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Learn Photography | Getting Started

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

Are you interested in photography but need to be more confident with all the technical jargon and advanced camera equipment? Don't worry; getting started with photography is easier than you think!

Our six-week online course covers all the basics of photography, from navigating your camera to understanding the photographic system and how ISO, Shutter, and Aperture work together. You'll also learn to achieve perfect exposure and work with colour and depth in your photos.

In addition to the technical aspects, we'll also cover composition and visual communication, helping you create stunning photographs with high visual impact. 

And finally, you'll learn how to process digital RAW files to achieve high-quality photos without relying on digital editing software like Photoshop.

At the end of the course, you can confidently use your camera and take amazing photos that you'll be proud to share. Join us and take your photography skills to the next level!


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.

Score over 70% and you good to go ...

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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


  • Do you offer this course online without having to attend a scheduled zoom class?
    Absolutely! In this comprehensive self-study program offered at the Art Photography Academy (, participants can embark on their art photography journey immediately without the need for scheduled Zoom classes. This unique course provides in-depth content, and participants have the flexibility to learn at their own pace. Moreover, they will be part of a dynamic online classroom with other students, fostering collaboration and community engagement. Additionally, participants gain access to an extended network of artists who have completed the course, further enhancing their learning experience. To complement the self-paced structure, I personally meet with participants on a monthly basis to answer questions and provide mentorship, ensuring a well-rounded and supportive environment for their artistic development.
  • Why is there a difference between the price of your live zoom class compared to the same course offered at the Art Photography Academy
    The pricing difference of approximately $100 between the live Zoom class and the "Getting Started in Art Photography" course at the Art Photography Academy is attributed to the enhanced structure and depth of content provided by the academy. In the academy course, while the core content remains the same, the detailed structure, absence of live teaching, and the incorporation of supporting videos and thorough explanations contribute to a more comprehensive learning experience. The monthly meet-ups for questions and mentorship further enrich the participant's journey. This additional level of depth and ongoing support reflects in the pricing difference, ensuring that participants in the Art Photography Academy receive a robust and well-supported educational experience, tailored to foster their growth and proficiency in art photography.
  • What platform do you use to teach this online course on?
    At the moment we are using ZOOM for live courses.
  • 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, but I would like to know how to learn fine art photography, is this 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 could attend the course without missing a lesson. But we do understand that life happens. This course has recorded lessons for students who may have to miss a class. This is especially helpful for those who are interested in learning how to learn fine art photography, as it ensures that they don't miss any crucial information or techniques that are covered during the course. Catching up before the next module is presented ensures that students can stay on track and continue to build upon their knowledge and skills throughout the course.
  • 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.
  • Is this a good course on how to learn fine art photography?
    Yes, it is the perfect course on how to learn fine art photography as it is practical and you receive person mentorship and guidance all the way. You will also be with a class of like minded photographic artists making the journey easier.
"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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