Ladakh Photography Camp

Ladakh, India | Minimum Age - 14 years

Whether you are aspiring to get your travel photos published in NatGeo, dreaming of your own travel blog, or just want to learn photography, this trip will introduce you to the world of photography that’ll teach you how to capture and create stunning photographs. Classroom sessions on equipment, composition and use of light come together with practical sessions on visual, design & emotional elements of good photography, followed by critique sessions. Set in the beautiful landscapes of Ladakh, you’ll discover super-blue lakes, drive on the highest motorable road in the world, spot wildlife unique to the region and observe an ancient culture unchanged for centuries. And of course, capture them all on a camera.

Your guru on this trip will be none other than Selvaprakash Lakshmanan, an International Award Winning photographer whose work has been acclaimed internationally and in India.

What can you expect to achieve from this trip
  • Learn Photography from the award-winning photographer Selvaprakash Laxmanan with the stunning countryside and monuments of Ladakh as your backdrop
  • Classroom sessions on equipment, composition, light, flash photography and etc. as well as the importance of the visual, design & emotional elements of good photography
  • Practical exposure to photographing people, architecture, and landscapes
  • Group critique sessions with secret tips & tricks to capture great photographs
  • Spend a night in swiss tents & practice low light photography in the open
  • Discover the Indo-Tibetan culture of Leh through its villages, people, food and monuments
  • New experiences in a safe, secure environment and an opportunity to acquire skills - independence, interdependence, and personality development
  • Drive on the highest motorable road Khardung-La pass (5600 m)

Trip Highlights

Photography with an Experienced and Award Winning Photographer
Classroom & Outdoor Sessions
Practice People, Architecture & Landscapes
Local Sights & Adventure
Group Critique Sessions

Itinerary - 8 Days

Leh - Arrival

We arrive in Leh this morning and meetour Trip Leader at the airport for the transfer to the hotel. All flights arrive into Leh in the morning and we will have the day free today to acclimatise, attend a short briefing session, and take a walk around the town.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Introduction to photography and visit to Leh Palace

We begin at 10am this morning with a classroom session on the introduction to photography, some skills, and an introduction to the type of photography you will be doing while on this trip.

We break-up for lunch and some free time before a visit to the Leh Palace - a nine story structure built in the 17th century by Ladakhi famous King Senge Namgyal. It is now managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Shanti Stupa, built by Japanese master in 1995, and inaugurated by H.H.Dalai Lama of Tibet, is perfect for panoramic views of Leh and surrounding areas of Indus valley.

We return to the hotel in the evening for dinner and some free time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Market visit, classroom session and Khardung La Pass

Dawn and dusk are the best times for photography and we begin the day with a 6am visit to Leh old town. You will have plenty of time to put all these newly acquired skills to use as we walk around the winding streets visiting the Ladakh arts and media organization and old Bakery street - home to the many Kashmiri roti vendors.

Return to the hotel for breakfast and some free time before the classroom sessions later in the morning.

After lunch this afternoon, we head out towards Khardongla pass (5,600 m) the highest motorable road in the world. The view from the top are spectacular and perfect for practicing some landscape photography. You will be able to see all the way south over the Indus valley to the seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range. We spend some time here before heading back to Leh town and the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leh market – Classroom session - Sangam point – Spituk monastery

We begin the day with an early morning visit to Leh market - the perfect opportunity for you to practice your portrait skills as we walk through the many meandering lanes.

After breakfast at the hotel you will have some free time before your classroom session today. We break for lunch before resuming the sessions.

At about 3pm we head out and drive towards the western part of Ladakh and follow the Indus river and stop at the magnetic hill, which defies the law of gravity. Few minutes down the road is the Gurudwara Patthar Sahib nestled deep in the Himalayas, which was built by the Lamas of Leh in 1517 to commemorate the visit of Guru Nanak Dev. En-route, to Spituk Monastery we visit confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. Once there, we take in the panoramic views of the Indus Valley before heading back to the Leh town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Classroom session - Pangong Tso

Start the day with a short classroom session before leaving the hotel for the drive to Pangong Tso which begins with spectacular views of Thiksey monastery, famous for its architectural similarities with the Potala palace of Lhasa. The monastery covers an entire hill. Beyond this village, you will drive towards the Changla pass (5,300 m), leaving the Leh Manali road on your right hand side. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea and some practice with portrait photography. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the lake. The Pangong Lake view is dramatic, surrounded by colourful mountains and it's reflection makes the lake beautiful. The colour of the lake changes multiple time throughout the day with the colour of the sky and sun.

