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Course Overview

Do you have a passion for wildlife? Do you also have a passion for photography? And is National Geographic one of your favourite channels?

Then this is the course for you!

Learning Online is proud to present the ONLY specialised online Photography Certificate in Australia.

Learn from Photography Professionals with almost 20 years of experience in Photography. From the basics all the way up to advanced photography.

Learn the art of taking the perfect shot of a moving target and taking photos in different weather conditions. Learn about a wide range of different wild animals from Australian natives all the way up to exotic animals like big cats and elephants!


UNIT 1: Getting Set Up

Wildlife Photography is a very special genre of Photography. Those magical images that attracted you to this arena did not happen by accident. To get you started, we take an in-depth look at cameras and equipment needed for wildlife photography, help you to get familiar with the camera you are using and get you up and running. It is time to find out what some of those dials and settings on your camera can really do.

UNIT 2: Mastering Exposure

The exposure triangle, mastering shutter speed, aperture and ISO. You will take control of your camera. Before the end of this unit, you will be freezing the action, blurring the movement, panning and focussing with ease. You will be blurring backgrounds and be all set to track animals in the wild.

UNIT 3: Lightroom 1 for the Wildlife Photographer

Image management is huge for the modern photographer. The digital world has skyrocketed the importance of this right to the top. It is a must on every photographer’s skill list, and ADOBE LIGHTROOM is the weapon of choice. In this unit, you will learn your way around the software, how to catalogue and locate your images, adjust exposure and as a special treat, you will discover Presets – Adobe’s gift to photographers. We will also show you how to add that all important watermark.

UNIT 4: Colour, exposure and control in natural light

We look at light, where it comes from, how to measure it and how to work with it. You will discover why the camera sees and captures images differently to what you see with your eyes and we explore the wonderful world of colour. The Histogram will become your new best friend. Every image has one. Learn how to read it, understand it, and use it to make exposure adjustments on the fly.

UNIT 5: Image Composition

How you put an image together can make or break it. Time to get it together as we tackle image composure, backgrounds, foregrounds, focal points, tack sharp animal eye contact, silhouettes, reflections, leading and directing the eye, interaction and the list goes on. Free- thinking and creativity are encouraged. Learn to pre-visualise your images, put your theory into action and do it your way. We also show you a few common problems you can encounter and techniques to help avoid them.

UNIT 6: Lightroom 2

It is back to ADOBE LIGHTROOM. Time to take your Lightroom skills to the next level, tackling some finer corrections, filters, tonal adjustments, effects, toning control and a few other tricks that just might come in handy.

UNIT 7: In the Wild

The natural beauty we are surrounded by in the form of landscapes, plants, and wildlife compels us to capture it. In this unit, we will be looking at taking images of wildlife in the wild. That means in their natural habitat where they are free to roam as they please, hunt, mate and live as nature intended without human intervention. It is time to step into the animal’s environment and put those newly acquired photography skills to use.

UNIT 8: In the City

The love for capturing stunning wildlife images is not lost when a person is in the city. Here we venture into zoos and wildlife parks, looking at techniques for shooting awesome wildlife images in this environment. It is very different but can be equally rewarding. Our domestic friends have not been forgotten. Statistics tell us that just over 62% of Australian households own a pet. That is a lot of pets! Opportunities abound in this arena for the budding photographer, so we have included both studio and outdoor pet photography.

Zoology Studies Course Outline

Vertebrate Taxonomy and Diversity Taxonomic classifications

  • Morphology and Evolution
  • Environmental and Genetic Influences
  • Speciation
  • Diversification
  • Convergence
  • Diet
  • Habits
  • Distribution
  • Terminology

Fishes Fish Diversity (major groups)

  • Class Agnatha (jawless fishes)
  • Class Chondrichthyes (cartilaginous fishes) and
  • Class Osteichthyes (bony fishes).

