Diploma for Mastery in Photography

Zone System of Photography:
Concepts of Zone System, 18% Grey, Choosing Appropriate Exposure. Reflected light meter, TTL meter – Centre weighted, Spot, Matrix, 3D matrix, Incident light meter, Flash meters, The dome and its use, Cosine corrected meters. Drawbacks of Reflected & Incident meters,

Response curve. Geography of the characteristic curve. Gamma value. Effect of Exposure on characteristic curve. Subject brightness range & Exposure latitude. Effect of development on characteristic curve. Effect of variations in film development. Characteristic curve of different paper grades. Characteristic curve of different paper surfaces. Obtaining proportional contrast in prints. Reciprocity Law its effect in BW & Colour.

Photographing with Contre-jour lighting, Daylight portraits with reflectors, Shooting Panning shots, Market Place, Festivals, Fairs, Architecture and landscapes.

Visual Perception:
Theory of visual perception; Figure ground relationship; Illusions; Viewing angles : normal / abnormal; Perspective; Symmetry & Asymmetry

Colour Photography:
Colour Theory: Additive & Subtractive. Colour Composition; Colour Harmony; Colour Balance; Psychology of colour. Print & Slide Film. Colour Processing: C – 41, E – 6. EP – 2, RA – 4, R – 14. Reversal Printing from Slides

Art appreciation
Group critiquing on famous pictures. Art appreciation & criticism

Shooting techniques & lighting techniques:
Multiple exposures; Zooming; Focus tracking; Lunar & solar shots / astronomical shots; Night exposures; Open Flash; Slow & Fast Shutter Speed; Small & Big Aperture; Panning; Attachments of studio flash:-           Reflectors; Barn doors / cutters; Snoot; Mini spot; Umbrella; Soft box / strip light; Light Panel; Honey comb; Gobo; Flash Meters; Choice & Impact of Backgrounds; Creating different lighting set-ups: Dark Field & Bright Field Illumination; Axial lighting, Lieberkuhn Lighting Rim Lighting, Lighting Scientific Objects, Ring Lighting,

Print Control Techniques & Special Printing techniques:
Contrast controls, Contrast Control with Multi-Grade Paper, Controlling Density: Intensification & Reduction,

Graininess control, Controlling tones: Burning & dodging, Controlling distortions : Tilting easel –use small aperture with tilting, Curving the printing paper, Vignetting :To remove unwanted surrounding; Photogram; Bas-relief; Tone down; Tone separation; Solarization; Texture addition; Superimposition; Montage

Photomacrography & Slide Duplication
Use of Close-up lens, Extension Tube & Extension Bellows, Reversal Rings, Macro Lens / Enlarging lens. Photomacrographic Shooting with Extension Tubes & Extension Bellows. Slide duplication & copying systems.

Effect of exposure:
Shooting Still-Life with varying exposures: over, correct & under; Studying & Evaluating the varying exposure variations through Histogram

Learning Adobe PhotoShop:
Setting up Adobe PhotoShop Preferences; Knowing – Work Area, Menu Bar, Option Bar, Tool Box, Active Image Area; Working with – Brightness & Contrast, Levels, Burning & Dodging, Cloning and other Tools; Working with – Palettes & using Palette well, Hue & Saturation, Curve, Sharpening. Working with – Layers, Using Transformation to control Perspective

HDR & Panoramic Images
Making High Dynamic Range Images, Panoramic images by stitching

Special Effect
Making Digital Bas-Relief, Tone Separation, Composites

Studio Shooting using Special Lighting Techniques

Studio Shoots with Special Lighting Techniques. Shooting with Mixed Light. Shooting Textures for Superimposition. Shooting with Multiple Exposure options

Shooting Sessions:
Product Photography Shoots, Model Photography Shoots, Shooting Pictorial Portrait, Shooting Pictorial Still-life, Shooting Pictorial Table-top, Food Shots, Free Shooting Sessions (Student’s choice)

Group critiquing of each other’s portfolio
Final Practical Examination

Assignments :
Shooting topics – Selective focus, Unusual angles, Warm & Cool colours, Harmonious colours, Hard & Soft light, Humorous picture; Street Children; Pavement Hawkers; Market place; Candid outdoor people/portraits; Night shots – Streets / Markets / Performances / lit-up buildings & use of open flash.

Portfolio Submission:

The portfolio must contain the following:

  1. Two photographs each to show / compare the effects of using:
    • Slow Shutter speeds
    • Fast Shutter speeds
    • Big aperture
    • Small aperture
  2. One example of macro photograph
  3. One example of panning
  4. One example of unusual angle
  5. One example of Night Shot
  6. One example of Journalistic Shot
  7. One example of Pictorial Portrait (BW)
  8. One example of Model Shoot
  9. One example of Product Shoot
  10. One example of Food Shot
  11. One example of adding texture using Layers (BW)
  12. One example of a Composite Image (BW)
  13. One example of Bas-Relief
  14. One example of Tone Separation
  15. One example of Panorama by Stitching
  16. One example of HDR Image
  17. One example of Perspective Corrected Image (Uncorrected copy also to be submitted)
  18. Two each of 10X12 inches exhibition quality prints in BW and Colour
  19. Five Colour Slides of any subject
  20. Theme based set of six prints in 8X10 inches size