Spend the afternoon exploring the area and putting into practice all the landscape photography lessons we’ve had so far.

Tonight, we learn a little more about low-light photography and get to try our hand at doing star-trails!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pangong Tso - Leh

After breakfast at Pangong Tso, we leave for drive back to Leh. Expect to arrive late in the afternoon in time to head out for some twilight photography in Leh before some free time in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day in Leh - Classroom session - Namgyal Tsemo

We begin our last day on the trip with another early morning session around Leh town before breaking-up for breakfast and some free time.

As always, the classroom session this morning is followed by lunch. We’ll have another short classroom session before heading out to Namgyal Tsemo or Victory Peak as as it is more popularly known. An ancient castle at the highest point in Leh, it was built by King Drakpa Bumde and Lehchen Spakar and affords spectacular views of the whole of Leh town.

We have some free time this evening for souvenir shopping and a last look around the town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departure - Leh

All flights from Leh leave early in the morning and we will be transferred as a group to the airport for our flights back home.

Meals: None

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Expert on this trip

Geeta Amin

Geeta Amin

An architect by education, Geeta is an avid photographer and a successful entrepreneur (did we mention that she’s also our co-founder?). At a time when India was just waking up to the idea of travelling around the world, Geeta had already backpacked solo across the length and breadth of Europe, India and USA. Her photography expeditions have taken her across Patagonia, Ethiopia, North Korea and 60 other countries. From the jungles of Borneo to Botswana she’s ready to sacrifice all comforts if it means a unique encounter with the wild. And, she’s the best surviving example of an Indian vegetarian traveller one can find.

What's Included

Arrival and departure transfers at the destination at specified timings. Our team will help you with the details for your trip.

Safe, secure and fun accommodation at hostels, lodges & camps on shared basis - separate for girls and boys.

All meals. Breakfasts are continental style with cereal, toast, jam, butter. Picnic style lunches and hot dinners with snacks available on most days.

An experienced Internship Leader from the #DoTheDifferent team who travels from India and stays with the group at all times.

Meaningful experiences to introduce you to practical exposure on the subject of your interest.

Certificate for the valuable real experience and knowledge you have gained to boost University Applications & your CV.

FAQs

What flights should I book? Open or Close

Flights are not included in your trip. When booking flights, please keep in mind that you need to arrive in Leh before 12noon on day one. Should the connectivity from your destination not allow this, please arrange to arrive the night before. We can help with the extra night accommodation (at a nominal cost). The Trip Leader from DoTheDifferent will be in Leh a day before the trip starts.

What is the accommodation like? Open or Close

On this trip, accommodation in Leh is at a modest hotel and at Pangong Tso we are going to be using tents. All accommodations and washrooms are on sharing basis.

Do I need any prior experience in photography to join this trip? Open or Close

The program is designed to cater to both beginners and experienced students as we will be covering all the basic concepts and since this is going to be a small group each participant can expect individual attention to improve their skills. So, no prior photography is needed, only a real interest in the subject.

What sort of camera do I need to carry for this trip? Open or Close

All participants are expected to carry their own DSLR cameras with manual settings so that your learning is detailed. If you do not have a DSLR camera we would suggest that you borrow or rent one instead of investing in one at this stage.

Should I be concerned about Altitude Sickness on this trip? Open or Close

Leh is at an altitude of 3,500m and altitude sickness can impact some people who visit this destination. We overcome this by acclimatising on the first day with very little activity. If you have concerns about this, you may like to consult your doctor and carry preventive medication like Diamox. The program is sufficiently spaced for the participants to adjust to the new altitude and as such this trip is not a physically exerting one.

Dates

Start Date End Date
30 June 2019 06 July 2019
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