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Education Administrator for
Online Photography Courses



✉ Stephanie Sioras·


If your photography has never been critiqued or you would like additional information about having your photography critiqued, please read The Pain and Pleasure of Critical Analysis.

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  • Photographic History
  • History of Photography


    Michael Todd, GPSA·
    Canada
    Coordinator and Instructor

    Geoff Blackwell·
    England
    Instructor

    This course is for those who have the time each week to complete a lesson. This course, much like a college course, includes written work as well as photographic assignments. 


    COURSE ENROLLMENT:

    Course Enrollment Form  (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login)


    ABOUT THE COURSE:

    In this course you will discover who were the founders and the early workers in photography. The course explores how and why photography, which is both an art and a science, has become so inextricably entwined with the human narrative exerting influence in our world of communications, culture, entertainment, news and advertising. This course explores the early history of photography and does not address the emergence of digital technology.

    This course requires that you purchase the textbook by Beaumont Newhall, “The History of Photography”. This 300-page work was first published in 1937 and is a great resource about every stage of the evolution of photography. The revised (1982) edition is a classic text that provides an important framework for the course. The text is filled with historic images depicting the very beginnings of photography and embellished with scholarly and solid documentation. The 16-week course follows the 16 chapters of the course text and each week there is an essay due on the chapter of that week and most weeks there is also a photographic assignment. Although this is the course textbook, the student is expected to widen their research by investigating other publications, books and of course the Internet.

    Required

    The student must purchase the course text before enrolling in the course. Used copies, in good condition, can usually be purchased from Amazon, Abe Books or similar outlets.
    Newhall, Beaumont. The History of Photography: from 1839 to the present. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1982.

    Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 82-81430
    You may find earlier publications

    This course will take about 4 months to complete. The instructor reserves the right to suspend a participant if the required essays and images are not completed in a timely manner.

    COURSE GRADUATES:
    History of Photography Course Graduates

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  • Photography Analysis
  • Image Evaluation

    Jennifer Fawkes, PPSA, SPSA, FAPS·
    Australia
    Instructor

    Larry Treadwell·
    USA
    Instructor


    Dee Darius Sams·
    USA
    Instructor


    Susan Hansell, QPSA·
    Australia
    Instructor


    LuAnn Thatcher·
    USA
    Instructor



    This on-line course is designed for individual members of PSA who wish to advance their photography by understanding the key elements within an image. Since the course is designed for members of the PSA, it is designed to help the learner evaluate their own images within the framework of the camera club environment and PSA-recognised International Exhibitions.


    REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN

     COURSE APPLICATION   Members must be logged to access the enrollment form.


    COURSE GRADUATES:

    Image Evaluation Course Graduates 


    ABOUT THE COURSE:

    This on-line course is suitable for photographers of all abilities. There are no pre-requisites for participation.

    The course aims to cover the following:

    • Understand of the subjective nature of photographic judging
    • Understand and identify the key elements that are present in an image (to include the impact, technical, compositional, artistic, and presentation elements), and how these elements can contribute to the success of an image
    • Identify the rules and definitions relating to photographic competition

    The course is self-contained, and all teaching material and homework exercises are provided. The learner will be required to provide their own images for self-evaluation. 

    There are 6 lessons that are required to be completed within 8 weeks. An application for extension is at the discretion of the instructors. Each lesson will include some written information, guidance to access the internet for further research and homework activities. The learner will be required to return the homework activity to their instructor before being sent the next lesson. 

    At the completion of the course the learner will be sent an e-certificate indicating satisfactory completion of the course, and the student's name will be listed on the PSA website and in the PSA Journal.

    Please note that satisfactory completion of this course may be a pre-requisite for learners wishing to undertake further on-line courses with PSA.

  • Image Critique

    Jennifer Fawkes, PPSA, SPSA, FAPS·
    Australia
    Instructor

    This online course is designed for individual members of PSA who wish to take their understanding of Image Evaluation further, to provide an image critique for another photographer, for example, as part of a study group or digital dialogue group, or a mentoring role within their club.  Since the course is designed for members of the PSA, it is designed to work within the framework of the camera club environment, and PSA-recognized International Exhibitions.


    REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS 

    COURSE GRADUATES:

    Image Critique Course Graduates (will be listed here)


    ABOUT THE COURSE:

    The course has 6 lessons. The first lesson will assess the students understanding of the concepts presented in Image Evaluation course. It is expected that the student will reach a high standard for this lesson before continuing with the course. 

