Diploma in Professional Photography Course

The 27 Photography Modules

1. History of photography

The birth of the camera
The modernisation of photography and film
The introduction of digital photography
The history of photo manipulation
Digital photography tomorrow

2. Introduction to photography

Making money as a professional photographer
The most common areas of photography
The equipment you’ll need now or later
How to avoid failure and achieve success
Taking photos in public places

3. Professional photography

The do’s and don’ts of professional photography
How to avoid the mistakes amateurs often make
What you should know about digital photography
Tricks of the trade - how to shoot like a pro
The professional mindset - how to think and act like a pro

4. A guide to your manual settings

Getting the right exposure
Setting aperture
Altering the shutter speed
Understanding ISO
How aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together
Other manual controls

5. Techniques for taking professional photographs

Tripods and their importance
Types of lenses
Vantage points and how they affect your photo
Lines, curves, and shapes in your photographs
The importance of foreground interest
Rule of thirds
How background imagery influences your photos

6. Lighting

The different types of lighting
The reflection of light
Outdoor lighting - sunlight
Recommended equipment for outdoor lighting
Introduction to indoor lighting
Photographing indoors – the technical issues

7. Travel photography

A checklist for better travel photos
The types of holiday photos that sell
How to research and prepare for your trip
How to get free holidays
What equipment should you take?

8. Photography equipment

Camera bags
Digital storage

9. The great outdoors: nature and landscapes

Nature photography
Landscape photography
Recommended gear
Camera techniques for capturing your images
How lighting affects your photos
Displaying your images and finding markets
Captioning and recording data

10. Macro photography

Focusing in macro photography
What is bokeh and how to photograph it
Macro images of flowers
Macro images of insects
How lighting affects macro photography
When and when not to use a tripod
Additional tips and tricks in macro photography

11. Digitally editing your photographs

Why you need a digital dark room
Correcting imperfect images
Re-invent photographs as new and different images
What you can do with photo editing software
Other elements needed in your digital dark room
Understanding DPI and resolution
What to know before you start editing
Picture orientation
Altering brightness and contrast
Hue and saturation
Red eye
Printing and saving

12. Portrait photography

The difference between studio and on-location portrait photography
How lighting affects a portrait
What kind of gear you need to shoot portraits
How to interact with your clients
How to handle fidgety children during a session
How to lay out your studio

13. Wedding photography: the basics

Obtaining the needed experience
How to develop a portfolio
The importance of creating a brand
How to present yourself to clients
How to create a business plan
Creating a brochure pack for clients
How to conduct an interview with potential customers

14. Wedding photography: the wedding day

Preparing for a wedding
What equipment you'll need
How to photograph the ceremony
How to photograph the reception
Important moments to remember
Technical tips for wedding photography

15. Wedding photography: presenting your work

Preparing your images
Digital presentations
Editing your photos
How to devise an ordering system

16. Photo manipulation techniques

What layers are and what they are used for
How to use layers
How to apply a layer mask
What the brush tool is and how to use it
How to apply an adjustment layer
How to merge layers
How to use the dodge and burn tools
Adding a lens vignette to your photo

17. Cheesecake and beefcake photography

The origin of beefcake and cheesecake photography
How fashion and glamour fit into this area
Successful boudoir photography
How to identify the attractive qualities of your subject
Where to sell your images

18. Business photography

Working on location
Setting up for a shoot
The importance of light
Environmental portraiture
Capturing the essence of a business
Dealing with challenges
The do’s and don’ts of business photography
Public relations photography
Obtaining commissions
Presenting your work

19. Product and advertisement photography

Why you should consider having a speciality in advertisement
How to select one or more specialities
Photographing products
How to choose your lighting
Tips on setting up a professional photo studio
How advertising photographers get assignments
How to find potential clients

20. Fashion photography

What is fashion?
The role of the fashion photographer
Expressing yourself as a fashion photographer
Developing a style
Shooting fashion shows
Techniques in fashion photography
Marketing and branding yourself
Sourcing contacts
Photographing models in the studio

21. School photography

Working on location
Preparing for a shoot
Lighting and backgrounds
Posing your subjects
Dealing with problem subjects
Do’s and don’ts of school, college and social photography
Freelance or employee?
Presenting your work

22. Photojournalism

The basics of photojournalism
How to capture the perfect photograph
Why context is so important
Finding (and getting) freelance photojournalism work

23. Sports photography

Necessary equipment for sports photography
Mixing speed and focal length
Who to contact and where to shoot
Shooting football
Shooting basketball
Shooting tennis
Who buys sports photography and who sells it
How to be a freelance sports photographer working for yourself

24. Developing a digital presence

The importance of having a digital presence
Why you should build a website, and how to do it
The benefits of a photo blog and how it works
Using social networks to establish your business
How your website, photo blog, and social networking work together
How to protect your images for display on the internet

25. Setting up your business, legal and finance

Prepare a mission statement and develop a business name
Setting up your business on a small budget
Putting together a business plan
Paying tax
Indemnity insurance
How to keep financial records in four easy steps

26. Marketing your business

Providing samples of your work
Business cards
Local press
Direct mail
Print ads

27. Obtaining employment in photography

The importance of your portfolio
General tips for finding employment
Entry level photography jobs
Becoming a photographer’s assistant
Obtaining a high paying job in photography

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