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DIPLOMA 

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$1069.60
Payment plan $1.00 deposit $9.95pw
Next course begins TODAY June 14th
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Enrolments Open Now
10 Places Available
Maximum 10 Students.
Course duration 110 weeks

You can begin this course as a total beginner or apply for Recognition of Prior learning. Designed for  photographers wanting to undertake a comprehensive study program leading toward a final folio for commercial or personal use.  This course covers the entire program from Certificate III level upwards. In this 16 step learning process involving practical shooting assignments, tutor feedback and assessment you have the opportunity to transition from a point a shoot photographer into a crafted photographic specialist. Covering everything from the basics through to quality portraiture techniques, lighting and production of a final folio many of our graduates from this course now run their own photography business work commercially and have photography as a primary or secondary income stream.  An awesome course that has produced the goods for many years.  If you’re the type to jump in rather than test the water first then this is the program for you.

Learn manual exposure mode.
Learn the reasons for over and underexposure.
Learn the functionality of your camera system.
Develop your own style.
Learn white balance and the role of the histogram.
Shoot images that tell stories.
Become an advocate of light.

Learn how to manipulate light.
Learn how to compose images correctly.
Be inspired by challenging assignment briefs.
Learn the role of post production.
Shoot long exposures and night images.
Learn on and off camera flash.
Develop a mini folio.
Learn classical and contemporary posing styles.
Learn the difference between broad and short lighting.
Learn the foundation of feet placement.
Learn lighting ratios for the male and female.
Learn how to shoot great children images.
Create magic.

Lesson Structure:

Lesson 1: Understanding the Camera.
In this lesson you will find your way around the camera body and begin the understanding of what all the knobs and buttons are for.  Setting your camera to P you will be required to shoot a few images for your tutor to see where you’re at, what type of photography you like and understand what camera model you use and what you do and don’t know.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and  feedback.

Lesson 2: Understanding Exposure How to Shoot in Manual Mode.
This is a transition lesson.  Moving off any presets such as AV, TV or Auto and onto M – Manual Exposure mode.  In this lesson you will learn how the internal camera light meter interprets reflected light.  How to use Aperture and Shutter speed creatively.  What role the ISO plays and how the Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO work together to create the image.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 3: Understanding the role of the lens.
In this lesson you begin to explore the role of different lens focal lengths. When and why to use a lens and for what purpose.  The differences between shorter and longer focal lengths and how the aperture works with different lens applications.  A great lesson to continue your learning with.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 4: Advanced exposure techniques.
In this final foundation lesson you will learn the reasons for high and low key exposure.  When to use the different metering modes, how to use the histogram and why the light meter is a guide to exposure.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 5: 
Understanding Light.In this lesson you start your advocacy for light.  Yes light is the critical factor in any photography.  Light quality, hard and soft, light colour and light direction. Silhouettes, shadows, soft light and mixed lighting.  Why not try some night photography as well.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and  feedback.

Lesson 6: Understanding Composition and Design Elements.
In this lesson you’ll explore the foundations of composition and design elements.  An inspiring assignment brief looking at shape, pattern, rule of thirds, line and even the abstract shooting of music.  This one will stretch your creativity.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 7:  The role of reflectors and light modifying techniques.
Grab your 5N1 and use gold, silver, white and black to modify and manipulate light colour and direction.  Discover diffusion technique and create professional looking images.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 8: Portfolio development
Our students love this exercise.  Drawing inspiration from your favourite images or photographers, use the works to motivate and drive your mini portfolio and see just how far you’ve come.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 9: On and Off Camera Flash Introduction to the Speedlite
Don’t be afraid – Flash is your friend.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and  feedback.

Lesson 10: Advanced Flash.
In this advanced lesson you will learn multiple exposure, panning with flash, bounce, fill and other exciting flash techniques to finish off your course perfectly.

Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 11: Posing and Lighting the Male
In this lesson you’ll discover the techniques of Rembrandt Male lighting, ratio lighting, window lighting and how to light masculine elements.  Posing techniques for classical, contemporary and environmental portraiture understanding the purpose of the “C” curve and how to create it.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 12: Posing and Lighting the Female
In this lesson you’ll discover the techniques of Rembrandt Female lighting, ratio lighting, window lighting and how to light Feminine elements.  Posing techniques for classical, contemporary and environmental portraiture understanding the “S” curve and how to create it.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 13: Posing and Lighting Couples
Couples can be a complicated posing and lighting set up.  In this lesson you will discover the front to back, dance and other contemporary posing and lighting techniques to create professional standard couple portraiture.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 14: Posing and Lighting Groups
Group posing works with triangles and diamonds.  In this lesson you’ll learn about placement, who the hero of the image is and how to compose and light groups shots of three or more members in traditional and contemporary styles.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 15: Photographing Children (non compulsory)
A non compulsory lesson due to access to children.  However if you can, you will learn the foundations of newborns up to a teenage cohort.  What it takes to create timeless pieces for yourself or commercially.
Quiz, practical shooting assignment, assessment and feedback.

Lesson 16: Portfolio Creation.
In this final piece, you’ll choose and genre of expertise and produce a speicalised portfolio in collaboration with your tutor.  This is the start of your website, blog or alternative process to showcase your work, what you’ve achieved and what you offer.  

How does it work and timetable?

The eLearning courses allow you to go at your own pace.
Once enrolled you have automatic access to the course content.
Your tutor will assess your work and provide a report that contains audio and video of comments and suggestions for you to work on and progress from.

Questions or assistance is available Mon-Friday between normal business hours.  You will have your tutors email address and mobile phone number.

Assignment range from 3-8 images depending on the lesson you’re doing.

What you’ll need

You’ll need your own camera.  A DSLR is recommended but not compulsory, and access to the internet.
A tripod, 5IN1 reflector and external flash is required.
Editing software Adobe  Lightroom is required.

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