Professional Photography

Capture the Moment - Create Lasting Memories

Hours: 240 Hours
Duration: 12 months
Level: Beginner
Average Completion: 6 Months
Language: English
Occupation: Photographer
Enrolled: 96 Students

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Professional Photography

Professional Photographers are responsible for capturing images that tell a story or record an event. They use a variety of photographic equipment and techniques to capture images of people, places, products, or other subjects, and edit the images to create a desired effect. Professional Photographers often specialize in a certain type of photography, such as wedding, portrait, or fashion photography.


• Take photographs for a variety of commercial and artistic purposes

• Set up and adjust lighting, choose backgrounds and props, and arrange subjects

• Capture stills and video footage of events and activities

• Provide prints and digital copies of images to clients

• Ensure that all equipment is properly handled and maintained

• Edit and manipulate digital images to create desired effects

• Follow directions from clients and creative directors

• Stay current with industry trends and technologies

• Maintain accurate records of all photography projects

• Manage client relations and communications

• Prepare invoices, estimates, and contracts for clients

12 months of Full Access
6% Predicted 10-Years Job Growth

Is This the Right Career for You?

Yes, professional photography can be a great career option. Professional photographers use the latest equipment and techniques to capture images of people, places, and events. They may work in a variety of settings, including in studios, on location, and in the field. Professional photographers are often hired to capture corporate events, weddings, and other special occasions. They must have a keen eye for detail and be able to capture a moment in time that will be cherished for years to come. Professional photography can be a rewarding and lucrative career, as long as you are willing to put in the effort to learn the trade and build your portfolio.

1. Start today

Begin your transformation and learning journey right away.

2. Learn your way

Achieve your training at your own pace, according to your own schedule.

3. Get hired today

Complete industry-recognized certification and develop your employment strategy to begin your dream job.

6 Reasons to Complete Your Professional Photography Training With Us


With our programs, you can learn and study at your own pace with access 24/7/365 for the duration of your program. This means you can learn on your own terms and work around your own schedule.


Our online training comes with access to real, live support personnel that will help you through every step from our admissions adviser who will assist you with selecting the right training for you, to our student adviser who will be there with you during your entire training journey.


We have tailored our programs to provide comprehensive training in the technical and soft skills employers are looking for. With direct input and feedback from industry leaders and hiring managers, our program aligns with exactly what you need to successfully enter the workforce.


Our career training not only gives you the knowledge you need but preparation for the certification exams relevant to your desired career path. If you are pursuing an exciting new career in a field with a national certification, our program will both prepare you to sit for the exam but will often include a voucher for the exam cost.

Simulations and Case Studies

Our training programs have been developed with real learners and professionals in mind, so our programs incorporate real-world case studies and virtual simulations that will provide examples and interactions with real-life situations you may encounter during your career. These allow you to learn by experience with circumstances similar to what will be your daily responsibilities on the job.

Engaging and Interactive

Our training curriculum was developed with you in mind, looking at modern day learners and their needs. Our curriculum contains a mix of formats including reading, listening, watching, and interacting that will immerse you into a fun and engaging learning experience you will not only enjoy but not want to end.

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Program Description

Professional Photography is a profession that offers flexibility and artistic freedom. Professional photographers use their expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record a memory. Professional photographers work in many different environments depending on their desire and specialty. Photographer specialties give professionals the freedom to pursue their artistic dreams as a portrait, aerial, scientific, news, commercial and industrial, or fine arts photographer. The professional photography profession allows the flexibility to work as a freelance artist, a corporate employee, or both. The salary range for a professional photographer varies greatly depending on location and work environment. The 2015 Median income for a professional photographer was $31,710 annually.

This program is targeted at individuals seeking the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in the thriving field of Photography. The training in this program is ideal for both entry level professionals looking to start out in the field and those professionals currently working in the field who are looking to either advance their skills or prepare to sit for an industry certification.

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will display proficiency in the following areas:
• The basic principles of photography and camera anatomy
• The steps involved in processing photographs
• Digital photography techniques, including composition
• Basics of establishing depth of field, perspective, and lighting
• Techniques for improving your photographs, including corrective elements and special effects
Though this program is a self-paced program it is supported by an educational mentor. Educational mentors are subject matter experts who have years of experience in their field as well as the necessary educational training and credentials to work as an expert. The mentor is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and even industry questions. Mentors also monitor the progress of learners to ensure training retention and program advancement. In eLearning, motivation is a key tool to success. Because of this, mentors provide encouraging comments, feedback, and coaching to motivate learners throughout the duration of the program to support completion and success!
Though you are provided a full 12 months access to your program, the average completion time is only 6 months!

