Certificate Course in Professional Photography

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The Photography Institute
  • Awarded by

    The Photography Institute (RTO 45423)

  • Qualification

    Short Course

  • Study Mode


  • Payment Options

    Payment planUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Up to 12 months

  • Start Date

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  • Course Fee

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes

    Art Photographer | Fashion Photographer | Wedding Photographer | Freelance Photographer | View all

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  • In a Nutshell

    Do you have a burning passion for photography? Would you like to embark on an exciting career that gives you the freedom to be creative? The Certificate Course in Professional Photography from The Photography Institute is the perfect first step on your new career path!

    This comprehensive certificate course is developed and delivered by professional working photographers. Through 12 modules and 12 interactive assignments, you'll discover the foundations of photography and learn the skills you need to start your own photography business. You'll learn about how cameras, lenses, shutters and apertures work; the importance of exposure, metering, lighting and colour; the difference between digital and film photo processing; the ins and outs of photography equipment and software; and the process of refining and retouching images. On the business side of things, you'll learn what's involved in setting up a photography business, studio and portfolio, as well as how to work with photo agents and picture agencies.

    It's never been easier to study professional photography. You'll be studying entirely online, in your own time and at your own pace, under the instruction of top freelance photographers. You'll have up to 12 months to complete your studies, and once you've completed the course, you'll be prepared to start your very own freelance photography business and embark on your dream creative career!

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    There are no formal prerequisite study requirements for this course.

  • Subject Breakdown

    In this photography course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Cameras & Lenses
    • Shutters, Aperture & Their Relationships
    • Exposure & Metering
    • The Film & Digital Process
    • Light & Colour
    • Lighting
    • Refining The Image Process
    • Equipment & Software
    • Retouching, Resolution & Printing
    • Photography Business and Studio Essentials
    • How To Construct A Professional Portfolio
    • Photo Agents - Picture Agencies. How To Get Work & Keep It
  • Why The Photography Institute?

    The Photography Institute is an online learning hub offering cutting-edge courses in professional photography. With course modules written and delivered by working photographers at the top of their fields, the Institute aims to provide comprehensive and up-to-date education for all aspiring photographers, with the convenience of studying online from your own home. Through its certificate and accredited diploma programs, The Photography Institute offers an advanced alternative to the conventional in-person classroom without losing the importance of the student-teacher connection. Course materials aim to cover a wide variety of areas in the world of professional photography, helping students develop their skills, hone their craft and prepare for successful careers in the industry.

    The Photography Institute’s student support team is on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each student is also in direct contact with a personal tutor, who’s there to answer queries, mark assignments, and provide constructive feedback and guidance throughout the course.

    Access is also provided to the Photography Institute Facebook group, where students can connect with over 20,000 fellow aspiring photographers also enrolled in the Institute’s courses. Students are also supported as they launch their careers with benefits like a free website portfolio and exclusive discounts on Adobe products.

  • Where will this course take you?

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Certificate Course in Professional Photography qualification from The Photography Institute.

    Graduates are prepared to set up their own professional photography businesses, working as freelancers and/or with agents and agencies.

  • Career Outcomes

  • Let's talk price

    The full cost of this course is $1,099. The Photography Institute offers a range of flexible payment options:

    • Pay course fees in full and receive $100 discount (full course cost: $999)
    • 24-week payment plan ($45.79 per week)
    • 6-month payment plan ($183.17 per month)

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