The one-on-one photography workshop is a highly effective program that helps you to develop your photography skills immediately.
This is a proven technique with several participants going from almost zero to a considerable level of expertise. One such student was a class 12 student who learned everything about DSLR photography with a borrowed camera!
Not to mention, all these students have gone on to become much better photographers in terms of using semi-automatic and manual mode, the right settings for a given scene, using light to their advantage, and having a good sense of composition.
If they can do it, you can do it too.
Here’s a brief course curriculum which will be customized based on your ability to learn and apply the concepts.
Part-I: Concepts of DSLR
- Why use a DSLR?
- The difference between a Cropped and a Full-frame sensor.
- How focal length changes the perspective and how it can be used effectively?
- Different types of lens available (prime lens, zoom lens, constant aperture, variable aperture, etc) and their unique applications.
- RAW Vs JPEG format. Why should you use RAW format, always?
- Histograms and their importance in getting the perfect exposure.
- Various metering modes and their applications. Which metering mode is the best?
- Various focusing modes and their uses. Which focusing mode is the best?
- Simplified settings that are applicable to most types of photography. Why waste time in trying to analyze a complex set of settings? Why not have a simple but a robust set of settings that will work, every time?
- Guidance on purchasing a new camera and/or lens which can save you thousands of rupees.
Part-II: Science of Photography – Understanding Exposure and the three pillars – Aperture, Shutter Speed, & ISO
- Why is exposure the most important aspect of photography?
- How to achieve perfect exposure all the times, easily? Without really delving into unnecessary technicality.
- How exactly the three pillars – Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO – help you to achieve a perfect exposure. And their effects on the resulting image. And how you should make use of them to get your message clear to the viewer.
- How and when to use semi-automatic modes and Manual mode. Super easy techniques to get expertise in Manual mode or any other mode available.
- How Depth-of-Field (DoF) affects the resulting image? And why Aperture is not the only parameter that controls DoF, which normally other photographers believe to be.
Part-III: Art of Photography – Light and Composition
- Why the light is of prime importance in photography? How can you use light to your advantage and make your photographs stand out in the crowded space?
- How to study, observe, and apply the direction and quality of light to make your photographs “POP”?
- How to differentiate between a snapshot and a photograph?
- How to find the best composition?
- How to identify the issues with the composition? How to rectify it?
- How to simplify the composition to elicit a “WOW” response from the viewer?
Part-IV: Post-Processing Using Adobe Lightroom
- Learn how to use post-processing as a part of the image-making process, then an after-thought.
- Learn to use Adobe Lightroom like a pro.
- Learn how a flat photograph can be turned into something that “POPs”. Don’t learn to manipulate, just learn to use the power of Ligthroom to get the details back.
- Learn simple and basic workflow that requires only a couple of minutes to process a photo.
- Learn time-saver techniques that can cut down your processing time by 5 to 10 times.
- Learn how to copyright your work and secure it for the web-usage.
- Find out how to organize and store your photograph so that you can find it in the future with ease.
Note that all the above-listed aspects will be covered in a methodical way. As you learn some key concepts and apply them on the field (which is of prime important), you’ll implicitly learn other important concepts as well.
MY TEACHING METHOD
Everything I teach has one thing in common – SIMPLICITY. There’s nothing that I teach which is beyond your understanding. I have had plenty of experience in teaching for all age groups starting at 16 all the way up to 74 years old. It shouldn’t be a problem whether you are a slow learner or a fast learner. I match my student’s pace. So, there’s absolutely nothing to worry.
Be rest assured that you are in good hands.
WHAT OTHER STUDENTS ARE SAYING
Here’s a sample of what my earlier students are saying:
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.
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.
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 from Chennai.
COST OF THE WORKSHOP
The cost of the customized one-on-one workshop for 4 days is INR 48,000 only. Considering the fact that I charge anywhere between INR 20,000 to 25,000 a day, it’s a great bargain.
If you are a foreign national, I would recommend you a longer itinerary. We can customize it to your needs. A longer customized workshop would be ideal for you that can cover various subjects like birds, wildlife, landscapes, culture, etc. Drop me a mail to discuss it further.
My undivided attention can get you out of the photography rut and show a drastic improvement in your photography, guaranteed.
You have to pay a non-refundable advance of INR 24,000/- to confirm. The remaining amount has to be paid at least a week before the start of the workshop.
Drop me a mail to check for the availability of dates. Don’t forget to mention your location, what type of photography you do, and your eagerness to join my one-on-one workshops.
Usually, I conduct the one-on-one customized photography workshops in Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore. It’s an ideal place to learn photography in Bangalore. We get opportunities to shoot a variety of subjects like flowers, people, landscapes, structures, birds, etc.
But we can always look for a different place, if necessary.
Talk to you soon.