A professional wedding photographer not only takes photographs during one of the most important events of anybody’s life but also creates a set of lovely memories that are cherished especially by the couple throughout their lives. Wedding photography is a challenging profession but is equally rewarding too. Wedding photographers need to be really good at their work as people usually have very high expectations from them. One needs to give 100% at every wedding so as to become a successful wedding photographer.
Course Details: Those who are interested in photography in general and aspire to become a successful professional wedding photographer should take up a course in photography for learning he nuances of this delicate art. Having an indomitable urge for creativity is also very important for excelling in this field. Full time as well as part-time courses are available in photography and must be undergone to gain necessary exposure and expertise in the field. Most of these courses can be gone for after completing 10 +2.
Institutes Offering: There are a number of good institutes and universities that are offering certificate and diploma courses in photography. Some of these institutes and universities are also offering three year integrated courses with photography as a subsidiary subject. Provided below is a list of institutes offering various courses in photography.
Degree Courses in Photography (B.A. Three-Year Integrated)
- Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
- Pune University, Fergusson College, Poona
Diploma Courses (One-Year Duration)
- Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi-221002
- Ravishankar University, Raipur-492010
- Sri Venketeshwara University, Tirupati-517502
Other Important Institutes:
- International School of Photography, C-7/143, Safdarjung Development Area, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016
- Academy of Photography, Kolkata
- Film and Television Institute of India. Law College Road, Pune – 411004 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
- Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu, Chennai – 600113 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
- Fergusson College, Pune (B.A. Degree Course in Photography)
- India International Photographic Council, 12, Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi – 110001
- MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
- National Institute of Design, Allahabad – 211002
- Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, E.M. Bypass Road, Kolkata – 700094 (Photography as a subsidiary subject)
- Southern Film Institute, Thiruvallam, Thiruvananthapuram (One-Year Certificate Course)
- St. Xavier’s Institute of Communication, St. Xavier’s College, Fort, Mumbai – 400001
Remuneration: Once you have gone through a course in photography from a reputable institute, you can begin by working in a studio. You can start as an assistant to a senior photographer and expect to be paid anywhere between Rs. 3500 to Rs. 6000. Your remuneration will grow in proportion to the amount of exposure and expertise that you will get. Once you have established yourself as a professional wedding photographer, you will be paid as per the assignment. This can range anywhere between 10,000 to 30,000 per assignment, depending upon your reputation in the market.