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I have been working on my photography skills for a few months now, understanding light, structure and composition on my own on the internet. I am also going to invest in a DSLR. As of now, I have understood a lot about outdoor photography, although indoors still proves to be a challenge. I want to learn how to work professionally in different environments. Do you think I should continue learning on my own or should I join a professional course? Where can I pursue a course?
– Saloni Shukla

Dear Saloni,
Since you have already started working on your skills, learning to work in different environments should be easier than you think. Experts believe that once you know how to work the camera to your advantage in various settings (of the camera as well as background) you should be good with your work.
You, however, need to understand that photography is about two elements – one is the technical side, wherein you learn the finer aspects of operating the camera, whereas the other is the design element, wherein you understand what would look good in a well framed picture. I would also advise you to go as a junior assistant or intern on a few shoots if possible to understand how subjects work. It would also enable you to understand which aspects of photography are you strong at, and which you need to pick up on. After you have understood this, you can make an informed decision regarding you further training and learning. If there are aspects that you need to learn under the guidance of a teacher, you go ahead and join a professional course. Some institutes offering courses in Mumbai include:
• St. Pauls Institute of Communication Education, Bandra
• National Institute of Photography, Dadar
• L. S. Raheja School of Art, Worli
• Udaan School of Photography, Byculla
• FX School, Andheri
• MDPS School, Dadar
• Nikon School, Gurgaon, holds several workshops in Mumbai

The right words
I am a second year BMS students, and even though I have opted for a management programme, I am certain that I want to work in the field of writing. I am good at it, and I am able to churn out new sentences, whatever the occasion and need. I think that if I join a short-term programme in writing, it will help me to connect with others and also explore possibilities that I haven’t thought of before. Other than that, I need some advice on how to go about looking for freelance work and internships in writing, so that I can start building my resume with that experience.
– Meghna Bheda

Dear Meghna,
As a management student, I am sure you undergo many experiences in your everyday life which you can chronicle on a regular basis so that you have some practice in writing every day. Also, share this writing on social media and try and get as many people to read it as possible, so that your work gathers some word of mouth publicity. Also, social media and the internet is a great place to look for freelance projects, since everyone is using it nowadays. If you have samples of your writing ready to share, it will help you put across your ability faster and in a succinct manner. Keep writing continuously and read a lot to understand the nuances of the language and how writers use the words to create the images.
A few institutes across the country offer writing courses:
• Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) which offers a Diploma in Creative Writing in English through distance learning
• Xavier Institute of Communication (XIC) in Mumbai runs a Certificate Programme in Creative Writing
• Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), Pune, offers a one-year Diploma in Creative Writing in English in the distance learning mode
• British Council offers a short-term creative writing course in New Delhi and Kolkata

Making food attractive
I write a food blog where in I review the food I eat, and also write about the food that I or anyone I know makes and is interesting. For some time now, I have noticed that the pictures on some of these blogs are really enticing, they make the person want to eat or cook. Unfortunately, I do not have any creativity in ‘decorating’ the food that I cook and my pictures turn out very average. They do not do justice to the taste of the food. Is there a way I can learn how to enhance my ‘plating’ skills in a short-term course?
– Sandhya Karadi

Dear Sandhya,
I agree with you, today, the food pictures on the internet are so attractive that one feels like simply eating the dish off the screen, if that were possible! Yes, the aspect that you talk about has gained a lot of popularity, and everyone now knows words like ‘plating’ owing to all the food shows like MasterChef. The audience has gained a lot of knowledge about food that’s why even bloggers like you are looking forward to carrying out the processes as anticipated by the audience. It is called food styling.
An expert says that you need to have a sound knowledge of the cuisine, and need to check for dirt and stains on plates, fingerprints on the food as well as other stray elements which are not supposed to be in the picture. With the market expanding, there are a few workshops offered by professionals who talk of styling for the camera. There are many such videos and blog posts available on the net which you can refer to on an SOS basis. You also might need to invest in certain equipment if you want to go on the lines of being pro. Any serious aspirant can sign up for such a workshop, but they are few and far between.
In the meanwhile, regularly keep checking the internet for such workshops held in Mumbai. Usually they last from one to three days. You can also check for online courses on ww.photostylingworkshops.com

Computer animation
I am in TYBA and I have found a way to express myself in short stories for children. I have tried drawing posters and conducting story-telling sessions for children and I have found that they are very interested. For that, I now want to learn an animation software like Flash or something else so that I can use it to narrate the stories in the video format so that it can reach a wider audience. What should I do?
– Pallavi Narayan

Dear Pallavi,
You do not have to worry at all! Short-term courses in all kinds of software are available with several private institutes, you just need to find one that suits you in all aspects like proximity to where you live, the faculty, the focus of the course and of course the course fee. In case you are working for your final exams, also look for a course which has flexible timing and offers you the chance to cover up the sessions that you might miss when you are preparing for your exams. Also, I would suggest you talk to some software professional and figure out which software programme would be mist suitable for the work you want to do. You should also read up online about it, since there might be new user-friendly software options which could be apt for you. It will be better if you know a little bit about what you need before you go to the computer training institutes so that you do not end up sighing up for the wrong course.

Original: http://www.freepressjournal.in/education/get-set-click/955714
By: FPJ Bureau
Posted: October 17, 2016, 12:38 pm