SIX MONTH DIPLOMA

IN PHOTOGRAPHY

India's first film school to produce Bollywood web series in a diploma batch.

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SIX MONTH DIPLOMA
IN
PHOTOGRAPHY

One Year

Diploma

Duration: 6 Months

Mode: Full Time (5 days a week)

Age limit: None

Eligibility: 10th grade

Equipment Required: Full frame camera & laptop 

Location: New Delhi

The Delhi Film Academy believes that the most effective way for our students to master their chosen craft is to immediately start creating their work in a hands-on working environment. 

Our courses are taught through a dynamic combination of classroom instruction, hands-on workshops, and immediate experience. 

The approach is holistic, ensuring that students understand and experience all aspects of the subject they are studying to gain the flexibility and skills they will need as aspiring professionals. The experience they gain in the many collaborative roles that are required to produce great work will be of immeasurable value to them as photographers, fashion photographers, directors, actors, writers, producers, editors, cinematographers, animators, or any other path they choose.

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SEMESTER - 1

  • History of photography

  • Introduction to digital photography

  • Works for cameras and Lenses

  • Visiting faculties workshops from various companies

  • Camera body and lenses

  • Resolution raw vs jpeg Megapixels

  • Introduction to the functionalities of a camera

  • Exposure composition

  • White balance

  • Understanding colours

  • Aperture

  • Shutter speed

  • ISO White balance

  • Depth of field

  • Angles, framing. composition

  • Photowalks with our faculty

  • Day outdoor shoot

  • Night outdoor shoot

  • Creative shutter speed

  • Zoom blur

  • Ghost effect

  • Panning

  • Speed light photography

  • TTL shooting

  • Developing a creative eye

  • Photo processing

  • Brenizer

  • Panorama

  • Silhouette

  • Levitation

  • Black & white photography

  • Fire photography

  • Splash Photography

  • Smoke Photography

  • Candid photography

  • Timelapse

  • Abstract

  • HDR

  • Using telephoto lenses at wildlife sanctuaries

  • Street photography

  • Dynamic Range

  • Golden/ Blue hour photography

  • Hyperfocal focusing

  • Minimalism photography

  • Understanding filters

  • Understanding-histogram

  • 3 Point Lighting

  • Light modifiers: reflectors, softbox umbrellas, etc.

  • Studio lighting

  • Bounce off flash

  • Creative studio lighting

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SEMESTER - 2 

  • History of fashion photography

  • Introduction to fashion photography

  • Photo exhibition

  • Studio lighting

  • Loop lighting

  • -Glamour/butterfly lighting

  • - Rembrandt lighting

  • -Split lighting

  • -Board vs Short lighting

  • - Hard vs Soft lighting

  • -Grey card exposure

  • -Light meter

  • Different Kind of looks

  • -Sports look

  • -Casual look

  • -Corporate look

  • Sensual look

  • Studio membership

  • Work with fashion designers

  • Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom

  • Different effects in editing

  • Photo processing

  • Medium format camera worksh0p

  • Post-production of product photography

  • Retouching product/food

  • TTL shooting

  • Conceptual product photography

  • Fashion workshops

  • Light modifiers: Softbox, strip box, standard reflectors, barn door, snoot, beauty dish, color gels, giant umbrella, parabolic diffuser, reflectors and light cutters.

  • Understanding Make-up

  • Paid Internship

  • Live model shoot

  • Ethnic look

  • Event photography

  • Lighting for E-commerce product

  • Types of angles

  • E-commerce guideline

  • Shooting metals

  • Shooting glass

  • Introduction of propping

  • Food Photography

  • Food styling

  • Shooting multiple images

  • Creating composition

  • Shooting jewellery

  • Commercial Photography

  • Light modifiers: reflectors, softboxes, umbrellas, etc.

  • Studio lighting

  • Bounce off flash

  • Creative studio lighting

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DIPLOMA IN PHOTOGRAPHY

The Delhi Film Academy (DFA) Photography programs provide a passionate focus on not only the practical elements of photography but also the technical and theoretical practices of the craft.

