MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY

MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY

MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY

With the huge variety of phones and tablets available, mobile photography has just exploded in popularity.

With our newly extended number of course offerings our Digital Photography Basics Course is the one that is designed to be done with any sort of digital camera so your phone or tablet or point and shoot camera are absolutely suitable for doing this course.

Written in easy to understand language you will learn how to make the most of the features your device has and take some stunning images. This course also contains our Introduction to Adobe Photoshop module so we teach you how to manage your images once you get home. How good is that?

Taught by our qualified tutors this course is great value. Timing is everything they say and at present you can take advantage of our end of financial year savings, so take that next step and Enroll Now!

If you would like to see all of our course offerings why not download our Free Course Information here.

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SAVINGS

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SAVINGS

END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SAVINGS

Wow,  half of the year is gone and now is a great time to take advantage of our end of financial year savings.

As of last weekend our new website and course upgrades are fully up and running and we are pleased to be able to now offer you the following great courses.

Professional Photography Course

DSLR Basics Course

Basics Course (you can do this with your mobile phone or camera in your tablet)

Post Production Course (covers Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom from beginner level to advanced) 

If reading isn’t really your thing then we have also produced an updated video of what we offer so check it out here – ONLINE CAMERA ED VIDEO.

Our course content is up to date including our post production course which features 2018 versions of all Adobe software being taught.

So come on and join us and get a complete photography education no matter what your skill level is. Enroll Now!

PHOTOSHOP AND LIGHTROOM COURSES

PHOTOSHOP AND LIGHTROOM COURSES

PHOTOSHOP AND LIGHTROOM COURSES

As part of our exciting new updates we are also announcing the availability of our Photoshop and Lightroom Courses.

We like to call this offering our  Post Production Course.

So maybe you are pretty good with your camera but not so good with what to do with your images when you get home.  This course is what you are looking for and will fill that gap in your photography education.

This is a complete course made up of four modules going from beginner to advanced levels in both Adobe Photoshop CC2018 and Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2018.   Don’t be taken in by places offering courses on old versions as we are teaching the absolute current versions of these great packages. That is what you want to learn.

When you enroll with us we immediately assign you a personal tutor and you will have their contact information.  They are your go to support person and will help you along the way.  The good news is that all of our tutors are qualified professional photographers who also hold current qualifications in Training and Assessment.  That is nicely reassuring to be taught by someone who knows the subject and how to teach and assess it.

The course costs $229 AUD if you pay in full or we have a 3 month payment plan of $78 AUD per month.  This represents great value for money to be receiving  a real, fully comprehensive training course which is competency based. Competency based means that it is pass fail with an assignment included at the end of each of the four modules.  On successful graduation students receive an official certificate and an official course transcript which details the subjects studied and the marks obtained.  Great to add to any CV.

We have been blown away since its recent launch as this course has been hugely popular so thanks everyone for your support.  I know a lot of you are so happy to have moved over to study with us and I have been saddened to hear your descriptions of  experiencing some very bad treatment at one of the large fly by night online operators who offers things like  Photoshop masterclasses for $25.00.  These courses are worthless and the  reality as you have sadly discovered is that they are a total waste of time and your hard earned money.  Quality courses and training do cost a bit more but you get so much more out of them. We will not let you down and you will gain a lot from studying with us

So take some time to have a look at this great course or for that matter any of our courses and we would love to have you on board at Online Camera Ed

DSLR COURSES FOR BEGINNERS

DSLR COURSES FOR BEGINNERS

DSLR COURSES FOR BEGINNERS

In response to a huge amount of enquiries we are really excited to announce the launch of our new DSLR courses for beginners.

If this sounds like you then our awesome DSLR Basics Course is just the ticket.  It is delivered online in five up to date interactive modules taking you through all of the things you need to know to be able to operate your DSLR camera with confidence. You will understand what all of those dials and settings on your camera are for and how to use them properly. How good is that?

To help round up this comprehensive course we include a module on Adobe Photoshop so you know how to manage all of the great images you have taken once you get home.

This course is also great if you are hesitant and want  to gradually dip your toes into the whole studying photography thing.  If you then choose to move into the Professional Photography Course you also earn cross credits on some modules so that is just a bonus.

