Rochedale South, Qld
After being self taught for so long (over 10 years), I decided that it was time to get some formal training in photography, so that I could improve on my skills and update my business accordingly.
I have now finished the course and I can honestly say that the feedback the tutor gave me on all of my assignments has proven invaluable. My tutor was very knowledgeable and has given me the confidence to continue with my business, but in a new direction. I was given tips on how I could improve my photography for future shoots, as well as advice on how to improve my business website to achieve a more professional appearance overall.
I was able to download the individual modules and read them on my computer or iPad and study at my own pace. I submitted assignments online at whatever time of the night I wanted to, and I always got a very quick response in relation to the marking of my assignments.
This course allowed me to improve on my photography techniques and encouraged me to feel confident about moving my business forward, in a positive way. The modules were easy to understand and the individual assignments really made you think about the technical aspects of what you were shooting including lighting, composition and retouching techniques, amongst a whole lot more.
The photography within the modules gave clear examples of what the information was explaining, and showed real life examples and what the industry standards are all about. They provided great information on how to sell yourself, by giving advice on constructing your own photography portfolio and getting out there and going for it.
I can recommend doing this course if you need a flexible study option and would like to update your photography skills. The course even has its own Facebook page, where you can connect with others that are also completing the same assignments as you are.
Thank you to George, Stephen and the team at The Photography Institute for giving me the chance to further my career. I really appreciate it...
I have just recently finished my photography course with The Photography Institute, it took me 10 months to complete and now I can't believe it's all over! My Mum asked me yesterday; 'so what are you going to do with yourself now?'. Well thanks to The Photography Institute, I now feel that I am equipped with all the tools that I need to put myself out there in the industry.
Having your own personal tutor and having their feedback on all the photos you take is priceless and has made me so much more confident in the work I do! It is truly fantastic to have your tutor critic your work as a photographer working in the industry. The feedback you receive on assignments is really great and you will learn from this as well, not just from the modules.
George Seper is ingenious! I have not studied since 2005 so I wasn't sure how I would fair but he made this course a delight to read, all the while you are learning invaluable information and at times laughing along as you go!The assignments are all lots of fun and it’s amazing how there is always something more to learn or something you didn't know.
That's the great thing about photography, we will never stop learning! So we will never be bored! The most amazing thing about this course is that you can go as fast or as slow as you like! I completed this course, as I said, in 10 months all the while I was working two jobs, photographing weddings, travelling overseas, getting engaged and the list goes on (Also I don't know of any educational facility that lets you wear your pyjamas to class)!
I am really glad that I did this course, and for such a minimal fee considering everything that you learn and gain.
I have recommended this course to a friend already and he is halfway through and loving it.
I want to thank everyone at The Photography Institute, keep up the good work...
Dandenong South, VIC
The Photography Institute's diploma course has given me the tools and skills required to turn my passion for photography into a business.
I've had an interest in photography for a few years and really wanted to gain a better understanding of how to turn my creative visions and ideas into quality photographs.
I found the modules covering light, lighting and studio equipment in particular were extremely useful as I have a strong interest in portraiture and fashion photography. Not only do the modules give you the technical information you need, but they also give you real world examples of how professional photographers make a living and the challenges that they constantly face.
This course has the flexibility that I needed to fit studies around full time work and family commitments. My tutor and the Student Support team were always right there with advice and information when needed and definitely were a fantastic resource over the duration of the course.
Less than 12 months later I'm happy to say that I'm booking paid jobs as a freelance photographer and in the process of securing a studio space in Melbourne...
The course was brilliant! Being able to do it at my own pace worked well with my lifestyle and was easy to do whilst still maintaining a full time job at the same time. The modules were written in a very easy to understand manner and abundant with inspiration and motivating discussions.
The assignment marking was very prompt and jam packed with useful advice and critiques that will be of value for a life time and I always felt confident that my work would be marked with the utmost of fairness and honesty. The tutor treated me as an individual and all his commentary was aimed at giving me every possible assistance in paving a future in photography, and using my very own style of photography.
Being able to connect with tutors and students on Facebook was very rewarding and allowed me to discuss any aspect of photography, the course, and follow each others work. I put an edge on writing my own assignments and it inspired me to be more creative. I will continue to keep updated with fellow student discussion boards long after my course is finished.
The staff and admin at The Photography Institute where very accommodating and I felt very much like I had friendly and personalised relations.
Doing the course gave me great direction and a huge confidence boost. It is an invigorating feeling knowing that soon my diploma will be arriving in my mailbox.
I fully recommend to everyone wanting to study photography to go ahead with The Photography Institute. It was well worth it for me...
St Kilda, VIC
I have just completed the PI course and I am very happy with the outcome. I feel I have benefited a lot from doing this online course!
