5-Day Bird Photography Workshop in Ganeshgudi–A Birding Paradise in South India

Bird Photography Workshop in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, South India. Best Birding Hotspot in South India.

Dates

Oct 25th to 29th 2017. That’s Wednesday to Sunday.

Day-1:

  • Check-in to Old Magazine House Jungle Lodges by noon.
  • Brief introductory session about how to photograph birds in that location.
  • Get all the necessary settings ready.
  • Photograph the birds till the evening.
  • A valuable lesson about what makes a great (bird) photograph and how to get the best results.
  • And a clear path towards the next day.

Days 2 & 3:

  • Photograph birds the whole day.
  • You’ll be given all the inputs right in the field about what to do and what not to do.
  • Instant review and feedback to get you the results you always wanted.
  • Post-Processing session (on both days) on bird photography using Adobe Lightroom.
  • You’ll select and post-process 5 photographs from the workshop on your own using Lightroom.

Day 4:

  • Photograph Horn-Bills in Timber Depot, Dandeli (20 kms from Ganeshgudi) till noon.
  • Post-lunch you’ll photograph in Ganeshgudi without my help to see the improvement right then and there. I will fine tune the missing aspects by checking on you.
  • In the evening, I’ll review your post-processed photographs and make corrections as necessary. This is the best way to learn from your own mistakes.

Day 5:  

  • Morning photography session in the till breakfast.
  • Areas of improvement for each individual and how to make the best use of what you have learned in the previous 4 days.
  • We’ll check out by noon.

Cost for Indians

The cost is INR 38,000/- per person if you choose to stay in rooms on a twin-sharing basis.

Alternatively, you can choose to stay in a Dormitory which brings down the cost of INR 33,000/- per person.

Cost for Foreign Nationals

The cost is USD 950/- per person if you choose to stay in rooms on a twin-sharing basis.

Alternatively, you can choose to stay in a Dormitory which brings down the cost of USD 880/- per person.

Cost Includes

  • Tuition Fee
  • Stay & Accommodation on twin-sharing basis in case of rooms. Rooms are just standard rooms.
  • All meals starting with lunch on the first day to breakfast on last day.
  • One-time transfer to and from Timber Depot in Dandeli.
  • Tea & Snacks in the evening.

Cost Excludes

  • Your travel & insurance cost to and from Ganeshgudi.
  • Any miscellaneous items that you purchase in the place.
  • Any drinks or beverages.
  • Anything that’s not mentioned in the Cost Includes section.

Repeat Students get 10% OFF

If you have attended any of my previous workshops, you can avail a discount of 10% on the total amount.

Friendly Offer

Bring along a friend and get 10% OFF on your fee.

Pre-Requisites

Note that it’s a birding hide where you’d be shooting from just one location all through the day. So I suggest you to have the below items:

  • [MUST HAVE] A good DSLR/Mirrorless camera that supports at least 5 fps or above.
  • [MUST HAVE] A minimum of 400mm focal length to make the best use of the situation. 600mm is ideal.
  • [MUST HAVE/DESIRABLE] A laptop with post-processing software Adobe Lightroom installed on it. If you don’t plan to buy it, at least have a trial version installed before coming to the workshop. If you don’t have it or can’t bring it, you can plan to share it with some other participant, if they agree.
  • [DESIRABLE] A sturdy tripod so that you can relax as you wait for the bird.
  • [DESIRABLE] 1.4x, 1.7x, or 2.0x teleconverters if your lens supports it.

Book Your Seat Today

To book your seat, a deposit of 15,000/- to be paid via bank transfer. The remaining amount to be paid on or before 1st October 2017.

If you are a foreign national, a deposit of USD 350/- to be paid via PayPal. The remaining amount to be paid on or before 1st October 2017.

Note: Please note that deposit is non-refundable.

Drop me a mail to get the bank details or the PayPal ID. In your email, please mention that you are interested in booking a seat for the bird photography workshop that held between Oct 25th to 29th 2017 in Ganeshgudi. Also, mention whether you want to book a room or a dormitory.

Number of Participants

4 (min.) to 10 (max.).

Bird Photography Workshop in Ganeshgudi, Karnataka, South India. Best Birding Hotspot in South India.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

Below listed is a small sample of numerous testimonials from my previous and ongoing workshop students.



I am really happy that I joined this [
3-Month Photography Mentorship Program] course. Though it’s been seven months since I became a student of this wonderful art, my learning curve got a great push in the last few weeks with this course. Prathap Sir has a very good style of keeping things simple at the core. You learn to get the basics right – the simple things which we often miss out when learning too many. I initially thought he would teach me camera settings… manual focus, exposure, different modes of shooting, etc. but he started with what I considered my best shots and then moving from thereon. In every session I get a detailed analysis of my new clicks and learn what I did wrong, how I could have made it better – in a way teaching me focus, exposure, different modes of shooting and the most important of all – composition. In a one to one session, I get his undivided attention. He can be very critical at times but also doesn’t shy away when it comes to praise.  With a deadline to mail him by the end of the week the clicks based on what has been learned, one is pushed in the field, to take shots, to compose rightly, to practice which I think is the only way to learn any art.

Thanks Prathap Sir for sharing things which you have learnt the hard way and making our path a lot simpler. 

– Rajeev from Agra.


I attended photography course at Bharatpur National Park with Prathap as my one on one mentor from 19 to 21 st Jan, 2016. 

I arrived at Bharatpur on 18th Jan cold and foggy evng. But warmth of Prathap and friendly atmosphere and hot home food at Iora guest house made me feel very comfortable.

