Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when you’re holding a camera, it is a much trickier proposition to make something beautiful. Unless, that is, you have a diploma from the College of Digital Photography (CODP). Udo Kieslich says he has been operating this college for a decade, ever since – having qualified as professional studio photographer – he found friends and family constantly asking him where they could go to learn how to use their cameras. The CODP has since developed into a leader in providing high-quality, part-time photography, videography and Photoshop courses, tailored specifically to people with digital cameras. The goal, says Udo, is to teach customers how to capture amazing images, as well as how to edit them. And he also provides a more comprehensive photography programme for those who want to get into professional photography. By remaining extremely client focused and ensuring that every single student has a fun-filled, relaxed learning experience, the CODP keeps customer service top of the agenda. It has also developed a unique student booking and management system. Students receive a digital course manual, schedule and upload assignments directly, using the student digital workspace. Udo adds that his next goal is to set up CODP as a franchise, with the goal of being represented in every major city in South Africa, as well as internationally, should the opportunity arise. He also plans to set up a fully interactive online photography course, with the aim of targeting a global audience. The potential for growth is limitless, he says, since you can never be too young or too old to learn how to take photographs, pointing out that CODP’s has taught students ranging from 10 years to 92 years of age.