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Little Rann of Kutch - Gujarat Jan 2018

About Little Rann of Kutch
It is famous as the world's last refuge of the Indian Wild Ass (Khur) for the conservation of which it has been declared as the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary. Though a bleak landscape it is rich in biodiversity and is an ecologically important area for wildlife and many local and migratory waterbirds like cranes, ducks, pelicans, flamingos and land birds like sandgrouse, francolins and the Indian bustards.

It is also home to various unique mammals apart from wild ass such as the Indian wolf (Canis lupus pallipes), desert fox (Vulpes vulpes pusilla) and nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus).

Recommended Equipment
Little Rann of Kutch offers varied photography opportunities including birds, mammals, landscape and even night photography. Here are the recommended lenses for the tour.

100-400mm Zoom Lens
This is a versatile range to capture mammals and birds and can also act as a landscape lens at 100mm.

300mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter
You can use this at 300mm or with the converter to get a good range of 420mm or even 600mm+ on a crop factor body. This being a prime lens, the quality of the images will be good and you can easily hand hold it. The lighting conditions at LRK will be excellent and you will get good shutter speeds depending on lighting conditions and ISO used.

400mm f5.6
This is a very sharp lens and suitable for bird photography and excellent for birds in flight. 

70-200 f2.8 + 2x converter
I would highly recommend this lens over the 100-400 as you can get two different ranges of focal length and even with a tele-converter, the quality of images is good. At 70mm it can also act as a decent landscape lens. Also excellent for birds in flight. 

This is the Sigma 150-500mm zoom lens with a Canon and Nikon mount. Though this is a slow lens, this works well in good lighting conditions and will be an excellent choice for LRK given the good lighting conditions.

300mm f2.8 + 1.4x or 2x converter
This offers the flexibility of multiple focal lengths and is a light-weight lens which can be used for hand held shooting.

500mm + 1.4x converter
This lens is highly recommended for a place like LRK. Excellent for birds and also mammals. You will need a good tripod and a ball head / gimbal head to support this. A bean bag is also recommended.

600mm or 800mm
These are super telephoto lens and will be an excellent choice if you can manage to get them.

Along with the above recommended lenses, you can also get wide angle lens or any other lens of your choice for making landscape images. You could also rent an additional body as a second body to ensure you have two sets of camera / lens ready to shoot at all times.

Sudhir Shivaram Photography recommends www.bookmylens.com in case you want to rent any of the above lenses. Please do visit BML website to make your rental booking.

Bird Photography related learning during the workshop
Today's Bird Photography is all about understanding your subject, action, creativity and uniqueness. The aim of this tour is to ensure on-the-field knowledge sharing & instruction with respect to bird photography, enabling participants to master creative photography skills and handle dynamic subjects such as birds with greater confidence.

During the workshop your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you master the core principles and concepts of Bird Photography. The sessions will help you to progress from taking images to making images. You will understand the concepts of storytelling images and what it takes to get your images published.

The below topics will be covered and the participants will learn how to apply these concepts in bird photography.

  • Manual and autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, single or continuous focus)
  • Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speeds, f/ stops and the light meter)
  • Metering modes (evaluative, matrix, spot metering) 
  • Depth of field (shallow, deep, hyper focal distance)
  • Motion (freezing, blurring and panning)
  • Picture styles / picture control (colour, black and white, sepia etc…)
  • Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, Manual exposure and other program modes 
  • In-depth coverage of Spot Metering, Evaluative / Matrix Metering, Partial Metering and Centre-Weighted Average
  • Understanding exposure - the 18% concept
  • White balance (pre-set and custom)
  • Different kind of outdoor lighting and how to study / make use of it.
  • Composition (framing)
  • Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
  • Lenses and perspective (the right choice of focal length)
  • Pre-visualization
  • Completing the story

Post-Processing (Based on infrastructure and time availability)
During the course of the workshop, you will be taken through the fundamentals of image processing and the following topics will be covered:

  • Colour management policies (colour settings, working space, ICC profiles etc.)
  • Working with RAW files
  • Cropping and image editing
  • Levels, curves, contrast, saturation adjustments
  • Image sharpening, cloning, dodge and burn
  • Noise reduction
  • Advance concepts of targeted adjustments using masking and layers technique
  • Saving for web/ printing

During the Field Outing
During the field outing, your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you make memorable images. Inputs provided on the field will enable you make the most of the opportunity. Depending on what camera / lens you use, you will be taught how best to use it.

