Answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding our courses have been put together in this section for your convenience. However should you have questions that are not listed here please send us an EMAIL and we will attend to your query as soon as possible.

1. Do I need a camera to sign up for the course?

2. Do I need a Film camera or a Digital camera for the course?

3. I only have a Digital compact camera, can I still sign up for the course?

4. Where are the courses conducted?

5. What are the requirements for me to join the course?

6. What is the duration of each course? (Updated)

7. What are the course fees?

8. What happens if I miss a session?

9. What happens if the course is rescheduled?

10. How often are the courses conducted?

11. How many participants do you need to start a class & how many in a full class? (Updated)

12. How do I register for the courses?

13. Who is the course instructor?

14. Do you conduct basic Photoshop classes?

15. Do you conduct classes on Digital photography?

16. Do you have courses on weekends or weekday afternoons?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Do I need a camera to sign up for the course?

For Basic Photography Course, you do not need a camera to register for the course. However, since our course is very hands-on and practical based, you may not benefit fully from it if you were unable to practice with a camera on your own.

For Intermediate Photography Course, you do need to have a camera to register for the course. As this course is meant for participants who already have an understanding of the basic photographic techniques and rules but would like to progress further, 90% of the course are practical applications

To find out what are the requirements for the courses you may go to What are the requirements for me to join the course?

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Do I need a Film camera or a Digital camera for the course?

As the main focus of our courses is to equip the participants with the knowledge and confidence to create good pictures, both film and digital cameras are suitable for the course.

However using a digital camera may prove to be more advantages to some as it offers immediate feedback on the image taken and thus speeds up the learning process, since the participant can learn to correct the image taking process on the spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. I only have a Digital compact camera, can I still sign up for the course?

Yes, you can still come for the Basic Photography Course with a digital compact camera. You would be able to benefit from the theory sessions and some of the practical sessions. However there may be certain specific techniques that you may not be able to practice given the limitations of the camera.

Digital compact cameras are not suitable for the Intermediate Photography Course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Where are the courses conducted?

All workshops will be conducted at Black Box Photography Studio. All field trips will be at the various locations stated on the individual class schedules.

All Studio Work, under the Intermediate Photography course curriculum, will also be held at Black Box Photography Studio.

Click for a location map to the studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. What are the requirements for me to join the course?

For Basic Photography Course, you simply need to be enthusiastic about learning how to take better photos. Having your own camera will be an advantage but it is not a requirement. However please remember that photography is a practical subject and therefore in order to improve you should be able to practice during field trips and outside of class time.

For Intermediate Photography Course, a basic SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera system is required for the course. This means an SLR body, at least 1 lens and an external flash unit. Participants should also already have a good understanding of the basic rules and techniques in order to comfortably follow the course curriculum.

Having a keen sense of what makes a good photo and a willingness to learn and experiment will definitely be a bonus as you progress through either course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. What is the duration of each course?

The Basic Photography Course is approximately 7 to 9 weeks in duration depending on the schedule for each batch. It is conducted within 8 sessions, generally once a week.

The Intermediate Photography Course is conducted within 6 core sessions, with occasional optional sessions. The duration varies from batch to batch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. What are the course fees?

Basic Photography Course:
- S$250/- (inclusive of course notes)

Intermediate Photography Course:
- S$300/- (Basic Photography Course Participants Only)
- S$350/- (New Course Participants)

All course fees stated above exclude cost of film, processing, transportation and entrance fees where applicable.

All fees are NETT price. No GST chargeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. What happens if I miss a session?

Basic Photography Course - you may request for a make-up session if you missed any of the first three sessions. Make-up sessions are scheduled as follows:

Session 1: Make up will be 1 hour BEFORE Session 2;
Session 2: Make up will be 1 hour AFTER Session 2;
Session 3: Make up will be 1 hour BEFORE Session 3;

For the other sessions you may request to make up for them when the next basic class commences, however this is subjected to the seat availability.

