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Our Base at Kudje

Our Base at Kudje


Learning with PhotoIndia.com

Our Philosophy!

Camera’s don’t take pictures, people do!

“If you can shoot well, all you need is a disposable, toy camera or a camera phone to create great work. ……. It’s always better to spend your time and money on learning art and photography, not by spending it on more cameras.” – Ken Rockwell

We firmly believe that Camera is only a tool.  To create great pictures, you need to nurture your creative vision and understand the nuances of light and composition. The aim of this workshop is to help you understand what goes into making a picture interesting and stand out.

Our Experiential Learning Centre:

PhotoIndia.com brings to you an immersive Five-Day Photography Course on ‘Photography & the Art of Seeing’. The workshop is held at our spacious, well-equipped studio, located on the outskirts of Pune by the Khadakwasla Lake. The studio is set amidst sylvan surroundings, overlooking the pristine lake, away from the humdrum and traffic of the city. We have put together this facility with a lot of love and care with the aim of creating the right kind of ambience, conducive for artistic pursuits and learning. This is where we do our professional shoots for leading clients and therefore the participants get to see and experience live-shoots in progress.

Our Base at Kudje Village on the outskirts of Pune is perhaps the perfect place to start on a personal adventure of photographic discovery. The countryside offers a vibrant cultural milieu to inspire your creative taste buds. In the heart of this setting, Manu Bahuguna, founder of PhotoIndia.com would guide you through these initial steps of your photographic journey. 

Course Outline:

Day 1: Check-in to the Sappers Retreat, Kudje any time after 1600 hrs. Introductory Dinner at 2000 hrs.
Day 2: Basics of Photography, the Art of Seeing, introduction to Composition and understanding light
Day 3: Learning the Techniques (Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed ISO etc)
Day 4: Introduction to various genres of photography – Portraiture, Landscape Photography, Bird Photography and Candid Street Photography
Day 5: Post Processing, Monetising your skills and Photo Review and dispersal after lunch by 1500 hrs

Our Advanced Photography Course Information:

Dates: On Request, Monday – Friday

Mentor: Manu Bahuguna , Founder – PhotoIndia.com

Duration: 5 days & 4 nights

Venue: Sappers Retreat, Kudje, Pune

Fees: Rs. 30,000/- (Includes taxes, course fee, accommodation in a dorm and all meals)

The Fee Includes:  Tuition, Training, Food & Accommodation on a sharing basis in a dormitory.

The Fee does not Include: Transportation to the workshop venue, pick up and drop, Alcoholic Drinks, Beverages, Cigarettes and any other expense of a personal nature.

Bookings & Payments: Your reservation is confirmed only after we receive full and final payment. Fees must be paid in advance before arrival.

Payment Mode:  a) Net Banking b) Online Credit Card / Debit Card c) Cash Deposit into our account

Who Should Attend: Amateurs, Serious Hobbyist and anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. The workshop would help you if you are still undecided about which camera you should buy. You can come alone, with friends or with the whole family. There is no Age limit, No Qualifications needed, No Pre-requisite except your passion and interest!


You will learn:

  1. What makes a great picture? Introduction to Photography & the Art of Seeing.
  2. The vital elements: Importance of ‘Composition and Timing’
  3. How to choose a camera and other accessories?
  4. Basics of camera-technology and demystifying the jargon!
  5. Introduction to DSLRs, Mirrorless, Point & Shoot and Smartphone cameras.
  6. Exposure Demystified > Aperture > Shutter Speed > ISO > Metering
  7. Introduction to Digital Workflow
  8. How to use your camera in the manual mode?
  9. Focusing: Manual focusing and Auto focusing
  10. Basics of lighting
  11. Three Light Set up
  12. Introduction to studio lights
  13. An in-depth session on Macro, Bird, Street, Landscape, Portraiture and Fine-Art Photography

Schedule at a Glance

On the first day, you are expected to arrive after 1600 hrs at the Sappers Retreat. We can help you in getting to our location which is on the outskirts of the Pune city by the Khadakwasla Lake. On the first day, all the participants have dinner together with the mentor who will be conducting the Photography Course.  During the introductory dinner, we discuss the scope of the Course and what the participants can expect from it. Our endeavour is to radically improve and enhance your creative skill sets, hence inducing confidence to go ahead and further explore your own style. 

