KOTAGIRI

22-Dec 2017 To 24-Dec 2017

Read on and see if this sounds familiar...

 

You buy a shiny new DSLR with all your hard earned money.

 

You read free articles and blogs, you watch youtube videos, you read the camera manual.

 

You attended a workshop to learn the basics of photography. Even post-processing.

 

You think you're now ready to click the pictures that will blow everyone's minds off.

 

You go out on that wildlife safari, or that exotic location, and you shoot 300 frames.

 

But when you transfer the pictures onto your laptop—you feel like trashing them all. Results are nothing like what you had thought or visualised. You don't like the composition, you've forgotten all the basics, and you've missed the timing because you were struggling with the camera settings.

 

...Does this sound familiar?

 

Problem is not in your camera, or the basic course you attended, or the techniques you learned. The challenge really is—how do you put it ALL together when you're out on the field shooting?. How can you create those images that you can be deeply satisfied and proud of?

 

How do you check the light? What camera settings should you use? What focus system and metering mode do you need for landscape, versus wildlife, versus portraits? Why does a professional photographer get those delicious bokeh and shallow depth of field, and you don't? If composition is the king, can it be taught or do you have to have an inherent "eye" for it?

 

Bad results lead to self doubts, it leads to blaming your camera or lens, you blame it on the lack of your understanding of post-processing. And all this leads to falling out of love from a hobby that you were so passionate about. These are the days when you're distracted and can't focus. Days when you are one photograph away from announcing that you don't want to do any photography again. Days when you think of putting your camera and lens on OLX or Quickr :-)

 

If this sounds familiar, here's what we think can help.

 

Imagine working with a mentor who works with you at a personal level. Someone who commits to understand the mistakes you're making in photography. Someone who walks you through, and then hand holds you as you start to walk.

 

We are talking of a controlled environment where you don't just learn theory in a class or practice the theory you've learned in some city park or hotel garden, but you actually get to shoot what you WANT to shoot. We are talking about taking you to a national park near you, a landscape hotspot in your city, or a birding lake within your reach. We are talking about theories (and No, not shutter speed and ISO and Aperture), and we are talking about post-processing. And we are talking about doing this over and over, AND over again till you are exhausted, but have a broad smile of confidence.

 

Yes we are talking about a BOOTCAMP. And true to the spirit of any bootcamp, these programs are designed to strengthen your technical knowledge AND your creativity for stronger composition and execution.

 

So what will the boot camp do for you?

 

First—It will put everything in perspective. And truly everything. From giving the basic steps, to making things easy, to visualizing, composing and creating—all in live conditions.

 

Second—focus on SIMPLICITY. Simplicity is the secret. And it works. It will allow you to take a deep breath and give you a sense of focus. Focus in creating awesome photographs. It will ALSO teach you to not be everywhere.

 

Although bootcamp is simple, it delivers results. It's not just basic. It is basic++. It works on the foundations you already have and then it builds. It has one goal, and one goal only—To make you a better photographer. Holistically. Completely.

 

Bootcamp is for someone who wants to jump on a scale of 0 (Lowest) to 10 (highest), from 2.5 to 6. This is all of the training, support and advice you'll ever need.

 

Our bootcamps are two day programs with or without accommodation, during which time we aim to provide as much learning as we possibly can in the chosen location. Its not just mastering the hardware and working with software, learning with us is all about how you start thinking like a master story teller, illuminate those portraits, craft and control the light, visualise in color and perfect every frame.

 

At the bootcamp, our goal is to provide a supportive, inspirational community where photographers of all levels can build confidence in their creative and technical skills to achieve their personal and professional photographic goals. This is what we call—Photographic Readiness. Whether you're looking to go on that wildlife safari to shoot majestic Lions or royal Tigers, or holiday destination for some dreamy sunrise or sunset, or create those beautiful portraits with soft lights, THIS is where it all begins. You first get photography ready, before, you confidently go out to pursue your dream and make everyone fall in love with each frame you create.

About Kotagiri

Home to the Kota tribe—Kotagiri is a quaint little hill station situated between Ooty and Coonoor. It is quite overlooked and hence unspoilt from heavy tourist infestation, leaving the town with envious photo sightings to be captured and carried.

 

The weather being far more pleasing than its other counterparts in the Nilgiris, its a great place to leave behind all your burdens from the city, take leisurely strolls amidst beautiful landscapes, visit a tea plantation

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