Certificate in Photography

The Certificate in Photography is the perfect foundation course for beginner photographers who are looking to take their passion for photography to the next level.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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Study 100% Online

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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Upfront Payment with discount or an Interest-Free Payment Plan starting from $26 per week.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with 12 months of access time to complete your course.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes
  • Professional Photographer
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Hobby Photographer
Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction To Photography

  1. Origins of Photography
  2. Film
  3. Photo Equipment: Cameras
  4. Photo Equipment
  5. Processing/Developing Images
  6. Enlarging and Photo Manipulation
  7. Lighting
  8. Fault Finding

Module 2 Photographic Practice

  1. Composition
  2. Photographing People
  3. Nature and Landscape Photography
  4. Colour vs Black & White
  5. Special Techniques – Action and Candid Photography
  6. Illustrative Photography
  7. Publishing
  8. Business Opportunities in Photography

Module 3: Photographic Technology

  1. Image Formation
  2. Lighting
  3. Sensitometry A (ie. Film Sensitivity)
  4. Sensitometry B
  5. Understanding Colour
  6. Chemistry of Colour Photography
  7. Optical Filters and other activities
  8. Lenses
Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you 5 days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
DSLR Camera Optional

If required, this course can include a professionally recommended DSLR camera suited to the course and a career in photography.


The Certificate in Photography delivers a great introduction to the basics of film and digital photography. Learn how images are captured, how to use photographic equipment, and processing and developing camera film. Explore various techniques used for photographing people and landscapes, using black and white, sports photography, illustrative photography and images for publishing. Study image formation, lighting, lenses, filters, colour and sensitometry, for both film and digital.

Course Outline

Students will undertake 3 Key Modules, made up of 24 subjects.

Module 1: Introduction to Photography (100 hours)

A great introduction to the basics of film and digital photography, you will learn how images are captured, how to use photographic equipment, processing and developing camera film.

Throughout the module, discuss the principles that underpin photography and examine the evolution into digital technologies. You will develop a solid understanding of how to improve your capabilities with respect to taking photographs and help you determine appropriate application for a range of common items of photographic equipment. Explore the process of how photographic film is developed and enlarged, as well as discovering techniques that can be used to process digital photographs within a computer to achieve improved or changed images.

Module 2: C Photographic Practice (100 hours)

Study the techniques used for photographing people and landscapes, using black and white, sports photography, illustrative photography, and images for publishing.

This module is all about exploring the techniques required for successful photography. You will learn how to compose photographs in a way that matches a predetermined aim. Discover how to take better photographs of people and how this differs to what is required to get capture landscapes and natural subjects. Explore the differences between black and white photography and colour, what subjects work best for each and why you would choose to use one over another. Learn how to create various visual effects through the use of special techniques. You will also gain a better understanding of the nature and scope of business opportunities in the photography industry and what this may mean for you.

Module 3: Photographic Technology (100 hours)

Understand what it takes to capture a good photo and learn how to identify problems by exploring image formation, lighting, lenses, filters, colour and sensitometry.

In this module, you won’t just learn how to capture a good photograph, but you’ll discover how to describe in technical terms, how an image forms when a photograph is taken. Delve deeper into the nature of light and how this relates to the finished photographic product, and how sensitivity of a photo-sensitive surface and its development can affect the photographic image. You will explore how the composition and manipulation of white and coloured light creates different photographic images, and the chemical process that occurs in producing a colour film photograph. Gain a better understanding of how the photographic image may be manipulated by using optical filters or other camera attachments, other than lenses, and also how different lenses can manipulate a photograph image too.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course. You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association that recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry, or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry-leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of online courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. Among these offerings, the Digital Marketing Course stands out for those interested in harnessing the power of the Internet for business success. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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