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Sri Lanka: Elephants Festival & Model Shoots

July 30 - August 11, 2020

ONLY 8 participants

This workshop is an exclusive extension to the Sri Lanka: “Paradise Island” (December 2 – 13, 2019) workshop.

The focus of the extension is to create images of elephants and humans at an exclusive location. You will learn how to become a directive creator, to manage various lighting conditions, and to creatively make images of personal nature.

The workshop is structure to have private shoots in the morning at various stations. Each photographer will have ample time to “make” images and to bond with both the elephants and the humans who interact with the animals. We will set up various stations, which each have a different feel (water, trees, grand landscape, …)

During the day, we will continue to photograph elephants in a “grand landscape”. You will train your “photographic eye” to see and capture the interactions between the elephants and their mahouts.

We will teach you how to prepare for the early morning photoshoots with pre-visualization techniques, sketching, story tellings, and more. We will ammunition you with all the tools that will make WOW images.

Time permitting, we will also review post processing techniques. We highly recommend bringing your laptop, so we can start working on images and learn what else is possible for the next photoshoots.

The experience of bonding with the elephants, with the helpers, with the ground crew will put more than a smile on your face, more than magical pictures that will hang on your wall. It will be about warming your heart to something that is truly special. Yes, truly special.

We are looking forward to hosting you at this workshop. Remember that we have very very limited seatings. Register early!

Oliver, Harsh, Arti.

Pictures copyright © 2019 Harsh Aggarwal & Oliver Klink

NOTE: First priority is given to the people registering in the Sri Lanka: Paradise Island workshop. After your register, you will receive an email, confirming your participation.

Registration: $2,800 (SOLD OUT)
Single supplement: $200

Note: Priority registration is given to the 2019 Sri Lanka Widlife, Landscape, Culture participants
Link: Sri Lanka: “Paradise Island” (December 2 – 13, 2019) workshop.

Balance payment due by August 1, 2019

Questions: email Oliver Klink or call (408-910-6701)


Oliver Klink has been photographing in Asia for the past 15 years. He has visited many minority cultures and wildlife in Mongolia, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Sri Lanka and more. He received the coveted 2018 Best B&W photographer of the year by Dodho Magazine and has published an award-winning book, Cultures in Transition. “Sri Lanka is a really unique place. It offers multitude of photo opportunities, cultural enrichment and wildlife sighting. Truly truly one of kind places.”

Harsh and Arti Aggarwal are based in Agra (Taj Mahal), India. Harsh is a professional photographer and Arti a coveted travel logistician and tour guide. In 2012, they got married. Harsh has many interesting tales to narrate about this wedding shaped by the tourism industry, and of course, it includes hilarious stories about shopping experiences with his mother in law. A duo team, Oliver has traveled with for the past few years.”Sri Lanka is such an incredible place, that we could retire here!” .”

Local staff members (Guide, drivers, helpers) who enrich our stay with the most current information, special activities, and “ways in” to places you only dream about!

- Photographing elephants and humans in private settings
- Composing images, making images of personal nature
- Model shoots
- Daily review of images (emphasis on “what else can I do”)
- Brainstorming sessions (theme, story telling, portfolio, hero shots)
- Post processing and workflow (efficiency, accuracy, quality)

- 4 days of guided private photoshoot
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Special photoshoots
- Instruction booklet emailed before the workshop
Not Included:
- Transportation to and from Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Colombo
- Tips to local staff

Double Occupancy: $2,800
Single Supplement: $200

Deposit (non-refundable):
$500 (Double Occupancy)
$700 (Single Occupancy)

Full payment due by August 1, 2019 (payable by check)

Deposit: $500 ($700 for single)

Terms and Conditions

- We are dealing with elephants. Be prepared with the unexpected
- We are eating freshly cooked local cuisine with local meat, vegetables, and soup (not spicy).
- We are traveling on highways and local unpaved bumpy roads.
- However, the photographic opportunities are incredible. It is an amazing adventure and photographic experience.

Where: Sri Lanka
When: December 13-16, 2019
Who: Oliver Klink, Harsh Aggarwal, Arti Aggarwal, Local guides
Airport: Colombo (CMB)
Accommodations: Hotels
Weather: 60 – 90F. Moody Sky

Cost: $2,800 (+$200 single supplement)

Workshop details for Elephants and humans private photoshoots


4 days of guided photoshoot and reviews
December 13-16, 2019
Note: Itinerary and activities might change based on weather conditions

Every day: Private photoshoots in the morning with various stations, models, set ups.
Photoshoots with elephants throughout the day
Brainstorming and preparation for model shoots. Sketching, vision

December 16: Morning Shoot + Travel to Colombo
- Last model shoot
- Travel to Colombo
- Conclusion of the workshop

What to Bring

Upon signing up for the workshop, you’ll receive a detailed coursebook describing what to bring, recommended camera gears, booking your flight, extra activities pre or post workshop.

Clothing: (temperature ranges from 60 – 90F)
- Comfortable and warm layered clothes (neutral color recommended)
- Sandals
- Hat, sunglasses, and sun screen
- Rain gears/windbreaker
- Knee pads for low angle shooting

Camera Equipment:
- Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
- Model shoot with range of 16-200mm lenses
- Telephoto lens for general elephant shoot: 200-400mm
- Tripod (sturdy as you’ll be using it extensively)

Other Equipment (Optional):
- Small notepad (notes, observations, …)
- Flash with diffuser

Photography Review Equipment (Recommended):
- Laptop (with power cord), memory card downloader
- Post processing software (Lightroom, Photoshop, plug-ins)
- External hard drives (backup)


This workshop includes:
- 4 days of guided photoshoot
- Private shoot with elephants and humans
- Accommodation, Meals, ground transportation
- Small group (maximum 6 people)
- Daily reviews (including tips on post processing, file management, idea to build portfolio)
- Two photography instructors, travel guide, local guides, special staff (elephant handlers, helpers)

Not Included:
- Transportation to and from Colombo (CMB)
- Personal expenses, alcoholic beverages
- Travel Insurance
- Extra night(s) in Colombo
- Tips to local staff

Travel Recommendations:
- Plan on arriving in Colombo no later than December 13. Your return flight can be booked after 10PM on December 16
- We can assist with booking extra nights in Colombo (pre and post workshop) and airport transportation

Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance Suggestions:

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- Travelex Travel Select (800) 228-9792
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- TEN (Travelers Emergency Network) Emergency Evacuation Coverage
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