Feb 2018: 10-Day Bird Photography Workshop in India (Bharatpur & Sattal)

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

Here’s an excellent opportunity for those who wanted to attend my bird photography workshop this year but couldn’t.

I had designed a special photography workshop only for my previous students in February 2018 from 8th-17th. But, unfortunately, two of them can’t make it due to unavoidable circumstances. So, I am opening these two spots for your consideration.

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

The photography workshop is designed to get the best bird photographs in the hot bird photography destinations of India–Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary & Sattal.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks for the way you conducted the workshop.
Specifically-
1- Your patience
2- Simple instruction and terms
3- Followed by practice in the field
4- and lastly the immediate feedback I received which was greatly appreciated
I hope to put into place all your teachings in my photography.
– Simon Dadouche from Canada. (Attended my 18-day customized photography workshop)

Photography Workshop Dates

Feb 8-17th 2018

Photography Workshop Itinerary

Feb 8th: Drive from Delhi to Bharatpur. Relax in the hotel for the rest of the day.
Feb 9th: Full day Field Photography in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Feb 10th: Full day Field Photography in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Feb 11th: Half day Field Photography in Chambal (2.5 hrs drive one way)
Feb 12th: Visit Agra to photograph the iconic Taj Mahal (that’s just 45-minute drive from Bharatpur)
Feb 13th: Drive from Bharatpur to Delhi (around 4-hour journey). Take night train to Sattal.

Feb 14th: Full day Field Photography in Sattal where we find tiny and colorful birds not found anywhere else in India.
Feb 15th: Full day Field Photography in Sattal where we find tiny and colorful birds not found anywhere else in India.
Feb 16th: Full day Field Photography in Pankot (near to Sattal) where we find tiny and colorful birds not found anywhere else in India.
Feb 17th: Take the overnight train back to Delhi.

No. of Participants

Max. 8 (Last 2 spots are open)

Cost

3250/- USD per person.

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

Cost Includes

  • Photography Tuition Fee
  • Transportation to all the locations by A/C vehicles
  • Stay and accommodation on Twin-sharing basis in A/C Deluxe rooms. You can book the single supplement for an extra cost, based on the availability.
  • All meals with Tea/Coffee during the evenings. Hygiene will be taken care.
  • Park Entry Fees, Entry Fee to Taj Mahal, Guide charges
  • Cycle Rickshaw charges based on 1 person per cycle rickshaw

Cost Excludes

  • Airfare, Insurance, etc.
  • Personal shopping, beverages, etc.
  • Tips to the Guide/Naturalist/Cycle-rickshaw/Hotel staff.
  • Anything that’s not mentioned in the “Cost Includes” section

HOW TO REGISTER

A non-refundable advance of USD 500/- needs to be paid to book your seat. Want to join this workshop? Send an email to prathapdk@gmail.com.

NOTE: Balance to be paid before 1 month from the start date of the workshop.

I have got no words to thank Prathap. I joined the bharatpur workshop with lot of ifs and but . for me it was like a kid going to school on first day but on the first day only I was thinking like a pro – thanks to Prathap who has got a very simple and effective way of teaching. I got a few very good shots which were difficult to believe even for me. Now I understand basics of photography like exposure, exposure compensation, ISO, histogram ……..the list goes on. Indeed he is a wonderful teacher.

Will definitely attend more workshops by Prathap.

– Dr. Kanwal Preet Singh from Patiala, India. (Attended my 5-day bird photography workshop in Bharatpur)

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

HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT OUT OF THIS WELL DESIGNED WORKSHOP

The bird photography workshop is defined to get the maximum benefits with a lot of fun. Below listed are some highlights of what you’ll learn.

  • Find out the difference between a snapshot and a photograph.
  • Learn what exactly makes a bird photograph win accolades.
  • Find out how a professional photographer approaches a given scene.
  • Learn the best-kept secrets of professional bird photographers.
  • Find out how pre-visualization concept can change the way you take the photographs. This technique alone can prove worth a million.
  • Learn the simplest and efficient post-processing workflow in one of the best post-processing software – Adobe Lightroom ®. Apart from learning the simple and no-brainer techniques, you will also learn a lot of time-saving techniques. These time-saving techniques can make a frustrating workflow into a fun-filled activity. It’s kind of a magic that saves you a whole lot of time.

