Education


Online Courses for PSA Members


To enroll in an online course, select it from the list on the bottom of this page and access the Course Enrollment Form - you must be logged in to reach the Enrollment Form.

For a list of graduates of PSA's online courses, select the relevant list from the navigation on the left side of this page.


Education Services
Director  

Ginny Salus· 

 

PSA Online Courses are a PSA-member benefit, designed to help beginning and advanced photographers improve their skills in a guided manner. They are free to all members and usually take place over a period of months. 

To enroll in a course, fill out the corresponding online Enrollment Form. You will be contacted shortly thereafter to set up the course. 


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.

Only one online course may be taken at a time.


Our other instructors:



Bill Barnett, FPSA, GMPSA·

Richard Cloran, HonPSA, GMPSA·

John Craig·

Steve Estill, EPSA·

Jennifer Fawkes, PPSA, SPSA, FAPS·

Nadia Filiaggi, EPSA, AFIAP, MAPS, GPU CR3·

Scott Fowler, EPSA, GPSA·
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David Halgrimson·

Terri Hood·

Greg McKelvey·

Obradovich, John·

Bill Royce·

Michael Todd, GPSA·
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Andy Yau·



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  • Photography Analysis
  • Image Analysis

    This online course is designed for individual members of PSA who wish to know more about photography and what may constitute a pleasant photographic image, and would like to learn what to say in the analysis or evaluation of a photograph.

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

    COURSE GRADUATES:
    Image Analysis Course Graduates

    Many times camera club members are called upon to discuss the work of others. The Image Analysis Course is designed so the student may learn to formulate thought patterns toward more intelligent discourse.

    ABOUT THE COURSE:

    Since the course is designed for members of the PSA, it is designed to help the student evaluate work within the framework of PSA-recognized International Exhibitions and the camera club environment. Evaluation of student's analyses by the instructor will be for the purpose of helping the student have a positive and productive PSA experience and contribute to the positive experience of others.

    The course is self-contained; there is no text book or additional material required. There are 12 lessons to be completed in three (3) months. Each lesson includes two images to be analyzed by the student for a total of 24 images. The instructor returns the analysis with comments and discussion regarding what was written by the student. When one lesson is finished and returned to the student, the next lesson is sent. It is planned that the student will finish the course in the three (3) months allotted; however, if a student is not finished at the end of the three (3) months the course will end. An application for an extension will be considered, under special circumstances.

    Certificates

    The certificate of completion is just that; and in no way qualifies a student to be a judge.  Diligent work on the course is expected and students should not take this course for the sole purpose of receiving the certificate.  The certificate may be disallowed if the instructor finds this to be true. At the completion of the course and if the instructor deems the work satisfactory, a certificate will be sent to the student, and the student's name will be listed here and in the PSA Journal.

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  • Individualized Photography
  • Creating Competitive Images

    This course is for the intermediate to advanced worker that wishes to fine tune their competitive eye.  All course material is provided, there is nothing to buy.

    Competition is a major activity in PSA and camera club.  This course will attempt to teach the norms necessary for making images which may have a better chance for judge’s acceptance.

    This course is not for the beginning photographer, and will not deal with the basics of camera operation. This is a structured course with six lessons and multiple exercises to be completed in six months.


    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






  • Photography Instruction (students work with instruction)
    This course is designed for the beginner to intermediate worker that wishes a more traditional instruction process. The advantage of this type of training is the technical instruction provided within the lesson text which may go a long way toward guiding the beginning and intermediate student toward the goal provided.

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

    There is a combined application for Creating Competitive Images, Photography Instruction, and Still Life Photography.



    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.
  • Portraits in Available Light (in English)
    This course is designed for the serious worker who may not feel strong doing portraits of people in available light. The course will dwell heavily on backgrounds and available light.


    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:

    There will be six lessons, all designed to help the student make portraits of individual subjects in a proper setting and with minimum distraction. The course is not designed to help the student make portraits for competition. The course is designed to give the student a foundation in portraiture so advancement toward competitive portraiture may be much easier.

    There will be no discussion of electronic flash, umbrellas, snoots or background lights. There will also be no lessons on hair lights, makeup, or software that make the portrait look unnatural. There will be no instruction regarding complex setups with multiple people. There will be no discussion of weddings or babies.

    The only light discussed in the course will be available light; there will be no discussion of studio work or the use of supplemental lighting. All of this will be left for a more advanced study.

    There will be lessons on portraits of men, women, and children. At least four of the lessons will dwell on the head and shoulders portrait. One lesson, #5, will revolve around the ¾ pose and its pitfalls. The final lesson, #6, is an elective and the student may wander into any area of portraiture that is comfortable, bringing forth the tools learned in the previous five lessons.

    This course will be six (6) months in duration, with one lesson expected to be done every month, at the very least. 
    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
  • Portraits in Available Light (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

    Portraits in Available Light 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
    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

    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 Instructor: Jon Fishback, APSA, ARPS·

    COURSE ENROLLMENT:
    Creating a PSA Portfolio Enrollment form (requires member be already logged in or link will take you to home page to login.)          

    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

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

    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. 

  • A Portfolio Experience - no longer offered

    This course is no longer offered as of July, 2020, but for a list of former graduates of the course, please see below.

    A PORTFOLIO EXPERIENCE COURSE GRADUATES:
    A Portfolio Experience Course Graduates