Introduction to Digital Photography & Lightroom



The Introduction to Digital Photography Lightroom course is an intensive training programme designed for persons who have no prior knowledge of digital photography - however, some experience will be to your advantage.

The course is presented on a part time and full time basis and consists of 13 sessions in total. The sessions deal with a host of topics, including the various functions of your Digital SLR camera, theoretical elements of how these settings affect your photographs, in-the-field practical training sessions, as well as working with Adobe Lightroom. An optional extra session can be joined which deals with photography of a model in studio, using constant lights.

The aim of the Lightroom aspect of the course is to provide the basic principles of working with digital images in the post-production phase using Adobe Lightroom software. One of the advantages of digital photography is the virtually limitless possibilities in the post-production phase of producing photographs. We explore this!

The course objectives include learning how to use your Digital SLR camera in the manual mode, get a thorough understanding of many other camera settings and gain valuable experience in various photography situations and conditions as well as working with images after production.

A photographic exhibition is hosted at the end of a course during which student photographic works are exhibited - the event is open to be attended by student family and friends.

The theoretical/classroom sessions are presented in at the Academy facility at 79b, 79 Simon Bekker Road, Germiston South and the in-the field training sessions take place at various locations (refer to the SYLLABUS section for details).

• The course can be completed on a full time (week day classes) or part time (Saturday classes) basis.
• FULL TIME course duration: +-4 weeks
• PART TIME course duration: +-4 months

• To ensure that you master the course material, you will be required to complete various assignments.
• Assignments are marked and returned to students with feedback.
• Assignments are evaluated and a Proficiency Certificate is awarded if a pass mark of 55% is achieved - 75% is a pass with distinction.

After successful completion of the course, a student is expected to be able to:
• use a Digital SLR camera in the manual exposure mode;
• do photographic editing work using Adobe Lightroom software;
• be able to take photographs using ambient light exposures;
• understand composition;
• demonstrate a good understanding of photography.

• The course fee per person is R 8 950.

• The full course fee can be paid on registration, or
• A R 5 000 deposit can be paid on registration and the balance is payable the day before the course commences.

• No photography experience is required.
• The Introduction to Digital Photography course is a skills based programme.
• The course is presented in English and students are required to have a good command of the language to engage in classes.
• Basic computer literacy is required.

• Any brand of Digital SLR camera with an 18-55mm lens as a minimum requirement.
• An additional lens to cover a focal range of 55-200mm will be an advantage.
• A tripod is necessary to use for assignments and during some of the practical training sessions.
• Adobe Lightroom is required (you can download a free trial version from to use during the course before you decide to purchase).
• A notebook computer to use in class.

Contact us for specialist advice about purchasing the required equipment for the course.

Click on the blue buttons under the "COURSE DATES & ENROLLMENT" section.
You can visit us at the Academy - it's best arrange an appointment to ensure that a consultant is available.

The answer is quite simply: "no". This course is an entry-level training programme. If you are interested to pursue photography as a freelance photographer, you should consider our Certification in Digital Photography course.

"I have learnt a lot and no longer have to take photos in auto. Learning how to take photos without flash was also great."
Melissa Haywood

"The course has lots of valuable practical work! Johnathan is always available and willing to share his knowledge."
Elsabe Oosthuizen

"Your course was excellent in every way and very professionally run."
Bentley Palmer

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BONUS: 4 Hours Own Studio Time
• As a benefit and added value to students, each student is entitled to 4 hours use of the photographic studio at 79b!
• Studio time can be booked during normal studio operating hours.
• The benefit will be valid up to 30 days after a student has completed the course and studio time can be booked from course commencement.

Fast Facts

Introduction to Digital Photography & Lightroom

3 Photography Theory Sessions
3 Adobe Lightroom Sessions
4 Practical Photography Sessions
1 Final Test
1 Final Portfolio Assignment
1 Photo Exhibition
Bonus: 4 Hours Own Studio Time
R 8 950


Johnathan Andrews
Johnathan Andrews

Course Dates & Enrollment

Full Time Courses

Full Time Classes are attended on week days. The duration of classes are +-2/3 hours depending on the subject matter.

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Part Time Courses

Part Time Classes are attended on Saturdays and/or evenings. The duration of classes are +-2/3 hours depending on the subject matter.

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Digital Principles: 3 Sessions

Photography theory aspects are covered during the first three classroom sessions:
- The DSLR camera kit, lenses
- Basic terms and principles, monitor calibration.
- Camera RAW files
- Manual mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority
- Shutter speed , Aperture and f-stop, ISO
- Metering modes, Auto Focus areas, Auto Focus modes
- White Balance
- Bracketing, Exposure compensation
- Composition
- Shooting HDR and Panoramic source images

Night Time - Practical Training: 1 Session

The session takes place at night at a location near, or in a built up, metropolitan area.

During the session we deal with long exposures, motion blurs and other exposure challenges.

First Light - Practical Training: 1 Session

The session usually takes place at the Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit or the Nizamiye Mosque in Midrand. Both the venues are spectacular to photograph and ideas for photographing architecture is explored.

To capture photographs in first light will mean to rise very early in the morning and it might be more convenient for you to stay at a guest house close by to facilitate an early start if we go to Bronkhorstspruit (accommodation not included in the price). We reserve the right to change the training venue.

Studio Photography - Practical Training: 1 Session

Explore principles of photographing in a studio environment using natural diffused light and reflectors. Portraiture photography with models as well as photographing objects on a still life table are the aspects dealt with during the session.

Street Photography - Practical Training: 1 Session

In collaboration with the City of Ekurhuleni, we embark on a gripping street photography session of the Germiston CBD early in the morning, before the bustle and bustle of a day begins.

Conclusion & Test, Final Assignment: 2 Sessions

During the second last session students write a test.
Upon passing the test students receive a final assignment which needs to be completed and submitted within +- two weeks after the session.

Photography Exhibition

As a highlight of the course, students have the opportunity to showcase their best work during a photography exhibition which is held at the end of the course. The exhibition can be attended by student fiends and family.


Image Editing Syllabus

 Photo Editing using Adobe Lightroom


Aspects are covered during three classroom sessions:
- Understanding the Histogram.
- Sharpening and cropping images.
- White balance.
- Sharpening and noise reduction.
- Spot removal.
- Highlight and shadow recovery.
- Image adjustments using the tone curve.
- Enhance image colours and other adjustments.
- Making high contrast black & white images.
- Preparing images for print.

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