The bird photography workshop is designed in such a way that:

  • You’ll learn a concept in the field not in a classroom.
  • You’ll apply the concept in the field and see how it works.
  • Make a decision based on what works and what doesn’t.
  • You’ll get instant feedback which will save you a lot of frustration later on.
  • You’ll be taught about the most important concepts repeatedly until it really gets into your mind.
  • Know firsthand why there’s nothing called paint-by-number technique.
  • Discover how important it is to learn the techniques from a true professional.

I think above all, what I like the most about these short and sweet workshops is the time we spend while we are not shooting. It’s a lot of fun to have breakfast and lunch amidst the chirping sound. You’ll hear plenty of exciting experiences by the co-participants. We’ll share our experiences and joy of bird photography. I have heard several of my workshop participants claiming it to be their best lifetime experience.

2016 Bird Photography Workshop in India. Best Bird Photography Workshop for Beginners and Amateurs. Photography Workshops in India by Prathap.

The Painted Storck Juveniles Pleading for the Food as Great Egret Watches for an Easy Meal in Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India.
Image Copyright © Prathap

I like to keep my workshop very informal so that I can work with each one of you separately. I have found that throwing the same concept on everyone in the same language and same speed typically doesn’t work. Some are fast learners, some are slow, and some are shy. I try my best to keep everyone comfortable when it comes to learning.

Let me warn you. When it comes to teaching, I can go to any length to make sure the participants derive the most value. So, if you are up for learning a great deal about bird photography, then here’s a photography workshop for you.

WHY I DON’T FOLLOW PAINT-BY-NUMBERS APPROACH

The paint-by-number approach is pretty much like spoon-feeding. It will only make you a dumb photographer. Naturally, you wouldn’t know why you are using certain settings as you are just following someone’s advice.

Here are 2 of the most common assumptions I see in many photographers who follow the paint-by-numbers approach:

Assumption #1: Focus Point Should Be On The Eye Of The Bird

This assumption alone can hold you back considerably. Can you imagine moving the autofocus point on the bird’s eye all the time? Birds are never still.

The idea is to get the eye in sharp focus. That doesn’t mean you have to always move the focus point on the eye. I have written a whole article on why bird’s eye should be in tack-sharp focus. Read One Bird Photography Tip Which can Make or Break Your Bird Photograph.

Do you think I have kept the focus point on the bird’s eye here? It would have been impossible to do so as it was a surprise move from the Green Heron which happened before I could realize. It was my reflexes which helped me get one of my most memorable and most applauded photographs.

2016 Bird Photography Workshop in India. Best Bird Photography Workshop for Beginners and Amateurs. Photography Workshops in India by Prathap.

A Green Heron Taking a Bird’s Eye View Look at its Prey in an apartment complex in Grayslake, IL, USA.
Image Copyright © Prathap

Assumption #2: White Subjects Needs To Be Underexposed By 1 Stop

Really? If this was true, then I should always underexpose my most favorite subject – Egret. Isn’t it?

Let’s take a look at the below photograph of a Little Egret in the early morning soft sunlight.

2016 Bird Photography Workshop in India. Best Bird Photography Workshop for Beginners and Amateurs. Photography Workshops in India by Prathap.

A Little Egret Wading Through the Shallow Waters on a Beautiful Morning in Kabini Backwaters.
Image Copyright © Prathap

I have overexposed the above photograph by +0.7 stop! You see…you can never bet on just one setting.

If you blindly follow paint-by-numbers technique, you’re sure to be disappointed. Above all, you keep wondering what went wrong.

Do you want to be like that? I don’t think so. You wouldn’t have been reading this if you were.

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 that 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 the hang of it, you’ll never be the same photographer again. That EUREKA moment is something that makes me happy.

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

A QUICK LOOK AT THE 10-DAY BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

Workshop Date: Feb 8-17th 2018

Workshop Fee: USD 3250/- per person

Spots Open: 2

Registration Fee: USD 500/-

HOW TO REGISTER

A non-refundable advance of USD 500/- needs to be paid to book your seat. Want to join this workshop? Send an email to prathapdk@gmail.com.

NOTE: Balance to be paid before 1 month from the start date of the workshop.

Talk to you soon,

Prathap

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