Workshop: Rathika Ramasamy Wildlife Photography Masterclass
Venue: Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Workshop Dates: February 4th to 8th February, 2024 (4N/5D)
Workshop Fees: INR 35,000/-(Inclusive of Tax)
Limited seats only.
For registration click here
*Mentor Fees +Tax.
*Accommodation on twin sharing basis with free Wi-Fi.
*Vegetarian food and Dinner will have non-veg (Morning tea, Breakfast, lunch, evening tea, and Dinner.)
All other individual expenses.
* Air fare, transport from hometown to workshop destination.
*Any kind of personal expenses, Bottled water, soft drinks, laundry and phone calls.
*Park entry fee.
* Cycle-rickshaw (per hour) Rs 200/- which can be shared by two people.
* Cycle available for rent, per hr Rs 30.
Day 1: Sunday-Feb 4th, 2024 (4th evening all participants must reach Bharatpur). 5 pm orientation session.
Day 2: Monday -Feb 5th Full day: Exploring the park, looking for all check listed birds, observing birds, looking for action between the subjects, trying to capture their best behaviour.
Day 3: Tuesday -Feb 6th Full day: We will be photographing birds and Owls in the park.
Day 4: Wednesday – Feb 7th Full Day: We will be photographing migratory waterfowls with winter misty background. Post Lunch we will looking for Jackal, Hyena, and mammals in the park.
Day 5: Thursday, Feb 8th morning, after breakfast workshop ends.
**All evenings we will be having reviewing session.
** Breakfast, Lunch will be having inside the park.
Detailed scheduled will be send once registration is complete.
About the masterclass: Rathika has been conducting masterclass every year at Bhratpur. The purpose of this workshop is to fine tune your wildlife photography skills by learning from and shooting along with Rathika and further your knowledge of the subjects and photography techniques. Rathika has been to Bharatpur several times during the last 20 years; she knows the park very well and helps you to choose the hotspot and track the birds. This workshop will be highly interactive, discussion in the field and all participants will receive instant feedback in the field and get their images reviewed every evening.
The number of participants are kept limited, so that Rathika could spend more time with each participants, shoot along with them sharing her experience and knowledge. If you are already doing bird photography, this field learning experience will make you understand wildlife habitats, how to make inspiring images, story telling images and how to capture emotions in the frame.
*We will learn how to create stunning images from simple subjects/common birds.
* How to get spot on exposure in the field itself, how to use different lighting creatively.
*Learn basic of bird photography, identification, working on subject, Wildlife obersvation
*Creating stunning habitat, close up, capturing emotion in the frames.
*Focusing technique with field practice.
*Creative Nature Photography
*Wildlife Conservation Photography
*Post processing Steps to enhance your images
*How to work on assignments
Who could attend:
This workshop is open to all amateur photographers, hobby photographers, anyone who wants to learn bird and wildlife photography from Rathika Ramasamy. This workshop is suitable to those with previous knowledge of photography..
What you get to Photograph:
Please click here to check Keoladeo National Park images. Bharatpur images
Last Bharatpur workshop bird check list, Click here.
About the Venue:
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India is a famous bird sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident. Park has three major seasons, wet monsoons, cold winters, and hot summers. Come November, and thousands of migratory waterfowl arrive for wintering. During winter, with common winter visitors such as Ruddy Shelduck, Shoveller, Pintail, Wigeon, Common Teal along with resident Lesser Whistling Teals and Spot Billed Duck, Painted storks feeding their young ones.
Habitats: One third of the habitat is wetland systems with varying types of microhabitats having trees, mounds, dykes and open water with or without submerged plants. Richness and diversity of plant life inside the park is remarkable. The park’s flora consists of 379 species of flowering plants of which 96 are wetland species.
