per person (Indian nationals) (plus 5% GST)
    Rs. 60,000/- per person (foreign nationals) (plus 5% GST)

     

    Inclusions:
    – Accommodation and all meals for 5 days and 4 nights at the Irai Safari Retreat on double occupancy
    – 8 safaris
    – National park entry, mandatory guide fees

     

    Exclusions:

    – Rail or air fare
    – Any other services or meals which are not mentioned in the above “Includes” section
    – Equipment fees per safari – Rs 250 per lens (200mm and above) to be paid to the forest department at the time of safari
    – Expense of personal nature such as mineral water, tips, laundry, beverages etc.

    Irai Safari Retreat

    The Irai Safari Retreat is located approximately 100 meters away from the Irai lake and minutes away from the fantastic Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. The retreat houses six luxury cottages and eight luxury tents. The dinning and recreation rooms offer spectacular views of the lake, both at sunrise and sunset.

    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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