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In the Professional Photography for Beginners, you will learn about the aspects of good photography: depth of field, exposure, viewpoint, alternating film and digital, colour correction, movement, composition, image management, studio lighting, day and night shots, and so much more.

Our beginner photography courses online are for Australian students who are interested in a career as a photographer, but do not yet have the right level of technical and creative skill. Throughout the units, you will learn everything you need to know from the different parts of the camera, to what makes a technically good shot, to how to adjust your approach to photograph different subjects and events. You will also learn how to market yourself as a professional – an essential skill if you are planning on becoming a freelance photographer, offering your services direct to clients.

You can study for a new career while you’re still working in your current job or studying another related course. You will also have plenty of chances to practice at each stage of these photography courses, as well as great opportunities to get feedback from our experienced professional tutors.

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Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Photography (Professional Photography)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Short answer questions
Nationally recognised
Career Opportunities
  • Professional Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Photographic Processor
  • Photo Lab Assistant
  • Photo Technician
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Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
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Course units

Module 1: Camera Functions and Terminology

Reading 1: Essential Photography: Film and Digital

Topic 1: Getting Started in Professional Photography
Topic 2: The Language of Professional Photography
Topic 3: The Difference Between Film and Digital Cameras
Topic 4: Understanding Exposure and Depth of Field
Topic 5: Understanding Shutter Speed
Topic 6: Discover Your Creativity
Topic 7: Tips From the Professionals
Topic 8: Looking After Your Camera
Topic 9: Camera Accessories
Topic 10: Keeping a Photography Journal

Reading 2: Light, Night and Exposure

Topic 1: Controlling Exposure & Aperture
Topic 2: Night Photography
Topic 3: When To Shoot Black and White
Topic 4: Buying a Tripod
Topic 5: Trouble Shooting Common Errors
Topic 6: Choosing a Filter
Topic 7: A Photographer at Work
Topic 8: Capturing a Sense of Place

Reading 3: Portrait Photography and Light Meters

Topic 1: Spot Metering and Matrix Metering
Topic 2: Focusing and Bracketing
Topic 3: Lenses and the Rule of Thirds
Topic 4: Using Flash and Fixing 'Red Eye'
Topic 5: Avoiding Lighting Mistakes
Topic 6: Cropping Your Pictures
Topic 7: Portrait Photography

Reading 4: Weddings, Fashion, Beauty

Topic 1: Photography Genres
Topic 2: Wedding Photography
Topic 3: The Wedding Photographer Do's and Don'ts
Topic 4: Working With Models
Topic 5: Getting a Model Release
Topic 6: Fashion Photography
Topic 7: Beauty Photography
Topic 8: Working With Props

Module 2: Genres and Marketing Your Photographs

Reading 1: Still Life Photography

Topic 1: Still Life Photography and Composition
Topic 2: Food Photography
Topic 3: More on Flash Photography
Topic 4: Managing Digital Files

Reading 2: Photojournalism, Action and Travel Photography

Topic 1: Exploring Photojournalism
Topic 2: How To Take Action Photos
Topic 3: Photographing Water Sports
Topic 4: Travel Photography
Topic 5: Photography Etiquette
Topic 6: Processing Photos

Reading 3: Selling Your Photographs

Topic 1: Building Your Portfolio
Topic 2: Aerial Photography
Topic 3: Markets, Fetes and Festivals
Topic 4: Calendars, Posters and Merchandise
Topic 5: Submitting Your Work to Publications
Topic 6: Exhibiting Your Work
Topic 7: Stock Library Photographs

Reading 4: The Business of Professional Photography

Topic 1: Working in the Industry
Topic 2: Starting a Freelance Business
Topic 3: Invoicing for Your Work
Topic 4: Marketing Yourself as a Photographer
Topic 5: Your Portfolio
Topic 6: Writing Your CV

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A Good Command of Written English
  • Ability to Allocate Appropriate Study Hours Per Week
  • Access to a DSLR Camera

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

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"During the course I was working full-time and even had a baby! I would recommend the college to anyone who needs to study at their own pace, not the at the pace of the college!"

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