Your Photography Subjects at LRK

Before the Workshop

  • Your camera / lens details needs to be sent to Sudhir so that he can prepare a chart of best practices for that set of equipment which you can use in the field.
  • Sudhir will have a video conference with all participants and answer any queires, doubts they may have about the workshop and explain the strategy for the workshop so that maximum learning can happen.

During the Workshop

  • Sudhir will demonstrate the best way to approach and shoot the subjects and also give deeper insights on the behaviour of the subjects.
  • He will introduce to the participants the advance custom function settings of the camera and teach them to shoot like a professional based on the chart he would have prepared for each individual.
  • He will continually guide participants during the hands-on field outing, review images and provide feedback.
  • Knowledge sharing and image review will continue through the evenings in the conference room where he will interact with participants to further reinforce the day's learning.
  • Assignments will be given to individuals which needs to be completed during the course of the workshop. This will enable better learning for the participants as they will have deliverables as a part of the workshop.

After the Workshop

  • Participants will select and upload their best images from the photo tour in the '"Sudhir Shivaram Photography Club" Facebook group.
  • Sudhir will personally review them and provide detailed inputs.
  • The learning continues through facebook and e-mail interactions, where doubts and queries related to their learning from the tour will be addressed and resolved.
  • The facebook group will also facilitate peer group interaction and contribute to the overall learning experience.

Day 1: Thursday 25 Jan, 2018: 
- Participants arrive and check-in to Rann Riders, Dasada by noon. 
- A brief introductory session along with tips for the afternoon safari by your mentor,
  Sudhir Shivaram.
- Afternoon safari into the Rann of Kutch targeting the Wild Ass and some key bird species.
- Post-safari, hangout at the resort where Sudhir leads an interactive session.
  on the tips and tricks of Wildlife/Bird photography to reinforce core concepts.

Days 2 & 3: Fri/Sat 26/27 Jan, 2018: 
- Morning and afternoon safaris in Little Rann of Kutch.
- Morning safari followed by a hearty breakfast at the Rann Riders resort.
- Relax and meet to review images and interact.
- Sumptuous lunch and possibly a quick power nap in preparation for afternoon/evening safari.
- Following evening safari, back in the resort we refresh and meet to discuss various aspects of bird photography along with reviewing the images photographed during the day..

Day 4 :Sunday 28 Jan, 2018: 
- A morning ride into the sanctuary and checkout after breakfast.

There are no questions related to this program!

Workshop Cost

Price: Rs 28,500/-

  • Price is per person, on a double occupancy basic.

Cost includes

  • Only 4 Photographers per Jeep.
  • Accommodation in A/C cottages at Rann Riders.
  • Accommodation, All Meals, National Park Entry, Camera Fees, Mandatory guide fees, Jeep Safaris.
  • All costs are ex-Dasada. However, at an added cost, we can arrange for transportation. 
  • 3 Nights / 4 days stay at Rann Riders, Dasada.


Any other expenses outside of the above will have to be borne by the individuals.

Group Size: 12-16

Rann Riders, Dasada

Rann Riders is an ethnically designed eco-resort, set among wetlands and agricultural fields. The resort has imaginatively designed cottages that blend with the rural countryside in which it is situated. Located near Dasada village, it makes the ideal base to explore the culture, weaves and handicrafts of the Surendranagar district. 

The resort offers jeep, horse and camel safaris in the Little Rann of Kutch, habitat of Asiatic Wild Ass and a bird photographers paradise.

Refund policy:

80% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the event.
50% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 30-45 days of the event.
25% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 15-30 days of the event.
No refund if cancellation is done between 0-15 days of the event.

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.