Certification In Digital Photography


Professional Photography Course

6 Month Professional Photography Course

The Professional Digital Photography Certification Programme is a cutting edge course which was developed by Johnathan Andrews over the past decade. The programme was designed for a student who has no prior knowledge of photography (or how to use a digital SLR camera) and systematically develops the student’s theoretical and skills base to enter the market as a freelance photographer. 

After fundamental training has been completed, students progressively deal with more challenging and complex photographic assignments, until the Applied Digital Photography subject where diverse photographic genres are explored from photojournalism to wedding and product photography.

Upon successful course completion the graduate can enter the market as freelance photographer.

12 Weeks Lectures

Intensive Theoretical & Practical Training In Johannesburg

8 Weeks Online

2 Months To Complete Practical Assignments & Further Training In Your Own Time

4 Weeks Exams

Examination & Feedback Takes Place In Johannesburg To Conclude The Course

  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Flash Photography
  • Studio Photography
  • Motion & Creative Photography
  • Applied Digital Photography
  • Image Editing using Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Image Editing using Camera RAW
  • Adobe Bridge CC


Introduction to Digital Photography

  • Learn to use a Digital SLR camera
  • Technical aspects of Digital Photography
  • Digital Photography Principles
  • Practical training sessions:
  • Composition
  • First Light
  • Feedback and discussion
  • Night Time
  • Studio Photography

Flash Photography

  • Principles of flash photography
  • How to use an external flash
  • Functions of an external flash
  • Using off-camera wireless flash
  • When to use an external flash
  • Exposure metering techniques
  • Adding flash to ambient light
  • A model is photographed on location for a portfolio shoot

Studio Photography & Lighting

  • Photography in studio
  • Learn to use Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Feedback and discussion
  • Digital Photography Principles
  • Practical training sessions photographing:
  • Studio lighting techniques
  • Elements
  • Objects
  • Portraiture

Motion & Creative Photography

  • Photograph and create your own cartoon strip
  • Shooting and creating a cinemagraph
  • HDR Photography
  • Shooting and creating a panoramic image
  • Time Lapse Photography
  • Painting with Light
  • Strobe Photography
  • Various Photoshop CC tutorials are provided to guide post-production work where necessary

Applied Digital Photography

  • Photojournalism
  • Event Photography & covering an event
  • Product Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Wedding Photography
  • Model portfolios & portrait Photography
  • Shoot an advertisement
  • Abstract Photography

Image Editing with Photoshop CC, Camera RAW and using Adobe Bridge

  • RAW file adjustments and professional batch operations.
  • Colour temperature & white balance.
  • Sharpening and noise reduction using Camera Raw Import.
  • Layers, layer masks, adjustment layers and techniques for proper usage.
  • Using layers to create complex image composites.
  • Spot removal & skin retouching techniques.
  • Tonal range adjustments using adjustment layers.
  • Colour correction and colour coding.
  • Making high contrast black & white images.
  • Understanding image size and image resolution (ppi).
  • Preparing images for print, web & devices.
  • Working with video in Photoshop CC.


  • No photography experience is required. This is a course which starts at beginners level and progresses to advanced.
  • This course is a skills based programme.
  • The course is presented in English.


A student needs the following equipment to attend the course:

  • Use your own Digital SLR camera and lenses
  • Tripod
  • 5-in-1 reflector *
  • Laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Bridge installed
  • External flash
  • A wireless flash trigger *
  • 2 x light stands *
  • 1 x disc arm holder *

* These items are compulsory to be bought through JAA.

The course takes approximately 6 months to complete.

  • 12 Weeks training in Johannesburg.
  • 8 Weeks online assignments and further training done online.
  • 4 Weeks of exams in Johannesburg.

R 75 000 per person

The course fee can be settled in one payment before course commencement, or can be paid in installments:

  • One payment before course commencement - R 69 000 (a settlement discount of R 6 000 applies).
  • Installments - R 20 000 deposit before course commencement PLUS 6 installments of R 9 167 each.

Note that the full course fee needs to be settled before a student will be admitted for examinations.

Johnathan Andrews facilitates all lectures, online guidance and exams personally.

Course Starting Dates 2020

The course is presented at our location in Stoneridge, Edenvale on a one-on-one basis or to groups.

Please complete the contact form to discuss a starting date or contact Johnathan Andrews: 082 852 7522 / johnathan@johnathan-andrews.com