Parag Warerkar (Gurgaon): Xploring Rajasthan 2018
Parag Warerkar (Gurgaon): Xploring Rajasthan 2018
Anirudh Poddar (Chicago, USA): Xploring Rajasthan 2018
‘It is important to be a good photographer. It is even more important to be a responsible photographer.’
Jassi lives this motto.
Not every good photographer can explain concepts well. Jassi, though, is an amazing photographer and an excellent instructor. The real deal, however, is his social presence and interacting with the environment around him. Amazingly humble and non assuming, it is not difficult to know that any tour, with him as a mentor, is going to be loads of fun and learning.
Anirudh Poddar (Chicago, USA): Vibrant Pushkar 2018
‘Maybe he was a wrestler in his previous life’. This is what I thought when I first met Rajneesh….:)
I quickly discovered, though, that Rajneesh is a gentle giant albeit an absolute pro at street and portrait photography.
And the same goes for Tashun Ma’am Sonali…:)
They say that people are blessed with either being great behind the lens or in front of it. Sonali, is one of the rare individuals who is a great portrait photographer and incredibly photogenic herself.
The two of them are great instructors, laid back and have loads of patience keeping track of the group in a super chaotic environment like the Pushkar fair.
This is my second XploringLight tour and I was left wondering the same question I had after my first tour with them:
‘with everything that they provide and arrange for, how could this company be making any money at all?’
Truly, this company provides exceptional value for money.
Sameer Narvekar (Dubai): Xploring Rajasthan and Vibrant Pushkar 2018
I guess the Pushkar Fair is on the bucket list of many photographers – both professional and hobbyist alike- When I stumbled upon the Pushkar photo tour by Xploring Light, I quickly realized that this was adjacent to Xploring Rajasthan. That made my decision easy and I signed up for both these tours.
I must express that these were one of the best photo tours (cum workshops) I attended. Jassi -our mentor for Xploring Rajasthan – was very dedicated in creating and exploring photo opportunities for us participants. He did not carry his camera on some occasions so we had his undivided attention.
Secondly, the focus was on overall mentoring with emphasis on the pre-snapping thought process and not so much on the technical aspects of photography. Which helped me in understanding myself better as a photographer.
Thankfully this focus on mentoring carried over into the Pushkar tour with Rajneesh and Sonali. The critique/review sessions in the evening were especially helpful for me.
I came back with happy memories, good photos and great moments shared not just with the mentors but the whole group/s.
I would highly recommend Xploring Light to everyone.
I am certain to join Xploring Light on another photo adventure – until then…
Pankaj Yadav (Gurgaon): Exotic Vietnam and Cambodia 2018
This has been my third trip with Xploring Light and they are simply the best. Vietnam had always been in my bucket list and the opportunity was fantastic to experience it with Xploring Light and especially with Sahil Fauzdar, the mentor for the trip. Vietnam was extensively covered and the photo opportunities were simply amazing. Every detail of the trip was well planned and Sahil took pains to make sure we got the best shots. Hotels and homestays were very comfortable and the vehicle provided to us was excellent. Visiting Mu Cang Chai, Ha Long, Hoi An, Da Nang, Hanoi, to name a few places, was a trip of a lifetime.
Marleen De Mol (Belgium / Singapore): Spiritual Varanasi 2018
Marleen De Mol (Belgium / Singapore): Spiritual Varanasi 2018
Bijaya Padhee (Bhubaneshwar): Spiritual Varanasi 2018
Puja Bansal (Agra): Exotic Vietnam and Cambodia 2018
Sudakshina Chopra (Singapore): Vibrant Pushkar 2018
I have been for a few photo tours … but this was my first time in India and it surely Stands Out.. This was maiden tour with Xploring Light…. in 2018 Nov I went to Pushkar Fair with them… the tour was very well organised… they were complete professionals … we had an excellent tutorial on portraits in the midst of the fair ground… the models (local girls) were simply amazing and was such a pleasure to capture them… Both the mentors were fantastic.. a special mention to Rajneesh for patiently listening to all our queries , seeing our images and answering to our questions….. every evening we would have a review session with the entire group and that was immensely helpful… I was lucky to be a part of an amazing group …. we were a bunch of fun loving, friendly, like minded photo enthusiasts…. which made this tour Super fun… looking forward to many more tours with Xploring Light…
Jennifer Poliakov (Tel Aviv, Israel): Spiritual Varanasi 2018
Sandeep Mathur (New Delhi) – Whispering Iceland and Norway Sept 2018
I had lived the Norway-Lofoten dream for quite some time now. When Xploring Light announced an extension to Norway after their Iceland Tour, I signed up immediately. Since I had already done the Iceland Photo Tour with Xploring Light in 2017 I more or less knew what to expect from Jassi and Prakash. The trip was action packed from the very start, shooting sunrises, scouting locations for night shoots, post-processing sessions, shooting sunsets and then up almost every night shooting relentless Aurora ! If you are considering a photography trip to Iceland and/or Norway, then Xploring Light and UAE Landscapers are the obvious choice !
Dr. Poonam Singh (New Delhi) – Whispering Iceland and Norway Sept 2018
Far beyond my expectations!
This must be the longest time I have taken in assimilating thoughts for writing testimonial for a tour and that too when Xploring Light and UAE Landscapers deserve it totally as it has truly been the trip of my life!
The arctic wonders Iceland and Lofoten Islands are not routine touristy places neither for photography nor in terms of weather conditions,apparel and certain other emergency measures and it was pretty cool to use prior experience of mentors Jassi Oberai and Prakash Kumar Singh who seemed to know the places like the back of their hand.Prior meeting was called to gear up for know how of the region and every bit of nuance listed regarding camera equipment etc. which will be needed there taking participants from other towns in loop through WhatsApp chat board so we had become one cosy family even before the tour started.
Iceland and Lofoten being close to North Pole have unanticipated weather variations. I really do not how our mentors managed their logistics financially and i still marvel at their passion how they tried every possible way to ensure that we all manage to shoot sunrise and sunsets on all falls -geysers-lagoons-glacier-beach-fjord and perfectionists that they are they wanted us to take images from all possible directions,east side,west side,from the base and what not.I remember we even revisited some locations to get a rainbow or a particular cloud texture and also covering the entire ring road in Iceland driving 3000 kms plus in as many days.They categorically knew every site on the map as to which is an ideal place for a perfect sunrise or a sunset shot also getting recent updates from mobile applications all the time so that we are bang there at the right hour. Jassi and Prakash complement each other perfectly almost like handling baton to the other in turns in whatever area they were managing.We saw northern lights so many times with every possible composition of mountain or a reflective lake in its full glory that it almost seemed like watching a routine sunrise/sunset and that was not sheer chance that we could sight it so often.I could see a lot of persistent meticulous planning in the background searching for those spots whether being abreast with the kpa of aurora or cloud coverage staying constantly in touch with native photographers with whom our mentors shared great rapport.
I am a solo traveller and this being a self drive flexible fun trip I had the leverage of well organised arrangements but a lot of independence too whenever I willed it.I had expectations of just few decent images since the technicalities of long exposure photography using ND filters seemed cumbersome and needs a lot of patience but we got to practice so much of it there that I can really boast I am hooked to landscapes and LE now.
I have beautiful memories of lovely hotel-guesthouse stays and I have noticed that Xploring Light and UAE Landscapers have a knack of assembling best people from all over the world as participants.So at the end of the day,we would all sing and make merry mixed with long and serious photography sessions or on other days hit the best restaurants with food so tasty I can still feel it on my palate.
My paradigm of solo-travels and short-sweet travels seems to have shifted to group travels and longer stays after I have made friends from whom I learned so much photography and life!
Rajat Sethi (Noida) –Whispering Iceland and Norway Sept 2018
Naveen Kumar (Dubai): – Quintessential Bali, May 2018
Monika Roy (Kolkotta): – Quintessential Bali, May 2018
Ajit Rana (Gurgaon): – Quintessential Bali, May 2018
Having been once earlier on a photo tour with Jassi (Holi at Nandgaon), and knowing his way of functioning, I was quite sure that I would enjoy this one as well. The exception here was that I had with me, my 80 year old father (from whom I learnt photography) and my 20 year old son who is learning photography.
W V K Krishna Shankar (New Delhi): – Quintessential Bali, May 2018
This was the first time I have gone on a tour with Xploring Light. I am so glad that I went on the “Quintessential Bali Tour” with Jassi Oberai. The travel and stay arrangements were great and very comfortable. The professional approach was evident from the detailed planning that Jassi made for each location for each day. He made us feel very comfortable so that we could focus on learning the landscape photography during the entire trip. At each location he would spend time with each participant to check on the approach being adopted and where necessary he not only gave corrective suggestions but also explained the nuances of particular compositions.
Jassi is a true mentor. Not only did he encourage all of us to ask queries, he was patient while responding to even most basic questions. Land travel times were also used to discuss photography. The insights he shared really inspired everyone to do more. Undoubtedly he is a tough task master when photography is concerned and getting up every day at 3 AM did not seem difficult. Feet were swollen by the fourth day but hey there were many a fun moment in the trip. Met some wonderful people on this tour and I came away with a great amount of learning from Jassi.
Thank you Jassi Oberai for an incredible learning experience. In addition to being a great mentor you are also a wonderful human being with whom I could connect. Thank you my friend. I know I can reach out to you when ever I encounter a doubt in my photography journey.
Arman Haron (Malaysia) – Rang Leela (Feb 2018)
Great coverage of Holi festivities .. fantastic photography experience and opportunities guided by top Indian professional photographers .. fine personalities .. felt completely at home with their warmth friendship and great company !!
Jennifer Poliakov (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Rang Leela (Feb 2018)
I’m smiling now, while writing my testimonial, what memories, places and people I were so fortunate to be surrounded with. I can’t say enough about Rajneesh and his team. I wanted to take a photo tour for many years, and I am so glad that I’ve decided to go with Xploring Light team. The knowledge of the local area, the professional photo guidance, the extra-detailed planning that goes into each day- is evident and perfect. The conversations over dinners and during our tour are of great value, and though I am thrilled with the photos I was able to capture, the value of trip like this, can’t be measured in photos alone. The team (Rajneesh, Sanjay and Sahil) made my experience of a true value and simply incredible one, shared with an amazing group of people from all around the world. I feel so privileged and grateful for the opportunity to attend this amazing photo tour and I’m already planning another tour with those awesome guys!
Cindy Sutherland (British Columbia, Canada) – Rang Leela (Feb 2018)
While conducting research for our tour of India I came across the Xploring Light website. Since my husband is an avid amateur photographer I thought this might be a nice thing to do while in India. It wasn’t just nice, it was an incredible experience. From booking to paying (sorry about the bank transfer fiasco Jassi!) to going all was done with care and professionalism. Sanjay’s organizing was impeccable and the 3 days of Rang Leela — Holi — experience was absolutely exhilarating! If you are thinking about booking a tour with Xploring Light — Don’t hesitate…..Do it!
Shyam Prasad (London) – Ladakh in Winters (Feb 2018)
Sachin Baweja (Mumbai) – Ladakh in Winters (Feb 2018)
Chico Kfouri (Brazil / Sri Lanka) – Ladakh in Winters (Feb 2018)
Fernanda Bayler Aidar (Brazil / Gurgaon) – Ladakh in Winters (Feb 2018)
Pankaj Yadav (Gurgaon) – Ladakh in Winters (Feb 2018)
Deepti Bhatia (Faridabad) – Exotic vietnam and Cambodia (Dec 2017)
Sahil Fauzdar (Noida) – Exotic Vietnam & Cambodia (Dec 2017)
Puja Bansal (Agra) – Spiritual Varanasi Nov. 2017
Sarah Richardson (New Delhi) – Spiritual Varanasi Nov. 2017
This was my third tour with Xploring Light and it was another great experience. The tour leader Rajneesh knew where to be at what time and this made it much easier to navigate what could otherwise have been an overwhelming experience. As usual the tour was very well planned and organised, with lots of great opportunities for photography (not just the ghats but also the back streets and silk looms) and was conducted in a supportive and friendly manner. Highly recommended!
Garima Garg (New Delhi) – Spiritual Varanasi Nov. 2017
This was my second photo tour with Xploring Light and without a doubt, it was just as amazing as the first one. The best thing about Xploring Light is that they will ensure the entire trip runs like a well-oiled machine. The trip was helmed by Rajneesh who took not only took care of all the details (accommodation, food, ensuring good vantage points) but also makes sure to take out time to interact with the participants, especially those who are relatively new to photography. His technical know-how is something one can definitely benefit from. Other than these specifics, it’s always a delight to shoot with the Xploring Light team because participants tend to come from different countries and backgrounds. I would definitely travel with Xploring Light in future as well!
Ishan Datar (Pune) – Vibrant Pushkar Oct. 2017
I had just purchased my DSLR a month before and decided to go for the Vibrant Pushkar Photo Tour. The Vibrant Pushkar photo tour was my first photo tour. Being a beginner in photography, Jassi sir and Rajneesh sir guided me and provided a lot of encouragement. The review sessions helped me to click better pictures. I could see the improvement in the quality of my photos daily. I had submitted four photos for an exhibition out of which three were selected and one of them is put on display for a year. The entire group was also helping me out, motivating and correcting me. Thank you Jassi sir, Rajneesh sir and the entire group for encouraging and guiding me and also for making the trip a massive success and an unforgettable experience.
Regina Yang (USA) – Vibrant Pushkar Oct 2017
Navin Sood (Faridabad) – Vibrant Pushkar Oct 2017
Pankaj Yadav (Gurgaon) – Vibrant Pushkar Oct 2017
Jassi and his team organised an excellent photo tour of Pushkar. They made a lot of effort to ensure that we were able to experience the Camel fair with all its nuances and richness and the lighting class by Rajneesh, early in the morning at the camel ground was of immense help. The evening review of the images by Jassi was very helpful in understanding how we could improve upon our craft. All in all, a wonderful photo tour of “Vibrant Pushkar” by Xploring Light.
Abhishek Dhakate (Nagpur) – Go Goa Glamour Photography Workshop (Feb 2017)
Fashion and Glamour. These two words are misinterpreted nowadays, when it comes to Photography. Many fail to actually understand the meaning of the two and how they are different genres in photography. Go Goa, an amazing tour cum workshop by Xploring Light set another benchmark in Fashion & Glamour Photography workshops. The knowledge that was shared in this 3-day tour was great. Right from understanding the Light setups for indoor shoots to understanding the natural light for the outdoor shoots, everything was covered and explained so very well. The shoots conducted were astounding. The models and makeup artists were the best. The locations were fantastic. Great Knowledge. Fantastic Mentors. Superb Tour.! Another feather in the cap for Xploring Light!