Next two days of intensive photography followed with Prathap keeping a close eye and giving useful tips. I learnt many useful techniques of using my camera followed my composition, habitat, bird portrait and action shots.

On the final day whole morning was spent very usefully on discussion about using lightroom and photoshop.

After three days with Prathap I am very confident that my photography will go to next level.

Also enjoyed Prathap’s very informal teaching while still keeping a very close eye on my shots. 

– Dr. Ragu from Saudi Arabia.


I have been on a few Wildlife Photo trip with some experts, but have to admit that the Trip with Prathap was by far the best. Being reasonably new to the DSLR world, Prathap makes the whole learning process very simple. The stress on Composition and exposure, has helped me to improve my photographs a lot . Prathap is very patient, and even answers some of the silly questions that we beginners may ask. Thanks Prathap for the great trip to Bharatpur. 

– Sridhar Sivaram from Mumbai.


3 MUST-KNOW REASONS WHY PEOPLE LOVE MY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

Below are the 3 strong reasons why people love my photography workshops.

  1. I think the first and foremost reason people love my workshops is because I dedicate my 100% time towards improving my student’s skills. Yes! 100%. I don’t shoot unless I want to show a composition, or I am on a long workshop schedule or a customized trip. This allows me to dedicate my complete time and attention to the workshop participants.After all, you have paid to learn from me, not to see me shooting. Isn’t it?
  1. Secondly, I teach in my trademark style – Simple and Practical. No technical jargons, no high-end vocabulary, and no nonsense. It’s full of field tips and techniques. I take utmost care in helping you improve your bird photography skills. My goal is to make you feel it was well worth your time and money.
  2. As a professional photographer, I urge every student to get to a role of a professional photographer. I stress a lot on THINK LIKE A PRO concept. I think once you get a hang of it, you’ll never be the same photographer again. That EUREKA moment is something that makes me happy.

How to Book Your Seat for this Photography Workshop

To book your seat, a deposit of 15,000/- to be paid via bank transfer. The remaining amount to be paid on or before 1st October 2017.

If you are a foreign national, a deposit of USD 350/- to be paid via PayPal. The remaining amount to be paid on or before 1st October 2017.

Note: Please note that deposit is non-refundable.

Drop me a mail to get the bank details or the PayPal ID. In your email, please mention that you are interested in booking a seat for the bird photography workshop that held between Oct 25th to 29th 2017 in Ganeshgudi. Also, mention whether you want to book a room or a dormitory.

SHOULD I SPEND MONEY ON A NEW LENS OR SHOULD I ATTEND THE WORKSHOP?

That’s a logical question.

As I recommended in my article about best lenses for bird photography, you should save money for the lens. This will help you buy the best lens possible.

However, what you should understand is that if your skillset is the same before and after buying the best lens, your results are going to be the same. There will be few changes regarding the sharpness, the contrast, and the reach. But all these factors will just not make any difference unless you change your point of view.

I would bet on improving my skills much more than buying new equipment. And I suggest you do the same. Several students have claimed that they should have attended my workshop much earlier. So, is true if you read the comments in some of my popular articles. Many readers have wished that they knew about my blog long ago which would have saved a lot of frustrations.

All said I will leave the decision to you. As I think you are the best judge. At the end of the day, you have to decide whether your current skill sets are more than enough to take you to the next level.

WHY 5 DAYS? WHY NOT 3 DAYS SO THAT I CAN TAKE JUST 1 DAY HOLIDAY?

I completely understand the fact that getting leaves is the toughest in today’s fast paced work. Asking your manager for 3 days leave can be a nightmare. I have had this experience too.

But then, it becomes my responsibility to make you a better bird photographer. I have done the 3-day workshops before, but I somehow feel it’s not enough. Though I can get my participants produce amazing results, personally I think it’s not sufficient. Because often the participants forget the tips and techniques in the future as there was not enough repetition. You see, we typically learn by repetition.

With 5 days in hand, I think you can work on the most important concepts repeatedly until it becomes a habit for you. The chances of remembering in the future and executing it, in the same manner, might be quite high.

3 Days of leave might seem quite significant now, but the fruit of it can be well worth the pain. You might thank yourself for your seriousness in improving your skills in bird photography. That’s the key to success in bird photography.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP?

Anyone who is keen on learning bird photography can attend the workshop. Even if you had only started bird photography a couple of weeks or months ago, don’t hesitate to register. I have had two such participants who have kickstarted their bird photography and are grateful that they attended my workshop.

If you are committed to learning, then this workshop is going to be a life changer.

WHO SHOULD NOT ATTEND?

If you need a paint-by-numbers way of learning, then it’s not for you. I don’t teach you only with the slideshows, and I wouldn’t give you any predetermined settings either. You can find such things on the internet. Please don’t waste your time and money.

Interested in a Long-haul?

Check out my 15-day and 11-day bird/wildlife photography workshop schedule in the month of December.

Bird Photography Workshop and Wildlife Photography Workshop in India. Bharatpur, Ranthambore, Sattal Photography Workshops by Professional Photographer Prathap. Nature Photography Simplified.

How to Register for Ganeshgudi Photography Workshop?

Drop me a mail to get the bank details or the PayPal ID. In your email, please mention that you are interested in booking a seat for the bird photography workshop that held between Oct 25th to 29th 2017 in Ganeshgudi. Also, mention whether you want to book a room or a dormitory.

I hope to see you soon in my workshop.

Cheers,

Prathap

 

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