The Academy’s one-year diploma program includes topics in Photography, Fashion Photography, Product Photography, Smoke Photography, Splash Photography, Fire Photography, Candid Photography, Studio membership, Fashion Shows, Levitation etc.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
 

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.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR CAMERA
 

Students will learn the or king of the digital
camera, equipment and how to make the most
of their cameras through practical studio&
location shoots 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.

ISO is a camera setting that brightens or darkens a photo in the most basic sense. Your images 

will get increasingly brighter as you increase the ISO setting. As a result, ISO can assist you in 

capturing photographs in low-light situations or allowing you to be more flexible with your 

aperture and shutter speed settings.

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PANNING PHOTOGRAPHY

Panning is a photographic technique that combines a slow shutter speed with camera motion to create a sense of speed around a moving object. It is a way to keep your subject in focus while blurring your background.

It is an interesting technique to make a photograph look dynamic when both the subject and the background appear to be moving in one direction. The panning technique gives an interesting edge to the photograph, rather than a cliched form of image-making.

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OUTDOOR SHOOT

Outdoor shoots present photographers with a variety of challenges and opportunities.

The light throughout the day varies considerably and can have a huge impact on the pictures you take. 

Although the light varies throughout the year and at different locations around the world, we sometimes can’t be as choosy on these but the time of day is something we can select.

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 SILHOUETTE  PHOTOGRAPHY

Silhouettes are a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion, and mood to the viewers of your photos and often stand out in an album because of the combination of their simplicity but also the story that they convey.

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TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Travel photography involves the documentation of an area's landscape, people, cultures, customs, and history. A travel photo is an image that expresses the feelings of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state, and has no geographical limitations. We teach students to make great images by shooting a wide variety of subjects under various available conditions, e.g, low light photography indoors, available ambient light photography for exteriors of buildings and monuments, shooting on the streets, where sometimes conditions may be hostile, capturing monuments which rarely recur, capturing the magic of light while shooting landscapes, etc.

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LONG
EXPOSURE

Long exposure is a technique used to shoot the movement of light from any point 

to the desired. Long exposure photography is used to shoot traffic trails, create 

interesting shots using composite as a technique, shoot star trails, etc.. When shooting for a longer exposure duration in the camera it is needed to have a few additional gears for achieving perfect results.

For example, a tripod, a shutter release cable or wireless remote control, an external flash for specific situations, etc. Settings for such pictures are also different from every other photograph that one makes.

As confusing and tricky as it gets, it’s always fun to explore creative ways to use your camera.

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PHOTO
JOURNALISM

Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism that employs images to tell a news story. Photojournalists often travel to take pictures for news articles and magazines that either tell stories or provide visual images that accompany an article. In addition to taking photos, some photojournalists are also responsible for editing and developing the pictures and preparing them for publication.

A photojournalist is a reporter, but they must often make decisions instantly and carry photographic equipment, often while exposed to significant obstacles, among them immediate physical danger, bad weather, large crowds, and limited physical access to their subjects.

 

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EVENT CINEMATOGRAPHY

Event photography is an essential part of the one-year diploma program. It is important for a photographer to be able to show diverse skills in various genres of photography. To give our students hands-on experience in event photography we have partnered with production houses & fashion week shows in Delhi.

The students get the chance to cover events like fashion shows, college fest, international sports events, IIFD & many more.

Event photography makes the students learn the art of being able to capture the moments of any happening and tell a story from it. Event photography is like documentary photography and photojournalism combined in one.

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HYPERFOCAL FOCUSING

A camera lens can only focus to a single distance at any one time, but there’s an area that extends from that point, both towards the camera and towards the horizon, where things still look sharp. Knowing how to calculate hyperfocal distance isn’t actually as complex as its technical name implies, but mastering this important photography technique can make all the difference to your photography.

