become a better photographer

NYIP's Professional Photography Course has trained more successful photographers than any other school in the world. Whether you're new to the field or you've been at it for years and would like to boost your skills, earn money, or start a new career, our Course will help you. We promise to make you a better photographer, and to teach you the skills you need to take professional-quality photos.

Course Highlights:

  • High-quality course materials put together by professional photographers
  • Access to real-life photographers as your teachers and advisors
  • Study anytime, anywhere, at your own pace

I found the course to be excellent. The audio CDs and DVDs are very useful and worth revisiting time and time again. I would recommend this course to anyone that would like to extend their photographic knowledge and/or pursue a career in photography.

Michael K., 2012 NYIP Graduate

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About NYIP’s Photography Training

The New York Institute of Photography is the world's largest and oldest photography school. Founded in 1910, NYIP has been successfully graduating photographers all over the world for over 100 years. Our affordable home-study courses allow students anywhere to learn the photography skills that they need from New York City's professional photographers.

Each of our distance education courses includes:

  • Comprehensive and up-to-date lessons
  • Audio commentary on CD
  • DVD video training
  • Access to a personal student advisor, a professional photographer there to answer all of your questions as you move through the course
  • Photo projects that are evaluated by your instructor, a professional photographer who shows you how you can make your photos better
  • NYIP’s Graduation Certificate – yours when you complete the course to display in your home, studio, or office

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Professional Photography Course

The NYIP Professional Photography Course consists of 30 lessons, each of which is supplemented by page-by-page guidance on NYIP's "Listen and Learn" audio programs and step-by-step demonstrations on NYIP's "Live Action" video programs. We create all our own photography course teaching materials - they are unlike any other photography lessons, and you won't find them anywhere else.

Course Outline Overview:

  • Unit 1 – How to Use Your Camera, Freelance Opportunities
  • Unit 2 – Taking a Better Photo, Developing Your Eye
  • Unit 3 – Lighting, Travel Photography
  • Unit 4 – Portraiture, Wedding Photography
  • Unit 5 – Photojournalism, Sports, Fashion, Getting Hired
  • Unit 6 – Advertising, Still Life, Video Basics, How to Open Your Own Studio
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NYIP Student Photos

We promise to make you a better photographer. And we do that by connecting you with professional photographers who review your photos and offer tips on how to improve them.

I highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to be a better photographer. NYIP is like interning with the best photographer you know.

Aaron S., Missouri, 2012 NYIP Student

Check out this collection of student photos that we’ve put together over the years.

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Nationally Accredited Education!

NYIP is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and licensed by the New York State Education Department.

New York State Education Department

The New York State Education Department The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is one of the most respected education agencies in the United States. The New York Institute of Photography is licensed under the demanding standards of NYSED, and all our programs are regularly reviewed and approved by NYSED, ensuring that we maintain the highest standards of education materials, student service and business practices. All NYIP teachers and key staff are licensed by NYSED. A full explanation of NYSED's requirements that pertain to NYIP is available in our catalog.


The Distance Education and Training Council The Distance Education and Training Council is the nation’s premier accrediting organization for home-study schools. The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a globally recognized accrediting agency, for online learning schools and distance education. Their rigorous evaluation process applies the same standards upheld by long-established "brick and mortar" institutions.

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