    The pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of the PSA-Image Evaluation Course.

    The course is not designed to skill the student to be a photographic judge.


    COURSE CONTENT:

    The course will cover the following:

    1. A review of the elements of an image
    2. The language required to provide a verbal or written critique of an image
    3. Image elements relevant for specific genres
    4. The rules and definitions relating to photographic competition
    5. The difference between Open-Themed and Reality-Based Themed competition
    6. Presentation skills
    7. Scoring

    The course is self-contained, and all teaching material, worksheets, and images are provided. The student will also be guided to use the internet for research purposes.

    There are 6 lessons that are required to be completed within 8 weeks. Each lesson must be completed satisfactorily before progressing to the next lesson. This may require a lesson to be returned and repeated. An application for extension is at the discretion of the instructors. 


    COURSE PRE-REQUISITES

    • Current financial membership of PSA
    • Satisfactory completion of the Image Evaluation on-line course
    • A comprehensive understanding of camera operations
    • A reasonable competency in the use of a post-production program (i.e. Lightroom, Photoshop)

    At the completion of the course the student will be sent an e-certificate indicating satisfactory completion of the course, and the students name will be listed on the PSA website and in the PSA Journal.

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  • Individualized Photography
  • Creating Images for PSA Competitions and Exhibitions

    Roy Killen, APSA, GMPSA/B, EFIAP, APSEM·
    Australia
    Instructor


    Richard Cloran, HonPSA, GMPSA·
    USA
    Instructor


    Jennifer Fawkes, PPSA, SPSA, FAPS·
    Australia
    Instructor

    This course is designed to assist intermediate and advanced level photographers to capture and process images to a standard suitable for entering in club competitions and international exhibitions. It is expected that members undertaking this course already have a thorough understanding of basic camera operations and experience using an image editing program such as Photoshop or Lightroom.

    There are no compulsory pre-requisite courses, but it is highly recommended that members who have not already earned acceptances in international exhibitions first complete the “PSA Digital Photography Course” and/or the “Image Evaluation” course.

    The course consists of five compulsory lessons (Characteristics of competitive images, Monochrome photography, Photographing places, Photographing people, Photographing action and movement) and two more lessons from a choice of four (Macro and close-up photography, Nature photography, Photojournalism, Travel photography). Students will be provided with details notes for each lesson.

    Students are expected to complete the course in approximately 6 months by submitting multiple assignments for reach lesson. Most assignments are based on images captured during the course and the time commitment required will be an average of at least two hours per week. Students satisfactorily completing the course (seven lessons) will receive an e-certificate and their name will be listed in the PSA Journal.


    COURSE ENROLLMENT:
    Course Enrollment Form  (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login)


    COURSE GRADUATES:
    Creating Competitive Images Course Graduates
    NEW: Creating Images for PSA Competitions and Exhibitions Graduates






  • Digital Photography Course (students work with instruction)

    Obradovich, John·
    USA
    Administrator & Instructor

    David Halgrimson·
    USA
    Instructor

    This one-on-one course is designed for DSLRs, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and other adjustable cameras.  Learn why and how to adjust your camera while accomplishing related photography assignments.  Included are six (6) lessons covering: the elements of photography – ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, followed by photography exercises in: portraits in available light, architectural and  nighttime photography, close-up and still life, action/sports and animals, and landscape photography.  There are no prerequisites for course enrollment.

    Post processing knowledge is not required other than image sizing and cropping.   Assistance will be provided, as necessary.



    COURSE ENROLLMENT:
    Course Enrollment Form  (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login)



    ABOUT THE COURSE

    This is a structured course based on lessons provided online. These lessons are designed to instruct and then provide the student the opportunity to submit work based on the lesson instructions. The lesson content has been selected based on past experience with student's interests.

    The lessons are:

    1. The elements of photography
    2. Portrait photography
    3. Architectural and Night photography
    4. Macro and Still life photography
    5. Action, Sports and Animals
    6. The Landscape

    This course is available to individual members of PSA. Students will have six (6) months to complete the course. At the end of that period we hope you will be finished. If, however, you are not finished, the course will end.

    After completion of an assignment, and when your instructor is satisfied, a new assignment will be sent to you. There is no textbook requirement for this course.