Hyperfocal focusing is usually used by photographers who are shooting landscape, interior and architecture

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FIRE PHOTOGRAPHY

Fire photography is an exciting genre that can help you take powerful photos of the fire. In addition to photographing the beauty of fire, you can use something as simple as a candle flame. This will light up your subject, create atmospheric photos, or add a pop of colour to a simple image.
This, when taken to a little advanced level, is shot in the studio using flashlights and strobes. The overall formation and beauty of fire are absolutely stunning when shot in a controlled environment.

LEVITATION PHOTOGRAPHY

Levitation photography is a technique where the subject appears to be levitating or even more. This technique involves shooting multiple shooting and photo processing to achieve the final results.
One can be highly creative while creating such in mages and simply add a dynamic edge to their collection of photographs

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STUDIO LIGHTING

Light Painting is a technique that is used for creating really interesting patterns from different light sources.

Ranging from something as simple as a torch or something as complicated as a light shaping tube. It’s fun and is also used in a lot of creative photographic processes.

Different types of photographers use these techniques for different purposes such as pre-weddings, Fashion, Portraitures, Products, etc. It requires a lot of practice and experimentation but the results are worth the wait.

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LIGHT PAINTING

(Three Point Lighting)

Three-point lighting is a basic lighting technique which can also be called the base of all other lighting techniques. This studio lighting setup enables the students to understand how lighting plays an important role and how putting the lights in different positions creates depth and dimensions in a photograph. Along with the knowledge of the light setup, the students also learn about different studio lights and various modifiers that are used for shooting photographs in the studio.

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Street Photography

There are stories everywhere. Street photography enables you to bring those stories to life. 

Shooting photographs in the street does require a lot of patience, interacting with strangers, and bringing the photograph to life.

Street photography is an essential part of the diploma program. It helps the students to understand the rules of composition, takes them out in the field, and challenges them as the situation arrives.

Food Photography

Like various other genres of photography, food photography has also evolved with time. Various kinds of food photography are carried on for several purposes and all of them require a different kind of preparation, execution, and post-production. The idea is to first understand where food and product photography stand against various other types of photography and gradually learn and practice this for different outputs, under different conditions.

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PANORAMA

Panorama is a technique wherein multiple shots are taken for a scene and they are stitched later on using a photo processing software. This technique allows the photographer to be able to capture more and beyond what the camera can offer in a single click. One can be highly creative with these kinds of photographs.

This isn’t where it stops. there are multiple ways to capture such kinds of photographs and there is more to it than just a wide field of view, one can create an extremely shallow depth of field and still have a really wide frame too and so much more.

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SMOKE PHOTOGRAPHY

The whole idea of shooting pictures of smoke is to understand in what lighting conditions the smoke is shot. Silhouettes are a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion, and mood to the viewers of your photos and often stand out in an album because of the combination of their simplicity but also the story that they convey. Smoke photography is used in a variety of genres of photography. 

For example; Food, Automotive, Product, Industry, etc.

There are a few things to keep in mind while shooting photographs that include smoke as an element of contrast or as the key subject.

The lighting is dicey and the overall formation varies in different kinds of photography.

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FASHION
PHOTOGRAPHY

Fashion photography — in the form of magazines, books, advertisement campaigns, billboards, and online — has a great influence. In this course, you will learn the technical aspects of fashion photography, whilst exploring images from haute couture to street style, from advertising campaigns to designer look-books, from art gallery to shop window and from fanzine to glossy magazine, and develop an analytical and critical view of global style and the cultural landscape of the fashion industry. You will experience location and studio shooting, using the excellent photography studios within the College, and you will explore digital image production and manipulation.

TYPES OF FASHION
PHOTOGRAPHY

Fashion styles are a commonly misunderstood idea, which is less complicated than it often seems. In reality, understanding different types of fashion styles can simplify your shopping and apparel. All apparel is grouped according to similarities in the pattern, fabric, style line, and colour. These types of fashion styles can create looks that convey common themes. Fashion style generally refers to the groups of personality traits, which also match specific fashion themes. Fashion style is like a character sketch that describes a personality out of a fashion theme. With our Fashion Photography course, students will learn types of fashion styles which is a must for someone planning to pursue a fashion photographer’s career.

