Fine Art Photography Courses

 

Learn how to use Photography to Create Art

If you would like to use photography to create beautiful art pieces then this course will teach you just this. The first set of workshops (Getting Started) consist of five lessons and the second level, a further four optional workshops are available should you wish to go on and learn more techniques. Using practical "hands-on" demonstrations, all lessons are interactive and workshop orientated.

 

On both classes, the camera is seen as part of a creative process combined with interesting mixed media and traditional art medium techniques where you will learn to transform photography into art imagery fit for display and exhibition.

 

Combining traditional art techniques like oil & acrylic painting, sketching, collaging, montaging, double exposure and transfers and more, photographic mixed media pieces are created with and without digital photo editing with brilliant results. 

 

These comprehensive workshops do not require in-depth knowledge of photography, rather it is more important that as a student, you have a desire to explore photography as an alternative creative medium within the framework of art.

 

Class size is limited to ensure personal attention and one-on-one instruction. 

 

These masterclasses are completely unique and are personally taught by Martin Osner who specializes in fine art photography and they are presented both online as well as at his studio in Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Lessons 1 - 6 (Getting Started)



Lesson 1     

Understanding Fine Art & Art Photography / Art Influences / Black Powder Transfers / Colour Embellishing
 
Lesson 2   
Emulsion Lifts and Transfers / Bass Relief / Distortion
 
Lesson 3     
Photo & Mirror Montage & Collage / Texture Overlays
 
Lesson 4     
Hand-Painted Black and White Photography
Lesson 5  
Abstract Art / Pinhole Photography 
Lesson 6  
Evaluation Session

Lessons 7 - 12 (Going Further)



Lesson 7     

A Creative Mindset / Coming Up with Ideas / High & Low Key Minimalism
 
Lesson 8   
Rear Projection
 
Lesson 9     
Front Projection
Lesson 10     
Geometric and Graphic Art
Lesson 11     
Encaustic Photo Art / Heat and Emulsion
Lesson 12     
Evaluation Session / Printing and Presentation

 

 
Upcoming courses | Getting Started
 
Lessons 1-6 | Getting Started
R 9500 (Approx. $580)
PRESENTED ONLINE
Starts on Friday
05 February '21 [15h00 - 17h30 GMT+2]
                         
Session 1
05 February '21
 
Session 2
12 February '21
Session 3
19 February '21
 
Session 4
26 February '21
Session 5
05 March '21
One week break
Session 6
19 March '21
Lessons 1-6 | Getting Started
R 9500 (Approx. $580)
PRESENTED ONLINE
Starts on Wednesday
12 May '21 [15h00 - 17h30 GMT+2]
                         
Session 1
12 May '21
 
Session 2
19 May '21
Session 3
26 May '21
 
Session 4
02 June '21
Session 5
09 June '21
One week break
Session 7
23 June '21
Upcoming courses | Going Further
Lessons 7-12 | Going Further
R 9500 (Approx. $580)
PRESENTED ONLINE
Starts on Wednesday
10 Feb '21 [15h00 - 17h30 GMT+2]
                         
Session 1
10 February '21
 
Session 2
17 February '21
Session 3
24 February '21
 
Session 4
03 March '21
Session 5
10 March '21
One Week Break
Session 6
24 March '21
Lessons 7-12 | Going Further
R 9500 (Approx. $580)
PRESENTED ONLINE
Starts on Friday
14 May '21 [15h00 - 17h30 GMT+2]
                         
Session 1
14 May '21
 
Session 2
21 May '21
Session 3
28 May '21
 
Session 4
04 June '21
Session 5
11 June '21
One Week Break
Session 6
25 June '21
 
50% Deposit with booking, balance payable within seven days of the course commencing.
Student Showcase
RECENTLY COMPLETED CLASSES
Fine Art Photography Student Showcase
Portfolio of Fine Art Photography Students
 
 

Frequently asked questions

What equipment do I need to complete the course, do I need a fancy camera?


Although it is recommended that students have an intermediate understanding of photography to participate in this course, many people have successfully completed the course without any photography knowledge at all.




What level of photography do I need to be at to do this course?


You will need a laptop computer (PC or Mac) loaded with the following software;(Adobe Photoshop CC and Bridge CC or Lightroom CC), plus a portable memory stick or hard-drive.​




Can I do the last four lessons without having attended the first five?


To complete the second level of workshops (6-9) you will need to have attended the first five lessons as they form a foundation to the next level.




Which has more value the one week course or the week by week workshops?


For now face to face classes have been postponed due to COVID-19. But once we can offer them again, this is a difficult question to answer as both have their pros and cons. They both contain the same content, but if you live in and around Cape Town, the week by week workshops will afford you more time to practice. Should you be visiting from outside Cape Town then doing the one week course makes more sense from a logistics point of view.




I cannot draw or paint, so do I need to have art experience to attend?


