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Is the camera your best friend? Make it your career buddy with a photography degree

Photography is one the most overwhelming forms of expression and communication. It plays a pivotal role in accomplishing one’s creative vision. Whether it’s an amateur desiring to narrate a story, an entrepreneur hoping to sell a product or a hobbyist aspiring to capture the beauty of the surroundings — a camera is your best buddy!

A career in Photography will offer you a platform to tell your story in your own way; you will be your own BOSS. It’ll provide you with an opportunity to transform your passion into a profession, which is like a dream coming true. After all, the capability to merge one’s love with living is the most blissful feeling.

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Photography is larger than a mere vocation. It’s a medium to preserve those moments of life which once gone, are impossible to replicate. A photographer chooses to show the world rather than tell them or write about it. His tool is his camera and a professional training through a degree program will help him do this task much better.

Self-learning is good for an amateur or a hobbyists whose love for camera can be expressed through experimentation. For someone aspiring to take up Photography as a main stream career, a need for a professional approach is must. Well, one cannot negate the fact that many famous photographers have been self-tutored! However, since self-learning might take many years of practice, a more prudent approach would be to join an institute that specialises in Photography.

1. Including the basics of visual arts and liberal arts in the foundation:

Photography is not about merely taking images everywhere you go. The purview of this creative art extends much beyond this outlook. Before venturing out to the photography workspace, it is very important to get your basics right. Learning photography involves art, science, technical concepts and much more. Hence, a professional training program starts with the basics of liberal and visual arts, ensuring you get your basics right. Mastering communication skills along with philosophy, psychology, literature etc. help in setting a strong foundation for these students.

2. Understanding the art of storytelling:

Every shot tells a story. A story need not revolve around a special person or a special moment. You can capture the simplest moment with the right click and make it look magical. The vision certainly comes from within, but it is an able mentor and a productive classroom environment that makes the difference. The principles of storytelling go a long way while capturing the right shots.

3. Access to high end equipment and studio spaces:

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Learning professional photography in a self-learning mode may sometimes cause deep holes in your pocket. As a student of a college which offers graduation in Photography along with digital imaging, you will have access to whole range of high end equipment including cameras equipped with various types of lenses, a whole range of lighting along with locations and studio spaces for the shoots.

4. Learn from industry experts:

Enrolling yourself for a graduation or post-graduation degree at a reputed college ensures you have access to not only the best of the faculties but also to industry personnel. Master classes and hands-on workshop by industry experts are a part of the academic calendar in a professional college. Photography is a dynamic subject indeed! It is important to keep yourself abreast with the latest techniques and tools in the domain. Workshops conducted by industry experts at the college help attain knowledge of new ideas and techniques, and chisel the skills required for in this field.

5. Live projects and portfolio guidance:

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Working on a live project always gives you an insight into the real world scenario. It helps you get a taste of your future days. To showcase the talent to the world an internationally rated portfolio is very important to launch the career. A degree program provides you with a platform to identify and hone your style. If you desire to stand out in this world of cluttered visions, it is vital that you hold to your own style which can be built through a professional school.

6. Understanding your niche area in Photography:

There are several streams of photography. Every photographer can have his/her own inclination towards a particular stream – Fashion photography, Photojournalism, Travel photography, Wildlife photography or Freelance photography. You require a course and mentor who can steer your flair and channelize your ideas in the correct direction. The vision and technique of every photographer is unique. Even under identical teaching methods, this divergence is visible, and only a mentor at a professional college can help you identify that.

7. Career skills:

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Joining a college for a degree in photography not only helps you gear up with your aesthetic and technical skills but also your soft skills. Most of the times, while focussing on learning technical skills, we miss out on working and improving personality development. Professional colleges do just this, helping you attain 360 degree learning. All in all, a graduation or post–graduation degree in photography from a reputed college goes a long way in establishing a successful career.