From the minute you enroll you can consider yourself one of us here at Online Camera Ed and in addition to our great courses it also means things like having a Personal Tutor assigned to you for the entire duration of your course, free membership into our Student Forum, great Student Benefits like Discounts on Photography Equipment and the list goes on. Everything you could think of is covered.

To help you balance the budget we also offer Flexible Payment Plans on this and a lot of our courses.

So there has never been a better time than now to study photography with us at Online Camera Ed.

NEW COURSES AND SITE UPDATE

NEW COURSES AND SITE UPDATE

NEW COURSES AND SITE UPDATE

We have been having a very busy weekend with new courses and  site update work keeping us quite occupied. Thanks for your patience while this work has been happening.  There will be some ongoing fine tuning over the next 48 hours but the site is fully operational while this is happening.

This is exciting news so I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.

Firstly you will see that the site has had a new look applied and we like how it looks and feels.  Our recent change over to much faster servers will produce a much quicker load time for all users so this is good for everyone.

In addition we have added two completely new courses to our lineup and in response to your feedback we have modified the existing Professional Course to make it fit real world expectations better. Here are the details.

So the two new courses are as follows:

DSLR Basics Course.  This one is designed for anyone who owns a DSLR or mirrorless camera and they want to learn how to operate it in manual mode and produce good quality images.  Included in this course is our standard Adobe Photoshop module also so it will allow someone to take good quality images and then manage the post production in Photoshop when they get home. It is a great lead in to doing the Professional Course also. Like to know more about it.  Check out the COURSE OVERVIEW page here.

The next new course is our Post Production offering and it is a cracker.  It is made up of four modules and it includes a basic module on Photoshop and one on Lightroom plus advanced modules on both products also.  This gives you the full range of post production skills from basic to advanced on both of these industry standard pieces of software. This is the one you want to consider if you really want to take your post production skills to a really high level. Like to know more about it.  Check out the COURSE OVERVIEW page here.

One other significant change we have made is to the existing Professional Photography Course.  We received a lot of student feedback that the module on setting up a business was not required by a lot of students as going into business was not the reason they wanted to study photography.  So in response we have made some changes.  The Professional course is still 12 modules in size but now it is made up of nine core modules and students get to choose 3 elective subjects from our newly extended list of 7 available electives. (more on them shortly).  For those that still want to do the business module it is now available as an elective. For existing students this is no inconvenience at all. If you are between modules 9 and 12 you just carry on as normal. Continue reading this article as it details how you can access the extra electives if you want to. If you are between modules 1 to 8 you simply choose three electives and let us know your choices.  To read about the new electives or to advise us of your choices just click here for the ELECTIVES PAGE. If you have previously advised us of your electives and you have changed your mind just fill the form out with your new choices. Now this next part only applies to students in the Professional Course but once you complete your course and If you want to do more than three electives these can be purchased individually. Check out our COURSE FEES page for more information.

So I have been talking about the new electives and they are a big  part of the changes we have made.  Now we have seven modules in total and three are included for students who have not passed module 8 in the Professional Course but for all Professional Course students they can purchase extra electives individually as I mentioned earlier. To see all of the details check out the ELECTIVES page here.

All of this new material is fully supported by our expert tutors and as part of this process a large number of new videos and other reference material has been added to the Resource Centre so this is just brilliant.

This is by far the biggest update we have ever done but the student benefits are huge.

We hope you all enjoy this great new site with all of this new content.

All the best with your studies.

From

The Online Camera Ed Team.

IMAGE EDITING

IMAGE EDITING

IMAGE EDITING

Now that we are all in the digital photography age, image editing is a big part of managing our work.

In this particular section of our online photography courses our students learn to apply a watermark to their work.  This great example has been achieved by Luke Wilkinson and he has shown how easy it is to do this and protect his work. This formed part of Luke’s Lightroom assignment which deals with image editing and applying a watermark.

We teach the very latest versions of Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 and Adobe Lightroom Classic CC 2018 at our online photography college.  Photoshop is a core module in all of our courses and Lightroom is a student choice elective in our Professional Photography Course.

So if you want to study photography plus learn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom, then you have found the right place. Great content at real prices all delivered in a very supportive environment.

Thanks Luke for sharing your great image.  A good shot with beautiful bokeh.  It is often the simple subjects that have really good impact, topped off with a simple watermark that works.

