Photography course

Get the most out of your smartphone camera or DSLR, master manual modes and take high-quality pictures as a pro.
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Photography course
Get the most out of your smartphone camera or DSLR, master manual modes and take high-quality pictures as a pro.
/6571 learners
4, 7
Study with a live teacher online!
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1. Use your camera features and do retouch and colour correction
Select camera settings for different shooting conditions, take photos with artificial and natural light. Do colour correction and retouching of photographs. Use Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to edit photos quickly and efficiently.
You will learn to
2. Take photos for advertising, menus, and catalogues
Bring out textures and various factors in objects, work in a flat lay, and create quality food photography for clients
4. Earn as a photographer
Turn your creative vision into a hobby with a high income. Learn tips on how to work with commercial customers and start to earn on your photo sessions from an extra £3000 per month.
3. How to work with models, families or on wedding and events
You will learn how to work with models during photoshoots: to select the best posing, comfy styles of communication. How to work with a group of people and in different styles: studio or lifestyle reportage.
Course programme
Participate in virtual classes or watch the recorded sessions
Ask questions and chat with a live expert
Study materials
Your lecturer will answer your questions personally
We provide our learners with resources and recorded lessons. Keep them to refresh your knowledge whenever you need to.
100% interactive course

Camera setup

1
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Create photos with a sharp foreground and blurred background

⦁ Take photos at slow shutter speeds whilst focusing on moving objects

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Settings
Aperture
Exposure
Shutter
1. Camera mechanics
2. Aperture features and their effects on exposure
3. Changing the depth of field
4. Influence of shutter speed on the depicted subject
You will practice

Use of light

2
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Take photos using different types of light

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Directed light
Diffused light
Background light
The light pattern
1. The basic principles of light setup
2. Types of light (drawing, filling, backdrop, background), and its influence on the composition of the frame
3. Determining the optimal light
You will practice

Working with the background

3
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Create photos with different backgrounds and textures

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Perspective
Symmetry
Framing
Landscape
1. Basic concepts of composition
2. Photo accents and balance
3. Frame capturing by diagonals
4. Work with backgrounds in photography
5. Balance of the object and background
6. Perspective creation in the frame
You will practice

Portrait photography

4
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Create outdoor portraits with natural light

⦁ Take staged and reportage photos

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Light filter
Full-body portrait
Deflector
Composition
1. Basic outdoor portrait skills: a portrait with the city background
2. Work with natural light
3. Light filters. Colour temperature. White balance.
You will practice

Smartphone shooting and editing

5
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Taking landscape, portrait, and flat lay photos with your smartphone

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
VSCO
Snapseed
Rookie Cam
Facetune
1. The nuances of taking pictures with your smartphones, and its relevance today
2. Features of taking portraits and landscapes with your smartphone
3. Flat lay shooting
4. Editing photos on your phone: VSCO, Snapseed, Rookie Cam, Facetune
You will practice
Studio shoot
6
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Taking photos with different lenses

⦁ Taking pictures with and without flash

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Luminosity
Fading light
Exposition
Viewing angle
1. How to use studio equipment
2. Internal and external flash
3. Differences between lenses: what's best for which type of shooting
You will practice

Studio portrait

7
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Take a portrait with artificial light

⦁ Creating staged portraits

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Tonality
Foreshortening
Butterfly effect
Painting light
1. Basic lighting schemes for shooting portraits in the studio
2. Use of light and shadows
3. Differences in perception of light and dark keys
4. Model positioning in the picture frame
5. Side, classical, and Rembrandt lighting
6. Broad and narrow lighting
7. Portrait composition
You will practice

Colour in photography

8
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Create photos in dark and light keys as well as in black- and-white

⦁ Create pictures with clearly predominant colours: red, blue, green or yellow

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Psychology of colour
Contrast
Colour symbolism
Colour circle
1. Colour or black-and-white photography: which and when to choose
2. Basic concepts of colour psychology
3. Shooting with colour filters and white balance compensation
4. Light and shadow practice for black-and-white photos
You will practice

Object photography

9
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Create photos with compositions of objects or food, using different textures, daylight from a window and a background

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Shooting glass
Shooting metal
Shooting ceramics
Food shooting
1. Use of light in object photography
2. Object photography: composition and working with the background
3. Food photography, features of this type of photography
4. Selecting the light for glass photography
5. Handling glare in metal photography
6. Shadow manipulation in product photography
7. Using props
You will practice

Taking pictures of cityscapes

10
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Landscape photography practice: take pictures in the city and in the landscape

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Staged shooting
Reportage portrait
Urban landscape
Shooting nature
1. Picture perspective and scene diversity
2. Use of non-standard compositions
3. Differences between cityscape and landscape shooting
4. Framing a multi-faceted shot
5. Daylight and evening scenes
6. Reportage: outdoors shooting
7. Shoot angles
8. How to commercialise your hobby
You will practice

