KOLKATA & VARANASI PHOTO TOUR

Travel Portrait and Landscape Workshop

Kolkata (Calcutta) & Varanasi India Photography Tour
Travel Photography and lighting masterclass workshop and photo tour of Kolkata ( Calcutta ) and Varanasi 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 photography, 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 photo 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 deco charm of busy Kolkata to the mystic majesty of the holy Ganges river in Varanasi and from the reminders of past glories of the British to the teeming markets and beyond. As always we will be keeping the groups small. With two instructors and no more than 6 guests giving you a 3 to 1 ratios. 

Our magical India photo tour encompasses the some of very best that Northern India has to offer. You will not only come face to face with mystical holy men in Varanasi but also get to see the artisan potters of Kolkata close up and you will return home with some truly incredible memories and images.

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We will visit the artisan potters in their workshops, brushing up our off camera flash knowledge.

In Kolkata, we will be exploring some of my favorite markets to make some truly outstanding images. Plus we will be hitting the pottery quarter where all the idols are made. Some other projects we work on might be the alleyways and life of the north and or the train stations. 

On this photography workshop, you will also get a chance to get up close and personal with the Sadhu, the holy men of India as we make some incredible images. Working closely with them around and in the Ganges river in magical Varanasi.

The full subjects and details are yet to be finalized, but rest assured it will be an eye-opening action packed time. It’s not all hard work though as I have partnered with possibly the best hotel in the Kolkata and the downtime you experience will be first class.

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Some of the photo tours highlights:

Kolkata – Streets and markets of the old town, Calcutta Pottery quarter.

Varanasi – Holy men and the Ganges river.

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.

Daily breakfast and evening meals included.

Our very own adventure on an Indian night train.

Escorted by two professional photographers plus an experienced local tour manager.

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Itinerary – please note this photography workshop itinerary has yet to be finalized.

Day 1 | Kolkata
Arrive Delhi – Rendezvous, and Introductions. Transfer to the hotel on arrival; we transfer to the five-star 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 India.

Day 2 | Kolkata
Kolkata – In the morning we head to the large Flower Market before a session working with the Pehelwan Wrestlers then arriving back at our hotel for a late lunch and a swim. Early evening shooting with hand rickshaws and then the pottery quarter.

Day 3 | Kolkata – Varanasi
After a morning of street shooting in the markets and then arriving back at our hotel for a late lunch and a swim. In the afternoon we head for the station for our overnight to Varanasi.

Day 4 | Varanasi
Meeting the Sadhu. Time to break out the serious flash gear for a portrait session with the holy men.

Day 5 | Varanasi
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Day 6 | Varanasi
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Day 7 | Varanasi – Kolkata
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Day 8 | Kolkata
Second pottery quarter workshop evening at sunset.

Day 9 | Kolkata
Image review in the morning – then the trip to the airport to fly back

Itinerary may be subject to change, hey it’s India!

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You will be guided in how to create images just like this, plus you get to meet some real nomadic gypsies in the process.

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
  • 10 days of personal tuition from Phil & Other.
  • All model and location fees.
  • Your stay in a shared double room. You can opt for a single room on the registration page (subject to availability). The single room supplement is $950.
  • Use of lighting gear during the workshop, although you can bring your own lighting equipment you’re welcome to use ours.

What does this price not include?

  • Any expenses of personal nature like souvenirs, laundry, telephone calls, etc…
  • Your international flight to and from Delhi.
  • Sodas, coffee, tea alcohol etc.
  • Tips to porters, models, and guides.

What to expect
You will be personally by guided by expert tutors in many aspects of photography including people, culture, lighting and landscape techniques in what is one of the most photo-rich parts of the world. We also have local guides and translators on hand to help smooth the way for us.

The photo tours will be a 9-day/10-night guided photo tour of Kolkata and Varanasi, staying in hand-picked four-star and five-star hotels. Making for an unforgettable trip of a lifetime. Varanasi definitely stands out as a photographer’s paradise.

I fully expect this trip to sell out quickly, so it would be to your advantage to sign up below and subscribe to the newsletter as I will be letting my subscribers know first when registration goes live.


Dates
March/ April 2018

Places are limited to 6 participants max.

Current Status – Waiting List


Route




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Phil M Powell

Phil is an award-winning internationally published photographer. He is a Nat Geo Traveller finalist and Getty photographer. 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 specialises 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.


Costs
$TBA Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $950. 

International airfare to/from Kolkata is not included in the expedition cost.


 

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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. By the end of your trip, you will not only be more confident with landscapes but also be happy with lighting both available light and flash, and any mix in between.
Itinerary

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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.