Online Photography Short Course

Take your photography to the next level with Ulleo's industry-led short course.

from AUD $50 /week
100-140 hours of learning
Delivered 100% online
Kickstart Your Career
Learn the photography techniques and business skills you need to succeed in the industry - today and tomorrow.
Learn From The Pros
Learn from globally-recognised photographers as they take you through their tricks of the trade.
Love What You Learn
Learn through engaging videos, activities and live workshops and get guidance from professional mentors.

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What you'll learn


Introduction to Photography

Telling Stories With Photographs
Included with Essentials

Before we dive into the complex world of photography technology and techniques, it's useful to step back and think about the bigger picture: why do we take photographs?

In this first lesson, you'll learn about the history of photography as a medium and the major impact it's had on society and culture.

You'll also start thinking about your own personal photography interests, goals and styles, and more importantly, the types of stories you want to tell with your art.

Topics covered:

  • A Brief History of Photography
  • How Photographs Tell Stories
  • Exploring Different Genres
  • Defining Your Style

Capturing Light

The Fundamentals of Photography
Included with Essentials

The very first step in any photographer's journey is to get to know how a camera and lens works.

By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to confidently and correctly expose an image using aperture, shutter and ISO settings.

You'll also have a solid understanding of how to capture motion in your images and how to use depth of field to your advantage with a range of handy activities and resources to guide you through.

Topics covered:

  • How Cameras Work
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • Depth of Field
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO
  • Putting It All Together: The Exposure Triangle
  • Camera Modes

Camera & Lenses

Mastering Your Equipment
Included with Essentials

When it comes to photography equipment, there's a whole new language to learn!

In this lesson, you'll learn about the capabilities of different cameras and lenses and how to make informed decisions about your own camera gear. You'll also explore some of the more advanced settings and accessories that you can use to achieve your unique photography goals and style.

By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to speak the language of photography with confidence.

Topics covered:

  • Types of Cameras
  • Film or Digital?
  • Sensor Size
  • Types of Lenses
  • Lens Technology
  • Additional Camera Settings

Image Composition

Creating Visual Impact
Included with Essentials

Now you've got the skills to operate your equipment with ease, it's time to get to know the art of taking impactful photographs.

In this lesson, you'll learn about the design elements and principles that underpin a photographer's practice. You'll also engage in some hands-on activities and projects to master the composition techniques used by the pros.

The result? A batch of great photos, but more importantly, a solid understanding of why they're great.

Topics covered:

  • What is Composition?
  • Design Elements for Photography
  • Design Principles for Photography
  • Composition Techniques
  • Working With Your Subject

Working With Light & Colour

A Photographer's Toolkit
Included with Essentials

Everything in photography comes back to light. In fact, the word Photography comes from the Greek words phos, meaning “light”, and graphê, meaning “drawing or writing”.

In this lesson, you'll learn about both natural and artificial light and how to use them to produce different effects in your photographs.

You'll also explore the wonderful world of colour, as different wavelengths of light that can be utilised to bring greater interest and impact to your photographs.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding Light
  • Understanding Colour
  • Working With Natural Light
  • Working With Artificial Light
  • Lighting Set-Ups

Refining Your Images

A Beginner’s Guide to Adobe Lightroom
Included with Essentials

Knowing what to do after taking a photo is what separates a casual snapshotter from a seasoned pro.

In this lesson, you'll learn the foundations of Adobe Lightroom, as the industry-leading tool for photography production.

Starting from the beginning, you'll work your way through the entire post-production workflow: from importing and organising your files, to basic image processing and editing, to your final export.

Topics covered:

  • Getting to Know Post-Production
  • Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
  • Importing Files
  • Organising Your Library
  • Adjusting Light
  • Adjusting Colour
  • Noise, Sharpening & Luminosity
  • Cropping & Adjusting Perspective
  • Exporting

Developing a Portfolio

Capturing Your Photography Style
Included with Professionals

To get the word out and gain new clients, you'll need a high-quality portfolio filled with your finest photographs.

With the guidance and insights of pro photographers, you'll start to think about your career goals and the type of work you want you to do.

