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Ladahk Photography Tour

This coming May, June & July join Chantelle Flores, renowned International Photographer from 51 Countries and Counting and Kzara Visual Concepts, Danish Mir from Go Kash Adventures and Being Kashmir, and Muktar Ahmed - the valleys renowned photographer for an epic photography journey through the unsurpassed wonder and beauty of Ladakh – a fascinating region of the Himalayas.  

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Travel Photography Masterclass 

| Learn how to take amazing travel images |

Join us on this intense travel photography master class that equips you with in-depth understanding of travel photography and it’s components – photographing people, landscapes, architecture, heritage and culture. Learn how to take your photo-journeys to the next level by creating engaging awe inspiring images, and understand what it takes to consistently make brilliant travel images.

This 9 day guided photography workshop will help you understand outdoor & travel photography and take you through the intricacies of making beautiful images of various genres that a travel photographer will encounter. This photography workshop comprises of indoor sessions, several outdoor photography shoots, and regular image reviews that help improve your photography skills. We encounter a wide variety of photography opportunities during our 9 days in the mystical region of Ladahk. 

"There is a kind of magic about going far away and then coming back all changed.” 

Feel like you have stepped into Tibet, with Ladakh's unique similarity of landscape and culture this region of India  shares with Tibet.

It is India’s most north-most state of Kashmir and a magical Buddist Ex Kingdom. This barren land houses 3 of the highest mountain passes in the world and is a canvas of unparalleled beauty.

 

This region offers a melting pot of many photographic genres. Sublime, unforgettable and supernatural  landscapes, picture-perfect gompas (Tibetan Buddist monasteries) with colourful interiors, clear exotic alpine lakes and meadows, whimsical meandering and scintillating rivers, vibrant people and inseparable rich Buddhist and Tibetan culture are just a few of the things you can expect to capture on this unique tour.  It is an abode for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. Explore some remote and inaccessible locations that will surely tap into your adventurous side and get your adrenaline pumping. 

We will spend our days photographing the many flavours of nature, multi-hued mountains silhouetting at a distance, remote settlements, uninhabited lands and village lifestyle. We will embark on challenging high altitude passes through the Kunlun Mountain and Great Himalayan Mountain ranges, driving through the words most highest motorized road, stopping along the way to take in the many sights. 

 

In addition to improving your photography skills, you will walk away with a renewed sense of gratitude, unwavering faith, satisfaction and serendipity – all new skills learned from the remarkable people from the valley.

 

Its natural, rustic rugged splendor, shades of nature and majestic mountains will feed your photography soul and you wouldn’t be able to put your camera down.

Tour Highlights

  • A soul-enriching 9 day exploration and photographic journey through India's most remote destination. 

  • Limited group size to ensure exclusivity and unrestricted photography.

  • An exotic time in a truly untamed wilderness and amazing part of our planet.

  • A productively satisfying time enjoying travel photography

  • Extensive photography learning under the guidance of accomplished experts and tour guides. 

For a detailed tour itinerary click here

Upcoming Departures - 2019

1 - 9 May 2019 - Chantelle Flores

2 - 21 May 2019 - Chantelle Flores 

12 - 21 June 2019 - Chantelle Flores & Muktar Ahmed

23 - 2 July 2019 - Muktar Ahmed

Upcoming Departures - 2020

Coming soon. Watch this space.

Topics covered

Quick coverage of important camera controls and concepts. You will be taught how to optimize your camera for travel photography.

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Techniques to improve the quality of your outdoor and travel photography. 

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Effectively portraying a location and its characters through your camera lens. You will learn how to create the perfect portrait of the locals and capture the essence of the culture.

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Understanding ND filters and their usage.

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Composition and lighting techniques. Understanding long exposure for star trails and night landscape photography.

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Creating Images that are unique and tell a story that impacts your viewer. 

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Learn the art of HDR photography, why it is important and techniques to getting the perfect shot. 

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Post Production of your images in Photoshop & Lightroom and learns way to market and sell your images

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Tour Investment

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All prices above are excluding taxes. A 5% GST tax is applicable. 

Exchange rates listed here as on the date of payment will apply. Additional bank charges may be payable at actuals.

It’s our endeavour to make this the best possible trip that it can be, but we would not be liable for delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Inclusions

Return airport transfers from Leh Airport.

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8 nights twin share accommodation in comfortable hotels, guest houses and one night tented accommodation. Hot water for bathing.

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Local cuisine based breakfasts and dinners. 

Mineral water during the duration of the trip.

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All necessary inner line permits and camera entry fees where necessary.

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Internal travel in luxury SUVs.

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Photography training fees and printed course manual.

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English speaking tour guide with extensive information on the region.

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Oxygen cylinders for the entire tour - if required.

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Exclusions

All airfare and airport taxes to and from Leh. All visa fees.

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Lunches, snacks and beverages required by yourself.

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Any tips and gratuities to staff.

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Optional activities are available at an additional cost. 

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Applicable taxes. A compulsory 5% GST tax will be additional to your tour price. 

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Laundry services and medical expenses / insurance.

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Post paid sim cards are available at an additional cost if required. Please note that sim cards purchased else where in India will not work in Kashmir. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this tour different from any other photography tours

Most photography tours throught eh region follow the tourist trail, myself and Go kash adventures have put together a bespoke tour that will take you through stunning landscapes, away from the people.

