Professional Travel & Nature Photography

August 2018 – January 2019 + 1 month portfolio project

Travel & Nature Photography Course Introduction


Travel Photography course is about capturing the essence of a place and its people. While Nature Photography is about capturing the mood of a natural scene, from landscapes and seascapes to close-ups.

Photographing on the move, in a new destination, has its own kind of challenge. Apart from technical knowledge of Photography, you also need to have a good level of sensitiveness towards the people and their culture, an intuitive awareness that ensures that you blend in and curiosity that will propel you to find new visual dimensions across situations. To be able to express your passion for nature visually, you need to open your senses to various aspects of nature, change your perspectives and connect with the subject intimately.

Light & Life Academy will give you a good grounding of the technical, and creative aspects of Travel & Nature Photography and the nuances involved in order to create more interesting and meaningful images.

At Light & Life Academy, we believe, whatever the reason for creating an image, the fundamental requirement is a good understanding of the art and science of Photography. Study of the fundamentals of Photography, therefore, will be an integral part of the programme. This will help create images that will draw attention and engage the viewer

Professional Travel & Nature Photography

The core faculty are Professional Photographers who have made a mark in their chosen areas of Photography, with a very good understanding of what it takes to create a technically and aesthetically appealing image, whatever the situation may be.

However, Travel & Nature Photography encompasses a larger ecosystem of knowledge and skills. Hence, we will have guest lecturers who are professional travel & nature Photographers and travel writers from reputed media houses.

Professional Travel & Nature Photography

As with all professional programmes conducted by LLA, the Travel & Nature Photography Programme too, is well structured.

Course Details:

  • Fundamentals of 35mm Digital SLR Photography.
  • Digital Workflow and Photoshop Essentials.
  • Digital Black & White Photography.
  • Lighting: An in-depth study of Natural Light.
  • Using the available light effectively in different locations.
  • Developing a sense of colour and composition.
  • Using portable flash in different situations, indoor and outdoor.
  • Essentials of Travel Photography.
  • Essentials of Nature Photography.
  • Workshop on Wildlife Photography (birds, animals & insects).
  • Creating Multimedia Presentation.
  • Ethics, laws and copyright.
  • Drone photography (Demo).
  • How to research a story (Seminar).
  • Projects.

The students will work with natural and available artificial light to photograph heritage buildings, monuments, etc. (outdoor & indoor), creative documentation of places, people, culture (including history and customs), landscapes and nature close-ups.

The Professional Travel & Nature Photography course is conducted through lectures, slide shows, assignments, critiques, in-class discussion, field trips, inspirational videos, brainstorming sessions and project work. Assignments include researching, photographing and preparing relevant travel & nature content, to promote a destination / event and showcasing nature.

Note: Travel to destinations that are rich in underwater life is getting increasingly popular, as a result, underwater photography has become a much sought after area of study. Light & Life Academy will be happy to conduct a workshop on underwater photography, if a minimum of 10 students enroll for the programme. At an extra cost.

Course Duration:

6 months + 1 month of project work.

Professional Travel & Nature Photography

Assignment submissions are judged based on the communicative value, quality of content, creativity, originality and how publishable an image/visual story is, in a newspaper or magazine or on a news website, where standards correspond to the industry-wide norm. Punctuality, attendance and participation in class and in-class activities are mandatory.

August 2017 to January 2018 + 1 month of Internship.
Professional Travel & Nature Photography

Academic Fee: INR 2,70,000/-
Plus, Service Tax as applicable.
Refundable security deposit: INR 10,000/-
(Payment schedule will be given along with offer of admission letter)

The fees include:

  1. Lunch, tea/coffee on days when you are required to be in college.
  2. Transport from designated locations from Ooty town to college and back on days when a formal session is scheduled in college. It is however advisable for you to have your own personal transport.
  3. Day field trips.

Additional expenses

  • Personal equipment, as specified by the Academy (the list of equipment will be given along with the offer of admission letter).
  • Personal equipment maintenance / repairs / insurance / books / stationery.
  • Personal expenses on accommodation, food and personal travel, etc.
  • Overnight field trips.
  • Expenses involved while working on projects.

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

Professional Travel & Nature Photography

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. It is a three step process:

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

You have to bring your camera for a test shoot on campus, when you come for the interview. The Academy notifies admission status soon after the interview.

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