Nature Photography Masterclass
Ranganathittu, Karnataka Ranganathittu, Karnataka Ranganathittu, Karnataka Ranganathittu, Karnataka

Ranganathittu, Karnataka
27 and 28 January 2018
Please note: The forest department has introduced additional lens fees of Rs. 500 plus 18% GST on lenses of focal length 200mm and above. This will be payable extra in cash during the Tour.


  • A one-night/two-day intensive workshop focussed on the secrets of outstanding nature images
  • Two special boat rides and photography on land in Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
  • Expert guidance from a Skipper on specific photography issues
  • Indoor discussions and presentations on natural history and photography

This is a Toehold Popular Workshop

If you've mastered the basics, it's time to tame the advanced.
Want to learn to make a magical backlit image, nail a bird in flight or make that silhouette sing?

If you're consummate with the basics of photography, Toehold's Nature Photography Masterclass is the next step to visual excellence. And the perfect way of gaining a firm grip on the style of photography that excites you.

Not conversant with the basics? Consider signing up for a Art and Science of Photography Workshop instead.

How is it?

Composed of a group of small islets in the Kaveri river, the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in Srirangapatna, near Mysore, is Karnataka's largest bird sanctuary and the perfect playground in which to hone your bird photography skills.

Known locally as a pakshi kashi ('bird paradise'), this precious avian hub is indeed a veritable terrestrial firmament, at least to the bird photographer. For although only a small part of its 67km2 area is open to tourism, the density of large and small birds it supports is outstanding. And that is bettered only by how tolerant the birds are of their ardent portrayers.

What you will see and photograph:

Days open with the persistent calls of pied wagtails, while to the chorus the stork-billed kingfisher may add its own considerable voice cutting through the mist.

As you're paddled along in a rowboat, painted storks and open-billed storks help you perfect shooting against the sky, night herons compel you to learn the art of circumventing clutter, pelicans diving for fish give plenty of work for your tele-lens, and great thick-knees kneel as easy targets to the shutter-happy, while a better place may hardly be envisaged to photograph the river tern.

Eurasian spoonbills get you thinking about composition and black-headed white ibises throw an exposure gauntlet, while on occasion a peacock in flight can take your breath away, a cattle egret in breeding plumage can alter your perspective of colour, pied kingfishers take their share of the viewership pie, and once every often, the excitement of seeing a lesser fish eagle perched high and mighty with all its grace and glory can cause a small quake in the boat.



At Toehold, we are passionate about photography just as you are, which lets us understand your travails and needs perfectly. And we use this insight to specially design our Photography Tours so they give you a toehold to excel at the art and set you up for success.

The Toehold team at your disposal will keep you tuned and geared, so you come in empty-handed but go out with bagful of images and tales of an experience that is better lived than heard.

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    Please note: This Tour begins at Ranganathittu at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and ends at Ranganthittu after breakfast on Sunday. Road transfers to and from Ranganathittu will be arranged in shared cabs at extra actual cost if required. Please talk to us for special needs.

    We have the following schedules for this Tour:

    23 to 24 December 2017 FULL
    27 to 28 January 2018

    The itinerary common to the above schedules is as follows:

  •   DAY 1    Saturday: Arrival and Initial Foray

    Workshop participants gather at 10:30 a.m at the lodge and after a brief rest, we gather for an introductory presentation.

    Lunch will be followed by an interactive session on some key bird photography issues, before we travel to Ranganathittu for a field session. We enjoy a boat ride during which we seek to put some of the concepts we learned at the introductory session into practice, and hopefully enjoy a productive time with assistance from the mentor.

    Upon our return we gather for a session we call ChitraTantra
    ChitraTantra: Photo Principles, Reviews, Critique
    , where we review images and share feedback, followed by dinner and shuteye.

  •   DAY 2    Sunday: Morning photography in Ranganathittu and Departure in the Afternoon

    Rising early, we head for Ranganathittu and enjoy another boat ride, making some evocative images in the atmospheric river and of course plenty of bird photographs. After hopefully a productive morning, we return to the lodge, breakfast, check out and return to Bangalore, having advanced our bird photography skills by a significant mile.
INR 11,500
5% GST Extra
Per Person on Twin Share Accommodation.
INR 22,000
5% GST Extra
Per Couple on Twin Share Accommodation
Toehold Patrons: Customers who have participated in at least three previous Toehold Photo Tours