I am a beginner photographer? Can I participate?

Absolutely. Beginners will get all the advantqage of learning on and off the field. We have designedworkshop has been designed in such a way that it is suited to anyone that has a keen eye for photography and would like to enhance their photography skills. There is no prerequisite in terms of equipment or photography skills of the participants. Join us if learning to make beautiful travel images appeals to you.  Serious hobbyists benefit from our homework of scouting the right locations, right timings and the lighting.

As a newbie you should make sure that you are aware of the basic fundermentals of photography – like camera set up, rule of thirds, etc. I offer paid skype sessions to teach you the basics before embarking on the trip.

We work closely with each participant no matter what your expertise level is. Travelers keen to see and experiece the places in Ladakh are also welcome to join this group. 

What will be required from me for registration?

50% of the tour cost would need to be paid in order to confirm your attendance. The remaining 50% would need to be confirmed 60 days before the tour. Each registered participant will be requested to submit their favourite  landscape / portrait related images. After analazing each images, This will give Chntelle guidelines into your strengths and weaknesses, and will help her be able to guide you along in the skills you are lacking. Our evening sessions will offer the same .

What is the average group size?

he group size in our tours is limited to ensure that everyone in the group gets the maximum photography opportunities and personalized attention from the Darter Photography Expert. Our lead photographers get to spend enough time with each of the participants and work with them depending on their photography experience. This allows us to have a wide spectrum of photographers in the tour, from those who are handling a camera for the first time to those who are well versed with photography and would like to explore a new destination.The actual size of the group may vary depending on the tour.Our groups are small in size, enabling us to interact closely with everyone and ensure that each participant gets what (s)he is looking for – learning opportunities, good understanding of the destination and, most importantly, a memorable experience.

Do I need to be physically fit?

Apart from interest in landscape photography, adventure travel or exploration, a minimum level of fitness is essential. As photographers we understand that some of the best places to photograph are those we have to visit on foot. The high altitudes we will be in reduces the thinness of oxygen. If you have ever or are currently experiencing an asthma, blood pressure or heart ailments, it is recommended to do a physical check up from your doctor prior to leaving for the trip. Oxgyen canasters will be provided in the event your oxygen levels drop.

Will I require a visa 

For Indian nationals a visa is not required. It is compulsary to have a visa and all neccesary permits for foreign nationals prior to arriving in India. 

For the process of Visa Applications, we would need to supply you with an invitation letter from JK Tourism board.

 

Due to Kashmir, being the biggest militarized zone in the world, we would require you to sign a non disclousure confirming that you would not be covering ny policitc arrest durin this time, and will only be visiting for tourist purposes.

Terms and Condirions,

Will there be a review session? 

On most evenings we will be running a review session following dinner where we will review all of the days images, and I will provide you will constructive feedback, and share hopeful tips on how to take a better image. 

What equipment is required? 

A DSLR camera with interchangable lensse is preffered. Canon is our favourite but we dont discriminate against any other equipment. 

Lenses: For landscape and architectural photography  - A good wide angel lens is required. My favoutes are a 16mm, or 24 – 70 2.8. 200m will help you get great street images.

A 50mm or 85mm portrait lens is a favourite.

Fisheye lenses work amazing in tight spaces and in monasteries.

For bird lovers – a 300 – 400mm lens is a must.

 

If there is any additional equipment you would like to shoot with, we can assist you with rentals -

To view this: Rental Store 

Tripod – For long exposure shots and night trails.

What are the cancelation policy terms and conditions?

A full refund will be given if cancelation is made 90 days before the tour. 50% if cancelled 60days before the tour, 25% if cancelled 40 days before the tour. No refund is given if cancelled within 30 days of the tour.

The Tax component will not be refunded

What is the weather like?

We will be traveling during the summer months, however the temperatures drop in the evenings. Average evening temperatures are between 11 - 15 degrees celcius. 

Can I bring my spouse and kids on this tour. 

YES! You can get your spouse along, even if he or she is not a photography enthusiast. Since we travel to many beautiful places and experience many interesting things through our tours, we assure you they will not be bored.

 

On this specific tour, kids are regretablly not allowed to ensure the safety of your children. Due to the number of high passes we will be traveling through and the number of days it will take to climatise. 

Is travel Insurance Neccesary?

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that protects you and your investment in the event of a sudden emergency before or during your trip and coverage for trip cancellation or interruption, illness, injury, and damage, loss or theft of baggage, as well as emergency assistance.

Other things to take note of

We reserve the right to take photographs or videos during the operation of any tour or part thereof and to use the resulting photography, videos, or recordings for promotional or commercial use.

By making a reservation for this tour, the participant agrees to allow his/her likeness to be used by 51 Countries and Counting, Kzara Visual Concepts, Being Kashmiri, Go Kash Adventures and authorized third parties, and the Tour Operator without compensation to the participant. If the participant prefers that his/her likeness not be used, he/she must notify us in writing prior to departure of the trip.

Copyright in all photographs, video, and related materials created by the participant (“tour Materials”) shall belong to the participant upon creation. The participant grants to 51 Countries and Counting and afflities a non-exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable license to use any tour Materials in any media for the following limited purposes: editorial use, promotion of this editorial use and promotion of our travel programs.