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The first week of Summer School 2016 May batch is successfully finished! Thank you all for...Read more
The first week of Summer School 2016 May batch is successfully finished! Thank you all for this amazing week of hard work!
During this week a lot has been covered! We have been learning about various technical functionalities of cameras, lenses, exposure triangle, options of photography saving formats, depth of field, creative techniques such as splash photography and creative shutter speed and a lot more. This week was very important as it covered many theoretical aspects of digital photography, which are fundamental.
One of the most important classes was on Friday, as we covered a lot of practical tasks. Some of you did really good! But a lot more to learn!
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." – amazing quote by Ansel Adams states. Photography Summer School at DCOP is teaching students to create photographs, to bring their vision into reality and to use those features of DSLR camera which will help them take that perfect shot!!!
The Weekend is on but don’t get too relaxed, DCOPers! Shoot, practice what you have learned, imagine and create!
Good luck with your Photography!
See you all on Monday!
Not only the end of March is bringing the Holi, the biggest and one of the most joyous ...Read more
Not only the end of March is bringing the Holi, the biggest and one of the most joyous and awaited celebrations in India (do not wear white, bring your sunglasses, and 'Bura na mano Holi hai'), but it is also representing the end of event season for DCOPers!
Delhi College of Photography, being the photography partner and sponsor of numerous events, has been found in the epicenter of winter rush.
Throughout 2 months time DCOP has been approached by more than 70 companies and colleges for association.
Our faculty was present at various fashion shows, photography and filmmaking competitions as judges and chief guests.
DCOPers covered more than 50 events!
Our team of photographers has performed a high-level of work and cooperation during this season. The complexity and fast-pace of the events didn’t seem to distract Delhi College of Photography team. Each photographer implemented his own role and covered certain part of the festivals and events, following the instructions of the event coordinator.
Now that the season is over, we want to thank you all for your great work! You have received hands-on experience and must have got some great shots for your portfolio and improved your skills in covering various events.
Your experience is invaluable!
Event Photography is a lucrative field as covering events can be highly profitable career and payment is necessary thing to consider in preferring a line of work. Photographing events requires constant awareness of what’s happening around, effective metering, and being able to get good shots. Essentially it combines elements of photojournalism and street photography, and shooting each event is like telling a story.
Congratulations guys on a great job everyone has done!
Now let’s just take a look back at these two months:
DCOPers were feeling inspired taking some amazing shots of Mrs Earth at Mrs India Queen of Substance 2016.
DCOPers were feeling crazy at IHE where more than 50 photographers from DCOP covered the most awaited event Feria 2016 where they partied on the stage with legendary Jazzy B.
DCOP photographers were feeling cute at Pet Fed 2K15 clicking pets showing-off their trendy side.
DCOPers were feeling excited and European on the stage covering first time in India “Tommorowland” at NSIT, getting the atmosphere of one of the biggest electronic music festivals held in the world, taking place in Belgium.
DCOPers were feeling smart at SRCC covering Histrionica.
DCOPers were feeling tired covering Lehren’16 at Kalindi College where number of competitive contestants exceeded everyone’s expectations.
DCOPers were feeling thrilled celebrating Mr Pratik Dhawan birthday at Maulana Azad Medical College.
DCOPers were feeling lazy not reaching JIIT, Noida for Converge’16 on time.
DCOPers were feeling adventurous travelling to Jodhpur to cover Ignus at IIT.
DCOPers were feeling shopaholic covering ADAH at Kamla Nagar Mall.
DCOPers were feeling disappointed because Badshah performance was cancelled at UCMS.
DCOPers were feeling naughty uploading images without DCOP logo and hiding behind classmates while taking selfies.
DCOPers were feeling……..
@Dr B R Ambedkar College
@ PGDAV college
@ Hindu College
@ Hans Raj College
Now as the season is finished, we would like to receive your feedback! How was your experience? Which event was the best? Which one was the worst? What kind of problems you have faced?
Your opinion is very important to us. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to evaluate changes and make improvements.
Once again, thanks for all your efforts!
When looking for a job, many photographers question themselves: how many ima...Read more
When looking for a job, many photographers question themselves: how many images shall be in my portfolio? How to make a good interesting portfolio? Here are some useful tips for impressing editors and admissions and to make your work look its best.
First of all, let’s take a look at most common mistakes people make when they put together their portfolio.
The most common mistake is including several related images. Photographer should not include multiple images that were clearly shot at the same time and only slightly different. Some photographers also change sizes and formats (vertical/horizontal) of images which is rather a negative indicator of a photographer's ability to evaluate their own work.
Digital photography has brought era of zero-cost images. Photographers shoot too much and all of them find it easier to shoot than edit. Make sure you work hard on every image and consider every aspect of your work starting from composition and finishing with detailed editing. If you look at the image and have a conversation in your head like: “Well, the composition isn't that bad... I wish I had put more lights, but I guess it looks fine…" Do not put include these images.
Unless every person who sees it goes "WOW," without needing to elaborate, it should not go into your portfolio. Let it go; you will make better images.
Unless it is technically executed at a professional level of mastery, it should not go into your portfolio.
Do not include too many pictures into your portfolio. It shouldn’t be more than 20-30 best of your work. This number of photographs can give rather accurate demonstration of the photographer’s skills. If you include more images, the person won’t be able to remember all of it and might even get bored. However, if you give less images, it won’t be enough for giving the right impression.
Also make sure you update your portfolio. It should not be every day affair. Simply ask yourself the question: "Is everything that's in my book consistent with my style, strong as individual images, and adding to the quality of the body of work as a whole?” Eliminate the weak images without mercy.
One of the most common business mistakes is trying to show the world that you are a competent photographer. That will not help you; it is a given that anyone worthy of being hired to shoot professionally is competent.
What you must excel at communicating with every tweet, image, Facebook post, newsletter, meeting, exhibition, and tear sheet is what makes you unique and different from every other perfectly competent photographer.
You must choose a specialization. Create and show only that work to potential employers and clients. Your challenge is fundamentally to create an image for yourself in the mind of your prospective employers that will stick.
Think of your ideal client. If you don’t have one yet, read our material on this matter. Create a truly iconic body of work in a specific area.
Order in which the images are presented is obviously very important. When selecting the order, keep these tips in mind.
The first image must be a killer. You are announcing yourself and the job of the first image is to make the viewer want to see more.
It might be useful to make mini-sequences of 2-5 images within a 20 image book, like chapters in a larger story. Vary shot size and vantage point, especially if it's a printed book with facing pages. Don't put two wide shots on facing pages. Make the surrounding images strengthen each image by setting up expectations and creating surprise.
Another great trick of all art forms is the law of threes. The way this works is that the first event or image creates a world or expectation, the second image establishes a pattern that the viewer's brain thinks it's now caught onto - and then the 3rd image breaks the pattern and gives the viewer that "wow” feeling of surprise that gives babies - and adults - a little thrill. Try to use images to suggest commentary on surrounding images, even if they had nothing to do with each other originally.
The strong ending is also very important, so NEVER put weak images in the back of the book. Leave the person with the memory of a great image.
The last matter which we would like to mention: print portfolio vs. a digital one?
Most editors say that the print is the final product of photography. Electronic images and the internet are convenient, but to some, they are not beautiful. They are not organic, and you can't touch and hold them. Just make sure that your prints are up to exhibition standards.
Nevertheless, if you are under a deadline, have to get a portfolio out, and don't have time to make prints, don't let stop you - run over with an iPad.
Just get it out there.
Delhi College of Photography
There’s no point in discussing why searching for clients online is important in our days, si...Read more
There’s no point in discussing why searching for clients online is important in our days, since everyone knows the role of Internet in 21st century. Many people will say: you have to stand out to win your competitors; you must be unique and etc. Which is actually obvious. We would like to give you some advice on how to do it.
There are very many photographers in our days and you have to stand out to be in demand.
And first of all to start your marketing campaign you need to define your client avatar.
In marketing it’s called “ideal client” and It’s one of the foundation terms for successful marketing campaign in any company.
Right now take a pen and a sheet of paper and write down the answers to simple questions about your client. In fact, get as specific as possible. Here are some questions to get you started:
How old is your ideal client?
