Open Colleges Certificate in Photography is suited to both beginners and keen photographers who wish to bring an element of professional expertise to their work.
You will learn how to select the right camera for your needs, apply artificial lighting to good effect, and follow simple guidelines for basic photographic composition. The technical aspects of developing, processing and printing images are covered in some depth, and you will also be trained to use digital cameras and image processing software. Creative assessments will enable you to practise and progress your skills under the tutelage of an award-winning freelance photographer.
- Course number
- Course duration
- Max 18 months
- Course fees from
- $44.38 per week
- Open Colleges Certificate
- Delivery mode
- Nationally recognised
6 creative assessments
- Awarded By
- Open Colleges
Introduction to photography
- Choosing a camera and accessories suited to your needs
- Function and types of view-finders
- HD and depth-of-field table for your camera lens
- How shutter speeds influence exposure
- Checking the focus and optical image made by your camera
Lighting for photography
- How light behaves by reflection, transmission and absorption
- Applying the Inverse Square Law when using artificial lighting
- Choosing suitable bulbs and other equipment for flash
- Basic principles for lighting
- Setting up lighting in a studio
- Taking photos using various lighting effects
- Simple guidelines for taking a picture
- Basics of photographic composition
- Identifying the purpose of a picture and choosing a suitable subject
- Using various design tools for the best arrangement of picture components
Developing and processing
- Development in photography
- Choosing a developer suitable for your films
- Effect of agitation on density and image contrast
- Fixing, washing and drying your films
- Handling chemicals safely
- Recognising and correcting defects in your negatives
- Developing and processing your own films
- Contact and projection printing
- Choosing equipment for making monochrome prints
- Designing your own darkroom
- Assessing negative contrast and density
- Identifying and correcting defects in prints
- Making your own monochrome prints
- Finishing and mounting your own prints correctly
Introduction to digital photography
- Overview of digital photography
- Input devices and terminology
- Storage devices and file formats
- Computer and image processing software
- Common output devices
- Copyright and ethics
- Introduction to photography
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.
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.
Photography The Concise Guide textbook
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