Advanced Photography & Compositing Course:

Our film school is designed to be a vibrant, creative environment, a place where you are known by name from your first day with us.
The Academy is characterized by its strong sense of team spirit and collaboration among students and our Team.
Our film school is recognized as a place dedicated to developing your unique voice as a Photographer or filmmaker and ultimately the place from which you can launch your career through the work you will produce and the many industry professionals you will meet during your time with us.

Joy Porter teaching the photography calss at Proline Film Academy
on location hands-on experience photography class at Proline Film Academy

We Are The Best

The mission of Proline Film Academy is to inspire students with an inventive method of education that concentrates on preparation for career opportunities in the Film & Photography industry. We do this with a curriculum that integrates technical knowledge with artistic exploration and creativity, taught by a staff of industry professionals.
Our education is delivered through reflective teaching methods and hands on learning in the heart of Kampala. Our programs are designed to immerse aspiring talent in industry practices and current technologies, enabling them to discover their individual voices through collaboration and realize their career goals in the Filmmaking & Photography industry.

Why Chose PFA?

Through Photography and filming we transform youth to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs into agents of change as you advance your life and discover your purpose in order to close the unemployment gap within the youth.
Proline Film Academy was created to provide & Support the youths a new level of film education to students training to work in the industry, whether as Photography, Directors, Writers, Producers, Cinematographers or any of the many different and challenging crew roles involved in the production of major motion pictures.

Photography students learning how to work with exposure during the on-location practicals at Proline Film Academy

This course provides an introduction and advanced techniques to the fundamentals of photography.
A systematic and thorough approach is emphasized in the area of image sensors and digital workflow.
Students develop essential skills for obtaining consistent results and a foundation in photography as a visual language.
Creative Photoshop Working Techniques are everything You need to know as a successful Photographer or Retoucher - or maybe amateur Photoshop user.
Get the key on turning photos into pieces of art with our practical lessons.

We designed this course to bring You the most useful and amazing techniques in Your work and split them for a few separated sections.
We truly believe that to learn Photoshop effectively You don't need to know whole theory behind the program, and from our own experience we know that the best way of learning is by doing! Especially when we talk about such an amazing software like Photoshop CC.
Create complex and beautiful photo composites.
This course will teach you the fundamentals and secrets of photo compositing, advanced masking techniques, luminosity and color adjustments, selective sharpening and more.
With digital photo editing, “ the sky’s the limit.

Through our Compositing in Photoshop, you will start your exciting adventure and create a complex, dreamy photo composite.
This syllabus starts with a short introduction where you’ll get familiar with the basic principles of photo compositing.
The hands-on process starts with mastering advanced masking techniques with Photoshop Channels.
Next, you will build the Composition and focus on Luminosity and Color Adjustments, taking advantage of several great Photoshop tools such as Black and White Adjustment Layer, the Curves Adjustment Layer, Gradient Map, and Blend Modes.

Once you have the color adjustments ready, you will focus on contrast adjustments with a Dodge and Burn technique.
Finally, you’ll add a few last touches including selective sharpening and Dust Effect created with the help of Photoshop Custom Brush.

When you’re finished with this course, you will have a foundational knowledge of photo compositing, helping you as you move forward to professional photo editing and graphic design.
Upon completion of the course you will;

- Understand that a good photograph is made in the photographer’s mind, the camera is merely a tool for expressing what he or she sees.
- Understand the basics of good composition and lighting, including lighting ratio and contrast.
- Understand and be able to manipulate the factors that control exposure in order to achieve optimum exposure.
- Understand the factors that dictate choice of media type and ISO.
- Understand the functions of the basic controls of an adjustable depth of field, it’s utilization and how to alter.