DAY 1 – Check in & Relax

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Check in
Until 7:00 PM – Relax and settle down in your rooms
7:30  PM Introductory Dinner

DAY 2 –  Photography: The Art of Seeing, Introduction to Composition and Understanding Light

On the first day, we start with the basics of what makes some pictures work and others to fall apart! The emphasis during this day is to understand that camera is just a tool. Your eye and the ability to recognize a great image, is the most important thing to learn to make your photographs work for you. We will also learn about some of the masters of photography and look at what common thread runs through their different styles.

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Photography: The Art of Seeing and understanding what makes pictures great

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Tea & Snacks

11:00 AM –  1:00 PM – Introduction to Composition and Understanding Light

1:15 PM –  3:00 PM – Lunch and short rest

3:15 PM –  Sunset – Practical Session: Composition and experimenting with Light 

(Tea / Coffee Cookies would be available during the session)

8:00 PM Dinner and critique of pictures taken during the day

DAY 3 – Understanding your Camera – Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed Demystified

On the second day, we get down to the specifics of the cameras and clarifying the photographic jargon that you would have perhaps heard often enough. By the end of the day, we expect you to have figured out what mode to use in your camera, whether you need to switch to the Manual Mode or one of the automatic modes would do. Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed ISO etc would no more be a mystery to you. We also learn to use how to freeze motion, how to create a controlled blur and what is required to create those shallow depth of field pictures with a Bokeh!  You will also learn what to buy and what not to buy and learn how to use your gear effectively. Learn from choosing the right camera with the right features to connect to the right set of lenses. Also tips about photography accessories like tripod, CF cards, flash, filters, bags, etc., will be discussed. Understand the tools of trade for close-up and landscape photography. This session will also teach you how to manage and take care of your camera gear.

Sunrise –  8:00 AM – own time for photography or nature walk or yoga (optional!)

9:00 AM – 12:45  AM 

  1. Understanding your camera: Different kinds of Cameras, DSLR’s, Mirrorless, Point and Shoot, Action Cams and Smartphone
  2. Choosing a camera:  What Camera is best for you?
  3. Lenses: Understanding lenses and how to get the best out of what you have
  4. Camera Controls: Familiarization with all the controls in your camera: Aperture > Shutter Speed > ISO >
  5. Manual Exposure and using the different exposure modes – Program Mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual modes
  6. Technical aspects of making a photograph
  7. Focussing – Manual and Auto
  8. Understanding exposure, histograms and metering
  9. How to use Aperture, Depth of Field, Shutter-speed, ISO and White Balance
  10. Knowing what makes a technically good photograph; identifying problems in images

1:15 PM – 3:00 PM – Lunch and short rest

3:15 PM –  Sunset – Practical Session: Understanding what you have learnt in the morning session

(Tea / Coffee Cookies would be available during the session)

8:00 PM Dinner and critique of pictures taken during the day

DAY 4 –  Introduction to various genres of photography and Post Processing

On this day, you will get to practically indulge in a little bit of different forms of photography to help you decide what genre interests you and suits you the most. You will be introduced to Portraiture, Landscape Photography, Bird Photography , Candid Street Photography, Macro Photography & Post Processing. The day would start early as we assemble half an hour before sunrise to catch the magic-hour of photography and thereafter, we would have set up the studio with different kinds of specialized photography gear like Strobes, Macro Lenses, Long Telephoto Lenses and a host of other equipment for you to get an insight into the possibilities of this beautiful art.

