Skip to content

On Course Length and Quality

Depth and breadth

If you’re new to photography or have never shot on manual (and I don’t mean manual focus) you’ll find superficial introductions to all photographic disciplines online already. They rarely give sufficient detail to be useful. Photography for Journalism will provide you with useful, usable information tailored to your discipline, skill level and your chosen photographic device.

You don’t need a course to take photographs, but even camphones have their own idiosyncrasy.  Without lessons you can still take hundreds of photographs until you get something that’s more-or-less OK, but once you know what you’ll doing, you’ll save that time. After a while you’ll know exactly how to get the images you see in your mind’s eye, and then you’ll find new ways of telling visual stories as your photographic thinking develops.


Why is this course so long?

Photography for Journalism is designed in a modular format so that it is flexible, affordable and something that can fit around existing work commitments. I’ve designed the course for people like me. By spreading each module over a month I’ve maximised the flexibility in when you choose to do the module and the practical work and by spreading the cost I’ve done what I can to help accommodate a freelancer’s variable income.

Architectural photography, competition photography, documentary photography, entertainment photography, flat lays, Instagram images, lifestyle photography, mobile phonography, news photography, photo editorial, photo libraries, photography for foreign correspondents, portrait photography, social and street photography all need a certain level of knowledge and experience. That’s why many of the modules build on previous modules. These should parallel your growing experience.

Each module has optional self study exercises, optional homework, a theoretical element and a practical element. Each module has a guest specialist who will give you tips and tricks and review some of your home study work.

About the experts
Every specialist area has its own tricks and traps. I’ve invited a number of specialists to present a workshop, do a Q&A session, set and review home study work and am working with them to make sure that their work adds to what you learn and gives perspectives that you’ll not get elsewhere.

Are non-journalists allowed on this course?

Everyone is welcome, but the course is designed for journalists. It assumes a working knowledge of the industry, uses a very specific language, assumes a knowledge of different forms of media and an experience in pitching. If you really want to do the course and don’t have this knowledge drop me a line and we can discuss how you can develop it.

Sign on here.