Why Choose Us

We aim at providing every single student with unequaled personal support and professional training, which is the reason why we had to expand.
Entrance to any of our full-time filmmaking courses is based on a competitive interview and application process

  • Professional Workflow

    PFA tutors will go over the basic formula, demystifying the process so that you can incorporate Frequency Separation into most of your portrait and retouching jobs.
    We will show you how to incorporate filters, paint and blend modes to really make your portraits sing.
    Learn how to utilize this powerful technique for more of your heavy lifting retouching needs.

  • Great Experience

    A Complete Guide to Fashion and Beauty Photos with High-End Retouching will take your fashion, beauty, editorial and portrait professional level photos.
    In this of course, we will show you the industry standard of best practices, lighting techniques, creates standards, and important information necessary to launch a successful fashion and beauty business photography.

  • Product Photography

    This is the only complete photography course in Uganda today which includes both parts with studio work and post production.
    Dive in our professional product photography course that is based on creating images for use in the advertising world because this type of work is different than just catalog or basic product photography.
    Here the goal is to create an image that will be used to sell the product.

Photography students end of year diploma  graduation ceremony at Proline Film Academy
Photography students hands on practical exams at Proline Film Academy

Wedding Photography

Ready to find out what separates wedding Photographers from sought-after wedding photographers?
Where does fashion photography meet wedding photography?

  • Wedding Albums

    Using live demonstrations PFA tutors will take you step-by-step through the creation of a perfect wedding package ? including how to choose the right business model, pose the bride and groom on their big day and design a timeless wedding album that your clients will treasure forever.

  • Master Retouching Hair

    Hair is one of our most defining physical features and with so much detail and variation, it’s often times the most challenging part of professional retouching, but not anymore! Learn how to rescue details, remove flyaways, add volume, and enhance the definition of hair in any photo. PFA tutors break down every tool and technique in Photoshop to get picture-perfect hair, every time.

  • Lifestyle Photography

    Join top pro photographer Mrs. Joy Porter on location shooting outdoor lifestyle photos on the beach and around Kampala. With outdoor lifestyle photography your job is to sell the experience to the viewer.
    You need to be able to work in all kinds of lighting situations and with a range of gear–from strobes to diffusion panels.
    She takes you through a series of locations and situations demonstrating lighting, posing, and composition tips and techniques all along the way.

  • Real Estate Photography

    In real estate photography, efficiency is the name of the game.
    Get quality images in your client's hands quickly by optimizing your workflow. Get insider tips from PFA pros to Capture beautifully composed images allowing potential buyers to visualize a home's layout.
    Control light sources and avoid color contamination.
    Cleanly mask yourself and your gear out of final images.
    Build an effective portfolio on any budget.

01. About Our Advanced Photography Course: Inside the COURSE CONTENTS


[A] - This Course Suits all Photography enthusiasts aged 16 and above who are looking to get the most out of their DSLR camera.
[B] - This advanced still photography course covers all the entire knowledge for someone to become a Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer.
[C] - Marketing and communication professionals who would like to gain a better understanding of the creative workflow.

Photography student's learning environment at Proline Film Academy


Our film school is recognized as a place dedicated to developing your unique voice as a filmmaker and ultimately the place from which you can launch your career through the work you will produce and the many industry professionals you will meet during your time with us..

Photography student's learning lighting at Proline Film Academy

Pro - Lighting

Part of what makes Proline Film Academy one of the best Media schools in East Africa is the vast variety of film workshops designed for every schedule and learning goal.
Our Media school is the perfect place to turn your passion into practice.

Advanced Photography classroom with state of art at Proline Film Academy

Modern Classes

Our mission is to inspire a new generation of creative professionals. We bring the education and screen industries together in a creative environment, driven by great teaching and practical, hands-on experience, led by inspiring role models.

Onlocation hands on experience with the photography students of 2019 at Proline Film Academy

High-tech gears

Beyond the theory and history of cinema, Our Media school places an emphasis on hands-on experience.
P.F.A offers a wide variety of workshops in filmmaking that allow students to obtain a strong foundation in a short period of time.

