Photography

Immersive 8-week digital bootcamp to start a thriving photography business.

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become a photographer and work from anywhere

In this brand new digital bootcamp, we'll teach you step-by-step how to become a successful photographer - from essentials like lighting, composition & manual photography to specialties like food & product photography, portraits and even adventure travel shoots.

With no previous experience we'll take you from zero to hero, going way beyond the foundations & technical skills and also teaching you the business skills and strategy to run a profitable photography business.

An immersive digital bootcamp

The Photography Digital Bootcamp is so much more than an online course - it's an immersive 8 week digital bootcamp where you have weekly projects to complete, direct mentor feedback on the work you submit, weekly live Q&As and an interactive community sharing the journey.

By the end of the bootcamp, you won't just have new skills but also a comprehensive strategy for launching your business, and all the templates you need (from client pitches to contracts to invoices) to hit the ground running.

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Only 50 spots are available and places are filling fast. Secure a $150 early bird discount by booking a call with a course advisor or get on the waitlist and get first access when the course officially opens. 

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So much more than an online course


125+ video lessons

We've taken absolutely everything you need to know to start a photography business into practical video tutorials.

Practical activities

Almost every lesson comes with detailed activities to apply what you've learnt, so you can grow your skills, build a portfolio of work and have a business ready to launch.

Mentor feedback

Submit your work for weekly activities to our mentors for direct one-on-one feedback on your work by mentors with years of industry experience.

Editable Templates

We don't just teach you practical skills, we also share all of details templates and resources from instagram mock-ups to invoices and client pitch templates.

Weekly live Q&A

Each week our lead instructors will host a live Q&A digging deeper into topics we covered that week and answering all of your questions.

Community

Part of what makes IOC special is the community of like-minded individuals it attracts, a community that's ready to support you every step of the way.

a sneak peek

Have a look through a handful of lessons from the course for peek at just a fraction of the 125+ lessons included in the bootcamp.

Gear Guide: Cameras

27 minutes

Getting familiar with your gear

6 minutes

Mastering aperture & DOF

36 minutes

Color theory

18 minutes

Creating moodboards with Pinterest & Adobe XD

46 minutes

Lightroom organisation & file management

92 minutes

Exploring HSL & the new color grading panels

26 minutes

Playing with shadows in product photography

45 minutes

Advanced Lightroom editing for food & product photography

80 minutes

Major Project: Mastering adventure & lifestyle photography

71 minutes

Mocking up an Instagram grid in Adobe XD

8 minutes

Creating an impactful portfolio website

61 minutes

Creating a streamlined client workflow

10 minutes

We've helped hundreds of students quit their 9-5s and build a business they love

"This course was probably the best investment I have ever made in myself. I went living for the weekends in a job that I hated to now working with clients who align with my values, doing creative work that I love, and being able to run my business from anywhere in the world. I sometimes have to pinch myself because it all feels like a dream." - Julia, Australia

"I just landed a client that officially tips the scales that I'm now earning more for myself as a social media manager than I was in my 9-5 salary. This would never have been possible without your course, and I'm so grateful every day that I decided to take a chance on myself and pursue my dreams." - Amy, New York

"I walked away from the course not just with technical skills but with a clear strategy and plan for exactly how to grow my business. I knew which areas to focus on (so I could maximise my time) -- and now, 12 months later I can honestly say that IOC's bootcamp was the catalyst in starting a completely new career." - Jacob, Australia

What you'll learn


A comprehensive guide to photography gear, from understanding the differences between DSRL & mirrorless cameras to choosing the right lens for your goals. Sharing insights from years of experience, the lessons in this chapter aren’t a shopping guide, but rather understanding how each piece of gear works and what various technical specs actually mean, to help you make decisions about what you need to invest in at various stages of your photography journey (and what you don’t need).

  • Gear: Intro to gear as a photographer
  • Gear Guide: Cameras
  • Gear: Lenses
  • Gear: Memory cards & card readers
  • Gear: Hard drives
  • Gear: Tripods
  • Gear: Filters
  • Gear: Lighting/studio setup
  • Gear: Other gear like cleaning, bags, small accessories
  • Gear: Computers
  • Gear: When to upgrade

From zero to hero we’ll teach you everything you need to know to start taking incredible photos (which whatever camera you already have). Understanding composition and lighting can be the difference between an average photo and an incredible one, giving your images that wow-factor. And then with manual photography, we’ll demystify concepts like aperture, shutter speed & ISO and walk you through practical scenarios and examples to give you total control over what you create - whether you want to get that soft blurry background, really sharp images or even to freeze motion.

