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Professional Photography (MD-PP-01)


Course 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.

What’s in this program? This program ensures learners understand photographic technique as well as the fundamentals of photography, giving you a better understanding of how to make great photography. In this program learners will explore how light behaves, optics, and the shutter. This program covers all aspects of photography, from capturing to output, both digital and film. This program gives a complete “how to photograph” experience.
Included Certification! Included in the program tuition is the Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Certification. Obtaining this certification will show future employers and clients your knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques.
NOTE: Adobe Photoshop is NOT included in this course. Learners will need to have their own copy of this software installed on their computer.

Summary: Flexible and creative profession. In-depth training with industry certification!


Upon successful completion of this program, learners will display proficiency in the following areas:
o The basic principles of photography and camera anatomy
o The steps involved in processing photographs
o Digital photography techniques, including composition
o Basics of establishing depth of field, perspective, and lighting
o Techniques for improving your photographs, including corrective elements and special effects


12 months




With a photo you can capture a memory that will brighten a life forever and immortalize those captured. Becoming a professional photographer will allow you to explore and experience the world in a new and exciting way. 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.


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
For more information please visit http://www.ppa.com/cpp/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4123&navItemNumber=4320




Though this program is a self-paced program it is supported by an educational mentor. Our 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 our mentors provide encouraging comments, feedback, and coaching to motivate learners throughout the duration of the program to support completion and success!


Included in this program are the following textbooks:
• 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
The following required software is NOT included in this program:
Adobe Photoshop

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