“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” -  Paul Caponigro

Email: bookings@myphotoschool.co.za

Phone: 072-972 9478

Welcome to My Photo School!

My Photo School was established in 2014 and offers photography courses and workshops for beginners to advanced photographers in the Durban area. 

Basic to Intermediate Course

Photography for Beginners 101

Private 1-on-1 Coaching

Lightroom

Photoshop

Master Class


BASIC TO INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Any beginner to intermediate photographer who wants to learn photography.
  • Any photographer who is stuck on shooting in auto and preset modes and wants to leverage more creativeness and control in photography.
  • If you are thinking about a future career in photography this would be a good place to start!

SCHEDULE & VENUE

7 sessions includes 2 practical photo shoots.

Class room sessions are 2 - 2.5 hours.

Practicals are 3 - 4.5 hours

Venue: Durban North (address will be provided once booked)


NEXT COURSE DATES 

2022/01 WEDNESDAY CLASS

18 January 2022 / 9:00am - 12:00pm (class)

26 January 2022 / 9:00am to 11:00am (class)

2 February 2022 / 9:00am to 11:00am (class)

9 February 2022 / 9:00am to 11:00am (class)

Sunday 13 February 2022 / Morning Practical (venue will be decided)

Wednesday 16 February 2022 / Evening Practical (venue will be decided)

23 February 2022 / 9:00am to 11:00am (class)


2022/02 SATURDAY CLASS

22 January 2022 / 8:00am - 11:30pm (class)

15 February 2022 / 8:30am - 11:00pm (class)

12 February 2022 / 8:30am to 11:00pm (class)

Sunday 13 February 2022 / Morning Practical (venue will be decided)

Wednesday 16 February 2022 / Evening Practical (venue will be decided)

19 February 2022 / 8:30 - 11:00am (class)


COST & PAYMENT

Course is R5,350.00 per person.

A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your seat (T&C apply).

Full payment is required 14 days prior to commencement of the course or workshop.

An additional security or entrance levy MAY be charged for certain venues where the practical sessions will be done and split amongst participants (between R50 - R200).

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This in-depth and hands-on Basic to Intermediate Photography Course will guide you through your camera functions, settings and modes.

You will learn:

  • Exposure and all that goes with it.
  • DOF.
  • Focus selection and focusing.
  • Metering.
  • Histograms.
  • Camera shake
  • Introduction to light.
  • Composition
  • ....and much more!

By the end of the course you will shoot in manual mode confidently. This course will also expose you to different genres and shooting techniques and introduce you to post processing. It does not matter what brand of camera you have because the fundamentals of photography are the same so you will be quite at home.

Note: If you have an older camera and thinking of upgrading I would suggest do the course first! By doing this course you will have more knowledge to help you acquire the camera and lens best suited for the genre you prefer.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Your own camera. All types of DSLR and mirrorless cameras are suitable for this course. Bridge and compact cameras may also be suitable as long as they have the manual mode function. You will also need a tripod for homework and practicals.

If you need advice on this please do not hesitate to contact us during office hours.

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PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS 101

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • This class is for you if you are a beginner and overwhelmed with your new camera and want to know where to start.
  • If you already have a camera and have not used it for a while and you want to get back into photography then this a good refresher.
  • It does not matter what brand of camera you have because the fundamentals of photography are the same so you will be quite at home.

SCHEDULE & VENUE

One session 2-3 hours.

There is no schedule, this class is done at a time convenient to all.

Venue: Durban North (you will receive location once booked).

COST & PAYMENT

R890.00 per person.

Payment: EFT payment in full is required to confirm your slot. Includes notes, tea, coffee and water.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This Photography for Beginners 101 class will break down very simply how your digital camera works and you will also learn.

  • About different lenses and what is best suited for various genres.
  • Jpeg vs Raw images.
  • Menus, dials and settings.
  • Shooting modes on your camera, how they work and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Introduction to exposure: aperture, shutter and ISO.

On completion you will have a lot of confidence to start using your digital camera.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Your own camera. All types of DSLR and mirrorless cameras are suitable for this course. Bridge and compact cameras may also be suitable as long as they have the manual mode function.

If you need advice on this please do not hesitate to contact us during office hours.

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PRIVATE 1-on-1 COACHING

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This session is for any photographer.

If you’d prefer private lessons then this is the package for you. In addition, the session can be conducted at our venue or another venue (your home, park, reserve) that suits you.

SCHEDULE & VENUE

There is no set schedule. Once you decide on booking we mutually agree on a time and place.own camera.

COST & PAYMENT

Your own camera. All types of DSLR and mirrorless cameras are suitable for this course. Bridge and compact cameras may also be suitable as long as they have the manual mode function. You will also need a tripod for homework and practicals.

