RAJASTHAN LAND OF KINGS
India Travel Photography Tour
Rajasthan India Travel Photography Tour
Travel Photography workshops and photo tour of Rajasthan India. Always wanted to go somewhere exotic to shoot but something holding you back? Well, fear not we can help with that.
Mastering travel photography can be truly challenging. As this multi-disciplined branch of photography is really a whole bunch of other styles all bundled together. Street, landscape, traditional portrait, social documentary, environmental portraiture, architectural and so on. So where do you start? This trip intends to tackle this task while having fun and taking on an adventure like no other. With its structured workshops peppered throughout tackling the main subjects, you will gain an understanding and confidence in your travel photography skills.
With two skilled instructors and small group numbers you will have plenty of instruction and help, should you require it. Taking you behind closed doors and off the beaten track away from the tourists. But still taking in some of the main landmarks this bespoke photo tour is like no other.
From the modest charm of holy Pushkar to the mighty fortresses of Rajasthan and from the reminders of past glories of the Raj in Delhi to the teeming markets of Jaipur and beyond. We are putting together a few tours and they will always be small groups of two instructors and no more than 6-7 guests giving you a 3 to 1 ratios. We also have local guides and translators on hand, plus our very own driver and 12 seat air-conditioned tour bus.
Our magical India tour encompasses the very best that Northern India has to offer. You will not only come face to face with mystical holy men as well as see the nomadic people of the desert close up and you will return home with some truly incredible memories and images.
Some of the trip’s highlights:
- Jodhpur – Mehrangarh Fort, streets and markets of the old town, Bishnoi Village.
- Pushkar – Holy men and gypsies, Brahma temple one of the few such temples in the world.
- Jaipur – The pink city, lakes, forts, stepwell.
- High quality four and five-star accommodation.
- Dedicated portrait off camera flash lighting workshops.
- Dedicated landscape photo technique workshops included.
- Post Production Lightroom tuition, help, tips, and guidance throughout.
- Daily breakfast and all meals included.
- Our very own private air-conditioned 12 seat minibus and driver.
- Escorted by two professional photographers plus an experienced local tour manager.
Itinerary – please note this itinerary has yet to be finalized.
Day 1 | Delhi
Arrive Delhi – Rendezvous, and Introductions. Transfer to the hotel on arrival; we transfer to the five-star Taj Palace hotel for one night. All rooms are stylishly furnished and air-conditioned with flat-screen TVs, personal safe, mini-bar and complimentary tea/coffee. After a rest, we meet and dine on our first night in New Delhi.
Day 2 | Delhi – Neemrana
Delhi – Old Delhi shoot. This morning we continue our city tour, first visiting Old Delhi, starting with the Raj Ghat, a fittingly simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. We leave Delhi after lunch for our drive to Neemrana, arriving at our spectacular fortress hotel for a late lunch and quick swim in the pool. In the afternoon we will visit a village on the outskirts of the city. This Snake Charmers village is seldom visited by tourists and so is a delight for photographers.
Day 3 | Neemrana – Jaipur
Stepwell visit and Kali temple. After lunch, we drive to Jaipur and in the evening we will do a sunset landscape workshop on the lake, the photo at the top of this page was taken there.
Day 4 | Jaipur
Jaipur – “The pink city” The morning will be spent doing a landscape workshop in Jaipur at the Amber Fort over this awesome Fort, the reflections in the lake below are breathtaking. Afer lunch we will visit the fruit market for some street photography.
Day 5 | Jaipur
A quick detour to the most spectacular stepwell of all, Panna Meena Ka Kund, TBC. – Dinner, and image reviews.
Day 6 | Jaipur – Pushkar
In the morning Chris will lead a landscape workshop then it’s back to the hotel for breakfast and then we pack for our trip to Pushkar. Arrive Pushkar and check into our fun accommodation. Just before dusk, we will head out to find the nomad gypsies that live on the outskirts of town and shoot some off camera flash portraits until sunset.
Day 7 | Pushkar
Meeting the Sadhu.Time to break out the serious flash gear for a portrait session with the holy men. After breakfast will go to an ashram, the temple where the Sadhu train in the morning for a lighting workshop. Optional lunch tour of the town including a visit the Brahma temple. Just before dusk, we will head to the lake to dine and watch the sunset.
