Advanced Diploma in Photography

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  • 20 in-depth units
  • 13 Practice Assignments
  • 5 Marked Assignments
  • Membership of the IOP Camera Club forums for help, support and feedback
  • Live chat for immediate help and advice
  • The most interactive photography course available
  • Unlimited time to complete the course*
  • Advanced Diploma in Photography pdf certificate on completion

The Advanced Diploma in Photography from the Institute of Photography is designed for beginner and intermediate photographers who want to enhance their photography and composition skills as well as learn about image editing. Written by professionals in simple to understand language, this photography course from the Institute of Photography is suitable for everyone. You don’t need to be great with computers or have lots of professional equipment.
One of our guiding principals here at IOP is in bespoke coaching – this is no ordinary online course. Only in constructive criticism can you expect to improve your photography and we provide just that. We are the only photography course out there to provide so much bespoke coaching, with five dedicated assignments marked by renowned photography journalist, Tim McCann.

Advanced Diploma in Photography course contents:

Unit 1: An introduction to digital photography

This unit provides an essential introduction to digital photography. From equipment to camera types, this unit is a great refresher or the perfect starting place for beginners.

Unit 2: Understanding the technology of digital photography

A good understanding of the technology of digital photography giving you the foundations for better learning.

Unit 3: Controlling light with apertures

Learn about aperture settings, depth of field and exposure.

Unit 4: Mastering shutter speeds

The choice of shutter speed has a profound effect on the way that moving subjects are recorded. Here’s how to get the best out of them.

Unit 5: Cracking composition

In this unit, we look at how to compose a beautiful photograph. You will learn about leading lines, shapes and how to use colour in composition.

Unit 6: Advanced composition skills

Learn the fundamentals of advanced composition skills from using colour to create a mood to using unusual perspectives.

Unit 7: Using light effectively

All the fundamental principles of photography are linked to use of light. This is one of our most in-depth and detailed units.

Unit 8: Holiday and travel photography

Make your travel shots memorable with this helpful unit. We look at planning the perfect travel shot and encourage you to consider different perspectives when shooting abroad.

Unit 9: Landscape photography

Take stunning landscape imagery. Learn how to use depth and light to create a professional landscape picture.

Unit 10: Landscape photography – special projects

Take your outdoor photography skills a step further learning how to shoot panoramas. We also introduce HDR photography to help you produce a perfect exposure.

Unit 11: Black and white photography skills

Producing beautiful black and white shots is an art form and takes knowledge and practice. Learn to ‘see’ in mono and take black and white shots to be proud of.

Unit 12: Perfect portrait photography

Take a perfect portrait in any situation. Once you have perfected this technique, expect to be on call for every family event!

Unit 13: Image editing techniques

Image editing techniques and skills are key to becoming a competent photographer. This unit addresses these key skills and offers comprehensive advice on essential editing techniques.

Unit 14: Make money from photography

We give you hints and tips on how to make money from photography. This unit also includes a tutorial on how to make a photography website from scratch worth up to £2000.

Unit 15: Compulsory Assignment – Composition

The first of our compulsory assignments, designed to provide you with critique to help improve your photography by looking at composition.

Unit 16: Compulsory Assignment – Landscape

The second of our compulsory assignments, designed to provide you with critique to help improve your photography by looking at landscapes.

Unit 17: Compulsory Assignment – Portrait

The third of our compulsory assignments, designed to provide you with critique to help improve your photography by looking at portraits.

Unit 18: Compulsory Assignment – Black & White

The fourth of our compulsory assignments, designed to provide you with critique to help improve your photography by looking at black & white photography.

Unit 19: Final Assignment

You will be asked to submit 3 photos and they will be assessed by an expert. This assessment is very in-depth and designed to significantly improve your photography. You will receive in-depth and personal feedback on each photo you upload. Our students often find this part the most useful in terms of improving their skills.
One student said:“Just wanted to let you know after your suggestions turned out so well on the landscape I decided to email a copy to the hotel I stayed in where I took the photo and they showed interest in it, and as of half an hour ago I have just made my first sale so thanks again.” Ger Koppenhofer, March 2013

Unit 20: Certificate and feedback

In this unit we ask you to tell us what you thought of the course and provide you with your Diploma in Photography certificate as well as your member badge.


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