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GOLDEN TRIANGLE - INDIA

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DELHI - AGRA - JAIPUR - jaisalmer - VARANASI

 
 

Explore Northern India on a one-of-a-kind workshop experience with photographer Chris Knight. Surround yourself in the sights and sounds of one of the most culturally rich places on Earth. Shoot in exotic locations from deserts to ancient forts; photograph along the sacred waters of the Ganges River and work with royal elephants as you master the art of lighting, composition, and storytelling. From fashion to portraiture to landscape and travel, this is a photo expedition like no other. 

Exploring the Golden Triangle takes you from Jaipur and Jaiselmer to Varanasi and Agra. Jaipur, the Pink City, offers historically rich, urban backdrops where you will shoot professional models in a historic palace or haveli. From there travel into the Thar Desert where rolling, wind-blown sand dunes dominate the landscape. Meet the shepherds who roam the arid plains with their flocks of sheep and photograph fashion models against a unique desert backdrop. On day two in Jaisalmer, photograph models alongside royal elephants. Next is Varanasi, known as the spiritual capital of India. The ghats, or stone steps, leading from the streets down to the Ganges river will be your studio. On the last stop of the tour, lay your eyes on the famed Taj Mahal and other UNESCO World Heritage sites in the city of Agra. Join Chris Knight for this one-of-a kind journey.

 
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn from one of the best portrait photographers in the world while experiencing the rich

  • scenery and culture of each leg of the Golden Triangle: Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Varanasi, Delhi, and Agra

  • Develop your skills in cinematic and portrait lighting, utilizing professional models in most locations

  • Explore and photograph ancient forts and dusty streets in Jaipur - the pink city

  • Work your craft amongst some of the most beloved, stunning, and inspiring creatures in the world— elephants

  • Capture dramatic images in the Thar Desert, which forms part of the boundary between India and Pakistan

  • Shoot in the oldest and most spiritually venerated city in India— Varanasi

  • See the famed Taj Mahal and other UNESCO sites in Agra

LEARN

  • Camera settings

  • Cinematic and dramatic lighting techniques

  • Portrait and fashion lighting techniques

  • On-location lighting

  • Style & genre

  • How to tell a story with your images

  • Digital workflow & retouching

  • Workflow procedures & data management

  • Working with models and professional teams

Dates

November 01-11, 2019

cost

$6000
Double Occupancy & $6800
Single Occupancy.


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About Chris Knight

Chris Knight was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and hardened by the sweaty, nearly chewable, humidity of Florida. He combines his unconditional love of art history with his conditional love of technology, topping it off with a flare for the cinematic and an uncompromising eye for detail.
His work has appeared in or on Vogue, People, MSNBC, ABC, Ocean Drive, GQ and others.
Chris is the author of The Dramatic Portrait and an instructor at Pratt Institute as well as the New York Film Academy.

Website: www.chrisknightphoto.com


itinerary

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day 1
Arrive in delhi and explore

  • The pulsating vibe of being the Indian capital makes Delhi a melting pot of cultures, communities and ideologies that depict the nuances of India as a whole. From towering skyscrapers, to dusty bylanes of the old city, from the rich travelling in a fleet of cars, to the faces on the street revealing the struggles of survival; this is the Delhi we want to unravel.

  • Meet your team and explore the bustling bazaars of this Old Delhi

  • Orientation and expectation-setting

 

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Day 2
Jaipur

  • The colourful canvas of culture, Jaipur is Rajasthan’s most flamboyant city. A modern city that has still retained its classic royal elegance, this is truly a place to be. At the city’s heart are its amazing monuments and palace that intrigue the world with their amazing architecture. The City Palace continues to be a residence to the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly charm; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below.

  • Fly to Jaipur on an early morning flight

  • Explore the famous Ambar Palace, City Palace, and local markets

  • Learn the basic of photography, lighting, and composition by Chris Knight in an evening session

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Day 3
jaipur

  • Photoshoot with some of the industry's top models in some of the most amazing locations in the country

  • Jaipur is the elephant hub of india and you will tell a story about it through photos

  • Shoot in a palace or haveli

  • Intensive shooting, learning and fun filled day.

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Day 4
Jaisalmer

  • Explore Jaipur market in the morning and leave for Jaisalmer on an afternoon flight.

  • Explore the old city of Jaisalmer.

  • Rajasthan’s biggest attraction with the backdrop of the Thar Desert, Jaisalmer, is a portrait photographer’s delight. It is a place that has retained its exotic charm, despite it being a tourist hotspot. This desert citadel allures your imagination and brings alive the mysteries of yesteryears. Here, we will explore the narrow and entwining lanes of the old city, magnificent Havelis, a sandstone fort, and the mystic charm of the people living here.

Day 5
jaisalmer

  • Photoshoot with some of the industry's top models in some of the most amazing locations in the country

  • Jaipur is the elephant hub of india and you will tell a story about it through photos

  • Shoot in a palace or haveli

  • Intensive shooting, learning and fun filled day.

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Day 6
Jaisalmer

  • Leave for the Thar Desert in the morning

  • Shoot in the sandy, sun-soaked setting with professional models and locals

  • Stay in a desert camp and enjoy the desert culture with local dance and music performances.

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Day 7
traveling day to Varanasi

  • Leave for the airport and fly to Varanasi.

  • Varanasi-  the sacred city of India that needs no introduction. A place that is unbelievably colourful and exudes a mystic charm like no other place on the face of India.  Varanasi is one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism, and also one of the world’s oldest continually inhabited cities. A pilgrim paradise, this place is where tens of thousands of visitors flood every single day to perform their religious duties. Imagine the scope of photography here, where one can capture life and death with equal closeness. The old city of Varanasi is situated along the banks of the Ganges and extends to a maze of narrow lanes, that lead to the heart of the city.