Semester One:

  • Foundation of Photography ( Exposure )
  • Foundation of Photography ( Lenses )
  • Foundation of Photography ( Composition )
  • Foundation of Photography ( Specialty Lenses)
  • Foundation of Photography ( Black & White Photography )
  • Foundation of Photography ( Night & Low Light)
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
  • Aperture and Depth of field Advanced workflows
  • How to define your Style & Brand
  • Photoshop for Entrepreneurs
  • Advanced Beauty and Portrait Retouching workflow
  • Becoming a Better Artist - Digital Matte Painting workflow
  • Introduction to creative Photoshop Techniques
  • Advanced Masking and Compositing Hair with Photoshop
  • Working with Perspective in Photoshop
  • Mastering Compositing in Photoshop
  • Working with Text in Photoshop
  • Mastering Color Management in Photoshop
  • Advanced Fashion Retouching in Photoshop
  • Advanced Blending Mode Magic in Photoshop
  • Editing Video & Creating Slide Shows with Photoshop
  • DIY make-Up for Photographers
  • Introduction to Life Style Photography
  • Shooting and Designing Wedding Albums
  • introduction to advanced Headshot Photography
  • Designing an Image Concept
  • Growing Your Instagram Following as a Photographer
  • Retouching Master Class
  • Introduction to HDR Master Class
  • Introduction to Advanced Photoshop Plugins
  • Introduction to Lightroom
  • Photo Editing in Lightroom
  • Where Art meets Architecture
  • Narative Portraiture on-Location
  • Advanced Time Lapse workflow

Semester Two:

  • Shooting New-borns, Props and Posing
  • Designing advanced News Letters with Photo Shop
  • Interior Design Photography
  • Introduction to Illustrator
  • Mastering Selections in Photoshop
  • How to shoot Pets in the Studio
  • How to increase Wedding Photography profits without Raising prices
  • Photoshop for Photographers
  • Introduction to nature Photography
  • Advanced Lightroom Processing workflow
  • Natural Light Portraiture & Retouching Techniques
  • Product Photography & Retouching Techniques
  • Introduction to Boudoir Photography
  • Advanced Black & White Photography & Retouching Techniques
  • Matte Painting Master Class
  • How to Boost your Brand in 50 steps
  • Web Elements Design with Photoshop
  • How to Pose family Portraits
  • The Science Of Color
  • How to expand beyond Wedding Photography
  • The Language of Light
  • Animating a 2D Character within Live Action Video in Photoshop and Premiere Pro
  • Quality of light
  • Photography with one Light
  • Advanced Texturizing Images
  • How to Paint With Light
  • How to Light and Pose Beauty Shots
  • Mastering InDesign
  • Advanced Matte Painting And Compositing for film
  • Fashion & Editorial Portrait Photography
  • Advanced retouching with Frequency Separation for Portraits
  • Colored Gel Portraits & Retouching
  • Commercial Color Grading

Semester Three:

  • Advanced Lightroom Workflow & Processing
  • Advanced Commercial Hair Retouching Workflow
  • Introduction to advanced Aerial Photography & Retouching Techniques
  • Conceptualizing a Movie Poster with Illustrator
  • Advanced workflow with Speed Lights
  • The Complete Guide To Editorial Food Photography & Photoshop Retouching
  • The Complete Guide To Product Photography & Retouching
  • Sports Photography and Retouching
  • The Art Of Creativity In Fashion Photography
  • How to create Photo books
  • Commercial Retouching workflows
  • Introduction to advanced Creative Photoshop Techniques
  • The Art of Creativity in Fashion Photography
  • Introduction to advanced Commercial Wedding Photography
  • Professional Layer Styles with Photoshop when making Wedding Albums
  • Fashion Photography Posing & Lighting Techniques
  • Real Estate and Architectural Photography
  • Advanced Commercial Beauty Retouching
  • Introduction to advanced Layer Effects in Photoshop
  • Making Books in Lightroom
  • Mastering the Pen Tool and Shape Layers
  • The business of out-door photography & Freelancing
  • How to use Gopro for out-door Photography
  • Advanced Retouching Techniques for Hair in Photoshop
  • Photoshop for Web Design
  • Mastering Luminosity Masks in Photoshop
  • Mastering Color & Tone in Photoshop
  • Advanced Photo Manipulation in Photoshop
  • Creative Perspective Techniques for Artists in Photoshop


