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One-on-One Photography Lessons

Private online and face-to-face teaching and mentorship

Book a personal "one on one" lesson and get down to learn what is important to you in your photography. It does not matter whether it is classroom theory, outdoor practical sessions or post-production computer teaching that you require. From the basics of photography to advanced level instruction is welcome. Adobe RAW processing, Photoshop and Lightroom are all now offered. Bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis, and scheduling will be dependent on Martin's availability.

To schedule a reservation, please complete the online booking form and indicate what you wish to learn, and which dates and times are suitable for you. Reservations can also be made for small groups of up to three people who want to learn the same discipline together.


(Exclude travel, food, gate entrances, park fees, accommodation etc.)

One-on-one online lesson via Zoom.

A one-hour session [R 2500] 

  • Learn the basics

  • Guidelines to composition 

  • Exposure and contrast

  • Learn colour control

  • RAW processing

  • Fine Art photoshop digital techniques

  • Photograph valuation and constructive criticism

  • Portfolio evaluation and image selection

  • Photographic equipment advice prior to purchase

Individual one-on-one personal face-to-face lesson

Three-hour session [R4900] 


Two people learning together, one-on-one personal face-to-face lesson - does not include Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom)

Three-hour session [R 3900 pp]  


Three people learning together, one-on-one personal face-to-face lesson - does not include Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom)

Three-hour session [R 3400 pp]  

Half-day photoshoot or landscape excursion (up to 5 hours)

Pricing excludes travel and meals which will be quoted based on logistics, prior to finalising the booking.

One person [R 5900]

Two people travelling together [R 4900 each]

Three people travelling together [R 3800 each]

Full day photoshoot or landscape excursion (up to 10 hours) 

Pricing excludes travel and meals which will be quoted based on logistics, prior to finalising the booking.

One person [R 10900]

Two people travelling together [R 8900 each]

Three people travelling together [R 7500 each]

Extended overnight photographic trips are available on quotation. 



A 50% deposit is required to secure a booking; the final payment is due 48 hours before the scheduled lesson.



Cancellation by the student within;

72 hours of the booking will be entitled to a full refund.

48 hours of the booking will be entitled to a 50% refund.

Shorter notice will not be entitled to a refund.

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Fantastic one-on-one experience with one of the best and most creative photographers in Cape Town and Southern Africa!

Takes the entire experience and your skills to a different level! Can't say enough good things. I'm a repeat user of Martin and his course offerings!
Great locations, excellent teaching in multiple disciplines.
A must-do for any aspiring photographer!


Gary Howe |  USA

One on one lesson

  • 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.
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