Courses

Photography courses

Furthering your photography education can be done in many ways. We’ve chosen the best ebooks, online courses and longer courses so you can get the most out of your camera. If you’re a novice and need some advice quickly, an online course is the best solution. If you’ve got more time and want to learn in an environment of your peers, a more structured photography course will probably suit better.

The four most popular ebooks and photography training video series


It comes with everything you need:

  • Private consulting telephone
  • Private email address for coaching
  • Software
  • 8-week guarantee (no questions asked)
  • Immediate download after payment

Make Money With Your Camera

This is the short cut to making money with your camera from stock photography. Find out:

  • Where to upload your photos. It will show you over a dozen sources that are hungry for new photos EVERYDAY!
  • How to spot the hot trends which can put big money in your pocket each and every week.
  • Which sources pay the highest rates for your photos
  • How to get twice the price that most photographers are getting for their photos.
  • Which keywords to use to skyrocket your photographs to the top of the photography sites.
  • How to take the perfect picture every time.
  • Which photographs earn the most amount of money
  • How to earn money forever from photo’s you took once
  • Which photos you should not submit to the photography sites

Click here to find out more about how to make money with your camera

Bonus material (subject to author’s discretion):

  • The Photography Directory (314 photography-related sites and more)
  • Top Tips for Better Photography
  • Glamour Notes – how to apply the posing secrets to glamour photography
  • A package of open-source photo management and editing software

Comes with:

  • 8-week guarantee
  • Immediate download after payment

Posing Secrets: The Photographer’s Essential Guide

One of the hardest skills to master is how to get the best out of a model.

Posing Secrets is a 120-page e-book that is used by professionals and amateurs alike and will ensure that you will have the tips and techniques to get many great shots rather than relying on luck.

The guide works for casual, glamour, journalistic or traditional photography styles and, while best for the photographer with some experience, is useful even for absolute novices.

The main advantage of this book is that models respond favourably to strong direction, and the techniques and methods taught here will give any photographer a huge boost in confidence, allowing them to give specific direction.

Click here to find out more about Posing Secrets, and download the e-book

Bonus material (subject to author’s discretion):

  • Photographing the Edge of Darkness
  • Free videos
  • Videos are high resolution
  • There’s a forum and other information on the site

Comes with:

  • Immediate download after payment

Pro Photo Insights: Downloadable videos

Photographer Simon Plant has shot for National Geographic and Time, amongst others. In this video series he shows how making the step up from novice to semi-professional or professional is achieved by studying how others deal with tricky problems to get the photographs that are stunning.

Pro Photo Insights produces very reasonably priced downloadable video tutorials so you can fine tune different aspects of your photographic skills, depending on your requirements. Tutorials include:

  • Studio pre-production, props sourcing, model sourcing and studio lighting
  • Capturing cars in motion
  • Shooting for super resolution
  • Hi key retouching
  • Workflow and image archiving
  • And more.

With prices from UKP2.99/ USD4.50/ NZD$7, they’re affordable additions to your photographic arsenal.

Click here to find out more about Pro Photo Insights and download the videos

Features:

  • 216-pages with examples
  • Immediate download after payment

The Science of Great Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is one of the most rewarding types of photography – you get out into the wide world. But it can also be disappointing as the conditions are infinitely variable, and this can make getting a great photo quite challenging.

The Science of Great Landscape Photography takes the reader through the whole process, from choosing a location through to understanding weather reports, and how to use Photoshop to fine-tune your images.

There’s even a bonus area with information on how to sell photos that you’ve taken.

Click here to find out more about The Science of Great Landscape Photography, and download the e-book

Where to upload your photos. I will show you over a dozen of my sources that are hungry for new photos EVERYDAY!
How to spot the hot trends which can put big money in your pocket each and every week.
Which sources pay the highest rates for your photo’s
How to get twice the price that most photographers are getting for their photo’s.
Which keywords to use to skyrocket your photographs to the top of the photography sites.
How to take the perfect picture every time.
Which photographs earn the most amount of money
How to earn money forever from photo’s you took once
Which photos you should not submit to the photography sites

University and college courses

University courses

Auckland University runs short courses in its Centre for Continuing Education. They start from around $180. Click here to search ‘photography’ on Auckland University’s website

AUT (Auckland) runs several papers as part of broader degrees including Bachelor of Communication Studies, Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Bachelor of Design, and Graduate Diploma in Advertising Creativity. Click here to search ‘photography’ on AUT’s website, and scroll down the page to see papers offered.

Massey University (Albany, Wellington and Manawatu) offers a Diploma in Photography, as well as photography papers as part of other degrees such as Bachelor of Design. Click here to search ‘photography’ on Massey University’s website for courses and click here to search specific photography papers.

University of Canterbury (Christchurch) offers numerous photography courses that are usually one year long. Click here to view the current courses

Otago (Dunedin), Victoria (Wellington) and Waikato (Hamilton) Universities do not have photography courses listed on their websites. Photographic components may be offered as part of broader degrees, though.

Polytechnic and institutes of technology courses

Aoraki Polytechnic (Dunedin and Timaru) runs several photographic courses including Diploma in Digital Photography and Certificate in Digital Photography. Click here to search photography on Aoraki Polytechnic’s website.

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (Tauranga) offers photography as part of broader courses. Click here to search photography on Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s website.

CPIT (Christchurch) offers several photographic qualifications including Diploma in Photographic Imaging and Diploma in Professional Photography. Click here to view photography courses at CPIT.

Manukau Institute of Technology (Auckland) offers several courses that contain photography, plus a dedicated Certificate in Photography (level 4). Click here to see the photography course options.

Otago Polytechnic (Dunedin) offers courses such as Advanced Digital Photography. Click here to find out more.

South Seas Film, Television and Photography School (Auckland) offers a one year Digital Photography Diploma with 1272 hours a year and NZQA accredited level 6. Click here to find visit the South Seas website.

Unitec (Auckland) offers dedicated photography qualifications as well as broader creative qualifications. Click here to search ‘photography’ on Unitec’s website.

UCOL (Palmerston North, Wanganui and Wairarapa) offers specific qualifications as well as creativie qualifications with a strong focus on photography, such as Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging. Click here to search ‘photography’ on UCOL’s website.

Weltec (Wellington) offers courses in creative technologies with photographic elements. Click here to view the course options.