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in comfortable rooms unless single occupancy purchased at extra cost
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea) for Workshop duration
  • All boat rides and entry fees
  • Travel between your home and Ranganathittu, including airfare and transfers
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, and extra meals ordered
  • Insurance, laundry and phone calls
  • Bottled water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Camera fees and vehicle parking fare
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything that is not included in the Inclusions list
  • All applicable taxes
Payment Terms
  • 100% advance on confirmation of participation for the Workshop.
Cancellation Fees
  • 25% within 22 days before the Tour
  • 50% between 21 and 15 days before the Tour
  • 100% within 14 days before the Tour

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Participants who have a medical history of blood pressure, heart-related problems or asthma are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for this Tour.
  2. Fitness to complete the Tour is the only criterion for participation.
  3. Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveller in connection with terrorist activities, social or labour unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel partner's control.
  4. All clients travelling with Toehold Travel & Photography Pvt Ltd. must complete and sign a reservation form and the "Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk & Arbitration Agreement" form.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What exactly is the Nature Photography Masterclass? How different is it from a classroom workshop?

    Toehold's Nature Photography Masterclass is an advanced nature-photography workshop designed to help you master a specific genre or style of nature photography, such as bird photography. These workshops are held outdoors to enable you to try concepts firsthand in real situations and are mentored by professional photographers with years of experience in that genre. There will also be indoor sessions where concepts will be discussed and images will be reviewed.
  • Who should participate in this Masterclass? Are there any eligibility criteria?

    Anybody interested in birds, wildlife and/or photography and is above the age of 18 (unless accompanied by an adult) can participate in this Masterclass. In order to benefit from this advanced workshop, knowledge of the basics of photography is necessary. If you are new to photography, we suggest you attend our Art and Science of Photography Workshop first to be able to understand and try the concepts discussed during the Photography Masterclass.
  • I am a newbie in nature photography. Am I eligible?

    Absolutely! This Tour is meant for fledgling as well as experienced photographers. Beginners get all the advantages of learning on and off the field from Toehold's eminent Skippers. In fact if you are a newbie, you should jump on this terrific learning opportunity and sign up right away!
  • Why aren't onward and return journeys included in the Tour itinerary?

    Since some participants have their own cars, in which they like to drive to the venue, we cannot include the travel cost in the fee. However, we provide all requisite assistance with onward and return logistics at extra actual cost to ensure your transit is smooth.
  • By what mode will photography be done on this Tour?

    Much of the photography will be done from a boat, although we may have a few opportunities to photograph on foot as well. Participants have to travel to the sanctuary from the resort on their own or in shared cars.
  • How sure are you about photographing birds on this Tour?

    Considering the meticulous attention to timing we pay while scheduling Tours and Workshops and the local expertise we leverage, we believe that it would be extremely unfortunate if our sightings and photography were unsatisfactory. However, since we will be in an uncontrolled environment, we do not claim that sightings of specific species are guaranteed.
  • How different are your Photo Tours from ordinary tours?

    Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday from a remote destination to places they sometimes haven't experienced themselves, Photo Tours offer a comprehensive toehold to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. The common ingredients in all our Workshops are fun and a lot of learning and knowledge sharing. Besides, most or all of our Tour participants are photography enthusiasts, which keeps the group in harmony and helps make your experience focussed.
  • What equipment do you suggest on this Workshop?

    Considering the nature of the subjects and shooting conditions expected on this Tour, a telephoto lens with a focal length of around 400mm is considered sufficient, with longer focal lengths being welcome. A wide-angle lens is recommended for scenic photographs and creative perspectives when opportunities emerge. A tripod or a monopod is not ideal strictly required, as hand-holding works best on the boat, but you may bring one along for the limited amount of land-based photography we may do.
  • I do not have requisite equipment. What do I do?

    If you do not have appropriate equipment, there is no need to fret. Toehold offers an exhaustive array of cameras and lenses for hire, so you can always hire what you need. Click here to see what we offer. What's better, you can enjoy a 10% discount on all equipment hired on our Photography Masterclasses!

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Ranganathittu, Karnataka


  • Date:
    23 and 24 December 2017 FULL
    27 and 28 January 2018

  • Tour Cost:
    Indian Individuals
    INR 11,500 + 5% GST
    Per person

    Indian Couples:
    INR 22,000 + 5% GST
    Per couple

    All fares excluding transport

  • Skipper:
    Harsha Narasimhamurthy


Did you know? Photography enthusiasts joining this Tour and every other Toehold Photography Tour are eligible for a nett discount of 10% on all equipment rentals. Talk to us to avail of this offer!


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