Welcome to ICM Photo Academy!

The ICM Photo Academy is a learning resource hub for 'work at your own pace' online photography courses, mentoring and portfolio reviews.  Whether you are a complete beginner, or a pro looking for inspiration to take your work to the next level you've come to the right place. You can complete the courses in your own time, to fit your schedule.

Everyone who chooses to learn with us gets access to a private Facebook group where participants can share their progress and ideas, and Kaisa and Morag will share inspirational ideas and signpost opportunities for more creative development, and getting your creative photography 'out there'.


The Teachers

Morag Paterson has been exploring ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) photography for sixteen years. Her work explores the natural world, and she loves nothing more than working with abstract and impressionist imagery in her own backyard. Morag has mentored many people over the years with both practical aspects of photography, and also with developing creative vision and working collaboratively.
Instagram: 
@mog_pat leemingpaterson.com


Kaisa Sirén is a photographic artist who brings her soul landscape visible with ICM photography, using northern sceneries of Finland as her backdrop. She focuses on themes related to the seasons of Lapland, and the sensitivity of nature. Kaisa is a co-founder of ICMPhotomag Network Community and has, since 2017, owned a gallery and art event house in Rovaniemi. Instagram: 
@icm_kaisasiren artistkaisasiren.com



Contact us

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Courses with review
ICM Elementary Self-Study
This course is for beginners of ICM Photography. In this workshop there are 6 lessons in which you learn how to take ICM photographs and get started on your creative journey! 

This version includes teacher review of your photographs.

ICM Advanced Self-Study with review
This course is designed for photographers who already know the basics of ICM and are ready to learn some more advanced methods. During the six lessons you can deepen your skills and learn new techniques. At the end Kaisa and Morag will review your photos. 

Longer Exposures with Review
In this course we will be further evolving our ICM Photography skills by using even longer exposure times than before.

This is the version of the Longer Exposures course where the teachers will review your photos at the end. 

Free offerings
Many Opportunities of ICM
Sign up to watch the recording of 4th of April Zoom meeting for free.
Creative Interview with Riika Pikkuvirta
Watch this free video with an interview with artist Riika Pikkuvirta about creativity. 
Free Introduction to ICM
Sign up to get a free introduction to ICM Photography! 
In this free mini-course you will find inspirational videos about "Tuning In", "Backyard Photography" and "Unusual Subjects". No strings attached!
Printing Creative Photos with Tim
Watch this free video with an interview with Tim Jones from Fotospeed about printing your creative photographs.
Free Sustainable Photography mini-course
Here we are sharing a long list of things to consider if you are hoping to make your practice more sustainable. Sign up to our mailing list to get this course for free.

Our mini-courses offer downloadable instructions and guides for your own projects.
Zoom meeting about creativity
Watch the recording of the Kickstart your Creativity launch Zoom meeting
For Beginners
ICM Elementary Self-Study no review
This course is for beginners of ICM Photography. In this workshop there are 6 lessons in which you learn how to take ICM photographs and get started on your creative journey!
Kickstart your Creativity
15 days of inspiration!

This course is for all of you who from time to time have an inspirational block and just have a hard time to pick up a camera.

Everyone who completes this course gets a free A3 print from Fotospeed!
Local Photography Project
This PDF mini-course will show you why undertaking a local photography project is an incredible idea.
For advanced learners
Community Network
ICMPhotoMag Network is a sister-project of the Academy, and is co-hosted by Kaisa and Morag along with Stephanie Johnson.

We are a community of like-minded photographers in a continuous learning environment that provides education, creative inspiration, mentoring, thoughtful feedback, and encouragement.
ICM Advanced Self-Study
This course is designed for photographers who already know the basics of ICM and are ready to learn some more advanced methods. During the six lessons you can deepen your ICM photography skills and learn new techniques.
Longer Exposures
In this course we will be further evolving our ICM Photography skills by using even longer exposure times than before.
Portfolio Reviews
A one-hour session to give you feedback on work of your choice. It's entirely up to you what you were like to talk about, whether it's individual image reviews or feedback on a series you are working on, or hope to develop.
ICM Mentoring
Our mentoring offering covers everything from tuition to developing a creative vision. We’re also happy to help guide you on presenting your work, curation, visual storytelling and exhibiting.
How to Apply for a Gallery Exhibition mini-course
Having an exhibition coming up is always an exciting project. It may seem like a giant to tackle, but when you break the project into smaller steps, it will be easier.

Our mini-courses offer downloadable instructions and guides for your own projects.
Student Testimonials

I have really enjoyed this self-study course. Usually I photograph birds and close-ups/macros of different plants. I found ICM ”by accident” and have been shooting ICM images every now and then. Elementary course was really good and gave me a lot of information on the basics. Looking forward to the Advanced Self-Study next.
- Sonja Jalonen

Thank you so much for developing such a wonderful basic course, which I believe has given me a solid foundation for continuing to develop my skills in ICM! 
- Susan Bourgerie

I’m sure the ICM course has given me tools to work towards my goal. Thanks for the great course and best regards 
- Pasi Oksman