    Additional needs:  Camera, computer and access to the internet,  the ability to work with Microsoft Word, the ability to upload and download photographs, and Adobe Reader. 

    At the successful conclusion of the course a certificate will be sent to the student, and the student's name will be listed here and in the PSA Journal. We hope you have as much fun as we do making these courses available to you.
  • Photoshop (Introduction)

    Steve Estill, EPSA·
    England
    Instructor

    Tom Pickering·
    USA
    Instructor


    Rajani Ramanathan·
    USA
    Instructor



    This course is designed for students who want to learn the basics of Photoshop. This is provided using the Windows platform – some small adjustments will be needed if using other platforms. The course is based around the Photoshop CC program, using the desktop edition. Most of the features will work on earlier versions, but it would be an advantage to use the Adobe Creative Cloud photography bundle.


    The course is designed specifically for members of PSA


    REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN 

     COURSE APPLICATION   Members must be logged to access the enrollment form.


    COURSE GRADUATES:

    Introduction to Photoshop Course Graduates - will be available here


    COURSE OBJECTIVEs
    This course is written to support the photography aspects of Photoshop. The 3D and Graphic Design aspects will not be considered.

    On satisfactory completion of this course learners should be able to:

    • Understand the layout and tools / menus within the programme.
    • Understand the concept of layers and work with them to create composites.
    • Use the tools for editing photographs.
    • Understand and use the Camera Raw editor
    • Use a knowledge of the various menus within Photoshop.

    COURSE PRE-REQUISITES
    Course learners are expected to:
    Have a full copy of Photoshop – not Photoshop Elements.
    Have a willingness to learn and explore new ideas and concepts.


    COURSE DURATION
    The course should be completed within 6 months from the introduction date. The first lesson should be completed within the first 6 weeks. These timings could be extended in extenuating circumstances – being too busy etc. will not be considered ‘extenuating’. If you are having problems, please contact the instructor. If you do not communicate with the instructor, you will be dropped from the course after the 6 months period.


    COURSE STRUCTURE
    The course consists of Six lessons. For each lesson, learners will be provided with:
    A PDF file of notes, a lesson overview showing the objectives. Images used within the course notes to use if required.
    Assignments to complete and return to the instructor.

    The lessons will normally be completed sequentially but there may be some circumstance in which the instructor gives permission for lessons to be completed in an alternative sequence to meet the special needs of learners.


    LESSON TOPICS
    The lessons to be completed in this course are:
    Lesson 1 – Introduction
    Lesson 2 – Layers
    Lesson 3 – Toolbar
    Lesson 4 – Menu Bar 1
    Lesson 5 – Menu Bar 2
    Lesson 6 – Extras


    COMMUNICATION WITH THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR
    Learners in the course will normally communicate with their assigned instructor by email. Sending photos and explanatory written documents via email.


    ASSESSMENT OF LEARNER PROGRESS
    Each lesson in the course requires learners to submit written work and images. The instructor will provide feedback on this work and in some cases may require the learner to submit additional work before indicating that the lesson has been completed satisfactorily.


    COURSE COMPLETION
    After all lessons in the course have been completed satisfactorily the learner will be provided with an e-certificate and their name will be listed in the PSA Journal.


    EXPECTATIONS OF LEARNERS
    Learners are expected to make a serious effort to complete each lesson in the course in the given timeframe indicated.

  • Portrait Photography (in English)

    Steve Estill, EPSA·
    England
    Instructor

    Rajani Ramanathan·
    USA
    Instructor

    This course is designed to help learners understand the power of lighting, composition, simplicity, and details of Portraits in Available light Photography.

    The course is designed specifically for members of PSA.



    COURSE ENROLLMENT:
    Course Enrollment Form  (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login)

    COURSE GRADUATES:

    COURSE OBJECTIVES

    On satisfactory completion of this course learners should be able to:  

    1. Understand what an effective Portrait is
    2. Learn about types of portrait photography
    3. How to visualize and be sure the viewer sees what you want them to see
    4. Demonstrate composition, lighting, backgrounds, and communication
    5. Produce good quality portraits

    COURSE PRE-REQUISITES

    Course learners are expected to:

    1. Have a thorough understanding of basic camera operation.
    2. Be willing and capable to use an image editing program such as Photoshop or Lightroom.
    3. Have a willingness to learn and explore new ideas and concepts.