You'll learn how to create a stunning website to showcase your work and get detailed feedback on how to best convey your unique style.

Topics covered:

  • Deciding on Your Goals
  • Choosing Your Best Work
  • Building a Website

Business Fundamentals

Skills for Professional Photographers
Included with Professionals

In any creative profession, having a solid set of business skills will enable you to keep growing and doing the work you love.

Although some of these topics aren't the most exciting thing in the world (we're looking at you accounting), this is truly the bread and butter of building a successful business. By the end of this lesson, you'll know how to price your projects, keep track of your finances, protect your intellectual property and build a business from the ground up.

Topics covered:

  • Business Set-Up
  • Legal Considerations
  • Asset Management
  • Pricing: Knowing Your Worth
  • Quoting
  • Invoicing

Brand & Marketing

Finding Clients & Opportunities
Included with Professionals

You've got the skills and the creative talent, now it's time to let the world know about it.

Branding and marketing can seem like daunting areas at first, but as you'll see in this lesson, it's simply about deciding who you are as a photographer and communicating that outwardly.

In doing so, you'll learn about creating customer personas, perfecting a professional website and building a social media presence. You'll also learn about some of the offline methods of getting the word out, including exhibitions, artist residencies and avenues for selling your work.

Topics covered:

  • Getting to Know Your Customers
  • Brand Personality & Voice
  • Building a Social Media Presence
  • Finding Clients & Opportunities

Working to a Brief

Managing a Project From Start to Finish
Included with Professionals

There's so much more to a creative project than picking up your camera and snapping some photographs.

In this lesson, you'll learn about the lifecycle of a project from start-to-finish, including developing a brief with a client, creating a range of concepts, planning your shoot, working to a timeline and shot list, directing models on-set, communicating with clients, asking for feedback, and working in a social, economic and environmentally sustainable way.

Topics covered:

  • Interpreting a Brief
  • Developing a Concept
  • Pre-Production Planning
  • Communication & Feedback
  • Sustainability Considerations

"Photography allows me to explore this amazing world we live in. It's the ultimate adventure."

During your short course with Ulleo, you'll receive dedicated support from your Course Mentor - award-winning Documentary Photographer Christina Simons.

This includes detailed feedback on your projects, regular livestream workshops and a dedicated 1:1 session to plan your future.


Christina Simons - Award-Winning Documentary Photographer & Course Mentor

Real-world stories and insights

Professional recognition

Once you complete your short course, you'll receive a verified Digital Badge and Certificate of Completion.

Add them to your resume, social channels and personal website to celebrate your achievement and stand out to potential employers and clients.

Certificate of Completion
Digital Badge

Course options

Invest in yourself and your future

Buy now, pay later
Pursuing a new hobby?
Photography Essentials: Capture the Moment
Learn essential photography skills: how to use a camera and how to set up, capture and edit stunning photographs.
Fully self-paced and flexible online learning with engaging videos, activities and resources.
Dedicated support and feedback from your industry Course Mentor.
Fortnightly livestream workshops and webinars with your Course Mentor, peers and industry guest speakers.
Building a career?
Photography Professionals: Skills & Strategies to Grow Your Business
Learn essential photography skills, plus, everything you need to know about running a thriving photography business.
Fully self-paced and flexible online learning with engaging videos, activities and resources.
Dedicated support and feedback from your industry Course Mentor.
Fortnightly livestream workshops and webinars with your Course Mentor, peers and industry guest speakers.
4 additional lessons on building a thriving photography business - with insights from industry-leading creatives.

Ulleo Events

During your studies, you’ll have access to regular live workshops, Q&As and webinars featuring your industry mentors, peers and a variety of guest speakers. Examples of topics include:

  • Tips and tricks for drone photography
  • How to take amazing photographs on a smartphone
  • Getting into the wedding photography industry
  • Time-lapse and hyper-lapse photography
  • A portrait photographer’s guide to posing people
  • Going back to basics with film photography

Each session is recorded and uploaded to the learning platform for later viewing. Enjoy over 95 hours of live content during your course!


Over $200 of course benefits

As a Ulleo student, get the most out of your experience with exclusive access to over $200 worth of amazing photography products, tools, and services.

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