Introduction to Digital Photography & Photoshop

Photography Course

Introduction to Digital Photography & Photoshop

The Introduction to Digital Photography & Photoshop CC course is an intensive training programme designed for persons who have no prior knowledge of digital photography.

The course is presented on a private one-on-one basis usually over 10 sessions - the number of sessions will be determined by the pace at which a student develops. The sessions deal with a host of topics, including the various functions of your Digital SLR camera, theoretical elements of how these settings affect your photographs, in-the-field practical training sessions, as well as working with Photoshop CC to edit images. The aim of the Photoshop aspect of the course is to provide the basic principles of working with digital images in the post-production phase using Adobe software. One of the advantages of digital photography is the virtually limitless possibilities in the post-production phase of producing photographs. We explore this!

The course objectives include learning how to use your Digital SLR camera in the manual exposure mode, get a thorough under-standing of many other camera settings and gain valuable experience in various photography situations and conditions as well as working with images after production.

The theoretical/classroom sessions are presented at the JAA facility in Modderfontein, Edenvale and the in-the field training sessions take place at various locations.

6 Lectures

Intensive Theoretical & Practical Training. Photography & Photoshop

2 Practical Sessions

In-The-Field Practical Training Sessions To Apply The Theory

Test & Conclusion

Multiple Choice Test & Present A Portfolio Of Work


Aspects are covered in the first three classroom sessions:

  • The DSLR camera kit, lenses
  • Basic terms and principles, monitor calibration.
  • Camera RAW files
  • Manual mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority
  • Shutter speed , Aperture and f-stop, ISO
  • Metering modes, Auto Focus areas, Auto Focus modes
  • White Balance
  • Bracketing, Exposure compensation
  • Composition


Aspects are covered during three classroom sessions:

  • Understanding the Histogram in Camera RAW.
  • Sharpening and cropping images.
  • White balance.
  • Sharpening and noise reduction.
  • Spot removal.
  • Highlight and shadow recovery.
  • Image adjustments using the tone curve.
  • Enhance image colours and other adjustments.
  • Making high contrast black & white images.


During two practical in-the-field sessions, students apply the principles covered in the theory and practical training received:

  • The first practical is done during the late afternoon (golden hour) in a suburban area.
  • The second practical is done outdoors with the focus on using a fill light and diffuser to shoot better portraits of people.


  • Students are required to take a multiple choice test which covers the aspects which were dealt with during the course. A pass mark of 55% is required to pass the test.
  • During this session, students also receive a final photographic assignment which has to be completed for the next session.


  • The final session is used to conclude the training with students presenting their work as required in the final assignment that they received the previous day.
  • Grading is done and a final mark as well certificate is awarded.


  • No photography experience is required. This is a beginners course.
  • This Introduction to Digital Photography 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

* This item is compulsory to be bought through JAA.

The course is usually presented over 10 sessions of +- 1 to 2 hours each and can be taken on a full time or part time basis. Note that additional sessions may be required depending on the student's pace and progress.


The sessions can be done on a consecutive daily basis are usually from 10:00 to 12:00, or 14:00pm to 16:00 every day with a weekend break after the first 5 sessions, before the second half of the course commences on the Monday.

The Late Afternoon Practical starts at +-5pm depending on the time of the year (when sunset is).


The sessions are usually presented on a week evening from 18:00 or 18:30; or on a Saturday (times subject to availability).

The Late Afternoon Practical starts at +-5pm on the day depending on the time of the year (when sunset is).

The following payment options are available:

  • Full Course Fee: R9500.
  • Or, the sessions can be paid for one at a time at R990 per session.

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

Course Starting Dates 2020

The short 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 /