Ectotherms - Amphibians and Reptiles

  • Definitions, Endothermy, Ectotermic, Tetrapods
  • Class Amphibia
  • Order Anura (Salientia) Frogs and Toads, Salamanders and Newts
  • Order Apoda (Gymnophiona) Caecilians
  • Class Reptilia: Reptiles (turtles, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and the extinct Dinosauria)
  • Order Rhynchocephalia – Tuatara
  • Order Chelonia (Testudines) – Turtles, tortoises
  • Order Crocodilia – Crocodilians
  • Order Squamata – Lizards and Snakes

Birds -Physiology (Structure) and Anatomy, Feathers, Colour, Legs, Skeletal structure

  • Muscles, Senses, Behaviour (Flight, Diving, etc), Egg formation, Hatching.
  • Bird Taxonomy
  • Ratitae (flightless) birds
  • Carinatea (flying birds)
  • Water Birds (eg. Grebes, divers, Ducks, geese and swans, Storks, flamingoes and herons, pelicans, gannets and cormorants,)
  • Owls, Eagles, falcons and hawks
  • Chickens, turkeys, game birds and mount birds
  • Rails, coots and cranes,
  • Pigeons and sand grouse,
  • Gulls, auks and plovers,
  • Parrots, parakeets, Hummingbirds, swifts, Woodpeckers, toucans, Kingfishers, bee-eaters and hornbills, Trogonos, quetzals, plumed birds
  • Perching birds such as sparrows, starlings, swallows (Passeriformes),
  • Diving birds, loons, Cuckoos, coucals Nighthawks, whippoorwills, Mousebirds, etc.

Mammals (Mammalia)

  • Overview – Taxonomy
  • Sub class Prototheria (egg laying animals) – echidna and platypus
  • Sub class Metatheria (Marsupials) eg. koala, kangaroo and opossum
  • Sub class Eutheria (Placental masmmals -these include such diverse forms as whales, elephants, shrews, and armadillos, dogs, cats, sheep, cattle and horses. Humans, of course, are also placental mammals).

Marsupials -Subclass Theria

  • kangaroos
  • koalas
  • wombats
  • bandicoots
  • opossums
  • phalangers, etc
  • Marsupials Physiology and locomotion, Reproduction

Grandorders Glires and Insectivora

  • Rodents
  • Rabbits
  • Pikas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Moles
  • Shrews and Tenrecs
  • Taxonomy, structure, Adaptations.


  • dogs
  • wolves
  • bears
  • racoons
  • cats
  • weasels
  • hyenas
  • seals, sea lions and walruses
  • Taxonomy, Physiology, Adaptations

Hoofed Mammals (Ungulata: Includes seven orders)

  • Order Artiodactyla. This includes: Hippopotami, Deer, Giraffe, Sheep, Cattle, Antelope, Camelids
  • Order Cetacea. This includes: Dolphins, Porpoises, Whales
  • Order Perissodactyla. This includes: Horses, Rhinoceroses, Tapirs
  • Order Tubulidentata. This includes: Ardvarks
  • Order Hyracoidea. This includes: Hyraxes (or Conies)
  • Order Proboscidea. This includes: Elephants
  • Order Sirenia. This includes: Manatees and Dugongs

Primates and other Archonta. This grandorder is sub divided into four sub orders.

  • Scandentia e.g. Tree Shrews
  • Dermoptera e.g. Flying Lemurs, Colugos
  • Chiroptera. This order comprises the bats.
  • Primates (Or Order Primates and sub order Strepsirhini) e.g. humans, monkeys, apes and lemurs.


  • Online 24/7 access to your course allowing you to study when it suits your schedule
  • Access to a variety of learning formats including ebooks, self assessment tests and assignments
  • Tutoring services to ensure no question you have goes unanswered.
  • A lifetime loyalty discount of 20% off all your tools and products from our industry partner.
  • A certificate of attainment upon completion.
  • Tutor support service available to you by phone and email 6 days a week.
  • DSLR Camera (Nikon or Canon) of your choosing!

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