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDY OPTIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDY OPTIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY STUDY OPTIONS

So, one of the hardest questions if you are considering studying photography is what your photography study options are. This blog post is not a complete guide, but it will help give prospective students some idea of how to decide on what they want to do.

We have been involved in this industry for a long time and have a pretty good handle on what the current options are so here is some explanation on what is available. Hopefully this will help you in your decision-making process

So first up you need to ask yourself what do you want to gain from studying?

This is a big one, but you need to be clear on this right from the start.  Let me explain.

Do you want a formal qualification in photography?  If the answer to this is yes, then your study options are at places like TAFE and university or through an RTO (registered training organisation) Typically you would graduate from these courses with a Diploma of Photoimaging.  Current costs of this course start at around $12,000.00 and go up to around $30,000.00 so it is a big investment so make sure you can afford it. Check to see if some government assistance is available to you if you meet their criteria. Buyer beware note here if you find anyone outside of being a TAFE, University or RTO offering a Diploma course they are generally not nationally recognised and an easy way to check is to ask the provider for a course code and their RTO number. Also, be very wary of institutions that are offering “diplomas” or similar accredited in other countries as these can be worthless as well. As of December 2017 the TEQSA Act has been revised and this is now illegal for these organisations to offer diplomas and higher education awards and the decision is retrospective. So for a diploma only go to TAFE, University or and RTO.

This is not what everyone wants from their photography studies either and a  lot of people do not want a formal qualification in photography but just want a good solid course that teaches them how to use their camera and things like Photoshop and Lightroom and these are widely available in a lot of places either online or in class.  Other learning options are using things like Youtube and attending workshops or by joining a local camera club to also help gain the knowledge they require. Also reading some good reference books will help.  Learning photography comes down to practice, practice and then practice some more. One thing to beware of with Youtube content is that you may not necessarily be learning the right way as sometimes people who have submitted the videos are actually doing it wrong.  Not all but some so just beware of this point.

Be careful of places telling you they will give you a complete “photography master class” or similar for something like $25.00 as this is just cheap rubbish and you will gain very little from it and the certificate of attendance or completion that is supplied at the end is worthless. You see them all over the online space and they are useless and make lots of money for the provider and give little to students. Not quite but very close to a scam.

Go with an establishment that has good up to date content and that the course is competency based meaning it is pass/fail.  You need someone teaching and assessing you who knows how to do both and the institution needs to be able to provide good levels of student support.  These courses are quite good value and fall into the price range of $200.00 to $1,000.00. These courses in my opinion  are the best choice for people of any age group who just want to learn how to take good images and know how to use their camera and things like Photoshop. They may not necessarily want to be a photographer or work in that industry but want to produce good quality work and have a lot of fun along the way.

So that is step one and once you have decided what you want to gain from studying you now need to consider your study options.

Available Study Options

So here it really comes down to attending a TAFE, University or RTO in class or else you can work remotely and do an online course.  Each has their own strengths and weaknesses and even though we are online providers if you take this option you must be self-disciplined as you must set aside time to study whereas if you are going to TAFE or similar you are sort of forced to stick to the timetable.  Having said that some of the big advantages of online study is that it is more flexible and generally more affordable so that is one decision you must make.  So which type person are you?  If you are disciplined and perhaps have irregular time available or live in a remote area then online is for you.  If you need to work to a hard and fast timetable to keep you on track and you can physically get to one, then attendance at a physical bricks and mortar institution may be for you.

Finding Your Provider

So now you know what you want out of your studies and what way you want to study.  Next step is to find your provider. Whichever option you choose here I believe if you are in Australia you should study with an Australian based provider.

If you go down the path of a physical college or university then you need to find one that suits you geographically and that has the course you are after.  Organise a copy of the course, price information and study guidelines and see if it is a good fit for you. Some also offer courses online so this is an option.  These institutions also have advisers you can talk to so do this if you need to and make sure you are comfortable with the information you have. Next if that is all good so far you have to apply and see if you meet the admission criteria.  If not, you may have to look at studying or whatever is required to meet the admission requirements and then once this is addressed you can re-apply.  From this point and if you get accepted then you will be given a timetable of where and when and you should be underway.

