MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS, THOUGH NOT ALL, ARE SELF-TAUGHT

Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants?people

In this present scenario of students passing out from their schools are finding it difficult to decide on the courses and career options. Many times, the wishes of the parents become the ‘forced wish’ of the student. Unfortunately, most parents do not bother to identify the special skills of their children but make them study something that is of no interest to them. End of the day, the children do something that they are not interested and they become just mediocre in their chosen field.travel

Particularly when our children are not interested in academics…it is the sign that they have some other special skills (sports, drawing & painting, dance, music, acting, photography, cinema, media, cooking, crafts, designing and lot more) and we need to promptly guide them so that they can excel in their special/personal skill-based profession. Photography is always being an aspiring career option for anyone interested in the art of seeing and storytelling. It has become a stable career now….as the need for good photographers is in high demand. There are a lot of photographers earning higher than the standard academic persons doing routine jobs.location

The most important quality to pursue and be successful in photography is the ‘passion for the great art’. A passionate student can dedicate his/her time effectively in learning and become big and useful. They must be willing to do hard work 24X7 with a target to achieve. Though photography is a lot of fun, it should be learned and practised seriously. Students with an artistic bent of mind and who think little out of the box have a better chance to become successful professionals. In the present scenario, they must be willing to learn throughout their life and update the technology and trend.advertising

Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants? This is a question in the minds of many of us trying out photography and want to become a professional photographer.wildlife

There is nothing like ‘self-taught in photography’. We pick up a lot of information from other photographers and their photos. Internet and books are yet another source photographers lean and update. This helps the ‘self-taught photographers’ to do some trial and error basis learning. But as the need of today, a good photography school can help the students in the following ways.

  1. Formal education from a school of photography leaves no stone unturned.
  2. The learners are given ample scope to understand all the possible technics and art through the structured curriculum.
  3. A formal education gives a lot of self-confidence and helps them solve the problems thrown at them quickly and efficiently once they start their professional photography career.
  4. Joining a reputed school of photography makes learning fast and reduces the possible mistakes that happen otherwise. For example, a photographer who has attended a formal course will be able to master the techniques, art and business in a couple of years. Whereas, others may take years to achieve the same through a lot of trials and guesswork.
  5. Most importantly a good photography school can give hands-on experience on some of the expensive and rare state of the art equipment, facilities, special skills and real-time job experience.

These opportunities may or may not happen even after a long time for a ‘self-taught photographer’.

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“Do the job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, goes a saying. When you do what you like, then your job is not a burden but pleasure!  Let our children enjoy their passion as a profession.

click here to know what one of our 1-year Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography learner Kiranmayi feels about the course in Ambitions 4 Photography Academy

Nikita Rao our 6 months Diploma in Photography Course learner – Batch 2016 shares her views about the course

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SATHIYARUBAN

SATHYARUBAN, FROM SRILANKA, BTEC LEVEL-5

Ever since its inception in 2001 Ambitions4 Photography Academy has made a difference and change in the lives of many learners of photography. Among them, there are few, who had made it really big and achieved their qualification despite of many constrains and challenges in their personal life.

Sathyaruban

SATHIYARUBAN an immigrant from Sri Lanka. Doing a lot of odd jobs after his schooling Sathya (that is what we call him), landed in India along with his brother and mother after the civil war. Helping his brother who was working as a wedding photographer, Sathya wanted to pursue the International qualification, BTEC HND Level-5 from Ambitions4. A very hard working person, Sathya was not very much comfortable with English as a medium of instruction and he found it very challenging when comes to some writing exercises.

He was truly dedicated and always did the assignments and projects more than what is required. He has always been a lavish shooter trying a lot of alternative options in terms of concept, content, composition and techniques. As a fascinated street photographer his works on photo-journalism and editorial photography were amazing. He had set his goal to work for National Geographic.

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Though he was very silent in the class, he could talk enough on the shoots. He was an action guy. He worked towards the results and perfection. He never asked for excuses but found a solution for every photography problem. He never took anything for granted, but asked for reasons and evidences. With a lot of extra efforts and help of his class mate and friend Sriram, Sathya had improved his writing skills in English and effectively completed all his project logs, and learning experiences.Sathiyaruban2

His endeavor to do a coffee table travel book on Mysore for the government of Karnataka as the real time professional job was something amazing that proved his dedication and commitment. A non compromising person and photographer he always wanted the best and did the best as a BTEC achiever. He was one among few learners who had assisted me in my commercial jobs and workshop sessions. Sathya is now in Switzerland doing what he has always been passionate about.

His journey as a learner in Ambitions4 is a standing example as how a learner has to take up a course in photography and make it successful.

 

 

“Photography was all about clicking profile picture for friends” – Kiranmayi

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“Photography was all about clicking profile picture for friends and showing it off in the social network until Ambitions4 unveiled a whole other dimension of photography and made me realize that there should be life in a picture more than smiles and flowers.

I am immensely proud to be one of the students of the eminent teacher, Raja sir for he has traveled through the transformation of photography for more than 35 years. His motivation, guidance and critiques helped greatly to get better by the day. In simpler words, we will get to know what a good picture is.

For the Full-time Advanced diploma, we got to learn and work on almost all the genres in Professional photography. I felt bit skeptical about few tasks but I did fairly well and learned that, you never know in what genre you are good at unless you try everything.

Assignments were the best part. It helps you to evolve. Each assignment was a great challenge and full of fun.

The ultimate change I felt after joining here is the confidence to handle tricky situation because the way sir acquaints us with the techniques will never leave your head. Every time you face a challenge, the solution will come to your mind as his voice. That’s the impact of his teaching.

No other photo school will let you handle the equipment independently and as many times as needed. And the faculty will always spare time for the students when we approach them.

Design classes from Preethaa ma’am, a Pro in retouching and design will do wonders to the pictures we take. Apart from technical part, they teach us marketing techniques, business promotion and other personality skills that can help you when you take this as a linear profession.

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On top of all, Ambitions4 has created an avid thirst to explore and I would love to learn forever from Raja sir, who is clearly a living book of knowledge.”

Kiranmayi, Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography student from 2016 batch.

Check out her works on https://www.instagram.com/kiranmayi_/