In public cultural events that take place in the Himalayas, I have noticed that audiences and participants go crazy after media teams. Many of them indulge in tomfoolery to ensure that their faces appear on television channels and / or in newspapers while others want an instant print for lifelong memories of rare events like Nanda Raj Jat.
If you are a reasonably good photographer, you can earn some money during Nanda Raj Jat, a religious adventure that take place once in twelve (12) years in Chamoli, Uttarakhand. All yatris want their and event pictures. They try to use their mobiles and basic cameras they can afford. However, there are three scenarios where you can help yatris:
- Many yatris either cannot afford even a small camera or do not wish to invest in camera for different reasons.
- If they can afford a camera, they may not know how to use it.
- Computer and internet are still uncommon in several Indian households, so prints are still preferred.
To cash in on these scenarios,
- Invest in a good-quality instant print camera. Here are the companies that sell instant photo cameras
- Fuji Film Group manufactures Instax (Film Format). http://www.fujifilm.ca/products/instax/
- PLR Holdings, LLC offers both film-format and digital instant cameras. Polaroid PIC300 (film format) and Polaroid Z2300 (10-Megapixel Instant Print Digital Camera). http://www.polaroid.com/instant-cameras-and-film
- Learn to use different types of cameras.
But do remember that high prices would not draw customers. Be reasonable. Then, you can earn a part of your trek expenses.
You may also explore this temporary seasonal money-making option along popular trekking routes in other parts of the Himalayas during the season.