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Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography Online Course

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Discover a Fun New Hobby or Kick-Start Your Career Today!

The Advanced Diploma in Professional photography is a comprehensive online instructional course, perfect for new and amateur photographers who want to learn how to take outstanding photos or make a career out of photography. You will learn everything from the basic controls of using your camera up to advanced techniques to capture professional looking photos.

Developed by David Pix a professional photographer, the course is delivered online and consists of 20 online video based instructional units that are easy to follow and understand, making learning fun and enjoyable!

The average time required to complete the course is 16 weeks part time (however you can take as long as you need as there is no expiry date on course access, you have unlimited lifetime access to the course)

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Discover how to take breathtaking photos
  2. 20-unit Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography
  3. Study along with simple instructions, videos & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by a leading Photographer (see instructor bio)
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to Advanced Diploma online course
  7. Certificate awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

How to study online course?

Upon enrolment an automated email will be sent to you to register your username and password (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access our online instructional video learning platform, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. The course is easy to follow and understand as we teach you live step by step, while you watch us demonstrate tips and techniques. All students who complete the course receive a certificate, as per qualifications page (for the assessment) and will be issued an accredited Diploma by the IAOTS via email, plus our professional photography tutors are always available to help you. If can point and click your camera then you are ready to take our course.

We offer the most thorough online course in photography that is available, our course brings you everything you need to achieve the success you want. This is a course written by a working professional photographers at the top of their field. This course is not just about theory. It is also about equipping you with the real world tools and information you will need to become a pro photographer.

Recognition & Accreditation

This course is internationally recognized and accredited by the International Association of Online Training Standards (IAOTS). The courses offered by Courses For Success are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily, so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. Courses For Success is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.

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Module 1: Learn Digital SLR Camera

Unit 1: Introduction to Photography

  • Understand the professional settings
  • Setting your dioptre
  • Adjusting your burst mode
  • Adjusting your white balance settings
  • Metering settings
  • Exposure compensation mode
  • What is histogram and how to use it
  • How you camera is focusing
  • Adjusting the focal points
  • Setting your file capture
  • Raw & jpeg explained in detail
  • Using bracketing to enhance your photo’s
  • Types of cameras
  • Multi exposures
  • Setting colour and tone
  • Sharpness settings
  • ISO explained
  • Camera bags and cases
  • Tripod options and squeeze grips
  • Different types of Flashes
  • How to choose a good camera
  • Types of lenses

Unit 2: Understanding Exposure

  • Manual settings
  • ISO settings
  • Pixels
  • F-Stops
  • Camera Speed
  • White balance
  • Putting the settings into practise
  • Understanding aperture
  • Settings for different camera makes

Unit 3: Landscape Photography

  • Equipment
  • Proper planning
  • How to capture the best shots
  • Ideas for your shots
  • Picking the best scenery
  • Technical settings
  • What makes a good landscape photo

Unit 4: Night Photography

  • Equipment
  • Settings
  • different types of shoots
  • Tips and tricks

Unit 5: Travel Photography

  • Planning
  • Equipment
  • Types of shoots
  • Tips and techniques

Unit 6: Cruise Ship Photography

  • Travel Tips
  • Types of lenses
  • Photos with different lenses
  • How to get interesting photos
  • Settings to get the best shoots

Unit 7: Part A Studio Photography

  • Setting up your studio
  • Equipment
  • Studio shoots

Unit 7: Part B Professional Studio

  • Visit to award winning David Oliver's studio

Unit 8: Fine Art Photography

  • How to see great shots
  • Setting up
  • Techniques and settings

Unit 9: Portrait Photography

  • Planning your shoots
  • Techniques
  • Pro settings
  • Tips and tricks
  • Types of portraits
  • Black & white

Unit 10: SLR Video Photography

  • How to use your SLR camera to shoot a movie
  • High Definition Video
  • What a short film being shot

Unit 11: Aerial Photography

  • Helicopter shoot
  • Equipment required
  • Types of lenses
  • How to get the best shoots
  • Use of a helicam
  • Photos with different lenses
  • How to get interesting photos
  • Settings to get the best shoots

Unit 12: Fashion Shoot

  • Importance of research and resources
  • Location and logistics
  • Borrow what you need
  • Get your team together
  • Importance of planning
  • Organisation of photography gear
  • Stick to schedule
  • Model release
  • Shooting in raw
  • Portfolio of your work
  • Best tips

Module 2: Professional Photography

Unit 1: Different types of photography explained

We cover 20 different types of photography and examples of the types of photo's that they capture, the type of equipment that they use and how they go about getting their images.

