Diploma in Travel & Nature Photography

August 2019 - January 2020 + Portfolio Project

Introduction


Travel Photography is about capturing the essence of a place and its people. Nature Photography is about capturing the many facets and moods of nature.

Photographing a destination has its own set of challenges. The starting point is the understanding of the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. Apart from this, you will need to have a good level of understanding and sensitivity towards the place, people and their culture.

To be able to express your passion for nature visually, you need to open your senses to various aspects of nature 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 thenuances involved, to create interesting and meaningful images.

At Light & Life Academy, we believe that, whatever may be 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 you create images that will draw attention and engage the viewer.

Diploma in Travel & Nature Photography Course 2019-2020
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  • Principles and Fundamentals of 35mm 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
  • Use of portable flash (indoor and outdoor)
  • Ethics, laws and copyright
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Once students complete their study of the Fundamentals of Photography they move on to an intensive study of the areas of specialisation:

Travel

  • An insight into photographically capturing the appeal of different kinds of destinations.

Nature

  • The areas that will be covered: Landscapes, Macros, Birds and Animals.

Lectures, slide shows and informal corridor conversations with the faculty help students understand the nuances of Travel and Nature Photography. Each topic has its own time-bound assignments and submissions with critique and grading. During this phase, you will explore all that you have learnt in Section I and also build on it.

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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)

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.

Professional Travel & Nature Photography

On completion of Sections I, II & III, students will have a good understanding of photography at a professional level. In Section IV, LLA offers an insight into additional areas of photography. This will give the students an appreciation of the nuances involved in particular areas of photography. 

  • Function & Wedding Photography
  • Drone/Ariel Photography 
  • Appreciation of Medium Format Photography

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 seminar on underwater photography at an extra cost, if a minimum of 10 students enrol for the programme.

Professional Travel & Nature Photography

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

6 months + 1 month of portfolio work.

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

August 2019 to January 2020

Section I (Compulsory) & Section II (Compulsory): INR 3,00,000

Section III (Optional):

    • Multi-Media: INR 25,000
    • Photojournalism: INR 10,000

GST as applicable will be payable on the fee.

Refundable security deposit: INR 10,000/-

Payment schedule will be given along with offer of admission letter

The fees include:

  • Lunch, tea/coffee on days when you are required to be in college.
  • Transport from designated locations in 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.
  • Day field trips.

Additional expenses

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

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 involving a three-step process:

  1. Portfolio Review
  2. Skype Interaction
  3. 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.

Applications for Batch 2020-21 will be available in the month of December 2019

Step 1: Get the following ready

  • Profile Image: Jpeg of your Recent Passport Size Photograph with a plain background (No Selfies, file must be less than 1 mb)
  • PDF/Jpeg Photocopy of Educational certificates (Under Graduation & Post Graduation as applicable), if degree is not yet completed or you are awaiting results click on Under Progress on the application form.
  • Reference letters: If you have reference letters please upload them, however, it is not compulsory.
  • Portfolio: 20 of your best images taken using a DSLR camera (Jpeg, 96 dpi,12" x 8" size)
  • Debit Card/Credit Card/Net Banking to make Payment of Rs. 1000 + GST to apply for the course.

Step 2: Fill the Form

  • Fill in the form titled Apply now
  • Click Continue to fill in the rest of the Application form.
  • Fill in all mandatory fields
  • Click Submit Button
  • You are just one step away from completing your Application.
  • To update/make changes to your application, click Edit Profile or use the Unique URL sent to your email to make changes.

Step 3: Payment

  • If you have completed filling in the Application - Proceed to Pay Rs.1000/- using Credit/Debit card or Net banking

Your Application Process is now Complete!!
The academy will send you an email within 2 working days informing you of the further steps in the admission Process.

All the Best!

Diploma in Travel & Nature Photography Course 2019-2020
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