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Professional Photography Course Outline

The Complete Course in Professional Photography

Unit One: You and Your Equipment

  • Lessons:
    • Eye of the Photographer
    • The Camera
    • The Lens
    • How to Use Your Camera
    • Developing Your Visual Signature
  • Unit One Comprehension Test and Photo Project
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional Lesson: The Darkroom

Unit Two: Capturing the Image

  • Lessons:
    • Developing Your Eye
    • Image Capture
    • Exposure
    • Workflow and Image Editing
    • Evolution of the Photographer
  • Bonus Lesson: Ten Tips for Successful Photographs
  • Unit Two Comprehension Test and Photo Project
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional Lesson: Exposing and Developing Black and White Film

Unit Three: Harnessing the Light

  • Lessons:
    • Natural and Available Light
    • Artificial Light: Continuous
    • Artificial Light: Flash
    • Travel Photography
    • Landscape and Nature Photography
  • Bonus Lesson: Focus On You
  • Unit Three Comprehension Test and Photo Project
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional Lesson: The Perfect Print

Unit Four: Photographing People

  • Lessons:
    • Basic Portrait Lighting
    • Studio Portraiture
    • Environmental Portraiture
    • Child and Pet Photography
    • Wedding Photography
  • Bonus Lesson: Seven Tips for Better Lighting
  • Unit Four Comprehension Test and Photo Project
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional Lesson:
    • Color Film Processing
    • Color Printing

Unit Five: Broadening Your Subject Range

  • Lessons:
    • Photojournalism
    • Fashion Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Advertising and Still-Life Photography
    • Architectural Photography
  • Unit Five Comprehension Test and Photo Project
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional Lesson: The View Camera

Unit Six: Professional Pathways

  • Lessons:
    • Freelance Opportunities
    • Portfolio Development
    • The Business of Photography
    • Introduction to Marketing and Branding
    • Clients and Pricing
  • Unit Six Comprehension Test and Photo Project
  • Supplemental Materials: Optional Lesson:
    • Glamour and Boudoir
    • Finishing Touches

My training at NYIP gave me the confidence to start my own business doing what I love.

- Angel D., Missouri, 2014 NYIP Graduate