Professional Photography FAQs

To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

To take an online course, you will need to have access to an internet connection and an internet ready device such as a laptop, PC, or tablet. For course specific requirements, please visit the course page or contact a registration adviser today.

Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

No, you can take the online courses from anywhere in the world.

We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Duration is the amount of time you will receive access to your course. Durations vary by course and range between 1 month and 12 months. If you complete your course before your duration ends you will continue to have access to your course until the duration period ends.

Many of our career training programs include certification vouchers. This means that at the successful completion of your course, at no additional charge, you will receive an exam voucher for the corresponding industry certification. This voucher will allow you to register and sit for the appropriate certification exam to obtain your industry credential.

Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

If you experience any trouble accessing your course including technical issues or lost login credentials, please contact your client adviser at

Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at

Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

Professional Photography Module 1
Camera Anatomy
• Focusing and Setting the Exposure
• Taking Your Picture
• What Will You Photograph?
• Shutter
• Aperture
• Choosing a Camera
• Keeping a Camera Steady

Professional Photography Module 2
Lens and Exposure
• Lens Focal Length
• Focusing Lens
• Focus and Depth of Field
• Perspective
• Guidelines for Buying a Lens
• Exposure Basics
• How to Meter
• Responding to Light
• Film and Sensor Speed
• Using Filters

Professional Photography Module 3
Light, Color, and Film Negatives
• Color: Additive or Subtractive
• Color Characteristics
• Color Balance
• Adjusting Color with Film
• How to Process Black-and-White Roll Film
• Processing Black-and-White Roll Film Step by Step
• How Film Processing Affects Your Picture
• Exposure and Development: Under, Normal, Over

Professional Photography Module 4
Darkrooms and Digital Pictures
• Black-and-White Printing
• Controlling Contrast
• Dodging and Burning
• Toning for Color and Other Effects
• Making a Color Print from a Negative
• Hardware and Software
• Capturing Detail
• Channels
• Importing Your Images

Professional Photography Module 5
Image Editing and Printing Digitally
• Digital Post Processing
• Adjusting Shape
• Adjusting Color and Value
• Editing Commands
• Compositing
• Printers
• Printing Options
• Displaying Your Work
• Ethics: How Far Can You Go?

Professional Photography Module 6
Organizing and Lighting
• Image Storage
• Metadata: Data About Your Files
• Arching Digital Images
• Arching Film and Prints
• Mounting a Print
• Artificial Light
• Outdoor and Indoor
• Lighting with Flash
• Portrait Lighting

Professional Photography Module 7
Extending the Image and View Camera
• Using Scale
• Multiple Images
• Alternative Processes
• Using Projections
• How to Make a Close-Up Photograph
• Zone System
• View Camera Movements
• Using a View Camera to Control the Image

Professional Photography Module 8
History of Photography
• Framing the Subject
• Backgrounds
• Spot/Line
• Shape/Pattern
• Emphasis/Balance
• Using Contrasts of Sharpness
• Using Contrasts of Light and Dark
• Placing the Subject within the Frame
• The Invention of Photography
• Photojournalism
• Color Photography Arrives

All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

Internet Connection
• Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
Hardware Requirements
• Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
• Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

Software Requirements
• Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
• Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Adobe PDF Reader


The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Certification from PPA assures potential employers and clients of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of your professional competence! Being a CPP is like quality assurance because certification is a credential consumers and businesses understand. More importantly, it provides you with a tool for telling the world—and all those potential clients—why they should call you rather than a competitor down the street.
Getting your CPP is a simple 3-step process.
Declare your candidacy
Pass the CPP exam
Successfully complete the image submission
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A Professional Photography certification can benefit photographers in many ways. It can provide them with an increased understanding of the photographic industry, the technical aspects of photography, and the business aspects of the profession. It can also help photographers to find more clients, as many employers prefer to hire those with a certification, and can help to establish a professional portfolio. Finally, a Professional Photography certification can help photographers to stand out in a competitive field.


• 100% Online, Self-Paced
• Open Enrollment
• Admissions and Student Support
• Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content
• Industry Certification Exam, when applicable
• Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion