Our journey starts in New Delhi where we will photograph the historic Red Fort and Gandhi’s home. We then proceed off the beaten path to photograph the thousands of pilgrims who attend the Sikh Gurdwara Temple to worship and receive their daily meal. At the temple you are free to wonder around to photograph. You may be invited into the kitchen to help prepare the meals. This is wonderful opportunity to capture a ritual event without other tourists. Street photographers will be overwhelmed in the narrow streets of the frenetic Chandni Chowk bazaar, where colorfully wedding outfits and spices are sold. Travel through the chaotic bazaar on a cycle-rickshaw stopping to photograph. At night dine with the locals at Karim’s in Old Delhi or try typical Kerala cuisine at The Spice Route Restaurant.
Rajasthan’s Udaipur is known as the Venice of the east and is situated on tranquil Lake Pichola. Along the banks of the lake are the Ghats, a series of steps leading down to a body of water, believed to be holy. In the glow of the late day warm light we will photograph the bathers as they pray, wash, and swim in the holy water. At night photograph the town from the famous island hotel.
We then travel back in time along the back roads of Thar Desert and to the Rohet Garh Palace Hotel, formerly the ancestral home of the local nobleman. Our home for the next few days, the Palace offers horseback riding to the local tribal villages. The Bhils tribe are farmers with a distinctive social structure. They strictly adhere to the rules of their society, only marry their own and worship their local deities. The Bishnois tribe are conservationists, protect their trees and wildlife, and who do not kill their animals. The Raikas are the indigenous people of Rajasthan, are nomadic shepherds who are camel experts and who wear colorful costumes. In these villages you can concentrate on perfecting your portraiture, environmental portraits, landscape and documentary photography.
Our next destination is a fixed tent safari camp just outside the town of Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is known as the ‘Golden City’ with India’s only living fort with its ornate homes or havelis and bustling shops. Here you can work on your street photography and environmental portraits wondering through Jaisalmer’s Fort. Our evening culminates in a short drive to a hilltop Cenotaph, a monument constructed by various Bhatti rulers, for a sunset photograph of the city and its surrounding landscape.
Jodphur, the ‘Blue City’ named for its blue painted houses offers an amazing hue as a backdrop for your environmental portraits and street scenes. You will never want to stop photographing in The Old City’s bustling Sadar Bazaar and at the Clock Tower market. The old city circles the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, a massive fort bounded by a wall, ideal for those interested architectural photography.
The workshop ends in New Delhi where we will review our work, have our final critique and farewell dinner.
- Photograph people in a foreign culture
- Light an environmental portrait on location
- Photograph at night
- Photograph architecture
- Shoot video
- Expand your photography vision
- Ride in a rickshaw in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk
- Visit Gandhi’s memorial Ghat
- Travel through the Thar Desert
- Spend a day in a Bishnoi village
- Visit bazaars, temples and palaces
- In New Delhi visit Old Delhi, the Red Fort, Gandhi Museum and the Sikh Temple
- Famous Lake Pichola in Udaipur, India’s Venice of the east
- Photograph pilgrims washing at the Ghats
- Bhils and Bishnois Tribal villages
- Majestic fort in Jodphur
- Live in fixed tents in the desert
- Lively shopping bazaars
- Thar Desert Landscape
- Vibrant and intense street scenes
Who Should Attend
This workshop is for serious amateurs and professional still photographers & videographers who have a working knowledge of their camera and want to develop their personal style while photographing the Rajasthan’s tribal villages and culture. This is an opportunity to learn to photograph environmental portraits, portraits, landscapes, architectural photography and prefect your street photography. Participants should be motivated, technically self–sufficient, and comfortable navigating and photographing in a foreign city and physically fit.
Media & Recommended Equipment
Participants may shoot still images or video using a DSLR camera or a point and shoot camera. Optional but recommended is a computer with Lightroom, Aperture or a digital imaging cataloging program and an external hard drive for backup. For those shooting video you should have either imovie or Final Cut Pro for viewing and editing your videos. Bring at least one camera body, all your lenses, a tripod, extra camera batteries, plenty of memory cards, a flash unit(s) and any light modifiers you own, a flash light for shooting at night, all technical manuals, and a notebook and writing utensil.
The workshop fee is $6,850.00 and includes shared accommodations, all regional transportation including two flights in India, hotel transfers, full time English speaking guide, private touring, some meals and beverages, the opening and farewell dinners, entrance fees to forts and museums and all the on-location photography demonstrations.
Not included are international flights, airport taxes, visas, single supplements, some meals and beverages, personal expenses and personal photography fees when photographing individuals in the villages, and gratuities for our guides and drivers. Trip cancelation and interruption insurance is strongly recommended. The single supplement charge is $1,990.00.
You are encouraged to bring a companion who will be able to participate in all group excursions and on location demonstrations; however there is no discount for non-photography companions.