If you need advice on this please do not hesitate to contact us during office hours.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

A private photography coaching session or post processing coaching session is structured according to your current skill / knowledge and what you would particularly like to learn.

Normally you will be asked to jot down what you are struggling with so that it is clear what the goals of the session is and the content can be planned in advance.
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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Your own camera and/or laptop. All types of DSLR and mirrorless cameras are suitable for this course. If you are looking at doing Lightroom or Photoshop then you must have your own laptop with those applications installed.

If you need advice on this please do not hesitate to contact us during office hours.

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LIGHTROOM COURSE

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This course is for any person / photographer who wants to take their photography workflow and post processing to a higher level to be more efficient and productive.

SCHEDULE & VENUE

Class Schedule: 3 X 2.5 hour class sessions + 1 X 2hr class session

Note:
classes are small, maximum 3 people!


There is no set schedule, once you decide on booking we mutually agree on a time.

Venue:
Durban North (address will be provided once booked).

COST & PAYMENT

R2,500.00 per person.

Payment:
EFT payment in full is required to confirm your slot. Includes notes, tea, coffee and water.

Note:
larger groups (minimum 4 people) can be accommodated at your location. Send a request and we will discuss a schedule and pricing.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of what Lightroom is, how it works and how it will help your workflow as a Photographer. We start off with setting up your catalog, Lightroom preferences, setting up your Library and Develop Modules and also set up your Import dialog.

One important aspect is how you manage your photos on your storage.

During the course we will also create several pre-sets that will streamline your workflow and let you work with consistency.

You will also learn amongst other things: basic workflow from camera or card or file, collections, keywords, metadata, various presets, importing, creating folders, selection of photos, editing workflow and editing tools, ratings, colour codes, rejects, using presets, making presets, third party plugins and other adobe products, HDR merge, panorama merge, transform, lens distortion and much more.

We also do some practical editing and retouching on various genres of photos (portrait, landscape, street etc). Once the editing is done we work on exporting images for printing, social media and other uses and how to create theses presets.

Finally we look at your past library of photos and you will learn how to bring them int your new Lightroom Catalog.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Your own laptop with Adobe Lightroom Classic Installed.

Also you need at least 8GB free storage space to download some course materials and photos. It is recommended that you use an external hard drive for all your photography.

Students should have at least the basic computer skills to be able to navigate around your file system and be able to do the basic functions of open files, copy, post and so on.

If you need advice on this please do not hesitate to contact us during office hours.

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PHOTOSHOP ESSENTIALS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Any photographer who wants to start learning some advanced photo editing skills.

The Photoshop Essentials for Photographers Course is designed for photographers to learn the basics of advance photo editing to prepare for more advance photo editing workshops.

If you are just starting out it is recommended that you do the Lightroom Course before doing Photoshop!

SCHEDULE & VENUE

Class Schedule: 3 X 2.5 hour class sessions + 1 X 2hr class session

Note:
classes are small, maximum 2 people!

There is no set schedule, once you decide on booking we mutually agree on a time.

Venue:
Durban North (address will be provided once booked).

SCHEDULE & VENUE

Class Schedule: 3 X 2.5 hour class sessions + 1 X 2hr class session

Note:
classes are small, maximum 2 people!

There is no set schedule, once you decide on booking we mutually agree on a time.

Venue:
Durban North (address will be provided once booked).

COST & PAYMENT

R2,500.00 per person.

Payment: EFT payment in full is required to confirm your slot. Includes notes, tea, coffee and water.

Note: larger groups (minimum 4 people) can be accommodated at your location. Send a request and we will discuss a schedule and pricing.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Because Photoshop is such a vast application anyone starting out their artistic photographic journey will be overwhelmed at what you can do in Photoshop.

This course will give you a comprehensive essentials that Photographers need to start their artistic post processing journey. We cover a range of aspects including:

Workflow explained as a stand alone use application and in conjunction with Lightroom, preferences setup, importing, metadata, keywords, creating folders, selection of photos, essential tools, how to do non-destructive editing, using/creating smart objects, layers and layer masking, blending modes, retouching tips and tools, using the right tool for the right task.

We also do editing techniques, plug-ins, creating actions, cropping & resizing, B&W conversion techniques, sharpening techniques and more...

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Your own laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed.

Also you need at least 8GB free storage space to download some course materials and photos. It is recommended that you use an external hard drive for all your photography.

Students should have at least the basic computer skills so that you can navigate around your file system and be able to do the basic functions of open files, copy, past and so on.

If you need advice on this please do not hesitate to contact us during office hours.

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