Diploma in Photography

Fully utilize the functionality of your camera and expand your creative potential

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Photography is a wonderful form of expression and communication. Whether you want to tell a story, sell a product or just show how beautiful a certain place you visited is, photography plays an essential role in fulfilling your creative vision. Photography is a magnificent art form allowing the avid student to draw with light in the most imaginative of forms. Photographers have quite literally brought light to the world and opened our eyes to the imagery from the furthest corners of our planet. The course offers you the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge and capture those images you have always dreamed of.Read More

Your Tailored Live Online Diploma in Photography

The frustration for budding photographers and even experienced photographers is fulfilling their creative potential due to lack of technical knowledge and understanding of how to take full advantage of their camera. We take students who are stuck on fully automatic and give them the knowledge and skills to make that transition to fully manual shooting. The course provides you with a set of skills to fully utilize the functionality of your camera and help you expand your creative potential. The course also gives you fundamental knowledge about photography so that you have a solid understanding of the subject you are passionate about.

Live Interactive Classes

This course consists of 10 core lessons, building up your Photography knowledge step by step with directly applicable skills and knowledge necessary to produce photographic work. All lessons are presented online live, twice weekly, in a structured manner in order to allow you to learn efficiently. The live aspect of our delivery allows for interactive learning and the questions and answers session will deal effectively with all of your questions to ensure that you are fully understanding of all of the information provided.

Study when or where you please whilst also having full tutor support throughout your journey.

Qualified tutors will support you during each step of your educational journey. In addition to live presentation, all lessons can be accessed 24/7 post their release date so that you can truly learn at your own convenience. This means that even if you can’t attend a live session online, you can catch up on the lesson in your own time. Study when or where you please whilst also having full tutor support throughout your journey, making mastering and implementing this beneficial knowledge easier than ever.


  1. Learn totally practical skills and knowledge that can be directly applied to your Photography.
  2. 10 live interactive online modules
  3. Students can attend 10 live lessons over 5 weeks and/or students learn at their convenience and pace via 24/7 subsequent On-demand access
  4. Fully interactive bonus Q& A sessions
  5. Created, delivered and supported by industry leading professional photographers.
  6. Full support provided throughout and upon completion
  7. Certificate and Accredited Diploma provided upon completion – excellent for CV’s
  8. No prior knowledge necessary. Suitable for all experience levels.
  9. A community of like-minded students learning together

Lesson 1: What is Photography?

Every minute of the day we are exposed to photography and visual imagery in some shape or form, whether it’s an advertising campaign in your local department store or simply looking at pictures of friends and family on a social networking site. This lesson explores photographic styles and how they are used as a form of communication. Photography enables you to convey a message or a story, sell a product, or to simply illustrate how beautiful a certain place you visited is. Therefore the way you shoot and what you capture determines what your photography communicates. Understanding the different styles will help you identify the subjects you like to shoot and enhance your own style.

Camera Types:

We will also dig into the various types of cameras currently available on the market and why you would use one over the other. This will help you with purchasing a camera best tailored for your needs, making shooting in various conditions and situations easier and more enjoyable.

Lesson 2: Demystifying Camera Functions:

Most cameras come with a huge range of menus and functions which can be quite daunting for the user to comprehend. In lessons 2, we will look at the common functions that appear on most cameras and demystify their use. Understanding these functions will expand your creative control and open up new possibilities for your pictures.

Lenses Types

The camera’s lens determines the quality and sharpness of your pictures and allows you to get closer or further away from the subject. We will explore the most frequently used lenses and when and where they are used. Picking the right lens for the scene you are capturing will ensure you get the best shot.

Lesson 3: Capturing the Light

As technology grows, cameras seem to become more complex by the day with user manuals getting bigger and bigger with each new model. In actual fact cameras are an extremely simple device. The process of capturing and recording light is a reasonably simple process and understanding this process will change the way you think about the complexity of the camera.


Understanding the concept of exposure is essential to developing your knowledge of light and will improve your ability to capture the scene the way you see it. We will also discuss different types of light and with the aid of some examples we will analysis various lighting conditions you might find yourself shooting in.