Dino Adriano Palazi (Doha) – Rang Leela (March 2017)
I took this tour 3 years in a row. And all with Xploring Light who are the best in the field. It is intense, safe and well planned by passionated people. I would take It again. Technically, I came back with my cards full of colorful portrait, environmental scenes of the colorful celebrations and some nice street pictures as well. But the most important part is that came back with lots of new friends sharing the same interest.
Isheet Gandhi (Baroda) – Go Goa (Feb 2017)
It was an amazing experience to be a part of this tour. Got many things to learn about Angels , exposure , and mainly how to communicate with a model and make her comfortable. Would love to join these kinda workshop soon.
Rajat Sethi (Gurgaon) – Go Goa (Feb 2017)
Dr. Sarah Richardson (New Delhi) – Rang Leela (March 2017)
I have now done two tours with Xploring Light – the first to Pushkar Camel Festival in 2016 and the second to Barsana and Nandgaon for Holi Celebrations (Rang Leela) in 2017. I would highly recommend Xploring Light tours for the combination of a supportive group of like-minded people, great organisation of logistics, good insights and advice on photographic techniques from real experts and the opportunity to enjoy truly spectacular cultural experiences. As an introvert who much prefers solo travel to anything involving groups, I had a great deal of trepidation about joining a tour but my fears proved unfounded. I was also worried that my relatively low level of photographic expertise would set me apart but in fact found that skills of group members varied wildly and there was no sense of snobbery among those with the greatest amount of talent and expertise. On a practical level, there are places where a solo white woman can find travel challenging and the ability to be part of a group – as well as having the opportunity to wander off and do my own thing – proved the perfect combination in situations that would have been difficult to handle alone. All in all, I cannot speak highly enough of Xploring Light tours and would not hesitate to recommend them to others. And I hope that Jassi puts on tours to some other destinations (Hint Jassi – I would love to go to Nagaland!)
Dr. Shalabh Gupta (Varanasi) – Rang Leela (March 2017)
Swarup Chatterjee (Gurgaon) – Rang Leela (March 2017)
This was my second time in a row to Rang Leela tour.
My subject of photography is people… their emotions and their body languages from all across….
Every year I look forward to this trip as during this time human emotions in this part of the world are at peak. In fact its electric.
Managing an organised photo trip to such locations particularly during such times is very challenging – unless you know the place well. I think this team does it in style.
Manfred Mueller (Canada) – Rang Leela (March 2017)
Visiting India and photographing during holi is something that was on my “to do” list for a very long time. Now thanks to Jassi and XploringLight, my wish has come true, and not only did I get a chance to photograph during holi, but at the largest and oldest one in India.
This is something for everyone; some street photography, some architecture and of course ample opportunity for event photography!
Now for the “bad news”. This trip was very demanding both physically and mentally. We were out shooting all day in crowded and tough shooting conditions. To say that the places were extremely crowded would be an understatement. Add to that coloured gulal and coloured water flying everywhere (and from any direction including from above). The cameras had to be be in rain covers that made it challenging so look through the view finder and work the camera controls. Gun and run photography at its finest!
Thanks Jassi – the trip certainly exceeded my expectations!
Ajit Rana (Gurgaon) – Rang Leela – March 2017
Garima Garg (New Delhi) – Rang Leela – March 2017
This was my first photo tour with Xploring Light and I am very happy that I chose them.
Rang Leela, in itself, is a very challenging one. Thanks to the efforts of Jassi, Rajneesh and Sanjay, it was a smooth and an enjoyable ride. We spent the first and the third day in Nandgaon while the second day was in Barsana. The itinerary was planned to ensure we got to see both Lathmar event as well as temple celebrations.
The participants were a nice mix of advanced and beginner photographers from all over the world. That is another aspect of travelling with LCA that makes them special.
Lastly, from hotel arrangements to providing daily refreshments for photo walks, everything was awesome.
LCA photo tours are the complete package. You learn a lot about photography, you make friends and most importantly, you get to have an amazing time!
Georgette Mueller (Canada) – Ladakh in Winters (Jan 2017)
Chaitanya Varma (Bangalore) – Ladakh in Winters (Jan 2017)
Manfred Mueller (Canada) – Ladakh in Winters (Jan 2017)
I am slowly working my way through hundreds of wonderful images that I took last week during the Ladakh in Winters tour. Mountains, monasteries, festivals, frozen rivers, magnificent lakes and some ice hockey to make me feel at home. I had a great time shooting with Jassi and the rest of the group!
The weather cooperated some of the time, but given the location, flexibility in scheduling was definitely the order of the day, but we managed to cover most of the items we had set out to do. A bit of a warning to those who have not been at altitude in winter – shooting here is physically demanding because of the altitude and cold dry air in the Himalayas. The images that you can get will be worth that bit of effort and discomfort!
Thanks for the great experience Jassi – I had a lot of fun shooting with you.
Jayadheep Shanmugam (Chennai) – Ladakh in Winters (Jan 2017)
To be precise..this is by far the best trip I have even had.
I wanted to travel to Ladakh, since 2011. Even with detailed planning, I failed to take it.
This year I came across light-chasers on canon EDGE. I went through the testimonials to even consider further. Almost all the testimonials had a five-star user rating. I did not think further, I took the trip and the rest were beautiful memories.
Combining photography with travel is what attracted me in the first place. Being a novice in photography, the explanations and tips shared by Jassi helped me gain the knowledge and confidence. I felt myself improve each day, with the constructive criticism given by Jassi. I feel honoured to have learnt from a professional, talented and creative photographer.
The participants of the tour, also turned out to be exciting. We travelled together like friends and family and it was fun. Inspite of the harsh weather, most of the places mentioned in the itinerary were covered with utmost care to health, safety and comfort.
Thank you Jassi, for the wonderful trip and your mentorship. I am looking forward for many more trips with you in the future.
On conclusion of long and busy academic careers, I and my wife Neelam decided to combine travel and photography as our post retirement engagement. In looking to initiate the interest, we really turned lucky in having come across Xploring Light as the tour organisers and photomentors rolled into one. We joined their Mesmerising Ladakh tour in the summer of 2016. We greatly enjoyed the experience and also learnt photography literally from scratch, thanks primarily to the caliber and competence of Mr. Jassi Oberoi as both organiser and photomentor of the trip.
When Xploring Light announced their inaugural phototour of Varanasi in Nov 2016, joining them was a logical decision for me given my excellent experience with them in Ladakh. But on reaching Varanasi two challenges emerged unexpectedly and surely would have doomed the tour. First demonitisation was announced only a few days earlier and due to his personal emergency Mr. Jassi Oberoi could not make it to Varanasi. While due to these challenges the tour could have been a fiasco, Xploring Light produced another rabbit out of their hat, in form of Mr. Rajneesh Panwar, who again turned out to be an excellent organiser and a wonderful photomentor.
Hats off to Xploring Light for this another absolutely flawless photo tour. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and made excellent new friends. All I can say is that me and my wife Neelam are more or less permanent clients and do look forward to a long association with the Xploring Light.
Hamni Juni (Malaysia) – Spiritual Varanasi Nov. 2016
Capt. Rigved Bhatnagar (Hyderabad) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2016
Timothy Wong (Hong Kong) – Magical Pushkar and Spiritual Varanasi Nov. 2016
Pushkar and Varanasi tours were my first two photography tours with Xploring Light, and both were mentored by Rajneesh Panwar. Fortunately, my decision to join Light Chaser photography tours was correct, because my needs were fitted with their arrangements.
About the Pushkar tour, the itinerary allowed me to have enough time to capture my favourite topics in a series. Besides, an unexpected mini portrait session also gave me a surprise and a special photo series.
In the Varanasi tour, I did arrive one day in advance. Rajneesh provided an extra morning session for us before the actual itinerary begin. His effort was highly appreciated. There were many different activities in different places during Dev Deepawali, I definitely will miss some interesting moments if no Rajneesh’s guild and effort. Besides, our mentor arranged some review sessions. I was glad to watch the masterpieces of other experienced photographers and listen to their opinion. It was a special lesson in my photography life.
After these two workshops, I have full confidence with Xploring Light’ arrangement in activities, hotel and meals.
Rajoo Naik (Goa) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2016
Luba Fein (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Magical Pushkar, Nov. 2016
Sonali Devnani (Hong Kong) – Magical Pushkar, Nov. 2016
One year – three times already chasing light with Xploring Light and there’s always something new being on a tour with them. Before the tour has even come to an end my plan and request to block a seat on the next one is now a mandatory custom.
My second Pushkar tour last month with Xploring Light included many surprises such as mini portrait sessions, talks on exposure , composition and new technical knowledge all in the action packed three days. Every aspect of Pushkar is covered by the mentors that lead the group . An insider knowledge that even locals are unaware of, to every road, tea spot and photo opportunity in Pushkar. I have travelled across India for photography as attended workshops with many others but there has never been a more personalised and well planned tour like the ones Xploring Light offer and Needless to say, this event is marked on my annual calendar as a religious pilgrimage with them and I cannot imagine a visit without their guidance. My mentors Jassi ji and Rajneesh catered to the finest details … even to my preference of where I could enjoy an authentic Rajasthani breakfast …
I probably will never be able to attend anything that is so fantastically organised and taught by such passionate people. As always the mentors keep the group together, and on every tour just add another gem to the list of friends .. the long standing friendships I have made by attending these tours with like minded people has only made me fall in love with photography all over again … thank u for helping me passion my life .
Sahil Fauzdar (Noida) – Magical Pushkar, Nov. 2016
Pushkar… otherwise a sleepy town which marks the beginning of Thar… and come November, it starts to buzz. Brahma & the holy dip… camels & its herdsmen… the singers & their dancers… the pagdees & the ghunghat… The Bhopas & the kalbelias… and Rajneesh and Jassi… the Xploring Light.
What a wonderful experience of hospitality, warmth, mentor ship and photography. Tutorial trip was made so much fun, that nowhere it felt like lessons. It was all about meeting some wonderful people, some time tested wrinkled faces and some dusty hoof of camels, who gave way to some amazing pictures. What looked so divine in the images later was this seamless guidance of you guys.
It was an amazing experience… my first with you Xploring Light, but many more to come… you guys are the best !!!
Supriya Suriyanarayanan (Bangaluru) – Spiritual Varanasi
Belinda Bath (Hong Kong) – Spiritual Varanasi
Luba Fein (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Spiritual Varanasi
Dr. Kirti Gupta (Chandigarh) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
Mesmerizing ladakh: Somewhere in middle of August, when a group of sixteen strangers signed up for Exploring Ladakh with Xploring Light and Canon mentor, Jassi Oberai, little did they now that they would end up being friends for life and part of Xploring Light family or Jassi’s family.A trip so meticulously planned and executed by Jassi, a thorough gentleman, a photographer and guide par excellence and yet a teenager at heart when it comes to cracking jokes. Not only did they chase light, they chased fun, frolic with laughter riots, camping nights, milky ways, amidst interiors of Nubra valley, Aryan Valley, Turtuk, Dha, Hunder and Panong lake. Jassi Sir, the one who organized this trip looked after each one of us just as he would for his family, making us feel comfortable from beginning until the end of the trip. Only few realized that each day after long tiring road drives and journeys, how this man would stay put at the reception counter until each one of us had retired to our rooms to freshen up and yet he would be again at the dining table to give an hour long session on post processing techniques, his reviews and his constructive criticism. Hats off to you, Jassi. Supriya Suriyanarayanan, the chirpy girl bubbling with fun and laughter, who charmed us all with her generosity. Keep it alive girl.Gaganpreet Singh, who received a money order right in the middle of the night much to Aruna ji’s dismay!! And the one who would never stop to regale us with his hilarious one liners. Gagan: Entertainment tax is waived off for you on all your future trips with LC. Rishi Agrawal the ex-IITian, full of information on just about anything..It was great meeting you, dost.Nishant Singh, with new-found stardom, the new kid/photographer on the block. Sheik Faqruddin, the complacent one with charming personality and a sense of calm about him. Papiha, in her quest to fit everything in her frame, co-incidentally getting in everyone’s frame (on light note). Gargi Mukherjee, the girl on the front wheel drive impressing everyone with her clicks and with her interesting sighs (again on a lighter note). Immanuel Abraham the elusive one, a master photographer with milky ways and star trails. Susheel Durani and Ma’am, Neelam Durani: Admire your spirit and enthusiasm which made us run for cover, when we were out to shoot the galaxy in the middle of the night. Dhun: trying to find himself amidst a bunch of crazy photographers. Doc Saab, Shikhar, the ever observant one, who looked after all the sick ones with so much care. Aruna ji, my lips are sealed here (on lighter note again) Rajneesh Panwar: A mentor in grooming, his fish eye covered almost everyone in its circumference , though got skewed at times.
In ‘Long and short’ of it (Jassi 😉 …it was Jassi who brought us all together on this platform. Thanks for including me and us in your family of Xploring Light. This trip turned out to be truly mesmerizing for each one of us and we can’t agree more, we all arrived at our destinations with cards full of warm memories. Looking forward to many such trips…If its Ladakh..it got to be Xploring Light..
Dr. Kirti Gupta (Chandigarh) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
“A picture is worth a thousand words, a good picture is worth a million! That is exactly what the mentors at Xploring Light do; teach how to take ‘good’ pictures.
Photography was something that interested me, but it was limited to clicking random shots here and there. I had stumbled upon the web site a few days back. I wasn’t sure if going to a difficult terrain like Ladakh was the right thing to do, just to hone your photography skills. But Jassi and his team put all my doubts to rest in those ten days. Teaching photography is a passion that Jassi breathes on and lives to the core. He knows all the vantage locations, even in the remotest of villages, Turtuk, Dha, Hanu. He is ever eager to give tips on framing, composition and all the nuances of clicking with a quick session on post-processing as well.
You go with just a camera and come back not only with the skills to use it to the best but also indescribable experience of camping under starry skies, shooting stars, milk ways with new friends that no camera can capture.
Seeing Ladakh through Jassi’s lens is an unparalleled experience. .. Truly mesmerising”
Sheik Faqruddin (Singapore) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
It was few days before my last day at the job, was asking google to help me with to do something worthwhile which I could cherish for lifetime. Ladakh was one destination with high priority in my bucket list and “Xploring Light” had the perfect trip what I needed.
I would give a 7 star for this trip and Xploring Light Jassi Oberai and Rajneesh Panwar. Arrangement, Logistics, Photo Mentoring, Location Scouting, Review and Critics, Time Management and even the smallest details of comfort has been taken care off. Once you are with Xploring Light, only worry is to ensure you have enough Memory Card and you are able to capture what you visualise and the rest is taken care off. When I came back from this trip not only I got the photos I wanted, I had grown to be a better photographer both from technical skills as well as social skills perspective. Not to forget i have made very good friends and memory which will be cherished. Double thumps up for Xploring Light.