Birds: Keoladeo National Park is popularly known as “Bird Paradise “. Over 370 bird species have been recorded in the park. Ornithologically, the park assumes significance, because of its strategic location being a staging ground for migratory waterfowl arriving in the Indian subcontinent before dispersing to various regions. Further waterfowl converge here before departing a breeding ground in western Palearctic region. In addition, the wetland is a wintering area for massive congregations of waterfowl.
Mode of Transport :
Nearest railway station: Bharatpur Junction.
By Train: From Mumbai, Nagpur or other western part of the participants can take train, it will reach early morning. From South India, all Delhi bound trains will stop Agra, from there Bharatpur is 30 min drive. Pick up taxi could be arranged.
By Air: Nearest airport Jaipur or NewDelhi.
If participants book their flight by same arrival time, from airport share taxi could be arranged.
Mode of payment :
You can register paying 50% amount now (not refundable), balance to be paid 1 month before the workshop start date. You can pay GPay or Direct bank transfer. Once registration is confirmed, will send the mode of payment details.
Terms and conditions:
*The workshop charges for Indian National Only, foreign nationals. Foreign nationals write to us for charges.NRI’s have to pay extra for entry tickets.
*Rathika Ramasamy Photography is organising the workshop. It does not own or operate or control any transport company, hotel etc. We will take care of all arrangements with most care, but it since it has no control in their operation, it cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage, injury or death which may be caused by the act or default of the management or employees of any guest house, hotels, airlines, transport company.
*Littering and taking anything from nature trails is strictly prohibited. All parks has certain rules to follow, everyone has to follow the rules. Breaking the rules is series offence.
*All our Photography workshops we follow ethics of wildlife photography,Nesting Photography and sharing information about nesting places are not permitted.
*Group video, photographs we will use for promotion purpose. If any individual does not agree, feel free to inform us via email or whatzup message before the workshop
*Don’t take locals and other participants without their permission.Don’t share them without concerned person permission.
*Flash photography inside the national park is not allowed.
*Alcohol & Smoking is strictly prohibited during workshop.
*Rathika Ramasamy Photography will not be held responsible in case of any legal action mentioned above points.
*It is wildlife, Rathika Ramasamy Photography does not guarantee any wildlife sightings. Participants should come with open mind. Though we try capture all check list birds.
Please register only if you agree with Rathika Ramasamy Photography workshops terms and conditions.
Video clip of Masterclass 2021
Feedback from last masterclass workshop participants:
Masterclass (2016) experience by Mr.Ananthakrishnan Srinivasan
Mr.Kaustav das, Kolkata :Ma'am,I am not good enough with words to write accolades, hence was wondering how to express my take on the RR Master Class 2017.Finally I have mustered the following:For me it was immense. My entire perspective of photography got changed within the first hour of the first class room session. Aftermath, shooting at the field and personal care from you, have helped me emerged as a photographer better than what I was before 29th Nov'17.Yesterday I was going through all the photographs, previously taken (and also appreciated by people) and I did not get one good photograph (trust me on this). Also, now I can feel that my Nikon D7100 is slowing turning into an extension of my body. I have come to know him better than what I have ever thought that I would
To sum up: Those 4 days with you, were a turning point in my spree as a photographer. Have already started counting days for next master class.Thank you.
Ms.Viji Rajaram,Coimbatore,Tamil Nadu:Thank you Rathika for making one of my dreams come true,you are a wonderful caring person,wanting to share your knowledge and skill with all unstintingly,lovely workshop in all ways.
Dr.Deepthi ,Chennai,Tamil Nadu: Thanks for the excellent masterclass.Learned a lot ,started from scratch.
Ms.Ranjani Raja,Chennai,Tamil Nadu: Thank you Rathika for teaching me how to hold a camera and click!It is really amazing how you motivate us,looking forward for lot more birding times with you.
Mr.Indranil,Kolkata,WB: Thank you Mam for all the guidance you are an unparalleled guru with child like zeal to teach your student.
Behind the scene, workshop participants are shooting Sarus [email protected] Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Group Photo: Masterclass 2017