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LIGHT & LIFE ACADEMY ONE YEAR PG DIPLOMA IN PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: 2010-2011 The 'One Year PG Diploma Programme in Professional Photography', offered by Light & Life Academy is its flagship course. This programme is for the passionate image-maker, interested in making a career in Photography. Professional Digital Photography continues to make giant strides, both in terms of hardware and software, making the process of Photography faster and at the same time more challenging. A Student of Photography today can see the image instantly after the shot is taken and is able to fine-tune it immediately. As a result, the learning curve has become steeper. Taking advantage of this aspect of time saving with Digital Photography and to cater to the growing demand for study of professional digital photography, Light & Life Academy, introduced the One-Year intensive Professional Photography Programme in the Academic Year 2006-2007. In keeping with the policy of Light & Life Academy, this programme is regularly updated based on our observations of the current trends in photography and advances in techniques. Densely packed to optimise the use of one year of study, it has been designed, assuming a very high level of interest and motivation amongst the aspiring students with some flexibility for planning his/her education and career to suit personal interests and requirements. The course is based on a holistic, ‘hands-on’ approach to Professional Photography. Teaching methodology includes lectures, slide shows (work done by faculty as well as images from around the world), demos, assignments, web research and critique sessions. Forthcoming Programme Dates: August 2010 to June 2011 (With two weeks of winter break in December/January) COURSE CONTENT Foundation Courses Introduction to 35mm Photography: Introduction to 35mm Digital SLR Photography & Digital Workflow. Photoshop Basics. Black & White Digital Photography. Light, Lighting & Filters: An in depth study of available light. Qualities of light, controlling available light and basics of light modification on location, using portable flash indoor and outdoor, essential filters and their usage in controlling light. Creativity: In this session, the focus is on developing the Inner Vision, aesthetics of Colour and Design/Composition. Intro to Studio Photography: An intensive study of the principles of studio lighting and the effective use of light modifying accessories. The session will cover studio flash light as well as continuous light. Lighting for Still Life and Basics of Portraiture are covered. Advanced Photoshop techniques are an important part of this session. For the above areas of study, the student will be required to work on specific assignments based on the topic of study within a given time frame and submit images as specified in each assignment. Individually or as a group. Feedback is given on every assignment at scheduled formal critique sessions and simultaneously graded. Besides, Faculty is available at the Academy during working days, Monday to Friday, to offer feedback even as the student is working on any assignment and to clear any doubts through this phase. The student is encouraged to take maximum advantage of this free and easy access to faculty to get the best of out of this programme. The student is expected to get a minimum of 70% to pass an assignment. They have the option of re-shooting and submitting any assignment to improve grades. Mandatory Workshops: Workshop on Medium Format Digital & Large Format Photography: The differences between a 35mm format and a medium format photography. Exploring the medium format digital camera and its possibilities An overview of the possibilities that large format offers. Camera controls, camera movements to correct or distort perspectives, lens selection, controlling depth of field, etc.. This is an appreciation session. The student is not required to do any photography with either of these formats. Workshop on Multimedia Presentation: This intensive workshop session offers inputs on various techniques involved in making multimedia presentations for different applications. At the end of the session the student will have a working knowledge of creating a multimedia presentation and will be required to work on a project and present it in a multimedia format. Specialisation: Specialisation is offered in the following three groups: Group A : Product. Architecture & Interior. Industrial & Corporate. Group B : Studio Portraiture. Location Portraiture. Studio & Location Fashion. Group C: Nature (Macro, Landscape & Wildlife). Travel & Tourism. Note: The student will be required to opt for any one of the above groups. There should be a minimum of 9 students opting for a group for it to be offered. If not, the students will have to opt for any of the other groups. This specialisation phase is project oriented. Lectures, slide show, case studies and demos for each area of study will be done in a continuous session spread over four to five days, intensively. The demos for specialisation may be done off campus if at that time it is found more appropriate. In which case the student is expected to make his/her own arrangements for travel to the place where the demo is being conducted and arrangements for stay during that period at his/her own cost.On completion of the demos, the student will work on specific assignments to get a feel of the area of specialisation and thereafter on a project in that area of study over the next three weeks. The student has the option