The Lensman Academy is where young creative minds can learn from experienced industry leaders. We don’t just teach photography – we introduce you to the skills, network and advice you need to build a fulfilling career. So when the professional challenges of the real world come knocking, you’re ready for anything.
Learn anywhere, at any time with our carefully crafted online courses, designed for the new-generation of creators.
Learn to capture the perfect moment with world renowned masters.
Master the art of visual storytelling with the science and craft of filmmaking.
Discover the secrets of live and digital studio sound recording.
Learn advanced 3D animation & motion graphics.
All courses are conducted online and consist of 12 video modules and 12 interactive assignments.
After registration, you can log in to our secure student site with your own username and password.
Each module will include a video lesson from our world-class tutor, along with notes and explanation material.
Download assignments from our site with ease, complete them in your own time and upload to your tutor for grading and feedback.
You have the passion. Now learn the technique.
Lensman Academy is a digital classroom where students can take the next step in their creative journey – learning from world-class filmmakers, photographers and sound recordists. And because there is no teacher like experience – we support our online classes with a wealth of interactive assignments, plus the opportunity to do a final one-week internship with lensman Studios, Dubai Production City.
Our curriculum has been carefully constructed by recognised heavy-weights in the media and creative professions, with the aim to equips students with the theories and techniques that are making waves in the industry right now.
Unlike other online courses, with the Lensman Academy you can be confident of fully grasping important concepts by completing our interactive assignments and getting feedback from our tutors.
Receive an ASIC accredited certificate upon completion of your course.
Benefit from being associated with one of Dubai’s premiere photography and media studios, by interning with us at the end of your course. Lensman studios has been making waves in the photography and media landscape of Dubai for over 30 years.
The brain and founder of Lensman is award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer K Shoukath, popularly known as Lensman Shoukath. He spent his early years of photography at Bateen Palace, in the private department of the President of the United Arab Emirates for over a decade. In his photographic journey, Shoukath has travelled all over the world to produce documentary films for television networks such as the BBC, Fox Star, Zee and several other globally reputable establishments. His next epoch making endeavor is a pictorial book exploring the history of the United Arab Emirates titled ‘A Passage through Time’ – to be released in 2021, celebrating 50 years of independence for the UAE. Owing to his 40-year inventive journey in the UAE, Shoukath has established himself as the most influential photographer and filmmaker in the United Arab Emirates.Know more
Meera Menon is a New Jersey born, LA based Hollywood filmmaker whose directing credits include the female driven wall street drama feature film EQUITY (2016 Sundance Film Festival) and FARAH GOES BANG (Nora Ephron Prize winner, 2013 Tribeca Film Festival) and television shows such as GLOW, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, THE MAGICIANS, OUTLANDER, THE TERROR, MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, THE WALKING DEAD, and SNOWFALL. She is a graduate of Columbia University and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and was a 2014 fellow of the Fox Global Directors Initiative. Her directorial debut, Farah Goes Bang, also won awards at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and CAAMFest. That year, Meera was also showcased as one of Glamour Magazine’s “35 women under 35 running Hollywood.”Know more
Vanessa Joy is a world renowned wedding photographer, capturing the most captivating romantic moments in a couple’s life. She is crowned as Canon Explorer of light, an honour bestowed by Canon themselves to only five wedding photographers in the US. She is a New Jersey and New York wedding photographer capturing NJ, NYC and destination weddings.
With an emphasis on photojournalistic wedding photos, Vanessa has over twenty years as an experienced photographer.
Vanessa Joy has been an influential wedding photographer in the photography community for many years. She started her photographic journey in 1998, she has since earned 5 college degrees, started her own business in 2008, and began teaching around the world in 2009.
Vanessa has spoken at almost every major convention and platform in the industry such as CreativeLIVE, Clickin' Moms, WPPI, ShutterFest,
Imaging USA Trade Show, PPA related conventions, in addition to hosting personal workshops and numerous small business and photography conventions around the globe. She is also sponsored by several internationally acclaimed brands. She has multiple, prestigious wedding photography competitions and awards to her credit.
She authored her first book in 2019 about Photography Lighting. Currently she writes for the world’s largest photography magazine- Shuttermag.
She is a photography tutor, taking over three thousand plus audience at a go.