Susheel Durani (Mumbai) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
Gargi Mukherjee (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
Supriya Suriyanarayanan (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
Arunaa Singh (Lucknow) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
Gaganpreet Singh (Jodhpur) – Mesmerising Ladakh Aug 2016
I was delighted to attend the Mesmerising Ladakh Tour in August-Septemeber 2016.
It is one of the Longest Tours that Xploring Light offers which is also the unique USP of the tour. I would recommend this tour to photo enthusiasts who are eager to learn as you have nearly 11 days to learn 3 geners of photography namely Travel,Portrait and Landscape.Each Day you shoot pictures and show them to Jassi Oberai and then based on the pictures you are provided Inputs as to which areas you need to improve in terms of Composition,Framing and other vital aspects of photography.
If your are willing to Learn and perhaps UNLEARN some of the things that you have learnt in the past But your are not getting the desired results and want a close one on one guided photography tour experience this Tour is for you. All you need to do is pack your bags and reach Leh.
Lodging,Food and Travel is taken care of very well By Jassi Oberai in association with Letsleh.
The weekend spent with the Xploring Light was the most intriguing and informative. Not only did I get to enhance my skills but also learn ample from the more than willing and helpful mentors. As someone, who is constantly reaching out and trying to learn from every possible sphere, I feel this decision of mine will take me a long way.
I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in BW photography and for those who want to explore the world of processing.
Thank you so much. Looking forward to more workshop with the Team.
Nafisa Shakir Batta (New Delhi) – Mastering the art of Black and White Photography 2016
This workshop is amazing. Its a mix of two hardworking professionals illuminating others with their talent and vision.
Post processing is overwhelming, and heavily informative, for a newbie like me, and yet simplified and comprehensive. I think its a must do. Had recently attended the Portrait masterclass, which was so insightful, compelling me to register for this one. Jasminder Oberoi and Rajneesh Panwar, keep spreading the light.
Kopal Goel (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass 2016
Yogesh Gupta (Faridabad) – Mastering the art of Black and White Photography 2016
The experience of Kenya with Xploring Light was a truly exhilarating one. The tour was well managed but that is only a hygiene factor. The central point was that the energy and enthusiasm of the group led by Jassi was intoxicating. The love for nature and the care for wildlife that the team demonstrated goaded one to think about nature in a more inclusive way. Jassi and other participants were ever willing to share there immense knowledge of photography with a novice like me and always ensured that all participants got the best possible shot of the subject. I think I took a damn good decision to have opted for this trip and hope to do so in future too. Wish Xploring Light all the very best!!
Suraj Ravindra Das (Navi dilasMumbai) – The Great Migration, Masai Mara Sept 2014
Being bombarded with concerns & apprehensions from a lot of Friends about going to Masai Mara with Xploring Light in the month of September “After the Migration was over”, I was also slightly apprehensive about how the Tour would end up . . . But the Tour was an ABSOLUTE Thriller and a Photographic Delight to mention the least The tour was so well planned by Jassi Oberai that it suited all the requirements of a Photographer travelling for the first time to the Mecca of Wildlife, AFRICA. And the best part was covering Lake Nakuru & Lake Naivasha, which most of the so-called “AFRICA EXPERTS” do not cover these days to maximize their Profit shares But believe me Guys, if U don’t cover Lake Nakuru & Lake Naivasha, you do not know what an amazing Photo-Op you are missing… All in all, very Glad that I did my Africa Tour with Xploring Light
Venkatesan Selvaraj (Chennai) – The Great Migration, Masai Mara Sept 2014
Coming to my experience of Kenya tour with Xploring Light, I would say, simply, it is an amazing experience over all and nothing to comment anything adversely.Tough the tour was titled, ‘Great Migration’, we could hardly see any migration across the river Mara; However, the Mara moments were far, far more than migration; we could enjoy every moment, with a band of Jassi being the mentor, Raffel of Kenya, the game tracker and William, the wild driver of land cruiser, who never drives the vehicle, on the track, but, of course, off the track, so that we could encounter a thrilling and nerve-chilling moments with lions, leopard and cheetah; But for these people, the trip would not have been a grand, grand success; Also, the co-participants, Suraj, Suva, Dr. Poonam were very much instrumental in enhancing the spirit of the tour – special mention to be made here to Suraj, who was my room-mate and it was pleasure staying with him; Above all, there was nowhere any hitch in accommodation, food, and transport; Only thing, which I was not comfortable on certain occasions, was, when others speak in Hindi, I could not enjoy it, being a Tamilian and of course, it is my problem and Xploring Light could do nothing on this.
Dr. Poonam Singh (New Delhi) – The Great Migration, Masai Mara Sept 2014
Masai mara trip was my second go with Xploring Light the first one being Kanha photo tour earlier this year.and what a memorable experience it has been not just in terms of my endeavor to learn photography but also to visit these places as well.At the onset, I want to congratulate the Xploring Light team in carrying forward this trip despite the unanticipated Ebola threat and last moment fall- outs.It reflects a lot on the integrity and trust of a group in the future projects too. When you are travelling with Xploring Light, you are sure of all arrangements in automated perfect modes right from welcome at airport to packed meals in safari to safe and lovely resorts at all places we stayed in.One week after the trip I am quite missing feeling like a queen already.As far as photography learning goes since class attracts class, all the other participants were so much into advanced photography that you eat live and breathe photography 24×7. Be it exposure,composition,light or equipment I made everybody’s life quite miserable by my incorrigible queries on and off field.Despite being such well known figures of photography they all shared their compositions and pictures in viewfinders the kind of learning which no text book or tutorial can ever impart. Jassi even went to the extent of throwing ideas of compositions amidst those important moments of clicking.I was also trying to imbibe that finesse that was being aimed by stopping at the right places in terms of light or right angles.On a lighter note even our guide-cum-pilot became so photographically enabled that he was able to take us to the right spots. All in all, once in a lifetime experience which I would want to repeat many more times in this lifetime.Felt like a family,it was almost like a national integration where photography passionate heads from Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Mumbai and Delhi united under one roof to share one common interest photography. Long live photography.Thanks Xploring Light. Looking forwards to chase more lights around the world.
Vasuki Chandak (New Delhi) – Scintillating Sri Lanka (October 2015)
I have seen myself grow in these 10 days more than I have in the last few months- and not just as a photographer. The itinerary was exciting but the expedition outdid what each of us could expect. Jassi Sir’s smallest tweaks and suggestions went a long way in improving our skills. His dedication towards the growth of his students is sacred. There were days when we were up before sunrise and lived through entire action packed days and yet he was willing to lend his expert guidance – often till midnight hours. The trip allowed us to discover that photography wasn’t just about getting the right shots- but also about experiencing the stories behind them… and they can not be shared.. they can only be lived.
Arvind Madhok (Gurgaon) – Scintillating Sri Lanka (October 2015)
Xploring Light has always been my preference for learning photography from a long time. My first tour with Xploring Light was to St Petersburg in 2012, then to Leh Ladhak in 2013 & now to Sri Lanka in Oct 2015. Starting from scratch to whatever I can click now is the result of support & practical training by Mr Jassi and his group. Sri Lanka was truly an experience of its own kind as for your camera you find almost everything there. Starting from clean blue water beaches, beautiful sunsets, Jungle safaris,, hill stations with breath taking view of landscapes, tea gardens with amazing light shades, the heritage sights more than 2000yrs old and mouth watering food delicacies. Curd with honey my favourite dessert & Lion beer all time favourite.
Dr. Poonam Singh (New Delhi) – Scintillating Sri Lanka Oct. 2015
This is my fourth photography trip with XploringLight since Feb’14 which in itself is a stamp on their credentials. In fact, it took me some time to assimilate my words because I feel so much part of this group that anything good that I vocalise sounds like nepotism. Despite travelling alone i have never enquired about my room partner or other mates in the group,now I know within minutes a bond is formed. There are photography enthusiasts in different stages of learning and everyone is very patiently guided by Jassi. Its always a complete journey of photography for me where I revise my basics and also load my brain database with knowledge which is a little advanced for me at present but may be handy later.
In Srilanka in a short span of 8 days incredibly diverse bends were touched from historical world heritage sites to hill country to unspoilt beaches to national park to local theater. After a while the vehicle coursing our crew almost seemed like a caravan with all suitable comforts. Accommodations were all world class ranging from picturesque resorts to cosy apartment feel of hotels where at the end of the day dinner menu was vetoed by us amidst detailed reviews of whatever we had clicked that day. The itinerary was extremely streamlined but whenever the Lanka weather played awry, with a group conscience changes were amicably made to utilise the remnant hours.
We ate and lived like locals – sometimes tucking into authentic roadside spicy rice-curry and kotthu or enjoying fresh seafood from an oceanfront restaurant table or tasting indigenous fruits or browsing tea in tea lounges.
Thank you XploringLight and Nomadic Pursuits – together you are 1+1=11.
And if you are fishing for more compliments then I must reveal I have saved some for the next testimonial – yeah I plan to travel more often with this wonderful group.
Anjali Haridass, Bangalore
I had a wonderful trip to Pushkar with Xploring Light. Both Jassi Oberai and Subir Basak are amazing teachers – no holding back! Characteristics to be admired!!! They were always attentive to each participants needs. It was great seeing Pushkar through their eyes (partly) – a real ‘eye opener’… 🙂 !! Cheers to many more trips with you guys! Thank you!
Ketan shah, Mumbai
Pushkar has immense opportunities for different genres of photography like street, portrait, landscapes, culture etc. Jassi is now a best buddy of mine. A friend, guide and savior at times. Looking forward to many more tours. I had a wonderful learning experience.
Rajiv Desai, USA
The Vibrant Pushkar photography workshop was an exhilarating four days during which my initial inhibitions of being an amateur photographer amongst professionals melted away quickly, leading to extensive learning from the mentors and team members, brilliant photo opportunities, local cultural experiences and much more. During the workshop, my learning curve was positively steep, replete with technical tricks, tips and ideas. I left Pushkar with many satisfying images and a renewed passion to continue looking through the lens.
Sharat Kumar (Hyderabad) – Vibrant Pushkar 2014
Had a great trip to Pushkar with Jassi. Very well organised small group trip with personalized attention and suggestions. This trip to Pushkar and my interactions with Jassi has been a huge inspiration and a big learning experience. This will remain with me for ever. After I got back home I was reviewing my old pictures are realized small things that I had was ignoring in framing and focusing. I will make it a point to hold my camera at-least one hour every week. This is a promise I have made to myself.
Jassi – many thanks once again to be patient and to have taken me on this wonderful trip. I will keep an eye on your website/ emails for other trips. The real challenge for me is to balance my work and make time to join you on the photo trips. Thanks.
Isabel Posadas Aguado (Mexico) – Rang Leela 2013 and Vibrant Pushkar 2014
I´ve done two tours with Xploring Light, one was for Holi and the last one was for the Camel Festival in Pushkar. Both of them very well organized. Living and experiencing so important Indian celebrations with people who know what they talk about makes a huge difference. I always felt safe and enjoy every minute. Jassi is always keen to share with the group members his knowledge about photography and continuously gives advises on how to be better photographers. I can´t wait to take another tour with Xploring Light. They are the best!
Kuntal Paul (Bhubaneshwar) – Vibrant Pushkar 2014
It was a great experience to be part of Vibrant Pushkar Photo Tour organized by Xploring Light. Though I have been into photography for quite sometime now and received few distinctions in India and abroad, this tour gave me an opportunity to learn new things from our Mentor, Mr. Jassi Oberai. Thank you Jassiji, for your guidance and tips you shared during the tour and above all, for taking care of all of us. Entire tour was very well planned. I would definitely like to be part of such tours organized by Xploring Light in future.
Amit Abichandani (Mumbai) – Vibrant Pushkar 2014
This was the 1st time I went for a Photo tour with Xploring Light. It was indeed an honor for me to learn improvement skills on photography from Jassi. Earlier my thinking was, only high end lens can capture quality images, but quality depends major on how you make your camera behave to situations, is what I have learnt on this tour. Understanding composition, frames, lighting conditions,metering modes would surely help me in future. With every morning and new tips from Jassi my frames kept on improving. I would also like to mention, uptil now Jassi is the only Professional photographer whom I have met, had 100% accurate advice and suggestions he shared with entire group, unlike others who shared only 60 to 70% of their knowledge. Overall it was a wonderful experience and a special thanks to entire group for their love and support.
Achin Gupta (New Delhi) – Vibrant Pushkar 2014
It was an honour working with Jassi Sir in the field and learn during Pushkar’14 trip . It is terrific when few like minded people come along together, their energy, their motivation and their focus cannot be diminished then. To my dear friends from the tour, I really appreciate the knowledge that we shared among us and made friends. Our paths will definitely cross again considering our common passion. I would like to thank Jassi Sir for organizing this great tour and hopefully I will meet him again in near future in other photo tour. Thank you.
Swapnil Agaskar (Mumbai) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2015
I’ve been chasing the Pushkar dream for quite a few years now! Xploring Light (and Jassi) showed light to my chase finally!! Wonderful trip and a bagful of images….all thanks to Xploring Light!!
Supriya Suriyanarayanan (Bangalore) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2015
Writing this testimonial is hard. What can I say that hasn’t been said by all those who’ve experienced the Xploring Light brand of photography tours before me – I would just have to agree with them wholeheartedly and add my voice to the unison..
There’s very little you can fault with the Xploring Light experience. Remarkably well organised with fantastic transport, accommodation & food (i once remarked that whether i gain knowledge of photography or not, I certainly am gaining weight) they go the whole hog in ensuring the trip is seamlessly organised. All you have to worry about is your photography.
Talking of photography, a lot of research and hard work goes into ensuring you get great shots irrespective of how many photographers are on the scene . Jassi knows all the right places & the right people to help you go back with shots you can be proud of. My two trips with Jassi and Xploring Light, has fuelled my idee fixe for photography.
All said & done though, there’s one reason that brings me back to the XploringLight fold at every given opportunity – Jassi! The friend, guru & mentor all rolled into one affable, inspiring bundle.
This quote describes Jassi’s teaching philosophy accurately: “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” Do we then need any other reason to learn with Jassi and Xploring Light?
Anirban Bhattacharya (Oman, Muscat) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2015
I was following Jassi Ji nearly from 2013. Due to my present professional career demand I didn’t get an opportunity to have a photo tour with him. This time after a long preplan finally I was able to fly 2000 km from Muscat to Pushkar only to attend his photo tour in Pushkar. I knew its worth even you travel 20,000 km to attend his tour or course. Loved his style of teaching. Its very clear and with a sufficient justification. People says in photography “You get what you pay for” But for him its ” you get a lot and you practically pay nothing”. Apart form his brilliant mentoring I found him as awesome personality and very easily approachable. Wish my circumstances be again in favour of having many more tour and course with him. I very very strongly recommend his mentoring. Pushkar Tour 2015 was awesome. Wish him also very very rewarding professional career ahead.
