DIPLOMA OF DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
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DIPLOMA LEVEL COURSE
COST: $799.00 incl. GST
Weekly and monthly payment plan options available
DELIVERY: Online course 12 Modules in Total Made Up Of 10 Core Modules + 2 Electives
IARC ACCREDITED: Yes
START DATE: Anytime
- DSLR or suitable Camera
- Access to Adobe Photoshop
- Tripod (recommended – not essential)
COURSE OVERVIEW: 12 Modules (10 core modules + 2 elective modules)
This is a comprehensive online photography diploma course designed to provide you with the skills necessary to launch your career as a professional and/or freelance photographer or learn how to take creative control and get the most out of your DSLR camera. If you have a DSLR or suitable camera, this photography diploma course is a “must do”. You will quickly gain the knowledge, understanding and confidence to take control of your camera, explore the possibilities and take images like you have seen in magazines and thought “I wish I could do that”. It covers every aspect the modern day digital photographer needs to know, from equipment and photographic fundamentals to advanced techniques for a range of photographic specialities. Image composure, enhancement and post-production using Adobe Photoshop have not been forgotten. By the time you complete your Diploma of Digital Photography, you will have developed a portfolio and be armed with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to make it in the business world if that is your desire. You will have the ability to capture the true essence and magic of the people and places you encounter as you travel the world. Most importantly, you will be taking images you can be proud of.
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MODULE 1: CAMERAS, LENSES AND THE DIGITAL IMAGE
This module starts off gently, easing you back into study mode with an in-depth look at the types and features of digital cameras on the market today, the different lenses, when to use which one, and the accessories you can get to go with them. We then investigate the digital image. What an image file actually is, the different file formats, size, resolution, resizing, re-sampling and the technical jargon that goes along with it. In the later stages of this module, you start to get familiar with your camera, investigating the menus, buttons, switches and dials that will ultimately give you control over your camera and your images.
MODULE 2: EXPOSURE - SHUTTER SPEED AND APERTURE
In this module, we start to get serious. We are looking at the role that shutter speed and aperture play in determining the outcome of your image. You will learn the relationship between these elements, and how to master these settings in differing situations to blur movement, freeze the action or modify the depth of field whilst maintaining correct exposure. Focus points and the hyper focal distance also come into play. You will begin to understand the conceptual process of thinking about what you want an image to look like, and selecting appropriate settings to create it. This module is very hands on. It is the first step in taking control of your camera and having a say in the outcome of the images you take.
MODULE 3: LIGHT, EXPOSURE AND CONTROL
Ever wondered why the camera sees and captures images differently to what your eye can see? In Module 3 this is explained. You will learn how to see like your camera. The third element, ISO is added into the equation as we look at light, where it comes from, how to measure light and how to work with it. We will determine the dynamic range of your camera, what this means and the advantages this gives you as a photographer. You will be introduced to the Histogram. Every image has one. Learn how to read it, understand it, and use it to make exposure adjustments on the fly.
MODULE 4: THE COLOUR OF LIGHT AND HOW TO USE IT
You will find this Module particularly interesting and enlightening. It begins with a detailed look at colour theory, colour systems, colour models, spaces and mapping. It explores the colour temperature in different lighting conditions, and introduces the white balance function on your camera. You will begin to understand the differing colour, direction, quality and quantity of natural light at different times of the day, in different weather conditions and learn to use this to your best advantage. Moving indoors, this module examines the types and styles of artificial lighting equipment on the market today and how and when to use it.
MODULE 5: STYLE AND COMPOSITION
Now that you have the basic fundamentals under control, it is time to bring it all together and start to really have some fun. This module looks at techniques to help you avoid common problems and provides loads of insight into effective image composure, blending backgrounds and foregrounds, focal points, silhouettes, working with reflections, leading and directing the eye and the list goes on. Free-thinking and creativity are encouraged. Learn to pre-visualise your images, put your theory into action and you will see the beginning of your own style emerging in your images.
MODULE 6: THE FINAL TOUCHES IN PHOTOSHOP
Welcome to the world of post-production. The first half of this module introduces you to RAW power. This is the power of processing RAW images. What you will learn in this section will blow you away. We will teach you how you can save images you would previously have deleted, correct mistakes even the best of us make from time to time, and work-arounds when the elements were working against you. In the second section, we explore the possibilities with Adobe Photoshop. You will learn how to give your images the WOW factor. How to make your images “POP”. You will learn how to work with layers, apply filters and make colour corrections. You will even learn how to turn grey skies to blue and remove unwanted tourists (or previous boyfriends/girlfriends) from your images. How good is that!
