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Certificate in Professional Photography
Certificate in Professional Photography
Certificate in Professional Photography
Certificate in Professional Photography
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The Photography Institute: RTO Code 45423

Certificate in Professional Photography

Regular price AU $899 Sale price AU $999 Unit price per
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 Enrolment Guide

Why should I take this course?

Enhance your passion for creativity by taking your first step into the world of professional photography!

Certificate in Professional Photography at a glance

Course Summary

Discover how to perfectly capture life's special moments under the guidance of professional photographers.

  • Learn how to control your camera and capture the images you have always imagined.
  • Become confident and familiar with a studio space and the equipment it contains.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the advantages and disadvantages that different equipment provides, for now and in the future.
  • Uncover powerful previsualisation techniques and in-depth understanding of the settings available through your camera.
  • Discover how to capture any subject consistently and with confidence.
  • How to get the best out of your images when it comes time to showcase your work.
  • Be guided through how to construct a professional photography portfolio.

Important Information

Award: Certificate of Completion
Course Length: Self-paced~12 months
Mode: Online
Commitment: 4-6 hours per week
Required Equipment: Digital camera
Prerequisites: See 'Further Information' below
Start Date: Anytime
Institution: The Photography Institute: RTO Code 45423
Course Information

The Professional Photography Course is delivered online, consisting of 12 comprehensive modules and 12 corresponding interactive assignments. The course is designed to be self-paced. Students are provided up to 12 months to complete their studies.

Module 1
Cameras & Lenses
Get to know the author, George Seper, before he introduces you to the world of professional photography as it exists today. This module is an extensive look at the equipment you will use, covering cameras, how they function and when to take advantage of the broad range of lenses available to you.

Module 2
Shutters, Aperture & Their Relationships
Learn how to control your camera and capture the images you have always imagined. George introduces powerful pre-visualisation techniques and provides an in-depth understanding of the settings available through your camera to achieve what you want, when you want.
Module 3
Exposure & Metering
Accurate exposure is the basis for all photography and this module draws on methods popularised by the great Ansel Adams, modernised to give you an edge in a competitive world. As a professional or advanced amateur, you will be able to capture any subject consistently and with growing confidence.
Module 4
The Film & Digital Process
A short step back in time provides the basis for effectively working and photographing in the digital world. In understanding what comes before, we are able to take full advantage of the tools we have at our disposal today for ever-improving photographs.
Module 5
Light & Colour
After understanding photographic equipment and exposure, light and colour are explored as defining factors in professional photography. Refine your ability to pre-visualise, see and think like a camera, then delve into post-production techniques for monochromatic images.
Module 6
What is the world’s best lighting? This module takes an in-depth look at natural and artificial lighting and how you can use these to your advantage. Explored in the context of portraiture, this knowledge is applied to all genres of photography and it is a crucial part of any good photographer’s education.
Module 7
Refining The Image Process
George explains, through his extensive experience, the commercial realities surrounding photography and methods to help produce the best images you can. Learn from photographers you admire, analyse images to improve technique and recognise what they can be used for.
Module 8
Equipment & Software
Where is technology going and what do you really need to be a successful photographer? Develop a clear understanding of the advantages and disadvantages that different equipment provides, for now, and in the future.
Module 9
Retouching, Resolution & Printing
Since the darkroom, post-production and printing has been a defining part of all photography. This module addresses how to get the best out of your images when it comes time to edit and print your work.
Module 10
Photography Business and Studio Essentials
Working in a studio has many advantages for a photographer. Whether this is full time or only a passing requirement of your photographic practices, it is important that you are familiar with a studio space and the equipment it contains.
Module 11
How To Construct A Professional Portfolio
Constructing a portfolio is one of the most important tasks a photographer carries out. This is ever-changing and must develop as your photography develops. George explains the process and how to put your best foot forward in all circumstances.
Module 12
Photo Agents - Picture Agencies. How To Get Work & Keep It
As a professional or advanced amateur creating a style to call your own can help set you apart from the masses. Be an individual, work smart as well as hard and photography will be a lifelong passion as well as a rewarding career if you so choose.



