Wildlife Photography Course

Fully Online Course
Eight interactive modules
Incl. tuition in Lightroom Classic for editing

Designed for those with a love of nature and wildlife, this photography course takes you on a journey deep into the world of the wildlife photographer.  Starting with the basics, explore what your camera can really do. The natural beauty of the landscapes, plants and wildlife surrounding us compels us to capture it.  We look at taking images of wildlife as nature intended and creatures in the wild in their natural habitat.  You will also learn techniques for shooting awesome wildlife images in zoos and nature reserves.  Opportunities abound for the Pet photographer, so we have included this too.  Throw in a couple of units of Adobe Lightroom for post production and the possibilities are endless.

This is a great course that will keep you interested and loving to learn from the start to finish.


UNIT 1: Getting Set Up – Cameras and Equipment

Wildlife Photography is a very special genre of Photography.  Those magical images that attracted you to this arena did not happen by accident.  To get you started, we take an in-depth look at cameras and equipment needed for wildlife photography, help you to get familiar with the camera you are using and get you up and running.  It is time to find out what some of those dials and settings on your camera can really do.

UNIT 2: Mastering Exposure

The exposure triangle, mastering shutter speed, aperture and ISO.  You will take control of your camera.  Before the end of this unit, you will be freezing the action, blurring the movement, panning and focussing with ease.  You will be blurring backgrounds and be all set to track animals in the wild.

UNIT 3: Lightroom 1 for the Wildlife Photographer

Image management is huge for the modern photographer.  The digital world has skyrocketed the importance of this right to the top.  It is a must on every photographer’s skill list, and ADOBE LIGHTROOM is the weapon of choice.  In this unit, you will learn your way around the software, how to catalogue and locate your images, adjust exposure and as a special treat, you will discover Presets – Adobe’s gift to photographers.  We will also show you how to add that all important watermark.

UNIT 4: Colour, exposure and control in natural light

We look at light, where it comes from, how to measure it and how to work with it. You will discover why the camera sees and captures images differently to what you see with your eyes and we explore the wonderful world of colour. The Histogram will become your new best friend. Every image has one. Learn how to read it, understand it, and use it to make exposure adjustments on the fly.


UNIT 5: Image Composition

How you put an image together can make or break it.  Time to get it together as we tackle image composure, backgrounds, foregrounds, focal points, tack sharp animal eye contact, silhouettes, reflections, leading and directing the eye, interaction and the list goes on. Free-thinking and creativity are encouraged. Learn to pre-visualise your images, put your theory into action and do it your way. We also show you a few common problems you can encounter and techniques to help avoid them.

UNIT 6: Lightroom 2

It is back to ADOBE LIGHTROOM.  Time to take your Lightroom skills to the next level, tackling some finer corrections, filters, tonal adjustments, effects, toning control and a few other tricks that just might come in handy.


UNIT 7: In the Wild

The natural beauty we are surrounded by in the form of landscapes, plants, and wildlife compels us to capture it.  In this unit, we will be looking at taking images of wildlife in the wild.  That means in their natural habitat where they are free to roam as they please, hunt, mate and live as nature intended without human intervention.  It is time to step into the animal’s environment and put those newly acquired photography skills to use.

UNIT 8: In the City

The love for capturing stunning wildlife images is not lost when a person is in the city. Here we venture into zoos and wildlife parks, looking at techniques for shooting awesome wildlife images in this environment.  It is very different but can be equally rewarding.  Our domestic friends have not been forgotten.  Statistics tell us that just over 62% of Australian households own a pet.  That is a lot of pets!  Opportunities abound in this arena for the budding photographer, so we have included both studio and outdoor pet photography.