If you choose the online path, then start with some Google searches and make a shortlist.  Now contact these places by phone and have a talk and get a feel for the place and how they operate.  If they don’t offer voice contact, then be wary of this. Ask to be supplied with all course information plus anything else you can think of. Go away and have a good read and think about this and talk to them again if you have any questions.  If you reach a point where you are ready to decide my advice is to then email the provider and ask them to email you back confirming all your questions including price etc so that you have a hard copy of what you are agreeing to.  Reputable providers will have no problem doing this.  Just another quick thing, make sure the place you are going to study with has an ABN.  There are some great Australian based providers but be very wary of big multi national providers as your fees are going offshore in a lot of cases and I just think it is a good thing to support a local business.

Conclusion

OK so moving on you have now chosen what you want to study and how and where you want to do it, so you are well on your way.

Once enrolled you need to work hard at your course and like I said earlier practice what you are learning until it becomes second nature. I know I keep repeating this but with photography it really comes down to practicing what you are learning.  Some of the best photographers in the world have never attended one class but are self-taught.

For those of you wishing to work as photographers your course should include preparation of your portfolio.  A portfolio is like gold to a photographer as it is a representation of the kind of work they are capable of doing.  In fact in my opinion and I know when we hire a photographer one of the big factors we consider is the content in their portfolio.  This is a collection of a small sample of your best work and it shows a prospective employer or client what you can do.  As professional photographers ourselves as well as educators I still believe this to be one of the most powerful things a photographer can have.  So, in any course you do you should be looking for one that helps you compile your portfolio as this is important.  A great example of this I tell people is as follows. If you were going to hire a wedding photographer I am pretty sure you would want to see work samples to help in your decision making process.  Interestingly enough you will check this and a whole lot of other things but most people never check to see if the photographer is qualified because at the end of the day with photographers it is all about the quality of their work.

So good luck with your study and please feel free to contact me on info@onlinecameraed.com if I can help with any questions. Our company Online Camera Ed are providers of great quality, value for money online photography courses and we fill that gap created by the ever increasing cost of studying photography at places like TAFE and university.

HDR PHOTOGRAPHY

HDR PHOTOGRAPHY

HDR PHOTOGRAPHY

Some people love it and others not so much but HDR photography is a popular photographic genre,

This example of HDR photography comes from one of our graduates, Tim Roberts.  The image is of the iconic Brisbane Cricket Ground or as it affectionately known “The Gabba”

So what is HDR?  HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.

If you think it through in simple terms, dynamic range is the difference between the lightest and darkest range you can capture in an image.  If you are trying to capture a subject that exceeds the dynamic range of your camera then light colors wash out and dark colours just get dark and messy so the overall image quality is greatly reduced.

Enter HDR photography.  HDR allows you to create an image with a very high dynamic range by taking a series of shots of the same subject using different camera settings and then combining them into one image.  This is how the limitations from taking one single image are beaten. Pretty clever hey?

Once your series of images have been taken they are then managed into one image with the aid of Post Production software.

Our college teaches HDR photography and there is a bit more to it than what I have explained here but this will help give you some idea of what is involved. We teach it and a much wider range of techniques in our Professional Photography Course along with modules on industry standard post production software in Adobe Photoshop CC2018 and Adoble Lightroom Classic CC2018.

So come and join us at Online Camera Ed and study in our great, value for money online photography courses. Download Our Free Information Kit Here.

While enjoying Tim’s image have a quick look here at our STUDENT GALLERY to see some of the great work our students produce. Thanks again Tim for letting us share your image.

 

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY

I reckon nature photography is my favorite photography genre.

Every time I see this wonderful image taken by one of our graduates Gary Nichols I marvel at the great job Gary has done in capturing the real essence of this setting.

The subject in this case is a beautiful snow monkey (Japanese Macaque)

If you are ever in Japan take the time to visit Jidokudani perhaps while on your way up to the snow at  Shiga Kogen.

The Jigokudani Yaenkoen park which opened in 1964 is the place to go to see the Japanese Macaque.  The Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) is a monkey species native to northern Japan, and is the most northern-living non-human primate, surviving winter temperatures of below -15 °C.  They have brown-gray fur, a red face, hands and bottom, and a short tail – and often seem remarkably human like.