MODULE 7: PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTIES
Special equipment, techniques and knowledge are needed in different areas of photography. We take an in-depth look at some of the “people free” specialties in this module:
- Nature and Wildlife Photography
- Architecture Photography
- Night Photography
- Urban Photography
- Food Photography
- Macro Photography
MODULE 8: PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTIES
In this module, we take an in-depth look at some more specialties. Most of these involve “people”. A whole new skill set is needed here, so dust off your people skills as we look at the following specialties:
- Studios and Portrait Photography
- Wedding Photography
- Fashion Photography
- Sports Photography
- Event Photography
- Photo Journalism
- Advertising / Produce Photography
- Real Estate Photography
- HDR Images
MODULE 9: DOWN TO BUSINESS - IT'S ALL ABOUT YOU
In the first half of this module, we arm you with some knowledge on the business side of things. Those annoying little details like legal requirements, fixed and variable costs, cash flow and sustainable pricing that will give you the income your lifestyle desires. If part 1 is not your thing, don’t worry. Part 2 makes up for it. It is all about YOU, the photographer. We look at your journey so far, how you see yourself, and how this influences your individual style that is emerging in your images.
CHOOSE ANY 2 OF THE ELECTIVES BELOW:
ELECTIVE MODULE E1: VISION INSPIRED PHOTOGRAPHY
We live in a fast paced world. Life is moving so quickly, we process what is around us without actually seeing the true essence of what is right in front of us. In this module, we look at ways to get “in the zone” to really see the wonderful world around you. This is one module that will truly have a huge impact on the quality of your photography. Now that you have discovered the secret, we teach you how to capture the mood and ambience in your images so they start to tell “the real story”.
ELECTIVE MODULE E2: LIGHTROOM EXPLORED
Adobe® Lightroom is extremely popular with photographers for post-production, and for good reason. It can be a dream to use (once you get the hang of it!) and the skills taught in this module will have you processing your images at light speed with precision and consistency, adding effects with ease and rating, sorting and categorising your images on the fly. The module is comprehensive from beginning to end, teaching both the basics and advanced skills essential for good image manipulation and management.
ELECTIVE MODULE E3: ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES
This module could be the most fun you can have with your clothes on! Experience the jaw dropping effect of HIGH SPEED IMPACT photography and give WATER DROPLET photography a splash. Indulge your sense of humour with FORCED PERSPECTIVE photography. This one is easy and something you can have a lot of fun with. Night time activities include STAR TRAILS and LIGHT PAINTING. Add in a little SMOKE PHOTOGRPAHY and to finish it off, we discover the visual appeal of BOKEH photography. If you thought photography was fun before, this module takes it to a whole new level.
ELECTIVE MODULE E4: THE EVOLUTION OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND IT’S IMPACT ON THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
We are studying Photography, so in a nutshell, this module is all about the world of Photography. Where it is now, and how it got there. Who helped it along the way and the impact it has had on individuals and society as a whole. This one is huge! Some seriously clever people have worked very hard to develop the equipment we take for granted today. Throughout this module, you will be surprised, amazed, astonished and maybe even a little bit impressed. It is awe-inspiring to realise the impact a single powerful image can have on the world.
MODULE 12: PERFECTING YOUR PORTFOLIO and HOW TO GET PAID TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE
It is crunch time. You are ready to fly. We are putting together your portfolio, a showcase of your work so far. Something you can be really proud of. You will also learn the ins and outs of using agents, some dos and don’ts for getting started in different photographic arenas and other life essentials including organisational skills, people skills, and managing your time, your clients and your images. We round off the course with a thought provoking session on continuing to grow as a photographer. No matter how experienced, we never stop learning.
This is a hands-on course, so you will spend more time with your camera capturing images than you will spend sitting in front of your computer. The modules in this course are written in a way that makes them easy to understand. This course is interesting, challenging and lots of fun. All enrolled students can log in to the student section of our website at any time. Once logged in, you will have access to download your study modules, visit the RESOURCE CENTRE to view training videos and additional resources, and upload your assignments. This means you have access to your training from any computer, tablet or smartphone anywhere at any time. If you submit an assignment that does not meet the required standard, this shows us you need a little bit of extra assistance with that one. Your tutor will go through the trouble spots with you in detail, giving you extra help where it is needed. You can re-submit the assignment when you are ready. This is all part of the learning process. There are no additional charges for re-submissions or extra assistance.
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