Photography Courses

Express your creativity with our Photography Courses. You will master the art of story-telling with your camera and learn how to keep clients happy.

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Digital Photography: Short Course Certificate

Skills Academy offers three courses in Photography Studies, all designed to help improve your knowledge and skills in the world of Photography. Sign Up Now!

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Digital Photography: Certificate Course

Photographers can make moments even more special. This is by knowing their equipment well and by having an eye for the right moment, lighting and so on.

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Digital Photography: Comprehensive Certificate Course

This comprehensive course will teach you how to get the most out of your photographic equipment. You will learn how to take the best photos you can imagine.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and it’s time for you to capture the world with your story. Create beautiful works of art with your camera. With photography you can earn a handsome living, become your own boss and capture images you can be proud of.  

Reasons to Study Photography Courses

A chance to capture everlasting moments and get praised for your incredible work, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider enrolling in Photography Courses. Depending on where you end up studying, a photography course will teach you how to take beautiful pictures and all about the business side of photography. 

Your Skills Will Always be in Demand

As long as there are special events and celebrations, there will always be a need for photographers to capture the moment. Photography is one of those jobs that will never go out of style. You just need to find a field of photography you love. 

Unleash Your Creativity

If office or retail jobs aren’t for you, why not break away from the daily routine and explore a career where you can use your creativity. With photography you don’t have to let your good ideas go to waste, experiment with new props and techniques to create beautiful works of art.

Learn how to Capture Unforgettable Moments

A photography course will teach you about the basic elements of photography and other techniques that will help you improve your craft. You will learn about cameras and how they work. All this will help you capture unforgettable moments on camera. 

Chance to Earn a lot of Money

Capturing beautiful images comes with a price. A very handsome one. Photographers are known for earning a lot of money. A lot goes into taking these pictures, and therefore a photographer’s services aren’t cheap. You can expect to earn a lot of money when entering this career.

Photographer hiding in buses to get the perfect show. How far are you willing to go to become successful with our Photography Courses?

What Photography Courses Will Teach You

Not sure what to expect from Photography Courses? Well there are many skills you can pick up from enrolling in a course. What you will learn depends on the college you’ve enrolled in. Here is what you can expect from studying our courses via distance learning. 

  • Photography elements – This will be one of the most important things you will learn. So pay attention. Mastering this will help you take beautiful pictures. 
  • Digital photography – Get to know how your camera works and capture beautiful moments using your camera. You will also learn about different types of editing software. 
  • Time Management – Time is money. So learn how to manage it well and get rich. Distance learning will teach you how to prioritise work to meet deadlines. 
  • Communication – Learn how to properly communicate with clients to avoid confusion. Our courses teach you how to communicate in a professional manner. 
  • Service Excellence – As a photographer you will be working in the service industry. This course will teach you how to provide excellent service and how to keep your clients happy. 

Entry Requirements – Study Photography Without Matric

If you’re never finished or even went to high school, you will be pleased to know that you don’t need matric to learn photography. Skills Academy is one of the few places in South Africa you can study photography without having a matric or equivalent qualification. This is a skills based course which means that it will provide you with the skills to start a career in photography. All that’s needed from you to study this Open Access course is a basic understanding of the English language. 

The Photography Courses you Should Study

What Skills do you Need to Study Photography Courses

Not everyone can become a photographer. You need to have a combination of skills as well a certain level of interest to become great at photography. Think you have what it takes to become a photographer? Well you will need to possess the following skills.

Attention to Detail

When taking photos, photographers need to have good attention to detail. They need to take everything into consideration including lighting, the subject and all other elements. 


A lot of communication goes into photography. Photographers need to talk to their clients to find out what exactly they want. They also need to build trust with their clients to help give them direction on how to pose. Communication is key. 


Keep in mind that photography is visual art. And in order to keep you clients happy, you will need to do more than just point and shoot. This is also a very competitive industry and you will have to develop your own photography style. You will have to be creative with angles, tools, props, editing techniques, and more. 

Photographer setting their camera. You can learn about camera settings and how to take the perfect shot with Photography Courses

Photography Courses in South Africa

South Africa has different learning institutions that offer photography courses. These courses are often offered in cities like Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Students often have to relocate to these cities to study for these courses. Photography courses are often offered on a part-time or full-time basis, and students are required to attend classes during the week or weekend. However, with distance learning and Skills Academy you can enjoy flexible learning. You never have to attend class, and you can study anywhere in South Africa.  

Which Qualification is Best for Photography?

The great thing about photography is that you can enter the industry with any qualification. The type of qualification you can get depends on your needs and is your preference. You can get into photography by just doing a short course or completing a certificate course. These courses will serve as the foundation for your future career. They will equip you with the basic elements and principles of photography to help you get started. In photography, it’s best to let your portfolio speak for you. 

What Subjects are Needed for Becoming a Photographer?

There are no specific subject requirements to study photography. However, if you want to develop skills before going to college you need to consider which skills you need to become a photographer. The best thing you can do is to develop your creativity a bit more while in school. You can do this by choosing subjects like Visual Arts, Drama, Music and Consumer Studies. But subject choices are not a requirement. 

Don’t Lose Focus, Just Shoot

Develop your photography skills with distance learning and Skills Academy. Our courses will prepare you for an exciting career and a chance to become your own boss. Speak to one of our friendly course experts and let them walk you through our easy registration process.

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Last Updated: September 15, 2020

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