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The Advanced Diploma in Professional photography is a comprehensive online instructional course, perfect for new and amateur photographers who want to learn how to take outstanding photos or make a career out of photography. You will learn everything from the basic controls of using your camera up to advanced techniques to capture professional looking photos.

Developed by David Pix a professional photographer, the course is delivered online and consists of 20 online video based instructional units that are easy to follow and understand, making learning fun and enjoyable!

The average time required to complete the course is 16 weeks part time (however you can take as long as you need as there is no expiry date on course access, you have unlimited lifetime access to the course)

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Discover how to take breathtaking photos
  2. 20-unit Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography
  3. Study along with simple instructions, videos & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by a leading Photographer (see instructor bio)
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to Advanced Diploma online course
  7. Certificate awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated email will be sent to you to register your username and password (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access our online instructional video learning platform, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. The course is easy to follow and understand as we teach you live step by step, while you watch us demonstrate tips and techniques. All students who complete the course receive a certificate with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email, plus our professional photography tutors are always available to help you. If can point and click your camera then you are ready to take our course.

We offer the most thorough online course in photography that is available, our course brings you everything you need to achieve the success you want. This is a course written by a working professional photographers at the top of their field. This course is not just about theory. It is also about equipping you with the real world tools and information you will need to become a pro photographer.

Upon completion of this course you will be issued with a non-accredited Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography by Courses For Success.

Module 1: Learn Digital SLR Camera

Unit 1: Introduction to Photography

  • Understand the professional settings
  • Setting your dioptre
  • Adjusting your burst mode
  • Adjusting your white balance settings
  • Metering settings
  • Exposure compensation mode
  • What is histogram and how to use it
  • How you camera is focusing
  • Adjusting the focal points
  • Setting your file capture
  • Raw & jpeg explained in detail
  • Using bracketing to enhance your photo’s
  • Types of cameras
  • Multi exposures
  • Setting colour and tone
  • Sharpness settings
  • ISO explained
  • Camera bags and cases
  • Tripod options and squeeze grips
  • Different types of Flashes
  • How to choose a good camera
  • Types of lenses

Unit 2: Understanding Exposure

  • Manual settings
  • ISO settings
  • Pixels
  • F-Stops
  • Camera Speed
  • White balance
  • Putting the settings into practise
  • Understanding aperture
  • Settings for different camera makes

Unit 3: Landscape Photography

  • Equipment
  • Proper planning
  • How to capture the best shots
  • Ideas for your shots
  • Picking the best scenery
  • Technical settings
  • What makes a good landscape photo

Unit 4: Night Photography

  • Equipment
  • Settings
  • different types of shoots
  • Tips and tricks

Unit 5: Travel Photography

  • Planning
  • Equipment
  • Types of shoots
  • Tips and techniques

Unit 6: Cruise Ship Photography

  • Travel Tips
  • Types of lenses
  • Photos with different lenses
  • How to get interesting photos
  • Settings to get the best shoots

Unit 7: Part A Studio Photography

  • Setting up your studio
  • Equipment
  • Studio shoots

Unit 7: Part B Professional Studio

  • Visit to award winning David Oliver's studio

Unit 8: Fine Art Photography

  • How to see great shots
  • Setting up
  • Techniques and settings

Unit 9: Portrait Photography

  • Planning your shoots
  • Techniques
  • Pro settings
  • Tips and tricks
  • Types of portraits
  • Black & white

Unit 10: SLR Video Photography

  • How to use your SLR camera to shoot a movie
  • High Definition Video
  • What a short film being shot

Unit 11: Aerial Photography

  • Helicopter shoot
  • Equipment required
  • Types of lenses
  • How to get the best shoots
  • Use of a helicam
  • Photos with different lenses
  • How to get interesting photos
  • Settings to get the best shoots

Unit 12: Fashion Shoot

  • Importance of research and resources
  • Location and logistics
  • Borrow what you need
  • Get your team together
  • Importance of planning
  • Organisation of photography gear
  • Stick to schedule
  • Model release
  • Shooting in raw
  • Portfolio of your work
  • Best tips

Module 2: Professional Photography

Unit 1: Different types of photography explained

We cover 20 different types of photography and examples of the types of photo's that they capture, the type of equipment that they use and how they go about getting their images.

  • Wildlife photography
  • Fine art photography
  • Business photography
  • Commercial product photography
  • Stock photography
  • Photojournalism photography
  • Event photography
  • Food photography
  • Sports photography
  • Underwater photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Interior design photography
  • Paparazzi photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Aeriel photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Real-estate photography
  • Travel photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Glamour / model / dance photography

Unit 2: How to set up your photography business

The important steps of setting up your new business:

  • Setting up at home
  • Developing an outdoor studio
  • Interview with a new photographer
  • Developing portfolios
  • Setting up freelance
  • Knowing your camera
  • Developing your style
  • How do you charge for your work
  • How much can you charge?
  • Understanding lenses
  • Picture framing

