Learn Photography


Getting Started | Six Week Course | One Lesson a Week

Getting into photography with today's modern camera equipment can feel somewhat daunting. The terminology is weird because photography is a combination of maths, science, and chemistry, so generally, most settings feel like they work backwards. And then just for good measure editing software and art are thrown in for good measure. 


Funny, when you cut through the jargon and understand the basics of photography properly, it is not that challenging at all. The first two lessons cover the fundamental basics of photography in-depth; you will learn how to set up and navigate your camera with ease. You will learn about the photographic system and how ISO, Shutter, Aperture work together.

​During the third week, you will learn how a light meter works, interprets light, and achieve perfect exposure through different methods and compensation.

​On the fourth lesson, you will put it all together and control the photographic process. After completing this lesson, you will manage the technical and artistic aspects you wish to achieve. You will also know how to work with colour correctly and alter the depth in the picture. 

​The fifth lesson is all about composition and visual communications, allowing you to create incredible photographs with high visual impact.

​On the last lesson, the results of a final exercise are discussed and evaluated. In this lesson, you will also be taught how to process a digital RAW file correctly; this is not digital editing or "Photoshop" per-say. It is the critical step of developing your digital file to achieve high-quality photographs.

​After these six weekly online lessons, you will be able to confidently use your camera, and your photographs will look amazing, Guaranteed!

COURSE OVERVIEW                    


  • Lesson 1 - Photographic system. How to setup and navigate your camera.

  • Lesson 2 - The fundamental basics. Understanding ISO, Shutter, Aperture, EV.

  • Lesson 3 - Controlling Contrast, light meter readings and exposure compensation.

  • Lesson 4 - Depth of field and Colour Temperature. Learning to control the situation 

  • Lesson 5 - Composition and Visual communications

  • Lesson 6 - Feedback and evaluation session and RAW file processing + Workflow management


I booked the beginner photography course before COVID-19 lockdown, but we were not able to have a face-to-face course as scheduled. Martin has been a true professional in how he handled this unforeseen uncertainty. He regularly contacted me telephonically to keep me updated, and in the end, he migrated to an online course due to the extended lockdown. Initially, I was sceptical about the online course, but it works very well! Martin visually explains concepts thoroughly with high-quality slides. He has a great sense of humour and engages well. The class is intimate, and you get the opportunity to ask questions as needed as you would in a traditional classroom. Given a choice now, I very much enjoy doing this online, and I don't feel that I am missing out on an in-person class! I enjoy doing this from the comfort of my home. He is a gifted teacher - and this (now online) course is highly recommended.

Eric Decloedt   |  Cape Town

Basic to Intermediate Photography Course


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R 7700  (APPROX. $500)




15h00 until 17h00 (GMT +2)


Lesson 1

28 February '22


Lesson 2

07 March '22

Lesson 3

14 March '22


Lesson 4

28 March '22


Lesson 5

04 April '22

Lesson 6

25 April '22



Frequently asked questions

What platform do you use to teach this online course on?

At the moment we are using ZOOM

Is this course only taught online or do you still offer face to face classroom teaching?

Until COVID 19 has run its course and it is safe to offer classroom teaching this basic to intermediate course will only be taught online for now.

What is the difference between the content of the online course and a face to face classroom presented course?

The course content is identical.

How many students do you accept on a course?

We accept no more than eight students per course. We keep the class size small to promote interaction and enchourage mentorship and relationship.

What camera equipment will I need to do the course?

We recommend either a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or a digital mirrorless camera. The most important thing is that the camera has a full manual (M) mode which can easily be adjusted. If you do not have a camera yet and will be purchasing one before attending the course, we can help you with a recommended list depending on your budget.

I don't know anything about photography, is that a concern?

There no need to worry. The lessons are really simple and the course is taught in a step by step manner. Very often it is easier to teach a person photography from scratch than to change bad habits.

What happens if I miss a lesson?

Ideally, it would be better if you were able to attend the course without missing a lesson. But we do understand that life happens. When a student is missing from a class, the lesson is recorded, so you will be able to catch up before the next module is presented.

What if I find the course too basic?

As the course goes through to an intermediate level this rarely happens. Usually by the third lesson people who have prior knowledge of photography learn from the content. So should you feel that the course is too simple for you, you would know this by the end of the second lesson. At this point you could move onto an advanced class free of charge, or get a full refund should you wish not to continue.

Do you issue a certificate on completion?

On request, we would be able to issue a certificate of attendance on completion.

Is the online course taught live, or is it pre-recorded?

Martin Osner teaches the course live.

How long has this course been going?

For close to twenty five years now. It has been revised for digital, but the mechanical understanding of the photographic system remains the same regardless of medium. Thousands of students have completed successfully completed this program and gone on to enjoy their photography.

Should I do this course before doing the Fine Art Photography or Landscape Photography course?

If you do not have a solid understanding of the basics of photography, and you are not able to operate your camera in full manual mode with confidence, then it would be advisable to do this course first.

"I was astonished by the quality of the photographs taken by our class at the end of the course. It just goes to show what good teaching, clear practical instruction and enthusiasm can do. Thank you, Martin, the course was a blast, should have done it years ago."
Peter Drummond