Diploma in Commercial Photography

Northeastern School of Photography & Design
In Guwahati

Rs 42,000
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  • Diploma
  • Guwahati
  • Duration:
    6 Months
  • When:

Its an ambitious learning program that combines all aspects of commercial photography from fashion to product and event photography into a single course

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Where and when

Starts Location Timetable
3rd Floor, Standard Charter Bank building, Opp. Rabinra Bhawan, Digholi Pukhuri, Ambari, 781001, Assam, India
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What you'll learn on the course

Photography Studio
Photography Lighting
Fashion Photography
Commercial Photography
Product Photography
Event Photography
Studio Management
Adobe lightroom
Adobe Photoshop
Photo Editing & Manipulations

Teachers and trainers (3)

Arubam Brajagopal
Arubam Brajagopal

Lalroutlien Zate
Lalroutlien Zate

Tarun Gupta
Tarun Gupta

Course programme

Introduction to Photography

In this fundamental course, the students will investigate the impact of photography as a medium of visual communication. History of photography with emphasis placed on materials, processes and techniques that have played significant roles in the development of the field. Difference between analog & digital photography.

Camera Workflow

Fundamentals of digital photography. Working with your DSLR. Components of a camera, Understanding light and exposure. Controlling exposure with Shutter, Aperture and ISO, Using camera to capture mood and emotions and as a tool to tell stories. Understanding photography as a profession – commercial, editorial, wildlife, travel etc. Learning and exploiting all the tools available for correct exposure.

Basics color principles, including line, shape, hue, texture, form, value and intensity are studied. Students investigate color as seen in black and white and its relationship to composition through harmony and contrast in a variety of formats and media. Students will also learn the usage of classical rules of composition to make a visual statement.

Light Theory

Advanced understanding of light. Handling difficult light situations. Understanding light and shade. Understanding light direction, throw of light, soft light, contrast or hard light, the Light cage, etc. In-depth understanding of artificial lights i.e. studio flashlights, halogen, tungsten, etc. Understanding color temperature light quality, advantages and problems.

In depth study of studio equipment, their uses and management. Technical mastery of complex equipment. In-depth understanding of types of lights and light modifiers Reflectors, Wide light sources, Light banks, Umbrellas, soft boxes, honeycombs, snoots, etc. Understanding and setting up your own studio.

Concept of Portrait photography. Tools and requirement: Studio, camera, lenses, film etc. Natural light portraiture vs artificial light portraiture. Basic Portrait lighting: Main light, fill, hair, background light. Light ratio. Studio and/or location photography. Outdoor Fashion and Portrait Lighting using Diffuser, Reflector, Mirror etc

An overview of the fashion photography industry. Corrective and glamorous make-up. Classical lighting set ups. Fashion lighting set ups, Film Noir Lighting. Use of various backgrounds. Posing and creative techniques. Directing and working among a design team (Models, Costume and makeup artists) for understanding a professional working environment.

Students will be taught the lighting and professional techniques to creatively and accurately shoot fashion accessories like purses, cosmetics, perfumes belts, etc.

In depth hands on training on the practical usage of Digital Imaging software. Photo cataloguing and editing using Adobe lightroom. Working with RAW format. Image manipulation, retouching and Special effects for commercial shoots.


Understanding the commercial photography industry. Working with people (Art directors/clients/modelling agencies/etc). Studio management. Copyright laws. General business protocol. Understanding professional goals, business plans, marketing tools and photography markets.

Additional information

Key Features

The course combines all the contents of Basic, Commercial Photography and Digital photo Editing. ·         Photographic Studios, fully equipped with the latest Digital cameras and tethered facilities for shooting commercial stills. ·         Intensive practical training on studio lighting for modeling. ·         Opportunity to work with actual models, makeup and hair artists on one to one basis during the course. ·         Studio and other equipment can be utilized by students for practice sessions if they wishes at no extra cost. ·         Post-production aspect up to the latest trends in the field. ·         Business aspect of the field and learning from experience are the key points of this course. ·         Graduation exhibition of the student’s portfolio for comments and critiques by professionals.

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