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Certificate in Photography

Certificate in Photography

The business of photography is not just about award winning images.

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How to Become a Professional Photographer

Is photography a career?

More than being a hobby, photography can also be made into a full-time career. You can start your own photography business or be a freelance photographer and take on projects that interest you.

Why do I need training?

Photography as a hobby is quite common, especially now with cameras becoming more affordable and more sophisticated. Anyone with a smartphone has a camera, and can call themselves a “photographer”. However, not all photos are created equal. While technology makes it easy for anyone to capture great photos, the consistent creation of artistic, quality photographs calls for a strong foundation of knowledge and skills.

Today’s age of visual media has increased the need for beautiful photos – and thus created a huge market for photographers. Photographers can work in various industries with different specialties. There’s the traditional media – newspapers, television, print and advertising. As the global economy changes, there’s also been a steep rise in travel photography as well as special niche markets – food photography, scientific photography, stock photography and a whole lot more. Professional training provides credibility and the ability to handle professional projects.

What is the Professional Photography program all about?

The Professional Photography program at Meditec is designed to equip students with the skills and techniques needed to handle cameras and capture great photos. It also teaches students about the business itself; the administrative and management side of photography as an industry.

The program also includes courses that can serve as a photography workshop. Students will receive a certificate from the Photography Institute in addition to the completion certificate from Meditec.

How much does a photographer earn?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median hourly wage for photographers in 2015 was $15.24 or $31,710 annually.

Do you have financial assistance or scholarships available?

Meditec has several financial programs that cater to students who would like to seek scholarships, grants or payment plans. The MyCAA program for military spouses who would like to apply for career training programs is also available. Learn more about our financial assistance and scholarship programs here.

Why should I take this program at Meditec?

Meditec is largely an online career training school. Because of this, students are able to enroll in career training programs even if they have other responsibilities outside school. Our programs are authored and regularly updated by industry experts – and they are affordable, too! Upon completion, we make sure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills and are career-ready. Our 96% student satisfaction is a testament to our commitment to educating lifelong learners.

I want to become a professional photographer. How do I start?

Congratulations, you’ve made your decision to embark on an exciting career! To get started, take a look at the course information about the Photography Training program at Meditec. If you have any questions, our career advisers are more than happy to speak with you and walk you through the program. You may contact us at 866-991-3921.

Program Course List and Course Descriptions

Course Duration: 6 months

  • Module One: Cameras & Lenses
  • Module Two: Shutters, Aperture, ISO And Their Relationships
  • Module Three: Exposure & Metering
  • Module Four: The Film & Digital Process
  • Module Five: Light & Color
  • Module Six: Lighting
  • Module Seven: How To Take Better Photos
  • Module Eight: Equipment & Software
  • Module Nine: Retouching, Resolution & Printing
  • Module Ten: The Studio
  • Module Eleven: How To Construct A Professional Portfolio
  • Module Twelve: Photo Agents, Picture Agencies – How To Get Work…And Keep It

Introduction to Leadership: 5 Hours

This course examines how to be a successful (that is, effective) leader. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: w to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course asks the crucial questions about leadership in today’s organizations: What is leadership and why is it important? What does effective leadership require? What is visionary leadership? What is the role of charisma? What is the difference between managing, administering, and leading?

Leaders and Work-Life Balance: 5 Hours

This course addresses the question of work-life balance, one which is of great importance to leaders in all settings. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course looks at methods and techniques to reconcile work and family. You will also consider the question of personal fulfillment and the needs and demands of leadership.

Leading and Managing Change: 5 Hours

Whether adopting new technology or adapting to a drastic shift in an organization’s core focus, managers play a fundamental role in effecting changes. Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course addresses the key issues managers face in a dynamic environment. By understanding the steps in effecting change and how to overcome resistance, a manager can successfully lead change at various levels of an organization.

Leading Teams: 5 Hours

This course addresses the key issues surrounding leadership in a team. Why is it important? What does it require for a team leader to lead his team effectively? Based on D. Quinn Mills’ book, Leadership: How to Lead, How to Live, a text used at Harvard Business School, this course considers how team leaders must account for the special and unique circumstances of working in a team, where responsibility, accountability, communication, and leadership are shared.

Business Essentials: 30 Hours

This course teaches students the basic necessities of business, to help them develop core competencies they can use in the business world. The course provides a broad introduction to business, covering business principles, structure, and functions of management. The course examines the purposes and activities of organizations of various types, sizes and structures, and explores the interrelationships among functional departments.