Is your ideal client a man or woman (if it doesn’t matter, flip a coin)?
Does your ideal client have a job?
What sorts of things does your ideal client like to do after work?
Does your ideal client have a smartphone?
Does your ideal client have a car? What kind?
Is your ideal client married?
Does your ideal client have children? How many? How old?
Does your ideal client have a computer? PC or Mac?
What sorts of organizations is your client a member of, if any?
Hopefully you get the idea. You may even want to give your ideal client a name. If you want, you can flip through a magazine or a stock photo website to give your ideal client a face.
Now, it should be much easier to come up with a marketing strategy. With everything you now know about your ideal client, it should be relatively simple to decide whether pinning business cards to coffee shop bulletin boards is likely to get her attention. Or whether a Facebook fan page is likely to get your ideal client’s attention before or at the time he needs your services.
So, should you use Twitter? Well, does your ideal client use Twitter? If she does, can you even find and follow her (and more like her)? What sorts of things does she like to post? What sorts of people does she follow? Or target her with ads she might pay attention to? Is any of this likely to be effective, or is there a more likely way for you to connect with your ideal client?
Since you know your ideal client pretty well by now, what other opportunities exist? As another exercise, go down the list you made of your ideal client’s characteristics and come up with a way you could adjust your marketing strategy to each one. For example, if your ideal client has a smartphone, could you make your website more mobile-friendly?
When you have a clear picture of your ideal client, it should be pretty easy to answer these questions and increase the number and quality of the clients who contact you.
For example, if you are a portraiture photographer. Which models you will be looking for? Probably age would be from 18-30 years old, pleasant appearance, studying at university (will give you reference).
Now when you have a pretty clear image of your ideal client avatar, think how you can offer him your services.
In order to understand your clients more, talk to them, ask them more questions, simply investigate. It will help you to find more “ideal” clients. After you will have a clear understanding of where your clients might need you, where they will be able to find you. They will talk about you; they will be on your portfolio. Their friends are likely to have same characteristics as your client avatar. You are a photographer, your portfolio is very important!
However, if you just make photo shoots with every person who asks you to, it’s a wrong strategy. Remember, that as a result you will have everyone in your portfolio: both beautiful and not quite as appealing people. If you don’t like people you’re working with, remember, that they will bring you the same clients, they will give reference to their friends.
Avatar of ideal client will help you find people you want to work with, and in the end you will become their ideal photographer.
Good luck with your work,
Powerful fashion photographs are those, which give you that WOW factor. Today we would like to tal...Read more
Powerful fashion photographs are those, which give you that WOW factor. Today we would like to talk about some tips that will help with that. Keep in mind these tips to make a great photo shoot.
The main point in any image process, especially in process of making powerful fashion photographs, is to engage your viewer.
How to do it?
First tip is to connect the model to the viewer of image by using direct eye contact. Looking directly into the camera is powerfully engaging.
Second tip is looking away. Having the model looking away, focused on something off camera, is an intriguing way to engage your viewer. It creates a sense of mystery, urging the viewer to contemplate what the model might be looking at.
Eye contact between subjects is another type of eye contact in photography. Unlike direct eye contact, having two different subjects looking at each other is a way to depict the relationship between them. The viewer becomes an observer, and is no longer "involved" in the photograph. It helps create a story within the image and the viewer becomes engaged in the story and the emotions being shared between the models.
Another tip for a great photo shoot is to mess with the composition. Place the model either in center or put them off right to the edge of the frame. Sometimes breaking rules gives you a great picture. However, you must know the rules in order to break them!
Get your model moving. Take her out of the studio, all dressed up, wearing high heels and make-up. Get her out on a busy street and let her work her walk and stop traffic! It’s amazing how the confidence will take over the girl and how strong that will make your image!
Watch for those moments when the model is adjusting her skirt or reaching down to fasten the strap on her shoe and Grab those random candid shots.
When the model is looking away and her attention is somewhere else for a moment, it’s unexpected and it’s sexy! Because it’s a candid moment. Shots that aren’t posed are usually so dynamic!
