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Learn Photography | Getting Started

Six week online photo course | Learn by completing one lesson a week

Getting into photography with today's modern camera equipment can feel somewhat daunting. The terminology is weird because photographic process is a combination of maths, science, and chemistry, so generally, most settings feel like they work backward. And then just for good measure editing software and art are thrown in for good measure. 
Funny, when you cut through the jargon and learn the basics properly, it is not that challenging at all. The first two lessons cover the fundamental basics in-depth; you will learn how to set up and navigate your camera with ease. You will also learn about the photographic system and how ISO, Shutter, and 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.

​In the fourth lesson, you will put it all together. After completing this lesson, you will manage the technical and artistic aspects you wish to achieve. You will also be taught how to work with colour correctly and alter the depth of the picture. 

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

​In 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". 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. Learn 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 the 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 skeptical 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 to learn how to take great photographs.

Eric Decloedt   |  Cape Town

Basic to Intermediate Photography Course



What three controls govern photography, commonly referred to as the exposure triangle?



Name the three factors that alter depth of field.



What type of built-in light meter does a single lens reflex or mirrorless camera commonly have.



If you were to use a single lens reflex or mirrorless camera in a fully automatic mode and take a picture of a white card, a black card and a grey card in the same lighting conditions, what results with regards to exposure could you expect?



What do these abbreviations stand for? ISO, Tv, Av, M, & B



What is a "stop" in photography?

A logarithmic measurement for exposure.



Can a RAW file be edited?



What is the fundamental difference between Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom?



What would this marking on a lens indicate? 35-105mm 1:3.5-4.5



Which of these three apertures would produce the sharpest resolution. F2.8 | F8 | F22 ? 

Not sure if the course is for you? | Take this quick quiz and lets find out.

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R 7700  (APPROX. $500)




09h00am until 11h00am (GMT +2)


Lesson 1

04 February '23


Lesson 2

11 February'23

Lesson 3

18 February '23


Lesson 4

25 February '23


Lesson 5

04 March '23

Lesson 6

25 March '23


"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




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