are a nature lover, you'll find that wildlife photography
can be one of the most rewarding pursuits indeed. By
providing a creative outlet for your empathy towards
wildlife, you not only find that your game viewing activities
become more enriching, but you'll also gain a keener
understanding of a subject's behavior and moods.
TRIP OBJECTIVES AND DATES
Geared towards beginners looking to
discover the world of wildlife photography, the workshop's
goal is to help you improve the quality of your wildlife
images from "snapshots" to "images" - a task which requires
both technical competence and an eye for aesthetics.
As such, it will cover concepts specifically aimed at
developing the techniques needed to get technical and
aesthetically strong images.
The workshop can be scheduled at any
time of the year except monsoons (July-September).
You should have a camera that extends
to 200mm at minimum (300mm is ideal). An SLR system
is strongly recommended. While compact camera users
are welcome, and will benefit from several of the concepts
covered in the workshop, they should be aware that the
inherent liminations of these camera means that they
may not be able to apply some of the concepts covered
in the workshop.
Technical skills , such as knowledge
of basic photography concepts (aperture, shutter, how
metering modes work and what their strengths/weaknesses)
are helpful but not necessary, as we will cover relevant
parts during the workshop. What is important is a keen
interest in the natural world and wildlife - it is a
passion for your
subject , as opposed to pure technical skills, that
will lead to inspiring photos.
You should know how to activate the
following features of your SLR : applying exposure compensation,
focus lock, bracketing exposures, engaging a spot/partial
meter, setting predictive auto-focus and burst shooting
mode. Don't worry if you are not clear as to what they
do and when to use them... we'll cover that in the workshop.
Participants can use whatever film
they are comfortable with - print or slide. How much
film you bring depends on your shooting needs, but typically,
anywhere from 1to 5 rolls per game drive (there are
6 scheduled drives in the trip) should be adequate.
Other accessories: a flash and wide
angle-to-moderate-tele lens (or lenses) are useful.
It is also recommended that each workshop
participant send in some samples of their average and
best wildlife photos, for review and for developing
customized learning plans. These images should be no
more than 100kb in size per image (6 max).
Most of the emphasis is on hands-on
field work, as opposed to classrom theory. To achieve
this, the workshop will cover the following topics:
- Aesthetic and technical principles
behind wildlife photography: choice of subject, framing,
focal length, angle, point of focus and more
- Compositional techniques
- Achieving proper focus for action
shots - predictive auto focus, panning and more
- Long lens techniques for obtaining
maximum stability and sharpness from your telephoto
- Achieving proper exposure for all
lighting situations and subjects
- impact of background on image quality
- Selecting subjects and anticipating
the "decisive" moment
- Understanding animal behavior and
learning to translate this into better photographs
- Creative use of angles and perspectives
- Individualized "skill development"
plan for further practice
Day 1: Meet in New Delhi in the morning,and
head to Rathambhore via A/C train. Review workshop plan
and concepts en route. Game drive in the evening. Evening
review of day's shooting and slideshow/review of wildlife
photography theory, as well as assignments for the next
morning. (L, D)
Day 2: Early morning game drive, followed
by a review of the techniques used and additional practice
sessions. Post-lunch, go over assignment for the afternoon
drive, followed by the afternoon game drive. Evening
interactive session and slideshow covering day's shooting
and how the various techniques were applied, as well
as assignments for the next day. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Early morning game drive, followed
by a review of the techniques used and additional practice
sessions. Summary of techniques and concepts used to
date, followed by assignments for the afternoon game
drive. Evening interactive discussion session and discussion
on next steps, in terms of improving photographic skills
(B, L, D)
Day 4: Ea rly morning game drive,
followed by departure back to New Delhi. (B, L)
This workshop is for beginners looking
to learn more about wildlife photography. More experienced
photographers should consider our Intermediate Wildlife
Photography workshop, Creative Wildlife Photography
workshop, or one of our standard wildlife photography
Please note that is a trip into the
wild and there can be no guarantees of species sightings
or the quality of those sightings. We will work within
the confines of what we get.
The all-inclusive price for this tour
is as follows:
- 1 person: Rs 60,000
- 2-4 people: Rs 35,000
- 5 or more people: Rs 25,000
Prices include all accommodations
in Swiss-style tents with en-suite bathrooms, meals,
game viewing in private jeep or open-top minibus, services
of a top-quality tracker/guide, transfers to and from
New Delhi and drinking water. Not included are beverages,
laundry, tips, travel costs to Delhi, cost of film or
developing and personal expenses.
Participants are expected to provide
their own camera, lenses and film, and will be responsible
for the development of the same. We do have some rental
gear available, if need be.
Note on hotels: We have priced this
trip based on staying in a comfortable, upper-end resort
offering good food, well-appointed rooms and a relaxed,
personalized ambience. This resort was chosen because
of its experience in working with photographers, and
is a particular favorite for international film crews,
and you could be sharing your time there with teams
shooting documentaries for some of the better known
nature & wildlife channels.
However, if you would prefer to re-live
the lifestyle of the kings of the old, we would be more
than happy to base the trips in top-end hotels as well.
Please contact us if interested.
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
To make a booking, please email us
Bookings are not confirmed until we
receive a 20% deposit. We accept payment via wire transfers
or via Paypal. The balance is due 45 days before the
If cancelling before 45 days,
the full sum will be refunded (minus the 3% transaction
fee, if you have paid using a credit card via Paypal).
For cancellations between 15-45 days from the trip date,
we levy a 25% cancellation charge. For cancellations
within 15 days of the trip date, the cancellation charge
is up to 75%.