Management Fundamentals: 25 Hours

Management Fundamentals is an introductory management course that provides students with the essential tools required of today’s effective supervisors or junior managers. The course combines theoretical, how-to information, with practical applications. Students are required to draw on their own experiences, to research information, and to apply their knowledge to typical junior management situations.

Marketing and Sales: 30 Hours

Course introduces students to the theory and application of modern marketing concepts, principles, and techniques, and examines the importance of marketing in society as well as within a company.

Business Financial Management: 40 Hours

The Business Financial Management course teaches students about the fundamentals of business financial management, and helps them to develop core competencies to understand and analyze financial information presented in typical business scenarios.

Business in the Electronic Age: 30 Hours

The Business in the Electronic Age course introduces students to the effects the Internet and other modern technological innovations have had on the global business landscape, specifically the components of ebusiness: business to business commerce, business to consumer commerce, and internal business processes.

Business Presentation Skills: 25 Hours

The Business Presentations course is designed to introduce students to tools and techniques used to create and deliver effective presentations to many types of audiences, including managers, colleagues and existing and prospective clients.

Business Correspondence Level 1: 25 Hours

This course places emphasis on the acquisition of skills and style mechanics needed to produce personal and office correspondence. The parts of a business letter are examined in detail, as are the guidelines for organizing and writing a letter.

Human Resource Management: 30 Hours

The Human Resource Management course introduces students to the key concepts and processes of effective human resource management, and exposes them to this dynamic and diverse field. This course provides a foundation in theory and practice of techniques and activities that organizations utilize in acquiring, developing, and maintaining an effective workforce.

Office Procedures Level 1: 30 Hours

This course teaches introductory office procedures and practices to the novice office worker.

Office Procedures Level 2: 30 Hours

This course covers a variety of topics as it simulates an office environment and challenges students with tasks that they would typically perform


Students should meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • English Proficiency

Students need to possess proficiency in reading and writing the English Language, as all of our programs are administered in English. This enables students to communicate effectively through written assignments at the end of each Module.

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Career Information:
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Photographers typically do the following:

  • Market and advertise services to attract clients
  • Analyze and decide how to compose a subject
  • Use various photographic techniques and equipment
  • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs
  • Enhance the subject’s appearance with natural or artificial light
  • Use photo enhancing software
  • Maintain a digital portfolio, often on a website, to demonstrate work

Today, most photographers use digital cameras instead of the traditional silver-halide film cameras. Digital cameras capture images electronically, so the photographer can edit the image on a computer. Images can be stored on portable memory devices, such as compact disks, memory cards, and flash drives. Once the raw image has been transferred to a computer, photographers can use processing software to crop or modify the image and enhance it through color correction and other specialized effects. Photographers who edit their own pictures use computers, high-quality printers, and editing software. For information on workers who specialize in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media, see photographic process workers and processing machine operators included in occupations not covered in detail.

Photographers who work for commercial clients will often present finalized photographs in a digital format to the client. However, wedding and portrait photographers, who primarily serve noncommercial clients, often also provide framing services and present the photographs they capture in albums.

Many wedding and portrait photographers are self-employed. Photographers who own and operate their own business have additional responsibilities. They must advertise, schedule appointments, set and adjust equipment, purchase supplies, keep records, bill customers, pay bills, and—if they have employees—hire, train, and direct their workers.

In addition, some photographers teach photography classes or conduct workshops in schools or in their own studios.

The following are examples of types of photographers:

Portrait photographers take pictures of individuals or groups of people and usually work in their own studios. Photographers who specialize in weddings, religious ceremonies, or school photographs may work on location.

Quick Facts: Photographers*

2012 Median Pay Entry-Level Education Work Experience in a Related Occupation On-the-job Training Number of Jobs, 2012 Job Outlook, 2012-22 Employment Change, 2012-22
$28,490 per year
$13.70 per hour
High school diploma or equivalent None Long-term on-the-job training 136,300* 4% (Slower than average)* 5,900

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

This is a self-paced program supported by an experienced mentor. Our mentors are subject experts with several years of experience in their respective fields and have the necessary educational training and credentials required to work as an expert. In case of any queries or questions regarding course content, course material, certifications, industry questions or on the progress of the student’s training and advancement, you can contact us on the information mentioned below.

Contact Information:
Meditec Student Support: 866-451-3854
CTP Student Support: [email protected]

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