No, not at all. Thats one of the great things about photography, it is a reality driven medium so you already have a tool on the workbench to assist you in "drawing". We believe there is an artist in everyone plus, how will know you are not unless you try?




I consider myself a beginner, I am concerned that will I be learning with other seasoned professionals. Will I be able to cope?


You are right, there is always going to be folk with different level of experience on a course, but that is precicely why we keep our class sizes small so that we can offer one-on-one mentorship at individual levels. You will be inspired, not intimidated, we promise.




How many students are taught on the online courses?


We accept no more than eight students per course.As with our physical classroom teaching we also keep the online class size small to promote interaction and enchourage mentorship.




What platform do you use for online classes?


At the moment we are using ZOOM classroom.




Are you only teaching online, or do you also present face to face classes


For now, until COVID-19 has run its course and it is safe to teach face to face, all our fine art photography courses are being taught online.




Is there a difference in the quality of the online course versus a face to face taught course


Not at all, infact the online course, because of distance learning is even more in depth than a classroom taught course.





Examples of techniques taught on the course
Louise

Louise

Technique: Hand Embellished Black and White

Angel

Angel

Technique: Multiple Print Overlay (Double Exposure)

Angel

Angel

Technique: Overlay with Creative Border

Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

Technique: Cyano-Type Overlay with Creative Border

St Joseph Lily

St Joseph Lily

Technique: Multiple Exposure in Camera

Abstract 1

Abstract 1

Technique: Oil Paint on Substrate, Reproduced with side lighting

On the beach

On the beach

Technique: Polaroid transfer

Timeless

Timeless

Technique: Liquid Emulsion Effect on Textured Paper

Botanical

Botanical

Technique: Macro Photography / Double Exposure

Sunflower

Sunflower

Technique: Multiple exposures using Painted Textured backgrounds

Pear

Pear

Technique: Photo Montage

Island living

Island living

Technique: Transfer on Wood Substrate with Acrylic Over Painting

Arniston

Arniston

Technique: Heat Transfer

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City

Technique: Black and White Photograph Hand Embillished

 
 

Testimonials

"Thank you just doesn't suffice…  I had such an amazing time at your fine art course last week.  I've come home feeling inspired, positive, and to be honest - remembering why I fell in love with photography in the first place! My wee notebook of ideas and thoughts is almost full, I've been more inspired in the past week, than in the prior 5 years.  I can't wait to not only shoot more, but to also work my way through some of my exiting images.  Images that I already like, but that I know I'm going to love even more once they've been given the fine art treatments that you shared with us.  Russia - such a hard place to live, now seems much less daunting. So, again, Thank you!  Not only to you, but to Anita, Sam, Banda and Janet.  Your team is just lovely, and I felt so well taken care of.  It was wonderful to be able to focus only on photography for a week, to give your undivided attention to something you love is such rare treat"

Coralie Sneddon

Russia

"Some of the best things in life happen on the spur of the moment. I was browsing through Martin’s portfolio on his website and loved what I saw – images that are not only beautiful but which touch a chord in me. I’m guilty of taking plenty of pictures and then not printing any of them. The idea flashed into my head – perhaps Martin’s fine art course could inspire me to make my photographs something worth hanging on a wall. Indeed it did! Martin’s relaxed manner helped me overcome my nerves on day one, and we all discovered the truth of his assurance that ‘mistakes’ can result in something stunning and unexpected. He is generous with his vast knowledge and shares invaluable tips he has discovered over many years. The hands-on workshops taught us many techniques and opened up a whole new world for me. I now have a much clearer idea of what to look for before I start shooting, as I have a specific end-product in mind. The luxury of spending a week of uninterrupted creativity under the guidance of a master photographer is almost unimaginable and I’m so glad I did it."

Pat Botes

Durban, South Africa

​"Dear Martin, It's my first day back home in Durban after one of THE most stimulating, creative weeks I have ever had. I was ecstatic when I knew what you were offering as it's something I have always wanted to do and have done in my own way, but your generosity of spirit, your sharing and caring unstintingly, your ability to make everything exciting, fresh and new...and a reality to a group of already artists, was beyond my wildest dreams. Martin you gave so generously of your knowledge, your expertise, your time, your creativity as an artist...not only as a photographer but as a painter and creator in many mediums, was exactly what I was looking for and I received it all...and more...much much more. I feel greatly blessed...as did we all. Thank you for showing me that my dreams are possible and that there is no limit to my creativity. I have come away on an absolute high, rejuvenated...and with many diverse tools which I can't wait to put into practice. I feel privileged to have been on this special journey with you and like minded new friends. Staying in your B and B was a great plus too as it meant I didn't have to break the rhythm of creativity which made the whole experience even more intense and memorable. This week has been a highlight for me...not forgetting the pinhole shoot which I enjoyed beyond words. Love and gratitude."
 

Jane Bedford

Durban, South Africa

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Louise

Technique: Hand Embellished Black and White