Photography Training & Degrees

Digital photographic technology is continually changing; however, the principles behind good photography don't change. These online courses in digital photography gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography including topics such as exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor work, how camera lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software.


You will also learn tips and techniques on what not to do when taking a photograph. These online courses are ideal for those who wish to increase their understanding of digital photography and want to know how to process and produce photographs digitally

Photography is a career which can come in several different forms. Some professional photographers are freelancers while others work for large corporations and companies as employees. You also have the option in specializing in a specific niche as a photographer. This allows you to further pursue your interests while still doing something that you love. From commercial to wedding photography, the amount of diverse and unique work you will encounter as a photographer is extraordinary.

Required Skills

As a professional photographer, you also should be able to communicate with clients on a regular basis. Building relationships is very important in this industry. This concept holds even more merit if you are a freelance photographer or operate your own small business or simply want to do a college majors. You'll need to express your thoughts with customers both effectively and clearly.

1. Know Your Software

Hone your "Developing" skills to where you can take an image and get the very best out of it in your digital darkroom. This is a vital capability whether you want to be primarily a "Photographer" or an "Image-Maker" and allows you to take greater control over your work so it's the very best that it can be. This means choosing a solid piece of editing software and learning how to use it to its full potential. It doesn't mean buy the most expensive thing and learn that - you have to choose something that best suits your interests and needs. Be prepared to change your mind.

2. Get the Basics Right

You need to know composition, exposure and how to utilise your camera to get the most out of it. It doesn't matter much what camera you're using, if you don't really know how to point it then you're going to struggle to get anything good out of it. Know your manual and what your camera can (and can't) do. Study and understand phenomena like depth of field, focal planes and shutter speeds. This stuff can get geeky and bit dull at times but it will help you to understand how to produce a particular effect or look when you start to frame in your mind what you want an image to look like in its final form.

3. Be Flexible

It's easy to get stuck in a rut taking the same kind of shots and processing them in the same way over and over again. Or just adopting one set of tools and failing to implement new ones as and when they become available. Developing your work means that you do need to develop the way you work. This means being conscious of issues such as workflow and how they impact on your ability to produce good images. Just like the dodo, if you fail to evolve you fail to survive in that will you fail to keep your interest in photography in general but you also need to be able to innovate and change if you're really going to produce some impressive images.

4. Study Other's Work

Art rarely develops in isolation, the work of other people can be key in helping you to develop your style, hone your skills and increase your knowledge. Spend time every day looking at the work of others, thinking about how they created a specific look or effect and work out how you could replicate it. An important tool for the modern photographer is networking with other photographers on-line or in real life. On-line communities such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr are a great way to get your work 'out there' but are an even better resource for inspiration and discussion. They even allow you to engage in collaborative projects which will boost your skills and experience substantially. In real life, you should check out your local camera club or photo-walk group. Interacting with other photographers in the flesh is a great way to learn new things and increase your engagement with photography overall, it might give you access to new shooting opportunities and equipment and will certainly challenge the way you see your own photography.

5. Practice

You can read all the books, internet sites or magazine articles you like but there's no substitute for actually picking up your camera and using it. Passion for photography comes from the feeling of having created something unique and interesting with your camera - be that a single image, a small portfolio or an entire body of work. There is just no substitute for picking your camera up and pointing it at things in earnest and ideally, you should be using your camera as a portal to show others something you yourself passionate about. Having the ability to show something you love in a new and visually exciting way onlycomes with practice and thus practice is the thing that more that anything else will make your photographs stand out from the crowd. Go do that now!

Top Photography Schools

  • The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division

    Helping creative minds bring their ideas to life.

    Programs

    > Digital Workflow (C)
    > Studio Photography (C)
    > Portrait Photography (C)
    > Digital Photography (BS)
    > Digital Photography (AS)

  • The Art Institutes system of schools

    With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.
    Please Call 855-816-4001 FREE to speak to a customer representative.

    Programs

    > Photography (AS)
    > Photography (BFA)

  • Harrington College of Design

    Design your future at Harrington College of Design.

    Programs

    > Digital Photography
    > Commercial Photography