Play with emotions. Have your models act! It’s another way to engage your viewers and hold their attention on a photograph longer than “just another pretty picture.”
Delhi College of Photography provides Fashion Photography course which allows study of fashion photography as both a practical and cultural discipline. The course is academically rigorous, with exploration of analytical and critical approaches to photographic imagery, together with study of the ideology, politics and context of fashion.
You will learn the technical skills of 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. You will experience working in teams and building relationships with stylists, make-up artists, models & art directors.
You will be encouraged to develop your own authentic take on fashion photography, and by the end of the course will be fully equipped to enter the industry as a professional and original image maker.
New Batch in Fashion Photography Course starts on 19th of September. For more information give us a call on 011-45517450.
Delhi College of Photography
Photographer’s Rights in India Imagine you’re out for a photographic stroll, taking p...Read more
Photographer’s Rights in India
Imagine you’re out for a photographic stroll, taking pictures of that cool old building outside the city and suddenly the security guards come and demand you to delete the picture. You are sure you haven’t done anything wrong, but you don’t know whose side the law is on.
Turns out there’s not much information on Photography Rights in India on the web, so we hope our article will be useful for you.
The Legal Commandments of Photography
Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want. Public places include parks, sidewalks, malls, etc. Even if it’s technically private property, being open to the public makes it public space.
Legally, if you are in a public place and the other person is too then you are legally allowed to click pictures unless it is for a commercial purpose. Then you need to get the person to sign a release form. But the photographer is the sole owner of the picture in question.
No permission is required to simply take a photograph in a public place.
If the public place in question has no prohibition against photography (some places, for example, Delhi Metro Premises prohibit taking pictures) and person in that place is in view of the general public, then taking pictures of them (or pictures where they are shown in the background) is not illegal.
That being said, if you are going to take a photograph of an individual for the purpose of capturing that individual (maybe they're unique or what have you), it is good practice to ask first if you may. Some people dislike being photographed, and disrupting their enjoyment of a public place just because you legally can is really not acceptable. If someone explicitly asks you not to photograph them and you continue, that still may qualify as harassment, not to mention it's just an rude thing to do. (That doesn't apply to filming police or other public officials in the performance of their duties).
If you're taking photos of a crowd, or a scene that just incidentally happens to contain people in it, that type of request is generally not necessary (and not practical either).
If you are on public property, you can take pictures of private property. If a building, for example, is visible from the sidewalk, it’s fair game.
What about Indian Monuments?
The Archeological Survey of India has the following in one of its FAQs (Photography, Filming of Monuments):
Q. Can one take photographs of protected monuments?
Ans. One can take photograph of any protected monument. One is not authorize to bring camera stand, extra lights, or any such appliance
Q. Who can grant permission for photography in monuments?
Ans. One can use camera stand, artificial lights or any such appliance with the permission granted by an archaeological officer in writing.
If you are on private property and are asked not to take pictures, you are obligated to honor that request. This includes posted signs.
Sensitive government buildings (military bases, nuclear facilities) can prohibit photography if it is deemed a threat to national security.
The following can almost always be photographed from public places, despite popular opinion:
accident & fire scenes, criminal activities
bridges & other infrastructure
public utilities, residential & commercial buildings
children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor to you have to disclose your identity (except in some cases when questioned by a law enforcement officer.)
Private parties have very limited rights to detain you against your will, and can be subject to legal action if they harass you.
If someone tries to confiscate your camera and/or film, you don’t have to give it to them.
What To Do If You’re Confronted
Be respectful and polite. Use good judgment and don’t escalate the situation.
If the person becomes combative or difficult, think about calling the police.
Threats, detention, and taking your camera are all grounds for legal or civil actions on your part. Be sure to get the person’s name, employer, and what legal grounds they claim for their actions.
There are three most important components of a good photo shoot. First component is – findin...Read more
There are three most important components of a good photo shoot. First component is – finding your photographer. Photographer and the client need to find each other: their temperament and their characters have to match. Some photographers demand bright emotions, expressive gestures. Not every unprofessional model can relax and do whatever the photographer wants her to do. Ideal situation is when photographer and client can become friends.
