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Learn to Create Better Photographic Images
Start studying anytime, and study at your own pace from anywhere. Be guided by tutors who have studied and worked professionally in photography for decades.
Learn to Choose what to photograph, and where to position it in an image, in order to achieve a desired affect. 


There are 8 lessons as follows:

1. Composition

Choosing the subject, Lighting the subject, Placing the subject in the frame, Choosing the medium for recording,

2. Photographing People

Snapshots, Portraiture, Posing for Photographs, Nude Photography, Fashion, Photography & Wedding Photography

3. Nature & Landscape Photography

Photographing Water, Plants, Landscapes & other Natural subjects

4. Colour vs. black & white

Types of film, Analysing photos, Photography for newspapers, etc.

5. Special Techniques

Creating Effects,Sport Photography, Cropping, Non Standard Film(eg.Lith Film, InfraRed etc)

6. Illustrative Photography

Telling a story with a photo (eg. advertising, sports event, fashion parade or art exhibition), Streetscape photography etc.

7. Publishing

Illustrating articles, Analysing photos in magazines, Understanding the industry and photo opportunities

8. Business Opportunities in Photography

Freelance photography, Commercial photography, Planning a Photographic Session, Studio Photography, What to Charge, Gallery Sales, Written Contracts


DURATION   100 hours



  • 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.


Consistent Good Photography is not an Accident

If you want to be able to take quality photos wherever and whenever you need to; it requires knowledge of the options, a capacity to evaluate the situation at hand and choose the best option, and an ability to use the equipment with skill to execute what you desire.

Quality photos are crafted by someone who is part technician, and part artist; just as any artist must use their materials to create something that is physically sound, but at the same time, use their passion to create something that is emotionally sensitive.

What is the "Style" of Your Photos?

Different photographers will develop different traits that are common to the photos they take; whether intentionally or unintentionally. Some, for example; tend to create photos that are easy to comprehend -realistic representations of life, while others may seek to create images that are less obvious, whether by choosing subject that are not so obvious or taking them in a way that is not so obvious. There are many other things that can contribute toward style.

Style is how something is interpreted by the photographer. You can affect style in the way you create an image, perhaps through the use of the camera, lenses, filters, lighting, composition etc., or through techniques for processing the image after it has been taken.

Style may be impacted by how you:

  • Select components to include, obscure, highlight, or not include in the image.
  • Organise components in an image (which may be impacted by the angle from which they are photographed: distance, depth of field, lighting affects, etc)
  • Choose and use colour
  • Choose to use light (eg time of day, flash, filters)
  • Allude to movement (or lack of movement)
  • Use or appeal to human emotions
  • Relate to the subject
  • Present the final image


This course helps you discover the possibilities for developing your own photographic style. It is all about learning and trying out different possibilities to discover what appeals to and works for you as a photographer.






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Develop skills in taking better photographs.


Learn to compose your photos properly, choosing the appropriate equipment and subject material for desired results. A big part of this course is the opportunity to interact with a professional photographer, who as your tutor will comment on and suggest improved approaches to practical work you undertake throughout the course. 

Meet some of our academics

Kara WightKara Wight - Animal Scientist, Photographer and Business woman. BSc (Applied Bioscience and Zoology), HND (Animal Care), HND (Photography & Imaging) Kara gained an HND in Animal Care and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Bioscience and Zoology. She has a wide range of experience working with animals such dogs, small pets, birds, zoo animals, British wildlife and reptiles. Kara gained this experience working within animal parks, canine rescue centres and a wildlife hospital. She also managed an animal care training facility for a college. At this training facility she instructed and lectured students within Animal Care and Veterinary Nursing from National Certificate level to Higher National Diploma levels. Kara also gained an HND in Photography and Imaging and has 5 years’ experience within this sector. She ran a small portraiture and wedding photography business and also exhibited work in art exhibitions. Kara gained more experience photographing sporting and festival events. Kara currently runs a pet care and training business in the UK and also has entry to undertake her MSc in International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law this academic year.
John MasonWriter, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over seventy books and of over two thousand magazine articles.
Rosemary Davies (General)Rosemary has over 30 years of working in jobs ranging from Writer, Consultant, Broadcaster and, Business owner, to Teacher and landscape designer. She has worked for ACS since 2008
Christine ToddUniversity lecturer, businesswoman, photographer, consultant and sustainability expert; with over 40 years industry experience B.A., M.Plan.Prac., M.A.(Social). An expert in planning, with years of practical experience in permaculture.

Check out our eBooks

Business OperationsA text book for business students, or a guide book for anyone operating a business. Six chapters: Daily Challenges of Running a Business, Managing People, The Law, Fiance, Product Management and Risk Management.
Getting Work in a Modern WorldGetting Work in a Modern World is a must read; for students, parents, the unemployed, careers advisors or anyone interested in changing or forging a sustainable career. This is realistic guide to getting a job or starting out in business and understanding different industries. Topics covered in this book include 1/Career Myths, 2/ Finding Your Path, 3/ Understanding Employers, 4/ Preparing for a Job, 5/ Jobs to Consider: Looking to the Future, 6/ Information Technology, 7/ Business, Management and Sales, 8/ Health and Wellbeing, 9/ Horticulture, 10/ Wildlife and Environmental, 11/ Animal Care, 12/ Agriculture, 13/ Hospitality and Tourism, 14/ Media and 15/ Education.
Photographic TechniquesExplore how to take better photos. This is a book packed full of practical tips, from the authors own experience, coupled with a solid introduction to well established and widely practiced photographic techniques. This is a well illustrated, excellent reference for students of photography; and an equally useful source of inspiration to the amateur photographer.
ManagementManagement is the process of planning, organising, leading, and controlling an organisation’s human and other resources to achieve business goals. More importantly though, effective management needs to be a process of human interaction and compassion. Most bad managers don’t know they are bad. They may well admit that they are a bit erratic, or they are sometimes late to appointments, but it is rare that they will recognise that they are ineffective as managers. Never here. This book has something to offer even the best of managers.