Basics of Photography

By Dr. Narayan Patidar   |   Devi Ahilya Viswavidyalaya, Indore
Learners enrolled: 8846

Photography today has reached the hands of almost everyone. Thanks to the hi-tech digital single lens reflex cameras, cyber shot cameras and mobile phones, which have flooded the market. There is constant competition among the manufacturer to offer maximum features at minimum cost. Thousands of Brands and Models are available in the market. Photography today has changed the lifestyles of the Masses. These topics cover each and every aspect of photography from history to various areas of photography. Technical aspects of photographic camera with camera controls, lenses and lighting equipment are also covered in this course.

The objective of this course is to pursue basic knowledge of photographic process, including the use and roles of professional services.  The recognition of strong image composition, technical operation, content and the essential knowledge for completion of a final image portfolio will also serve as primary objectives, along with the ability to convey critical knowledge of the photographic processes. Individual creativity, visual problem solving and precise craftsmanship will be emphasized. Students will also be able to demonstrate an awareness of contemporary aesthetic and ethical considerations in digital photography.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 08 Aug 2019
End Date : 31 Oct 2019
Enrollment Ends : 31 Aug 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week Contents
1 Photography: A Timeline
Photography, Photograph and Implications
Photography: Early and Modern Cameras
2 Types of Photographic Cameras
Elements of Photography Part -1
Elements of Photography Part -2

3 Photography: Vital Controls – Part 1
Photography: Vital Controls – Part 2 
Exposure Control

4 ISO, Depth of field and Shutter Types 
Photography: Image Sensors
Photography: Supporting Equipment

5 Photographic Lenses
Photography: Lens Accessories
Photography: Lens Defects

6 Photography: Writing with Light 
Photography: Light
Photography: Types of lights

7 Photographic Enlarger
Photography Processing 
Composition: Aesthetic Arrangement

8 Role of Photographic Image in Visual Communication
Digital File Formats 
Photo Editing Software and Tools

9 Digital Photography, Pixel & Megapixels
The Art of Black & White & Color Photography 
Painting & Colored Photography
10 Application Areas of Photography
Photography in Advertising
A Photographer in Making

11 Photojournalism: Part –1 
Photojournalism: Part –2
Image and Text - The Captioned Photo

12 Great Photographers: Part – 1
Great Photographers: Part – 2

Books and references

1. The Manual of Photography by Ralph E Jacobson, Siddney F Ray and Geoffrey G Attridge – Focal Press.
2. Basic Photography. M. Langford (Focal Press, London, 1986).
3. The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. (Macmillan, New York, 1969).
4. Life Library of Photography ‘The Camera’ by the Editors of Time-Life Books.
5. Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long.
6. Langford's Basic Photography: The guide for serious photographers by Michael Langford, Anna Fox.
7. LIFE Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like Pros by Joe McNally, Editors of Life.
8. Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson.
9. Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital by Todd Gustavson
10. The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman 
11. The Photographer's Mind: Creative Thinking for Better Digital Photos by Michael Freeman

Instructor bio

Dr. Narayan Patidar is presently working as an assistant professor at Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore. He has more than 12 years of experience in teaching. He is also involved in educational video programs, e-Content & MOOCs Development. His research papers are published in various research journals.

Course certificate

30% in-course assessment & 70% End-term Proctored Exam

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