Monday, 7 July 2014

Photography Courses- It’s time to get out of that auto-mode!

It’s that silly season when everybody is busy finding his or her camera to click pictures in anticipation of that perfect holiday shot. Aren’t you also one of those who are out shooting some crazy happy pictures of a fun-filled vacation?

You literally take thousands of pictures to get those 4-5 flawless pictures that you could frame, flaunt or profile-it! And when you come back & look at those limited perfect pictures, you wonder how did you do it?

Then you realize you switched your camera mode to auto mode and prayed to get the best shot. It’s just sometimes only that your stars get lucky. But when you want to repeat the shot (some time later) then you have to again go through the same long process of clicking thousands of pictures to get that one brilliant shot. And now you are again gravely stuck in the auto mode!

Wouldn’t it be great if you know the exact usage and importance of all those buttons on your expensive camera? Wouldn’t it be nice if you know all the secrets and tips to get great pictures every time you pick up your camera?

Don’t worry; you can now get out of this auto mode easily. IIP, with its vocational and professional photography courses, is all set to teach you how to use your camera like a pro. From its weekend courses to one year dual diploma program in Photography, from one day basic workshop to photo tours, IIP offers comprehensive photography courses that help you master the art of photography in no-time!

Photography Lessons - the Art of Portrait Photography

There is no other complex and beautiful picture than that of a human face.
From capturing, a toddler’s innocent smile, to the mischievous emotions of a teenager, a man in his struggling days and lastly the freckles and shackles of an old age.
Portrait Photography is not only about the click on the face of a person with an apt camera, infinite zooms and black and white technique, but it is the hypnotic spell that bonds you to get disappeared into it, that is the beauty of portrait photography.
A still that keeps you still in itself for a while and you just question yourself how it has been done ?, what is so captivating in the picture that is making itself so attached to the mind ? That is the spell of Portrait photography.

Portrait photography can be of as abounding kinds as you name them. There is no immovable guideline for this segment of photography, however, yet to make it less difficult and simpler to comprehend, we separate them in three classifications:

1. Candid Portrait Photography
Candid Photography is the one where the subject may be ignorant of the existence of a photographer. In such representations, the photographer does not have much freedom to change nature's turf or feelings of the individual being shot. Things are regular and spontaneous. There are no posed pictures.
In short Candid shots incorporate each one of those shots where the subject is unconscious about being captured or in any event astonished to realize that.
A few instances of a genuine shot will be cutting strangers on the road or taking photographs of individuals in gatherings without their information.

2. Environmental Portrait Photography
An environmental portrait ordinarily concentrates on the connection of the subject with nature. The story of a subject is told through the surroundings. The subject is shown corresponding to nature's domain through his methodology and sincerity.
Ecological pictures are likewise used to mean the social and authentic minutes of the past. A portion of the natural pictures might be a decent wellspring of learning and could be extremely educational about an episode from the past. In natural representation, foundation assumes a vital part. In this structure, the photographer needs to pick the subject and surroundings deliberately.

3. Creative Portrait Photography
Innovative approach in portrait photography is taking the assistance of after generation apparatuses to digitally control a representation and bringing about a noticeable improvement. In prior days, the darkroom was utilized to do such works however as of late of DSLRs the after generation programming devices, for example, Adobe Photoshop and others have supplanted the darkrooms. Imaginative methodology has been utilized for a long while and new engineering advancements have made it much more famous.
But the eye for the natural creative energy from the air will always have a higher calling than the rest.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Photography as a career? The options are plenty….

IIP Weekend Photography Class Students
Almost every person with a passion for photography has grappled with questions like - How can I make money as a photographer? Is a career in photography even possible? Here is a list of hand-picked careers for photographers who want to focus on the craft, not the business.

The Indian Institute of Photography- IIP is the ultimate one-stop place for helping you choose what career suits you the best as per your skills and inclination. Join the world of opportunities now to embark your journey into the world of photography.

Photo Journalist
Being at the forefront of news and your images being flashed all over the television screens every now and then is a rewarding experience of its own.  Now, this one is a very broad career with cover stories ranging from international issues to local sports events.  So, if you have a lot of passion and perseverance to make your mark in the field of photography this career is for you.

Photography Teacher
If teaching the next generation of photographers sounds exciting to you, a career in education might be your thing. Besides improving your craft constantly to stay up-to-date as a teacher, you’ll be exposed to the boundless creativity of young adults, whose fresh outlook will inspire you.

Portrait photographer
To become a professional portrait photographer, you need to have a strong portfolio of portraits and excellent interpersonal skills. Although a photography degree or certificate might give you some credibility.

Fashion Photographer
Now, fashion photography is a cutthroat business but a career that brings out the best of artistry in you.

Forensic photographer
If you’re a detail-oriented photographer and want your photos to have a concrete purpose, consider becoming a forensic photographer. Your photos would be used as evidence in court cases, so you would need to know how to take photos that accurately represent a crime scene. Now, here one will need more than just photography skills to get involved with forensics.

Photo Editor
If you are more interested in making the clicks more appealing, this one is for you.  Photo Editors are in demand everywhere, whether it is a magazine, newspaper or an advertising agency.  Develop and demonstrate the skills of presenting the pictures in the best possible way and make a mark in this vast world of opportunities.
Tel: 9015-422-322

Saturday, 7 June 2014

A Statement through the Lens

Tanoo Gupta, a photography student talks about photography and all that the learning experience has taught her. Become a photography lover like her; learn the art from the masters themselves at

Photography is an art form that has started to keep pace with the development of other art forms in India. It is all about capturing light on a medium using any equipment. Do we need professional cameras to click good pictures? No, the choice of the equipment does not matter in the first place, but what matters is the sense and ability of composition. Thereafter comes into play the concepts of framing, lighting, camera angles, etc.

