I want to be a cinematographer

I am a Std IX student and I want to be a cinematographer. Please suggest some courses I could do after Std XII. Will my choice of stream affect my profession?
Raunak / Notre Dame School, New Delhi

Cinematographers are the movie ‘photographers’, planning and executing the whole shooting of a film. They determine how each scene in a movie, TV show, advertisement or video will look on camera.

Various certificate and diploma courses in Cinematography are available to acquire knowledge in this field. A good course polishes one’s visual imagination and creative ability, includes live shooting, gives exposure to advanced digital shooting technology and computer software for creating visual effects for individual shots, experience with live studios and so on. Eligibility is usually 10+2 in any stream.

Some of the Institutes offering related courses are The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (ftiindia.org); Asian Academy of Film and Television, Noida (aaft.com); Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata (srfti.com); L.V. Prasad Film and TV Academy, Chennai (prasadacademy.com); Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai (tndipr.gov.in/television-traininginstitute.aspx)

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Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.