Ultimate Photography Programme

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Brief Overview

The Advanced Diploma in Photography is specifically designed to equip you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills that are essential in order to achieve your photographic goals. The course is geared towards aspiring professionals and passionate enthusiasts. Let our expert photography team start you on the path to a successful career in the field of photography or develop and master your craft as an enthusiast.

24 Lessons - 12 Weeks - 3 Semesters

Tuesday: Learn New SkillsThursday: Practical/Application Webinars

The Thursday webinars are very interactive and are often student led. As long as you’re a member, you will be registered for them indefinitely, so you can log in anywhere in the world to share your work with fellow students and have your photographs critiqued live by our experts.

Course Highlights

  1. Learn the skills you need to become a Professional Photographer and open yourself up to countless career opportunities
  2. Avail of the benefits of being your own boss, working flexible hours in areas that are of interest to you!
  3. Learn at your own pace with 20 Hours + online audio and visual modules of highly enjoyable, easily accessible, premium practical content delivered on-demand at your convenience 24/7
  4. Lifetime access to weekly practical sessions outlining advances in the field of Photography don’t let your knowledge become outdated
  5. You can easily fit this Programme around your lifestyle as the content is accessible anytime, anywhere!
  6. Modules presented by a Professional Photographer, who has many years of experience and a wealth of Academic and Practical Knowledge – the perfect combination!
  7. Full tutor support is provided throughout the Ultimate Photography Programme covering virtually every capability and guaranteed to bring you to a mastery level of proficiency! Accredited Diploma upon successful completion
  8. The Programme is designed to provide an in-depth knowledge of photographic principles as well as their practical applications, perfect for aspiring photographers or seasoned professionals looking to refresh their knowledge – the Ultimate Photography Programme

Mastering Light Semester

Week 1: Advanced Exposure

In this lesson we will discuss in detail the cameras histogram and how this is an essential tool for making extremely accurate exposures in any lighting condition. It will also allow you to make critical decisions about your exposure, without relying on the visual image that your camera shows you on screen. The beauty of this knowledge is that you won’t even have to look at the image on the screen to know that you have the right exposure.

Week 2: Mastering Exposure for Colour Images

This lesson takes your abilities to refine and control exposure even further. It will look how spot metering can be used to meter different tones within your image, to identify how much light is being reflected from a variety of subject and tones, and create the best exposure in any situation. An advanced knowledge of the tones in your scene will ensure that you will always create accurate and consistent images.

Week 3: Introduction to Flash Photography

Having the skills and ability to use flash lighting in your photography is as important as being able to work with natural light. In this lesson we will be looking at all of the various uses of flash in photography. Flash is an essential tool to any photographer whether you just want to add a little bit of light to eliminate shadow or you want to light an entire scene. Knowledge on flash allows you to control and shape the light to create stunning images.

Week 4: Studio Flash and Shaping Light

In this lesson, we will be looking at how light can be shaped and manipulated to give you much more control over how your subject is represented. We will be looking at different styles of lighting commonly used in studio photography and the set ups to achieve them. This will broaden the range of lighting options you have when you are doing a studio shoot and expand your creative abilities.

Powerful Enhancement Semester

Week 5: Camera Raw Processing

The ability to shoot images that are completely unprocessed in camera gives you complete control over image quality. Shooting in Raw gives you greater control over exposure, tone, sharpness and compression. We will be looking at how using the camera raw processing software can give you much more creative capabilities, whilst maintaining the highest quality files possible from your camera.

Week 6: Creating Black and White Images – Part 1

Capturing amazing dramatic Black and White images requires a completely different thought process than shooting in colour. When shooting black and white images you focus much more on light, tone and contrast. In this lesson, you will learn how to develop this new thought process and visual awareness, for seeing and capturing pictures that will make stunning black and white images.

Week 7: Creating Black and White Images – Part 2

Converting images from colour, into strong dynamic black and white images is no easy task. You will learn how to manipulate colours in an image, to create stunning tones and contrast when they are converted into Black and White. This will ensure you are producing images that resemble the work of the traditional masters of black and white photography.

Week 8: High Dynamic Range (HDR)

HDR photography allows the photographer to create images with increased dynamic range. This is a photograph that is created by using multiple exposures, to create a scene that is full of detail, from the deepest blacks to the whitest highlights. The key to capturing successful HDR photos is preparation. In these lessons, you will learn how to properly set up for the HDR photo and then how to bring it together to create a stunning final photo.

Creative Techniques Semester

Week 9: Low light Photography

After dark, the entire world changes and offers a completely different photographic experience. These lessons explore the exciting world of low light photography and the incredible images we can make with long exposures, drawing with light and using flash for extra impact. We will also explore astrophotography and the process of capturing the night sky.

Week 10: Macro

Macro photography is photographing small objects or insects and is a hugely popular area in photography. This lesson explores all things Macro. The two biggest challenges for Macro photographers are getting close enough to the subject and getting enough light in the scene. We look at all the options here for creating stunning Macro photos and take a closer look at the world around you!

Week 11: Advanced Lens Techniques

How many times have you captured a photo that you are proud of, only to view it closely afterwards on a monitor and be disappointed that it is not sharp? This is a frequent occurrence for photographers. There are steps that we can take to ensure the sharpest photos in any situation with any lens available to us. This lesson covers this in detail but also looks at other effects that you can achieve with our lenses such as Bokeh.

Week 12: Colour Management and Output

When all the hard work is done and your images are looking amazing, you will want them to look as good in print as they do on screen. This can often be the most frustrating part of the photographic process. You can put in all of that hard work perfecting your images, only to get prints back that are either too bright or too dark. The colours can often be totally different than what you saw on screen. Colour management is essential to ensure you have consistent colour, tone, brightness levels, contrast from camera all the way through the post production stages, right up to the final print.

All courses at The Shaw Academy are independently accredited by an internationally recognised body for CPD purposes. This course is also accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which is an independent body that ensures qualifications are in line with the most current professional standards
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Course Schedules

Practical Sessions Every Thursday 19:00 PM - 20:00 PM BST

Lesson # Day Date Time
Class 1 Tuesday Tue Oct 25, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EDT
Class 2 Thursday Thu Oct 27, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EDT
Class 3 Tuesday Tue Nov 01, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EDT
Class 4 Thursday Thu Nov 03, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EDT
Class 5 Tuesday Tue Nov 08, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 6 Thursday Thu Nov 10, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 7 Tuesday Tue Nov 15, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 8 Thursday Thu Nov 17, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 9 Tuesday Tue Nov 22, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 10 Thursday Thu Nov 24, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 11 Tuesday Tue Nov 29, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 12 Thursday Thu Dec 01, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 13 Tuesday Tue Dec 06, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 14 Thursday Thu Dec 08, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 15 Tuesday Tue Dec 13, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST
Class 16 Thursday Thu Dec 15, 2016 13:00 PM - 14:00 PM EST