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In the Professional Photography for Beginners, you will learn about the aspects of good photography: depth of field, exposure, viewpoint, alternating film and digital, colour correction, movement, composition, image management, studio lighting, day and night shots, and so much more.

Our beginner photography courses online are for Australian students who are interested in a career as a photographer, but do not yet have the right level of technical and creative skill. Throughout the units, you will learn everything you need to know from the different parts of the camera, to what makes a technically good shot, to how to adjust your approach to photograph different subjects and events. You will also learn how to market yourself as a professional – an essential skill if you are planning on becoming a freelance photographer, offering your services direct to clients.

You can study for a new career while you’re still working in your current job or studying another related course. You will also have plenty of chances to practice at each stage of these photography courses, as well as great opportunities to get feedback from our experienced professional tutors.

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Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Photography (Professional Photography)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short answer questions
Nationally recognised
Career Opportunities
  • Professional Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Photographic Processor
  • Photo Lab Assistant
  • Photo Technician
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Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $1,600.00 upfront*
Payment Option 2 - $100.00 Deposit then 34 x $50.00 weekly = $1,800.00*
Payment Option 3 - Completely customise your own payment plan here.

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Course units

Unit 1 - Camera Functions and Terminology

Reading 1 - Essential Photography: Film and Digital

Getting Started in Professional Photography
Film and Digital Cameras: The Difference
The Language of Professional Photography
Professional Camera Tips
Understanding Exposure and Depth of Field
Understanding Shutter Speed
Release Your Creativity
Looking After Your Camera
Camera Accessories
How Photographers Use The Internet
Keeping a Photography Journal

Reading 2 - Light, Night and Exposure

Controlling Exposure; Controlling Aperture
Light and How To Use It: Night Photography
When to Shoot Black and White
Buying a Tripod: What to Look For
Troubleshooting - Common Errors
Choosing a Filter
A Photographer at Work
Capturing a Sense of Place

Reading 3 - Portrait Photography and Light Meters

Spot Metering and Matrix Metering
Focusing and Bracketing
Lenses and The Rule of Thirds
Using Flash and Fixing ‘Red Eye’
Cropping Your Pictures
Six Lighting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Portrait Photography

Reading 4 - Weddings and Glamour Photography

The Wedding Day
Do’s and Dont's for the Wedding Photographer
Glamour Photography and Working with mMdels
Getting a Model Release
A Sense of Style: Fashion Photography
Beauty Shots

Unit 2 - Genres and Marketing Your Photographs

Reading 1 - Still Life Photography

Still Life Photography and Composition
Food Photography
More on Flash Photography
Managing Your Data Files
Good Uses for Digital Photography

Reading 2 - Photojournalism, Action and Travel

Exploring Photojournalism
How to Take Action Photos
Photographing Water Sports
Travel Photography
Photography Etiquette
Photojournalism Techniques
Film and Memory Processing Techniques

Reading 3 - How to Sell Your Photographs

Marketing Yourself as a Photographer
Building Your Portfolio
Stock Library Photographs
Exhibiting Your Work
Taking Aerial Views From Aircraft
Calendars, Posters and Merchandise
Markets, Fetes and Fairs

Reading 4 - The Business of Professional Photography

Interesting Jobs for Photographers
Archiving and Cataloguing
Establishing Your Fees
Setting Up Your Photography Business
Promoting Your Photography Services
Completing Your Portfolio
Designing Your CV

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A Good Command of Written English
  • Ability to Allocate Appropriate Study Hours Per Week
  • Access to a DSLR Camera

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

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"During the course I was working full-time and even had a baby! I would recommend the college to anyone who needs to study at their own pace, not the at the pace of the college!"

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