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    Sattal Photo Gallery

    Situated in the Lower Himalayan Range and set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. These lakes are a paradise for migratory birds. It is home to a few camps being operated mostly by local people catering to bird photographers.

    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, Sattal gives you the opportunity to apply your learning then and there. With the whole day to yourself (we do shoot from multiple hides in a day), 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 this photography learning tour with SSP?

    • On field guidance from Sudhir during the hide photography to help you get the best images.
    • On field review of images and feedback.
    • Mentoring on post processing of images on same day to help you arrive at composition through cropping and in turn understand the art of composition.
    • We choose the best season to maximise the photography opportunities.
    • Whatsapp group of the participants will be formed 1 month prior to the workshop dates so that your learning starts much in advance and you are well prepared for the tour.

    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 have planned this tour to make the best use of the opportunities available. April is a great season for birding at Sattal where we get the birds in breeding plumage.

    What can you expect from this tour?

    • Practical on-field learning from Sudhir.
    • Understand the various challenges of 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.

    Beyond Learning

    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!!


    New Delhi Airport which is 6.5 hr drive . Alternatively kathgodam railway station. which is an hours drive from the resort.


    Preferable arrive at Delhi the previous day of the workshop, stay overnight there and start to Sattal early in the morning the next day. Alternatively arrive at Kathgodam early in the morning. For your return, late evening train/flight would be better.


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


    You can get just one camera body, a full frame or a crop sensor which supports advanced AF options. For lens a long tele of 500/600/800 is preferred. The Sigma or Tamron 150-600. Nikon 200-500 or the Sony 200-600 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.


    3 nights and 4 days at Birders Den.


    Check-in: 12 noon (day 1 of workshop) and Check-out: 12 pm (last day of workshop).


    We will have multiple field outings where we shoot from the hide and also on foot. Please refer to itinerary for further details.


    The weather will be warm through out the day.


    The primary subjects will be Kalij Pheasant, Brown Fronted Woodpecker, Red Billed Leiothrix,Himalayan Bulbul, White crested laughingthrush, Black Francolin, Streak-throated Woodpecker, Greater Yellownape, White throated laughing-thrush, Himalayan Bulbul, Blue Winged Minla, Blue Whistlingthrush, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatch, Brown Fronted Woodpecker


    The recommended Camera gear, Binoculars, Hat, Sunglasses, Essential medicines


    What our students say about Sudhir Shivaram.