I discovered my passion for photography while travelling. My skills were self taught and even though I felt I had the confidence to turn my hobby into a career, I felt I needed that extra education and this is where I discovered The Photography Institute. Each module was very informative and also quite easy to understand, if I was ever stuck or didn't understand a part of my assignment I would email either Student Support or my tutor, I would always get my answer within 12 hours, sometimes in 2 hours, it was great.
The feedback I also received from my tutor after I submitted my assignments was very informative and very helpful. In some of the modules it required you to submit photos, this part is excellent, as your tutor critiques your photos, this was important for learning new techniques and developing my skills.
I have now completed my course and am happy with all of my results. I am now working as a freelance Photographer, I am currently targeting new fashion designers and also new models, I would love to be the photographer for the next Alex Perry or Miranda Kerr, that is my goal, my dream.
I would highly recommend anybody who is considering taking this course, I have learnt a lot from this course and I believe you will too.
Being able to do this course on-line has allowed me the freedom to develop my craft around other commitments.
It inspired excellence, taught me things about my camera I didn't know, taught me creative techniques and how to actually create images not just take images. It has given me the confidence to move beyond my comfort zone and develop my own vision of image making.
From completing this recognised Diploma course, I already have been commissioned for a commercial product shoot.
Thanks David for your input and feedback after each assignment. It was invaluable and like another tutorial in itself.
I thoroughly recommend this course if you are interested in taking your photography to the next level.
The Diploma in Photography has helped me immensely over the past year and will continue to help me for years to come. The course has a wealth of information that I will draw back on for a long time. For the amateur photographer who thinks they know all about photography, think again, there is so much to learn and I'm sure this course is only the tip of the ice berg, but it has opened up my eyes to a world of knowledge. The course has improved my photography over the past year and has therefore increased my satisfaction in taking photos.
The course has opened new chapters in my photography life by allowing me to dabble in genre’s I normally wouldn’t shoot such as portrait and food photography, as well as channeling my passion for landscape photography in to travel/resort photography, a passion I am now perusing as a second income. To be paid to take photos would be a dream come true and I feel it would not have been a possibility without this course.
The tutors always return assignments promptly with very helpful responses and information. A professional opinion on your photographs is an excellent learning tool.
Student Support is always friendly and helpful and the new facebook group is fantastic for engaging with other students and Student Support.
I have made a small website to showcase some of my photos while I build a more professional website to hopefully start my travel & resort photography business:
Thank you PI...
So, here I am at the other end of this course. I'm someone who's always been very interested in photography, but didn't know the first thing about f stops, aperture, histograms (histo-what??) and to top it off, hadn't studied for 30 years.
Could I do a self-paced course, whilst holding down a full-time job and travelling 3 hours a day? Why not!
What better way to test yourself, and prove you're not the biggest procrastinator on the planet and gain the sound and knowledgeable advice throughout the duration of the course from your tutor (I was fortunate enough to get George Seper himself). The PI support team were also fabulous and I gained very valuable insight from my fellow PI students online - seriously, who needs a classroom!
I've learnt so much. More than I could ever have imagined, and the proof is always in the pudding, when you realise "hey, I can take great photos" - and you did it all in Manual mode.
I urge anyone who's looked at this course online, thought about it, but hasn't quite been sure whether to take the plunge. Don't hesitate - do it! It's worth every cent, you'll get a wealth of information out of this course and find yourself standing at the other end, like me - throwing your virtual cap in the air and doing a happy dance..
Firstly I have to say a huge thank you to PI because this course has changed my life.
After spending many years as an enthusiastic hobby photographer shooting everything from autumn leaves on a dusty street to capturing endless laughter at family gatherings. The course has furnished me with valuable knowledge about how the digital system actually works, together with practical teachings about how to manipulate the controls of the camera to achieve the effect that you may have in your mind.
I loved the ease of the online delivery as it enabled you to work in your own time, with no time pressures inflicted on you. This course has focused my mind and my passion in the area of photography that I wish to pursue and I have already signed a contract with a professional imaging laboratory, and have had 6 paid projects to date, one of which was obtained through the Student Support team at PI.
It is truly a dream come true for me to finally follow my passion to earn money from something that I love so much!
Croydon Park, NSW
Before completing my Diploma in Photography, I was not confident at all with the photos I took and certainly didn’t believe I could make money off taking photos.
Since completing this course I have established myself and I am getting a steady flow of work from kids & family portraiture, weddings, corporate events and selling fine art prints.
I have my own website which has generated plenty of work for me and has put me on the road to becoming a successful photographer.
I have George and the great support of the team to thank.
I absolutely recommend this course to EVERYONE...
Rochedale South, Qld
A sample of our students images