Course Provider

The Institute

This course is delivered by The Photography Institute RTO Code: 45423

- Cutting edge online courses in Professional Photography
- Delivered by leading photographers
- 24-hour student support
- Personal tutor to assist you and mark your assignments

The Photography Institute offers you the most advanced and comprehensive online solution to learning available today. Online education has quickly become the preferred method of study for people around the world, who are looking for additional skills to enable them to make more money, start successful careers, turn a favourite interest into something more rewarding or accomplish a personal quest for self-improvement.

Learn in your own time, in your own home and at your own pace.

All of the Diploma tutors are ASQA approved assessors.

This is a course of very high standards, that is very competitively priced. The course materials are used internationally, and the delivery and format are identical to the Diploma version of the course. The only difference is that the Certificate course is less rigorous and there is no additional impost of Self Directed Study.

Tutors do not have to be Government accredited but have all been handpicked for their industry expertise and ability to impart knowledge to students.

This is a non-accredited course in Australia although the course is recognised globally by the following bodies:

- IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre)
- BAC (British Accreditation Council)
- UKRLP (United Kingdom Register of Learning Providers)
- BBB (Better Business Bureau)

You need a great portfolio, not necessarily a degree in photography to become a professional photographer. This is exactly what our Certificate Course focuses on - providing you with the practical skills and technical knowledge to build a professional portfolio and launch a rewarding freelance photography career or an exciting new hobby.

Students also have the opportunity to delve deeper into areas of Photography through the purchasing of Advanced Modules that are available to students who have demonstrated a strong foundation knowledge of Photography. These are specially formulated materials to challenge motivated students to achieve more. These Advanced Modules can be purchased directly through the Photography Institute following enrollment.

Note: This course does not attract government funding.

Course Outcomes

You will be awarded a Certificate in Professional Photography upon the successful completion of your course.

Industries where this qualification will be valued:

  • Publishing & journalism
  • Travel & entertainment
  • Advertising & marketing
  • Real estate
  • Fashion
  • Events management

Potential roles requiring this qualification:

  • Digital Content Creator
  • Social Media Executive
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Photojournalist
  • Retail Sales Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer


Further Information

Please ensure you understand important information regarding the course here.

After You Enrol

When you enrol, you will receive a username and password, which enables you to log onto our secure student site.

From there you can download your first module, which you could liken to your textbook as it contains all the information you will need to complete assignment one.

Each module is approximately 100 pages in length and is full of detailed technical information delivered in a friendly, conversational manner that is easy to understand. The concepts are further explained by way of diagrams, images and examples.


Once you have completed your assignment you then upload it onto our site for your tutor to mark. The tutors will give you a grade (out of 10) and a comprehensive evaluation of your work and ideas and help nurture and improve your skills each step of the way.

Cancellations & Refunds

All cancellations are subject to both the InspiringED.com Terms & Conditions and those of the institution delivering your course.

A $250 InspiringED.com administration fee will apply for all cancellations requested after 48 hours of your enrolment.

In addition, no refund will be available from the institution following 7 days of your enrolment.

Enrolment may be cancelled by completing our contact form HERE



 "I love that this course is fully online and your online tutor is there for you 24/7. When you submit your assignment it doesn't take long for them to mark your assignment and get back to with helpful criticism and hints to make your work better." - Olivia N

 "I decided to complete this course when I decided to turn my hobby into a career. Studying while also working, I have gained so much skill and knowledge. I can see the difference between my photographs from the start of the course to the images that I am now able to produce." - Nicole P

 "What an innovative learning experience and motivational journey into the world of photography for a mature-age student like me. I gained so much essential knowledge from the modules and additional references and was able to transfer this learning into practice in the assignments." Bessie O