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1 Year Diploma in Photography

Diploma in Photography course will be one year duration. There will be two theory papers and one practical. The two theory papers will be of 50 marks each and the practical paper will consist of 100 marks. The candidate has to pass separately in theory and practical Minimum pass mark in theory and practical examination will be 33% but the aggregate should be 36%.

Diploma in Photography Educational Content :


Photographic Optics and Equipments

1.History of B/W Photography: Early experiments and later developments.

2.Photographic Optics:

(a) Reflection and refraction of light, dispersion of light through a glass prism, lenses, different kinds of image formation, principal focus and focal length, size of the image, speed and power of the lens, depth of field, angle of view and perspective.

(b)Defects of images formed by lens: Chromatic and spherical aberration, curvature of field, distortion and astigmatism, methods of reducing the above defects.

(c)Aperture of diaphragm, its function, f notation, different kinds of aperture and their construction, dependence of depth of field and focus on distance and f number.

3. Types of camera lenses: Single (meniscus), achromatic, symmetrical and unsymmetrical lenses, telephoto, zoom, macro, supplimentry and fish-eye lenses.

4.Photographic camera types: Pin-hole, box, folding, large and medium format cameras, single lens reflex (SLR) and twin lens reflex (TLR), miniature, subminiature and instant camera, choice of camera and sizes, rising, falling, cross movements and swing back devices.

5.Principal parts of Photographic cameras: (a) Lens (b) Aperture (c) Shutters, various types and their functions, focal plane shutter and in-between the lens shutter, shutter synchronization, self-timer.

(d) View-finders and focusing systems: Direct vision and ground glass view finders, frame view finder, plane mirror and penta-prism view-finder, fresnel prism focusing, split image focusing , range finders and range finder focusing , mechanism focusing distance scale.

(e) Film chamber: Film transport mechanism, manual and auto winding, film speed setting device.

(6) Exposure counter, self-timer, tripod stand, panning tilt head, lens hood, cable release, extension tubes and bellows, tele converter and changing bag.

(7) Enlarger: Different types, construction, working.

(8) Exposure: Correct exposure and its determination, exposure meters- Types and function, exposure tables.

(9)Colour Filters: Different kinds, Red, yellow, green, neutral density, half filters, filter factor, colour correction filter.

(10)Photographic Light Sources:

(a)Natural source, the Sun, nature and intensity of the sunlight at different times of the day, different weather conditions.

(b)Artificial light sources: nature, intensity of different types of light sources used in photography namely; (i) Photo flood lamp, (ii) Spot light, (iii) Halogen lamp, Barn doors and snoot, lighting stands.

(c)Flash unit: Bulb flash and Electronic flash, main components, electronic flash units, studio flash, slave unit, multiple flash, computer flash, x-contact, exposure table.

(11)Perspective and composition, rules of composition.


Photographic Methods

(1)Photographic dark room, layout and equipments.

(2)Photo sensitive materials: Photographic emulsions, structure of B/W film, types of emulsions and their constituents, grain size and its effects on the image, speed of the film, ASA, DIN and ISO etc., Latitude and resolution, types of negative films, photographic papers, Bromide and Chloride papers, different grade and weights, contrast, surfaces and their use, spectral sensitivity of films and papers.

(3)Film (B/W) and Paper Processing:

(a)Developers: Constituents of developers and their functions, kinds of developers for specific purposes, e.g. universal developers, fine grain developer, contrast developer and their formula, effect of temperature and time on development.

(b) Stop bath: Its function.

(c)Fixer: Constituents and function, effect of temperature.

(d)Hardener: Its function.

(e)Mechanism of washing, methods of illumination hypo and testing its presence, drying, dish and tank developments.

(f)Processing of reversal B/W films, method employed, monobath processing.

(4)Printing: Contact printing, projection printing using an enlarger, enlargement on Bromide paper, selection of papers, technique of enlargement – Burning, dodging, vignetting, flashing,diffusion or soft focus, distortion creation and correction, making cartoon and multiple photograph on the same paper, making giant enlargements, glazing and drying.

(5)Trick Photography: Methods, effect box, photomontage, wire screen-star effect, use of diffraction grating, texture effect, photolith, Bas-relief, solarization and photo grams.

