Q I’m a student of Std IX and would like to pursue a career in Natural Photography. What are the courses involved? Please suggest some good institutes in India. Is this a bright career option or not?
A There are no formal educational requirements to enter this field, except for photojournalism and scientific or technical photography. But a proper training teaches broad technical understanding of this field and offers much needed practical experience with variety of cameras.
A good course may cover the following topics: Fundamentals of photography, Camera formats and applications (small, medium and large formats), Films and applications, Lights and Lighting (natural & artificial), Black & White photography and Zone System, Colour Photography and film processing, Digital photography and Post-production, Animation, Photojournalism, Small Business Management, Television Production, Typography.
Photography is a part of the course in mass communication and is also offered as a branch of specialization in most art colleges in their Applied Art/Commercial Art degree programmes. Certificate and diploma courses in photography are available at polytechnics, universities and colleges.
Admission is usually only through interview. Different institutes have different criterion for admission. Some of the institutes are National Academy of Photography, Kolkata (napindia.com); National Institute of Photography, Mumbai (focusnip.com);
Film and Television Institute of India, Pune (ftiindia.org); Fergusson College, Pune (fergusson.edu); Academy for Photographic Excellence (Apex), New Delhi (apexindia.net), Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi (bhu.ac.in); Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Centres (bhavans.info); Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (ajkmcrc.org).
Photography, particularly commercial photography and photojournalism, is a highly competitive field. Modern life education, communication, entertainment, marketing, and research and development all use visuals in so many aspects that there is a good demand for experienced, creative photographers.