  • What are RAW images
  • Getting familiar with your gear
  • Tips for capturing photos with your phone
  • Basics of manual photography settings
  • Composition techniques
  • Practical compositions
  • Basics of lighting
  • Working with lighting (practical)
  • Focusing techniques
  • Mastering aperture & DOF
  • Mastering shutter speed
  • Mastering white balance
  • Color theory
  • Bringing all four all together at the waterfall
  • Creating moodboards with Pinterest & Adobe XD

Lightroom is one of the most used programs by photographers, and most people barely scratch the surface of what it’s capable of - a tool to edit your photos, but also to sort and organise your images as your portfolio grows. Beyond understanding the platform and how it works, Emilio walks you step-by-step through professional workflows that he uses to keep making his image editing and client process as organised as possible. In a creative career, time is money and the techniques in this chapter will not only save you time, they will also ensure that your data is always safe and secure, and you never risk losing a project.

  • The basics of Lightroom Classic
  • Setting up & getting familiar with Lightroom
  • Importing photos into Lightroom
  • Lightroom organisation & file management
  • Merging Lightroom catalogs
  • Lightroom Mobile editing basics + quick tour
  • Exporting images from Lightroom

From absolute beginners through to very advanced, this chapter dives deep into the world of editing photos. Loaded with practical tips, and step-by-step walkthrough examples so that by the end of this chapter you’ll be able to professionally edit images to suit your own style or exactly match what a brand is looking for. Then we move from Lightroom to photoshop for advances edits and re-touching - teaching you how to remove objects, stretch mountains, smooth skin and replace the sky.

  • Lightroom productivity tips
  • Crop, Transform and Rotate in Lightroom
  • Using Lightroom profiles
  • Exposing your image correctly in Lightroom
  • Presence panel in Lightroom
  • Exploring HSL & the new color grading panels
  • Creating your own preset in Lightroom Classic
  • Noise reduction and sharpening in Lightroom
  • Calibration tool in Lightroom
  • Spot Removal Tool in Lightroom
  • Brush tool for selective adjustment
  • Basics of Photoshop
  • Photoshop - Fill (extend backgrounds)
  • Photoshop - Selecting objects & cutting out the background
  • Photoshop - Selecting & transforming (stretching mountains)
  • Photoshop - Object removal (hiding people, etc.)
  • Lightroom Range Mask tool (advanced)
  • Editing for portraits
  • Basics of professional skin re-touching
  • Photoshop - Dodge & Burn / advanced masking
  • Sky replacement
  • Editing landscape & adventure photos
  • Editing techniques for drone photos

From understanding the industry through to the photography & editing techniques, this chapter is everything you need to start shooting food & product photography professionally. Starting with simple skills that you can shoot in your living room and building upon that, it’s filled with step-by-step walkthroughs, practical activities and lots of examples you can implement for yourself. And as will all of our lessons, you’ll get one-on-one feedback on everything you shoot so that you can build a portfolio while you work through the course. This is a booming industry, and one of the best photography niche’s when you’re just starting out.

  • Intro to food & product photography
  • Simple food & product flatlays
  • Flatlay compositions
  • Food & product flatlay with ingredients and props
  • Deconstructed flatlay
  • Lightroom editing for food & product photography
  • Making a mini studio with paper
  • Playing with shadows in product photography
  • Capturing dynamic food photography with motion
  • Product photography for e-commerce
  • Major Project: Product photography photoshoot
  • Advanced Lightroom editing for food & product photography
  • Advanced Lightroom editing for e-commerce

Taking things to the next level, we’ll teach you how to incorporate everything you’ve learnt so far into a real client shoot - walking you step-by-step through the process from receiving an enquiry, scoping the project, planning the shoot all the way through to final delivery. This is hands-down one of our most popular chapters because we hold nothing back, sharing our thought process and professional workflow as though we were standing right with you on your first paid client project.

  • Cafe Case Study - Enquiry to landing the client
  • Cafe Case Study - Planning the shoot
  • Cafe Case Study - Live photoshoot
  • Cafe Case Study - Editing the cafe photos
  • Cafe Case Study - Final delivery to client
  • Major Project - Cafe or Restaurant Photography

In this chapter we move from shooting mostly static objects to shooting people - from beautiful portraits, to lifestyle content for brands. There is so much more to it than just point and shoot - it’s a mix of science and art, and we cover both. We’ll teach you how to help your subject feel comfortable in front of the camera, how to find the right poses and compositions, and how to work with the lighting you have to take incredible photos, taking you behind the scenes on multiple live photoshoots.