Kunal Changia (Siliguri) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2015
Ok. So lot of testimonials will read out about how great an experience it was with Jassi sir and the learning they imbed during the workshop etc. etc. Well, that aspect of being a part of this Product called ‘Xploring Light Photography Workshops’ is definite & a cent percent guaranteed return.
But what else ?
So for me apart from all the above, one of the best things that happened during this trip was the Memories ! Oh yes, may sound too dramatic or melodramatic but that’s very much it. It was my first trip with Jassi Sir and somehow I still cant get over it. Besides all the learning and great shots that we got to take during the trip, it was the friends I made or the ‘GROUP’ that leaves behind a lifelong stamp of fulfilment when you think about the trip. You get to meet some amazingly amazingly wonderful people and somehow the bond you will built with them would be something you can cherish for the rest of your life. Once this thing happens then the learning becomes much more fun. I got to learn equally from everyone else in the group as from Jassi Sir. Frankly, I just want to be a part of other trips because most of the people I met during the workshop would be there and also will get to interact with so many others.
Lastly, at times we get so serious about photography or seeing the world through our camera viewfinder that we actually tend to ignore the larger picture of having fun in a predominantly new environment. This thing does not happen here as the fun quotient and the interactive learning ensures that you develop a keen penchant for Photography and identifying your subjects through your naked eyes which then definitely reflects back the best through your photographs ! In a nutshell ! It is all ‘Balle Balle’ with Jassi Sir and the rest of the group ! Kudos !
Sonali Devnani (Hong Kong) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2015
After having attended a number of workshops including the ones conducted by Magnum Photos I have to say this photography tour was very knowledgeable .. despite being a big group Jassi co-ordinated everything from the photography to the meals in the most perfect manner . I walked in knowing nobody who was attending it but i have to say i walked out making so many new friends and moreover memories .. there was never a dull moment at the tour .. be it 5 am shoots or late night gossip sessions … Jassi sir you indeed have so much patience to put up with all our queries and helped each of us individually dedicating a lot of time . the theory sessions were very helpful just shedding new light and reinstating all that we know about the basics of photography .. the fact that we were so many of us shooting, to see another person’s perspective on the same kind of subjects was learning in itself. Motivation from the others attending the tour was of great help as well … overall a fantastic experience .. and nevertheless the beginning of my tours at Xploring Light .. looking forward to the next one … Thank you Jassi sir for this opportunity … Eagerly waiting for march 2016.
Dr. Vimal Hemani (Rajkot) – Vibrant Pushkar Nov. 2015
Being a doctor, I will express in my professional terms, Jassi is an infection that gets on your nerves in first meeting. After Ladakh trip for 16 days when I plotted graph of Pushkar trip, it started tingling-numbness in every inch of my nerves. My biochemistry went beyond limits. His photograph themselves speak thousand words in his favour but apart from photos I like his management skills like IV Taxim and Metrogyl care for a postoperative patient. During the Pushakr trip we implanted him in our SA node. My photography skills were like apparently asymptomatic until I met you. Jassi provides tips for photography workshops like step ladder fever it’s like palpable thrill which just cannot be cured by any drug. Without your guidance it was a complete heart block and cannot be recovered up even with DC shock. Without anaesthesia, you operate on my skills and shots you don’t even care when post-OP complication start.When you treat diseases, you win or lose. But, when you treat a person, you win no matter what the outcome. Likewise you have won all the hearts that come into the contact including mine.
Shreya Sen on Nomadic Ladakh – a photography expedition to Ladakh
Wanted to drop a thank you note to Xploring Light and Canon for our recent photo expedition to Ladakh. Specially to Jassi sir for patiently answering my relentless questions, always making us laugh with his light heartedness, genuine & kind personality. Pankaj sir for his support and willingness to listen, guide and give valuable feedback which made it a great learning experience. Really also appreciate Jassi sir’s enthusiasm and passion to make the effort to see to it that we covered most of landscapes, monasteries, people of Ladakh and make the most of this beautiful place as a traveller and more importantly as a photographer. Was great to share this journey with fellow enthusiasts and a group who were so talented and equally passionate about creating beautiful images. I am glad that even though we were a bunch of strangers we had our share of laughter, tad bit of drama and whole lot of Maggie, chai and fun which made Ladakh lot more memorable than I expected it to be. I also wanted to personally thank my room mate Sunayna who is also a part of Xploring Light. Thank you SUU this trip would not have been as much fun without your laughing hysterics and crazy conversations. Looking forward to Pushkar next!! I strongly recommend anyone who enjoys photography and traveling to join in these tours with Xploring Light. I am an extremely shy person but at no point did I feel uncomfortable or out of place during the tour thanks to being on a platform with people who shared the same love for photography as I do. Secondly you learn a lot more since one is in a practical field along with experts and other photographers. I wish Xploring Light the best and hope to chase many more photographic journeys in the future with you guys.
Kritika Kishore (New Delhi) – Mesmerising Ladakh – Aug. 2014
Ladakh was an immortal experience. Jassi and the group were so supportive with the exact same love and passion for photography as I have which made it an even more fun trip. Learning, Exploring and getting Submerged in natural beauty in complete awe. The preparations, the guidance, the care– everything made this trip a very very successful event for me. I made some great friends and mentors for life. I am grateful. Thank you Jassi Oberoi and Pankaj Anand.
Hitesh Chhabra (Mumbai) – Mesmerising Ladakh – Aug 2014
New friends, New places, New relationships truly a Spellbinding Trip organised by Light Chasers. I wanted to join Mesmerizing Ladakh Photo Tour in 2013 itself but due to some reasons couldn’t join in but I am Glad everything turned out well in 2014 and here I am, a week has passed already and I am missing it to the core. Met people who are Gentle at heart and really passionate. Each and every location right from Jispa to Aryan Valley was mesmerizing. Training given by Jasminder Sir really helped us to visualize things near us in a completely different way. The best part was that Sir also fulfilled the promise given to some people regarding their pictures. I had never imagined such beautiful places. The amount of research done by him on each and every place is truly amazing. It is really hard to take best pictures every year if you visit the same place but Sir manages every time which amazed us even more. Each and every genre of photography was covered whether it be Portraits, Nightscapes & Landscapes, also Light Painting. Kudos to all his efforts in taking care of each and every member specially the night where Jassi Sir and Pankaj Sir sacrificed their sleep and made sure one of the team member is fine. I would call this one of my BEST trip of all times. I had only written Nubra Valley and Pangong Tso in my bucket list but after exploring all these Beautiful unknown places I wish to revisit again specially Turtuk and Aryan Valley. Sir: “djule thugdzetche” for this Wonderful experience of lifetime.
Hitesh Goswami (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh – Aug. 2014
Most wonderful experience I have ever had. I think it is one of my best decision to register for the Mesmerizing Ladakh tour with XploringLight. The best part about XploringLight is the man himself, Jassi Sir. I am sure you would not enjoy the beauty of Leh_Ladakh unless you see it through the lens of Jassi Sir. I would like to commend him for the way he planned the tour and managed the group. The best part is, that every stage he made sure that the group members comfort is not compromised. We were accommodated at the best hotels, tent resorts, food and travel. I am sure the places we visited, the destinations, the photography opportunity spots that were shown to us by Jassi Sir, we would have never seen, if we would have planned it alone or with family or friends. Jassi Sir just knows the place so well that you will never miss a single scenic beauty in Leh ladakh, be it in terms of landscapes, Horses running in an open field, beautiful looking people for portrait shooting, clear non cluterous and star filled night skies, running stream, lakes or rivers, high altitude passes like Khardungla or Changla. You think of the situation and you would have seen it and captured it in the 10 days tour. Learning photography was sheer pleasure from the genius (Jassi Sir). He is superlatively patient and superiorly talented and he will make sure that he will transfer all his experience, expertise and knowledge regarding photography at every possible opportunity. You might start the tour as a random photo clicker but you will surely leave as a photographer. I can go on and on an on. Finally, guys, this is one tour you should enroll for if you like photography and also want to enjoy Leh-Ladakh in its true mesmerizing beauty. Thank you Jassi Sir for everything. Wish you all the success and looking forward to joining for another photo tour with Xploring Light 🙂 Cheers !!!
Nitin Agarwal (California, USA) – Mesmerising Ladakh – Aug 2014
Ladakh is a truly mesmerizing adventure, especially for photographers. I have been wanting to go to this place for quite sometime and finally when I got a chance, it was simply amazing. I came to know about light-chasers by simply browsing online. Initially, I was a little hesitant as to how are photo tours conducted in India. But after meeting Jassi Oberoi, I had no doubts that I would love this excursion. He is a nice mentor to have, down to earth and caring as well. Being on the tour with him, we could totally enjoy, learn and soak in the beauty of Ladakh. He is extremely well prepared to handle every natural mishap there might be during the expedition. He keeps our comfort and learning at the top of his priority list. Finally, I would like to say that I would definitely recommend photo tours with light-chasers because with them, learning simply doesn’t end here, it continues life long.
Suvro Ghosh (New Delhi) – Mesmerising Ladakh, June 2014
Ladakh trip was there in my mind for a long time. As all know, this place can only be compared with ‘Heaven on Earth’ and it will always remain ‘Mesmerising’ anyway. That’s not what I would like to say now. The trip ‘Mesmerising Ladakh’ June-July2014 I participated was organised by Xploring Light was just an experience on its own. I know Jassi for few years now and the least I would like to say that he is a gem of a person to be with and be around. In this trip I came to know him little more. He is far from any tour operator, rather a friend, philosopher and guide in all means. That too 24×7. May that be early morning making everyone get up to ensuring everyone had food to checking photographs of all participants and helping them improve the quality of photographs. I think only he could manage to gather other 14 of us, who could mingle in no time from day one and experience this lifetime experience for next two week plus time. In spite of all hurdles nature put forward, the beauty of the place along with the like minded people together, it always ended with only aloud laughter. Hats of to Jassi for all his efforts and thanks again to all the team members. I hope to meet all of them in another trip, so if not anything, we can laugh together once again as we did in this trip.
Neeraj Jain (Chandigarh) – Memserising Ladakh, June, 2014
A drive to Ladakh had long been on my bucket list. When I got to know about a photo trip to Ladakh I knew this was it. What better way to visit a place you so long desired to than in the company of like minded photographers. But what I got on the tour was a lot more than that. Jassi knows the region at the back of his hand. His immaculate planning, detailed itinerary, focus on the smallest detail and his vast knowledge on the subject of photography was much more than I anticipated. The arrangements of cars, stays in camps/hotels/guest houses and other arrangements were all without any hiccups. Our stopping every now and then for small photo sessions on roadside were very rewarding. To arrange for a tour as smooth in such remote corners is no mean job and Jassi pulled it off fantastically. As for his commitment, photo skills and teaching attitude I believe there could be none better. He has been an excellent friend, mentor and guide on the tour. To top it all other participants were all great people to be with and the learning, fun, laughter and every other moment of the tour will be cherished for a long time to come.
Neeta Shankar (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh, June 2014
We had been to Ladakh this year with Xploring Light and had an absolutely wonderful time!! It is always fun to travel with fellow photographers as you always tend to learn and observe something new. I have known Jassi for quite sometime now. Having known him, I knew the arrangements would be just perfect and it would be a great experience to travel with one of the best landscape photographers in India. The tour was amazing of course, the stay was arranged in the most picturesque locations possible! The best part of it all was the company. I got to meet some of the nicest people ever and I don’t remember laughing so much in any other trip. I think the journey matters more than the destination and the company you travel with matters more than the journey itself. I had a small mishap where my equipment malfunctioned right at the beginning of the trip. It so happens that the pictures from my previous trip to Ladakh in 2010 were also lost due to a hard drive failure. Talk about bad luck! I was feeling so disheartened that I would once again miss out on some amazing frames. But Jassi to the rescue, lent me another replacement lens, which literally saved my trip! Jassi, I owe you big time for that!
Varun Giridhara (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh, June 2014
My wife and I hardly go on organized tours. We like doing the booking ourselves. We have known Jassi for a while now and the moment we saw that he is organizing a photo tour to Ladakh, we didn’t think much before booking it. We had the confidence in him and his company Xploring Light that it will be a very well organized tour and won’t be the usual run-of-the-mill organized tour for tourists. Arrangements made even in the remotest part of Ladakh were brilliant. The views we had from our rooms/tents were breathtaking to say the least. Jassi was available 24*7 for any help anyone needed and made sure the well-being of all participants was well taken care of. The aptly titled Mesmerizing Ladakh photo tour organized by Xploring Light was indeed a mesmerising experience and something we’ll always cherish.
Khushboo Bhatia (New Delhi) – Mesmerising Ladakh, June 2014
The Mesmerizing Ladakh photo tour, organized by Jassi (Xploring Light), truly justified it’s name, not only in terms of the place, but also in terms of an individual and group. The facilities, the places covered, the stay arrangements were amazing. I went to Leh for the first time and had it not been with Jassi, I wouldn’t have seen the places we saw in this tour. The breathtaking beauty of the remote places, the beautiful smiles greeting us, the hospitality of those people made us believe that every element composing these places was equally beautiful. The beauty was in air. Jassi has always been helping us with our shots. He was a mentor, a friend, and a teacher, all at the same time. He would entertain our slightest of concerns and would make sure of finding a solution for it. The stay was not easy due to high altitude, but measures taken by him did not make us feel uncomfortable at any moment. He was always present was anything to everything. Moreover, as an icing on the cake, the group I went with composed of amazing, caring, hilarious, light hearted, strong minded and interesting people. Mesmerizing Ladakh was a truly mesmerizing experience for me. I wish to thank Xploring Light, Jassi and all the participants for making it an experience of a lifetime. Hoping to join in for another tour soon. Loads of love and good wishes… Khushboo Bhatia
Soham Modak (Mumbai) – Mesmerising Ladakh, June 2014
I have been trying to travel to Leh – Ladakh since last 3 – 4 years but all efforts had been in vain. This year tho i decided to travel no matter what & started searching for decent itineraries but couldn’t find anything that caught my eye in particular. Xploring Light with their Mesmerising Ladakh Photo Tour came to my rescue when all else failed with their unique & dedicated tour plan focusing on Photography & thats what set them aside from everyone else. Jassi Sir was patient enough to answer all my queries however silly they might have been at the earliest & without any reservations & i finally signed up for the tour still with a little hesitation as i had never travelled with completely unknown people but again Jassi Sir came to my rescue & made me feel very comfortable the moment i met him at the bus stop to leave for Manali & form then ahead the journey was a cruise in every sense. All my fellow tour members were from different walks of life & they all had different views in terms of photography & thats what helped me on a personal level to understand & learn soo many things which had never crossed my mind & to add to that Jassi was always there with us to help us out in every way possible & he kept on guiding us regarding all most every single aspect how much ever relevant or irrelevant at that time. At no point did Jassi make us feel that he was just there because it was his job as he was present there 100% because he wanted to be there… The arrangements like stay, food, places we visited all were taken care soo perfectly by Jassi which was amazing despite the fact that we coincidently visited Leh during Kalchakra 2014 which did surely pose a challenge. I have personally seen a change in my photographs & they have become better & better with almost each passing day which couldn’t have been possible without Jassi Sir’s help, review & guidance. The “cherry on top” was that the entire group gelled soo well which raised the fun factor in everything for from ROFL moments at all meal tables weather in hotels/tents or even roadside eateries, drinking weird named juices at restaurants, cracking jokes & even teasing each others with lolly-pop’s… I met these people as fellow tour mates but left as friends waiting to meet up again. Ladakh is in every sense Mesmerising beyond compare & doubt, but what made the entire trip epic for me was that i choose Xploring Light to experience this journey with & it was fulfilling in every sense to make me wanna go back there over & over again only with Jassi & Xploring Light. I met Jassi as a mentor, guide at the start but left with him as a new friend with nothing more that a new found love & respect for him & his dedication to what he loves most, photography. Thank You Jassi & Xploring Light for this wonderful experience, cant wait for another one soon.