8. Internships and placement:

Photographers could go on to become entrepreneurs or start working under senior and experienced Photographers. Having an expert as a mentor can help you hone your skills behind the camera in an unparalleled manner. Internships help you network with the industry, which is greatly beneficial in the long run. College will ensure good internship and placement opportunities.

Conclusion

Are you set to trap time in your camera? Do you want to create magic with a single click? If yes, a degree program can make your dreams a reality. Make your best buddy your career buddy by enrolling in a professional course today!

10 important tips for travel photographers

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The buzz word on social media these days is ‘travel photography’. Colourful shots of picturesque locales stare at you, the moment you log into your social media profile. Your friends, family and acquaintances who own a DSLR become travel junkies and display a sudden love for photography. It all seems so good – travelling, experiencing a new place, telling stories through pictures – but there are things you need to take into account before you actually pack your bags and venture into the unknown.

Taken while hiking the length of New Zealand

Travelling can be long and expensive. Before you can actually venture into unknown parts of the country, make sure you plan your trip well. “Take time in choosing your destination. It’s a good practise to prepare well before you undertake your journey,” says Rajesh Kathuri, Director of Photography (DoP), and faculty at AISFM. “You don’t want to be surprised when you reach the destination. So prepare well and run a thorough background check. Recording your memories on camera is no mean feat,” he says.

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Check your memory card before you leave. “As a travel photographer the idea is to visit unexplored locations. There are chances that if you run out of memory space, the local stores might not have what you want. So check before you leave, and always be prepared,” suggests GL Vara Prasad, faculty, AISFM.

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When visiting a new place, take time out to soak in the culture. The more you know, the better stories you can tell. “Experience the culture of the place you visit. Some of the best stories are told through pictures that capture the essence of the location. India is a culturally rich and diverse country. And each place has its own story to tell. Find that culture connect; find that story,” says Kathuri.

local connect

Make friends. Travelling to a new place comes with a lot of challenges, but the moment you befriend locals, your job gets a lot easy. “Don’t be holed up in one place or stick to what you have read during your background check. Speak to locals, befriend them. They will give you some valuable inputs and point you out to unexplored and unique locales, something you might not find in books and blogs,” says Vara Prasad.

Mingling with locals also helps you keep safe. They are the best people to tell you where to go and where not to venture.

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Choose your season well. There are many places in the country that have a lot to offer during a particular season, but are grossly underrated. For example, Goa – the state boasts of lush green fields and trees that come alive during the monsoons. But people usually prefer the beaches during winter. Take a chance; choose an unconventional setting during a particular season and tell a different story.

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The most important thing in photography is light – primarily sunrise and sunset. “Don’t be in bed till noon. Choose a good location, wake up early and exploit the natural light. But most importantly, be alert. You never know when you might lose the perfect light,” suggests Kathuri.

Uniqueness

Every place features a unique character – identify that, and capture it. “People always click the Charminar and that has become a character in the Hyderabad story. But look beyond it. A cup of Irani Chai with Osmania biscuits on plate spells Hyderabad too! So identify the unique character, and click away,” says Vara Prasad.

Variation

While one might still want to go and click the important landmarks of a particular place, Vara Prasad suggests to ‘bring variation’ to the pictures. “For example, take a mandatory picture of the Charminar or the Golconda Fort. But at the same time, click the Satyam or DLF Building in HiTech City, take a picture of the Mecca Masjid or Alpha Tea outside Secunderabad station – these places are also an important part of the city’s DNA. It shows the city through a different perspective and brings variation into an otherwise boring and repetitive photo-story,” says Vara Prasad.

travel light

Travel photographer should always travel light. Invest in a good, waterproof backpack and carry clothes sufficient for your travels – not more, not less. A good pair of trekking shoes, mosquito repellent and tripod is also a must.

Zoom lens

“Never forget your zoom lens. They are a must for all travel photographers,” says Kathuri, adding, “Don’t invest in fancy lens just because everyone else is buying. It’s a complete waste of money. Buy what you need, not what’s popular.”

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