Diploma in Photography

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Whether you want to tell a story, sell a product or just capture the beauty around you, photography is essential for fulfilling your creative vision. On this course, we will teach you the skills you need to make the transition from fully automatic to fully manual shooting. Expand your creative potential and capture the images you have always dreamt of by joining this course today.

Highlights

  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?

This lesson explores photographic styles and how they are used as forms of communication. Photography enables you to convey a message or a story, sell a product, or to simply illustrate how beautiful something is. Understanding the different styles will help you identify the subjects you like to shoot and develop your own style. We also look at the various types of cameras currently available and why you would use one over the other.

Lesson 2: Camera Functions and Lenses

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 images. We also explore the most frequently used lenses and when and where they are used. Choosing the right lens will ensure you get the best shot.

Lesson 3: Capturing the Light

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 also discuss different types of light and with the aid of some examples, we will analyse various lighting conditions that 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 look at the different colours of various light sources and how they can change the atmosphere and mood of your photographs. We explore focusing and how it is key for taking high quality photographs that are sharp and capture your vision. 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 Jan 09, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 2 Wednesday Wed Jan 11, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 3 *On Demand
Class 4 Monday Mon Jan 16, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 5 Wednesday Wed Jan 18, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 6 *On Demand
Class 7 Monday Mon Jan 23, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 8 Wednesday Wed Jan 25, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 9 Monday Mon Jan 30, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST
Class 10 Wednesday Wed Feb 01, 2017 14:00 PM - 15:00 PM EST