Photography Course
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“It's a really good course and well worth the money. The tutors are all professional photographers with loads of experience.”
Linda, Cheshire, United Kingdom
The course covers so much about photography - not just the technicalities but also the business side of going freelance.
Jacqueline, Notts, United Kingdom
“It's interesting, flexible and you get a qualification at the end.”
Lisa, West Yorkshire, UK
Anyone interested in taking a photography course online should definitely consider this one as I think it is one of the best if not actually the best online photography course out there.
Dragos, Haverhill, Suffolk, UK
“Get stuck in! I've only just covered about one quarter of the course so far, and already my confidence and abilities are improving almost on a daily basis.”
Kian, Co. Antrim, UK

Accredited Diploma in Professional Photography Course

The 27 Photography Modules

1. Welcome

  • The birth of the camera
  • The modernisation of photography and film
  • The introduction of digital photography
  • The history of photo manipulation
  • Digital photography tomorrow

2. Introduction to photography

  • Making money as a professional photographer
  • The most common areas of photography
  • The equipment you’ll need now or later
  • How to avoid failure and achieve success
  • Taking photos in public places

3. Professional photography

  • The do’s and don’ts of professional photography
  • How to avoid the mistakes amateurs often make
  • What you should know about digital photography
  • Tricks of the trade - how to shoot like a pro
  • The professional mindset - how to think and act like a pro

4. A guide to your manual settings

  • Getting the right exposure
  • Setting aperture
  • Altering the shutter speed
  • Understanding ISO
  • How aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together
  • Other manual controls

5. Techniques for taking professional photographs

  • Tripods and their importance
  • Types of lenses
  • Vantage points and how they affect your photo
  • Lines, curves, and shapes in your photographs
  • The importance of foreground interest
  • Rule of thirds
  • How background imagery influences your photos

6. Lighting

  • The different types of lighting
  • The reflection of light
  • Outdoor lighting - sunlight
  • Recommended equipment for outdoor lighting
  • Introduction to indoor lighting
  • Photographing indoors – the technical issues

7. Travel photography

  • A checklist for better travel photos
  • The types of holiday photos that sell
  • How to research and prepare for your trip
  • How to get free holidays
  • What equipment should you take?

8. Photography equipment

  • Cameras
  • Lenses
  • Tripods
  • Monopods
  • Camera bags
  • Digital storage

9. The great outdoors: nature and landscapes

  • Nature photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Recommended gear
  • Camera techniques for capturing your images
  • How lighting affects your photos
  • Displaying your images and finding markets
  • Captioning and recording data

10. Macro photography

  • Focusing in macro photography
  • What is bokeh and how to photograph it
  • Macro images of flowers
  • Macro images of insects
  • How lighting affects macro photography
  • When and when not to use a tripod
  • Additional tips and tricks in macro photography

11. Digitally editing your photographs

  • Why you need a digital dark room
  • Correcting imperfect images
  • Re-invent photographs as new and different images
  • What you can do with photo editing software
  • Other elements needed in your digital dark room
  • Understanding DPI and resolution
  • What to know before you start editing
  • Workflow
  • Picture orientation
  • Cropping
  • Levels
  • Altering brightness and contrast
  • Hue and saturation
  • Red eye
  • Cloning
  • Printing and saving

12. Portrait photography

  • The difference between studio and on-location portrait photography
  • How lighting affects a portrait
  • What kind of gear you need to shoot portraits
  • How to interact with your clients
  • How to handle fidgety children during a session
  • How to lay out your studio

13. Wedding photography: the basics

  • Obtaining the needed experience
  • How to develop a portfolio
  • The importance of creating a brand
  • How to present yourself to clients
  • How to create a business plan
  • Creating a brochure pack for clients
  • How to conduct an interview with potential customers

14. Wedding photography: the wedding day

  • Preparing for a wedding
  • What equipment you'll need
  • How to photograph the ceremony
  • How to photograph the reception
  • Important moments to remember
  • Technical tips for wedding photography

15. Wedding photography: presenting your work

  • Preparing your images
  • Digital presentations
  • Editing your photos
  • How to devise an ordering system

16. Photo manipulation techniques

  • What layers are and what they are used for
  • How to use layers
  • How to apply a layer mask
  • What the brush tool is and how to use it
  • How to apply an adjustment layer
  • How to merge layers
  • How to use the dodge and burn tools
  • Adding a lens vignette to your photo

17. Cheesecake and beefcake photography

  • The origin of beefcake and cheesecake photography
  • How fashion and glamour fit into this area
  • Successful boudoir photography
  • How to identify the attractive qualities of your subject
  • Where to sell your images

18. Business photography

  • Working on location
  • Setting up for a shoot
  • The importance of light
  • Environmental portraiture
  • Capturing the essence of a business
  • Dealing with challenges
  • The do’s and don’ts of business photography
  • Public relations photography
  • Obtaining commissions
  • Presenting your work

19. Product and advertisement photography

  • Why you should consider having a speciality in advertisement
  • How to select one or more specialities
  • Photographing products
  • How to choose your lighting
  • Tips on setting up a professional photo studio
  • How advertising photographers get assignments
  • How to find potential clients

20. Fashion photography

  • What is fashion?
  • The role of the fashion photographer
  • Expressing yourself as a fashion photographer
  • Developing a style
  • Shooting fashion shows
  • Techniques in fashion photography
  • Marketing and branding yourself
  • Sourcing contacts
  • Photographing models in the studio

21. School photography

  • Working on location
  • Preparing for a shoot
  • Lighting and backgrounds
  • Posing your subjects
  • Dealing with problem subjects
  • Organisation
  • Do’s and don’ts of school, college and social photography
  • Freelance or employee?
  • Presenting your work

22. Photojournalism

  • The basics of photojournalism
  • How to capture the perfect photograph
  • Why context is so important
  • Finding (and getting) freelance photojournalism work

23. Sports photography

  • Necessary equipment for sports photography
  • Mixing speed and focal length
  • Who to contact and where to shoot
  • Shooting football
  • Shooting basketball
  • Shooting tennis
  • Who buys sports photography and who sells it
  • How to be a freelance sports photographer working for yourself

24. Developing a digital presence

  • The importance of having a digital presence
  • Why you should build a website, and how to do it
  • The benefits of a photo blog and how it works
  • Using social networks to establish your business
  • How your website, photo blog, and social networking work together
  • How to protect your images for display on the internet

25. Setting up your business, legal and finance

  • Prepare a mission statement and develop a business name
  • Setting up your business on a small budget
  • Putting together a business plan
  • Paying tax
  • Indemnity insurance
  • How to keep financial records in four easy steps

26. Marketing your business

  • Providing samples of your work
  • Business cards
  • Local press
  • Direct mail
  • Referrals
  • Networking
  • Print ads

27. Obtaining employment in photography

  • The importance of your portfolio
  • General tips for finding employment
  • Entry level photography jobs
  • Becoming a photographer’s assistant
  • Obtaining a high paying job in photography

We supply all the modules at the beginning of the course. That means you can study topics whenever you choose. You don't have to wait weeks to get to a section that you need. Though we recommend you take the modules in the order shown, you can tackle them in any order you choose. To help you get the most from the course, we aim to be completely flexible.

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