Andy Marty is an Australian born Dubai-based photographer. A passion for photography and an obsession with travel led him to a celebrated career as a travel photographer. His trained eye has captured some of world’s most iconic vistas – from the bazaars of India to the iconic New York Skyline. Over the years, the wide range in his work led to a long-lasting association with international brands including Fairmont Hotels, Audi and Flydubai. His work has evolved to include lifestyle shoots for individuals and portfolios for influencers. A well-known figure in Dubai’s photography scene, he enjoys passing on everything he learns through workshops and courses.Know more
Destiny Malone is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning photographer, specializing in child and family portraits. Her skillful approach to posing families of all sizes, engaging children of all ages, and teasing out natural expressions results in impactful portraits that are as meaningful as they are beautiful. With a teaching style that is welcoming and straightforward, she has spent her career helping other photographers and industry professionals grow and succeed, sharing her knowledge and 15+ years of photography experience through speaking engagements, online platforms, and one-on-one training sessions.Know more
Ale Filizzola is an acclaimed London-based Brazilian photographer and photography
instructor specialised in fashion photography and people portraiture managing to capture
beauty, emotions and lifestyle with cultural sensitivity and in a meaningful way. He has
also sought to work with commercial, social and cultural photography through out his
career. He has an MA Fashion Photography from University of the Arts London / London
College of Fashion and more academic degrees to his credit.
Filizzola is very keen on working with people design and culture and he converges this passion with his students in his tutorials. Beyond photography, he is also a former graphic designer with experience in branding, advertising and sustainability; which he uses to the benefit of his students while coaching them as he is able to incorporate both the knowledge of photography and promotion of photography.
Apart from photographing people across the world he has been working with refugees, youth groups, running voluntary photography courses at the Consonant (Migrants resource Centre), and leading summer creative workshops at the NCS - National Citizens Service / The Challenge. In 2017 he won the award of outstanding Brazilian photographer in London at the Brazilian Press Awards Uk, and in 2019 he won the Top of Mind UK Awards as featured photographer.
Social media groups for all students from across the globe to interact with each other on all topics covered by the course is an added feature. Like a real campus, you can meet fellow students, ask questions, share knowledge, talk about experience, upload work, give and receive feedback, make new friends in the world of photography.
I would strongly recommend the advance course from Lensman Academy to all aspiring photographers who wish to master the art and craft of photography. The course from Lensman Academy was clear to follow right from the prospectus to check out at the payment gateway. The course took me from being an amateur photographer to a confident Lensman. I now pursue a career in photography.
The online course of Lensman Academy is as credible as a regular campus course from a University. The availability of the faculty round the clock, brought in a sense of confidence in me as I had an insecurity about online courses. The recommended reading materials were very helpful. Photography was a passion for me but now I wish to pursue this as my profession.
United Arab Emirates
The modules covered lens, light, focus, understanding exposure, creative composing and many more aspects of photography. The course content was so well designed that at the end of every module I felt a sense of achievement reaching me towards my ambition of being a photographer. Next I wish to pursue the course of film making from Lensman Academy.
I have seen my photography skills improve dramatically over the duration of the course along with my confidence and knowledge while taking the course from Lensman Academy. The assignments at the end of each module was a test of this improvement. The course content has such great retention that while I pick up the camera, all the instructions come flashing to guide me.
United Arab Emirates
I completely enjoyed the personal tone of each of the modules and the well designed assignments. The language used in the curriculum was lucid and easy to follow. The constructive criticism and timely feedback from the faculty were extremely sincere and fair and I imbibed just as much from them as I did from the modules. The contact with the student support is very effective.
Lensman Academy’s course was the best thing that I did for myself during the lockdown days. The course was elaborate, yet comprehensible with notes and practical sessions. The videos were extremely helpful and could be viewed during my convenient time which worked very well for a full time working professional like me
What sets this course of Lensman Academy apart from the rest in the field, is the personal and genuine mentorship by the faculty. Another attractive feature of the course is that it is complete value for money. A very well rounded and informative course that enabled me to embark upon my dream journey towards becoming a Professional in the field of Photography & Post Production.
United Arab Emirates
When I was aimless about a career, I came across the website of Lensman Academy. All that I wanted to know about a career option in professional photography was available to me there. I could join within two days of making up my mind as they offered a part payment option for the entire course. I am ever indebted to the Academy for showing me this career path.
When the pandemic hit the world my financials also was hit badly. I was an amateur photographer and the professional course from Lensman Academy helped me ace my skills. The course material was very easy to follow and with the help of the faculty members I soon became an expert with camera. I am so content with the course that I am ready to take professional photography as my full time job.
Remarkable course, comprehensive course material and outstanding faculty. It’s a perfect combination for an online academy with affordable fees. I am so glad I was able to be guided under Lensman Academy to pursue my hobby in photography. The assignment feedback gives a clear assessment of improvement. The on the job training was a great. I have successfully taken a few assignments for magazines.
Ibitisam ShafeeqDirector, Promotion
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Dr C.P. NairDirector, Relationship
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