Binit Patel (Ahmedabad) – Mesmersing Ladakh, June 2014
What to say where to start its pretty much confusing but lets begin anyways I traveled with Jassi Oberai on The Mesmerizing Ladakh photo tour in June 2014 it was unforgettable trip in best of the manner before going on trip I always thought that accommodations will be pretty basic Leh onwards but Jassi provided us with best possible accommodations at all places we stayed, apart from stays Jassi also looked after the health aspects of the whole group which was quite critical part for all of us on trip as most of us weren’t used to the high altitudes and extreme changes in temperatures and lastly the most importantly it was truly a great photo tour with the Xploring Light I didn’t feel like a tourist who is just shooting at particular spots but felt like a traveler who explored the places as I wished for as we were allowed to stop cars and shoot as frequently as we want rather than just going from point A to B with fixed time. Jassi as tour mentor was easily approachable for guidance anytime during the trip and in evening we had lectures regarding different camera settings and lighting conditions etc. which helped my photography in many ways. in short had best of the time as an explorer and photographer I will surely be traveling with Xploring Light again.
Rhucha Kulkarni (Mumbai) – Mesmerising Ladakh, June 2014
Offbeat places, laugh-riots and fun riots, photography techniques, new people, common Passions .. what more can be said about a trip that has turned out to be a trip of a lifetime for us ! “Mesmerizing Ladakh” was truly one of its kind ..words may not do justice to the breath-taking experience we had ! What really caught my attention is the truly offbeat itinery which was designed so as to include least trodden places – ranging from near the frontiers of PoK ( Turtuk ) to that of Tibet (Maan, Pangong). I had been planning for a Ladakh trip since quite sometime and the double benefit of this unique itinery along with the idea of learning from a like-minded group urged me to take this up…Learning techniques and tips from Jassi and others in the group was very useful … What really helped is the frequent halts at scenic locations to suit our photography tastes & for someone like me – trying out new styles such as slow shutter, start trails, time lapse etc.. Jassi personally ensured the arrangements were the best possible especially looking at the remoteness of some locations. His support and care helped us acclimatize well and ensured we were fit and going throughout the trip. He personally pays a lot of attention to minute details of the journey ensuring everyone got to know each other and had a blast – courtesy his JD (Jassi’s dawai) and laugh riots. All in all it was an unforgettable trip where we lost track of time in the midst of breathtaking beauty.. and now are suffering from “Mesmerizing Ladakh” withdrawal symptoms which can be cured only by a similar trip !! I would definitely love to grab the next opportunity that comes my way … Thanks a lot Xploring Light for a once in a lifetime experience !
Manoj Finava, Rajkot
Wonderful. The mentor and other colleagues were very experienced and cooperative and ready to teach where we went wrong. In short, very nice.
Arvind Lodha, Chennai
It was my first ever tour and I had a great learning experience of all aspects of people photography.
Sunayana Khot (Singapore) on Nomadic Ladakh – a photography expedition to Ladakh
Glad to be part of this tour where mentors helped participants to understand the technicalities of photography at personal level. Will eagerly wait of future tours with Xploring Light and Canon.
Yash Dalvi (Mumbai) on Nomadic Ladakh – a photography expedition to Ladakh
Amazing experience at Nomadic Ladakh photo tour in terms of help, interaction and opportunities. It was great to see the comfort of the group and give & take between participants.
Madhav Swar (Goa) on Nomadic Ladakh – a photography expedition to Ladakh
The photo tour (Nomadic Ladakh) has helped me greatly in understanding technical aspects of photography and has also helped me in improving my skills. Will look forward to more such tours from Xploring Light and Canon.
John Pinheiro (Goa) on Nomadic Ladakh – a photography expedition to Ladakh
Nomadic Ladakh tour was much better than my expectations. Planned well. enjoyed every bit of it. Worth the money spent.
Nandish Mehta (Mumbai) on Nomadic Ladakh – a photography expedition to Ladakh
Learnt a lot of technicalities pertaining to composition, exposure, light etc. in this tour. I liked the connect of host with all the participants and personal touch given by them.
Raj Dave (Mumbai) on Nomadic Ladakh – a photography expedition to Ladakh
The Nomadic Ladakh photo tour has helped me greatly in understanding the technical aspects of photography and has also helped me in improving my skills. We look forward to more such tours from Canon and Xploring Light.
Amey Kulkarni (Mumbai) – Mesmerising Ladakh, June 2014
The ‘Mesmerizing Ladakh’ photo tour organized by Xploring Light was truly mesmerizing in all senses. The Xploring Light team, especially Jassi ensured that this would become the journey of a lifetime for us. Even before the start of the tour the emails articulating the minutest of details prepared us for this wonderful trip. In the entire duration of the trip Jassi took great care of us, be it giving us medicines to combat AMS, providing us with water or instructing us on the dos and don’ts. The accommodation arrangements in all the locations (however remote they might be) were first-class. Jassi personally ensured that we are comfortable in these places. The wonderful part of the trip was its unique itinerary, taking us to places which are beyond words. The daily schedule provided us ample opportunities to capture the beauty of the ‘Land of High Passes’through our lenses. With Jassi’s expert guidance, there was a lot that we learned and have carried back with us. What truly made this trip memorable were the fellow participants. We were all a big happy, laughing family cracking jokes and learning from each other. I would like to thank Xploring Light and Jassi for organizing this trip and making sure we take back countless memories of it with us. This is a start of many more such tours to come for me with Xploring Light.
Dr. Vimal Hemani (Rajkot) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Ladakh Photography Tour for 16 days? As a practicing surgeon, obviously I can’t spare so many days from my practice. And will it be worth it? This was my apprehension towards going out for photography but my friend Binit Patel made my choice easier. He insisted i go to the Mesmerizing Ladakh Photo Tour with Xploring Light, i.e. Jassi Obaroi. Apprehension continued till the time I met my fellow colleagues Satya and Ashwini on Delhi Airport and it ended when we met Jassi in Srinagar. Such a charming, humble, witty, down to earth personality Jassi is… It’s very hard to find such qualities in great people from any field. As far as the tour goes, it exceeded the expectations set by my friend. The tour was planned meticulously. Accommodations everywhere were at the best possible locations and Jassi always made sure that we had the best food and looked after us throughout. He made sure that no one fell sick and if someone did, he was always there to take care of him or her. As a photography mentor, he is very simple, approachable and ready to guide us in getting the best possible shots. He would let all the cars stop, locate the compositions, teach and discuss until everyone of us was satisfied and had the best possible shots. And like a great teacher, he gave us a lot of tasks to frame good compositions at any given places. He would check everyone’s pictures and would discuss on the spot. Evenings were dedicated for discussions and reviews. He reviewed everyone’s best pictures and discussed ways to edit them to enhance their effect. If I were to use a cooking analogy – he’s the master chef mentor who not only gave us the RAW material to cook a good dish, he also taught how to mix all the ingredients and how much to use technology and technical knowledge. By that I mean, he also gave a crash course of Photoshop and Lightroom to make the dish look great and perfectly garnished. Fellow photographer colleagues too made sure to complement Jassi. The bonhomie among the group ensured we took care of each other, clicked, discussed, laughed, shopped, ate and enjoyed the tour thoroughly. And by the end of the tour, every stranger from different parts of India became a close knit family. To summarise, I would request everyone, who reads this testimonial, that if you are passionate about photography, if you are keen on learning photography, if you love to explore places where usually people don’t go, go with Jassi Obaroi (Xploring Light). You won’t get anything but the best. And of course… I wish they had given more stars to rate. 5 stars are just not enough for Jassi jee because “Jassi Jaisa Koi Nahin.”
Prakash Wadhwani (Muscat) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Xploring Light & Jassi Oberai … A well known name that is highly respected in the Photographic Community !! There’s a reason for that … Read On … Ladakh … That word springs visions of prisitine, untouched almost virginal beauty. The scenic splendor of the soaring mountains and enchanting valleys, coupled with the vibrancy of its cultural life, makes Ladakh one of the least discovered destinations; an adventure to feed the soul and enrich the senses. When a friend of mine invited me to join the trip I wasn’t willing as I already had other plans in place. However on hearing the destination (Ladakh) I was tempted … Furthermore when I was informed it was being organized by Xploring Light (Jassi Oberai), that clinched the deal for me. I joined the trip with very high expectations & well … what can I say … each & every one of them were met … and then some more 🙂 Pre-Travel pointers of what to expect with cautionary advice as to the weather conditions, high-altitude care, attire & medical advise, misc things to carry, general caveats, etc. were all there explicitly listed. Any doubts brought up by us were immediately addressed by Jassi, virtually immediately online. Accommodations, Food, Travel Arrangements, Planning, etc. were all bang on. Right from Conception and Inception to Execution … everything went down like clockwork. Now down to technicalities … Jassi is an ocean of knowledge & left no stone unturned to share, tutor & guide all of us present on various aspects from composition & framing to exposure. How to view/assess the frame, what to look for in a frame that would make it eye-catching and an “approach plan” that would ensure a powerful image, were all addressed. On request he even took up a “post-processing” class starting right from the basics of ACR/Lightroom … to migrating the image into Photoshop for advanced processing. This 3-Hour session was crammed with almost 30 hours of goodies. Absolutely Incredible !! Jassi took great pains to ensure the adage … “The devil is in the details”. On this tour we all met, bonded & emerged into 1 “extended family”. “Everyone was there for Everyone”, be it trivial photographic queries, sharing knowledge, having laugh riots, caring for each other during emotional moments or health issues, etc. The blues of breaking away & each going their own separate ways still lingers on, leaving mixed feelings of “highs” of moments shared, tinged with the sadness of separation. On the bright side … we always have more trips to look forward to … with Xploring Light !! 🙂 Great Value for Money … Nourishing for the Soul …
Ashwini Kumar Gupta (Pune) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Let me begin by stating that I am a rank beginner in photography and was slightly sceptic while registering for this photo tour. But then I had always wanted to take up photography as a hobby and was also keen on visiting Ladakh. So, I took the plunge after a long period of reflection and am really glad now that I did so. Travelling along with photographers not only allowed me to explore my camera but also made me realize that there can be various different perspectives to look at things. I don’t think it would have been possible to learn so much from a manual, video or workshop. As far as the itinerary is concerned, it was really well planned to include all must-shoot spots. The facilities were as good as they could get at those particular places. Even when the weather played spoilsport with our plans, suitable alternative arrangements were made in no time. Talking about food, it would be easier to just mention that very often we considered rechristening this as a food trip instead. And in between meals, we had a never-ending supply of KFC (Khakhra, Fafda and Chivda). Jassi is a perfect mentor. He not only shared his compositions but also encouraged us to explore on our own. His sessions on exposure, composition and post-processing were like icing on the cake. Jassi even ensured that we all had a generous supply of acclimatization medicine. I am really looking forward to joining Xploring Light for more photo tours in the future and there would be no speck of hesitation in my mind the next time…
Supriya S. (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Ladakh is like the trip of a lifetime for most people. As a photography novice, there was no better place for me to learn the basics than in Ladakh. The endless landscapes, skies that speak, the nicest people would all prove to be perfect photography subjects. And a place like Ladakh deserves people who can help you appreciate & showcase the beauty of this surreal, otherworldly location. Which is why I chose to go with XploringLight. The tour has helped me with the technicality of photography – exposure, aperture, light etc, – in the context of the people and places in Ladakh. The focus is not just on clicking pictures but also connecting with the locals & the places we visit. Travelling with photographers and Jassi has helped me challenge myself – to look around me with a new perspective, one that hopefully does justice to this magnificent place! The locations were thoughtfully chosen. Less touristy places like Turtuk, Dah and Tso Moriri were excellent additions to the itinerary. Jassi is a mentor par excellence. His objective, which he clarified right at the outset, was not to hide from us, but to share all he knows about photography with us. We had structured sessions on composition, exposure & photography equipment and countless impromptu sessions. He shared his compositions with us, provided immediate feedback when asked and constantly motivated us to “see” differently. Photography aside, he was always attentive to our requirements. He was always ready with medicines, food, rest stops to help us cope with the weather in Ladakh. While on the trip to Ladakh, I signed up with them for their Pushkar tour in November. Need I say any more?