(6)Defects of negatives and prints: Causes of thin and dense negatives, flat or hard prints, various stains and spots etc. and their removal or prevention.

(7)After treatments of negatives and prints: Intensification, reducing, toning and colouring, constituents and methods employed in each case, retouching and finishing methods, fill in, mounting and framing of films.

(8)Portrait Photography: What is portrait, principle of portrait lighting, use of one, two and three photo flood lamps, use of spot light, use of barn doors and snoot, main light and fill in light, bounce and reflected light, umbrella lighting, photography of full and 3/4 portraits, arrangements of models, backlighting, control lighting for tones and textures, multiple lighting, profile and silhouette photograph, lighting interior, low and high key lighting.

(9)Still life, table top photography, methods and enlargements employed.

(10)Photography in available light: Meaning and methods, problems, exposure, movements, depth of field, selection of film compensating exposure, special techniques of developments.

(11)Close-up: Accessories and techniques.

(12)Photomicrography: Photography using a microscope, essential equipments and methods, use of polarized light.

(13)Colour Photography: Basic principle, idea of colour, primary and secondary colours, colour and colour temperature, additive and subtractive colour synthesis, colour films, negative and reversal structure, colour film types, processing of colour negatives and reversal films, colour developer its constituents, colour printing dark room and essential equipments, colour printing, constituents of colour enlarger, methods of colour printing on colour papers using colour negatives, steps in obtaining colour prints.

(14)Copying equipments, suitable camera and light arrangements, preparation of negative and duplicate transparencies.

(15)Cinematography: History, basic principle and technique, constructional details of a movie camera, time laps photography, processing techniques and equipments, editing, tilting and presentation.

(16)Sound Recording: Sound recording on line film, techniques and methods employed.

(17)Video Photography: Basic principle of a video camera, various line camera, differences and similarities.



(1)Study of different types of camera.

(2)Working with different cameras: Holding camera in hands, film loading, unloading, winding, large format cameras, rising, falling and cross movements and swing back.

(3)Study of apertures: f-number and their effects, opening and closing.

(4)Study of shutters, focal plane and between the lens shutters, different shutter speeds, controlling shutter speeds and movements.

(5)Effect of aperture on depth of fields.

(6)Effect on the image due to use of normal, wide angle, telephoto and zoom lenses.

(7)Use of extension wires, self-timer and shutter release.

(8)Determination of exposure, its relationship with shutter speed, aperture number and film speed.

(9)Use of tripod stand, study of panning tilt head.

(10)Use of exposure meter and determination of correct exposure.

(11)Study of electronic flash, its components.

(12)Study of filters and its effects on images.

(13)Study of enlarger, operation of its different parts and examination of easle.

(14)Taking photographs: Outdoor and indoor subjects on films.

(15)Developing and fixing of negatives, washing and drying.

(16)Printing of negatives on different grade of papers.

(17)Contact printing.

(18)Examination of effect of different developers and varying exposures.

(19)Making enlargements employing an enlarger.

(20)Techniques of enlargement, use of dodging, burning, flashing, vignetting etc., making cartoons.

(21)Photographing a subject with different lenses.

(22)Making enlargements of different sizes.

(23)Preparing full and 3/4 portraits under different lighting conditions e.g. use of one lamp, two lamp and high front and low front lighting (ghost lighting), its effect.

(24)Photograph, use of bounce and reflected lights.

(25)Obtaining group photograph, arranging groups.

(26)Still-light photograph and table top photography, arrangements of lighting and effects.

(27)Use of colour filters: Its effect on photograph, preparation of lighting and objects.

(28)Preparation of B/W transparencies.

(29)Colour film processing- Negatives and reversal.

(30)Printing of colour negative on colour paper, use of colour developer and colour enlargements.

(31)Copying of documents.

(32)Creation of illusions, view camera, wild life, fashion photography, photojournalism.

(33)Intensification and reduction on films and touring of prints.

(34)Handling movie and video cameras.

(35)Prepare photomicrograph using a micrograph and camera attachments.

(36)Tour to study operations in a colour laboratory, movie and TV studio to get the first hand knowledge of their working.


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