Effects mentors 12 months certification course in photography helps you acquire the practical skills necessary to become a professional photographer.
This programme will provide a launch-pad to successful students in the professional world and prepare them to enter the industry with hands-on international experience. Panel of esteemed Guest Lecturers will help students to understand the commercial aspects of photography. Weekly visits to galleries, museums, and the studios of successful working photographers will take every student closer to the world of photography.
The programme consists of 12 modules including 3 modules offered during four-week.
The first trimester of the programme is aimed at building a sound, basic grounding for Photography Techniques. It will introduce students to the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography – how digital cameras work, how to take good pictures using them, using light and shadow techniques creatively and how to enhance these pictures in the digital darkroom.
The second trimester is based on developing digital darkroom skills, various streams of photography – landscape, architectural, fashion, product, wildlife, wedding and journalism. There will be an emphasis on techniques for enhancing/manipulating images digital application and research for Photography and Dark Room Practices. And integral to the second trimester is making story boards and “reading” photographic images.
Finally, the third trimester of the programme will provide an opportunity to all students where students will be given workshops on advanced technical skills in varied streams of photography by practicing photographers, advanced digital compositing techniques and lighting exercises to create interesting and dynamic compositions. Students will be assigned projects culminating into a professional portfolio that could be used for job opportunities.
Module 1 : Understanding your Camera
The first four weeks of this trimester are aimed at building core photography skills and provide a sound, basic grounding for Photography Techniques. Students will understand the working of the digital camera, equipment and how to make the most of their cameras through practical lab demonstrations. In this module, students will learn about camera controls, ISO, metering, exposure, choosing the right lens and the basics of flash photography. They will also understand how and when to use optional accessories like filters and tripods.
The module will help students to explore the concepts of depth of field, color theory, composition, white-balance functions and gradually attain proficiency in shooting with their digital SLR cameras and standard lenses for still imaging through individual shooting assignments mentored by faculty.
Module 2 : Capturing Light – Studio & Outdoor
Light is the primary working tool of the photographer. This module will introduce students to white balance settings and how these affect the color of light, as well as exposing for directional light – front lighting, side lighting, top lighting and back lighting. Shooting sessions in studio and outdoors will help them to understand the power and potential of light and shadow using natural light, available light and other artificial light sources to illuminate subjects. They will examine the use of flash and strobe light in photography.
This module will be exciting as students will be encouraged to choose lighting techniques in shooting situations that pose exposure challenges such as cloudy days, fog and mist, night photography. Students will explore using natural light to create moods, enhance tones, warm light of early and late day.
Module 3 : Works of Master Photographers (or History of Photography)
Special workshops will be conducted to survey history of photography and discuss works of iconic Indian and International photographers. Looking at works of master photographers, understanding their techniques will help students to understand the art of storytelling through photographs and also apply / imbibe some of these techniques and approaches in their own works.
Module 4 : Works of Master Photographers (or History of Photography Digital Darkroom – I (Image Processing & Enhancing)
This module is an intensive module designed to advance students’ digital photographic process and understand the indispensable tool – Adobe Photoshop – that is integral to the making of effective photographs. From basic image touch ups to creative digital art, students will learn how to manipulate images using Photoshop to achieve desired results. Students will explore using sophisticated sharpening techniques, selectively applying filters, masks, tone, texture and color matching and correction; thus understand Photoshop from a photographer’s perspective.
Through demonstration and lab time for editing own images under guidance of experts in image processing and editing, students will master the practical applications of methods, tools and techniques to enhance their photography.
Module 5 : Photographic Practices
This six-week module will acquaint students with principles of visual design, composition, color and perception. Students will learn to identify their subject and make use of the “rule of thirds” principle during their studio sessions. Studio and Outdoor shoot practice is the core of this module as students will be encouraged to conceptualize, shoot, edit, process and present works in class for peer and faculty critique.
In the last two weeks of this module, students will be exposed to various genres of photography such as architecture, journalism, fashion, interiors, wildlife and wedding among others. This exposure will facilitate them to identify their interest areas and begin to work for their final projects.
Module 6 : Applied Photography
With hands-on training and exposure to real life shoots in the previous trimester, this module in the second trimester will encourage an artistic approach to photography with abstract, surreal and creative artworks. Greater emphasis on photojournalism with live captures, story and news focus.
