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Photography & Digital Imaging - Intermediate (PDI1)

Aimed at those who wish to expand their low to medium knowledge of photography very quickly, but in a highly structured way

28 Modules/280 Segments



This course is aimed at very busy people who want to significantly progress their photography and imaging skills, but have serious time restraints due to work/family commitments.

Based around vastly different photography topics this Photography & Digital Imaging Course is aimed at those who really want to push the limits of their photography while testing out various photography disciplines such as Landscape Photography, Street Photography, Macro Photography and Off-Camera Flash. A heavy emphasis on shooting and processing Raw files will be a core element of this course. Also, with each student required to present a project of images at the end of the course participants can be sure that their photography will be at a completely different level at the end of this amazing course!

Course Description

The beauty of this course is that participants do not need a wide range of skills to get great results, you can be a complete beginner or someone with more photography experience. Each week we prepare participants for photography discipline by only discussing the camera techniques needed for that particular topic.


The course takes place over 16 weeks - one night a week plus a weekend tutor led field trip every two weeks or so. At the end of the course participants will have an in-depth understanding of how the creative process works and how to put it into effect in all your photos.

The widely different photography topics are the bedrock of this course. From HDR to Landscape Photography to Street Photography to Macro Photography to Off-Camera Flash to Studio Flash - at the end of this course each participant will have a much clearer idea as to which photography discipline most suits them and their personality. Classroom based tutorials form the core of this exciting course where each tutorial will give participants the key information needed to help participants capture great shots on each of the scheduled field trips.

A digital camera which allows participants to change the shutters speeds and apertures is a requirement for this course, and the camera must have an ability to shoot in Raw format. Suitable cameras would include almost any Digital SLR and some Bridge cameras. Lightroom is also required. A very special element of this course is the project presentation on the final night. Each student is asked to choose a project from a list and to present 6-10 photos based on this theme on the final night.


Painting with Light in a graveyard on the Off Camera Field Trip

One Personal Photo Project

Students will create a personal photography project during the time of the course. On the first night of the course participants will be asked to choose a project from a list of themes. Over the length of the course you will be expected to put some personal time into researching and shooting this project. On the final night stuents will make a slideshow presentation of the 6-10 photos that participants have shot over the preceding 16 weeks. The presentation, and the shots included, will be critiqued by the tutor in class. Time will be set aside during a number of classes to assess the progress of each personal project.

Some Photo Projects to choose from:

  • Project 1 - Elements that make up a bathroom
  • Project 2 - My journey to work
  • Project 3 - A childs play area
  • Project 4 - Flowers in vases
  • Project 5 - Talking the dog for a walk
  • Project 6 - Making dinner
  • Project 7 - Personal choice project
Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Video Slideshow Presentation

Full training will also be provided in the creation of a slideshow of your photo project, this will include the ethics and issues around use of copyrighted music in your work. Also discussed will be the video file types and their suitability for various social media sharing platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.

Zero Essays

An important feature of this course is that we do not require you to write 2,000+ word essays on your favourite photographer. Unlike other courses at this level, where written articles are regularly required, we simply want you to spend each precious hour of your time giving your technical and creative skills a major boost. This can only be done, in our opinion, by concentrating on what matters; taking and processing pictures.

Online Course Content

  • Shooting Small
  • Shooting with Raw image files
  • Landscape Photography
  • Street Photography
  • Macro Photography
  • Off Camera Flash/Painting with Light
  • HDR Photography
  • 7 Photo Field Trips
  • Lightroom Key-wording & Cataloguing
  • Lightroom Raw Processing
  • Manual Mode Shooting
  • Manual Flash Techniques
  • Personal Assessment
  • Slideshow Creation
  • 1 Personal Photo Project

Manual Flash

Required Equipment & Software

The following is a list of the equipment and software that each student must have on the first session of the course:

  • A Digital SLR with at least an 18-55mm kit lens
  • Laptop (Mac or PC)
  • Lightroom (or equivalent)
  • We recommend that all of our long-term students consider Adobe's Cloud offering of Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC for $9.99 per month, more details, including pricing for yoru region is available at this link.


Please note that there are no hidden fees or extra registration costs.

Who is this course suited for?

This course is ideal for those who wish to get a jump start on their photography but have limited time available due to work/home commitments. Many students will be looking to gain a highly competent level in photography as a personal creative expression, others will be seeking to prepare themselves to work as freelance photographers and wish to have a professional level of experience to help them build a solid pool of images in various photography disciplines. Those looking towards further study in art or photography will gain significantly through this course by learning the key photographic techniques while spending their time building a substantial portfolio to illustrate their new found skills.

Landscape Photography


Level of Prior Knowledge Required

Most students on this course will be at a realtively very early stage in their photographic journey, with many of the participants having only previously used Program Mode on their cameras. Some will have been dabbling in Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority, but getting mixed results that they find difficult to fix.

Required Reading & Further Research

A list of important titles are will be provided to attendees once they have booked the course. This list comprises books that will help expand your knowledge and understanding of photography and the creative process as it relates to this course.

Full Colour, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Full colour, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are give out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy you will recieve detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards.


The majority of photographers earning a living from photography are self employed, and the majority of these are self taught. As such, a qualification is not a requirement for employment or advancement in this industry. In fact, no-one asks to see your qualifications, they ask to see your portfolio, ask any photographer.. College Degree Courses, by their nature, have to concentrate on many aspects that are irrelevant to the reality of life of as a photographer and rarely leave participants ready for the real world at the end of the course. These courses quite often do not provide training in the latest software or the latest techniques.

We feel strongly that our concentration on the important aspects of photography are key to the success of our long term courses. This course is laser targeted on helping you build a solid portfolio or quality work and gain in-depth knowledge of photography which will stand you in good stead over the rest of your life as a creative photographer.

Course Presenter
The course presenter for this course is fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Dave graduated from the 3 Year Photography Course in Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin in 1985, and has over 30 years experience in creative photography. He got his first film SLR in 1982, owned multiple darkrooms, was an early adoption of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002) and Lightroom (2007), he has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium and has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.
Dave's work can be seen in the following places:

Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
Course Code PDI1
Modules 28 Modules/280 Segments
Learning Hours 32 Hours
Course Fee $299.99
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