Sunrise – 08:30 AM – Photo-Walk along the Khadakwasla Lake / Hill tops around the Kudje Village.  (not optional!)
Introduction to the Magic-hour and understanding Landscape Photography with a brief introduction to Bird Photography

08:30 AM Breakfast

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Introduction to Portraiture

11:45  AM – 12:45  AM – Introduction to Macro Photography and the Gear

01:15 PM – 03:00 PM – Lunch and short rest

03:15 PM – 04: 15 PM – Introduction to Post Processing

(Tea / Coffee Cookies would be available during the session)

08:00 PM  Dinner and critique of pictures taken during the day

DAY 5 –  Open Session: The road ahead

Counselling for deciding on how to move forward and take your photography to the next level. In this session you will also be introduced to Filmmaking using DSLR’s, Point and Shoot Cameras and Mobile Phones.  We will also talk about how to make money from Photography. This time would also be utilized for re-clarifying any aspect that you may not have understood fully.

Sunrise – 08:00 AM – own time for photography or nature walk or yoga (optional!)

08:30 AM Breakfast

09:00 AM – 12:45  AM Concluding session

01:15 PM – 03:00 PM – Farewell Lunch, distribution of Certificates and departure from PhotoIndia.com base.

Please Note:

  1. This outline is only indicative and the order in which the subjects are covered vary from one workshop to another depending on various factors.
  2. The workshop is not meant for a specific camera and is camera-agnostic.
  3. If minimum number of seats are not filled, the workshop will be rescheduled/cancelled and a full refund will be given.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. 25 % of the fee will be deducted if cancelled 21 days before commencement of the course.
  2. 50 % of the fee will be deducted if cancelled 14 days before commencement of the course
  3. 100 % of the fee will be deducted if cancelled less than 14 days before commencement of the course.
  4. An additional fee of Rs.1500 is applicable if bookings made by credit card or online payments is cancelled.

“Good experience, learnt basics of photography and instruction. Staff are also supportive. The workshop is quite helpful to understand that photography consists in the eye of a photographer. ”
– Tripti Arora

“It was a very nice opportunity to learn the basics. Mr. Manu was friendly and cleared our doubts. I am interested to learn deeper.
Thank you! ”

“Very informative workshop on the theoretical aspects of photography and camera technology. Impressed with the pragmatic advice given by the instructor and the personalised attention.”
– Vivek Indrayan

“It was a good session which has taught me about usage of camera & how to take pictures. It is a definite worth while session for beginners. ”
– Ajay Kumar

“The information gives today learnt a lot about manual clicking, ISO, Exposures. Got to know all the basics. That helps to start a aspiring photographer. ”
– Sneha Ashok Sachdev

“Very interactive and informative. Would love to attend other workshops. PhotoIndia rocks!
– Krishna Kumar


Who can attend this Photography Course?

You can come alone, with friends or with the whole family. We welcome amateur photographers, hobbyists interested in pursuing photography as a career. You do not need a DSLR camera, there are always a few DSLR’s available at our studio that can be shared by the participants.  There is no Age limit/ No Qualifications needed / No Pre-requisite except your passion and interest!

What can I expect from the Course?

  • Extensive hands on training and exposure to professional gear – classroom, indoor and outdoor locations
  • One on one sessions
  • Critique and evaluation of selected images
  • Comfortable  Accommodation on twin sharing basis with running hot & cold water & Desert-Coolers in the rooms, buffet meals
  • Transportation to and from outdoor locations for practical sessions
  • All meals,  coffee & tea with snacks during the sessions

What should I carry for the Course?

  • You can come even without a Camera and we will provide one, however, we recommend that you carry your own camera along,  doesn’t matter what type.
  • Please carry all the photography gear that you own and would like to know more about it
  • Laptop, very helpful in managing your images and for understanding the post-processing techniques
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Loads of positive attitude and an open mind.

What if I am unable to attend the Workshop on the day I have booked for?

Don’t worry! We will accommodate you in subsequent Workshops and keep you informed of the dates.

Can I get a room to myself instead of staying in a dorm? 

Yes, at an extras cost!


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