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STUDIO
INDOOR
SHOOT

When one shoots inside a studio there are multiple factors to be taken into account. It starts right from preparations, setting up the lights, differentiation between multiple lights, choosing the key and fill, synchronising these lights, using the right modifiers, etc.

 

Apart from using multiple lights, one has to learn how these lights work, how to diffuse the light if too much and how to cut the light to get more control over any specific region, etc.

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STUDIO
OUTDOOR
SHOOT

The students are taken on regular outdoor shoots and on-location to give them hands-on experience on how a commissioned outdoor shoot is executed.

 

They are told about various lights and modifiers that are used on such shoots and a constructed brief is given to them to achieve world-class imagery.

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LIVE MODEL SHOOT

Shooting a model is considered a staple for most photographers. Models are photographed for portraits, advertising, etc. The fashion Photography course is a great way to gain experience and practice live model photo-shoot.

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UNDERSTANDING
MAKE-UP

We often hear how much makeup can impact the final result of a photo shoot. It can either make or break a picture depending on its quality. A great makeup artist can save you tons of time in post-processing while a bad one will add many hours to your job. However, working with a great makeup artist doesn’t necessarily mean you will get what you need. If you cannot communicate properly, his work might not suit you, and neither will the resulting pictures. Educating yourself on some of the makeup basics can save you from this kind of situation.

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HDR

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. In these kinds of photo shooting, different kinds of exposure are a common practice. This is done to retain information from the shadows and highlight it in different situations

 

In HDR three different exposures are taken for any composition, an overexposed, one properly exposed and one underexposed photo is taken for different information in different places. These photos are later merged to create a photo that looks very sharp and of very high quality.

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INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE
PHOTOGRAPHY

Architectural photography is taking photographs of buildings and similar structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and accurate representations of the overall space. It could be a monument, real estate, hotel, cafe or any resort.

 

Interior photography, on the other hand, is an integral element of architecture photography to depict exactly how any place looks from the inside.

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UNDERSTANDING GREY CARD

A grey card is a flat object of a neutral grey color that derives from a flat reflectance spectrum.

A grey card is designed to help photographers to adjust their exposure and white balance settings consistently by providing a reference point.

This reference point will set a white balance, or color balance, point for a particular image set and all images captured thereafter.

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DIGITAL LIGHT METER

A light meter is a device used to measure the amount of light. Typically a light meter will include either a digital or analogue electronic circuit, which allows the photographer to determine which shutter speed and f-number should be selected for optimum exposure, given a certain lighting situation and film speed.

 

A digital light meter enables a professional photographer to control the following:

-The low-light capability of a camera; is better than the built-in light meter.

-Flash readings for managing multiple lights and better synchronization between keys and fills.

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SHOOTING BEVERAGE

Beverages come in different packaging. The usage of these beverages depends from industry to industry.

 

For example, there are alcoholic beverages that require stylized shooting, similarly, there are juice bottles, milk or any type of consumable liquid.

 

The shooting techniques required for a beverage are very difficult since the shape of the bottles varies and so do the highlights and shadows in the edges and curves of various products.

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PRODUCT
PHOTOFRAPHY

Product photography is a type of photography, which accurately and creatively shows a product attractive in advertising. Commercial photography refers to advertising and marketing as it is intended to promote and sell a service or product.

Whether you are shooting a product for being used on billboards or you are shooting a product to be used as a catalogue for any E-commerce website, product photography requires a lot of practice and knowledge of various light setups to be used under different situations as per requirement.

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SHOOTING METAL & GLASS

Different products have different packaging, they are usually made up of different elements, and are usually shot using different lighting setups and different techniques.

 

The metallic product reflects a lot of light whereas glass products are highly reflective therefore it is required to place the lighting right and use the right techniques.