of either working on the project in Ooty/Nilgiri District or going out of Ooty, wherever he /she feels there is better opportunity and logistical support to help get good creative images for the project. Feedback on images will be given at specified intervals and will be informed at that time of study. Images created by the student have to be presented for evaluation at the specified time and in a specified format. Workshops: Apart from the choice of specialisation, the student has to opt to study any one or both the Workshops offered below: 1) Fine Art 2) Food Photography (The above will be offered subject to a minimum of 15 students opting for any one area of study. An additional fee @ Rs. 14,000/- will have to be paid for each one of the workshops before 31 Jan, 2011). Seminars on Business Aspects of Photography This area of study is to help the student prepare for working in the industry. This session helps the student understand the various business aspects involved in being a freelance photographer. The accent here is to help him/her come up with a viable plan for a successful career. This session will be done towards the end of the programme. Evaluation The process of evaluation is continuous through regular practical assignments and project work. Assessment of practical assignments will be based on two aspects – technical proficiency and sense of aesthetics. The student has the option to re-shoot any assignment that does not meet the required parameters set by the faculty. For regular assignments during the Foundation Phase there will be group critique sessions and discussions. For re-shoots, there will be no group critiques. For project work on specialisation the evaluation will be on an individual basis. All lectures, demos, critique sessions, group discussions and guest lectures are mandatory for all students. FEE STRUCTURE For Indian Students Course fee : Rs. 4,15,000/- Security Deposit * : Rs. 30,000/- Rs. 4,45,000/- (*will be returned on the conclusion of our final audit within six months of completion of the course after deductions of dues) (Fees for the workshops is extra @ Rs. 14,000 each) SCHEDULE OF PAYMENT On confirmation of admission : Rs. 50,000/- Before 15th June, 2010 : Rs. 3, 95,000/- (Delayed payment will attract a penalty of Rs. 500 /- per day, upto July 15. Thereafter, the offer of admission stands canceled) Optional Workshop before 31 January, 2011 Foreign students may please write to us for information on fees. The above fees include: a) Use of lighting equipment, lighting accessories, light modifying accessories and grip equipment within Nilgiris district only. b) Use of Large Format Camera kits. Around the Academy Campus only. c) A selection of basic products, props and backgrounds for the use in the Intro to Studio Class I and return in original condition. d) Models and make up artist/hair stylist for demo sessions only. e) Transport from Ooty (central) to Academy and back on all working days. f) Lunch and Tea/coffee/hot beverages (twice a day), at the Academy on all working days. Additional Expenses: a) Personal equipment as specified by the Academy. b) Personal expenses on accommodation, breakfast and dinner, food on holidays, personal travel, etc. (Approximately Rs. 7,000 to 10,000/- per month). c) Personal equipment maintenance / repairs / insurance / books /stationary. d) Expenses for travel and stay at off-campus locations where demos are scheduled and for class assignments. e) Expenses involved while working on specialisation project. Enrollment is limited to this programme. Therefore, once you have accepted our offer of admission and paid the registration fee, the fee cannot be refunded. Thereafter, once you have paid the full fee and entered the programme, no refund can be made, except the security deposit. Those who are dismissed from the programme, at any time during the programme, for any academic or disciplinary reasons, (rules and regulations of the Academy will be given along with the offer of admission) no portion of the fees will be refunded except the security deposit, after deduction of any dues. Equipment Each student must own a 35mm Digital SLR, basic lenses (from about 17mm to 200mm on a full-frame camera), a laptop loaded with Photoshop software and at least 1 GB RAM, two portable flash units, off-camera flash trigger, filters, tripod and basic accessories. For final project work, if the student opts for Group A or Group B he/she will require three studio flash units of about 250 watts each with accessories. Once admission is confirmed, a list of equipment required to be brought, along with the schedule of when they will be needed, will be provided. Accommodation The Academy will help you make appropriate accommodation arrangements to suit your budget. Note: a) In line with the policy of the Academy to constantly update the course content based on developments in the field (technical and aesthetic) the course content, schedules and methodology is subject to change even as the course is in progress. b) If two batches of the One Yr Programme runs simultaneously, the lectures, slide shows and demos may be done for both batches together, while the critique sessions will be done for one batch at a time. The composition of students for each batch may be changed, to offer the opportunity to the students to work with different minds and thereby enrich their learning experience. HOLIDAYS 23rd December 2010–2nd January, 2011 (Winter break) & Select Public Holidays. Note: The course content and format is subject to change without notice.
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