Getting Started | Basic to Intermediate Course | 5 Week Program


"The course was presented in a very professional, clear, concise and easy to understand manner and it covered every aspect of photography that I needed to get started. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment and learnt so much"
Sue Docherty


Getting into photography with today's modern camera equipment can feel somewhat daunting. The terminology is generally weird and most settings feel like they work backwards. This is mainly because photography is a combination of maths, science, chemistry, computing with art 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 course is taught online as well as in a small class environment. The first two lessons on this course is dedicated to understanding the fundamental basics of photography, over two weeks you will learn how to set up and navigate your camera properly and will then be taught the four essential elements in controlling photography; ISO, Shutter, Aperture and EV.

The third week teaches you about the light meter in the camera. Although sophisticated, the modern camera uses what is known as a "reflected" light meter. Unfortunately, although highly accurate, without a proper understanding of how it functions the quality of the photographs will be negatively affected by incorrect exposure and poor contrast management. You will be taught how the light meter is calibrated, how it interprets light and more importantly how to achieve the perfect exposure.

On the fourth lesson, you will learn what can be done with photography as well as how to create an interesting composition. After completing this lesson you will be able to control the technical and artistic aspects of your photograph, manage the colour of the scene at the time of exposure and alter the depth in the picture. You will also understand the ten essential guidelines for composition.

Following on from the fourth lesson you will be taken out for a four-hour practical shoot where you can practice all the techniques taught under supervision. On the last lesson, the results of the shoot are discussed and you will be shown how to process a digital RAW file correctly. This is not digital editing or “Photoshop” per-say. More importantly, this section of the course will teach you how to develop your digital file correctly.

After five lessons you will be confident with handling your camera and will be able to control the photograph to achieve the effect that you want. Furthermore, you will know how to create stunning compositions and will be able to process your digital file without compromising quality - Guaranteed!


Course Overview                              


  • Lesson 1 - Introduction to photography. How to navigate and set up your camera correctly.

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

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

  • Lesson 4 - Depth of field. Learning to control the situation + Composition

  • Lesson 5 - Practical outing with an instructor (Classroom option)

  • Lesson 6 - Processing and file sizing + feedback on the practical shoot.


Eric Decloedt

Google Review May 2020 | Basic to Intermediate Online Course

Given the choice now, I very much enjoy doing this course online.

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.

Robyn Farrel

Google Review May 2020 | Basic to Intermediate Online Course

I have already signed up for the next course.

Martin offers a professional, informative and inspirational experience.
He is a brilliant teacher, and he is very patient and very knowledgeable.
Although we have only completed two modules on the online course, I have already signed up for the next course. Very highly recommended.
50% Deposit with booking, balance payable within seven days of the course commencing.
Saturday Morning
R 5900
25 July '20 | 10h00 until 13h00
Lesson 1
25 July '20
Lesson 2
01 Aug '20
Lesson 3
08 Aug '20
Lesson 4
15 Aug '20
Lesson 5
22 Aug '20
Lesson 6
29 Aug '20


Monday Evening
R 6900
05 October '20 | 18h00 until 21h00
Lesson 1
05 October '20
Lesson 2
12 October '20
Lesson 3
19 October '20
Lesson 4
26 October '20
(Practical Outing)
01 November '20
(AM shoot, time to be advised)
Lesson 5
02 November '20



If you are thinking about getting into photography or would just like to know more, join Martin Osner for an informative talk to be held at his studio in Hout Bay, Cape Town. He will be discussing how he got started in his career, sharing stories behind some of his most popular pictures and talking about his philosophy on equipment, teaching photography and the different courses offered.

"Getting into Photography"


Complimentary refreshments provided


10h00 - 11h30 | Saturday Morning 9th of July 2020

Online conference





"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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Yip, Plus you will receive interesting photography information and be kept in the loop on upcoming courses, exhibitions and happenings.


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