 

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Day 8
Varanasi

  • Visit to the famous Manikarnika Ghat and other ghats, where devotees perform religious rituals

  • Capture images of mystic people and the life on Ghats

  • Street photography and many diverse opportunities for portrait photography.

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Day 9
Varanasi

  • Get deeper into the culture with a photoshoot on the river in a boat

  • Photograph with the locals on the ghats and practice advanced lighting techniques

Day 10
agra

  • Leave for Agra

  • Agra is a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state. It's home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal (who died in childbirth in 1631).

  • Explore the Red Fort- one of the main residences of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty.

Day 11
agra

  • End your trip on one of the seven man-made wonders in the world - the Taj Mahal. The imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets. Seeing this in person is a must for any traveler.

  • Drive back to Delhi after lunch.

  • Fly back home!!!

 

Learnings

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PHOTOGRAPHY MODULES: WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Technique
Take control over any environment and lighting situation to make yourself a more effective visual communicator.

Portrait Lighting
Hands-on training in portrait lighting using multiple artificial lights. Learn to master location professional lighting equipment as well as natural light.

How to Tell a Story
Embrace the purpose of your images and how you can channel your concept and idea through all parts of the creative process

Personal Style
Develop your voice Learn how you can shape the work through your own creative vision.

Explore Different Genres
Photograph a wide range of subject matter ranging from documentary and street to landscape and portraiture.

Professional Equipment Training
Have the opportunity to work with equipment from industry leaders, like Profoto, Fuji, and Manfrotto to develop your style in the best possible way.

Post-Production and Retouching
Training on post-production procedures using Lightroom, Capture One and Adobe Photoshop to bring the best out of the images you create on this trip.

Workflow
Learn how to work with hard drives, memory cards and effectively manage data to store and archive your photographs.

 
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FAQ'S

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When and where does the workshop take place?

The photography workshop India  is scheduled to take place in the end of 2019, from November 01 - November 11 (11-days, excluding travel from your city to Delhi, India). 
 

What is the total cost of the workshop?

The total cost of the workshop is $6000 for double occupancy and $6800 for single occupancy rooms. This includes all transport in India, hotels, meals, workshop fees, water, translator/guide and entry fees to Forts and other public places. Your flights tickets to India, Visa and other personal expenses are not included. 
 

What about travel arrangements, VISA and local permits?

Participants will be picked up from the New Delhi Airport and dropped back to the airport after the workshop. You will be informed about this in detail once you register for the trip.

According to the Indian Embassy website : U.S. citizens seeking to enter India solely for tourist purposes, and who plan to stay no longer than 30 days, may apply for an electronic travel authorization at least four days prior to their arrival in lieu of applying for a tourist visa at an Indian embassy or consulate.

Website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/
 

What is the weather conditions in the month we visit India? How will we get around? 

Temperatures continue to cool down in India in December, when both the average highs and average lows fall equally. At this time of year, the average temperature begins at 27.5°C, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 22°C after dark.

We will get around in flights, cars and trains if necessary.

Should I bring any special equipment?

You’ll be on the go almost everyday. We recommend you bring extra memory cards, batteries ad converters for your plugs in addition to all your photography gear and a laptop.

 

 

 

Where would the participants stay and what about daily meals, sleeping arrangements, toilets?

Participants will be staying in hotels in every city they travel to. They will travel by air, road and train in some cases. Everything will be booked before the participants will arrive at the destination. You will get a detailed itinerary with hotel names, websites and phone numbers once you register. 

Meals: Food is normally prepared from fresh local produce. Meals will usually be hot but occasionally will be light meal such as sandwiches. This is the part which is the make cause of sickness and running stomach. We will be extremely careful about your food and advise the participants to not eat anything but whats recommended.  Part of the trip experience is also trying local dishes, which we will do it with great care!

We recommended you consult your doctor and take all the necessary vaccines for travel to India. Check link for more details.

Do I need to carry my medicines?

Yes, we recommend you carry basic medicines for bad stomach, diarrhea, headache, allergies and fever. We will be staying in places which are extremely hygienic and safe but theres always a possibility of catching stuff while on the road. If your stomach is not used to Indian food, it can get a little overwhelming for the first couple days.
 

What is the photography gear participants should carry? 

Mandatory: DSLR Camera, lenses, tripod, extra batteries, memory cards & card readers, laptop to transfer data, external hard drive for backup.

Other essentials: Flashlight, ziplocks, bug repellant spray or cream, hand/face wipes, basic medical supplies and first aid kit, good shoes, jacket and winter cloths. 

You will have to restrict your luggage to 2 bags max. 1 for your equipment and second for clothes/other supplies. We will be traveling in a car and will have limited space. Try and bring only the necessary things.   
 

What about communicating with the locals? 

We will have a guide/translator who has talking and dealing with the locals. Trupal is fluent in most of the India languages and will be your translator in most cases. 

 

Pricing

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November 01-11, 2019


Early Bird | SAVE $500

Before 15 Sept 2019

 

$5500

BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$6300

BASED ON SIngle OCCUPANCY

 

On or after 15th Sept

 

$6000

BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

$6800

BASED ON SIngle OCCUPANCY

 
 

INCLUDES

  • Photography workshop by Chris Knight

  • Local guides and drivers

  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

  • Packed drinking water

  • 10-night accommodation (3 to 4 star hotels)

  • Airport pickup/dropoff

  • All domestic transportation (domestic flights, cars, trains)

  • Photography lighting equipment

  • Model, Stylist and HMU

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights and Visa fees

  • Personal purchases

  • Baggage and Personal Insurance.

 

Cancellation Fee: There is a 20% cancellation fee on the price you pay, once the reservation is made.

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