@Vineet Vohra

Dev Deepawali Masterclass, 13th – 17th Nov 2024

in APF award/APF workshop/Street Photography by

Dates : 13th-17th Nov 2024 (5 days)

Price : USD $695 / Euro 695 / Rs 55,000 (GST 18% for Indian Nationals)

Embark on an unforgettable expedition to photograph the spectacular Dev Deepawali festival in Varanasi. Led by Vineet and Rohit Vohra.

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.

Dev Deepawali, also known as ‘Dev Diwali’, is an annual festival celebrated in Varanasi. It is a festival of light and joy that originated centuries ago. The 2024 edition of the festival is sure to be spectacular as it will be held in the ancient city of Varanasi.

As a photographer, Dev Deepawali is a great opportunity to capture the beauty of India’s culture, tradition and religious practices. The festival will provide a unique and vibrant atmosphere which can be captured through the lens of a camera. From the traditional diyas to the colorful rangolis, each aspect of the festival will be a feast for the eyes.

The atmosphere of Dev Deepawali is sure to be unforgettable. Every year, thousands of people gather in Varanasi to celebrate the festival, making it a great environment for photography. With the colorful dresses, the beautiful decorations, and the sound of laughter, the atmosphere of Dev Deepawali is truly unforgettable.

Come join us in Varanasi and and capture decisive moments that you will savour for a lifetime.

Class capacity: 10 people only

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

© Vineet Vohra
© Vineet Vohra

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.

© Vineet Vohra
© Vineet Vohra

Students need to bring the following to the workshop:

–       A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work.

–       A laptop with software to edit/tone your images

–       A notebook to take down notes during the workshop

©Vineet Vohra
©Vineet Vohra

Dates :13th-17th Nov 2024

Price : USD $695 / Euro 695 / Rs 55,000 (GST 18% for Indian Nationals)

Early bird 5% discount for participants booking before 20th April

Includes :

  • Workshop charges only
©Rohit Vohra
©Rohit Vohra

– Return international air ticket/ Ticket from Delhi to Varanasi and back
– Hotel Stay charges/ Meals/ Any private expenses
– Room service fees
– Porter services
– 18% GST
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)

@ Rohit Vohra
@ Rohit Vohra

To book the complete package please write to us at contact@artphotofeature.com

Cancelation Policy : 

  • If the workshop is cancelled due to any reasons, full refund will be issued to the participant.
  • If a participant cancels for any reason between before 1st Sep, 30% of the workshop fee + paypal charges will be deducted.
  • If a participant cancels for any reason after 1st Sep, 100% fee will be deducted.
@ Rohit Vohra
@ Rohit Vohra

We would highly recommend a good travel insurance for your own safety.

To book the complete package please write to us at contact@artphotofeature.com


  • What is the Dev Deepawali, and why is it a unique opportunity for street photography?
    • Dev Deepawali offers street photographers a magnificent canvas filled with spiritual fervor, cultural richness, bustling crowds, vibrant decorations, historical landmarks, emotional moments, and unique traditions. This blend creates a visually captivating and deeply meaningful experience, making it a golden opportunity for street photographers to capture the essence of devotion, celebration, and cultural heritage in Varanasi.
  • What camera equipment should I bring to the workshop?
    • We recommend bringing any digital camera, a 28mm -35mm lenses are great but you are most welcome to bring the lens that you are comfortable. A comfortable camera bag which can carry extra batteries and a bottle of water would be great.
  • Will there be photography restrictions or guidelines during the festivals?
    • Photography is allowed everywhere. We will provide guidance on respecting local customs and obtaining permissions when necessary. We will try and get you all access for most of the locations.
  • Do I need prior street photography experience to attend this workshop?
    • No prior experience is required. This workshop is suitable for photographers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. We’ll cover fundamental principles and techniques, tailoring the instruction to individual skill levels.
  • How will the workshop address the challenges of photographing large crowds?
    • We’ll discuss strategies for navigating and capturing moments in crowded environments, emphasising techniques to maintain creativity and storytelling amidst the bustling atmosphere of the Dev Deepawali festival.
  • Is there a specific focus on cultural sensitivity in the workshop?
    • Absolutely. We will dedicate time to understanding and respecting the cultural nuances of the festival. This includes guidance on approaching subjects respectfully and being aware of cultural sensitivities.
  • Will there be opportunities for one-on-one feedback and critique sessions?
    • Yes, we will conduct review sessions where participants can share their work, receive constructive feedback, and engage in discussions to enhance their skills. These sessions will be held everyday.
  • Are there any specific safety considerations for photographers during the Dev Deepawali festival?
    • Safety is a priority. We’ll provide guidelines on navigating the crowds, securing your equipment, and staying aware of your surroundings. It’s essential to be mindful of personal safety while capturing memorable moments.
  • What is the workshop schedule, and how flexible is it?
    • The workshop schedule will include a mix of instructional sessions, shooting streets, and group discussions. While there’s a structured plan, we understand the dynamic nature of the festival, and the schedule will be adapted to capture spontaneous photographic opportunities.
  • How do I register for the workshop, and what is included in the registration fee?
    • Spots are extremely limited. To register for the workshop, please write to contact@artphotofeature.com . Registration details will be provided on mail. The fee covers workshop charges only. Participants are requested to make their own hotel bookings for all days. Participants are responsible for their additional personal expenses. (See the section above for more details. If you need any help with Hotel bookings or want recommendations, please write to contact@artphotofeature.com.

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