Professional Photojournalism

August 2018 to January 2019

Photojournalism Course Introduction

The function of Photojournalism is, and has always been to hold a mirror up to society, so society can look at itself. The great Photojournalists of today and yesterday have kept pace with the times by mirroring it and in their reflection of the world, they have informed and changed the world. By seeing who we are today, we can decide who we want to be tomorrow. With this as background, this Photojournalism course is designed to inspire you to create photojournalistic images of myriad hues people events sports etc for diverse media vehicles from print to social media towards a career in photojournalism.

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. This will help create images that will draw attention and engage the viewer. The Photojournalism course is entirely digital; with great emphasis on the use of current technology in photography.

There are primarily three things we need to focus on as photojournalists:

  1. Getting an image that will stand out in a crowd, especially in the context of the fact that every one who has a cellphone today is a photographer, and most take good images.
  2. The diverse media vehicles available today and the way different audiences consume news.
  3. To create a personal space in terms of sensibility and aesthetics.
Photojournalism Photography

As with all professional photography course conducted by LLA, the photojournalism programme too is very well structured. The course is also in line with the way news is reported and consumed today. While we will have emphasis on DSLR photography, we will also be covering cellphone photography and videography relevant to documenting news.

Photojournalism 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 artificial light effectively in different locations.
  • Using portable flash in different situations, indoor and outdoor.
  • Creativity
  • Creating Multimedia Presentation
  • Cellphone Photography &Videography 
  • Ethics, laws and copyright
  • Drone photography (Demo)
  • Projects

The Photojournalism course will cover general news, breaking news, sports, single picture story, picture sequences and pictures for features, location portraiture, human interest stories, social events etc. History of photojournalism is interwoven through the course. Students are exposed to the issues of style and genre. The Photojournalism course is conducted through lectures, slide shows, assignments, critiques, in-class discussion, field trips, inspirational videos and brainstorming sessions. Assignments include researching, photographing and preparing relevant visual journalistic content and making presentations.

Through the Photojournalism course, the student will be required to create and manage an e-magazine which is to be published once a fortnight on the LLA website.

The students will also be required to do an internship with any media house for a period of 1 month.

Photojournalism Course Duration

6 months (including one month of internship)


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.

Programme Dates

August 2017 to January 2018 + 1 month of Internship.


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. However, Photojournalism encompasses a larger ecosystem of knowledge and skills. Hence, we will have guest lecturers who are veterans in the field of Visual journalism, practicing journalists from reputed media houses.

The faculty will ensure that you're equipped to create images that documents whatever subjects/event you choose to portray .

  • Academic Fee: INR 2,10,000/-
  • 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

  • Lunch, Tea/coffee on days when you are required to be in college.
  • 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.
  • Day field trips

Additional expenses

  • Personal equipment list as specified by the Academy 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.

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.

  • Photojournalist
  • Picture Editor
  • Picture Researcher
  • Visual Archivist
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Multimedia Editor
  • Multimedia Producer
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