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Module Outline

What you will learn

Interactive and Exciting Learning

The Smart photography course is an engaging and exciting place to learn photography and claim your free course certificate.
Whether logging on in the privacy of your own home, travelling on the train to-and-from
the office, or spending half an hour on a park bench, Smarts interactive, comprehensive modules
will help you learn photography, quickly and effectively.

For more information on how to sign up to Smart, please get in touch via our Contact Page

  • AwardedHighly Acclaimed Artists
  • 1 on 1Mentoring Program
  • On-The-GoHands-On Assignments
  • 18+In-Depth Modules
  • QuizzesInteractive Tests

history of photography

Module: The History of Photography

Learn about the history of photography from when cameras were first invented to what made them like they are today. A wonderful curated look back at photographic history.

What the module covers:

  • Photographic processing types
  • A complete history of manufacturers
  • Where it all began
  • Famous people from the world of photography
  • A year-by-year timeline of key photography events

core photography skills

Module: Core Photography Skills

Where it all starts, core photography skills. Get to grips with your camera, learn basic settings and understand key photography lingo. Every good photography course begins with the basics!

What the module covers:

  • Camera settings
  • How a camera works
  • Basics of composition
  • Understanding key photography sayings
  • The differences in camera types
  • How to get the most out of your equipment
  • Which lenses and set ups suit each type of event

photography composition

Module: Photography Composition

Composition. Composition. Composition. Photography is nothing without great composition as it can turn an average image into a stand out artwork. We will teach you how simple compositional rules can supercharge your photos.

What the module covers:

  • Compositional rules including ‘The Rule of Thirds’, ‘The Rule of Odds’, ‘The Golden Ratio’ etc etc.
  • How to take an OK photo and make it great
  • How certain techniques work with certain subjects
  • The best equipment to use when following the rules
  • How to break the rules!

understanding aperture, iso and shutter speed

Module: Aperture, ISO and Shutterspeed

Fundamental and imperative photography learning. Learn to understand aperture, ISO and shutterspeed to help you take control of your camera, allowing you to boost your photography giving you confidence to shoot manually.

What the module covers:

  • What is Aperture
  • What is ISO
  • What is Shutterspeed
  • How the wrong settings can affect your shots
  • How to master these core settings for different events
  • How to use your camera to change these settings

learn wedding photography

Module: Wedding Photography

The ultimate guide to wedding photography, from understanding what camera set up works well, to the order of the wedding day. The wedding photography module was created by award-winning wedding photographers with over 600 weddings under their lens holsters.

What the module covers:

  • How a wedding day unfolds
  • Specific tips to help you complete a stress free wedding shoot
  • Optimal settings for different parts of the day
  • Tips on backing up and security
  • How to make the day unfold smoothly
  • How to photograph family formal group photos
  • Our guide to making the most of your bridal portrait session

sports photography

Module: Sports Photography

Whether photographing your childrens soccer game or watching Kobe run rings around LeBron, our sports photography module will help you capture amazing sporting shots. From learning how to use different techniques to bring your images to life, to showing you how to create real emotion in your artistry.

What the module covers:

  • How your equipment will affect your shots
  • How to add movement to your photos bringing them to life
  • How to freeze subjects in time as they compete
  • A walkthrough guide to shooting a tennis match
  • How to tell a story with your photos

best photography equipment

Module: Photography Equipment

Are you a gear head or just starting your journey into photography, well good news, our photography equipment module has all the information you need. News on the latest cameras, what the different levels of cameras are and how having the right equipment can bolster your images. What the module covers:

  • Common equipment used in photography
  • How the right equipment can improve your shots
  • Our recommended equipment for each photography genre
  • Information on the best brands

black and white photography

Module: Black & White Photography

Understanding the beautiful aesthetics of black and white photography is one of the core photography principles you must learn on your photography journey. This module aims to introduce you to the science behind black and white photography and how it can turn your images into works of art.

What the module covers:

  • The science behind monochrome imagery
  • What subjects black and white photography works best with
  • How to set up your camera to shoot jpeg black and white photos
  • Why there will always be a place for black and white photography

learn landscape photography

Module: Landscape Photography

If there is one thing that everyone should learn, it is how to take a nice photo of a landscape. Everyone loves exploring new places and most of us will pull out our iPhone at the first glimpse of decent view. This module teaches you how to take kick-ass landscapes shots. It’s as simple as that!

What the module covers:

  • The best equipment for getting the perfect landscape shots
  • Tips on how to improve your shots
  • How to find the perfect landscape locations
  • What is shot bracketing?
  • How to shoot during golden hour
  • Why wide angle lenses are the best way to go
  • How to stay safe on your landscape quest

photography tips

Module: Top Tips

Top Tips.. Need I say more? A comprehensive guide to photography tips. No matter what genre or style of photography you’re looking to follow, our list of tips is applicable across the board.

What the module covers:

  • A curated list of the top photography tips
  • How to back up your imagery
  • How to succeed in your photography field
  • When to follow the rules and when to break them

photography mistakes to avoid

Module: Mistakes to Avoid

A look at common photography pitfalls with advice from pro’s on how to avoid them and perhaps more importantly, how to bounce back after a mistake.

What the module covers:

  • Common photography related pitfalls and mistakes
  • How to avoid common problems
  • How to bounce back
  • Why these mistakes are just part of your photography journey


Module: Places of Inspiration

Every body needs inspiration every once in a while. Even Isaac Newton was inspired by an apple so why shouldn’t you take inspiration from others? You should! In this module we round up the best sources of photography inspiration.

What the module covers:

  • A fully curated list of the best photography inspiration sites around
  • How to take inspiration from yourself
  • How to build on the inspiration and create something that is unique to you

photoshop and lightroom

Module: Post Production

One of the most important aspects of photography is post production. In this module we will take you on a journey into the wonderful world of photoshop and lightroom teaching you how to make the most of your photography.

What the module covers:

  • How to edit with Photoshop
  • How to edit with Lightroom
  • The ultimate photography workflow guide
  • How to take the image from your camera, to your computer and then to your audience

All the modules are included as part of the course, head on over to our sign up page

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