Getting Started | Basic to Intermediate Photography Course
6 Week Online 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"
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 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 in a small class environment. The first two lessons cover the fundamental basics of photography in-depth; during this time, you will learn how to set up and navigate your camera, and you will learn about the photographic system and how ISO, Shutter, Aperture and EV work.
During the third week teaches how to operate 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 can be affected by incorrect exposure and reduced contrast. You learn how a light meter is calibrated, how it interprets light and more importantly, how to achieve the perfect exposure through different methods and compensation.
On the fourth lesson of this online course, you will learn how to manage the situation in your photography. After completing this lesson, you will be able to control the technical and artistic aspects you wish to achieve, as well as manage the colour of the scene and alter the depth in the picture.
The fifth lesson is completely dedicated to understanding composition and visual communications, which will allow you to create incredible photographs with impact.
On the last lesson, the results of a final exercise are discussed and evaluated. On 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 successfully.
After these six weekly online lessons, you will be confident with handling your camera and achieving the desired outcome. You will be able to stunning compositions and will be able to process your digital file without compromising quality - Guaranteed!
Online 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
Lesson 5 - Composition and visual communications
Lesson 6 - Feedback and evaluation session and RAW file processing + workflow management
50% Deposit is required with booking, balance payable within seven days of the course commencing.
3 Places Available
05 October '20
15h00 until 17h30 (GMT +2)
05 October '20
12 October '20
19 October '20
26 October '20
02 November '20
09 November '20
Now Booking for 2021
16 January '21
10h00 until 12h30 (GMT +2)
16 January '21
23 January '21
30 January '21
06 February '21
13 February '21
20 February '21
Frequently asked questions
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. Some advance compact or bridge cameras are also suitable. The most important thing is that the camera has a full manual (M) mode. If you do not have a camera yet and will be purchasing one before attending the course, consider investing in a DSLR, full or cropped sensor depending on your budget. We can also help you with a recommended list if need be.
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. On request the lesson will be recorded for you.
What if I find the course too basic?
As the course goes through to an intermediate level this rarely happens. But 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 the advanced class free of charge, or get a full refund should you wish not to continue.
What is the average class size?
Around seven students, as we believe in a small group dynamic for optimum teaching.
Do I get a certificate?
On request, we would be able to issue you with a certificate of attendance on completion.
How many students do you accept for an online course?
We accept no more than eight students per course. We keep the online class size small to promote interaction and enchourage mentorship and relationship.
What platform do you use to teach this online course?
At the moment we are using ZOOM
What camera would I need to complete this online course
We suggest a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) or a Mirrorless Camera. Most important is that the camera can be operated in full manual mode. Smart phones and point and shoot cameras would not be suitable.
Are these courses 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 be taught online
Is the online course and a face to face classroom taught program the same?
Yes, exactly the same content and quality.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
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"
LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE - PRIOR BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Complimentary refreshments provided
NEXT FREE TALK
18h00 - 20h30 | Wednesday the 23rd of September 2020
"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."