Q I am a student of Std XII (Science) and I want to pursue wildlife photography. What courses should I take up and which institutions provide such courses?
A To be a good wildlife photographer, it is essential to love and care for animals. Start observing your surroundings first and shoot common animals and birds. At this stage, a professional camera is not required. Later you can work for travel and geographic magazines, calendars as you travel around capturing waterfalls, landscapes, wildlife and other interesting shades of nature.
Wildlife photography is a specialized branch of photography. First you can join a basic photography course and build knowledge from there. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (http://jntu.ac.in) offers BFA (Photography). Other institutes include Xavier’s Institute of Communication, Mumbai (xaviercomm.org); Delhi School of Photography, New Delhi (delhischoolofphotography.in); Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune (photography.bharatividyapeeth.edu) and National Institute of Photography, Mumbai (focusnip.com).