  • Wildlife photography
  • Fine art photography
  • Business photography
  • Commercial product photography
  • Stock photography
  • Photojournalism photography
  • Event photography
  • Food photography
  • Sports photography
  • Underwater photography
  • Landscape photography
  • Interior design photography
  • Paparazzi photography
  • Wedding photography
  • Aeriel photography
  • Portrait photography
  • Real-estate photography
  • Travel photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Glamour / model / dance photography

Unit 2: How to set up your photography business

The important steps of setting up your new business:

  • Setting up at home
  • Developing an outdoor studio
  • Interview with a new photographer
  • Developing portfolios
  • Setting up freelance
  • Knowing your camera
  • Developing your style
  • How do you charge for your work
  • How much can you charge?
  • Understanding lenses
  • Picture framing

Unit 3: Advanced Photographic techniques

Advanced techniques that every good photographer should know. We show you how to use these techniques to help grow your business. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Understanding your histogram
  • Tips for using your flash
  • Tips for getting good shots
  • Colour management
  • Mirror up settings for landscape
  • How to choose a good digital camera
  • The importance of getting good highlights
  • Correctly using your ISO
  • Using exposure compensation
  • File rescue software
  • Keeping up technically
  • Sample of movie shot by an HD SLR camera

Unit 4: How to promote your business

Everything you need to know about promoting your product and the different types of methods that you can use. We go over the marketing techniques that you need to know to make your business successful. Some of the topics discussed are:

  • Jpeg and raw files
  • Turning you into a marketable product
  • Building your own website
  • Photographers shared websites
  • Stock photography
  • Stock Libraries
  • Having a professional photography website made
  • Buying a pre-made template website

Unit 5: Making your business legal

All the steps that you need to follow to make your business legal

  • Making your business legal
  • Registering your business name
  • Developing your logo
  • Sole Trader or company?
  • Photographers insurance
  • Develop your business to re-sell
  • Business policies
  • Developing goodwill
  • What rights does your customer have over your photos?
  • Storing your photos
  • What can you photograph legally
  • Holding accounts
  • Developing a code of practice
  • Investing in your portfolio

Unit 6: Marketing masterclass session one

How to market yourself professionally. We go into great detail on how you can catapult your business growth by explaining a number of successful strategies.

  • Developing your business mindset
  • Getting your image right
  • Your Business colours
  • Business stationary
  • Bullet proofing your customers
  • Customer loyalty programs
  • Customer mix
  • Unique selling position-how to sell your self
  • Emotional buying
  • Designing your customers experience
  • Customer profiling
  • Focus on marketing
  • Your hourly costs to run your business
  • Business financial advice

Unit 7: Marketing masterclass session two

  • How to write hypnotic sales copy. We also go over in great detail how to develop yellow pages ads that work.
  • We also show you how to write a detailed business plan.
  • How to set goals and achieve business success.

Unit 8: Marketing masterclass session three

How to create your own products so you can make money from Digital Photography. Some of the topics covered are:

  • Developing photography products
  • Photographic albums
  • Video slide shows
  • Producing books
  • Canvas Prints
  • Gift Certificates
  • Oil Portraits
  • Story board prints
  • Photo collage
  • Family portrait packages
  • This video also includes an interview with David Oliver a Master Photographer (one of only 5 in the world) He shares his insights, experience and what it takes to be a successful photographer, this is one of the most interesting and important interviews in the whole course.
    David Oliver's website is http://www.davidoliver.com.au

Resources Including All Business Templates

  • Study instructions
  • Photography 12 point business plan template
  • Marketing/sales letter templates
  • Colour management chart
  • Invoice template
  • Plus more

Unlimited Tutor Support

  • 12 months tutor support
  • Email student support with any questions you have about the course
  • Tutor Support gives you the benefit of two-way conversation on any of the topics covered

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader and
  • Microsoft word

"This course has taken me from someone who didn't even know what the dioptre on my camera was for, to someone who is now confident in the photographs I take because I understand my camera and what settings to use. Would fully recommend this course to anyone who doesn't understand their camera."

Deborah Duarte

"Very handy and informative technical advice. Helped me with all the understanding and knowledge of the photography business for which I am wiling to start out in."

michael Wostmann

"Great course well explained .Enjoyed."

Jonathon Hand

"This course is well worth the money and the effort for anyone who is serious about learning photography. You can get both the technical and the business related knowledge basics to help launch a new career."

Jose Joao Baptista

"I have just entered photography area. And I'm trying to get some best photos out of my first DSLR and kit lenses. I found this course is very educational, have better understanding of DSLR now. I might think of starting a small business on top of my full time job. Thank you."

Yinchen Zhao

"Great course."

Milena Di Iorio

"This is a great course with easy to follow videos. It's nice to be able to re-watch time and again to refresh my memory. I'm a visual person and learn through seeing rather than reading so this course was perfect."

Claire Limbrick

"Great course, very informative, thank you!"

Shirley Benn

"This has been a very interesting course, very pleasd I have completed it."

Stacie Anderson

"Great Course loved it"

Medi Esmail

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I am at an amateur stage and now feel have gained enough knowledge to develop myself as a business."