    COURSE DURATION The course should be completed within 6 months from the introduction date. These timings could be extended in extenuating circumstances – being too busy etc. will not be considered ‘extenuating’. If you are having problems, please contact the instructor. If you do not communicate with the instructor, you will be dropped from the course after the 6 months period. 


    COURSE STRUCTURE

    The course consists of Six lessons. For each lesson, learners will be provided with:

    • A PDF file of notes.
    • Assignments to complete and return to the instructor. 
    • The images should be jpeg with maximum dimensions of 1920 pixels wide x 1080 pixels high, and a max size of 1 MB.  
    • The lessons will normally be completed sequentially but there may be some circumstance in which the instructor gives permission for lessons to be completed in an alternative sequence to meet the special needs of learners.

    LESSON TOPICS

    The lessons to be completed in this course are:

    1. Lesson 1 – Lighting and Location
    2. Lesson 2 – Planning and Preparation. Head and Shoulder portraits
    3. Lesson 3 – Alternative portraits
    4. Lesson 4 – Contextual portraits
    5. Lesson 5 – Street and Events portraits
    6. Lesson 6 – Your own project

    COMMUNICATION WITH THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR

    Learners in the course will normally communicate with their assigned instructor by email. Sending photos and explanatory written documents via email.


    ASSESSMENT OF LEARNER PROGRESS

    Each lesson in the course requires learners to submit written work and images. The instructor will provide feedback on this work and in some cases may require the learner to submit additional work before indicating that the lesson has been completed satisfactorily. 


    COURSE COMPLETION

    After all lessons in the course have been completed satisfactorily the learner will be provided with an e-certificate and their name will be listed in the PSA Journal.


    EXPECTATIONS OF LEARNERS

    Learners are expected to make a serious effort to complete each lesson in the course in the given timeframe indicated. 

  • Portrait Photography (in Chinese)
    在可用光下拍攝人像
      

    运用自然光照明的肖像

    Instructor: Andy Yau·  
    andy.yau@adv-products.com

    Portrait Photography Enrollment Form
    (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login)
    此課程特別針對在可用光下拍攝人像做得不夠完美的攝影工作者而設。

    課程著重介紹背景及利用可用光的拍攝。課程共分為六節,全為助學生選擇較為理想的位置,拍攝單一物件的人像相片。課程並非專為人像攝影比賽而設計,而是希望學生透過課程,掌握人像拍攝的基礎,誠然,能夠充分掌握人像攝影,自然對於日後參加公開比賽無往而不利。

    課程中並不會談到使用閃光燈、控光傘、聚光筒或其他背景光源,也不會提到利用人物頭髮的光線或人物化妝加強效果,甚至使用電腦軟件令人像看來不自然。課程亦不會提到複雜的群體人像拍攝,當然拍攝婚禮或拍攝嬰孩的指導也不會覆蓋得到。

    這個課程只會提到使用可用光源,即是不包括所有影樓所用到的輔助光源,而使用輔助光源便會留待加入在更高階的攝影課程中了。
    本課程會涵蓋男性、女性及小孩的人像拍攝,至少有四節課論述頭及肩以上的拍攝方法。第五節會提到拍攝 ¾ 姿勢,以及拍攝時會遇到的陷阱。最尾一節課是選修的,可以由學生自由選擇自己喜歡,而在之前幾節課提到的拍攝方法。

    課程估計歷時六個月,預算一個月最少上一節課。
  • Still Life Photography

    Kathryn Newman·
    USA
    Instructor

    Bas Montgomery, EPSA·
    England
    Instructor

    This course is designed for the intermediate to advanced worker and should be familiar with photography in general. Through guidance of each lesson and completing its accompanying assignments this course will help you in creating a pleasing still life photograph.


    COURSE ENROLLMENT:
    Course Enrollment Form  (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login)

    COURSE GRADUATES:

    ABOUT THE COURSE:
    Lessons include:
    1. Composition, Rule-of-Thirds, & Balance
    2. Backdrops & Backgrounds
    3. Lighting
    4. Simplicity
    5. Found Still Life
    All work presented in this course will be photographed specifically for this course, after the date of enrollment. No work created previously will be considered.
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  • Advanced Photography
  • Creating a PSA Portfolio

    Joanne Stolte, HonPSA, MPSA, EFIAP, ESFIAP·
    USA
    Coordinator

    The Photographic Society of America (PSA) awards a distinction for a successful portfolio assessment. (BPSA, SPSA, and GPSA.) This is a very advanced course and one that will require the student to have a substantial archive of competitive images.  It is recommended that the student’s archive consist of no less than 50 to 75 competitive images around any particular theme.