Satya Narayan Panda (Gurgaon) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Ladakh, was always a dream destination and was there in my travel calendar since last so many years. I always wanted to go on a road trip to Ladakh from Srinagar to Manali via Leh. I had started photography as a hobby very recently (only 7-8 Months back) and for an amateur photographer there is no better place than Ladakh to learn photography basics. The scenic beauty of Ladakh has always attracted tourist from India and abroad, no wonder I was one of them. I have been associated with Jassi (Xploring Light) since past 6-7 months. I have attended couple of photography master class conducted by Canon and mentored by Jassi. Jassi is a tremendous mentor and most importantly he is a gem of a person. His objective is not to hide anything but to share as much as he can to others which you will hardly find these days. This is what attracted me in this organized group tour otherwise I was never a group tour fellow. I had always liked to travel solo or with my family or few friends. The itinerary of Xploring Light had always been different and none of the other group of tour organizers can be compared to it. The Turtuk , Dah Hanu and Aryan Valley (villages at Ladakh ) were the special attractions of this tour. It was a well-organized one and all the accommodations arranged by Jassi were the best and at strategic locations. He always made sure that we had the best possible food throughout the tour and made sure that no one fell sick on this tour. He provided us the “do and don’ts” of the tour and also provided medicines as and when necessary to mitigate high altitude sickness. I can’t even comment on Jassi’s photography skills and knowledge as it beyond my level .For me, he is best mentor I have come across this date. Again he is a gem of a person as mentioned earlier he is always open to any discussions related to photography. I just want to convey for all the PPl reading , “Anyone interested to explore Ladakh and passionate about photography “ – then you have only one choice Jassi “Xploring Light”. Go and click your best of the best images with Jassi which will always will remain close to your heart……
Moushumee K Jha (Gurgaon) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
This was the first time i have ever attended a workshop. I mostly travel alone as it keeps me calm and I am able to focus better. But I gave in to the temptation to travel to the far land of the Lamas with the ‘Xploring Light’ this time, and I came back with a whole new experience. An itinerary packed with action from dusk to dawn, yet laughter, gossip, constructive discussions, reviews, ideas, and work found it’s way to our routine anyways. It was a great team, full of energy and positive attitude. Our Mentor Jasminder Oberoi, made us feel comfortable, and took great care of each one of us, so that we could concentrate only on learning during the entire trip. A great task master when photography is concerned, and at the same time he is one of us while cracking a joke and bursting into laughter every now and then.Thank you Jassi, I am grateful to you for an incredible trip, and to me this is just the beginning of many more such voyages together. You are a great mentor and a wonderful human being. And of course thank you my new extraordinary friends, You all have made this trip such a memorable one..
Dr. Poonam Singh (New Delhi) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Miss the snowfall slicking the high passes and clouds so low
I close my eyes as if I am on a fatal edge
Miss the sound of screechy car brakes on those z hair pin bends across granular pointy mountain erosions
Miss the apparently tiny bikers on those hair pin bends their size mapping the magnitude of the mighty himalayas
Miss the lens’ desparate chase of golden light painting the fossil like architecture of leh
Miss the soupy thukpa,cheesy sabagleb of tibetan kitchen vacillating in the chill of warm sun and the warmth of cool wind
Miss the hilltop perched monasteries with colorful prayer flags & wheels with whitewashed sequence of stupas
Miss those endless drives in infinite ravines with so many shades of brown even nerolac needs a update on shade cards
Miss that first sight of a glint of turqoise pangong tso
when horizon only knew white and brown
Miss the aroma of dalchini green tea with palate burning y y noodles at top of mountain khardung la
Miss seeking intriguing portaitures in hidden village turtuk trekking in the mustard field lined water streams
shoulders just about balancing that heavy lens
Miss those dark nights with clear skies in valleys clutched amidst snowcapped ridges
eyes open sometimes to catch some breath sometimes just to admire the flowery print of tent
Miss the sand dunes of nubra with layers of mountain
trying in vain to capture all dimensions that eyes can possibly see
Miss my confused calls – koi exposure to bata do ,white balance cloud or shade and
those metered discussions in oxygen deprived brains.
Thanks all mates, united in photography that we are,will cross some paths again.
Special thanks to Xploring Light for such a wonderful trip although I don’t need to thank as for me Xploring Light is a family. Dreams do come true.
Haemanth B G (Muscat) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
It was my right choice to choose Xploring Light for Ladakh trip this time. I am very happy to be part of this wonderful group of people and excellent mentor Jassi. One thing I regret is that I failed to recognize the hidden knowledge and experience of our lovely Mentor ‘THE JASSI” and missed to grab his photography experiences. Mr. Jassi you are an excellent person to be with and we never felt we are away from our family.
Being with fellow photographers I could exchange the our experience. The bonding with people I was with made a new group of like minded Xploring Light.
I planned our holidays; as per this schedule to come from Muscat was a right decision. I would be very honored if I get an another opportunity to join Xploring Light for future expeditions.
Thank you very much Mr. Jassi for this wonderful experience.
Rakesh Nagavarapu (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
I used to think organised tours are always boring and used to plan by myself. But my perception have completely changed after travelling with Xploring Light for Ladakh trip after a friends’ recommendation. Also, this is my first Photo tour and is a one wonderful experience. Taking off from work for 13 days and travelling is not easy and I can strongly say it one of the best decisions I have taken. It is totally worth it. Jassi, is an amazing man and he takes care of every minute thing and is a meticulous planner. Travel with him, am sure it will change the way you look at things and photography. Coming back from the trip, I was really happy to see the difference in how I have been taking photographs on the first day and the last day. The amount of knowledge he provides is phenomenal. One should be lucky to get a Guru like him. I am thankful for all the guidance he provided in the tour. Highly recommend Xploring Light and I won’t look back travelling with him again!!
Anukriti Mehrotra (New Delhi) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Every traveler has a different story of Ladakh! Every traveler has a vision that is different from others, when he/she is in Ladakh. Ladakh, the most enchanting destination in India for world & Indian travelers was on my list for a long time. One keeps wondering what’s so different about this beautiful place and why it’s called the Pride of India! Well there are many stories to it, but what’s so different about this place is the amazing culture,people and the most diverse and the most beautiful landscape it has to offer.
Pictures and words, my only tools to capture the overwhelming physical and emotional experience of driving through one of the most awe-inspiring places on earth, Leh- Ladakh. The land of soaring Himalayan peaks and swirling, mighty rivers, serene Gompas and the occasional tinkle of a bell from a yak, Ladakh is a land which beckons you to visit again and again.
So when I got the opportunity to go there under the guidance of Jassi sir, I was very excited to explore the most untouched place in India. As a photography mentor, he is very simple and helpful. Whenever we were in some difficulties whether, about the composition , lights or any technical thing regarding photography, he was always there to guide us. He shared his views, experiences, compositions with us. He gave immediate feedback when asked and constantly motivated us.
During my trip, I was really interested in capturing the lifestyle and culture of ladakhi people rather than landscape. Living with them, observing their culture, and learning so much from them was a heartfelt experience. Their beautiful match-box like Ladakhi houses, with organic gardens, cosy rooms, hundreds of copper utensils, and the warm families living there, left a great impression on me.
The high altitude of Ladakh makes for an interesting transition. I was careful not to exert too much energy during the first few days. The first time that I noticed the effects of the high altitude, and so much of travelling, was when I sucked with back pain and it was killing me from inside, but I was strong enough from inside to recover that pain after seeing the children and people who live there in that hard conditions and even they work hard with smile on their face all the time.
The hotels and tents were very comfortable to stay, and were at the right places throughout the tour.
Our journey on-wards to Nubra Valley took us through Khardung La – the highest motor-able road in the world. When we reached the highest point of the Pass, I felt like I had reached the top of the world – it was a surreal feeling. There was a small cafeteria run by the Indian Military serving tea and coffee to travelers. Hats off to these soldiers! There were many other awe moment for me in the whole tour of Leh-Ladakh.
I think this applies to all the traveling I’ve done, but even more so to Ladakh – the memories that stay with me long after I have returned to the traffic and expensive multiplex tickets, are of the people I had met and a small slice of their life-philosophy, which has been shaped by their religion and their unique natural environment.
Rohith Patil (Bangalore) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
The Photography expedition to Ladakh with the Xploring Light, was my first ever Photography expedition, having started photography quite recently. Hence, I did not have know what a photography expedition would be like and what to expect. I must say that it was truly a wonderful experience. I had an opportunity to click along side senior & professional photographers. What I have learned in this expedition was a lot more than I learned from when I started photography. The tour was very well organized & executed. I think Jassi knows Ladakh at the back of his hand. With him we could take pictures of the best views, we had an opportunity to look at his pictures and understand how it was taken and learn from them. He would look at our pictures and advice us on how it can be improved. He is not only a good mentor but, also a great person to be with. We had a lot of fun during the tour and truly enjoyed his company. Even though there were close to 15 people in the group, he managed to connect with each & every one in the group. We were like one big happy family. Thank you Jassi, for giving me such great memories of my very first photography expedition. It is something I will cherish forever. Hope to be part of more such expeditions with you, in the future. Good luck….. !!!
Suvabrata Guhathakurta (Mumbai) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
This was an extraordinary experience for me to visit and shoot in a part of my country I have not seen before with such amazing topography and in company of so many highly talented photographers and genuine human beings.
This was my second trip with Xploring Light and I must say that I was overwhelmed all over again. Each location we visited was meticulously chosen to cater to the focused style of photography. Our stay and travel was immaculately planned and the best available facilities were offered to us. The way they reacted to sudden weather changes and emergencies that arose with deft skill was really outstanding.
Jassi has always been forthright in sharing his art and a trip with him is a treasure trove of learning about different photographic skills, different equipment and just tricks of the trade.
it was sheer pleasure to be on this trip and look forward to many more…
Abhishek Dhakate (Nagpur) – Mesmerising Ladakh (June 2015)
Ladakh is indeed a dream Destination for everyone, but it is said for photographers it is a place of pilgrimage. Finally this year I decided to go for ‘Pilgrimage’…! When it comes to Photography education, I have always chosen Xploring Light. It was two years ago that I met Jassi when I was attending his workshop,’After the Shot’ organised in Nagpur. Jassi has been a mentor and a guide for me since then.
Ladakh is very different other hill stations. The weather is tricky. High altitudes takes a toll on the body if proper care and preventive measures are not taken. Apart from this, shooting in this terrain is altogether a very different task. Composing images in Ladakh is difficult. The light changes there every second. And how can one forget the freezing cold. Places like Pangong lake, Khardung La and even Leh are too cold, specially for a guy like me who is used to heat of Nagpur where we have 47 degrees.
However, on the very first day we all were provided with some special meds that helped us to acclimatize. Not only these but whenever we were supposed to travel to higher altitudes different medicines were given.
Jassi had been guiding us right from day one of the tour. Before we left for shooting at any place, Jassi not only briefed us about the specific spots from where we could shoot but also showed some of the images that he had taken. This not only helped us to pre visualise but it also gave us an idea about the compositions that could be made.
Whenever I clicked he was always there constantly mentoring about the small and minute mistakes that I made, this gave me an opportunity to rectify immediately. This tour taught me how to compose an image in a better way. I also learned some new techniques which I din’t know about before. With every single shot that I clicked, I learned something new. Jassi has taught us to see things from a different perspective. I personally love shooting portraits. Turtuk and Da Hanu Village gave us the best opportunity to click people. Jassi explained every small details about portraits. In the whole tour he was there for all of us. We had photographers who were at different stages of learning. He made sure to answer all our doubts and brought out the best out of us.!
This tour has indeed been the most memorable one I have ever been to. It is the hard work of Jassi Sir and his team who work tirelessly to make it happen. I am grateful and indeed blessed to have Jassi Sir as my Mentor. . . No words can express my love and gratitude for Him. I wish him all the very best for the future and I know ‘we’ will be the BEST Brand in Photography Tours and Education.
Yogesh Gupta (Faridabad) – Ladakh in Winters (Jan 2016)
Jeremy Turner (Rome, Italy) – Ladakh in Winters (Jan 2016)
Jassi was our mentor: a calm and motivated professional who could provide answers to the most challenging of questions and yet still have the time and patience to answer the simplest question about the technical or artistic elements of photography, all supported by his obvious passion for the subject. Logistics were well handled and Harish provided full support wherever needed. My main comment might be to suggest that the trip could benefit from being 2 or 3 days longer; the schedule was packed full and additional time for relaxing, for reflection and perhaps for sharing and critically reviewing each others efforts under Jassi’s eye would have been valuable. I’d also suggest the day trip to Pangong Tso could be optional – 10 hours driving was pretty tough for some of us. But all in all, my conclusion: this trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Put it on your bucket list. Thanks to Jassi and all the members of the group!!
Dr. Nafisa Shakir Batta (New Delhi) – Ladakh in Winters Jan 2016
I would like to express my gratitude for the tremendously impactful winter photo tour of Leh 17-21st Jan 2016. I’m an absolute novice, this is my first photo tour, first trip to Leh, and first exposure to -38C !. Although the tour itinerary was heavily scheduled, we moved seamlessly through the well-chosen locales, enjoyed the company of our group, shared travel stories and life’s philosophies, while Jassi with his upbeat demeanor and sincere patience allowed the day to end only after all questions were answered, and all queries discussed. Harish Bhargava from letsleh.com cheerfully managed the travel and arrangements.It may seem a bit cliche or formulaic, but I truly believe that these days had a deep and lasting educational value, I came back with a sense of accomplishment ( for braving out the cold with my kind of madcaps) and feel far more confident ,ready to explore and invest in my photography skills.
Lee Joshua (Singapore) – Ladakh in Winters Jan 2016
Ladakh was beautiful and deciding on a tour for it was immediate the moment I saw Jassi’s photo tour.One of the best birthday present I’ve given myself so far. breath taking views and well… literally at the top of the world. amazing logistic and well planned accommodation. Jassi was passionate about his work and he’s a very genuine mentor who shares what he knows. he would be honest about things he do not know and would make an effort to find out and share with you. he would share as much as he could so as long as you’re able to learn. he knows the place well and that’s the best part about it. you don’t have to stumble across to find spots to take beautiful images. learnt a lot from him and definitely looking forward to more tours with Jassi if ever there’s another chance for it. p/s: gear up appropriately for winter in ladakh as there’s was one spot where it was -38c. keep warm and click well.
Punkaj Gupta (Bangalore) – Ladakh in Winters (Jan 2016)
I had the opportunity to attend the Ladakh in Winters tour in Jan’16. I planned this trip, much against the liking of my family and friends due to the extreme weather conditions during the winter months, as “Ladakh in Winters” was on my bucket list. If I could turn back the clock, I would still choose to go ahead with it despite scares of temperatures averaging -35 degrees Celsius and extremely low oxygen levels at such high altitudes. But I am also not sure if the tour would have been equally enjoyable and productive if not for Jassi. Jassi treated the group more like a family by taking such good care of us and trying to make sure we get more than what we came for as much as possible. Taking care of each of our individual preferences and health was always on top of his mind. I have been to several other photography tours where the mentor is “just doing his job”, but the personal touch and the huge experience which Jassi has, is unmatched.
Ravinder Gang (Gurgaon) – Rang Leela March 2016
Hamni Juni (Malaysia) – Rang Leela March 2016
Dr. Vimal Hemani (Rajkot) – Rang Leela March 2016
Kajan Madrasmail (Singapore) – Rang Lela March 2016
Abhishek Dhakate (Nagpur) – Rang Leela March 2016
Sonali Devnani (Hong Kong) – Rang Leela March 2016
Satheesh Nair (Doha, Qatar) – Rang Leela March 2016
India is the heaven for photographers with its richness in culture and colours and Holi is the congregation of these colours and culture at one place, Vrindavan. It was my dream to shoot Holi at Vrindavan as is the dream of most of the photographers around the globe. It was not easy to plan a lone trip to Vrindavan as we do to any other places. A lot of things to be taken care of; personal protection in the crowd, camera protection, places to visit, events to attend.. a lot..
