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Masterclass: Ultimate Field Guide to Wildlife Photography

teacher avatar Sudhir Shivaram, Wildlife Photographer,Photography Mentor

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction

      3:40

    • 2.

      Equipment

      10:16

    • 3.

      Best Locations in India to Shoot

      4:54

    • 4.

      Sudhir's Favourite Destinations

      4:17

    • 5.

      The Safari / Game Drive

      5:02

    • 6.

      Introduction to Subject Knowledge

      3:06

    • 7.

      Subject Knowledge – Tigers

      6:14

    • 8.

      Subject Knowledge – Leopards

      2:44

    • 9.

      Subject Knowledge – Elephants

      2:10

    • 10.

      Subject Knowledge – Wild Dogs

      2:12

    • 11.

      Subject Knowledge – Sloth Bears

      1:24

    • 12.

      Subject Knowledge – Other Animals

      4:12

    • 13.

      Planning Your Shot

      2:49

    • 14.

      Previsualize – Tigers Crossing

      1:31

    • 15.

      Action Photography-Spotted Deers

      0:57

    • 16.

      Clicking Macaque+Rim Light Effect

      1:10

    • 17.

      Spotted Deer Behaviour

      4:08

    • 18.

      Previsualize-Tigers in the Grassland

      4:57

    • 19.

      Previsualize - Monkeys' Behaviour

      4:27

    • 20.

      Lion in Rain - Capture its Behaviour

      2:06

    • 21.

      Leopard Behaviour

      4:21

    • 22.

      Signature Shots in the Wildlife

      4:04

    • 23.

      Concept of Story-telling Images

      6:22

    • 24.

      Shooting from the Safari Vehicle

      5:30

    • 25.

      Using a Tripod in a Vehicle

      9:04

    • 26.

      Handheld Shooting Technique

      3:02

    • 27.

      Handheld Shooting from a Vehicle

      1:51

    • 28.

      Support Long Tele lens in a Vehicle

      2:22

    • 29.

      Long Tele lens - Workarounds

      3:09

    • 30.

      Using a Clamp in a Vehicle

      9:15

    • 31.

      Beanbag and a Panning Pod

      5:11

    • 32.

      Carrying the equipment in the field

      3:39

    • 33.

      Aperture Priority, Lowest f Number

      3:52

    • 34.

      Shutter Priority

      1:38

    • 35.

      When to Use Shutter Priority

      3:43

    • 36.

      Best Shutter Speed

      11:57

    • 37.

      All about Manual Exposure

      4:59

    • 38.

      When to use which Shooting Mode

      4:30

    • 39.

      Theory of Reciprocity

      5:52

    • 40.

      Understanding Camera Metering

      2:50

    • 41.

      Types of Metering Modes Available

      6:17

    • 42.

      When to Use which Metering Mode

      4:02

    • 43.

      Challenges of Spot Metering

      1:03

    • 44.

      Focusing Modes to be Used

      5:56

    • 45.

      Auto Focusing Points in Canon

      9:46

    • 46.

      Focusing Points in Nikon

      9:16

    • 47.

      AF Distance Switch on the Lens

      5:10

    • 48.

      Shooting in Auto ISO

      4:42

    • 49.

      Best out of an Entry-level Camera

      4:56

    • 50.

      Tigers Fighting -What Went Wrong?

      4:36

    • 51.

      Click Tigers Climbing a Tree

      4:17

    • 52.

      Jumping Blackbucks - Settings

      9:02

    • 53.

      High-key and Low-key Images

      4:10

    • 54.

      Compose Extreme Close-up Subjects

      7:08

    • 55.

      Getting to the Eye Level

      5:43

    • 56.

      Eye Contact and Head Turn

      4:37

    • 57.

      When to Zoom In/Out

      7:06

    • 58.

      Bad Compositions

      7:34

    • 59.

      The Art of B&W Photography

      5:14

    • 60.

      The Concept of Rim Lighting

      2:57

    • 61.

      Making Creative Images - 1

      8:14

    • 62.

      Making Creative Images - 2

      7:10

    • 63.

      Subject Placement

      4:07

    • 64.

      Distractions in your Composition

      3:47

    • 65.

      Shooting around Water Bodies

      2:10

    • 66.

      Shooting Angle while on Foot

      6:03

    • 67.