Intermediate Photography Course - there are no immediate make-up sessions however if you do miss a class you can make up for it when the next Intermediate course commences.

For all make-up sessions please email or call us at least 1 week in advance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. What happens if the course is rescheduled?

In the event that a course commencement is rescheduled, you will be informed via email and/or phone about the change. You may choose to remain registered with us for the next course or you may request for a full refund of the course fees paid.

If an individual session needs to be rescheduled the instructor will inform all participants of that course via sms of the change. Please respond to the sms if you are able or unable to attend. What to do if you miss the session is answered here: What happens if I miss a session?

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. How often are the courses conducted?

The Basic Photography Course is conducted about 4 to 8 times a year.

The Intermediate Photography Course is conducted about 2 to 4 times a year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. How many participants do you need to start a class & how many in a full class?

Basic Photography Course - the minimum is 5 participants to start and a full class is 12 participants.

Intermediate Photography Course - the minimum is 5 participants to start and a full class is 8 participants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. How do I register for the courses?

There are 2 ways to register for the Basic or Intermediate courses:

1) Register by mail (For payment by cheque or bank transfer)
- Fill in the form Online or Download it
- Send the completed form to us with a crossed cheque payable to 'Black Box Photography'
- For more instructions Click HERE

2) Register personally at our Studio (Cheque or Cash Payment)
- Give us a call at least 1 day in advance to make an appointment (We may not be in otherwise)

Receipts will only be issued upon request.

 

 

 

 

 

13. Who is the course instructor?

The instructor is Mr Ken Donavan Tay.

With both a Diploma in Applied Photography and a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Photography from Australia, Ken has over 14 years of experience in various genres of photography ranging from photojournalism to weddings to portraits and commercial shoots.

As a photojournalist, Ken has also shot for Australian newspapers such as the Newcastle Herald and the maitland Mercury, the Singapore newspaper The Straits Times as well as for the American Image Press.

Ken has been teaching photography since 1998 and throughout the years he has constantly been improving on the course content and teaching methods to help participants learn more in a shorter period of time while maintaining their enthusiasm for photography.

 

 

 

 

 

14. Do you conduct basic Photoshop classes?

Yes, we do offer a course on basic Photoshop skills. However it is only available to our Basic or Intermediate course participants at the moment.

The course is conducted over 4 sessions. The class size is limited to only 2 participants per course as the sessions are fully hands-on with each participant working on an individual computer during the session.

 

 

 

 

 

15. Do you conduct classes on Digital photography?

No, we do not have classes that touch specifically on digital photography. The topics and techniques covered in both the Basic and Intermediate courses are based on the core principals of photography and can be used with film AND digital cameras.

A large part of digital photography deals with the functions available on individual camera systems as well as the use of digital imaging softwares. While our courses do not specialize in teaching how the functions work, we do cover areas that are common among digital cameras throughout the classes. As for digital imaging softwares, we do offer basic Photoshop classes to our participants. Go to Do you conduct basic Photoshop classes? to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

16. Do you have courses on weekends or weekday afternoons?

Unfortunately, we are not able to conduct full weekend courses due to the instructor's schedule. However some of the sessions of our courses are scheduled on weekends, while the rest are on weekday nights. You may refer to the individual course schedules for specific dates.

We do offer weekday afternoon classes at our studio for private groups of at least 4 participants. Send us an EMAIL for details on fees and duration.

 

 


       
Black Box Photography. We are a Singapore based professional photography studio. We conduct photography courses such as basic photography, intermediate photography, private group and customized photography courses. Topics covered include compositional rules, what is aperture, what is shutter speed, choosing the right lens, night photography, landscape photography, travel photography, ISO settings, flash photography, studio photography, portraiture, editorial photography, and artistic nude figure photography. The courses are applicable for both film cameras and digital cameras. We also conduct basic Photoshop classes. At Black Box Photography, we offer comprehensive professional photography services and courses by a team of professional Singapore photographers.