Diploma in Digital Photography

Take your camera off auto and start taking exceptional images today!

Have a career as a professional freelance photographer, or take your hobby to the next level and create amazing photographic memories. Whether you want to take portraits, shoot the landscape or start building a portfolio, this comprehensive course, by some of the best working photographers including the great George Seper, will help you get there. You’ll learn to use your equipment, about lighting and retouching, how to construct a professional portfolio and how to get work.

Key benefits

  • Become your own boss by learning the skills to be a professional photographer
  • Understand your equipment and how to use it
  • You'll learn the whole photographic process, from shooting to editing
  • Construct a professional portfolio and sell your photographs
  • Get a Diploma and receive support from our experienced tutors

This course covers the following

  • Camera and lenses
  • Shutters, aperture, ISO and their relationships
  • Exposure and metering
  • The film and digital process
  • Light and colour
  • Lighting
  • How to take better photos
  • Equipment and software
  • Retouching, resolution and printing
  • The studio
  • How to construct a professional portfolio
  • Photo agents, picture agencies - how to get work and keep it

Course summary

Investment: $1295 + GST or only $25 on an interest FREE payment plan!

Assessments: 12 interactive assessments

Duration: 240 hours over 24 weeks. Learn at your own pace, but most students complete 10 hours per week over 24 weeks. This will enable you to completing one module every 2 weeks. Enrol online now and start when you are ready.

Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 12 months before you complete.

Course Level: 6

What our students say

★★★★★ "Student Support were brilliant and were quick to answer my queries. The course covers the technical side of photography as well. I am amazed at how much I have learnt!" - Myra Bayly.

★★★★★ "The tutors always return assignments promptly with very helpful responses and information. A professional opinion on your photographs is an excellent learning tool." - Gavin Nethery

★★★★★ "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." - Simon Everiss

Detailed Course Breakdown

13 reviews for Diploma in Digital Photography

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Im half way through this course. I am learning so much more than I thought I would. My tutor is awesome, his feedback after submitting my assignments are very helpful. I am really enjoying it

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Rowntree

    So far I am almost half way through and I am loving it! I don’t talk much to my tutor but he gives me awesome feedback on my assignments and puts things in a easy simple way to understand things better.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joey Katene

    I found the course content very good. The tutors are always there for support when you need them are very responsive. I would definitely rate The Career Academy out of five for all its help and support.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    Terri  Durning

    Course is going well. Sometimes it can be a bit challenging but the feedback I get from the tutor is helpful.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Julie-Anne Varney

    The fact that the course is offered totally online makes it super flexible when working full time, as it can slot in nicely with all the other commitments.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Flynn fletcher-dobson

    I loved this course! If you are a beginner or a pro, you will find something in this course to stimulate and develop your existing skills. Each module is written clearly and has everything within it for you to complete each assignment.
    Thank you!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bennett

    The course content covered all the topics and areas that I needed, and provided me with links to further learning on-line and through print media. The assignments were highly practical, thought-provoking at times, challenging and above all lots of fun!

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Les Osten

    From being a former teacher and principal I became pupil and learner and it was a great feeling as I eagerly awaited my tutor’s scorecard and written comments following each assignment! Assignments were marked promptly, professionally presented and always succinct, well directed and offered many points to consider and to be guided on. Thanks for such a tremendous job and for your positive encouragement.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Myra Bayly

    I am amazed at how much I have learnt!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Blake Benjamin Spittle

    I began the course with the intent of gaining more skills for a hobby, but now I want to take it up to the professional level. Without this course, I would never of thought of photography this way.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mike Loveland

    Thanks for the opportunity to do this course, i have really liked the way that i could do it in my own time at my own pace. i set myself goals of completing a module every 2-3 weeks, and on average have been successful – depending on other work commitments. The Feedback from the tutors has been positive, with ideas on where and what to try to improve for next time, the response time was good too, if I ever had any queries. I look forward to seeing what happens next in my photographic journey, as I now have a new found love of Sports photography…

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Hayton

    Without a question this photography course is for anyone who is serious about photography, from the absolute novice to the working Pro. The course is about so much more than just the pictures or how to use a DSLR and it takes you on a comprehensive journey into the world of photography (past, present and the future…) and everything that this entails. If all the tutors are as conscientious and professional as mine then you really cant get better value for money!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gale Cresswell

    This course is a great mix of technical and creative learning. The flexibility of studying online has worked brilliantly for me, enabling me to dedicate the time, without interference on work and family life…and of course, no travel costs!

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