  • Guide to photographing people
  • Simple portrait and lifestyle ideas
  • Shooting people with a soft blurry background
  • Playing with shadows - advanced portraits
  • Planning & moodboard with a lifestyle shoot
  • Planning a personal brand photoshoot
  • Mastering portraits (live photoshoot)
  • Mastering portraits - Deconstructed

Whether you want to work for tour providers, retreats & travel companies or just want to capture the moment on your own travels, this chapter is going to be a lot of fun. We'll teach you techniques to transform your adventure and travel photos into something you'll want to frame on the wall.

  • Intro to adventure & travel photography
  • Couple photos at a waterfall
  • Advanced compositions in adventure photography
  • Basics of drone photography
  • Telling a story with travel photography
  • Major Project: Mastering adventure & lifestyle photography

There is no one path that’s right for everyone, and this course isn’t meant to teach you how to do things exactly as we have done them but how to build a business that fits your goals, your lifestyle and your values. We dive into all the things that nobody tells you about the industry, and show you how to build a business that fits your life, rather than trying to fit your life around your business. Whether your goal is scale your income, have location independence, more time to spend with your kids or do creative work every day this chapter will help you figure out a plan to achieve it.

  • How to start a career in photography
  • Start with why
  • Finding your niche
  • Choosing your business name
  • Mindset for creatives
  • Figure out your cost of doing business
  • Budgeting & banking for freelancers & digital nomads
  • A strategic review of life

When you’re building your own business time is money, and in this chapter we share the tools and professional workflows that will streamline your workflow and make running your business so much easier. Drawing on over a decade of experience running a creative agency, you get to learn from our experience and trial and error and skip straight to the finish line understanding exactly what to use and how to use it in your business.

  • Intro to Adobe XD
  • Keyboard shortcuts & Mac hacks
  • Getting organised with cloud storage
  • Screen recording with Loom
  • Intro to Notion for organisation & task management
  • Password & login management
  • A helpful app for planning. depth of field, sun & moon
  • Scoping photo locations online with Google Earth
  • Project management, accounting & invoicing tools
  • Setting up a custom email with Google Apps
  • Mocking up an Instagram grid in Adobe XD

You can start this course with no previous experience and walk away ready to launch a profitable photography business, start attracting your ideal client and knowing exactly how to implement a professional workflow that lets you build a business that supports the lifestyle you want!

  • Marketing 101 for photographers
  • Building your photography portfolio during the course
  • Creating a powerful first impression on social media
  • Attract your ideal client with your social media
  • How to create mockups to show off your work
  • The key to a perfect collaboration
  • How to find & attract your clients
  • Using lead magnets to get lots of potential clients
  • Creating an impactful portfolio website
  • Image Licensing 101
  • Ultimate guide to pricing & packaging your services
  • Pitching yourself to clients & landing the sale
  • Contracts 101
  • Invoices & getting paid
  • Creating a streamlined client workflow
  • 12 month strategy for launching your photography business
  • Pep talk - Start before you are ready

dates & details

8 Week Digital Bootcamp: 4 Mar - 28 Apr 2023

what's included

tuition fees

Program Fee: $2250 USD

Early bird: $1950 USD

You can choose to pay upfront by the 31st December (and receive the $300 earlybird discount), or secure your spot with a $500 deposit and then pay for the tuition in interest free installments.

And if you enroll before the end of the year, you'll also receive a credit for the tuition value to use towards attending a Bali bootcamp in 2023 or 2024.

Save $300 if you book a call with a course advisor this week or enroll now.

Enrollments are capped at 50 students only, and you can secure your spot with a $500 deposit.

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We're the Institute of Code

When we first dreamed up Institute of Code we tried to forget everything we knew about what a school was and re-imagine what a school could be.

We prioitise the success of every single student, and use everything we know about educational psychology and human performance to build a program that doesn't just teach people skills but empowers them to launch a new career

We help people like you learn in demand digital skills and launch a new career in Photography, Social Media or Web Development where they can work from anywhere in the world.

And because we are passionate about seeing them succeed we provide lifetime technical and career support on the skills they have learnt.