Delivered by an award-winning freelance photographer, this Open Colleges course provides advanced training and industry knowledge for freelance photographers who wish to expand their skill-set and build their business.
You will learn how to set up a professional dark room, employ advanced digital photography skills and take the composition and design of your work to a higher level. The course provides guidance for those seeking opportunities in professional portraiture and studio work, and offers training in costing for different clients and markets.
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Course fees from
- $47.14 per week
- Open Colleges Certificate
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
Setting up a professional dark room
- Why have a dark room?
- Setting up a dark room
- Darkroom equipment
- Tips and printing for exhibitions
Film processing and image management
- Negative film, theory and practice
- Transparency film, theory and practice
- Colour labs: an in-depth look
- Presentation of images
Digital photography: advanced
- Getting serious about digital photography
- Software and hardware options
- Digital manipulation
- Online advantages
- Portraiture and commercial photography
- Studio portraiture
- The mobile portrait studio
- Tools of the trade
- Setting up a home studio
- Starting with still life
- Studio equipment
- Nude photography
Composition and design
- Fundamentals: rules made to be broken
- Theme work to frame
- Composition techniques
- Colour versus black and white
Marketing and job costing
- Different clients, different costing
- Negotiating usage rights; copyright
- Starting out with fees; professionalism
- Costing for different markets
- Setting up a professional dark room
Completion of the Freelance Photography course or equivalent.
Minimum age of 16 years. If you are under 18 your application must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet. For students who do not have access to either a computer or the internet please contact a student support officer to discuss alternative methods of communication.
Minimum specifications for the computer are:
- Microsoft Office 2003 or equivalent, and
- Microsoft Windows 98, or
- Mac OS X, and
- CD-ROM drive.
Students will also need access to a printer and the following applications:
- Adobe Acrobat Reader and
- Macromedia Flash player.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
IELTS Overall score of 5.5 TOEFL 530 (paper), 197 (computer) or 71 (internet) 12 months in English-speaking employment Testimonial, statutory declaration
Students will need to own or have access to a standard or manual camera.
Upon completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of the subject area and be able to put your new skills into practice.
David is a freelance photographer with experience spanning more than 30 years. His work is widely published and represented in numerous film libraries. He has also won several awards for his photographic images.
David has built an impressive reputation specialising in corporate and industrial photography, both locally and internationally. His assignments are diverse in nature and include horticultural studies, action shots of RAAF and other air forces' fighter planes, travel library images, portraiture and industrial facilities.
His impressive client list includes government departments, publishing houses and industry associations such as: Telstra, Hilton Hotel Group, Qantas Airways, NRMA, Agence France-Presse, Shell and more.
The insights David has gained through running his own business help him to provide relevant advice for the next generation of aspiring photographers in our photography courses.
On completion of your course, you will be issued with a 12-month Australian News Syndicate media pass (valued at $50) that clearly states your credentials and provides crucial identification in the industry.
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