Lightroom

11
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Install Lightroom and Photoshop

⦁ Choose five photos and do basic editing in the same style

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
File formats
Exposition
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop
1. Image formats (raw, tiff, jpeg, PSD) and their differences
2. Lightroom interface and its features
3. Working with the library and catalogues
4. Importing and selecting photos, pictures clusterisation
You will practice
Colour correction
12
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Analyse some photos in terms of colour

⦁ Colour correction of two images using the tools you have learned about

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Colour circle
Colour combinations
Camera Raw
Reference
1. To use Camera raw
2. Colour theory: the concept of the colour circle, primary and complementary colours, and their interactions
3. General light and colour correction, as well as white balance adjustment, HSL and calibration colour correction
4. Correction of black-and-white photos
5. Digital correction, distortion correction, and image noise removal
You will practice

Photography composition

13
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Analyse some photos in terms of composition

⦁ Take 5-6 pictures and work with the crop tool

⦁ Basic correction of your old photos

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Settings
Aperture
Exposure
Shutter
1. Initial Photoshop settings and workspace adjustment
2. Importing and exporting of photos
3. Basic composition corrections
4. Cropping as an artistic image processing tool
5. Image rotation and cropping. Size, scale and aspect ratio image correction
6. History of manipulation. Adjustment of history settings
You will practice

Layers and masks

14
content and tools
You will learn
⦁ Self-study using layers and masks

⦁ Creation of two collages

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Background processing
Masks
Layers
Collage
1. Working with layers and masks: creation and correction of layers, layer blending modes, layers adjustment, creating and using masks, local colour correction methods.
2. Collage-making techniques
3. Image toning with layers
You will practice

Local retouching

15
content
and tools
You will learn
⦁ Self-study using retouching tools on two photos

⦁ Body shape correction with the "Liquify" tool

Your teacher will check your results and give a detailed feedback
Tools
Stamp
Patch
Point brush
Plastic
1. Use of Healing Brush Tool and Spot Healing Brush Tool
2. Simple retouching: skin retouching, removal of dress folds; correction of body shape; teeth whitening
You will practice
Participate in virtual classes or watch the recorded sessions
Ask questions and chat with a live expert
Study materials
Your lecturer will answer your questions personally
100% interactive course
We provide our learners with resources and recorded lessons. Keep them to refresh your knowledge whenever you need to.
Lucy
Hayto
Professional photographer
Experience
I am a photography lecturer based in the North West of the UK with a Masters degree in Photography. I have had my work exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Bournemouth, Leeds and many more places. I work with documentary photography and shoot work that looks at how climate change is affecting our country. Since my Masters, I have been working as a photography lecturer for over a year and I am hopefully starting my PhD in September. I have worked for many renowned photographers and have skills in many different areas.
«I love photography because it is an international language that allows us to communicate with people all over.»

Your teacher

I am a photography lecturer based in the North West of the UK with a Masters degree in Photography. I have had my work exhibited in Madrid, Barcelona, London, Bournemouth, Leeds and many more places. I work with documentary photography and shoot work that looks at how climate change is affecting our country. Since my Masters, I have been working as a photography lecturer for over a year and I am hopefully starting my PhD in September. I have worked for many renowned photographers and have skills in many different areas.
Experience
Lucy Hayto
Professional photographer
Your teacher
You want to change your job
The course will be suitable if:
You work with content creation
You want new experience
You want to improve your practical skills
Our beginner photography course will help you take the first step towards a demanded and interesting profession as a photographer. Even after just the first few lessons you will be able to start working with real clients.
Do you make content for blogs and social media, to promote a personal brand or a company? Creating colourful and informative visual content will help influence your audience into choosing your service or product.
Do you have a professional camera, but don't know how to use all of its features in full? This course will help you to master all of your camera's settings, and set up the lighting of your photographs.
After finishing this course you will be able to style yourself as a professional photographer, and can start taking high-quality photographs not only of close relatives and friends, but also of real models. You will be able to see how the professional photography area suits you.
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How are classes delivered?
Virtual classes
Home tasks
During your course, you will get practical and written tasks to complete outside of the scheduled lessons (home study). Our expert tutors will check your work and give you regular feedback, which will go towards your accredited certification.
Community


We keep our students constantly motivated by providing them with regular feedback and a direct channel of communication with each other and our practising experts. Live tutors share professional up-to-date information and will help you keep on track to complete your qualification with confidence.
As soon as your course starts you'll get access to the educational platform where you will find your study materials. You will also be able to communicate with tutor and other learners in your class.
You do virtual face-to-face training with a tutor in a small group. You ask questions and get answers. Training is also available in the recording if you miss the class but the live participation stimulates your progress.
Student reviews
Absolutely fantastic learning opportunity. Very friendly teacher. Brilliantly taught