Become a Professional Photographer
This course lays the foundation for a career or business in the world of photography. Photography has changed dramatically over recent years; and is set to continue changing as we move into the future. On one hand, anyone and everyone can create high quality images and publish them on the internet; but other things are changing too; things that are presenting opportunities for professional photography, which did not previously exist.
Being able to use a "user friendly" modern camera, may allow anyone to take lots of photos without blowing the budget on film and processing; but to achieve the very best image, still requires an ability to choose what to take, when to take it, how to compose the photo and how to process it -among other things.
This course is made up of 15 modules, listed below.
Introduction to Photography
- Discuss the principles those underpins photography and examine the evolution into digital technologies.
- Explain how photographic images are able to be captured on film. This lesson will also explain how photographic images are able to be captured by digital cameras.
- Provide you with a firm understanding of how you can work at improving your capabilities with respect to taking photographs. It provides a framework, upon which you will base your work in future lessons.
- Determine appropriate application for a range of common items of photographic equipment and develop an understanding of how digital images can be transferred effectively from a digital camera
- Explain how photographic film is developed.
- Describe the process by which photographic film may be enlarged. Also explain techniques that can be used to process digital photographs within a computer to achieve improved or changed images.
- Work more effectively with light when taking photographs.
- To identify and avoid common faults in photographs
- Describe in technical terms, how an image forms when a photograph is taken.
- Explain the nature of light and how this relates to the finished photographic product.
- Describe how sensitivity of a photo sensitive surface and its development affect the photographic image.
- Explain sensitivity relates to development affect the photographic image.
- Explain the composition and manipulation of white and coloured light to create different photographic images.
- Discuss the chemical process that occurs in producing a colour film photograph.
- Explain how the photographic image may be manipulated by using optical filters or other camera attachments, other than lenses.
- Explain how the photographic image may be manipulated by using lenses.
- Compose photographs in a way that matches a predetermined aim.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better photographs of people.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better photographs of landscapes or other natural subjects.
- Differentiate between appropriate use of colour and black and white photography.
- Create varied visual affects through the use of special techniques.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better illustrative photographs.
- Explain a variety of ways to take better photographs for use in print or electronic media.
- Determine the nature and scope of business opportunities in photography.
- Identify the scope of travel photography, and the resources required to take travel photos
- Explain how you can work at improving your capabilities with respect to taking travel photographs.
- Apply camera techniques including framing, positioning, timing and borrowed landscapes to create various effects.
- Photograph natural areas to make best use of their texture, or even give them human qualities.
- Photograph streetscapes to create different moods, or capture elements of your choice.
- Photograph indoor scenes making best use of available and artificial lighting.
- Create a series of travel photographs which contain a single common feature that differentiates them from other photographs, and in doing so, provides an indication that they are likely to have been taken by the same person.
- To know and understand the equipment and materials used in photography.
- Create different affects photographing the same landscape.
- Compose a well-balanced photo.
- Utilise form to create a three dimensional affect.
- Develop your own photographic style.
- Identify resources that could improve your ability to photograph people, examining the principles of photography and also exploring the issues related to digital photography.
- Discuss the preparation for a photo shoot by exploring the different equipment and materials needed for a successful shoot. Also examine lighting a subject within a studio setting and explores digital photography issues
- Discuss techniques used for taking photos of people
- Improve your ability to shoot better portraiture photographs.
- Explain the issues and applications concerned with wedding photography.
- Take better candid photos of people.
- Describe how to take appropriate nude photos for different situations.
- Describe how to take action photos of people.
- Describe how to take better glamour and fashion photos.
- Compile a folio of people photography.
- Discuss the scope and nature of lighting as relevant to photography.
- Describe how different light sources will affect different images in varying ways.
- Describe how different filters can be used to create different lighting effects.
- Identify the differences between different types of light meters.
- Describe the range of equipment which can be used to help achieve more desirable light conditions for photography.
- Explain contrast and how to compensate for imperfect light conditions.
- Explain how to use tone to create the desired final image.
- Distinguish between utilisation of light in a studio and on location.To view detailed outlines of each of the modules click on the modules above, one by one.
- Open digital files using Photoshop
- Resize images and save them in multiple file formats
- Create original graphics using the Photoshop tools
- Manipulate individual elements of a graphic composition or image
- Improve the quality of an image (clean it up) by applying modifications
- Apply interesting filters and effects to images or compositions
- Prepare your files for the web, print or email
- Define the scope and nature of publishing today.
- Describe some of the processes that are commonly used to perform work tasks in the publishing industry.
- Identify a viable process to follow for desktop publishing of a small publication for printing on paper.
- Identify a viable process to follow for desktop publishing of a small publication in an electronic format (eg. E book or web site).
- Evaluate different types of illustration for ease and relevance for use in different publishing situations.
- Determine photography appropriate for inclusion in a publication.
- Determine research required appropriate to the needs of a publication.
- Determine a marketing strategy appropriate to the needs of a publication.
- Identify the impact of legal and ethical issues on a publisher.
- Plan the production and marketing of a publication.
This course takes you through the processes of taking photos for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher.
- A Short History of Photojournalism
- Ethics and Photojournalism
- What Should I Photograph?
- How Should I Photograph It?
- Photo Stories / Editing Images
- Publishing Opportunities
- Working to Specification / Problem Based Learning
- Publishing Using Online Management Systems
- Taking Photos and Submitting Images
- Writing Articles and Captions to Accompany Your Image
- Revising Submitted Work
Under guidance of a mentor (a photography/ journalism tutor), you will learn to produce images to specific criteria and upload them to an online student magazine.
Portfolio Project Prepare a portfolio of your photographic work
- Select appropriate procedures for the establishment of a small business.
- Select appropriate procedures for the management of a small business.
- Develop procedures for communicating with suppliers and customers of a small business.
- Develop procedures for addressing problems in a small business.
- Plan the management of staff in a small business.
- Develop strategies for managing production in a small business or department within a larger organisation.
- Perform different financial management tasks used in small business or department within a larger organisation.
- Evaluate marketing techniques used in business.
Research Project I
- Develop your ability to collect, collate and interpret data and prepare reports in ways relevant to the work environment;
- Monitor and evaluate one’s own work in order to develop a responsible attitude to workplace performance and quality assurance;
- Develop awareness of areas where there is a valid need for research which are relevant to area of study;
- Explain research methods, including experimental techniques, commonly used in the learner's area of study;
- Understand of the basic statistical methods used for research;
- Locate, collect and evaluate information for a specific research purpose;
- Prepare a research report in a format which conforms to normal industry procedures.
There are 3 lessons in this module as follows:
1. Workplace Tools, Equipment and Materials: Identifying and describing the operation of tools and equipment used in the workplace; routine maintenance of tools and equipment; identifying and comparing materials used in the workplace; using different materials to perform workplace tasks.
2. Workplace Skills: Determining key practical skills in the workplace; identifying and comparing commonly-performed workplace tasks; determining acceptable standards for workplace tasks; implementing techniques for improving workplace efficiency.
3. Workplace Safety: Identifying health and safety risks in the workplace; complying with industry OH&S standards; developing safety guidelines for handling dangerous items.
Duration: 1500 hours
If you want to become a professional photographer or improve your existing skills, then this course will provide you with an intensive in depth course of study to achieve your dreams.
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