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									                          LIGHT & LIFE ACADEMY


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)

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.

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 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.

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.


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.


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)

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
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.

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.


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


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


23rd December 2010–2nd January, 2011 (Winter break) & Select Public Holidays.


The course content and format is subject to change without notice.

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