Is your dream to become a professional photographer? Are you considering taking a gap year? Is your corporate desk job driving you crazy? The time is here to enrol for our intensive, exciting 6 Month Photography Programme. Our promise to you is that these 6 months will change your life! This programme is offered in Johannesburg at our Saxonwold campus.
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6 MONTH PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAMME – R39,800.00
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PLEASE NOTE – If you’re interested in booking for the 6 Month Photography Programme starting 6 July 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the start date of this course. If the pandemic has not subsided by the start of this course, CODP will host the initial lessons Virtually, so you can learn remotely from the comfort of your own home. As soon as it is safe to do so, contact classes will commence.
- Payment Plan option – R39,800.00
- Full Payment Upfront option – R37,800.00
This intensive 6 Month Photography Programme is jam-packed full of the best, most relevant photography information out there, and is taught in a fun and relaxed environment. The high practical approach will reinforce what is taught and will get you photographing as much as possible. Personal attention is guaranteed and weekly assignments, practical group outings and numerous feedback sessions ensure a stimulating, interactive 6 months.
This is the perfect course for those of you wanting to become professional photographers. It is designed for individuals who wish to fast-track their learning in photography, whether you want to set up a part time studio, take a gap year, want to improve your skills for retirement travels, enhance your current business offering or just want to have a fun 6 months exploring the wonderful world of photography! Media professionals and students in related creative fields such as web-design, animators and graphic designers who use photography in their creative outputs, will all benefit from this programme. The goal is to lead the students from the basics of digital photography to their final web and print based portfolio of images. No prior experience or knowledge is required to complete this programme.
If you are from Pretoria and would like to enrol for the 6 Month Programme, we can pick you up and drop you off after class, from the Gautrain Station in Rosebank, which is just down the road from our Saxonwold campus!
PAYMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST – SEE BELOW
What will you learn?
The course is divided into six components, each designed to provide the student with a well-rounded and diverse foundation in photography. Each of these components follows a structured process from in-class lectures, through workshops and outings to final delivery of relevant and practical assignments. Assignment reviews centre around providing helpful and constructive criticism with a focus on highlighting areas in the students understanding that require more development.
The aim of this programme is to help you build a diverse professional photography portfolio. At the end of the day a prospective client will ask to see your portfolio, not your certificate, to determine whether your style fits the look they’re going for.
A FEW SAMPLE VIDEOS OF 6 MONTH PROGRAMME WORKSHOPS
COMPONENT 1: THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
In this component you will learn the basics of digital photography in order to provide you with a foundational understanding upon which advanced principles are based. During this component students will develop the required skills to capture well-exposed, structured images that are technically superior and artistically driven. Major concepts such as camera operation, colour and contrast management, lighting conditions and studio methodologies provide the student with the tools needed to maximize their skill as a photographer. You will also learn to master the intricacies of TTL and manual exposure flash, as well as how to bounce your hot shoe flash and use it off-camera with confidence.
COMPONENT 2: EDITING, ENHANCEMENT, COMPOSITING
In this component students will be taken on a digital journey; from how digital images are captured in the camera to their final destination on a website, a magazine, an app or on a billboard. In this process students will learn how to capture, edit and manipulate images using the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, in such a manner as to allow for the greatest degree of creative expression. Once you have learnt the basics you will be taught advanced editing techniques used by professional photographers. You will also be introduced to Adobe Lightroom which has been designed to assist you to manage and edit large quantities of digital images in a streamlined way.
COMPONENT 3: SPECIALIST DISCIPLINES
In this component students will learn about the various specialist disciplines such as landscape, travel and wildlife photography. You will also be introduced to the exciting world of people and fashion photography, as well as what it takes to become a successful wedding and studio photographer. To top it off you’ll learn the challenging art of Photojournalism where you speak to your audience through pictures, that are worth a 1000 words.
COMPONENT 4: VISUAL DESIGN AND CREATIVE ELEMENTS
In the professional arena achieving technical excellence is a required standard, but artistic flair is what separates success from failure. In this component we delve into the creative aspects of composition, visual design and aesthetics. During this process students will be taught to pursue their creative instincts through creative photography.
COMPONENT 5: STARTING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC BUSINESS
In this component, students will be taught marketing methods and develop the required business skills to operate a photographic business in a competitive market. Photography is a multi-faceted industry and each discipline requires a tailored approach to achieve financial success.
COMPONENT 6: PORTFOLIO AND CORPORATE IMAGE
In practice, the skill of a photographer is judged on the quality of their images. The final component of this programme is the development of the students own brand identity and the final submission of their images in a portfolio layout of the student’s choice, to provide a kick-start into the photography industry.
WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?
None! To do the course you need no prior photographic knowledge, only enthusiasm and an open mind. A proficiency in English and a basic knowledge of computers is a requirement.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
- A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with full manual mode and video capabilities
- A zoom lens covering the standard focal length range, for example a 24-120mm or an 18-55mm and 70-300mm
- A sturdy tripod
- An external flash unit
- A laptop loaded with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic
- A cable release
- A 5-in-1 reflector
How does the programme work?
The programme is offered twice a year, one beginning in January and the other in July. It runs on a part time basis over a 6 month period and consists of three 3 hour lectures a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), from 9h30 – 12h30, as well as a number of outings and review sessions. Student numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment! You will get extensive digital course notes throughout the course.
The 6 Month Programme runs from our Saxonwold Campus at 91 Oxford Road, Saxonwold. Please click on “View Brochure” below for exact lesson info and dates.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
- Payment Plan option – R39,800.00
- Full Payment Upfront option – R37,800.00
The cost includes digital course notes, where you will receive all of the course material in digital format, accessible from any computer, laptop, phone or tablet via the CODP App. Here you can access a digital version of the course manual, upload the course assignments, access the course schedule and much more!
PAYMENT PLAN OPTION
- 25% Deposit upon Enrolment = R9,950.00
- 5 Monthly Installments = R5,970.00 per month
For more information please contact us on 086 11 74686 (PHOTO) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click on the “View Brochure” link below (to the right of the campus name) to view a detailed lesson plan for each course date listed.
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* This is a school holiday course which will run over consecutive days