      Head Turn and Eye Contact

      4:36

    • 68.

      Using AF Points

      2:42

    • 69.

      Playing with Light

      5:55

    • 70.

      Equipment Care

      8:58

    • 71.

      Your Health During Safaris

      4:55

    • 72.

      The Story of Tiger and Gaur

      7:55

    • 73.

      Photographing Wild Dogs

      9:16

    • 74.

      Photographing Five Pythons - 1

      7:31

    • 75.

      Photographing Five Pythons - 2

      6:33

    • 76.

      Using Correct White Balance

      2:28

    • 77.

      Pre-visualising and Animal Behaviour

      9:52

    • 78.

      Behaviour and planning your shot

      3:11

    • 79.

      Close-up vs Habitat Shots

      4:46

    • 80.

      Correct Shooting Angle

      5:37

    • 81.

      Understanding Light

      2:30

    • 82.

      Post Processing for Wildlife Images

      3:45

    • 83.

      Filtering and deleting bad images

      9:56

    • 84.

      Right Application to Process RAW files

      7:38

    • 85.

      Complete Workflow

      20:52

    • 86.

      Shadow and Highlights

      5:47

    • 87.

      High Key and Low Key Images

      11:47

    • 88.

      Ethics of Wildlife Photography

      6:10

    • 89.

      Conclusion and Way Forward

      2:43

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About This Class

The most comprehensive online photography course on wildlife photography. This is the only course you need to complete, to learn in-depth all facets of wildlife photography. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned photographer with or without experience in wildlife photography, you will still find this course extremely valuable.

In this masterclass, Sudhir has striven to cover every tiny detail pertaining to this genre of photography.

Introduction: Introduces the topic and gives an ultimate field guide for wildlife photography.

Equipment: Discusses the ideal equipment for wildlife photography.

Destination: Multiple videos highlighting some of the best wildlife destinations in India and the opportunities present there to sight and shoot wildlife.

Subject knowledge: Sudhir places a lot of importance on subject knowledge in photography, more so wildlife photography. He has covered this subject in great detail and has talked about understanding animal behaviour and how to make use of this knowledge to get superlative shots. He emphasizes the importance of subject knowledge in pre-visualization.

Previsualization: Explains this important concept in wildlife photography. The point is explained with the help of numerous real-life examples.

Challenges while shooting: Sudhir has dedicated several videos to illustrate the various challenges one may encounter while shooting during a safari and the ways in which to overcome these challenges. He also talks about the numerous accessories that help during safaris, some techniques and workarounds for shooting with long tele lens and many other tips and tricks to make the most of your safari experience.

Specific subject action: A whole set of videos where Sudhir has picked specific actions by the subjects and explained how to capture those flawlessly. In parallel, these videos also deal with core technical aspects including exposure triangle parameters, metering, exposure compensation, auto focussing modes, auto focussing points in different cameras and so on.

Composition: Composition can make or break an image. This course teaches you all you need to know about how to compose your shot by applying the rule of thirds.

Post-Processing: This course then covers the topics of post-processing which is an integral part of digital photography and takes you through the various steps he follows to get back that life in the images.

Others: Apart from the core aspects of photography, Sudhir has covered numerous other topics including the ethical aspects of wildlife photography; equipment care and safety and healthcare during safaris; post-processing and more.

Finally, there are a few chapters that are dedicated to real-life examples from the field.

In a nutshell, this class helps you cover all the technical details to learn to be able to click on the field. You should sign up for it whether you are an aspiring wildlife photographer or, for that matter, even a fairly seasoned one, for there is so much to learn here for everyone!

Meet Your Teacher

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Sudhir Shivaram

Wildlife Photographer,Photography Mentor

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Hi, I am Sudhir Shivaram, a renowned wildlife photographer and photography mentor from India.

I have figured in the Asian Photography Magazine's Top Ten Most Influential People in photography industry in India for five consecutive years since 2015. At the 2018 awards, I was awarded the top honour as India's 'First' Most Influential from among a chosen group that comprised top officials of global multinationals.

At 2013’s worldwide editorial awards held at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C., National Geographic Traveller India’s September 2013 cover featuring my image won the National Geographic Yellow Border Award for the best cover across 14 language editions of the magazine worldwide.

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Level: Intermediate

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