About

The Online Photo Institute (OPI) is the best thing in photo education since those little packets of individually sliced processed cheese. Well, maybe the best thing since sliced bread.

Here’s why…

  1. You get to work with your own personal photography mentor. A real human. Someone who will critique your images and tell you what you need to do to improve your photography.
  2. It’s affordable. We use a stripped down business model that means we focus on communication with students, and we don’t have a plush corporate office or other extras that don’t contribute to making the student experience as good as possible. Check out the prices – they are less than half the prices of many of our competitors.
  3. You can work at your own pace. Unlike most other university based courses, you can take as long as you like on each assignment.
  4. It’s hands on. You have some theory to read, and then you have a practical assignment that will give you a chance to learn-by-doing.
  5. Assessment is optional. If you want you can submit work to our examination panel, and gain certification, or you can just do the courses and not worry about certification.
  6. The course is brought to you by people with extensive experience in teaching photography by distance learning The course is designed by Phil Davison, a veteran of teaching at the Southern Institute of Technology 2001~2013.
  7. We actually enjoy photography, and teaching photography!

How does it work?

  1. First you look on the OPI website and browse the courses to find the one that is right for you.
  2. Then you download the PDF for the first unit in the course. This is a free download, so you can get a taste of what the course is like before you buy.
  3. If you decide you want to do the course, carry on and complete the first assignment (which is in the PDF).
  4. Click on ‘Buy’ and pay by credit card.
  5. Very soon after you’ll get an email from us with a link to the other PDFs in the course, and the email address of your personal mentor.
  6. Send your first assignment into your mentor, and start work on the next one.
  7. Your mentor will be back in touch with some feedback as soon as possible. We aim for a same day response, but often it takes two or three days to respond, depending on how many assignments your mentor is dealing with (it’s either feast or famine!)

What are the courses?Already you can find…

  • 001 Foundation Camera Craft – recommended starting point for complete beginners – step-by-step, no previous knowledge expected
  • 002A Foundation skills in Aperture – very step-by-step easy-to-follow introductions to these software packages.
  • 002L Foundation skills in Lightroom – very step-by-step easy-to-follow introductions to these software packages.
  • 002R Foundation skills in Photoshop / Adobe Camera Raw – very step-by-step easy-to-follow introductions to these software packages (ideal as an intro to 106P)
  • 101 Camera Craft – recommended starting point for people with intermediate or advanced knowledge. Really get to grips with the way your camera works!
  • 102 Foundation skills in Photoshop / Aperture / Lightroom / Adobe Camera Raw – very step-by-step easy-to-follow introductions to these software packages.
  • 103 Composition – Go beyond the rule-of-thirds. Understand how the way you frame your shots can make or break them!
  • 106P Photoshop – layers, compositing, non-destructive workflow, and everything you need to know about the grand daddy of all image editing software
  • 204 Master of Photography – Don’t just read about the great masters. In this course you’ll have assignments that will have you working in the styles of the greats. A fantastic way to refine your own personal vision.
  • 224 Following in the Footsteps of Ansel Adams – the tittle pretty much says it all for this one

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