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Online Photography Courses



✉ Stephanie Sioras·


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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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  • Individualized Photography
  • Creating Images for PSA Competitions and Exhibitions

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


    Richard Cloran, HonPSA, GMPSA·
    USA
    Instructor


    Jennifer Fawkes, PPSA, SPSA, FAPS·
    Australia
    Instructor


    Fran McFadzen, QPSA, AFIAP, FAPS·
    Australia
    Instructor


    Jerry-Louis Ruff, PPSA·
    Germany
    Instructor

    Larry Treadwell·
    USA
    Instructor


    John Hudson, SPSA·
    England
    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)

    John Obradovich·
    USA
    Coordinator and 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.

    Who this course is meant for:

    This course is for the beginner who is interested in spending the time and effort to learn how to create images with strong impact and interest. It will require learning and experimenting with camera settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and focusing systems. It will also require thought, planning and research prior to taking each image in the lesson exercises. The thought, planning and research process will be determining what the subject will be, what lighting will be required, what should and should not be in focus, what type of environment to shoot in, what time of day to shoot, whether to use a tripod or handhold, what camera settings to use and why, what composition will work best and many more decisions prior to aiming the camera and pressing the shutter button.


    Who this course is not meant for:

    This course is not for those who simply want to take snap shots of family, friends, pets, travel experiences etc. It is not for those who want to use automatic camera settings, who do not want to read a camera manual or research camera “How To” web sites. It is not for those who just want a certificate.


    What the course will do:

    This course will provide a basic and sound foundation on how to use a camera and its settings to create images beyond everyday point and shoot images. It would be the desire of the instructors that this course will help bring the student to a level where their images could be considered for competition.


    What the course will not do:

    The course assignments will not provide the camera, lens, or exact camera settings to be used for an assignment. It is up to the student to determine based on information provided in the lesson materials.

    Overall we expect the course to be fun and a great learning process. Your instructor/mentor will always be available for questions and assistance.

  • Photoshop (Introduction)

    Steve Estill, EPSA·
    England
    Coordinator and Instructor

    Tom Pickering·
    USA
    Instructor


    Rajani Ramanathan·
    USA
    Instructor


    Manash Das, MPSA·
    India
    Instructor


    Susan Hansell, QPSA·
    Australia
    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
    Coordinator and Instructor

    Rajani Ramanathan·
    USA
    Instructor

    Minh Hung Nguyen, EPSA·
    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. 

  • 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.

    Bas Montgomery, EPSA·
    England
    Coordinator and Instructor

    Kathryn Newman·
    USA
    Instructor

    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 and Instructor

    The Photographic Society of America (PSA) awards the consecutive distinctions: Bronze (BPSA), Silver (SPSA), and Gold (GPSA), for the successful Assessment of a group of ten, fifteen, or twenty images illustrating a particular theme or topic; an Overview Image that combines the individual images into a single cohesive, balanced image; and the author’s Statement of Intent. Additional information regarding the PSA Portfolio Program is available at: https://psa-photo.org/index.php?portfolios-overview.

    This is an advanced course and that will require the student to have a substantial archive of excellent images.  It is recommended that the student’s archive consist of no less than 50 to 75 quality images around two or three themes or topics. Students must have Zoom videoconference capability.


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

    Bas Montgomery, EPSA·
    England
    Coordinator and Instructor

    Terri Hood·
    USA
    Instructor



    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
    Coordinator and Instructor

    Yuk Fung Garius Hung
    Hong Kong
    Instructor





    The ‘Advanced PT’ course will help students gain a thorough understanding of the Photo Travel Definition.
     
    Judges of both National and International Exhibitions would find this course valuable as well as m embers wishing to take part in PT Interclub Competitions and PT sections of PSA sanctioned Exhibitions. 
     

    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-requisites for this course but students would ideally hold a ROPA distinction.
     
    This course does not fully address the technical quality nor the key elements of an image. It is assumed the student of this course would already possess a sound knowledge of these areas.
     
    The course aims to cover the following:
    • Be able to identify characteristic features and provide critiques about the strengths 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 requirement for close-up images of people or objects.
    • 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. 
    • Provide guidance on how to score Photo Travel images appropriately and competently. 
    • 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 8 Lessons to be completed within 12 weeks.  All the teaching material and exercises are provided as well as links to further educational videos and documents. The student will be required to check PT Galleries and PT sections of catalogues of past PSA recognized exhibitions to complete some of the exercises. 
     
    Completion of the ‘Advanced PT’ course does not certify the student as a PSA judge.