One of my friends told me about Xploring Light and introduced me to Jassi Oberoi via Facebook. From there on, I was amazed by the wonderful support from Jassi and the professionalism in all dealings. The online pre-tour briefing by Sanjay Nanda was exceptional. It was crisp and clear leaving no confusion in the minds of participants.
The ‘Rang Leela’ group was of about 45 people. Definitely 45 is a big number for photography trip. But the way they managed the group shows the real professionalism. The big group was divided to 6 small groups of 7 to 8 people, each subgroup headed by a professional mentor. Special thanks to Mr Kabir Lal, my mentor, for all the support and guidance and the good company of all the other friends in the group.
Overall, it was a great experience with a talented team of photographers including professional and amateurs.
Looking forward to be part of the future photo trips and workshops with Xploring Light. Decided to ‘Passion my Life’ 🙂
Wish you all success!
Belinda Bath (Hong Kong) – Rang Leela March 2016
Luba Fein (Tel Aviv, Israel)– Rang Leela March 2016
Vinod Kumar M. (Dubai)– Rang Leela March 2016
Mihir Shah (Mumbai)– Rang Leela March 2016
Caleb Kenna (USA) – Rang Leela March 2016
Yamen Haddad (Dubai) – Rang Leela March 2016
Tapan Sheth (Rajkot) – Rang Leela March 2016
“FABULOUS” is the only word comes to my mind when I start to write review about this tour. I was always amazed by photos of Holi festival in this particular region, and got a chance to move on with Xploring Light & Indipix. I must thank Jassi ji & Sanjay sir for their arrangements.The best ever – whether it’s food, accommodation and guidance, just PERFECT. Their follow up, their team work and everything was in perfect place, during the tour also each and every participant and even team leaders were outstanding. I have learnt so many new things from them. Though I met them for the first time, but it was like we are knowing each other since long. How I forgot to mention our very own GABRU Gang. Rajneesh the perfect team leader ;). and all the members of Gabru ROCKS. I strongly recommend Xploring Light !! Looking forward for future tour as well !
Shilpi Choudhury (Rang Leela, March 2014)
Had a blast. Thank you guys
Charu Chauhan (Rang Leela, March 2014)
I enjoyed every bit of time that I spent there. One experience I will always cherish.. I loved the colors, fun, atmosphere, kachodis and the spirit of Holi. Luckily I went there and met such good team. I haven’t been able to come out of the feel of the place.
Vishal Gulati (Rang Leela, March 2014)
Thank you Xploring Light!
Last week, I participated in your Photo Tour “Rang De” to Barsana and Nandgaon. It had been a mesmerising experience for me; I had never imagined that Holi could be so fun and exciting. It was a colourful treat to the eyes.
Thanks Mr. Jasminder Singh and Mr. Sanjay Nanda – the mentors of our photo journey for providing a wonderful guided tour of the villages; your vast experience and knowledge really mattered for this challenging trip. The walk along the colourful village with you and the team members is of immense learning experience and great fun!I must also thank you for the great stay that had been provided there; the hotel and the facilities were very comfortable.When I came back, I am enriched with wonderful memories to cherish and lovely friends – the best people in the industry.
My best wishes to Xploring Light for your exciting venture. Cheers!
Nitin Arjun (Rang Leela, March 2014)
Thanks you so much for a super trip and a great experience. You planned everything meticulously and this trip couldn’t have been possible without your guidance. Look forward to more such trips.
Ravinder Dang (Rang Leela, March 2014)
Sanjay & Jassi: Sanjay Nanda is a regular at Nandgaon & Barsana. He knows the streets, the people the mithai shops et al. His appraoch is “if you miss a shot today, don’t worry you can always come back, this place is just 3 hours from Delhi’
I attended Sanjay’s photo course earlier this year and he is no-nonsense chap. A composition fanatic and not many pictures can run past him without he raising an eye brow about a misplaced element or a suggestion for another approach. Also, Sanjay leverages the camera technology better than other folks he does not romanticize the manual mode. “work on aperture priority, get the dynamic ISO setting in place & focus on composition” is his way of life.
Jassi, followed his dad into photography. He comes from the school of hard knocks and started his journey during the film & SLR days. He’s driven in his own silent ways, runs the Indian School of photography and is a hot- shot with the Canon folks in India. His work on Pushkar is often mentioned in various conversations I have been privy to. I had been to his photoshop course and he had done a pretty good job with it. Some of the stuff you are seeing in the attached album is thanks to his helping with learning post processing better. Jassi in my books is the ever smiling nice guy, wanted to help fellow folks, if he can.
Why all this eulogizing? It’s not difficult to figure out. I am back from one of the most exciting photo-tours I have ever done. And had it not been for these folks, I wouldn’t be there. So thank you Sanjay & Jassi.
Ankit Sharma (Rang Leela, March 2014)
The BEST HOLI EVER! Thanks to Sanjay and Jasminder for organising it and an amazing group of photographers. It was great to meet you all. good company definitely made the trip more amazing.
Mukesh Singh (Raurkela)– Rang Leela 2015
It was really a wonderful experience with you, specially the mentors how they guide me its really really very good. Will love to join in your next photo tour
Bireswar Pati (Rajgangpur) – Rang Leela 2015
Wonderful experience. Was an opportunity for me to learn a lot from all of you guyz. Thanks everyone. Sanjay sir and Jasminder sir, thanks a lot. Will love to be a part of it once again coming year.
Julián Hernández (Hong Kong) – Rang Leela 2015
Once again, thank you for everything.
It was an amazing experience and I’m not only looking forward to repeat it, but also to recommend it to other friends as well.
See you around!
Shyamak Das (Gurgaon) – Rang Leela 2015
It truly was a memorable experience and the loads of fun..Thank you and Jasminder Sir for taking such good care of all of us!! And the leads Rajneesh and Pooja, both of you were awesome..All of you “Rock”
Dr. Amitabh Kumar (New Delhi) – Rang Leela 2015
This was my first photography tour and i enjoyed it. I had heard about the mentors a lot and there pictures of Barsana and Nandgaon speaks them a lot. I learnt a lot from the tour starting from framing to catching the ongoing moments on the streets. Thanks Jasminder Oberoi, Sanjay Nanda and Rajneesh for the guidance. I am looking forward for more tours like this to take my photography to next level with Xploring Light.
Sreeranj Sridhar (Dubai) – Rang Leela 2015
Me and 3 of our photography team mates from Dubai joined XploringLight on their Braj Bhoomi Holi festival event photography event from 27,28 Feb, 1 March. We were very happy with the arrangements made in terms of accommodation, food and our transportation. The pre-tour updates by the organizers was very informative and to take appropriate preparation for our trip in terms of gear protection, clothing and belongings. We had a wonderful time and thankful to Jassi Oberai for his prompt response to our constant nagging with doubts on this tour. Being a photographer, you need to have guidance on the location, vantage point to get the best shots you can anticipate and dream of. So in this aspect, previous knowledge and experience from the organizers was a good help for us. I would recommend my friends to participate in their future programs and I too would be joining them soon. Wish Xploring Light team all the very best..
Sanjay Singh(New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass April 2016
Rahul Chaudhary (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass April 2016
I went for the Portrait Photography Master class conducted by Mr. Jassi Oberai with the hopes of learning something new about portraits and at the end of the workshop i was amazed to see that not only i learned about portraits but a lot of other aspects too. I got to know about the mistakes i’ve been making and i was lucky to share my pics with sir. I am glad i went for the workshop and got the opportunity to meet such a good Photographer, Mentor and a helpful person!
Mathew Joseph (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass Feb 2016
Attended the Portrait Photography Masterclass earlier this month, and I must say I am extremely impressed with pedagogy that went beyond just technical aspects. I am a novice when it comes to portraiture, but the session has instilled in me the confidence to go ahead and create portraits. The lively discussions, personal examples quoted, and the exhibits were truly intended to kickstart an interest in the genre, which it successfully did. Thanks Jassi for this wonderful initiation into this soulful art form.
Puneet Kaur (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass April 2016
For an amateur who’s been practicing photography, portrait was one genre which I found intriguing as I’d never clicked people. It was always overwhelming looking at portraits clicked by photographers including Jassi Sirs’. How a face or people’s expression convey emotions and a connection made, I wondered. Having attended quite a few workshops conducted by sir earlier, I went ahead with the belief that this too would be another enriching experience. The workshop was very interesting and interactive. Sir is always open to discussions and wouldn’t hesitate to clarify endless doubts. I believe that for him satisfying the learning of every student is as important as it is for us or perhaps more. And it doesn’t end there. He’s happy to see when his students are progressing and continues to mentor us through a common group created for the students of Xploring Light Academy. All students from various walks of life get a platform to share their work and get valuable feedback. I’m fortunate that like many others I was mentored by him. I’am sure many others who’ll pursue a course or workshop here, will be equally happy and satisfied. Wishing sir and the entire team at Xploring Light & Future Forward, much success always.
Navin Thakur (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass April 2016
I thank my colleague Subrata Behera for introducing me to your mastery. The workshop on Portrait Photography in Delhi was an eye opener for me and a realisation of how little did I know about the Photography. Thanks for being patient with my constant nagging and explaining everything till I was satisfied. That masterclass has given me the confidence of taking next steps in the direction of becoming a true image maker. I couldn’t recommend your workshops more to anyone. Thanks a lot for sharing your expertise, insights and experience with us. I feel truly blessed after attending your Masterclass.
Subrata K Behera (Gurgaon) – Portrait Photography Masterclass April 2016
Benefited a lot from the “Portrait Photography Masterclass” and I am more confident now to take the challenge of portrait photography, especially the travel and environmental portraits. The aesthetic part of portrait photography was little known to me. The legal aspect the portrait photography was new to me. Thanks Jassi and team for this. Hope to join some future workshops as well.
Vimal Kumar (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass (Delhi March 2016)
Anurag Gupta (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass (Delhi March 2016)
Madhuri Roy (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass (Delhi March 2016)
Yogesh Gupta (Faridabad) – Post Processing Beyond Basics Workshop (New Delhi Feb 2016)
Looking forward for another association with you in future.
Ashish Sinha (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Masterclass (New Delhi Dec. 2015)
Rajoo Naik (After Go Goa – workshop on fashion photography)
Best Part about this workshop was “people”. From models to facilitator to participants to organisers and mentors – all were genuine people. Kudos to Xploring Light for making this workshop such a fun-filled chilled out learning experience.
Jasvinder Singh (after our Basics of Photography Workshop)
It’s our pleasure to get assosiated with you for some photgraphy lessons. Ever since I have attended work shop conducted by Xploring Light at Canon Image Lounge for learning the basics for photography , the entire idea about using the camera, lenses and infact looking at subjects has totally changed. Your guiding skiil are too good for any body to understand techniqes and impliment them, your humble nature and professional attitude not only makes the classroom atmosphere friendly but your sharp interacting skills holds the attentions of every student in the entire session or workshop. We feel fortunate to have attended your workshop and also feel that for any photography enthusiast you could be the best mentor.
Bhartendu Mihir on the Hasselblad Workshop with Eolo Perfido
It was a very informative, interesting and well organised workshop. It certainly helped to get better insight into different photography techniques and understand the working of a professional photographer.Looking for more from Xploring Light and Hasselblad.
Vishal Gulati on the Hasselblad Workshop with Eolo Perfido
To see the maestro “Eolo” and to listen directly up close was very specoal and I got extremely impressed with his vast knowledge about the subject in all aspects – his photography as well as the post production skills. Jassi is the best mentor and always inspiring. Thank you so much for being so humble and an inspirational figure. Would love to attend more workshops organised by Xploring Light and Hasselblad!
Dr. Shikhar Kaushal on the Hasselblad Workshop with Eolo Perfido
Handling a Hasselblad was a dream come true. Thanks for providing us the great opportunity. The use of LED lights was something even more interesting. And last but not the least Eolo, had not only great knowledge of & love for photography, he thoroughly enjoyed teaching and answering our questions. Freely sharing one’s hard earned knowledge shows one’s large heartedness and stature as a person. Thanks Xploring Light for another great learning experience.
Kapil R. Singh on After the Shot Workshop
I have been in various workshops and photo tours with Jassi and each interaction has been quite knowledge enhancing. Jassi is an ace photographer with in-depth knowledge of the various aspects of photography which is underpinned by his terrific training skills. The workshop conducted on post processing was of immense help – it had something in store for all the participants, be it people who are new to photography to professional photographers too. The content was highly relevant and interactive and kept the participants engaged for all 2 days. The session was not about theoretical fundamentals, but included hands on application for the techniques. I am sure that the session would have helped all the participants in enhancing their skills manifold. 5 Stars to Jassi and Xploring Light for a terrific workshop.
Neelu Bhatt, Bangalore
More than I expected. Helps to be taken to the right spot, at the right time, with the right light. Impressed by the generosity and openness of the mentors in sharing “the secrets” – no holding back. Sincere, genuine effort to see the participants take back more.
Rajneesh Panwar, Participants India Kliks
Thanks a lot India Kliks, Xploring Light, Canon India for conducting such a wonderful symposium.
I really thank all the great mentors who shared their wonderful knowledge and experience. Really learnt a lot
Vinay Swaroop Balla, Participants India Kliks
“WOW” That was 3 days of inspiring lectures, showcase of mind blowing works, fun with a photo walk, all these by world class mentors at one place is just a Jackpot for us. I Thank all the great mentors for their sincere sharing of knowledge, experiences and journeys for all these years. It was truly a blessing to meet u all at one place. My sincere Thanks to the most humble person i have met, Chairman India Kliks Mr Kirat Sodhi for initiating such a strong platform and for all his efforts in making this event a grand success. Not to forget, Mr Jassi Oberoi, Mr Pankaj Anand, Mr Saurabh Tuteja for their great contributions till the end. Secondly, I would like to Thank all the volunteers who really helped each one of the participant during the entire event. Lastly, I also would to Thank all the wonderful participants for their good friendship and time in sharing their inspiring journeys in Photography. Hope to stay connected with u all. I wish Team India Kliks a very very great future ahead. There is no other photography platform comparable to this.
Most importantly, I wish Canon India, Sponsor India Kliks 2013 a great success For the future and hope to see their uncompromising support for the photographers and events like India Kliks in the future. Those who missed this event, Trust me, You really missed it.