  • Adobe Photo Shop CC
  • Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Adobe Indesign CC
  • Adobe Light Room CC
  • Imagenomic / Nick Softwares
  • All Compatible Plugins for all main softwares


Many imagine the lifestyle of a photographer to be exotic wherein they meet the rich and the famous and travel first class around the world at someone else’s expense.
Well this can prove to be true for you if you are talented and hard working and you understand that there is no formal career structure in photography.

There is a chance that you might be clicking pictures at the play school in your locality, but you could also be clicking photographs at the Cannes red carpet.

The Work:
Photography offers a number of opportunities and the range of the fields that you can venture into.
Mentioned below are the different career options possible within the realm of photography.

Press Photographers or Photo Journalists provide the press with pictures that are relevant to the daily news and events.
This kind of photography is best done instinctively.
Hence, you need to be spontaneous and know what kind of a picture would best illustrate your article.
If you are adventurous and willing to work under difficult conditions when needed, then this field is probably for you.

• Fashion Photography is the field where one works for fashion houses, designers or individual models.
To be a part of this glamorous world, you must have knowledge about latest fashion trends and you should be willing to be experimental and creative.

• Portrait Photographers are people-oriented photographers who click snaps of individuals.
The subjects range from children to pets, functions to social events etc.
You can also specialize as wedding photographers.

• Industrial Photographers click photographs of machinery, merchandise, industrial layout, workers at work etc.
to be used for company publications and for the purposes of advertising and selling.

• Wildlife Photographers capture the animal kingdom and plant life in its most natural and habitual form.
This kind of photography is a part of Nature photography which also covers landscapes and scenery.
If you love nature and have the ability to capture the perfect sunsets and waterfalls in your camera then this is definitely an option that you could consider.

• Feature Photographers narrate an entire story through the medium of photographs.
Hence to be a feature photographer, you have to have extensive knowledge of the subject that you are dealing with and you should be willing to work at any given time and place.

• Forensic Photographers click photographs at crime scenes from all possible angles with great emphasis on details in order to help the police or detective agencies.

• Fine Art Photographers click photographs which are sold as an art form. To be a fine art photographer, you have to be very creative and expressive.

• Freelancing is the most popular option in this profession.
To be working as a freelancer, you need to have great management skills and the ability to work independently.
You might not know where the next job is coming from and their will be the hassles of keeping accounts.
But, you can be your own boss and find, shoot and sell your own photographs.

• Scientific Photography is used for scientific publications and research reports.
The areas that it covers are biology, medicine, chemistry and engineering.
You have to have both interest and knowledge to be a part of this field.

Personal Attributes and Skills:
To be a photographer, you have to have both creativity and technical knowledge.
You must have that extra quality and interest in visuals, colour, light etc.
The field of photography is constantly changing with the advancement of technology and hence you have to be fast-paced and willing to learn throughout your career.

Photography as a field has no particular or fixed career and salary structure. One has to be very brave to start off as a freelancer.
You would rather begin by working in a studio.
One can start as an assistant to senior photographers in which you’d be paid UGX: 300K. Once you are established, you would be paid as per the assignment.
The range can be from UGX: 1m - 10m.
Fields like commercial photography pay higher compared to the other fields.

What you learn is directly applicable in the work field without insignificant trash.
You are equipped with the ultimate skills for the job, from problem-solving skills, understanding scientific methods to intellectual design skills.