Unit 3: Advanced Photographic techniques

Advanced techniques that every good photographer should know. We show you how to use these techniques to help grow your business. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Understanding your histogram
  • Tips for using your flash
  • Tips for getting good shots
  • Colour management
  • Mirror up settings for landscape
  • How to choose a good digital camera
  • The importance of getting good highlights
  • Correctly using your ISO
  • Using exposure compensation
  • File rescue software
  • Keeping up technically
  • Sample of movie shot by an HD SLR camera

Unit 4: How to promote your business

Everything you need to know about promoting your product and the different types of methods that you can use. We go over the marketing techniques that you need to know to make your business successful. Some of the topics discussed are:

  • Jpeg and raw files
  • Turning you into a marketable product
  • Building your own website
  • Photographers shared websites
  • Stock photography
  • Stock Libraries
  • Having a professional photography website made
  • Buying a pre-made template website

Unit 5: Making your business legal

All the steps that you need to follow to make your business legal

  • Making your business legal
  • Registering your business name
  • Developing your logo
  • Sole Trader or company?
  • Photographers insurance
  • Develop your business to re-sell
  • Business policies
  • Developing goodwill
  • What rights does your customer have over your photos?
  • Storing your photos
  • What can you photograph legally
  • Holding accounts
  • Developing a code of practice
  • Investing in your portfolio

Unit 6: Marketing masterclass session one

How to market yourself professionally. We go into great detail on how you can catapult your business growth by explaining a number of successful strategies.

  • Developing your business mindset
  • Getting your image right
  • Your Business colours
  • Business stationary
  • Bullet proofing your customers
  • Customer loyalty programs
  • Customer mix
  • Unique selling position-how to sell your self
  • Emotional buying
  • Designing your customers experience
  • Customer profiling
  • Focus on marketing
  • Your hourly costs to run your business
  • Business financial advice

Unit 7: Marketing masterclass session two

  • How to write hypnotic sales copy. We also go over in great detail how to develop yellow pages ads that work.
  • We also show you how to write a detailed business plan.
  • How to set goals and achieve business success.

Unit 8: Marketing masterclass session three

How to create your own products so you can make money from Digital Photography. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Developing photography products
  • Photographic albums
  • Video slide shows
  • Producing books
  • Canvas Prints
  • Gift Certificates
  • Oil Portraits
  • Story board prints
  • Photo collage
  • Family portrait packages
  • This video also includes an interview with David Oliver a Master Photographer (one of only 5 in the world) He shares his insights, experience and what it takes to be a successful photographer, this is one of the most interesting and important interviews in the whole course.
    David Oliver's website is http://www.davidoliver.com.au

Resources Including All Business Templates

  • Study instructions
  • Photography 12 point business plan template
  • Marketing/sales letter templates
  • Colour management chart
  • Invoice template
  • Plus more

Unlimited Tutor Support

  • 12 months tutor support
  • Email student support with any questions you have about the course
  • Tutor Support gives you the benefit of two-way conversation on any of the topics covered

 

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader and
  • Microsoft word

 

"I knew nothing, really, about digital photography or cameras when I started. My knowledge was so limited I couldn't even ask questions. Now I feel competent to choose a camera and discuss the subject intelligently with people already using the technology. With the knowledge I gleaned from this course I will practice all of the methods and techniques at my leisure. Many thanks."

Graham — Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia

"At first, I was weary about taking an online course and even felt that I would have done better in a classroom; however, after logging on and viewing the course I quickly changed my mind. I liked being able study at my convenience. I really enjoyed the course."

Trish — Geelong, Victoria, Australia

"I can now say after one full year of starting out with the course I’m a professional photographer, I can’t believe it myself I get repeat business and my clients have been referring me to their friends, just fantastic."

Anne — Killarney Heights, New South Wales, Australia

"Being able to watch the video’s over and over again is just a great way to learn this stuff."

Chris — Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

"Awesome course! Helped me with the purchase of my new camera and the overall functionality of it from the start. Made the purchase exciting not overwhelming or frustrating. THANK YOU!"

Brandon — Mosman, New South Wales, Australia

"Very well produced and well explained. The step-by-step instructions are very clear and easy to understand."

Yanni — Wynnum, Queensland, Australia

"Thanks....This course has helped me to expand my knowledge about photography and has stirred up my interest again in this art form........I'm very excited to have taken your course and to pick up my hobby again."

Bruce — Greenwood, Western Australia, Australia

"Great information! If anyone couldn’t start and run a successful photography business doing this course — they just don’t want to do it."

Charlie — Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

"I can’t recommend this course highly enough. It’s one thing to know how to take photos etcetera but another on how to run it as a successful business — many thanks."

Ron — Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia

"Since I finished my training I have made thousands of dollars with weddings and portraits on Saturdays"

Gale — Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia

"Many thanks for the support and training. I’m now pursuing my hobby in landscape photography and charging $700 per print!"

Ben — Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia

"Simply a fantastic course! You have turned my photography upside down. I would buy the course again without question."

Ryan — Gordon, New South Wales, Australia

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Course Summary

Provider: Courses For Success.
Course ID No.: CFS019
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime access to online course
Tutor Support: Yes (by Photography Experts)
Time required: Study at your own pace
Assessments: Yes (one assessment at the end of the course)