Bird Photography Workshop @ Ranganathitthu Bird Sanctuary

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Last December I conducted my first Bird Photography Workshop in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, though very small sanctuary, boasts several species of birds. More than the number of bird species it’s the close proximity at which you can watch and photograph the birds which make it my favorite bird sanctuary.

Birds in Ranganathittu bird sanctuary are primarily accessed via boat ride. Birds are so accustomed to these boats that you can photograph even with a normal telephoto lens. Most often you will witness a spot-billed pelican fly right over your head.  It’s an experience of a lifetime.

I was hooked to bird photography because of this very bird sanctuary. You can check this interesting story about the “Angel Wings” which is probably the key turning point in my career.

The Ranganathittu bird photography workshop was only for 6 members making it much easier for me to pay individual attention. I think that’s the key to any photography workshop. Every participant should improve his/her photography skills to a large extent. That’s what it is meant to do…isn’t it?

Ranganathittu bird photography workshop’s highlight was that we had people from all age groups and from different states. It was a mix of culture and a mix of experience and thought process. It was an amazing experience.

The idea of this article is to showcase some of the best photographs taken from the participants. In a short span of time, they were able to pull off some exceptional photographs. I am quite thrilled to share their photographs and their views about my workshop.

Here it goes…

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Gopal Sundaram

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Gopal Sundaram

Thoroughly enjoyed the class. The class was simple and was very well handled. Class size was perfect hence individual attention was possible at every instance. Quite satisfied that we had ample opportunity to try various aspects like flying birds, back-lighting, portrait etc. 

In addition to that, your simplified approach for camera controls have made me concentrate on main aspects like exposure and composition rather than waste time on multiple settings.

I would certainly rate your class as 5, Under the scale 1 To 5 , 5 being highest.”- 

– Gopal Sundaram

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Rathakrishnan

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Rathakrishnan

“The trip was very useful and have learned a lot in very short span. You are so knowledgeable and we could have more sessions in the future to at least learn a few techniques from your vast knowledge and experience.

 Even though the program was very tight and engaging and wanting time I did not feel tired of learning as it was interesting too.

Hope to join in future sessions and learn a lot.”

– Rathakrishnan

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Sunil Karangle

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Sunil Karangle

“Your 2 days Seminar [Masterclass] has changed my view about bird photography and you made it impossible to possible. It was power-house of technical knowledge of photography for us” – Sunil Karangale

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Vikram

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Vikram

“The workshop [was] so well organised and conducted by you. I learnt a great deal about bird photography and the camera settings necessary for taking photos of birds, especially birds in flight. I still have a lot to learn but at least I am on the right path. Your personal interest in the participants made all the difference. The instructions, both during the shoot and during our discussions were where I learnt a lot.”

– Vikram

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Ravikumar

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Ravikumar

“The Masterclass in the month of December was simply too good with lot of learning from you.  The techniques you taught us were really useful and I am extremely satisfied with the results of the shooting during Masterclass.  Your in-depth knowledge on Bird Photography is simply superb. Many Amateurs like me are getting useful tips on the subject. You have really mastered the art of Bird Photography.

Thank you for sharing such the knowledge…”
– Ravikumar
Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Sandeep Karmore

Bird Photography Workshop. Ranganathittu bird sanctuary photography workshop by Prathap. Professional Bird Photography Tips.

Image Copyright © Sandeep Karmore

“Nature Photography Simplified…You actually simplified it in a very simple manner. I never thought I could capture flying birds…you made it so simple for me. Sincere thanks for the workshop Prathap. It was the best ever Photography workshop attended by me.”

– Sandeep Karmore

It was quite an experience indeed.

Want to join the upcoming Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Workshop? I would be glad if you do.

Dates – Feb 26th, 27th, and 28th 2016

Max. No. of Person – 6

Course Fee – INR 13,500 per person

Location – Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Mysore

Learn more about what you will learn in Ranganathittu Bird Photography Workshop.

THINK PHOTOGRAPHY. THINK SIMPLE.

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14 Responses to Bird Photography Workshop @ Ranganathitthu Bird Sanctuary

  1. A.Ramachandra January 23, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Sir,

    This is Ramachandra from Mysusu.
    I appreciate your concern about photographers who are new to this field.
    I have read your two eBooks and your article in Smart Photography , they are very useful.
    I will join your workshop in Ranganatittu.
    Regards.
    A.Ramachandra.

    • Prathap January 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

      Hi Ramachandra, thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad that you like my work and want to join my work.

      I have sent you the details in a separate mail. See you soon in my workshop.

  2. Cathie Moog January 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    Dear Prathap,

    I love your work! I have read your eBooks and follow your blog. Your students’ work shown here is amazing. If your next class was to be held near San Francisco, California, USA – I would be there in a heartbeat. Thank you for sharing your expertise; I continue to learn from you from afar.

    Sincerely,

    • Prathap January 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

      Dear Cathie, thank you very much for being so nice about my work. I am so glad that you have so much trust in my teaching. It means a lot to me. Thank you.
      I will send you the first mail if I conduct a workshop in California.

  3. Gautam January 24, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Participants photographs tells how well you have guided them in making such beautiful photographs. Great work Prathap.
    Small group shows your dedication.

    • Prathap January 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

      Hi Gautam, thank you so much for the kind words. I am glad that you liked the participants photos.

  4. Richard Warren January 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm #

    Dear Prathap
    I envy you and the participants in your recent workshop. Whenever I attempt to photograph birds, I find myself hampered by a number of factors – backlighting is a common one – another obvious one is the distance between me & the bird[s], which Ranganthitthu appears to help with. I guess in part it’s not being a dedicated bird photographer. Yours is a specialized field of photography, my friend, and occasionally photographing birds doesn’t really carry me anywhere near your achievements.

    That said – I still learn a lot from your comments and the photographs (as always) are magnificent. I love Rathakrishnan’s first photo and the final one by Sandeep Karmore is most impressive.

    • Prathap February 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

      Dear Richard, Thank you so much for your kind words. I know how hard it is to get close to our winged friends. But, I think that’s the challenge too which pushes us to try hard.
      I think you will have much better photographs. You are being too kind. Ratha and Sandeep are really happy to see your comments 🙂 Thank you.

  5. Rupa January 29, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    Hello Prathap, I have provided my email and am hoping to get the free eBook. You have amazing skills. I am originally from Mysooru but have been in the USA for a long time. I do often visit and if you have any workshops around Sept-Oct 2016, please let me know. I would love to improve my bird photography and all picture taking in general. Thanks for an inspiring site!

    • Prathap February 2, 2016 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi Rupa, Thank you so much. I sent you the eBook. Please check.
      Glad to know that you would like to join my workshop. Watch out for my emails, there will be some workshop during that time frame. If not, I also offer customized one-on-one workshops which we can plan.

  6. Rahul Mutha February 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    Dear Pratap ,
    Want to join you in Ragananthittu Workshop to be held in february
    Please let me know if the space is available . I am from Pune and Recently started with photography .(Eight Months). More interested in Bird Photography

    • Prathap February 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      Dear Rahul, Glad to know that you would like to join my workshop. I have sent you the details via email. Please check.

  7. lunay Jose29 February 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    All good points. I’ve found I get more shots in focus when I use motor drive as well. The focus tracking feature on my D800e seems to improve focus as you continue to shoot.

    • Prathap February 9, 2016 at 11:29 am #

      That’s great to know Lunay Jose. Are you referring to Auto Focus ON feature? That’s an amazing feature for sure.

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