Professional Certificate Courses

Professional Certificate Course in Digital Cinematography

4 Months professional Certificate Course in Cinematography

It is often said that the secret to any great film or television show or even a documentary or advertisement film is good photography. Good camera work is what makes a show move up from average to great. Even a well directed film or television programme can come out as a boring affair if it is not creatively shot. Similarly, a moderately directed film or TV Show can become a big hit due to the creative touch of a cameraperson. Camera is one of the most important elements of an audio-visual programme because it gives the programme a certain look. It is a perfect combination of art and technique.

Theory Classes

  1. How the video or TV Camera Works. Different types of TV Camera? Difference between a Film & TV camera and Images.
  2. Different types of Camera mounts & heads.
  3. Different types of camera movement.
  4. Camera lens - different types & properties of lenses.
  5. Camera composition. Principles of camera composition.
  6. Differences between a Digital & Analogue image. Digital & Analogue Image formation theory.
  7. Different types of shots used in cinematography/ videography.
  8. Colour filters: Use of colour filters in Cinematography.
  9. Different types of shooting formats and aspect ratio (RAW, 2k, 4k, JPEG etc).
  10. Colour Correction, Principles of colour correction.
  11. Basic use of lighting in Cinematography. Principles of different types of lights used in Cinematography. Quality of lighting; Hard and Soft lighting, Soft but Directional lighting.
  12. Use of light balancing and colour conversion filters in Cinematography. Colour temperature
  13. Lighting for static and moving shots. Lighting for character and camera movement.

Practical Classes

Class 1: Practical with D-90 still camera. Principles of composition.

Class 2 to 5: Lighting and camera operation practical with AG HX 90 Camera. Introduction to tungsten lights and artificial daylights. Creation of indoor day and night sequences with actors. Camera menu. Lighting for static shots. Change of camera angles in a scene. Ratio lighting - introduction.

Class 6 to 8: Lighting and camera operation practical with z7p/NX3/ NX100 camera. Location lighting - introduction. Use of natural daylight as ambient daylight. Introduction to mixed lighting. Lighting of character and camera movement with actors.

Class 9: Lighting and camera operations with Canon EX3/ Panasonic P2HD Camera

Class 10 to11: DSLR Cinematography with Canon 5D-MARK III/ MARK IV/7D/Nikon 700D Camera. Controlling of camera movement for DSLR cinematography. Shooting an action scene.

Class 12 to 13: Lighting and camera operation with Sony AS7 / BlackMagic Cinema camera. Location outdoor lighting. Song picturisation techniques with choreographer and artists.

Theory classes would be followed by Practical classes.

The course offers to learn the basic camera skills required to shoot telefilms, teleserials or any other audio-visual programmes – from technical knowledge to theoretical background, analysis and appreciation with hands on training using the actual equipments. Students are taught all the techniques and nuances required to do a good camera work along with backend data management, whilst also learning about all the latest innovations. These will be delivered through 16  practical classes & 16 theoretical classes spread over 4 months. Theoretical classes will be held at CMI campus usually on Saturdays from 5 pm to 7 pm , while the practical classes will be held both at CMI & different outdoor locations / studios usually on Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm .

First come first registered basis to fill up limited number of seats. A photograph and a proof of address will be needed for the form.

After successful completion of the course students can start their career in television and film industry as an assistant camera person or as an assistant to an established camera person or in a studio or television channel. They can also start working as an independent camera person or even pursue further studies at SRFTI or FTII.

The course will be conducted by a professional cameraman with about 20 years of industry experience. He is an alumnus of Film & Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.

Rs. 35,000 + GST to be paid at the time of admission by account payee cheque or demand draft drawn in favour of Calcutta Media Institute Pvt Ltd and made payable at Kolkata.

Online Payment could be made as per details given below:

For payment by NEFT use the following information about CMI Bank account :


ADDRESS: 501 Elgin Chambers, 1A Ashutosh Mukherjee Road , Kolkata – 700 020



C D A/C NO: 50200060714930


MICR NO: 700240024


Send Transction Id to CMI at post completion of the transfer of funds

The Course duration: 4 Months
Classes to begin: To be announced (Limited Seats)

Saturday: Theoretical classes from 5 – 7 pm
Sunday: Practical classes from 11 am – 5 pm

Theoretical classes will be held at CMI campus (501, Elgin Chambers. 5th floor. 1A, Ashutosh Mukherjee Road. Kolkata 700020) while the practical classes will be held both at CMI & different outdoor locations.

This being a professional course waiver in attendance will not be allowed.

For Registration
To Apply Online for Editing Course or,

Collect a physical form from:
CMI, 501, Elgin Chambers, 5th Floor, 1A, Ashutosh Mukherjee Road, Calcutta 700 020.

Fill up the form, fix or upload a recent photograph and submit at CMI or online

For any clarification and assistance regarding admission please contact: Mr. J.B. Roy Chowdhury at +91 98312 30988 / +91 33 4057 6605

For any clarification regarding the course content and prospects please contact: Mr. Malay Dasgupta at +91 98741 22266

or You can Contact: 90516538779748334447

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