Tia Harris

"I really enjoyed this course and learnt a lot, I am looking forward to starting my business."

Mellissa Ann Flynn

"Great informative videos and helpful information"

Glen Harper

"Very informative and educational. Lucky that i baught this coarse."

Saurabh Salopal

"This course taught me everything there is to know about photography :) Look forward to hopefully starting my own photography business in the near future."

Kimberly White

"Really informative and easy to understand. Love that it was self paced - looking forward to improving my skills now that I have more knowledge."

Rachael Harris

"The course is an excellent start up for those wishing the to engage in photography as a profession. The number one thing this course does is take your off your view finder and on to your business. Great Job! Paul"

Paul Morrall

"Excellent course. Learnt a lot."

Toseef Ahmad

"This course really helped me have a good grasp on photography given that I am still new to this. It also gave me ideas on how to start earning through photography which inspired me to practice more so that I can benefit from it in the future.Thank you for having this on line course."

Sarah Angelica Abaez

"Course gives me a lot ideas and knownledge"

Toan Pham

"Great course. The teaching method was perfect for me as I hate reading but most of it was read to you. I liked how it was kept interesting with drop down boxes and music."

Kylie Steenland

"Excellent courses addressing many subjects to get you started."

Marie-France Viant

"The course was laid out very well explaining each feature of the camera I look forward to re watching the videos again soon"

Faith Stanes

"This course was really fun and packed full of information."

Emma Hancock

"Good job on it being multiple choice, guys! Thanks a ton."

Brianne Gatehouse

"Fabulous course! Incredibly informative and so comprehensive! Would recommend to friends and family."

Ruth Anne Hopwood

"Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about photography online. It was great to learn about how important good quality lenses are for what shots you want to get and of course how important lighting is. I learnt a lot from this course including the photoshop tips on correcting photos. I can not wait to put this all into practice. I do the newsletter and year book for the College I work at and this course has helped me hugely. Mostly to be prepared and confident when trying to get photos of different school events."

Tracey Quick

"This course is extremely thorough and covers a large range of aspects of photography and photography businesses. I originally purchased this to gain an understanding on how to use an SLR camera I was given as a gift but have taken away so much more than I expected. Thanks so much."

Natasha Miller

"I was very impressed with this course as it allowed me to easily follow along each tutorial. I also really liked the accessibility and being about to go back and review the videos at any time This allowed me to refresh my memory when working on those tasks. I love that there is no timeline for the videos and that I will be able to access them in the future at any time. I also enjoyed how it gave me tips on how to start, run and have a successful business. It was a well rounded course and didn't just hit the basics."

Samantha Shead

"I have been working through the modules of this course to be extremely informative. The stages are clearly set on each module and David makes the information easy to absorb. It is easy to follow and timing is totally independant so you can take as long as you like to complete. I am really pleased with how David takes you on location to do the various on site work It's like being in the classroom with him.
All in all a well put together classroom experience from a true professional.
David King"

David King

"great thanks"

Tammy Richards

"This has been a really valuable course, very enjoyable"

Megan Janette Boivin

"The videos explained in laymans terms the settings for cameras which made it easy to understand and pick up quickly."

Gavin Lee

"Good info"

Blair Hopley

"Amazing content"

Natalie Kelly

"Good learning source with very informative videos. Covers all bases to beginning a photography business and moving on from hat "amatuer" stage."

Lachlan James Ball

"The course is very well structured and informative. The business info and interviews are invaluable.


Ty Tran

"I love this course, as a beginner photographer it has tought me everything that I needed to commence my professional career."


"Great Course"

Meriellen Longaretti

"This course is very excellent.

I like how there is no dead line to complete it and you can do it all on your own pace.

I ended up with a few things I had to sort out while I was doing the course and knowing I didn't have a dead line to complete this course made it much easier for myself to do what I had to do and then come back to my course when I was ready."

Reuben van Buuren

"Very Good."

Jason Wakefield

"A great course. Really covers all the the skills you need to get started."

Francesca Jago

"Question 12 makes no sense"

Rick Partington

David Pix is a Top Photography and Photoshop lecturer.

He is also an award winning fashion photographer.

David holds a bachelor degree (gaining high distinctions) in photography and advanced Photoshop techniques.

David’s teaching style is one of using simple stories and illustrations to communicate effectively so you will learn quickly and easily while having fun!

David Pix qualifications include the following:

  • Degree of Design majoring in Photography
  • Advanced diploma of commercial photography
  • Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Master class cinematography course
  • Investigative photography certificate IV
  • TAE Certificate IV in Training and assessment
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AU$100 per month for 5 months
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Course Summary

Course ID No.: CFS019
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime access to online course
Tutor Support: Yes (by Photography Experts)
Time required: Study at your own pace
Assessments: Yes (one assessment at the end of the course)
Qualification: Certificate (IAOTS Accredited)