Participants must be in good physical condition capable of walking or hiking while carrying their camera equipment. We spend a couple of nights in fixed tents.
At the time of registration, Maine Media Workshops will collect an initial deposit of $600, plus a $55 registration fee. All other payments will be billed & collected by Collins Photography Workshops. Arlene Collins Photography, LLC, reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the stated due date.
NOTE: You need to depart the United States on Sunday January 12 to arrive in New Delhi, India on Monday January the 13th.
Day 1 New Delhi Vivanta Taj Hotel
Mon. Jan. 13 Arrive in New Delhi and airport transfer to hotel
Evening orientation meeting, cocktails and welcome dinner (D)
Day 2 New Delhi Vivanta Taj Hotel
Tue. Jan. 14 Full day of touring the city to photograph the India Gate, the Presidents House, the Parliament House, the Secretariat building, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, The Red Fort & the Raj Ghat. Photography opportunities continue at “Gurudwara” Sikh Temple and Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk market. (B)
Day 3 Delhi - Udaipur Trident Hotel (B)
Wed. Jan. 15 Morning flight to Udaipur, Udaipur is known as the “Venice of the east” and is situation on Lake Pichola. After checking into our hotel we spend the day photographing the City Palace, the Crystal Gallery and the Jagdish Temple. This evening we photograph along the Ghats, where the locals come to pray and wash. This evening is a sunset photo shoot from the island hotel
Day 4 Udaipur – Rohet Garh Rohet Garh Palace Hotel (B, L & D)
Thur. Jan. 16 Today we drive to Rohet Garh crossing a landscape of cultivated fields. On route we will photograph the 15th century Jain Adinath Temple at Ranakpur. Considered a masterpiece of western Indian architecture, the massive temple features a complex layout of porches and balconies. We next stop to photograph The Bhils tribe. The Bhils are farmers with a distinctive social structure. They strictly adhere to the rules of their society, only marry their own and worship local deities. Our lunch stop is Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat, a stately country manor. Early evening arrive at our hotel and check in. This evening is free time to photograph and to review work.
Day 5 Rohet Garh Rohet Garh Palace Hotel (B, L & D)
Fri. Jan. 17 This morning we travel the back roads to photograph several remote tribes. The Bishnois follow the “29 fold path of good living”, they do not kill animals and are known as conservationists. They are responsible for the survival of several species such as the Black Buck antelope. We will also photograph the Raikas or shepherds, known for their colorful costumes, and the Paliwats and Meghwais, the Brahmin farmers. Several of these tribes live in “Dhanis” settlements that feature adobe style huts. Rohet Garh has one of India’s finest stable of Marwari horses and offers riding safaris through the countryside. Image arriving in a tribal village on horseback!
Photographing these tribes is a special feature of this workshop. You will spend time perfecting your environmental portraiture while documenting the tribe’s daily routines of preparing meals, farming and tending to their animals.
Day 6 Rohet Garth – Jaisalmer Desert Safari Tent Camp
Sat. Jan. 18 We depart early for a 350 kms or a 5 ½ hour drive through the Thar Desert to our Desert Safari Camp. Throughout our drive we will have many opportunities to photograph life along one of Rajasthan’s main thoroughfares. After an early evening arrival at our camp you can spend the rest of the evening reviewing your photographs or take a desert excursion by camel or horse. (B, L & D)
Day 7 Jaisalmer Desert Safari Tent Camp (B & D)
Sun. Jan. 19 A short drive takes us to Jaisalmer, the ‘Golden City’. We start photographing at the Jaisalmer Fort, India’s only ‘living fort with its shops, hotels and ornate havelis or homes. We then proceed to the city center to concentrate on our street photography. Capture the intense street life of the merchants, shoppers and the vibrant street scenes. Our evening culminates in a short drive from the city to a hilltop Cenotaph; a monument constructed by various Bhatti rulers for a sunset photograph of the city and the surrounding landscape.
Day 8 Jaisalmer - Jodphur Tjit Bhawan Hotel (B)
Mon. Jan. 20 This morning we drive to Jodphur, known as the Blue City and gateway to western Rajasthan. Jodphur is known for its blue painted houses and the impregnable Mehrangarth Fort perched on a rocky ridge in the middle of the city. Spend the day photographing in the Old City bustling Sadar Bazaar and the Clock Tower market.
Day 9 Jodphur Tjit Bhawan Hotel (B)
Tues. Jan. 21 Today photograph in the intense back streets of Jodphur, capturing the people in their homes, stores, restaurants and the vibrant street scenes.
Day 10 Jodphur - Delhi Vivanta Taj Hotel (B)
Wed. Jan. 22 Today we depart Jodphur and fly back to Delhi. Hotel check in and this afternoon is free time to review your work. Tonight is our farewell dinner and final critique.
Day 11 Depart Delhi
Thur. Jan. 23 early morning departure