    COURSE ENROLLMENT:

    NOTE: As of January 11, 2021 - this course is on temporary hold. 

    COURSE GRADUATES:
    Creating A PSA Portfolio Course Graduates

    ABOUT THE COURSE:
    This is a short course to be finished in two (2) months.  It consists of three (3) lessons; each lesson is a building block toward the creation of a portfolio.

    The lessons are:

    1. The Theme
    2. The Overview Image
    3. The Statement of Intent

    The student will be expected to understand each of the three important elements in a portfolio, as well as demonstrate proficiency in each.

    Successful completion of this course does not guarantee a successful portfolio assessment, however the student should come away with an understanding of the portfolio elements.

    A certificate will be sent to the student after successfully completing the course.

               

  • Light Painting the Still Life

    Terri Hood·
    USA
    Instructor

    Bas Montgomery, EPSA·
    England
    Instructor

    The applicant for this course should be comfortable setting up a studio still life arrangement for competition. This will be required.



    COURSE ENROLLMENT
    :

    Light Painting Course Enrollment form (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login.)          

    COURSE GRADUATES:
    Light Painting Course Graduates 

    ABOUT THE COURSE:

    The concept of Light Painting, is radically different than conventional lighting, however an applicant should have a good  understanding of conventional lighting, to the point of multiple light sources, including, but not limited to, the understanding and use of the key light, fill light, back lighting, and background light.  The applicant should understand the intensity of light and how it is affected by the distance from the subject, technically called the inverse square law. The applicant should be comfortable with the concept of time exposures and what this entails.

    A student in this course will no doubt be asked to repeat exercises multiple times before creating an acceptable result, so patience and perseverance is a prerequisite.

    The course will have six (6) exercises and be completed in less than six (6) months. 

  • Photo Travel (Advanced)

    Nadia Filiaggi, MPSA, EFIAP·
    Australia
    Instructor

    Yuk Fung Garius Hung
    Hong Kong
    Instructor





    The ‘Advanced PT’ course will help students gain a thorough understanding of the Photo Travel Definition, along with the skills to score Photo Travel images appropriately and competently.  The course would assist members of the PTD Image Discussion Groups (IDG) and those wishing to take part in PT Interclub Competitions and judges of both National and International Exhibitions would also find this course valuable. 
     

    REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN 

     COURSE APPLICATION   Members must be logged to access the enrollment form.


    COURSE GRADUATES:

    Advanced Photo Travel Graduates 


    ABOUT THE COURSE:

    There are no compulsory pre-requisite for this course, but it is highly recommended that members would have completed both the Image Evaluation and the Image Critique courses. Ideally but not essentially, the student would have had some experience at judging at either a National or International level and hold a ROPA distinction.  

    The course aims to cover the following: 
    • Be able to identify characteristic features and provide critiques about the strength or weaknesses of those features.
    • Understand how to define a culture of a land or region that would satisfy the Photo Travel Definition.
    • Demonstrate understanding of the need for close-up images of people or objects to provide information about the location. 
    • Have gained insight into how to detect possible ’Staged  Images’ and how to keep up to date on current violations. 
    • Understand how images depicting re-enactments, shows, performances and dances are treated in Photo Travel. 
    • Editing techniques, Photo Travel Themes, the impact of Drone Photography on Photo Travel and the PSA Statement on the Welfare of the Subject Matter are all addressed. 
     
    The course is self-contained consisting of 7 Lessons to be completed within 10 weeks.  All the teaching material and exercises are provided as well as links to further educational videos and materials. The student will be required to check PT Galleries and PT sections of catalogues of past PSA recognised exhibitions to complete some of the exercises. After successful completion of an exercise the Instructor will forward on the next Lesson.  The student may need to send the completed exercises to the Instructor via WeTransfer or DropBox.

    At the completion of the course the student will be sent an e-certificate indicating satisfactory completion of the course, and their name will be listed on the PSA website and in the PSA Journal.  Completion of the ‘Advanced PT’ course does not certify the student as a PSA judge.