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Professional Photography

Photography Classes OnlineProgram Duration: 3 Months
Course Contact Hours: 230
Student Tuition: $2,500

The Job Outlook

Employment of photographers is predicted to increase by 4 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is slower than other occupations. Work conditions for photographers can fluctuate a lot, depending on what they specialize in. Several photographers will travel for photoshoots, while others choose to only work in their own studios. Science- oriented photographers may work in labs and utilize microscopes in their work. You can start working towards an exciting career like this by enrolling in photography classes online.

Professional Photography Classes Online

This Professional Photography Class demonstrates an expansive blend of scholarly and functional information. It includes every element of photography, from capture through to output, both digital and analog. There is a stress on discussing the ‘how to’ of photography, but additionally includes in-depth coverage of the basic principles that govern the art, including how light behaves, optics, and the shutter. This course ensures that the student comes away with not just a good grasp of photographic technique, but also an extensive awareness of the basics that will assist them to better comprehend how excellent photography is made. Taking online photography classes functions both as an outstanding course for students of photography, and a great primer and reference for amateur enthusiasts.

The field of digital photography is steadily becoming an increasingly popular and interesting pastime and occupation. These days, practically anyone can take gorgeous photographs after having studied the best methods and getting a solid editing know-how. This online photography class also covers several of the essentials when using Photoshop & how you can start a home-based photography business.

Prerequisite(s): None


After taking our photography classes online, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the fundamental concepts of photography.
  • Identify the steps associated with processing photographs.
  • Recognize digital photography strategies.
  • Comprehend the professional photography career.
  • Describe techniques for effectively launching a photography business.

Certification: None


Professional Photography Module 1
The Basics of Photography

  • Facets of Photography
  • The Role the Photographs Play
  • Styles and Approaches
  • Lighting and Image Forming
  • Wavelengths and Colors
  • How Light Forms Images
  • Lenses and Their Controls
  • Depth of Field and Focus
  • Cameras: The Essential Components
  • Camera Types: Which Is Best?
  • Twin and Single Lens
  • Close-up Equipment
  • Digital Cameras
  • File Formats
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Professional Photography Module 2
Taking the Picture

  • Basic Characteristics of Lighting
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Practical Lighting Problems
  • Organizing the Picture
  • Noticing Subject Features
  • Structuring Pictures
  • Films & Filters
  • Black & White vs. Color Photography
  • Storing Film
  • Filter Kits
  • Exposure Measurements
  • Exposing Different Types of Film
  • Practical Exposure Tips

Professional Photography Module 3
Picture Processing, Finishing and Printing

  • Film Processing
  • Equipment & General Preparations for Processing
  • Processing Different Negatives
  • Black and White Printing
  • Darkroom Organization
  • Making Contact Prints
  • Controls During Enlarging
  • Common Print Faults
  • Post-Production for Digital Images
  • Basic & Advanced Editing
  • Mounting Methods & Framing
  • Getting Your Work Noticed

Professional Photography Module 4
Digital Photography Techniques

  • Taking Digital Photos
  • Consider Your Lighting
  • Control the Exposure
  • Control the Sharpness & Depth of Field
  • How to Take a Better Photo
  • Creative Photo Techniques
  • Organize Photos with Photoshop Elements
  • Basic Image Workflow
  • Advanced Photoshop Elements
  • Make Photographic Prints
  • Sharing Your Photos on the Web
  • PDF & Video Slide Shows

Professional Photography Module 5
Photography Business

  • Getting Started as a Home-Based Photographer
  • Amateur vs. Professional
  • The Pros & Cons of Self Employment
  • Financial Planning
  • Start-Up Costs
  • Financial management
  •  The Legal Aspects
  •  Writing a Business Plan
  • Taxes & Recordkeeping
  • Computers & Business
  • Managing Your Photography Business
  • Marketing Your Photography Business

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Professional Photography
Materials Included:

  • Langford’s Basic Photography by Michael Langford, Anna Fox, and Richard Sawdon Smith
  • Digital Photography: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks by Rob Sheppard
  • How to Start a Home-Based Photography Business by Kenn Oberrecht & Rosemary DeLuco-Alpert

System Requirements: 

Internet Access

  •  Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
  •  Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
  • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)