Singapore University of Social Sciences

Photography: the Creative Medium (CET130)

Applications Open: 18 December 2018

Applications Close: 16 March 2019

Next Available Intake: 30 March 2019

Course Types: Short Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 2 days

Fees: $1400

Area of Interest: Digital Media

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture

Level: Basic
Duration: 2 days
Venue: Singapore University of Social Sciences

Photography: The Creative Medium aimed at participants who are serious about delving deeper into the field of photography. This course will equip you with skills to be an all-rounded photographer, enabling you to specialise in your chosen genre.

Beyond mastering the fundamentals in photography, participants will be exposed to different genres or specialisations in photography. Travel photography as a specialisation will be discussed in greater depth. You will be taught how to set up lighting in a makeshift studio for portraiture, still life and food photography, and hone your skills in image post-processing, using various image editing software, to work on images across different specialisations. By exploring and practising the skills and techniques used by professional photographers to overcome a range of visual problems, you can take your photography to a whole new level, no matter what your subject is. Transform yourself from a good photographer into a great one.


A. Knowledge and Understanding (Theory Component)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the content in each of the specialisations of photography
  • Identify the various methods to overcome problems encountered in the different specialisations of photography
  • Explain the workflow of professional photographers

B. Key Skills (Practical Component)

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Develop skills for studio- and location-driven photo shoots
  • Demonstrate the ability to use advanced techniques with a digital camera and digital imaging
  • Apply the tools in the various image editing programme


  • Specialisations in Photography
  • Professional at work
  • Contracts in professional photography
  • Planning and Equipment
  • Available and Artificial Light
  • Lighting for portraits
  • Setting up the Studio lights for portraiture, still life and food photography
  • Research for PhotoTravel
  • Subject Checklist
  • Topics in PhotoTravel
  • Tools of ACDSee software
  • Portrait Professional software
  • Tools of Adobe Photoshop
  • Functions of Adobe Photoshop
  • Panoramic Interiors and Outdoors
  • Creating Panoramic Images
  • Plugin filters for Adobe Photoshop
  • Application of Adobe Photoshop in professional photography
  • Integrating the various image processing software in the workflow
Day 1
09:00Course Overview

Specialisations in Photography

10:30 Morning Tea Break
10:45 Professional at work, Contracts in professional photography, Planning and Equipment
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Available and Artificial Light, Lighting for portraits, Setting up the Studio lights for portraiture, still life and food photography
15:30Afternoon Tea Break
15:45 Research for PhotoTravel, Subject Checklist, Topics in PhotoTravel
17:15Summary and Conclusion
Day 2
09:00 Tools of ACDSee software, Portrait Professional software
10:30Morning Tea Break
10:45Tools of Adobe Photoshop
12:00 Lunch
13:30 Functions of Adobe Photoshop, Panoramic Interiors and Outdoors, Creating Panoramic Images
15:00Afternoon Tea Break
15:15 Plugin filters for Adobe Photoshop, Application of Adobe Photoshop in professional photography, Integrating the various image processing software in the workflow
17:1520 Multiple Choice Question Theory Quiz
17:30 Summary and Conclusion


  • Written Quiz
  • Presentation


  • You should have an understanding of basic photography
  • You need to bring along your own camera - mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera (MILC) or DSLR, and a laptop that has at least a trial version of ACDSee Pro series software, Adobe Photoshop, Portrait Professional software, Niksoftware Plugin for Photoshop and selected Topazlab Plugin for Photoshop

About the Trainer

Steven Yee is a celebrated Professional Travel photographer and a full time photography lecturer. He is an Associate Faculty Lecturer at Singapore University of Social Sciences lecturing on two core compulsory photography modules in the Multimedia and Technology Design Degree program. He is also one of the youngest to be conferred the Fellowship of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society UK in 2003 at age 24. As founder of PhotoVivo, he runs twelve international photography competitions a year and organises overseas photography trip monthly. As President of the Association of Photographic Artists Singapore, he is instrumental in bringing the photographic works of Singapore photographers to exhibitions in Asia. In 2016, he was engaged by ArtScience Museum to conduct a series of portraiture photography workshops in conjunction with Annie Leibovitz’s exhibition in Singapore. His pictures have been published in Discovery Magazine, Silkwind inflight magazines and others. As a former photojournalist, he covered an award nominee environmental documentary story “Delhi The Dump” with Mediacorp Channel News Asia in 2006. Some of his works form part of the permanent collection in the contemporary section at the International Photography Museum (MIF) in Spain and he was featured in Discover Nikon gallery as one of the finest in Asia from 2006 to 2010.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents to Y2V0QHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn:

  1. Coloured copy (back and front) of NRIC for Singaporeans and PRs, or "Employment"/"S" Pass for foreign applicant
  2. Recent payslip or income statement (For WTS scheme only)
  3. Application form

Course Fee

International ParticipantsS'poreans (aged below 40) and PRsSkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy1
(S'poreans aged 40 and above)
Workfare Training Support2
(S'poreans aged 35 and above, and earn ≤ $2,000 per month)
Enhanced Training Support for SMEs3
Full Course fee (A)$1400$1400$1400$1400$1400
SSG grant (70%) (B)-($980)($980)($980)($980)
Nett course fee (A) - (B) = (C)$1400$420$420$420$420
7% GST on nett course fee (D)$98$29.40$29.40$29.40$29.40
Total nett course fee payable, including GST (C) + (D) = (E)$1498$449.40$449.40$449.40$449.40
Less additional funding if eligible under various schemes (F)--($280)($350)($280)
Total nett course fee payable, including GST, after additional funding from the various funding schemes (E) - (F) = (G)$1498$449.40$169.40$99.40$169.40

1 Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy: Singaporeans aged 40 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.
2 Workfare Training Support: Singaporeans aged 35 and above (13 years and above for Persons with Disabilities) and earning not more than $2,000 per month may enjoy subsidies up to 95% of the course fees.
3 Enhanced Training Support for SMEs: SME-sponsored employees (Singaporean Citizens and PRs) aged 21 and above may enjoy subsidies up to 90% of the course fees.

  • Participants are required to achieve at least 75% attendance and/or sit and pass any prescribed examinations/assessments or submit any course/project work (if any) under the course requirement.
  • The course fees are reviewed annually and may be revised. The University reserves the right to adjust the course fees without prior notice. Singapore University of Social Sciences reserves the right to amend and/or revise the above schedule without prior notice.

For clarification, please contact the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) via the following:

Telephone: +65 6248 0263
Email: Q0VUQHN1c3MuZWR1LnNn
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