The Experience of Varanasi

Varanasi is busy and vibrant, and and unlike any other Indian city. It’s full-on 24 hours a day, so there is never a dull moment, ensuring you’ll get some amazing pictures of locals, religious men and local ceremonies as they take place and people go about their daily tasks.

Varanasi is best explored in the early golden light of morning with the soft roll of mist from the river, and experienced through to the night with the magical lights and sounds of rituals.

Our workshop has early starts and night shoots; we take breaks throughout the day when the temperature peaks, so we can be rested and ready to capture the people and the streets of this grand and colourful Indian city.

I’ll shoot with you, providing ongoing feedback and critiques during evening sessions. I can’t wait to help you become a better photographer.

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Itinerary

Each day we decide where to go, but we will be visiting the following places:

  • The many Ghats that line the River Ganges
  • The religious ceremonies that take place each evening
  • The old town
  • The local vegetable markets

I am a National Geographic photographer and Nikon Ambassador and have been running professional Street Photography Workshops for 10 years.

My Travel Workshops are small, with a maximum of 7 people. Every day we split into groups of two and meet up regularly, I will spend time with you individually and mix up the groups regularly, so everyone gets a fair share of my time.

I’ll be with the group every step of the way, from when we meet in the morning, through to critique and dinner in the evening.

We will explore techniques including layering, good use of the environment around you, along with introducing compositional elements that will add depth and detail to your photography.

I’ll support you to get close to the action, helping you to overcome fears about approaching strangers.

Together we will develop your skills in photography, processing and editing, helping you to improve all aspects enabling you to create strong and compelling images.

I offer you candid and constructive feedback on a regular basis during the workshop, challenging and stretching you to become a better photographer.

My workshops are immersive, we visit incredible locations, off the beaten track, getting close to people and places, letting you take shoot photographs you have dreamt of.

You’ll come away with a great understanding of street photography and the elements that make up a great street photograph.

You will finish the course with a strong set of images and a small portfolio that captures the place you have visited.

I stay in touch with most course participants and encourage you to take up personal documentary and street projects that are close to you. I also run a public Facebook group called ‘Shoot The Street’, where you are free to upload both your course images and others you may have taken.

We generally start early morning and stay out as long as participants would like and then review our images each evening in a group session. On the first morning of the course we all meet, and I talk through the week ahead, highlighting both what we will be looking for and where we will be going each day. I also provide a small presentation on street photography and techniques we can use to give ourselves an interesting portfolio. I talk about moments, layering, light and working a situation as well as background selection.

Most of my courses are street and travel photography based, with an encouragement to shoot un-posed images containing people with context that shows the viewer an image to tell a story. I encourage the use of prime lenses and shooting light, although if you feel more comfortable with a zoom that’s cool.  Whilst I do take street portraits, this is not the focus of the workshop, but its fine if kept in context. I personally shoot light with just a single body and a 35mm lens which account for over 90% of my photographs.

Prior to the workshop I create a private Facebook group where you will be able to meet and chat to the other participants. I use and recommend hotels that are near to the main locations to be photographed. Quite often these are more budget hotels that locals use, giving a more immersive experience. You can of course make your own accommodation arrangements, but they should be within a short distance.

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