Dev Deepawali Masterclass, Varanasi 2019

11th-15th Nov 2019, $2395 Mail to book

Embark on an unforgettable expedition to photograph the spectacular Dev Deepawali festival in Varanasi. Led by two of the most prominent photographers today, Vineet and Rohit Vohra, be ready for an experience of a lifetime.

Varanasi is the only place on Earth where Diwali is celebrated twice. Dev Deepawali (or Dev Diwali) is a festival celebrated 15 days after Diwali to commemorate the victory of Lord Shiva over the demon Tripurasur.

On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy bath (Kartik Snan) in the Ganges, and the 88 ghats in Varanasi are decorated with millions of Diyas (earthern lamps) in the evening.

Nearly 100,000 pilgrims visit the riverfront to watch the river aglitter with lamps while the Ganga Aarti (holy ritual) is being performed by 21 young Brahmin priests.

Come join us in Varanasi and and capture decisive moments that you will savour for a lifetime.
Class capacity: 10 pax

During the course of this workshop, the mentors will discuss technique, composition, vision and intent and how to use the camera and lens in a creative way. They will discuss careers, talk about how to get published and how to work on a story.

The mentors will work with students both in critique sessions and in the field, sharing their working knowledge and techniques.

This intensive 5-day workshop will focus on the following topics:

1. Travel Photography and art of story telling
2. How to work towards a theme and focus on projects…
3. How to edit your images to enhance the final result…
4. Photography assignments to put theories to work while walking with the mentors on the streets of Varanasi.

Includes: Accommodation 5 days 4 nights, all transportation within Varanasi, and all meals.

Excludes:
– Return international air ticket
– Any private expenses
– Room service fees
– Porter services
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Beverages / alcohol during meals
– Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)

Dates : 11th-15th Nov 2019

Price of the workshop : $2395, to register mail to contact@leica-akademie.in

Mentors : Vineet Vohra and Rohit Vohra

Day to day itinerary

Day 1

12:30 Noon

Check in to the hotel.

1:00 pm

Meet & greet,

Kindly get 6 of your favourite images for portfolio review.

A briefing about what to expect over the next 5 days.

3:00 pm

We step out to shoot towards Assi ghat, every participant gets to shoot with the mentor and understand the purpose of shooting on the streets.

6:00 am

We reassemble at Assi ghat and come back to the hotel. Participants have to download and make a selection of images shot during the day.

Day 2

6:30 am – 10:30 am

We leave the hotel at 6:30 am and walk towards Assi Ghat.

Reach the ghat and start shooting with a theme for a photo essay in mind.

10:00 am

Walk back to the hotel.

10:30 am

Break to download images and have breakfast.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Lecture and review of images

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Lunch break

3:30 pm

Depart hotel for Raj Ghat

4:30 pm

Arrive at Raj Ghat, walk with the mentors around different colourful ghats and photograph people setting up Diyas(earthen Lamps) on the steps

5:30 pm

Re-assemble and meet the mentors.

5:30 – 7:30 pm

Shoot the lights and the festival on the ghats.

7:45 pm

Depart for the hotel. Followed by dinner.

Day 3

7:00 am

Depart towards Tulsi ghat, shoot the morning Local Akhara (Wrestlers)

10:00 am

Walk back to the hotel.

10:30 am

Break to download images and have breakfast.

Meet after lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Lecture and review of images

3:30 pm

Depart from the hotel towards Assi Ghat

3:50 pm

Boat Ride towards Dashaswamedh Ghat

Watch the Evening Aarti (prayer ceremony)

7:30 pm

Head back to the hotel followed by Dinner

Day 4

7:00 am

Depart towards Assi Ghat, shoot the morning rituals at the Assi Ghat

10:00 am

Return to the Hotel

10:30 am

Break to download images and have breakfast.

Meet after lunch

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Lecture and review of images

3:30 pm

Depart from the hotel towards Assi Ghat and take a Boat to the other side of Ganges. After shooting on the other side. Take a Boat back to Scindia Ghat. Shoot on Scindia ghat.

7:00 pm

Head back to the hotel followed by Dinner. Download your images at night after dinner.

Day 5

8:30 am

Meet after breakfast and depart for Vedic school

9:00- 10:30 am

Shoot at a local Vedic school

10:30 am

Head back to the hotel

10:45 am

Break to download images and prepare final selection

11:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Lecture and final review of images

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Lunch break

3:30 pm

Depart for airport

To register mail to contact@leica-akademie.in