Second most important thing is lighting. Lighting- is the strongest tool of every good photographer, whether it’s natural or studio lighting. Choose the best lighting conditions for yourself.
Third component is feeling confident and enjoying your work. If you are not in a good mood, your camera can feel that. It’s very likely that your pictures won’t turn out great.
How to find “your” photographer?
Good photo shoot demand careful preparation. We advise to check the reviews, the portfolio, check social network accounts. But the best thing to do is to meet personally, especially if you are looking for a photographer for an important event.
Usually photo shoot is a team work. When clients and photographer can’t get along, the result won’t be successful. In case of argument, make sure you give each other options and find compromise. Listen to each other. However, the photographer is responsible for the final result and he should have the last word. So if photographer doesn’t like anything, he should be able to tell the client, but he should always propose options then. And be delicate.
What is the perfect photo shoot picture? There’s no answer. The photograph must have harmony and composition, lively emotions in case of a portrait. Such photos inspire and catch an eye.
Delhi College of Photography provides students with knowledge in all areas of photography including fashion photography. Fashion photography market is lucrative and we make sure our students learn all the necessary techniques to understand the principles of working in a competitive field.
At Delhi college of Photography we can also offer you a huge studio at a very compatible price with studio lighting, soft-boxes, reflectors and other equipment. You can rent our studio for half day, full day or can buy our studio membership according to your needs.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Delhi College of Photography
Phone: +91 011 45517450
Cameras don’t take pictures. Photographers do. No matter how truthful this saying might be,...Read more
Cameras don’t take pictures. Photographers do.
No matter how truthful this saying might be, people have never seen a photographer without the camera.
Photography happens to be a modern kind of art and cannot exist without two things:
-an image display apparatus
Photography is a form of art which started in 19th century. With the time it became a popular art and turned out to be much more available than a laborious and time-consuming pictorial art. A single click of finger is enough to capture a picture.
However, that’s not how professional photo artist work. They take time and put a lot of effort to make their image an artwork.
Equally to any other type of art, photography is a science with its distinct techniques, methods and rules. Becoming a master photographer requires many years of practice.
Basically, the first thing you need to learn is how not to ruin your shots.
For most people it means following a simple rule: the better camera you have, the less chance is for your shot to be ruined.
Now let’s compare the prices of three different models of DSLR Canon cameras.
Canon 1100d (25000.00 Rs)
Canon 60d (85000.00 Rs)
Canon 7D (94000.00 Rs)
(The price is approximate).
As we can see, the less numbers the name of the model has, the higher it’s price.
The interesting fact is that in all of the cameras the same matrix is used. And the matrix has the main role in creation of a final image. So for example if we adjust the same lenses to each of these cameras and take a picture of a well-lighted motionless sculpture, we will get identical picture in all four cases. The question arises: why the price is so different then?
The answer is easy: apart from matrix camera has a great number of systems and elements.
For example, Canon 1100d corpus is made of cheap plastic and it allows continuous shooting of large JPEG images at speeds of up to 3 frames per second. Whereas Canon 7D body is made from magnesium alloy that will give it a better durability and reliability it’s processor can reach 8 frames per second continuous shooting
The conclusion is: we pay triple price not for the quality of an image, but for making sure the user of the camera will get some help from it. On one side it’s good because it simplifies the process of making good photo-shoots. However, it’s preferable to start your learning process by choosing camera, which will make you think more. It’s better to learn driving with manual car, rather that automatic. The same works with the cameras.
At Delhi College of Photography experienced and highly professional tutors will provide you with all necessary information to choose a DSLR camera according to your needs and expectations.
Learning how to take good pictures is not about pursuing the latest technology progress or spending huge amount of money on a camera, which you don’t know how to use.
It’s only after you’ve got some knowledge of your DSLR camera will your fantasy face the need for expansion of technical possibilities. That’s when you can start working on detailization, sharpness of image, depth of field, and other technical aspects, which expensive equipment provides.
Delhi College of Photography is an institution which offers a variety of long-term & short-term courses with specializations in all areas of photography. Our college enables its students to develop skills that will help them to begin a career in professional photography, fashion industry, or filmmaking.