Lesson 4: Motion and Depth

Motion and Depth are essential to expanding the creative potential of your photography. Controlling and manipulating motion and depth in your images will allow you to add drama and sophistication to your images. Whether you want to freeze an athlete in action or blur the flow of a waterfall, controlling motion will expand your capabilities and allow you to explore new subjects. Lesson 4 explores the camera’s shutter and aperture and examines the role they play in harnessing this creative potential.

Lesson 5: Composition

Composition is one of the most fundamental elements in a photograph. Composition refers to the placement and relationship of elements within a picture. The arrangement of elements in a scene, the angle they are shot at, and the distance the photo is taken from, can completely change the final outcome of the photograph. They can ultimately determine the difference between a good and a bad picture. Understanding how to explore all of the compositional possibilities of the scene will greatly improve your ability to capture the best photographs.

Lesson 6: Advanced Composition

In this lesson we will delve deeper in to the subject of composition and look at techniques to guide the viewer’s eye into or around your image. Mastering advanced composition techniques will allow you take pictures that engage the viewer and hold their attention. We will also discuss visual consistency when creating a series of pictures.

Lesson 7: How Much Light is Enough?

The ability to capture the light the way you see or would like to see it, is essential to making great photographs that have drama, vivid colours and depth. To fully understand how much light you need to capture for a scene, you need a way of measuring how much light is there. Most cameras have a light meter to indicate whether you have too much, too little or just the right amount of light to capture the scene. Lesson 7 looks at the light meter and discusses how it can be used to understand your exposure even before you have taken the picture. Grasping how to read the light meter will help you avoid taking those pictures that are too bright or too dark.

Lesson 8: Manual Mode – The Relationship between Shutter Speed and Aperture.

This is one of the most fundamental topics in photography. The marriage of shutter and aperture in manual mode gives you the most creative control offered to you by the camera. Having an understanding of the relationship between the two, will allow you to expand the potential of your photography and make creative decisions that were not available to you before.

Lesson 9: The Colour of Light : White Balance

In this lesson we will look at the different colours of various light sources and how they can change the atmosphere and mood of your photographs. We will also discuss how to avoid and resolve colour issues within your pictures.


Focus is key for taking high quality photographs that are sharp and capture your vision. Lesson 9 discusses different various techniques and focusing modes available on most cameras. An understanding of focusing will help you keep the viewer engaged with the key subjects in your images.

Lesson 10: The Digital Image

What is a digital picture? Lesson 10 explores file format and how digital images are constructed. This gives you an insight into the file formats available on your camera which equips you with the knowledge to select the highest quality file format and image size that best suits your purpose. We will also look at some image editing software and the key differences between the most popular ones on the market. Imaging software can take your photography to the next level, transforming your pictures into works of art.

  • No Prior Experience Required - Perfect for Beginners
  • Discover the Secrets of Photography Professionals
  • Learn From a Long-Time Industry Professional Photographer
  • Weekly Assessments Provided to Enable Students to Test Their Knowledge
  • Photographic Styles
  • Camera Types
  • Camera Functions
  • Vision vs. Camera
  • Lens Types
  • How the Camera Works
  • Controlling Motion with Shutter Speeds
  • Controlling Depth with Apertures
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Compositional Vocabulary
  • Visual Consistency
  • The Light Meter
  • Stops of Light
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Fully Manual Mode
  • Adjusting Aperture and Shutter Speed in Manual Mode
  • Light metering in Manual Mode
  • ISO
  • Colour Temperature/White Balance
  • Focusing Modes
  • Resolution
  • File Format
  • Image Editing Software Overview
All courses at 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

Lesson # Day Date Time
Class 1 Monday Mon Nov 14, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 2 Wednesday Wed Nov 16, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 3 *On Demand
Class 4 Monday Mon Nov 21, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 5 Wednesday Wed Nov 23, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 6 *On Demand
Class 7 Monday Mon Nov 28, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 8 Wednesday Wed Nov 30, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 9 Monday Mon Dec 05, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 10 Wednesday Wed Dec 07, 2016 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST