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• Comprehensive film course

You probably own a smart film camera, but you're unhappy with your pictures. And you know you've got more talent than what shows on the prints ending up in the lab's boo-boo bin. You're not alone. We're in the same boat. Frustrated. Or at least I was, in 1994, when I signed up for a course with a local tutor.
I found that course utterly wanting. I knew just enough about photography at the time to realise that the tutor was not telling us everything. Probably keeping something back so that he could sell another course to us. I suppose it made business sense. But I desperately wanted to learn more.

So I went out on a mission to learn - by shooting weddings, probably the hardest school for photographers ever devised!

Jaco Wolmarans

It took me years, but I learnt heaps. The hard way. Then I sat down and started writing up that experience, pouring out all the knowledge I thought would be useful to people like you and I - not only the basics, but down-to-earth advice for people who don't have enough money to buy all the extras but who are happy to work around that on a shoestring budget. All of which is now contained in the courses I teach.

One thing I promised myself when writing these courses was that I would make sure the material answered ALL the questions my tutor glibly countered - the questions you are likely to ask. And if they don't - you know where to find me. I encourage questions.

So what will you learn in this course, and how? The course demands that you keep your camera next to you as you work through the material, and fiddle with it. Literally get to grips with it, so that when you're shooting, your camera becomes an extension of yourself.

Secondly, I designed a little "reinforcements" of the material: for instance, when I explain "depth of field", you straightaway get to shoot an example, indoors, to reinforce that knowledge before you move on to the next concept.

This is what you'll learn in the comprehensive course
  • your camera functions
  • proper exposure techniques
  • using aperture and shutter speed creatively
  • winning composition
  • simple, effective lighting setups
  • all about filters and films
  • how to set up your own studio
  • how to handle people in front of the lens, and
  • tips on how to start a small, professional photo business.
It's not difficult, because you set the pace yourself, and start whenever you want to. There's no time limit - and you get a certificate at the end of the course if you complete the assignments satisfactorily. If you are not satisfied with the course material, 100% of your money back - guaranteed.
Like to sign up? Yes! But how much does it cost? The six-module course should take you 4 weeks to work through (OK, less, if you're an eager beaver like me!) and costs ZAR600. You can sign up here. Need to ask some more questions before committing yourself? Or want to see some screen shots of the course before you start? Speak to me and convince yourself that this could be the beginning of a new career for you. This course costs R600. Only EFTs accepted in the interim.