Ankit Sharma, Participants India Kliks
3 exciting days of knowledge sharing sessions! The last day marked a befitting end to the great symposium organized by India Kliks in association with Canon and Adobe. Thanks for organizing such a wonderful event. Really appreciate all the hard work put in by Mr. Kirat Sodhi (Chairman, India Kliks), Jasminder Oberoi, Mr. Pankaj Anand and Mr. Saurabh Tand not to forget the volunteers without whose efforts this would not have been a success. It is indeed a wonderful platform and the learning experience in these last 3 days was great. The selection of mentors across different genres was brilliant and actually helped to make it more beneficial for the participants. Thanks to all the mentors for taking time out and for sharing their knowledge and experiences with us. And, also, thanks to the wonderful participants for sharing their works, stories and also, for having great interactive sessions. A very big thanks to Canon and Adobe for great workshops and for making such events possible with their continuous support. I would like to congratulate you all on the success of India Kliks 2013-24 and hope that many more events like this would follow. GOD Bless… Stay Blessed.
Abhishek Dhakate After the Shot – Nagpur
I wish they had some more stars to rate it…. Jokes apart, it was only a few months back one of my Photographer friend suggested me to attend a post processing workshop. Being an amateur I barely had any idea about photography and this friend of mine suggesting me to attend a workshop on post processing seemed like a joke to me. However I decided to go for it. I had been following Jasminder Oberoi (this is the first n last time I am writing the full name cause I fondly call him Jasssiiii Sir and yes he doesn’t mind) on Facebook. I had also been following his Page JAS Fotography on Fb too.. I was in love with his work. I was so excited to meet him that I went along to receive him on the Airport and there walked out a Sardarji with a Pagdi and just a handbag. Greeted us and we had a great convo during our travel. I was like is he really a photographer and really is this person going to take our Workshop. To be frank I have come across Photographers who click less and show more.. Workshop started and it was fun…. 2 days just passed by. That day was a day and today. My photography skills have not only improved but it has reached to a new level. People have started noticing my work and appreciating it too. I do Portfolios, landscapes and potraits. Even now Jassi sir is always there to guide. and the best part is he tells straight away if the Picture is good or bad. If it is good he will appreciate it and if it needs improvement he will help me out let that be any time of the day…. Blessed to have you as my mentor Jassi sir. A humble and down to earth person is what Jassi sir is. And for others sorry for writing it so long but like they say “Words cant describe Legends…” but still it was my humble effort to express my feelings for Jasminder Oberoi and his firm Xploring Light
Uday Patni The Art & Physics of Photography – Nagpur
Amazing experience – Got acquainted to some really cool principles of photography after attending a single Workshop. My personal fav was taking ‘hyper focal distance’ chapter – it was amazing.
Jasleen Singh Virdi India Kliks
First of all, Special Thanks to Mr. Jasminder Oberai (Spearhead of “Xploring Light” and The man behind the great venture of sharing knowledge to all youngsters) for their pro-activeness and provided the valuable information about programs time to time whether its day early or late night a day. That was the 1st time, I got the opportunity to attend the Photography Symposium / Exhibition by IndiaKliks and met with very famous personalities ( Sudhir Shivaram, Jasminder Oberai, Anamitra Chakladar, Ashima Narain, Enjo Mathew, Neeta Shankar, Ravi Dhingra + Sanjay Nanda…) those are into the field of photography from decades. Learnt a lot in just three days of sessions . Additionally XploringLight + Canon + IndiaKliks + Expert Mentors + Participants: Discussions / Thoughts / Queries, helped me a lot. Wishing good luck to every buddy those are a part of those ventures. Special Thanks to IndiaKliks Core Team: Mr. Kirat Sodhi, Jasminder Oberai, Pankaj Anand, Saurabh Tuteja and all sponsors.
I have attended a lot of phototours and workshops with Jassi and team and those were some of the most fun days I have ever had. One absorbs a lot of knowledge and new techniques naturally without it ever feeling tedious. There are ample opportunities to observe, practice and just have fun overall and you come back and be surprised at the improvement in quality of pictures you yourself took over the tour.
I’ve attended 4 workshops conducted by Jasminder Oberoi on behalf of Xploring Light. I dont really have words to describe the extent of knowledge I gathered. Jasminder sir has always been my inspiration since from the time I started Photography. He is such a down to earth person and is always approachable for any kind of doubts. The teaching manner, the vigor with which the workshops are conducted is immense. I asked sir if he could conduct his workshops in Nagpur as his workshops in Delhi and Mumbai are not feasible for most of the people here, and after 2 workshops everyone has learnt so much that they want sir to conduct more of such amazing workshops. I would like to wish Xploring Light all the luck and hope it reaches to levels no other Photography firm has reached.
Jayashrita Debnath – Workshop at IIT, Kanpur
A very interesting and interactive workshop. Great tips given during the indoor as well as outdoor session. Nicely explained concepts through examples. Thanks for being there.
Praneet Vayalali – Workshop at IIT, Kanpur
Its was a nice learning experience. Learnt a lot of new stuff. Thank you for coming.
Ambar Pakhira – Workshop at IIT, Kanpur
I really enjoyed the your workshop yesterday at IIT Kanpur. Thanks for sharing your experience and tips. Hope I can follow those tips and become a better photographer.
Puneet Kaur (New Delhi) – India Kliks 2013
I came across this workshop & I am really happy to have grabbed the opportunity. As an amateur, I learnt a lot from each of the mentors. It was thrilling & left me awestruck hearing about the various aspects of photography & how life is seen through the lens. It was humbling meeting the mentors, who put us at much ease. I returned home each day more & more exuberant. I hope I get more such opportunities to learn. Wish my sincere wishes to the entire team of Xploring Light. Thank you.
Madhavi Jarmarwala (Ahmedabad) – Workshop on Travel Photography at PDPU, Ahmedabad
Attended the workshop at PDPU, Ahmedabad. and was really happy learning so many new things about Travel Photography. Thank you for making the session so interesting. Hoping to learn a lot from you and attend your future workshops.
Avinash Khemka (Bhubaneshwar) – Digital Post Processing Workshop Nov. 2014
The Digital Post Processing Workshop on 29-30 Nov 2014 in Bhubaneswar was an eye-opener and a great learning experience for me. It has given me in-depth knowledge of photography, image-formation, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop. It has immensely helped me in adding value to my photographs. Thanks Jasminder Oberai.
Utpal Deb (New Delhi)– After the Shot Workshop March 2015
I attended your workshop on photo editing using ACR and Photoshop on the 15 th Feb. Now that I am going through my notes and trying to apply what you taught to my own images, I realise what a lot of material you have managed to transfer in the time available to us. Yet we did not feel tired or bored during the presentation. I would like to offer you my congratulations on a great workshop and look forward to future association with you.
Rajeev Dass (New Delhi)– After the Shot Workshop March 2015
I attended a Photoshop CC workshop conducted by Jassi on 22 March 2015 at New Delhi. Without any doubt – Jassi gives it all. His sincerity and passion are amazing. He does not hesitate to share his knowledge and is spontaneous and reaches out in an genuine attempt to impart the right training. Very few in this profession who can match Jassi in his open hearted approach and his sincerity in making sure you learn. To perfect his workshop I however do strongly wish that Jassi would provide some course material which we could take back. Keep firing Jassi – my best wishes always !!!!
Shyamak Das (New Delhi) – After the Shot Workshop March 2015
First of all my thanks to you Jassi Sir, for making the workshop engaging and your attention to each of us. I was at a stage where I was able to use few features of Photoshop, but never able to understand the true power of it. Perhaps was a bit awed by the vastness of Photoshop. But you made the beginning very simple. Your explanation of the workflow is simple and easy to understand. I am not practicing the steps of the workshop, but I would have loved to have an extra day of hands-on in the workshop. Thanks again for offering to answer any queries and helping in future. I truly appreciate your efforts!! Thanks Sir
Rahul Saharan on the Hasselblad Workshop with Eolo Perfido
It was by far the best workshop I have ever attended. Incredible indeed. Every moment was special from morning till evening. Thanks to Xploring Light for organising such amazing workshop. I personally learnt a lot. thanks again for the efforts put in. Eolo was amazing. Looking forward to more such workshops.
Pooja Rajput (New Delhi)– Post Processing – Beyond Basics Workshop
The beyond basic workshop on photoshop–At the outset let me congratulate Xploring Light for bringing us a brilliantly well structured workshop under the guidance of Jasminder Oberoi. The workshop mentored by Rajneesh Panwar was one of its kind and was indeed a great learning experience,the interaction during the sessions was a great confidence booster and kept the learners alive.their was no holding back in terms of sharing knowledge and paying individual attention to each participant. kudos to the team.
Koshyk Koshy (Faridabad) – Post Processing – Beyond Basics Workshop
I joined for the Post Processing Workshop, Beyond Basics with some trepidation. For one thing, I was not sure, at my age (Late Sixties) if I would fit in with the rest of the group. Secondly, I was a bit concerned about my own levels of skill and understanding of Photoshop, which I use minimally. Would the instructor be able to carry a novice like me along? Would I really need advanced skills and knowledge of Photoshop? I am glad to say, I had no issue either about my advanced age or my low levels of skills. Rajneesh Panwar is an awesome teacher. His own knowledge and skills of the various intricate operations of Photoshop cannot fail to impress even a hard-nosed cop like me. Add to it his immense patience and admirable communication skills and what more can you ask from a mentor? Jassi complemented and supplemented Rajneesh with admin support and timely interventions and hands on support. The subject was so vast, complicated and intricate one wishes the Workshop was longer. Once you return home and start working on what one learned during the two eventful days, you realize what you had missed all these years. Thank you Jassi and Rajneesh for this wonderful gift! Hope we get to work together again. All the best.
Vinay Sinha (New Delhi) – Post Processing – Beyond Basics Workshop
Attended the two day post processing work shop – Beyond Basics of photoshop mentored by Jassi and Rajneesh. It was a wonderful experience and the quality of the mentoring was top notch and extremely high class. Rajneesh has an exceptional command over photoshop and he was more than willing to share it with the participants and then there was Jassi who would often come to the rescue of the amateurs like me and further explain it in his own simple and effective style. Loved it.
Vinayak Garg (New Delhi) – Post Processing Beyond Basics Workshop
I attended a 2 day workshop on editing photo using Photoshop. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a serious photographer and would like to make photos more impactful. Jassi Sir has deep insights into photography and really understands the art. I was really happy that he kept emphasizing that photoshop is not an excuse to take bad photos, it is for you to make your good photos amazing! I am really happy that what we learnt was practically relevant, and I could straight away begin working on my own photographs. Sir provided us a step-by-step workflow which is really helpful. I am now able to make my photos look stronger, by just spending 5-10 minutes on them.
Priyanka Singhal (New Delhi) – The Art of Creating Black and White Workshop
I attended black and white post processing workshop beyond basics and the best I can say is I fell in love with this art. I feel how everything comes out with black and white that can never be told through the coloured version. Thanks to Rajneesh for making it an understandable and easy process plus helping me with some easy traits to deal with problems during an ongoing workflow. My vision has been changed since then and I feel so confident about my work now which I use to lack earlier whenever I see good piece of work from renowned photographers. The point was how they make even a black and white picture so communicative? And it was answered well here in workshop. Every little thing in a picture was considered and taken care off to be enhanced in the best possible way!
As a suggestion I just felt that duration should be for less hours and to be divided in two days as it will help everyone to understand and grasp more knowledge and to be able to adapt and remember for long.
Dr. Poonam Singh (New Delhi) – Post Processing Beyond Basics Workshop (Dec. 2015)
I take extreme pleasure in extending my thanks for such an amazing workshop.It is very rare in this time and age to so benevolently share your knowledge which I could gather was achieved by an in depth and relentless hard work behind the scenes.I hope I have imbibed some of it to built upon this to pursue this interesting art form further. Time and again I could see my patience waning on my slow learning curve but Rajneesh never lost his cool in reiterating the same concept nth times till I understood it. Every time Jassi asks me to rate his tour/workshop I am reminded of a story that was quoted in my childhood about Dr Rajendra Prasad who was given 101 marks out of 100 with the remark “examinee is better than the examiner”.I don’t have the audacity to be an examiner but you are giving me the right to hold the pen then I can draw an analogy to say I would rate it 6 out of 5. Hope that suffices. Great going guys. Cheers!
Gurpreet Sehra (New Delhi) – Portrait Photography Workshop Jan 2016
To begin with Jassi Sir being a Faculty for Photographers is a Great Person. He explains ones Query with the Language and terminology one can easily understand and can retain for ever. Looking forward for More Great Sessions in Future
Abhishek Dhakate (Nagpur) – Portrait Photography – The Art of Capturing Emotions (Jan 2016)
This was indeed a masterclass. The master himself sharing the insights on clicking portraiture was indeed amazing. I found my passion in clicking Portraits. I have been clicking portraits since a long time now. To be honest like most of us do, I also read a hundred articles by different photographers on clicking portraiture be it street or indoor portrait shoot. When I came for the masterclass somewhere I had in mind that more r less the same things will be shared in this one too.
Abhishek Dhakate (Nagpur) – Art of Creating Black and White (Jan 2016)
Yogesh Gupta (Faridabad) – After the Shot (Feb 2016)
It was my 2nd time association with Mr. Jassi Oberai, first a photo tour – Ladakh in Winters and now for basic post processing class. Both experiences were amazing with him. The way he illustrates is simply superb. His work flow for post processing is very simple to learn yet very effective in terms of results. He focuses on the core problems and has small but effective steps to resolve them.
It was a 2 days workshop and I can bet no one can cover that much in a full week class. The workshop is very productive in terms of learning. Now I can enhance my images with minimal steps.
I heartily recommend Mr. Jassi for any kind of photography course. He is the master of photography and never hesitate to share his knowledge to others.
Looking forward for future association with him.
Col. Sanjay Sinha (New Delhi) – After the Shot (Feb 2016)
Dear Mr. Jassi, It was indeed a great learning from you on photoshop basics. You have a God gifted knack of teaching by making the most complicated things look simple and easy. Keep up the good work. I look forward to attend more classes run by you. God bless.
Cdr(R) Rajesh Kumar Singh (Gurgaon) – After the Shot (Feb 2016)
Frankly, one of the most productive courses I have ever attended. Small batch size of just 4 studends ensured that we had all the attention of Mr Jassi that we needed. More importantly, unlike in most courses, entire time, from 10AM to 5PM with a small break for working lunch was gainfully used.
The course is beautifully planned and structured. I have learnt processes in photoshop that I don’t think I could have learnt from internet or from some less accomplished person. The icing on the cake came as Mr Jassi’s offer to help even after the course is over.
In short, a full Paisa Vasool and more importantly, Time Vasool course. Strongly recommend to anyone who is keen to get his hands on Photoshop quickly without much pain