Advanced Certificate in Photography


  • Give your photography a solid and a scientific base
  • Take the path of light and begin your journey towards true mastery
  • If you are a beginner we will lay the most solid foundation
  • If you are experienced we will make you unlearn the bad habits and fix your foundation.
  • We have the best and the most competent faculty of trainers in Sri Lanka to deliver our promise

Course Duration

  • 24 Classes (60+ hours of teaching & supervised classroom teaching & training)
  • On field teaching sessions
  • For expected assignment and homework hours please visit this page

Course Description

  • Hands on training on all aspects of photography
  • Modern scientific teaching to scientifically build up knowledge
  • Extended sessions on lighting and portrait photography
  • Outdoor Sessions
  • A field day trip with IME faculty members (Not included in the course fee)
  • All indoor classes are interactive multimedia experiences
  • A portfolio of ten images is expected at the end of the course
  • Certificate of participation will be awarded to participants with more than 85% attendance
  • Advanced certificate in Photography will be awarded to those who pass the presentation and viva based on the portfolio of images (85% attendance if mandatory to obtain a certificate)

Intended Audience

  • Anyone who wants to start photography with a solid foundation
  • Experienced photographers who want to formalise and regularise their knowledge to improve their craft

Medium of Instruction

  • English

Course Schedule

Required Equipment

  • A camera with manual controls for aperture, shutter speed and ISO(A DSLR or a Modern Mirrorless Camera is recommended)
  • A laptop with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop installed
  • An electronic flash unit or a strobe light with a triggering mechanism or a continuous light source, to get the maximum out of lighting classes recommended


Communicating through images

  • What makes a good image
  • Understanding the components of a good image

The sensor and the film

  • Understating how the sensor works and how to use it


  • Components of the camera and how to use them
  • Using the camera correctly and effectively
  • Looking after the camera


  • Types of lenses
  • Depth of Field Determinants
  • Using lenses
  • Choosing lenses based on requirements
  • Special lenses
  • Lens maintenance


  • The concept of exposure
  • Finding out the right exposure
  • Controlling the exposure
  • Measuring light and understanding camera’s light meter
  • Creative exposure control 


  • What makes a photo appealing
  • The science behind the “rules” of composition
  • Conventions
  • Composition exercises

Processing / Computers & Photography

  • Concepts of editing
  • Global editing in Lightroom
  • Digital Asset Managements (Keeping your files safe and searchable)
  • Pixel based editing in Photoshop

Introduction to Photographic Lighting

  • Lighting concepts
  • Lighting strategies
  • Lighting different subjects
  • Taking full control of your flash
  • Mastering the natural light and adding modifications
  • Portrait Lighting

Introduction to Colour Management

  • Understand the genesis of Colour
  • Importance of Colour Management
  • Calibrating your monitor and the importance of it
  • Strategies to get consistent colour in your prints
  • Working with colour labs

Reading and Making Images

  • Basic concepts of visual communication
  • Improving image literacy
  • Optimising images for different platforms and needs
  • Displaying prints
  • Optimising display environments for maximum impact

Outdoor Practical Sessions

  • How to do it in real life
  • Demonstrations by the best photographers in the field

Educational Requirements

  • None
  • Those who enrol for the English medium course need to have an adequate working knowledge of the language to follow the course

Getting the best out of this course

  • As in all other courses by IME, we expect students to spend 2  to 2.5 hours on homework for each hour spent in the class
  • Participation in all classes is expected to get the best out of the course and more than 85% attendance is required for the certificate of participation
  • We expect participants to have equipment as described in the course overview section

Enrolment Process

  • A limited number of students will be enrolled per class
  • Positions are given on first come first serve basis
  • Students need to choose a payment option and must make a payment to secure a placement


  •  Course Fee: Rs 48,000.00 

  • Registration Fee: Rs. 1,500.00

  • Total Investment: Rs. 49,500.00

Payment Option 01 (Discount option)

  • Eligible for 5% discount on the course fee, if paid two weeks prior to the commencement of the course
  • Discounted Fee Rs 47,100.00 if paid in full
  • Payment date to be eligible for discount  - two weeks prior to commencing the course

Payment Option 02 (Easy Payment option)

  • First Payment Rs 25,500.00
  • Second Payment Rs 24,000 
  • Second payment to be paid prior to beginning of the week 09
  • Late payment fees will apply unless paid in time

Making Payments

  • Payments can be made in person, to our bank account
  • A reference number is required to deposit money to our bank account and should be stated on the deposit slip
  • Reference numbers can be obtained by contacting our Registrar or filling out the following form

Contact Details