A good photographer can find meaning and beauty in the most ubiquitous things and surroundings. Observation skills, presence of mind, and the passion to capture the world in frames can come in handy.

Nowadays, due to rapid westernization, photography is fast changing form an offbeat career into a mainstream career. Also, the recent waves of professional cameras in the market are encouraging young and amateur photographers to pursue their passion effortlessly. But still, there is a lot of awareness to be generated, because the previous generations have a misconception that photography is a low paying job. They must have a mindset that if you expertise in what you do, you can get paid very well. All you must be aware about are the avenues, as to what must be done with the bulk of pictures that you have clicked.

Photography is something which is meant for travel enthusiasts and they must be prepared to travel extensively so as to practise hands on versatility. A good photographer should be conversant about the rules and ethics of photography, and must possess physical soundness in him. Patience and strength are the secondary things which are equally essential while planning any composition. At times, photographers also have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to get the right kind of light for a particular picture.

Although there is a huge investment required in this filed and a lot of challenges pop-up with photography, it is still a rewarding as well as a satisfying career because firstly, it offers a wider scope for fame and recognition, and secondly, you are your own boss and can do anything as per your desires.

Most importantly, a photographer should be able to interpret the many shades and idiosyncrasies of life through his unique skills and creative disposition, and keen observation powers must be any photographer’s hallmark.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Why do we need photographs if we have our naked eyes?

Photo: Ankush Jain

Have you ever pondered on why we humans always believe in capturing what our eyes see?  Let’s take a swim in the ocean of thoughts today and take a deeper look at photography as a need.

Imagine a day when you decide not to take your camera out for any sort of clicks. It’s not that difficult, infact you will be able to enjoy the sight with your naked eyes without the hurry to click what the eyes behold. Take time, see for longer and experience the sight without any sort of distractions. But, what after that? That’s where more questions arise….Will you be able to share what you felt on that very moment, will your eyes retain the evidence of what they saw, will you be able to describe what you felt at that very instant so on and so forth. The questions are endless with just one answer Photography!

Photographs are the ultimate way to capture the stillness that we rarely see in life’s haste.  So, it is nothing less than a therapy for all of us. Now, everyone have their own reasons to take that click but all of us connect with one that is “to capture the moment and have it with us forever.”  But, photographs and this art embrace much more to it than just this.

Photography is a creative outlet. Anyone can push the button on a camera, and point it at something they think looks cool. It’s honestly that simple to be creative.  But, there is actually a lot more to photography than just pointing the camera at something and pressing the button. That’s where you start. Learning to become a great photographer is a challenge. A photographer will always be learning something new, explore new directions, or face new challenges. And that’s a good thing! This is a pursuit that you will never be bored with.

Photos are the best forms of expression and is ever-changing as an individual changes. This is also a fantastic story-telling medium. Whether you’re telling a story with one image, a sequence, a series, or an entire portfolio, the possibilities are endless. Just ask yourself what story you want to tell, and photography can get you there.

Healing, therapy, meditation – photography can be all of these. There are literally infinite possible photographic subjects. Therefore, nurture all the beauty, joy, love, connection, variety, history, adventure, movement, emotion, and awesomeness that makes up life and how would do that? Get out there and experience it?? With just a camera in hand…….The Indian Institute ofPhotography- IIP can also act as your friend and guide to this beautiful art and help you cherish photography forever. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Photography courses- We know what you would do this summer!

Do you spend your summer watching a sitcom or playing video games or complaining of boredom every year?

Don’t you want to find something captivating, knowledgeable, fun, all at the same time?

Then this workshop is just for you- Noida Photography Festival 2014 by Indian Institute of Photography!
Instead of getting sunburned this season, you can now invest your time mastering the art of photography, this summer break!
This summer, nurture your passion, share your experience, showcase your talent and learn more about photography from the experts. Through this workshop, you would learn about the various aspects of photography, you will get a chance to meet international photographers, work with the honchos and also you would get a platform to showcase your talent.
IIP believes in celebrating and exhibiting your artistic work while recognizing and rewarding your creative talent.

As we all know that photography reaches beyond language, so if you’re an enthusiastic beginner or a professional expert, get ready to polish your photography skills and go beyond the ordinary. Celebrate the passion you couldn't relish because of your jam-packed routine. Come take a photo-break!

Learn Photography- Now have a studio at your home!

Rembrandt lighting- An easy option or smart option?
IIP gives you the right answer today!
Named after Rembrandt van Rijn who was known for creating clear & crisp portraits, Rembrandt lighting is one of the techniques which can be used efficiently in the photography studios. Typically used for the portrait photography, this technique is used to give high quality portrait photographs.

In this technique, half of the subject’s face is lit and the other half is covered in shadow. Rembrandt lighting is characterized by the triangular shape that is formed below the eye, in the shadowed portion of the subject’s face.

Setting it up
In comparison to other lighting setups, Rembrandt lighting is the simplest and fastest. The lighting effect can be achieved with the help of a single light source and a reflector. The key light source is placed in a manner where it illuminates one side of the person’s face and is placed at a 45 degree angle. Then a reflector is placed at half the height of the key light source, on the conflicting side.
Alternatively, a fill light can also be used to diffuse and soften the harsh shadow created on the other half of the face.
The characteristic triangular shape of light underneath the eye is created with the interaction of the main light source with the reflector. This creates an effect called chiaroscuro which leads to the formation of the geometric shape.

Getting it right
The key to this technique is getting the size & the position of the triangle right. It should be no longer than the nose and no wider than the eye.