PG Diploma In Professional Photography


August 2019 - June 2020 + Portfolio Project

This is the flagship course offered by Light & Life Academy. The comprehensive curriculum is organic and innovative in nature and evolves even as the course is in progress. The course is densely packed to optimize the use of one year of study.

It has been designed, assuming a very high level of interest and motivation amongst the students enrolling for the programme. It lets students learn hands-on: with lectures, slideshows, demos, practical outdoor and studio assignments,critique sessions, workshops, field-trips, movie screenings, multi-media sessions, guest lectures and seminars. There is no such thing as failing at Light and Life Academy —there is only learning, in the form of training and inspiration.

Fundamental Concepts
  • Principles and Fundamentals of 35mm Photography
  • Natural Light & its Qualities
  • Artificial Light Sources and their Qualities
  • Exploring the Techniques and Aesthetics of Portable Flash Units.
  • Studio Photography (Still Life, Product & People)
  • UV Light Photography
  • Essential Digital Post-Production
  • Digital Black & White Photography
  • Creativity in Photography

Every area of study above, has its own time-bound assignments and submissions with critique and grading. The faculty also offers collective and individual feedback even while students are working on their assignments.

Specialisation

Once students complete their study of the Fundamentals of Photography they move on to an intensive study of the areas of specialisations that every professional photographer will find immensely useful. Understanding these areas will help them explore any area of photography with confidence:

  • Conceptual and Candid Portrait Photography (Studio and Location)
  • Level 1: Product Photography (Studio and Location)
  • Level 2: Advanced and Conceptual Product Photography and high speed flash photography (Those who have successfully completed Level 1 with a Grade B minimum, will be eligible for this).

Lectures, slide shows, demos and informal corridor conversations with the faculty help students understand, explore and analyse the subjects at hand. Every subject has its own time-bound assignments and submissions with critique and grading. During this phase, the students are encouraged to develop and explore an individual vision.

Specialisation

Once students become proficient in handling assignments of Section II, they can pursue further study in any one, of the following Groups of specialisation:

Group A

  • Architecture and Interior Photography
  • Food and Beverage Photography

Group B

  • Advanced Studio and Location Portraiture Photography
  • Fashion Photography (Studio and Location)

Lectures, slide shows, demos and informal corridor conversations with the faculty help students understand, explore and analyse the subjects at hand. Every subject has its own time-bound assignments and submissions with critique and grading. In this phase they will explore all that they learnt in Section I & II and build on it.

Value Adds
Travel & Nature Photography (3 days)
  • Areas that will be covered: Landscapes, Macros, Birds and Animals
Advanced Photoshop (One Week)

Areas Covered:

  • Channels, Layers and Paths
  • Masks
  • Retouching
  • Filters
  • Image editing and enhancement techniques
  • Merging and Compositing
  • Image stitching
  • Interpolation
  • Noise Reduction
Multi-Media (One Week)

This will be a one-week workshop. Through this session, you will explore the power of communication of the multi-media format. You will study the many ways in which multi-media communication can be put together.

You will work on a group project where you will conceptualize, shoot and edit with sound and titles and create a multi-media presentation.

Photojournalism (3 days)

This will be a three-day workshop. There will be a series of presentations by senior professionals from the industry, covering a gamut of topics; their experience, the challenges they faced etc.

This will be conducted in an intensive workshop format with Lectures, Slideshows and Case Studies. Participants will then explore the various areas on their own.

Value Adds

On completion of the earlier sections, students will have a good understanding of photography at a professional level. In Section V, LLA offers an insight into additional areas of photography. This will give the students an appreciation of the nuances involved in specific areas of photography.

  • Appreciation of Medium Format Photography
  • Drone/Ariel Photography 
  • Function & Wedding Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Industrial Photography (Only those who have completed Level 2 of Advanced Product and Conceptual Product Photography can participate in this session)
  • Large set-up and Automobile Photography (Only those who have completed Level 2 of Advanced Product and Conceptual Product Photography can participate in this session)

These sections will be conducted in a seminar format covering Lectures, slide shows, real life case studies, for each area of study. This is followed by an intensive Q & A session. Students can then explore these areas on their own. Attendance at these seminars is optional.

Arkodeb Mukherjee Photography

At Light & Life Academy, it is believed that photographers are a sum of their experiences. That is why special sessions on campus, from guest lectures to 'photo-walks' around Nilgiris, are organised from time to time, while ensuring that the students complete their core areas of study to expectations.

Arkodeb Mukherjee Photography

Portfolios are mirrors of talent, exposure and experiences. Students create them using all that they have learnt, seen, heard, experienced through the duration of the course. A detailed brief will be given, before the students start working on their portfolio.

Evaluation is done on a continuous basis, on assignments submitted and tests administered from time to time. The students are expected to clear every single assignment with a minimum score of 70%. As Light & Life Academy believes that every student can make the grade, the student is given enough opportunities and assistance from the faculty to achieve the minimum grade for every assignment.

Note: The policy of the Academy is to constantly update the course content. This is based on developments in the field (technical and aesthetic), the learning curve of the students and the commitment demonstrated by the class. The course content, schedules and methodology aretherefore subject to change even as the course is in progress.

Section I (Compulsory) & Section II (Compulsory):     INR 6,30,000/-

Section III (Select):
  • Group 1: INR 80,000
  • Group 2: INR 80,000
Section IV (Optional):
  • Travel and Nature Photography: INR 15,000
  • Advanced Photoshop: INR 20,000
  • Multi-Media: INR 25,000
  • Photojournalism: INR 10,000

› GST as applicable will be payable on the fee.

› Refundable security deposit: INR 30,000

› Payment schedule will be given along with offer of admission letter

The fees includes:

a) Use of lighting equipment, light modifying accessories and grip equipment within the Academy Campus only.
b) A selection of props and backgrounds for use in LLA Studios (to be returned in original condition after use).
c) Models, stylist, make-up artist/hair stylist, food stylist, faculty and other professionals for demo sessions only, based on the requirements of different areas of study.
d) Transport from Ooty (designated pick up point) to Academy and back on days when the student is required to be on campus.
e) Lunch, tea / coffee on days when the student is required to be on campus

Additional Expenses to be borne by the students

  • Personal equipment as specified by the Academy
  • Personal equipment maintenance / repairs / insurance / books / stationery
  • Personal expenses on accommodation, food and personal travel, etc.
  • Expenses for travel and stay at locations where assignment shots and portfolio shots are to be done
  • Expenses involved while working on specialisation projects, on models, stylist, make-up artist/hair stylist, food stylist and other professionals only based on the requirements of different areas of study, opted for
  • Cost of making archival prints, in case of exhibition on campus or at locations off-campus

 

The list of equipment that you will need to get for the Course, will be given to you on admission.

The Academy follows an open admission policy. You should have a minimum of 15 years of formal education in any subject with a degree. Exceptions will be made for candidates with work experience or life learning experiences, with a minimum of 12 years of formal education. You should be at least 20 years old. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis and involves a three-step process:

  • Portfolio Review
  • Skype Interaction
  • Personal interview at the Academy

The Academy notifies admission status soon after the interview.

The Academy will help you find appropriate accommodation to suit your budget.

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