Day 8 | Pushkar – Jodhpur
Jodhpur: “The blue city”.Pushkar – Jodhpur: Breakfast then we drive to Jodhpur via the village of Chandelao. Lunch In Jodhpur, we will check into our wonderful hotel and then we will take a walk through the inside of the fabulous walled city with its bustling market and narrow cobbled streets. Dinner will be on the rooftop of our wonderful Haveli just a stone’s throw from the famous Mehrangarh Fort.
Day 9 | Jodhpur
We will spend the whole morning at a Bishnoi Village. The Bishnoi’s are an eco-friendly sect and a very different community to the rest of Rajasthan. Bishnoi’s live a very rich cultural life and have a deep love for nature and animals. Early evening landscape photography workshop.
Day 10 | Jodhpur
The morning we hit the alleys for some street shooting and portraits. Later in the afternoon you will have an option to spend some time the market area and do a little shopping or visit the fort.
Day 11 | Jodhpur
Image review in the morning – then the trip to the airport to fly back to Delhi.
Itinerary may be subject to change, hey it’s India!
What’s included? Just about everything.
- All meals and water during the tour
- Services of English speaking local guides for sightseeing as per the program
- Ground Transportation in an air-conditioned bus.
- Bottled water in the mini- bus
- 10 days of personal tuition from Phil & Chris.
- All model and location fees.
- Your stay in a shared double room. You can opt for a single room on the registration (subject to availability). There is a single room supplement.
- Use of lighting gear during the workshop, although you can bring your own lighting equipment you’re welcome to use ours.
- Your airfare between Jodhpur and Delhi.
What does this price not include?
- Any expenses of personal nature like souvenirs, laundry, telephone calls, etc…
- Sodas, coffee, tea alcohol etc.
- Any international Airfare, travel insurance or medical insurance.
- Tips to porters, models and guides.
What to expect
Group Size – 6
Tutors – 2
10 Day Tour
You will be personally by guided by two expert tutors in many aspects of travel photography including people, culture, lighting and landscapes in what is one of the most photo-rich parts of the world, Rajasthan. We also have local guides and translators on hand, plus our very own driver and air-conditioned tour bus.
The photo tour will be a 10-day/9-night guided photo tour of Rajasthan, staying in hand-picked four-star and five-star hotels. Making for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Rajasthan definitely stands out as a photographer’s paradise.
Feb/March TBC, 2018
Places are limited to 7 participants max.
Dates to be announced soon, join the waiting list to be one of the first to know.
Chris is a UK based award winning, photographer and educator specializing in Travel, Landscape and Social Documentary. He is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and is also proud to be an official Fujifilm ambassador. Chris’ work has been published in many magazines and books, he lectures widely, runs training workshops and is represented by several international stock image libraries.
Phil M Powell.
Phil is an internationally published commercial photographer. He is a Getty photographer and Nat Geo Traveller finalist, his clients include ad agencies, magazines and publishing companies. Prior to life in stills, he worked as a cameraman and director for the BBC and Discovery Channel and has spent the past decade or so travelling the world with a camera. When he’s not hanging out of a plane over the American Rockies or shark-infested waters of Australia he can be found indulging his passion for travel photography. He specializes in social documentary, travel and aerial work. He is an expert in all things lighting. If you want to know about off camera flash and how to live out of a bag then he’s your guy.
$4,950/£3700 Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $970.
International airfare to/from New Delhi is not included in the expedition cost.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS
We are offering a discount of $250 if you book early. Just ask to find out more.
These workshops are open to all levels of photographers who know the basics about operating their cameras and want to learn more.
Whether you are happy to shoot in manual and know a little about landscape and off camera flash or a complete beginner in these areas. By the end of your trip, you will not only be more confident with shooting both landscapes and people, but also be happy with lighting both available light and flash, and any mix in between.
Possible Taj Mahal / Varanasi Extension
There is a possibility of a three day Agra extension. Be aware that the Taj Mahal is currently in a state of flux due to major restoration work being done during the whole of 2017. This means that some part of the building will be covered by scaffolding and plastic sheeting at some point or another. Nobody can get an answer as to when the main dome is to be covered and for how long.
The works are currently due to finish around March 2018, however, it’s India, and things have been known to drag on much longer. I have someone on the ground there monitoring the situation and should the main parts of the build get done during the summer then we will offer the Agra extension. So just beware of any operator offering a photo tour that includes the Taj, as you might be disappointed. Should the situation not look good around the time of the tour then we will be offering a three-day Varanasi extension. Kindly add a note to your enquiry should either of these be of interest.
Please Note: We must receive at least a 50% deposit in order to hold your spot on the workshop. This workshop is booked on a first come, first served basis. The itinerary is subject to change.