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In our opinion photography is for everyone. It can be learnt and enjoyed by people just wanting to take nice photos or dedicated people looking to make photography their profession.

No matter the reason you may want to learn photography, Smart has got a track for you to keep on and allow you to achieve your goal.

A learning path or learning track is essentially a path you should follow to help achieve a certain result. Paths will differ depending on your final goal.

Below we have put together a few examples of common tracks that many of our photography students have followed.

Why choose Smart? Well that’s easy. We can help create you the perfect learning path for your goal well aiding your development as you work through the process.

Goal: Full Time Wedding Photographer from Photography Enthusiast

Learn how to go from photography enthusiast to full time wedding photographer. From building your portfolio and improving your skill level to marketing your business.

Step 1: Core Photography Principles

You are a keen photographer but maybe lack the core skills or knowledge of exactly how to achieve the look you are after.

Well using the Smart ‘Fundamentals of Photography’ course you will learn core photographic principles learning to understand what makes up a photo and how you can use that in your own images.

Step 2: Mastering ISO & Shutter Speed

An in-depth look into ISO and shutter speed and specifically how it can affect your images.

One of the most common downfalls of the modern wedding photographer.. SLOW SHUTTER SPEED. With wedding photography being a fast moving genre of image making its important to understand the exact science behind shutter speed and how not choosing the right speed can negatively affect your photos.

Step 3: Feedback

Just thinking your photos are brilliant isn’t quite enough. Using our member only feedback forum you can submit your images getting valuable feedback from other wedding photographers.

Step 4: Workflow

Has workflow ever been more important than in wedding photography?! Imagine losing a couples precious moments. It doesn’t bare thinking about!

With the Smart course you will learn the best and safest way to backup your images while following a ready made workflow to ensure you shoot, edit, backup and deliver in the most time efficient and enjoyable way.

Step 5: 101 in Wedding Photography

Earn your diploma in wedding photography. A specific class detailing the ins and outs of wedding photography and how to capture the best wedding photos.

Step 6: Assignments

Time to put all that theory into action.

Reach out to the Smart mentors to receive a series of assignments surrounding wedding photography. Head out and take real photos before receiving critical analysis of your imagery from award winning photographers.

Step 7: Business Mentoring

You wouldn’t be a wedding photographer without photographing weddings and that’s where we are able to help support your through the business set up.

Learn how to get a strong portfolio of images that will help sell your photography to potential couples.

Mentoring available from successful photographers who have launched their own wedding studios.

Goal: Learn to take Fun Family Photos

For you it’s all about taking nice photos of your family that you can frame, hang on the wall or just add to a photobook.

With Smart you can learn to understand photography and improve your imagery.

Step 1: Core Photography Principles

Understand what photography is all about. Get to know what makes your photos pop and how you can better control each variant to ensure your photos are always awesome to look at.

Step 2: Getting to know your camera

Getting to know your camera is important. No matter what type of camera you own, understanding the settings and it’s capabilities can go a long way to delivering stunning photos.

In this module we will dive into the different models of camera before taking a more detailed look at how they differ.

Most importantly we will discuss all the different settings on your model before getting to know exactly what shooting mode is best for taking great family shots.

Step 3: Composition & Photography Rules

At this point you will start to have a thorough understanding of what scientifically makes up a photo. It’s at this point you need to understand some of the rules of photography and how those rules can help you improve your shots.

We will cover the most famous rule in all of photography, the rule of thirds. Understanding the rule of thirds can help add a dynamic element to your shots meaning your family shots just keep getting better and better.

Step 4: Understanding Light

Light, light, light, light. It’s all about light.

So you know about composition and how to get the most out of your camera? Good! Now it’s time to focus on something that can quite simply, make or break your shot.

During the course you will start to understand light and how light affects every shot you take.

Step 5: Mentoring Feedback

One of the courses main features is it’s mentoring. In order for you to improve your family photos it’s important to get constructive feedback on your images.

At this point you will submit a selection of images to your course tutor. They may ask you a few questions about the scenario before offering you constructive criticism on how you can improve.

Step 6: Challenge

After the mentoring feedback your tutor will set you a specific challenge. In some cases this may be directly related to your goal however in other cases it could be quite obscure such as heading out and taking a landscape shot.

Sometimes understand philosophies unrelated to your chosen topic can help give you confidences and improve your skills in ways you can quite see.

Goal: Become a Better Portrait Photographer

You’ve taken a few portrait shots, maybe headed out with a model or take a few head shots in your time but now it’s all about taking it to the next level.

With Smart your images can go from ok to downright brilliant. Following this learning path can help turn an average portrait photographer into a portrait master.

Step 1: Core Photography Principles

Let’s start with the basics. You might feel you already understand photography and that’s great. However we believe that having a strong foundation to build your expertise on is imperative.

In this module it might be a case of you going over old lessons however sometimes on your photography journey you need to take a step back to help you progress along your track.

In this module we will look at the basics getting to know what really makes a good photo, good.

Step 2: Getting to know your camera

Learn to understand all the modes on your camera? Are you using the best one for portrait photography? Have you tried others? In this module we will take a detailed analysis of all the shooting modules specifically looking at the right mode for portrait photography.

It might be a case of changing things up a little. We can take a look at your images and suggest how you could better utilise your camera.

Step 3: Composition & Photography Rules

This part of the course looks into the different rules that govern photography and how these rules can help improve your shots.

Sometimes it’s a case of knowing when to break the rules!

Step 4: ISO, Aperture & Shutter Speed

A deep understanding of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed is required before you can truly start utilising them in your photography.

You will need to ask yourself questions such as? What effect do I want to use on this image? How will it affect my overall composition?

Understanding the golden triangle can pretty much dictate you entire shot.

Step 5: Mastering Light

Is there anything more important in photography that being able to master light?

Light can massively change the outcome of your photo setting a mood and tone of your shot that is almost impossible to recreate in post.

Understand the light and its effect on your photos can help you plan the perfect shot while utilising different lighting types in your images.

Step 7: Photoshop

Photoshop is probably most used in portrait photography.

Unfortunately having the ability to retouch a photo is a must if you are planning on becoming a full time portrait photographer.

During this module we will take a closer look at the ins and outs of photoshop specifically looking at how you can make your retouching look natural and unnoticeable.

Goal: Learn to take Awesome Scenery Shots

You’ve just walked up Snowdonia and now it’s time to grab your camera and capture the wonderful views. Well guess what, we are here to help ensuring that the photos you create are beautiful and stunning.

Step 1: Composition

How can you set up your shot to ensure that you get the most out of the composition. What lens should you use? Are you using the right settings? Should you wait for golden hour?

Our composition module takes a look at different photographic principles that go into composition. More importantly it looks at different techniques that you can utilise to ensure you create the best images possible.

Step 2: Photography Rules

With landscape photography it’s always important to understand the different photographic rules that a commonly followed. Understanding these rules allows you to create the perfect composition and, as a result, add power and strength to your photos.

Step 3: Understanding Light

Traditionally speaking you will always be at the mercy of light when you are trying to take scenery shots.

While the module itself will look at how you can use light to improve your shots it’s more important as a landscape photographer to help you plan when you are going to capture each shot.

Planning to take the shot at sunrise will result in a very different shot to if you head out at noon.

Step 4: Photography Equipment

Choosing the right equipment for your shot it is important. During the module we will look at the most commonly used equipment plus how it can be used to take your shots to the next level.

From bracketing to exposure testing, this module guide will allow you to plan your perfect landscape image.

Step 5: Photoshop

Most of the time the scenery is perfect enough, heck that’s probably the reason you have decided to take the shot in the first place.

In this module we will look specifically at how photoshop and post production can help perfect an already great shots and how color correction can help advance your shots even further.

Goal: How to be a better all rounder

You’ve not really got a clear goal but you just want to be a better all round photographer. Knowing you can take a nice family group photo or that shots of the sunrise is what’s important to you.

This track is perfect for anybody just wanting to improve as a photographer. Knowing they are fully equipped to capture any scenario is what this learning path is all about.

Step 1: Fundamentals of Photography Course

Work through the complete fundamentals of photography course covering everything from wedding photography 101 to photoshop retouching while learning common mistakes you should avoid.

A step by step learning program designed to make you an all round better photographer. Suitable for complete beginners right through to professional photographers.

Step 2: Mentoring

You’ve mastered our online modules but are looking for support and guidance to help improve your photos. Well guess what, you are in luck.

With Smart you also get access to mentoring meaning you can ask us pretty much anything to do with photography.

Here we can give you tips on how to improve your shots and make you a better all rounder.

Step 3: Assignments

We have given you feedback and tips through the mentoring but now it’s time to put that advice into practice.

Your photography tutor can put together a series of assignments that help test your skills and hopefully allow your feedback and advice to be put into action.

Step 4: Forum Feedback

Yes, if you haven’t heard already we are pretty big fans of constructive feedback.

While you can always receive feedback from your tutor it’s sometimes better to get a free look.

With the Smart feedback forum you can submit your photos along with other photographers who have been given a similar assignment. Here you can compare and contrast your photos while getting insightful feedback on how you can improve.

Goal: Get a job in photography post production

For some people the great outdoors is just far too much. They prefer to hone their post production techniques creating masterpieces from their office chair.

Smart has put together a learning track that can help you become a photoshop legend allow you to get your dream job in photography post production.

Step 1: Composition

While learning to take a photo with perfect composition isn’t part of the post production learning cycle it is crucial when editing and cropping an images.

Being able to crop a photo perfectly can help take an ok image and make it into something special.

Step 2: Photographic Rules

Following on from above really. Having a knowledge of photography rules such as the rule have thirds can help set up you for post production success.

Knowing exactly what makes an image great will allow you crop and edit in ways that will help bring subject photos to life.

Step 3: Photoshop & Lightroom

Well let’s be honest, you wouldn’t be a photo editor if you didn’t know how to use photoshop or lightroom.

During the course we will take a look at basic photoshop and lightroom techniques while also advancing your knowledge to understand some of the more complex actions you can take in each program.

It’s also important to know when to use lightroom or photoshop. Smart has certain classes that help you decide what you need to help maximise your post production efficiency.

Step 4: Retouching

From airbrushing to cloning, Smart has classes that cover all aspects of photography retouching.

Step 5: Mentoring

As with all forms of photography, its important to get feedback and support as you progress along your photography journey.

With the Smart tutoring program you can receive help and guidance on your retouching allowing you to improve every time you login to photoshop or lightroom.

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