With the innovative approach to teaching and with a strong technical foundation our students are encouraged to explore their own creativity and passions at the institution where taste becomes international.
For more information, visit our website: www.dcop.in
Photography can be quite an expensive hobby. In order to compensate your spending you don&rs...Read more
Photography can be quite an expensive hobby. In order to compensate your spending you don’t necessarily have to move on to a professional level. Microstocks give an opportunity to sell photographs even if you are just a beginner.
Unfortunately, “micro” in the word microstock refers to the payment. You can only get a small interest from selling your work on microstock. However, you won’t need to look for clients, since they will find you on their own. Moreover, on a microstock you won’t compete with famous photograpghers, as most people go on microstock for image rather than after the popular name of photograpgher.
Microstocks are also perfect for beginners as it gives you an opportunity to figure out which photograpghs have an actual commercial demand.
Prior to uploading your pictures on microstock, make sure you’ve carefully reviewed all the rules (including the small print), to ensure you are comfortable with following all procedures.
The most common requirements are:
18 years old
You have to be an author of photographs
You must have all the rights and permissions on the depicted elements (objects, people, places, and so on).
You are not allowed to sell images containing logos or protected trademarks.
You are not allowed to sell the photos containing images of structures, buildings or other places that are protected by intellectual property lawsThe most famous and popular microstocks today are Fotolia, DreamsTime, Shutterstock, Depositphotos, and, iStockPhoto.
Let’s make a short review on what to expect during registration.
Register form is quite simple, however, in order to sell your images you need to upload scan of identity document, such as passport or drivers license. Your pictures won’t be uploaded without the scan of a document. On the other hand, there’s no exam here. Unfortunately, new photographs aren’t sold very fast and your profit depends on your website ranking.
This website is very convenient for beginners since the checking process is the easiest among the market leaders. Registration does not require confirmation documents, there is no exam. However, picture quality requirements are quite high. The website commission varies from 70 to 40 %, whereas you can sell one image for 0,2 %. You can get paid through Payoneer, PayPal, Skrill. One of the main shortcomings of this website is rather inconvenient interface, as well as potential problems with loading pictures in some browsers (Firefox)
Shutterstock pays more and sells faster than any other microstock. Registration process requires the passport scan. Service has a wide audience, which contributes to higher sales. At the same time it requires better quality of images and the unique content of photographs. In order to become an author you will have to pass an exam – 10 shots must be sent for examination, with minimum 7 being approved. The beginners usually get $0,25 for their work through PayPal, Skrill. Images are sold pretty fast due to the fact that website is focused on new images. The salary increases with the growth of profit. You will get automatic payments after your profit reaches the minimum of $100. The disadvantage of this website might be the low speed.
Registration requires provision of identity document scan. The exam includes 5 images and the evaluation process is rather strict. However, working with Depositphotos is quite convenient. For every image the author will receive $0,2.
iStockPhoto examination policy is the most strict. However, the payment is the highest. For registration you will need to provide scan of identity document. The exam consists of 10 images. Photographers receive from15 to 45%, however, in case of conclusion an exclusive agreement the earnings can be pretty high.
This list is not limited by the names above. There are many more, including: Zoonar, CanStockPhoto, Pond5, PhotoDune, Pixta, PantherMedia, CutCuster, Veer, Singelements, yayMicro, ShotShop, and some other.
Less popular doesn’t necessary mean less profitable for you. Try different microstocks and start earing money for your work.
NEW BATCH STARTING ON 12TH OF OCTOBER We are now enrolling for our "ONE YEAR DIMPLOM...Read more
NEW BATCH STARTING ON 12TH OF OCTOBER
We are now enrolling for our "ONE YEAR DIMPLOMA IN PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE".
The one-year Diploma course offers students an exceptional opportunity to study photography in Delhi. Well-established and award-winning photography guru will train students to develop their own signature style. This course covers all roles of photography from fashion, candid wedding, film making, product, interior, events & concerts, food and cinematography with amazing placement opportunities.
This course will prepare students for the professional world and groom them to enter the industry with hands-on practical experience.
For more information, please check our website: www.dcop.in
or give us a call 011-45517450
Delhi College of Photography
Phone: +91 011 45517450
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