In the wild they spend most of their time in forests and feed on seeds, buds, fruit, invertebrates, berries, leaves, and bark.  The monkeys have a body length ranging from 80 to 95 cm.  The males weigh around 10-14 kg while the females are usually around 5.5 kg.

The park is located in the Yokoyu River valley, which flows down from Shiga Kogen.  At an elevation of 850 meters, the area is called Jigokudani (“Hell’s Valley”) due to the steep cliffs and hot water steaming out from the earth’s surface.  It’s also a fairly harsh environment in winter with snow on the ground for a third of the year, but it is also a paradise for the couple of hundred monkeys that live there.  How good is it that visitors can enter their world and watch them enjoying themselves.  Watching the monkeys play and just go about their daily lives is a lot of fun.  All the time the monkeys basically just ignore their human watchers and just get on with whatever it is they want to be doing.

It was very inspiring to see Gary develop as a photographer while he studied with us and it was evident early in his course he had a lot of talent and a great eye.

Our courses really do help improve anyone’s photography skills and knowledge so come on and join the family at Online Camera Ed and let us help you release your inner photographer.

Thanks Gary for letting us share your work.

GDPR POLICY

GDPR POLICY

GDPR POLICY

Hi everyone.  The following article I have written is worth reading as it explains some new data protection standards that come into effect shortly. Online Camera Ed is pleased to report that we are all set ahead of the deadline for these standards to come into effect so read on for more details.

Overview

The General Data Protection Regulation (referred to as GDPR from here) comes into effect on the 25th May 2018.  It is all about data governance and in our case that translates to where data is stored and how is it secured.

The GDPR applies to any business operating in the European Union and also any business having customers in the European Union. While Online Camera Ed is based in Australia we do have customers overseas plus we feel this regulation is a good one to secure data here in Australia so we have adopted the GDPR standards.  In reality the GDPR is not too different from Australian Privacy Principles and the Australian Privacy Act (only stronger) which we already fully comply with.

Our ethos is always to be transparent in what we do so here is some explanation about GDPR and our systems we have in place.

Online Camera Ed has two main areas affected by the GDPR and they are payment management and student details management.

Before explaining the details please be aware that we never share any student information or payment information. Even things such as the use of a student image is only done after receiving written permission from the student to use it first.

Our status report is as follows:

Payment Management

Payments are managed for us by Paypal and Braintree which is also owned by Paypal.  Online Camera Ed does not store credit card details at all but rather these are stored by Paypal and Braintree which is owned  by Paypal. Paypal and Braintree which is owned by Paypal offer some of the most stringent data protection systems in the world and protection is at an extremely high level.  We deliberately went with Paypal and Braintree which is owned by Paypal due to their security and the fact that we did not have to store personal credit card details on our system. No breaches of customer payment information have ever happened and we can report that world standard security systems are in place to manage this into the future as supplied by Paypal and Braintree which is owned by Paypal. So in summary all personal payment information is fully secured.

Student Details Management

The other area we manage is that of student information which is set up when someone enrols with us. Data captured is private and we do not ever share this with anyone.  It does contain name, address, email address and phone number data and we treat the management of this as a high priority.  No breaches of the security of this data have ever happened and we manage this in the following way:

Our web services provider is Newcastle based company Jezweb. Our web servers are also located in Australia and are GDPR compliant. The Online Camera Ed website has a software firewall in place to block malicious activity and the data centre uses hardware firewalls to help guard against attacks. So this provides a two tier firewall system and it is highly secured.  All users protect their account by way of self defining their username and password.  Passwords are not visible at any time to Online Camera Ed making them secure. Students are responsible for the security of their account by not sharing their username and password information.  If in doubt contact us on info@onlinecameraed.com and request a password reset. We have never suffered a data breach.

Also forms used on our site also contain student agreement checkboxes just to record that you agree and are aware of the data protection strategies we use. This is a term of GDPR compliance.

Data Protection Officer

The final part of our GDPR policy is that we have appointed Brian Beitz as our data protection officer. Brian who is one of the business owners has intimate knowledge of all systems we use and is your point of contact if you would like to discuss any GDPR issues.  He is best reached by email at info@onlinecaneraed.com

Summary

Online Camera Ed has taken proactive steps to ensuring our compliance with GDPR ahead of schedule and this ultimately benefits all of our students knowing that we take the management of their private information very seriously.

Author

Brian Beitz