This module will introduce students to the disciplines of fashion photography, advertising, Beauty and celebrity profiling. They will learn to explore themes, narratives and ideas. And then, how to take those ideas forward and prepare story boards for shoots.
Students will attend live shoots to understand the coordination required with stylists, editors, hair and make-up artists and art directors to realize the production. These sessions will underpin the importance of team working, time management and also familiarization with the production methods.
Module 7 : Digital Darkroom – II
This module will build on key techniques learnt in Trimester 1 and train students to work with advanced techniques in digital darkroom to create surreal artworks, montage. A lot of emphasis will be on blending multiple images together, retouching essentials like whitening teeth, improving eyes, changing eye color, enhancing makeup, reducing and removing wrinkles around eyes, changing body size and shape with liquefy and improving a portrait with lens correction. Students will also learn to create a web gallery, essentials for printing and creating PDF layouts and contact sheets.
Module 8 : Business of Photography
The objective of this module is to orient students to the business of photography. Guest lectures and visits to studios of photographers are expected to play a major part of this module. This module will help students to understand how to pitch an idea to the client, process of bidding, cost-effective budgeting, picking locations, obtaining permits, training your models, choosing props, testing, selecting, renting, insuring equipment, invoicing and above all shooting the assignment within the planned time and budget constraints.
Module 9 : Portfolio Development (In India)
Through a series of assignments and critiques, this module will encourage independent thought-process and help them to consolidate their technical and artistic understanding in their area of interest for their final project. And, build up on the applied knowledge of photographic production and post production to create own portfolio of images. Students will be mentored to close-in their final concepts and plan towards a cohesive body of exhibition-worthy work.
Following the 1st and 2nd trimester, and after the first 4 weeks of trimester 3 in India, students will spend their final 8 weeks at BTK Academy of Design. The modules at BTK will focus on building key qualities in the budding photographer that will enhance their confidence and skill in working with other professionals and help them find and express their individual style.
Module 10 : Global Practices ( In Berlin)
Organized visits to the workplace and studios of Berlin professionals will be scheduled to expose the students to real world situations and give them an opportunity to dialogue and ask candid questions to those working in various photographic fields.
Three days every week intercultural studies with a German photography instructor; planned visits to at least 3 galleries and museums that are exhibiting photography and art in Berlin as well as a tour of BTK Bachelor student exhibition. Planned visits to studios of 3 professional photographers who are working in advertising, portrait and wedding photography. A planned visit to a print lab and a Hollywood style prop house. Social interaction events with BTK students such as welcome party, movie-evening, library tour and a pub visit will be scheduled to help the Indian students feel more welcome and relaxed in Berlin.
Module 11 : Global Practices ( In Berlin)
This module will focus on digital compositing techniques using green screen technology and expressive, experimental techniques to help students build on the basics that they already have learned. Emphasis will be placed on expanding their individual creative nature.
Berlin Architecture and Street Photography
Photographic excursions on bike, by foot and bus will give the students the opportunity to begin to build stories in pictures using Berlin architecture as their backgrounds. The excursions will incorporate both areas that express the design qualities and impact of Germany’s separation and reunification. Storytelling through pictures will be emphasized and a lecture explaining the need for a clear pictorial context and ‘key wording’ for online presentation will be included.
Lighting up Locations
The importance of good light and interesting lighting interpretations for shooting models on locations cannot be overstated. A special week of lighting exercises to help inspire the photography student to create more interesting and dynamic compositions and interpretations on locations.
Module 12 : Portfolio Building (In Berlin)
This module will concentrate on the important aspects necessary to direct, organize and design the students’ portfolio. It will present and break down a time management system into clear distinct parts so the student can confidently begin to work professionally.
Emphasis will be placed on the Photographer as Director and Author of their work.
The students will work on their own projects to create a better Portfolio. It is expected that students, before arrival in Berlin, have selected a genre ( portraiture, landscape, architecture, urban documentation, photo-journalism, fashion) and shot a series of photographs that will help them develop their individual style and self expression.
You will learn the fundamentals of using digital SLRs , the value of compositing the basic working in different lighting scenarios and elementary Photoshop skills for processing and editing images